Gymnastics journalists make fun of other journalists

In which Inside Gymnastics Magazine calls out the media for not knowing enough about gymnastics:

The media was anxious to ramp up the rivalry between World Champs [Shawn] Johnson and [Nastia] Liukin. When the duo maintained they were friends, really—“We text each other all the time,” Johnson insisted—one particularly persistent reporter asked, more than once, “But there’s gotta’ be a down side to having two of the world’s best all-arounders on one team, right?” (To paraphrase the most popular answer: Umm, not so much.)

For a second it looked like Johnson had opened the window to a wished-for war within the team when she told reporters that she and Liukin had different, quote, “lifestyles.” But, when asked to elaborate, Johnson, looking a bit bewildered, said: “Well, she’s 18 and I’m 16. I’m still in high school … but we’re both teenage girls. We love shopping.” Hardly tabloid-worthy trash talk. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie these two are not.

3 Responses to “Gymnastics journalists make fun of other journalists”

  1. Rick McCharles Says:

    Blythe, I found it amusing at NCAA Women’s Championships when half the journalists there literally knew NOTHING about gymnastic.

    They took whatever random quotes came up at the post meet press conference and filled in some template on their laptop with the winners of the names.

    It was an eye-opener for me.

    When the vault final was a disaster, it went unnoticed by the press.

    Luckily the dedicated, often volunteer, University team reporters that were able to get to the event knew what was going on. And the photographers were generally very good.

  2. Dani Says:

    I thought it was amusing, considering how accomplished the National team has been this quad they should know better and if they don’t, they should research it.

    My favorite was Kim Z joking she was 11 when she won her AA title, I hope to see that one in print somewhere.

  3. TCO Says:

    Go Shawn, boo Nastia. (Not really, but I enjoy fanning the flames.)

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