2009 champions

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Gymnastics Legends (Part 1/): Kohei Uchimura, the greatest male gymnast of all time

  • the first gymnast, male or female, to sweep the major all around titles (Worlds & Olympics) in a quad (he has completed this feat twice)
  • 7 Olympic medals and 19 World medals
  • 6x All Around World Champion (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) and 2x All Around Olympic Champion (2012, 2016)
  • 3x Olympic Champion and 10x World Champion
  • has been a world champion in the high bar, floor exercise, and parallel bars
  • competed a total of 23 routines at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo (AA in TQ, TF, and AA final + 5 event finals)
  • 3x recipient of the Longines Prize for Elegance
  • 10x Japanese National All Around Champion (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
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A compilation of all the skater cameos in Yuri!!! on Ice:

These little shoutouts to the real figure skating world amused me greatly while watching the anime, so I’ve decided to mash them all into one post:

Yuzuru Hanyu - Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2014 World Champion, four time Grand Prix Final Champion (2013-16), two-time Four Continents silver medalist (2011, 2013), four time Japanese National Champion (2013-2016), current world record holder for highest short program, free skate, and combined score. 

Stephane Lambiel - two-time World Champion (2005–2006), the 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion (2005, 2007), and a nine-time Swiss national champion (2001–08, 2010).

Nobunari Oda -  2006 Four Continents Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final medalist (silver in 2009 and 2010; bronze in 2006 and 2013), 2008 Japanese National Champion. Now works as a professional skater and TV commentator, and also specifically requested to appear on Yuri!!! on Ice (I’m still laughing, what a dork) 

Evgeni Plushenko - four-time Olympic Medalist (2006 gold, 2014 team gold, 2002 & 2010 silver), three time World Champion (2001, 2003, 2004), a seven-time European Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012), a four-time Grand Prix Final Champion (1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05), and a ten-time Russian National Champion (1999–2002, 2004–2006, 2010, 2012–2013)

Florent Amodio - 2011 European Champion, a four-time French National champion (2010, 2013-2015), and the 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion

continued under the cut: 

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Greats Of The Game - Carles Puyol, Central Defender

Mainly a central defender, he could also play on either flank, mostly as a right back, and was regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation. 

A one-club man, he served as the longtime team captain for his only club Barcelona after taking over from Luis Enrique in August 2004, and went on to appear in 593 official games for the club and win 21 major titles, notably six La Liga trophies and three Champions League.

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Greats Of The Game - Maxwell, Left-Back

At the time of his retirement in May 2017, he was the most decorated active footballer in Europe with 37 titles.

Cruzeiro

  • Copa do Brasil (1): 2000

Ajax

  • Eredivisie (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • KNVB Cup (2): 2001–02, 2005–06
  • Johan Cruyff Shield (2): 2002, 2005

Internazionale

  • Serie A (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2006, 2008

Barcelona

  • La Liga (2): 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Copa del Rey (1): 2011-12
  • Supercopa de España (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
  • UEFA Champions League (1): 2010–11
  • UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009, 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009, 2011

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Ligue 1 (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Coupe de France (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Coupe de la Ligue (4): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Trophée des champions (4): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Individual

  • Dutch Footballer of the Year (1): 2003–04
  • Dutch Golden Shoe (1): 2003–04
  • Ligue 1 Team of the Year (4): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16

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Stacked Up - 2012 Olympic FX EF

This is the first post in a series I’ve decided to start that explores just how stacked the Olympic and World event finals have been in the past (I may extend it to all-around finals later, but that requires a TON more work). I won’t be doing them in order, but if there’s one you would like me to do, request it and I’ll bump it up!

NB: This will ignore team results, as much more goes into a team placing than what one can achieve on a floor routine.

