People Saying 'Hi' to the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team

Max Read · 08/03/12 09:10AM

As many commentators have observed, the 2012 London Olympics are the first "social media games" — and boy, are they. Not only does Twitter provide a platform for breaking results and discussing sports, it also gives fans the opportunity to connect with their idols. Just check out the way these folks are using Twitter to bring a whole new level of audience participation to the Olympic games:

You Have to Watch U.S. Gymnast Aly Raisman's Hilarious Parents React to Her Bar Routine

Max Read · 07/29/12 09:11PM

Here is the best video you will see from an entire weekend of Olympic sports: U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman's parents reacting to her bar routine during today's team qualifiers (Raisman scored a 14.166). Dear NBC: for training your cameras on this, everything is forgiven. This is what I look like when I watch Olympic sports. [Thanks to Deadspin's Timothy Burke for the video.]

From a Land Down Under

Max Read · 10/13/10 03:10AM

[Australia's Danielle Prince performs her "ribbon routine" during the rhythmic gymnastics team final and individual all-around qualification during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Photo via AP.]

Parallel Bars Fail

nightintern · 06/17/10 01:30PM

Maybe it was the Soulja Boy song in the background that distracted this athlete. Whatever it was, he sure won't be headed to the Olympics any time soon.

Gymnast Handsprings Into His Face

Sergio Hernandez · 01/26/10 02:30PM

Gymnasts' movements are generally supposed to be graceful and elegant. Generally. Other times (like this one), they're clumsy and painful.

Breakdancing Beggar Kicks Over a Toddler

Sergio Hernandez · 01/12/10 02:30PM

If you ever feel bad about ignoring the "proud begging" kids who dance on the subway, just remember this video of the time they kicked over a toddler.

Amazing Faceplanting Acrobats on Television

Richard Blakeley · 12/01/09 03:15PM

Being on live television is stressful enough, could you imagine having to have to land complicated acrobatic moves at the same time? Unfortunately these people didn't succeed.

Balance Beamed

Brian Moylan · 10/14/09 04:59PM

[A gymnast whizzes past the camera while competing today at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in London. Image via Getty]

Gymnast Author Confirms Gymnastics Is Full Of Sickos

Hamilton Nolan · 04/23/08 09:22AM

A new book called Chalked Up by ex-gymnast Jennifer Sey appears to confirm what many of us have long suspected: gymnastics is a weird and creepy sport. Not the tumbling and flipping part; that's cool enough. But the entire gymnastics complex that takes little girls and hammers them into world class athletes with eating disorders is a little sickening. And all those middle-aged men coaching—what are they doing there? I choose to sweepingly judge the lot of them as shady characters. Sey's experiences, related in a new interview with Salon, certainly reinforce that impression:

Gymnasts Can't Stop Flipping For Audi

Hamilton Nolan · 04/10/08 12:38PM

This is an admittedly very cool new ad for Audi, in which a whole bunch of "powerful Hungarian gymnasts" run through an impeccably choreographed routine of flips and, uh, other gymnastic moves that are meant to symbolize the inner workings of the Audi RS6's engine. The car costs over $150,000, so it better have some damn fine inner workings [Guardian UK]. Our only issue with the ad is that they could have gotten the break dance crew in Washington Square Park to do this entire routine for about $87, so if they paid the Hungarians more than that, they just got ripped off. Click to watch the automotive performance art.