By Jessica Taylor Price

The men’s team final was… quite the nailbiter. Luckily for us gymnerds, we have the women’s team final to look forward to, and that won’t be stressful at all, nope.😂

Here’s what’s been happening in Doha:

Feature Photo by Grace Chiu


China for the win

China won the team final by an incredible 0.049-point margin, with the help of Zou Jingyuan’s near-perfect parallel bars routine, which scored a whopping 16.2. Congrats, Team China!

If only…

USA Gymnastics decided to help out those of us with day jobs by providing a template for a “please excuse” note for Worlds viewing. I don’t think it would convince my boss, but the effort is appreciated!

Japan prioritized

Japan earned the bronze with an injured King Kohei at the helm, but what’s most important is that they took the time out of their busy schedule to take a group selfie.

Vasiliki is retiring

Three-time Olympian and beam queen Vasiliki Millousi of Greece announced her retirement from gymnastics and the over-30-and-still-flipping club. Best of luck to Vasiliki in her future adventures!

Team USA came in fourth

The men of Team USA finished in a respectable fourth place after a less-than-perfect day. They did win the gold for loudest, most encouraging team, though.

Makeup must be “modest”

Celine van Gerner revealed on Twitter that the FIG will no longer allow face painting or theatrical characters in floor routines. On the plus side, that means van Gerner will always be unique for her cat routine, right?

Russia barely missed gold

Russia had a heartbreaking finish, coming in second to China by the narrowest of margins (and despite these incredible vaults). The good news? Melnikova is still a fan.

Morgan stans a legend

Speaking of the ladies of Team Russia, Morgan Hurd and Tom Forster were both starstruck when they met our queen Aliya Mustafina today, as they darn well should be. #Respect

Planets aligned

Daniela Silivas, Svetlana Khorkina, Alexei Nemov, and Svetlana Boginskaya were all in the same room at one time, and the universe somehow handled it.


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