Sunisa Lee on balance beam

Last Week in College Gym: July 4

There’s a lot that happens on the gymternet each week. So much so that it can be hard to keep track of it all. From training updates and COVID year announcements to recruiting rumors and coaching news, we don’t blame you for missing some important points here and there.

That’s where we come in. Last Week in College Gym is your one-stop shop for all the important headlines from the previous week in college gymnastics. No matter if you’re taking a social media break, went on vacation or just don’t have the capacity to follow every single gymnast, team and fan, we have you covered.

Top Storylines

Thomas Returning for Fifth Year

During an interview at the Honda Cup awards show, where she ended up as a top three finalist, Florida’s Trinity Thomas announced she will return for a fifth year and compete for the Gators. Thomas helped lead Florida to a runner-up finish at the NCAA championships where she also won the all-around title.

Other Newsworthy Items

  • UCLA filled out the remainder of its coaching staff this week, promoting former volunteer coach BJ Das to the role of assistant and picking up a husband and wife coaching duo, Kyle and Autumn Grable, from the club world (JPAC).
  • Alabama also completed its coaching staff this week, hiring former Illinois men’s head coach Justin Spring as a new assistant.
  • Auburn star and Olympic champion Sunisa Lee garnered herself a pair of nominations for the year’s ESPY Awards. In the women’s categories, Lee is nominated for “Best Athlete” and “Best Olympian.”
  • Rising Sacramento State fifth-year Karissa Hoffman was honored with the prestigious NCAA 2022 Career Development Award, which recognizes student-athletes pursuing careers in athletics administration.
  • Pittsburgh commit Julie Røttum Madsø competed at the Nordic Championships on Saturday where she won the all-around title. 

NIL Brand Deals

  • Olympic silver medalist and Bruin Jordan Chiles recently signed with Select Management Group after previously being unrepresented.

Training Updates

  • Rising LIU junior Talia Folino posted an Instagram story highlighting a front aerial to back handspring layout step out series.
  • Rising North Carolina sophomore Lali Dekanoidze, who had a season ending knee injury in February, posted a video of a roundoff back handspring on Tumbl Trak to her Instagram story marking 15 weeks post surgery.
  • Rising Oklahoma sophomore Jordan Bowers is working a Ray to pak salto combination on the uneven bars per her Instagram.
  • Rising BYU freshman Emily Wisehart posted an Instagram story of a new round off back one and a half to front layout combination.

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