I CANT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I HAD FRIED CHICKEN 

izbasa-fan:

Sandra izbasa

izbasa-fan:

Sandra izbasa

cat owner: hears noise from the next room over
cat owner: i don't know what you're doing, but i know that you should stop
gabbyjuppobsession:

Only just saw this on twitter but Kyla’s friends make me😂

gabbyjuppobsession:

Only just saw this on twitter but Kyla’s friends make me😂

decencybedamned:

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Valentina Rodionenko update! Apparently heavy air conditioning, strange food, and biased Chinese judges are the reason for Team Russia’s lackluster performance at Worlds. They will have much better results in Scotland next year.

erikafasana:

Dominique Dawes - requested by anonymous (insp x )

lovingymnastics:

fog-you:

The Nootcracker

wats-good-gabby I think we need to go watch this

GETTING MY TICKETS RN

lovingymnastics:

fog-you:

The Nootcracker

wats-good-gabby I think we need to go watch this

GETTING MY TICKETS RN

i love giulia steingruber’s facebook bc sometimes its like “oh hey i have a competition this weekend wish me luck!” but then other times its like “i jog on sundays”

aly126:

Gymnasts of the 2014 World Championships → Huang Huidan (requested by aurelia-dobre, credit for the quote goes to 16-233 )

2014 Xylitol White CM

thegymnastslife:

This is literally what I live for.

maxwhitlocksupporters:

Congratulations Max! British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year

It makes me sad to read the interviews of the Chinese national team members, because they often say they haven't been home or seen their parents in several years (9! for Huang Huidan). I have a lot of respect for them for their dedication and understand why they often break down in tears when they fall, it must be enormous pressure to have their lives center just around training and sometimes even have their family and future depend on the money that they get from gold medals.
Anonymous

16-233:

It’s very sad, but for some of them, if there isn’t gymnastics, when they become adults, they will have to leave home and work in a factory, where there’s 12 hour work shifts and very little vacation time. The end result of not being able to see their families is the same. 

It’s the reality of China’s underclass. 

We talk about the lack of depth in China right now, and I think it actually reflects positively on the current economic standing (as compared to China prior to early 90s). People are better off now and many don’t want to part with their child by sending him or her to do gymnastics at an elite level, thus the lack of depth. 

Eventually, China, too, will make the transition to a “club/local gym” system like the US, but we are not there yet because many in the poorer social class still depend on the national program for a way out of poverty (ie. people like Shang Chunsong.) Or in the case of Yao Jinnan (and Bai Yawen to some degree), she showed so much physical potential that her parents thought it was better than making her go to a regular school and face the hyper-competitive GaoKao. (ie. Suffer a bit of hardship in training now instead of later in life as a non-skilled worker without an university degree)