Friday, July 8, 2016

Plastered: The Ultimate Olympic Trials Drinking Game

Guys, this is Marta Karolyi's last Olympic Trials. It's time to lock the doors, put on your old competition leotard, and find out whether the team really is Simone, Gabby, Aly, Laurie, and Madison.

If you want to celebrate this anticlimactic event, get your fellow gym nerds together and play a little drinking game. If you have some "Count Karolyi" on hand (see above), great. If not, use whatever you have in the house.

Remember that it's not about perfect. Your goal is to show that your liver and tear ducts are 90% ready for Rio.

Let's get plastered!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Quick Hits: Videos from the All-Japan Championships

Kohei Uchimura scored a 91.300 in the all-around, even though he fell on his Li Xiao Peng vault, which has always been somewhat questionable, and whacked his legs on the parallel bars. It's Kohei, though. The man can probably fart better than most of us.

Nikolai Kuksenkov's Doping Problems and a Quick Primer on Meldonium

Prior to this weekend, meldonium was not on the radar of many gymnastics fans. It was a problem that other sports were facing, but no gymnast had tested positive in 2016.

That changed this weekend when Nikolai Kuksenkov became the first known gymnast to test positive for the drug in 2016. Now, we, gymnastics fans, are scrambling to educate ourselves on the drug. Here's what I've learned about the drug over the past month or so.

What Is Meldonium?

Meldonium is a drug that gives sufferers of heart and circulatory conditions more “physical capacity and mental function," according to the Latvian drug manufacturer's website. It is sold primarily in the Baltic States and ex-Soviet countries. However, in 2016, athletes from countries like Sweden have tested positive for the drug.