Category Archives: Gossip

CONFIRMED: Nia Dennis Relocates to Illinois, Now training at Legacy Elite

Unusual news hit the gymternet today as U.S. Senior National team member, Nia Dennis, is rumoured to have moved to Illinois recently and is currently training at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream, Ill., just 12 miles away from where this year’s Secret Classic will be held in Hoffman Estates.

The 16 year old, who had been with her previous gym, Buckeye, since 2008, is now said to be training in Illinois. The gym she has moved to, Legacy Elite, has played host to some notable elite gymnasts in the past, namely the Caquatto sistersAnna Li, who’s parents run the gym, as well as Michigan State Spartan gymnast Alina Cartwright.

Currently, the program has one elite gymnast, junior Gabby Perea, but they have a very strong Junior Olympic program and obviously uphold credible elite history. So, now for the speculation. Why has Nia decided to up sticks? and so close to Championship season, too?

Well, an answer is yet to be provided but the gymternet have speculated that the addition of Olympic Champion, Gabby Douglas, may have been a reason because perhaps Nia just doesn’t get given enough attention and has fallen out with coaches. Additionally, infamous gymnastics media website, Gymnastike, could’ve been the cause of the issue. In their recurring series, Between the Routine, they take an inside look into gyms across the country. Often instrusive, the episodes seem to expose gymnasts in a different light and various gymnasts, such as Alexis BeuclerPixie Brock and Emily Gaskins who all moved gyms shortly after their episodes aired. This seems very suspicious to me.

In addition, recent Buckeye gymnast, who used to train in Washington, Shilese Jones, is also said to be moving with Dennis and will stay at their same home. It seems like Legacy Elite is reaping the benefits!

So, who knows what the future holds for Dennis and Jones. All I hope is that it doesn’t dramatically effect their performances as they show so much promise!

Ammendment

I can now confirm Dennis’ move to Legacy Elite as her USA Gymnastics official bio page as been changed.


An article by James Greaves, editor-in-chief

Photo credits: Zimbio

Eleven Questions With Standout U.S. Gymnast…Kaitlin DeGuzman

Hello gymterneters and Chatty Gymnast fans!

In this article, U.S. Level 10 and recently turned Junior International Elite, Kaitlin DeGuzman, will answer eleven questions that we posed to her – discussing gymnastics, school and future plans! So, please take a read;


CG: This Level 10 season you placed 11th at Nastia Liukin Cup and 14th at Nationals, how did the season go for you, personally?

KDG: This season was great over all. Personally, I think I could’ve done better but overall, I am very happy with my results and how I finished.

CG: You recorded a score of 39.375 at States this year, are you aware that this is the highest score of 2015? How does it feel to hold that record?

KDG: I was not aware that this was the highest Level 10 score of 2015. If only I can score like that every time in Elite, that would be awesome! 😀

CG: You’ve recently qualified to the U.S. Classic as a Junior International Elite. What are your goals as a first year elite?

KDG: My goals are to place Top 5 at Secret U.S. Classics and to make it to P&G’s [U.S. Nationals].

CG: Do you plan on upgrading your routines for this upcoming elite season?

KDG: Yes, I do.

CG: As you were born in the Phillipines and have Filipino heritage, do you plan to represent them in international competition? Or will you stick with the US?

KDG: I don’t know if I will be good enough to compete for the U.S. as there are so many good gymnasts. [She didn’t provide a certain answer]

CG: You’re now homeschooled – Do you miss public school or do you prefer the freedom of homeschooling? KDG: I miss public school but personally, I prefer homeschooling. However, I still want to go to prom! ❤ 😀

CG: Describe your daily routine and how many hours you train per week

KDG: This is how my day looks like. I normally wake up at 6:15 am take a shower and eat on the go. I like to be over 30 minutes early for gym so I can relax before I start my workout. After morning practice I eat lunch, sometimes I go to therapy but most of the time I do my school work. I usually do more school work after afternoon practice while waiting for my mom to finish coaching. We head home eat dinner and get ready for bed. If I have time I usually watch one of my favorite TV shows.

CG: You’re age eligible for the 2016 Olympics next year, is this your main goal?

KDG: I would love the experience; if it’s God’s plan for me.

CG: Are you interested in doing collegiate gymnastics after high school graduation? Do you have any colleges in mind already?

