More from Suzanne Yoculan

Props to Inside Gymnastics Magazine. They really don’t hold back in their questioning.

Part two of their Suzanne Yoculan Interview is now posted on their website. Part one can be found here.

INSIDE GYMNASTICS: When you’ve been on top as long as Georgia has, is there a backlash? Do you feel like the general public now has the “oh not Georgia again” attitude?

SUZANNE YOCULAN: I don’t feel it, I know it (laughs). Everyone roots against us, except for Georgia fans.

I mean, I understand. During March Madness I was rooting for Davidson. It’s a natural instinct to root for the underdog. I don’t mind that people root against us. I understand that emotion.

… I actually think it’s better for college gymnastics for someone else to win. I mean, in a lot of ways, I agree [with the sentiment, but] I’m not going to roll over so that someone else can win (laughs).

…I don’t mind people rooting against us. I don’t mind people shooting for us. The only thing that I mind is people assuming things that aren’t true, just because they’re tired of us winning.

There’s also something about an undisclosed podium “incident” at this year’s NCAA Championships.

INSIDE GYMNASTICS: Is that what happened with the mini-controversy at NCAAs, where the Georgia seniors waved goodbye to the fans from the podium before the meet was officially over?

SUZANNE YOCULAN: … I am very emotional, very spontaneous and very enthusiastic, so I do make mistakes. And I’m the first one to admit them if I make them, and apologize for them. But I don’t cheat, and I don’t lie. So if I say I didn’t know that [there was] still a gymnast competing when our gymnasts took the stand to wave goodbye to their fans, then I didn’t know.

Love her, hate her or think she cuts corners, there’s little doubt that Yoculan will be sorely missed in Athens when she retires after 2009.

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One Response to “More from Suzanne Yoculan”

  1. Rick McCharles Says:

    She is a straight talker. One secret of her success, I think.

    Those Possibly related posts are really bad, by the way. WordPress is usually so cautious before adding new features, I’m surprised they jumped on this one.

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