Posts Tagged ‘Mohini Bhardwaj’

Terin Humphrey: The moments

March 19, 2008

Terin HumphreyCarly Patterson was the “it” girl, the one with the big chance to become the next Mary Lou Retton.

Courtney McCool was the upstart senior with the impeccable form who some thought could win it all for herself.

Courtney Kupets was an amazing comeback story — the girl who had weathered a potentially career-ending injury and come back better than she’d been before, all in less than a year.

Mohini Bhardwaj had defied all odds and made an Olympic team eight years after she was expected to be at her prime.

Annia Hatch was living the American dream.

And Terin Humphrey was the girl, who despite not being a particular Olympic favorite (some doubted she’d make the team, given that the USA had so much talent to choose from) wound up standing on a podium in Athens all by herself with a silver medal around her neck.

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Gymnasts and ink

January 29, 2008

It seems that tattoos are more popular in gymnastics than one might think.

Three-time U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson wasn't shy about his tattoos.Blaine Wilson, the poster child rebellious gymnast, competed with his ankle wrapped top shield judges’ eyes from his tattoo, a cartoon character grasping the letters OSU (presumably for Ohio State University, Wilson’s alma mater.) 2004 Olympian Mohini Bhardwaj did likewise.

Terin Humphrey had the Olympic rings tattooed on her left shoulderblade.After the 2004 Olympics, Terin Humphrey had the Olympic rings tattooed just below her right shoulderblade. Bhardwaj also later had the rings tattooed on her left wrist.

Add to this line of inked gymnasts nearly every member of the Penn State University men’s team. Penn State won the NCAA Championship in 2007 and quickly followed what has apparently become a Nittany Lion tradition, its student newspaper The Collegian reported.

When most teams win national championships, they slip on rings, raise trophies and let out a season’s worth of tension partying. The Penn State men’s gymnastics team celebrated a bit differently.

They got tattoos.

The players adopted the idea from Penn State teams that had won national championships in 2000 and 2004.

“Before I came to Penn State, I saw the guys from 2004 who had them and I always told my family and friends from home, ‘I want a tattoo and a ring,’ ” junior Josh Borromeo said. “That was the main reason that I came here.”

Gymnastics history — in montage form

November 5, 2007

Rick at Gymnastics Coaching posted this excellent montage of 2008 U.S. Olympic hopefuls a little while ago.

Wonderfully done. Reminds me of Aleksas Trotter’s montage about the ocean-deep 2000-2004 U.S. National team — and since this was made in the run-up to the 2003 Worlds,  the montagemaker doesn’t even include Mohini Bhardwaj.

Aleksas also made a montage of the 1996-2000 generation, titled “So Good.”