A random girl's random gymnastics ramblings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

you smell like pine needles, and have a face like sunshine!

Oh, Visa Nationals.  What a stupid name.  Therefore, it will only be referred to as "nationals" or "nats" from now on. 

Now, while I will be doing a full "nats" recap like a month after the fact, the more pressing issue is obviously that of the twinsie leotards.  

Who does this?  Everyone, apparently.  With the million different ways you could patch together a bunch of colors and fabric, like half of the national team manages to pick the exact same combinations?  Unreal.  I blame GK.

We'll start with the most obvious offender, Miss Chellsie effing Memmel.  While she did not match anyone in the actual competition, she still wore a replica of Mustafina's worlds leo.  You know, the one where she knocked out that huge, commanding performance and won the AA?  That's like wearing a copy of Lilia's winning leotard.  Or Nastia's.  OH WAIT, everyone wore Nastia's trademark for like two years.  Silly me.

Just, come on.  It's not even some super gorgeous leotard that looks amazing and flatters everyone.  It's a totally generic, swirly-filled thing.  Didn't China wear one of these too?  Shameful. 

Next, we'll focus on the first of Jordyn Wieber's offenses.

I remember seeing this in person on day two, and wondering where I had seen that leo before.  After struggling to piece it together, I chalked it up to it being the sort of leotard that I would draw if I were to make a cartoon making fun of swirly leotards.  Like, two boob swirls?  Check.  Visible swirls on the arms?  Check.  It was only after some research that I found the initial boob swirl leotard in question.  In both this case, and the aforementioned Memmel mishap, we have instances of girls wearing last year's crap.  Not so with our final example.

Woof.  Let me start by saying that I actually really like the leotard.  ESPECIALLY Maroney's.  I LOVED hers.  It's so different, I didn't initially group it together with the rest of the bunch.  It wasn't until later that I even realized it was the same one we saw like five times at Classics.  But alas, it was the GK "pinwheel" leotard.  Is it embarassing to show up to a meet with the same leo as one of your competitors?  I would assume so.  Again, I blame GK.

GK, you really can't think up of just a few more designs, so that out of the 20 girls competing, 5 of them won't be wearing the exact same thing?  Absolutely ridiculous. 

I hate to say this, but it makes one think that maybe the GAGE girls are better off.  Rest assured you will be the only one at the ball wearing THAT ensemble...


  1. haha so true that pinwheel has been on so many girls. and omg last year with the woga leo (day 2) that was worn by aogc, chow's, alabama, and some random country at euros (sweeden maybe?) never the less about a million times

  2. Yes I totally agree. What do we think about Shawn wearing the same version of her leo both days of nats? I can't decide if she should change it up or if that's just the way people do things these days?

    I did like Jordan's gold number even though it looked like Mustard.....the only problem is that it was too thin IMO. Good thing she doesn't have an ounce of extra fat on her.

    Spanny, glad you are back. I think you should do a post about dance moms. I started watching it after reading one of your twitter posts and I'm hooked. Thank god it's Wednesday. Without MIOBI, I didn't have enough ridiculousness in my life.

    When are they announcing the official world team for USA?


    (I don't know how to create a profile and I'm too lazy to figure it out).

  3. @Holly: except shawn didn't wear the same leo this year? her day 2 leo was similar to the covergirl classic leo, but day 1 of nats was a blue and black sweetheart leo with a mesh back/sleeves.

  4. ahhhhh, that's right. I got classics confused with Day One of Nationals.........my mistake.

  5. Bross also wore the swirl-a-fina leo, back in '07 I think. And I'm pretty sure it made an appearance in MIOBI.

  6. @Holly, they're announcing the World team on 9/21, sometime in the evening. Get on universalsports.com and refresh over and over! That's what we'll all be doing :D.


  7. Love how Universal Sports coverage of the vault final identified Maroney's leo as "designed by her coach." Um, yeah, she picked custom colors and fabrics and improved on it a bit, but it's pretty laughable that anyone was trying to pass it off as a unique design, just look around!