Weekly Buzz: The Friday Five
Winners in France
On November 11-13, the Elite Gym Massilia competition was held in France. The all-around champion in the Masters division was Russia’s Anastasia Iliankova, while the winner of the Open division was USA’s Irina Alexeeva, who previously won the 2016 Secret U.S. Classic. Alexeeva also took home the uneven bars gold and balance beam bronze, while Iliankova won floor. The vault and beam champions were Coline Devillard (FRA) and Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA), respectively.
Stay tuned for our Q&A with U.S. senior Christina Desiderio next week! Christina will discuss her training, her gymnastics goals for 2017 and beyond, and more.
Another Tour for Simone
Simone Biles’ new book, Courage to Soar, is now available to purchase! Biles is currently on a book tour to promote her inspirational autobiography; you can learn more at her official website.
The excitement surrounding Laurie Hernandez just keeps continuing. Her brand-new line of GK Elite leotards was released on November 14, with two lovely choices so far. Check it out here!
Now that the Kellogg’s Tour is complete, the question is – what’s next for the Final Five? According to USA Gymnastics, none of them have officially retired yet. Biles, Hernandez, and Raisman have expressed a desire to continue competing, while Kocian is heading to UCLA to compete in NCAA gymnastics and hasn’t closed the door on returning to elite someday. Douglas is still undecided and will make a decision about her career later on.
Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com