Gymfans who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on average content:
A summary/some thoughts regarding the new gymnastike Simone Biles Beyond the Routine- “Lonely at the Top-Leaving Bannon’s Behind”
-It starts with some shots inside of Simone’s home. If you haven’t seen it, it is really nice. They have several big dogs who are very cute.
-Aimee (Simone’s coach) stated that in October, she made the decision that it was “time to move on.” She noted that she had a plan in mind which Simone’s parents were involved in.
-While Simone has been training with Aimee at AIM Athletics, her sister, Adria, has remained at Bannon’s because she wanted to finish the season with her team. She is going to join Simone in training with Aimee soon. Simone drops Adria off sometimes so she still sees her teammates at Bannon’s. Everyone at the gym cried when she left.
-Simone said her first day at AIM Athletics she basically cried the whole day at had to leave early. It is hard for her not to have teammates to talk to.
-Lots of recycled shots from past Behind the Routine.
-Simone noted that they’re not gym hoppers.
-It is weird watching Simone train with no one else in the gym. It makes me a little nervous that she might be feeling sad during training, which would not be great. (They did show her talking with some girls later in training though)
-There was some video of Simone struggling a little on beam. Aimee was giving her a talk about focusing and ignoring the camera. She was training full routines and I thought her leaps looked good. I don’t think there was anything we haven’t seen before from her.
-Aimee is happy with AIM and feels like Simone has everything she needs to train.
-The Biles family is building their own gym, which will have more than just gymnastics (fitness, etc.)
-They showed the blueprints for the gym.
-Also, apparently Simone picks at her fingernails. Yup
So overall, there was not really much training footage but a lot of talking. Simone seems happy enough but I’m sure this has been very stressful for her.
that is a little concerning though that she doesn’t really have anyone else training with her. I’d be sad too ha
In my opinion, a big part of being a good gymnastics fan is owning your biases and keeping them in check.
We all have favorites. And because we are humans following a subjective sport, we all carry some kind of bias. It’s the reason that I will maintain to the ends of the earth that Ivana Hong should have made the 2008 Olympic Team, even though I cognitively realize the numbers say otherwise.
Here are some tips to handle your own bias:
1. Admit it openly and honestly. Nothing is worse than someone CLEARLY obsessed with and biased towards a certain gymnast who refuses to admit it. Particularly when that fan makes blanket statements about how that gymnast is inherently better than all of the rest.
2. If you think that a team/gymnast is being overscored or underscored, compare the scores you disagree with routines you’re not emotionally attached to. For example, this weekend when I initially thought that Bama was being overscored in comparison to Oklahoma, I compared Bama’s scores to LSU routines that I didn’t have a vested interest in. When I saw that Jessica Savona’s routine looked underscored in comparison to Sarah DeMeo’s, I was sure something was up.
3. Learn the code before talking about judging bias. If you think that your favorite was “robbed”, it’s a lot easier to keep it in perspective when you actually know the rules.
4. Look at the opinions of those around you. I’m not saying that the opinion of the masses is always right, but if you’re the only one on the gymternet who thinks that Nebraska was robbed of the 2014 NCAA Team title, that’s something to do a little more soul searching on.
5. If all else fails, admit your inability to be subjective to yourself and respond accordingly. I am 100% sure that I am not a good source to weigh in on the current NCAA BB Event Final controversy as Taylor Spears was my favorite college gymnast this season. This is the primary reason I’ve opted not to weigh in.
These things aren’t always easy and all of us slip up, but keep all of this in mind. Being a fan of gymnastics isn’t like being a fan of baseball or football. In those sports there are occasionally very subjective calls that have to be made, but it’s a lot harder to argue that St. Louis should have won the 2013 World Series than it is to argue that Komova should have won 2012 AA Gold. Just try to keep your loyalties and biases in perspective when putting your feelings out into the gymternet.
Reblog if you want to be included in a collage of gymternet tumblrs.
You don’t even have to do anything, just reblog! :)