Rounding Off: The week that was in gymnastics for 20 November

Taylor Lindsay-Noel's inspiring journey to Oprah's favourite things, Laurie Hernandez 'feelin' good,' and world champions make their college selections

By Scott Bregman

In 2008, Canadian artistic gymnast Taylor Lindsay-Noel broke her neck while training a difficult new uneven bars dismount. The one-time Olympic hopeful was paralyzed.

12 years later, Lindsay-Noel’s story has become one of triumph: her company, Cup of Te, is featured as one of Oprah Winfrey’s favourite things in the December issue of ‘O’ magazine.

“I needed a massive sign; really, I needed a billboard,” Lindsay-Noel told The Toronto Star of the news. “My story demonstrates the power of community and what can happen when people are supported by the love of friends, family and strangers,” Taylor said.

“There’s life after tragedy. I’m hoping to break other glass ceilings. I’m a female, Black, disabled, small business owner … and I’m still here. NO is not a real word in the capacity of your life.”

World champions make college selections official

Last week marked college signing day in the United States with many big names, including four World Championships gold medallists, making their college choices official.

2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd, 2018 world team champion Riley McCusker and Leanne Wong, who won the 2019 American Cup, will head to the University of Florida for the 2022 season.

Meanwhile, 2019 World team gold medallist Sunisa Lee signed her letter of intent to attend the University of Auburn, while Stuttgart team-mate Kara Eaker intends to join the University of Utah team.

Laurie Hernandez is ‘feelin’ good’

Rio 2016 Olympic team gold and balance beam silver medallist Laurie Hernandez shared a video update of her training this week on Instagram with the caption, ‘feelin’ good.’

Hernandez is also looking good, displaying some of the most difficult elements we’ve seen from the 20-year-old since Rio.

The video included an intricate front tumbling pass (front layout, front double full, punch front), a double twisting Yurchenko vault, a Ricna to Pak salto combination on bars and a double pike balance beam dismount.

“It feels for me like I’m going to be a lot more prepared,” Hernandez told Olympic Channel on Instagram in April. “It’s comforting, more time. It’s all anybody could really ask for, I think."

From the vault…

This week, we take a look back at France’s Elvire Teza on the uneven bars and balance beam during qualifications at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Teza, who is a two-time Olympian, advanced to the uneven bars final where she finished eighth.


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