To start off, we’ll have a look at the 2012 Olympic floor final, probably one of the most stacked event finals in recent years. Our top eight finalists, in order of qualifying, were:

1. Aly Raisman (USA)
2. Sandra Izbasa (ROU)
3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)
5. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
6. Jordyn Wieber (USA)
7. Catalina Ponor (ROU)
8. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)

Looking at titles, it’s already clear this final was incredibly masterful and competitive on this apparatus. We had:

- The last two Olympic Champions; Ponor (2004 Athens), and Izbasa (2008 Beijing)
- The last two World Champions; Mitchell (2010 Rotterdam), and Afanasyeva (2011 Tokyo)
- Two former World all-around champions; Ferrari (2006 Aarhus), and Mustafina (2010 Rotterdam)
- The current reigning World all-around champion; Wieber (2011 Tokyo)

The only gymnast who had never held a major title on floor or in the all-around was Aly Raisman, who inevitably went on to win the Olympic title and add her name to the glowing list of finalists.

Titles aside, these eight girls had other pretty impressive credentials coming into the final. Let’s take a look:

Aly Raisman
- World bronze medallist on floor, 2011 Tokyo.

Sandra Izbasa
- World bronze medallist in the all-around, 2006 Aarhus
- Three time European floor champion, 2006 Volos, 2008 Clermont, 2011 Berlin

Vanessa Ferrari
- World bronze medallist on floor, 2006 Aarhus (she would also win a silver the year following the Olympics at the Worlds in Antwerp, Belgium)
- European floor champion, as well as all-around champion, 2007 Amsterdam (she would also win the European floor title in 2014, in Sofia)
- Two European silver medals on floor, 2006 Volos, 2009 Milan

Ksenia Afanasyeva
- European silver medallist in the all-around, 2009 Milan
With the exception of her world title and European silver medal, all of Ksenia’s greatest achievements involving her masterful floor routines would come in the years following the London Olympics, with two European titles in 2013 and 2015, as well as a World silver medal in 2015

Lauren Mitchell
- World silver medallist on floor, 2009 London
- Commonwealth Games all-around champion and floor silver medallist, 2010 Delhi

Jordyn Wieber
As far as floor exercise was concerned, Jordyn’s only major achievement was winning the World AA title the year preceding the Olympics. However, Jordyn was the American Cup champion in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Catalina Ponor
- World silver medallist on floor, 2003 Anaheim
- European Champion on floor, 2004 Amsterdam
- European silver medallist on floor, 2012 Brussels
- European bronze medallist on floor, 2006 Volos

Aliya Mustafina
- World silver medallist on floor, 2010 Rotterdam
- Olympic bronze medallist in the all-around, 2012 London
Like her teammate, Afanasyeva, many of Mustafina’s biggest achievements concerning floor would come after the Olympic Games.

It was clear coming in that any one of these eight girls had the potential to be on the podium. Sandra Izbasa was a hot favourite for a medal, as was Afanasyeva, however both had mistakes that took them out of the running. In the end, it was Aly Raisman, the only girl not holding a major title, to reign supreme, with Catalina Ponor and Aliya Mustafina grabbing silver and bronze respectively.

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8th- Kiana Winston (Alabama)

Kiana Winston (born June 12th 1996) is a former international elite gymnast who is currently a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in psychology. She did her club training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2009 US Classic Beam Champion 
  • 2009, 2010 and 2011 Visa Championships Qualifier
  • 2011 USA Junior National Team Member

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.900
  • Bars: 9.975
  • Beam: 9.950
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • First Team All-American on floor (2016)
  • Got her first 10.000 on floor against Florida (02/03/2017)
  • SEC Gymnast of the Week (02/06/2017)
Main Event - Finn Balor: Part 2

Part 1
Words: 1300+

The next night before raw, all the women were sitting in the women’s locker room. Everyone seemed really nervous about what was going to happen tonight. You tried to reassure them that everything was going to be fine but even you were slightly nervous. 

“Everyone decent?” Finn asked knocking on the door

“Come in!” Nattie called 

“How’s everyone doing?” Finn asked, everyone just stared at him blankly “That good huh?” 

“What’s up buttercup?” Yiu smiled at him 

“All male superstars have been called to the ring to start Raw with Vince and the rest of them” Finn said walking over “Just to let you know” 

“Thanks babe” you rolled your eyes 

“Bit worried?” Finn smirked 

“No! We’re gonna be fine…. but will you pay my fine?” 

“No way pay for your own mistakes” 

“Come on! 4 years of relationship! whats your’s is mine yeah?” 

“We aren’t married” Finn smirked 

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