A random girl's random gymnastics ramblings.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Un-Thanksgiving

That time of year has arrived yet again.  Everyone blathers on about what they're thankful for, and that's all very well and good.  But I haven't got time for all of that.

Instead, let's focus on:


1. Tour Costumes

I mean really.  Who on the creative team thought this was a good idea?  "I know!  Let's put the teenagers in sequined bras and sheer skirts!  The kids will love it!"

2. The Two Per Country Rule

Man, what a nightmare.  I get feels just looking at this picture.  And I know people will object with "Oh, but was there an uproar about Grishina, Yao Jinnan, or random British/Australian girls??  They got shafted too!!"  Please.  That's not to say they weren't disappointed, I'm sure they were.  But let's not pretend that their absence from the competition (maybe a healthy YJN aside) really made an impact in the medal standings.  This rule needs to be revisited.  If you score above 60, you deserve to be in the all around finals.  My apologies to the gymnasts from Qatar or whoever else benefits from the very top gymnasts in the world having to sit out.  

3.  The Death of Make It or Break It

I know, what has become of me?  This show was my bread and butter, and I loved to hate it.  But I still loved it.  And it breaks my heart that it had such a chintzy ending.  Random Olympic Trials in front of 20 people, where the contenders got to compete in 1-2 events.  Oh, and the whole drug bust.  Oh, and Payson becoming a bull dancer on the floor.  Oh, and that random girl who no one has ever heard of makes the team. 

4. Maroney's Selfies

Enough is enough.  Maroney is gorgeous.  There is no denying that.  I can't put my finger on why this bothers me.  Maybe it's because I'm old as sin, and us old people get bothered by things.  It could be that I'm just jealous, because I wish I lived in a world where I believed the universe deserved a picture of my sweet face every day of the week.  Maybe it's because Maroney is so beautiful and marketable as it is, that she doesn't need filters or to plaster her face on Twitter all day every day.  Less is more.  It doesn't matter what I think though, I think she'll make it big (ger?) no matter what she does. 

5. People Obsessed with Mustafina's Eye Makeup

Maybe it's because I was alive in 2004, but the smokey eye trend is not new to me.  Now, I have come very, very far in my Mustafina appreciation, trust me.  I love that she went all dramatic for the Games.  It's the grand ball, and you ought to dress up.  But it's not as if she INVENTED the trend.  I'm more obsessed with her eyebrows.  Where are the tutorials for those??

6. Scandalous Romanian Leotards

No.  No no no no no.  

7. Adults Acting Like Crazy Bitches

You can't expect people to stay friends forever, especially as they grow up and grow apart.  But the mean girl thing really should dissipate after high school.  It's really old and tired on adults.

8. Ferarri's Leotard Choices

Props for being different, but how many holes does a leotard really need?

9. Fanfic Creepers

Writing graphic stories about largely underage children engaging in sexual adventures is not cool.  I don't care what you say or what your justification is, I am never, ever going to be thankful for this.  Ever. 

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!


  1. Agreed on so many of those things. Especially the tour costumes. All of them, even the ones that don't pretend to show an excessive amount of skin, make the girls look between 40 and 100 pounds heavier then they actually are. ESPECIALLY that one Aly says is her favorite (the white figure-skating dress thing)... She looks like a whale in it. All of the girls do. A pox on GK and all their descendants for thinking this was even a remotely good design.
    Related: short of restarting my gym career 10 yr later and by some extreme outside chance becoming an Olympic champ, how can I become a designer for GK? I think I could do a better job than all their designers put together except maybe whoever did Kyla and McKayla's nationals leos this year. (and this isn't even something I have training in.)

  2. I am thankful for Spanny blog posts and also un-thankful for everything on this list! SO glad you included Maroney's selfies and Ferrari's leotard choices on this list. Love Maroney and was thrilled that she made the Olympic team, but I don't see why she constantly feels the need to post pictures of herself on Twitter...

  3. The last one. Yesyesyes. I hate the "ships" so much and cannot understand any sort of justification for it.

    I am thankful for Spanny Tampson :D

  4. Yes to all of these except the Maroney selfies. I will happily see a new picture of that gorgeous face on my instagram every day

  5. I am not thankful for people who believe it is their God-given right to dictate to others what their emotions are allowed the be and how they are permitted to respond to those emotions. In any situation, regardless of whether or not medals are on the line.

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  8. I couldn't agree with you more concerning the tour outfits - they all look tacky to me. The two-per country rule NEEDS to go, and soon. The fanfics ARE creepy.
    And I think everyone's obsessed with Mustafina's eye-makeup because she has pretty much the PERFECT eye shape to really pull it off!

  9. #7...Adults acting like crazy bitches? Is there some teammate drama I missed?

  10. I disagree with the 2 per country rule comment. Of course Grishina Pinches or the injured Yao would make a difference in the medal stands, Kyla on beam and HQS on bars would most likely not make a difference either. But they still didn't get to compete in olympic finals they qualified. That's not fair, fair doesn't only apply when you can score above 60

  11. I read this entire post going "YES!" "Right??" and "This." Because it is perfection.

  12. Lol'ing at the fact that you consider that sleazy famewhore Maroney gorgeous

  13. I think Maroney takes a lot of selfies because she is the stereotypical stupid bitch.