Kim Zmeskal being awesome on vacation.
Friends, we need to take a moment to marvel at Shawn Johnson and her capacity to bullshit her way through every media interview and come out looking like a darling of Shirley Temple proportions. In this interview with Matt's former paramour, Shawn manages to give the standard line that she and Nastia wants to go 1-2. True. Nastia knew that would be more interesting for the media and a potentially better story for their career. Savvy Shawn has taken her own capacity to take out of her very rich ass to a new level: she now claims that they didn't care who won gold. Two fiercely competitive athletes at the pinnacle of their careers suddenly didn't care about winning first or being the first loser. Right. Photos of Nastia's loss at 2005 Worlds or Shawn's tears with her family after the AA final are not necessary. The absurdity of this statement can stand alone. Why anyone would believe this outside of a morning show audience is beyond me. Those housewives are too busy cleaning up Cheerios to be real with themselves. Shawn gets so caught up in her 'cute and wide-eyed persona' to deliver these doozies. It is as though she gets lost in her own bullshit. People love it. That cute little Shawn Johnson knows it too. She isn't going anywhere for a long time. Mary Lou may be bubbly and annoying, but she has Bela to amuse us. That Shawn Johnson is dangerous.
Maroney: Golden or a Gamble. Frankly, I think her potential on vault is worth it. That said, the pressure on her to win vault has been building since Worlds. Everyone has called her a lock. At this point, she doesn't even need her upgraded second vault to win. I just pray she doesn't go for the stick like Day 1 of Nationals and give us a heart attack like Dominique Moceanu in '96 Team Finals. Bela and I will never get over the money and media exposure Domi would've gotten him by winning AA gold and being the unrivaled star of the games. As for Maroney, expect there to be big Bob Costas build up to all of her vaults. If she wins, she will be one of the most awesome girls of summer discussed at swim clubs at the beach. She won't give a lame post-victory interview like Carly Patterson and ruin her agent's income potential.
Yu-Na Kim's 'All That Skate' will be held this summer. Thus far, Joannie Rochette. Alexei Yagudin and Totmianina and Marinin are scheduled to perform. The show is being held the same weekend as Champs Camp, thus, the Americans will not be attending. Lambiel typically performs in her shows, so we will have to see if he has recovered from his eye condition. He is a fan favorite at All That Skate. Get ready, if YNK misses a jump, we can all freak out about her comeback and lack of potential. We will be watching every salchow (and she has never appeared to be one to jump as confidently under spotlights.)
The Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries of skating ring in Diva Weir's 28th year. In typical Johnny fashion, he is now all about NJ Equality now that it concerns him, yet he previously refused to be put into a box when he could exploit his glass closet in the press. The outfit is debatable as always.
Part 2 of the Aly Raisman documentary after the jump!
Aly Raisman Documentary (Part 2). I must say that Aly and Mihai appear extremely likable. The girl clearly works her ass off and is very bright. If only she had a coach to develop her toe point and swing on bars. It is almost impossible to correct at this point in her career with everything else she has to focus on. I am wondering if Aly's coaches at Excel were actually Russian. Did she get the rejects from Siberia? How did they miss the lessons on toe point and extension?! That said, the girl deserves serious respect for her ability to hit. And I live for her reaction to being asked the same questions again and again.
(Individual conditioning skills from the Chinese ''women.'' Jiang Yuyuan does actual beam work. It is cool to see them condition.
Jiang Yuyuan: Training For London
Huang Qiushuang Training