KDG: Yes, I think it would be fun to compete in college gymnastics. However, I don’t have any colleges in mind yet.

CG: After you’ve finished gymnastics and college, what are your career aspirations? If you know, of course. 

KDG: I think I would like to become a veterinarian and/or a physical therapist.

CG: What advice would you give to gymnasts who aspire to compete at your level? Train hard, honour God. Never give up on anything because it will be worth it in the end. Also, take one practice at a time!


Evidently, you can see that Kaitlin is a ‘lady of few words’; as described by John Roethlisberger during the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup broadcast but I like that about her! DeGuzman has her work cut out if she’s serious about making the U.S. Olympic team next year but, if she decided to compete for the Philippines, they would have a serious mega team; Ava Verdeflor, Lizzy LeDuc and then Kaitlin!

I’m sure time will tell if she’s the one for Rio!


An article by James Greaves – editor in chief for Chatty Gymnast

NOTE: We’re currently very interested in new writers for the blog. Think you could fill this role? E-mail us at; chattygymnast@gmail.com 🙂

Kiera Brown Dismissed From Georgia, Due to Violation of Team Rules

We’re hearing reports that University of Georgia gymnast and Newport News resident, Kiera Brown has been dismissed from the Georgia Gym Dogs team for the 2016 season. The 20 year old, who trained at World Class Gymnastics throughout her club career, provided strength on all fourteen bars lineups last year and factored into the beam lineup nine times and floor lineup eight times. In addition, she bagged a career high on bars of 9.950 against Utah.

So, how did this come about? Well, allegedly, Brown has been dismissed from the Georgia Gym Dogs team due to violations of team rules, as told by Communications Director, Ben Beaty. Whether Kiera is continuing her education at UGA remains to be seen.

The 2016 roster features all of last year’s team members including three incoming freshmen; Caroline Bradford of Prairieville, La. (Cypress Pointe), Gracie Cherrey of Woodbury, Minn. (TCT) and Sydney Snead of Raleigh, N.C. (Sonshine). Georgia seems to be set for another great year, despite this upsetting loss!

Amendment: Brown has transferred to University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., however she is not listed on the 2015-16 team roster!

BREAKING: Victoria Moors to retire from Gymnastics

It’s a sad day in Gymnastics. Earlier this afternoon, it was announced that 2012 Canadian Olympian, Victoria Moors, will retire from gymnastics. The 18-year old hasn’t yet announced the retirement herself but a twitter account, @ActusGymnastique, tweeted that she has decided to hang up the handguards.

The 2013 Worlds Team member, from Ontario, Canada, was tipped to make the 2016 Olympic team but obviously, it was not mean’t to be! I wish Victoria the best of luck with whatever she decides to do; following her gymnastics career.


An article by James Greaves / editor-in-chief

An Exclusive with Ariana Berlin

Chatty Gymnast caught up with former UCLA team member and recently turned stunt double, Ariana Berlin, as she prepares for the release of her biopic film, Full Out: The Ariana Berlin Movie. If you’re not aware with Ariana’s story, here it is; Berlin was an elite-level gymnast until 2001, when she and her mother, Susan, were involved in a car accident. Berlin was severly injured and was told that she would never do gymnastics again. After dabbling in street dance, becoming a member of Culture Shock, she then started to perform at SeaWorld San Diego where she met resident summer choreographer and UCLA Head coach, Valorie Kondos Field. Kondos Field admired her determination and philosophy on life and soon offered Berlin a walk-on spot for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team. After a standout freshman year, in 2006, she was offered a full-ride scholarship and soon became one of the most successful UCLA Bruins gymnasts in history!

She answers some questions we had for her on the release of her film and how her accident has changed her perspective on life, in general.
CG: How do you feel doing gymnastics as a UCLA Bruin helped shape you as a person?

AB: Being a gymnast at UCLA has molded me into the person I am today in many ways.  It taught me that if you really want something, it will require blood, sweat and tears, but it is always worth it.  I’ve learned so much about myself, what makes me tick, how to overcome adversity, how to deal with others in a variety of situations, and how to be a part of something greater than myself.  Being a student-athlete is not easy, but it provides tools that you will use for the rest of your life.

CG:  How has your outlook on life differed since your accident?

AB: I live each day to the absolute fullest; there are no promises for tomorrow.  It helps me put things into perspective when I’m having a bad day and things just aren’t going my way.  I refer back to the accident and know, if I got through that, I can get through anything.

