Saturday, August 6, 2016

Betrunken: Your Unofficial Drinking Game for Women's Gymnastics at Rio 2016


Heart palpitations. Sweaty palms. Nervous diarrhea. These are the slings and arrows of a gymnastics fan during the Olympics.

But I'll let you in on an old Soviet secret: alcohol makes everything better. At least, that's what Valentina Rodionenko told me in a dream last night, and everything that comes out of Valentina's mouth is true. (*Cough* Nabieva's perpetual retirement. *Cough*)

So, grab a couple friends and a whole lot of alcohol, and win that Olympic gold medal in drinking. YOU CAN DO IT!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Borracho: Your Unofficial Drinking Game for Men's Gymnastics at the Rio Olympics


Men's gymnastics meets are the best. But they're also several hours long, which means that they can be a little exhausting for the average joe, especially if you're sitting through a full day of qualifications.

But I'll let you in on an old Soviet secret: alcohol makes everything better. So, grab a couple friends and a whole lot of alcohol, and win that Olympic gold medal in drinking. YOU CAN DO IT!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Did Russia Break the IOC's Rules for Ivan Stretovich? Probably, But Does It Matter?

Baby Stretovich!

Today, Valentina Rodionenko confirmed that Ivan Stretovich would replace Nikita Ignatyev at the Olympics. The reason given: Stretovich was performing better than Ignatyev in training.

Seems like a good coaching decision, right? After all, you want your best gymnasts to compete.

But here's the thing: If Valentina's explanation is accurate, the swapping of athletes should be seen as a violation of the IOC's Late Athlete Replacement (LAR) Policy.