CG: Talking about the film, what can we expect from it?

AB: You can expect an extremely fun, energetic and uplifting inspirational comeback story that is relatable to anyone who has gone through adversity.

CG: Was it emotional for you to watch the filming and to see it all come together?

AB: It was extremely emotional.  I was onset during the entire month of filming and watching the story come to life was surreal.  The most emotional part was when my family visited set.  They were the ones that lived through the accident with my Mom and I and now, almost 14 years later we were reliving that moment in time through the filming process.  Also, at the screening in San Diego, all of my closest friends and family who supported me throughout the accident and recovery were there supporting the film.  That was very emotional.

CG: You did all your own stunts, right. How hard was it to get back into shape and get your skills back?

AB: It was very difficult getting back into shape.  Thankfully I had our assistant UCLA Gymnastics coach, Randy Lane help me with the process.  I trained with him about 3 days a week for a little over month before we began filming.  I was sore for weeks!!!  After the soreness dissipated, the skills came back fairly easily.  It’s all muscle memory.

CG: Was it hard to find the cast? How did you go about the process?

AB: Our Executive Producer, Jeff Deverett worked with a casting director in Toronto to find all of the talent.  I wasn’t able to attend the auditions, but Jeff sent me videos of the acting and dance auditions.  I wasn’t involved too much in the process, but I think they did an excellent job at casting each role.

CG: The majority of filming was shot in Canada, if I am correct. How come you didn’t stay local and film in LA?

AB: The main reason we shot in Canada was because our Executive Producer and Director are Canadian and we received great tax benefits.

CG:  Will the film ever be theatrically released? Have you been to any film festivals?

AB: We are in the distribution process right now.  We do have hopes for a theatrical release, but I do not know the specifics just yet.

CG: Describe, in three words, Full Out: The Ariana Berlin Movie!

AB: Never Give Up (that sounds so corny, but it is the essence of Full Out)

CG: What would your message be to anyone in a similar position to what you were in?

AB: My message is; ‘Life is not always a fairytale story with a fairytale ending.  There are bound to be challenges, but it’s how you choose to handle life’s challenges that defines who you are’.

Ariana’s story is the epitome of determination and hardwork and the film is going to be beautiful! It will capture the essence of what it means to be a gymnast and what it means to overcome anything and follow your dreams. And as is depicted in the movie, ‘sometimes you have to fall before you can fly’.

You can watch the trailer below;


An article by James Greaves, editor-in-chief

College: Ramler to Minnesota for the 2017-18 season

U.S. elite, Lexy Ramler, who lives in St. Michael, Minn., has recently committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers gymnastics team for the 2017-18 season. She trains at KidSport Gymnastics in Winona, Minn. which has recently been rebuilt due to a fire that struck in the September of 2014. Ramler is likely to compete during the U.S. elite season this year and will vy for a spot on the U.S. National team.

Go Gophers!


An article by James Greaves, editor-in-chief

Photo credits to Brian Freed

Jenny Rowland to serve as Florida’s New Head Coach

Auburn assistant coach and former elite gymnast, Jenny Rowland, will serve as Florida Gators’ new Head coach. The Arizona State alumni, who has been with Auburn since 2010, has a huge task ahead of her as the Gators are the reigning NCAA Champions, and have been since 2013.

Former head coach, Rhonda Faehn, has recently taken a role as Senior Vice President at USA Gymnastics, as previously publicised.


An article by James Greaves, editor-in-chief

 

College: Shchennikova to Michigan for the 2016-17 season

Senior elite gymnast, Polina Shchennikova, has committed to the Michigan Wolverines gymnastics team for the 2016-17 season.

The Russian-American gymnast, who lives in Arvada, Colorado and trains under the tutelage of her parents; Katya and Alex, has vast elite experience under her belt as a Junior but was unable to make her Senior debut last year because she was nursing various injuries. Shchennikova will return for the 2015 elite season as a Senior and is aiming for Rio.

Congratulations Polina!

PHOTO: Aly Raisman, Simone Biles embrace being short!

2012 Olympic Champion, Aly Raisman and 2014 World Champion, Simone Biles, embrace the shortness in a cute pic Aly posted on her twitter feed. The picture is of them at Jesolo this year and the caption reads “. looks like a little baby here. I should’ve just picked her up and held her 

So cute.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, readers!