Friday
Feb262016

[WATCH] UNDER ARMOUR | RULE YOURSELF | USA WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

[WATCH] UNDER ARMOUR | RULE YOURSELF | USA WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

Gymnastics has been traditionally viewed as an Olympic sport. But when team USA is dominating the international scene, advertisers see big dollar signs. Big brands sponsoring athletes isn't a new concept, however, this Under Armour "Rule Yourself" commercial is giving Gymnastics more mainstream acknoledgement. Under Armour will provide performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for the USA Gymnastics athletes, coaches, and staff through the 2020 Olympic Games. Starring Olympic hopefuls, Madison Kocian, Maggie Nichols, and MyKayla Skinner, the commercial shows the girls taking you through a typical day in training. I also love their tagline saying that "it's what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light." When practices start at the butt crack of dawn and goes on for hours, you may not see the sun especially for an indoor sport like Gymnastics. The USA Women's Gymnastics team is the favorite to win team gold in Rio later this year. So look out for these faces as they contend to make the 2016 Olympic Team!

 

Tuesday
Feb092016

[WATCH] UCLA GYMNAST SOPHINA DEJESUS FLOOR ROUTINE GOES VIRAL

[WATCH] UCLA GYMNAST SOPHINA DEJESUS FLOOR ROUTINE GOES VIRAL

If you thought the Olympics was the only time to watch gymnastics, then you are missing out! It's not everyday a gymnastics floor routine goes viral. But when you debut your floor routine for the first time in the season and especially at a home meet, you best come prepared. Sophina DeJesus proved that when you combine awesome tumbling with cool dance moves, you will earn a big score from the judges. Scoring a near perfect 10 (9.925), not only did she contribute to the Bruins edging out the Utes in a super close meet (197.100 - 197.075), she will undoubtedly go down in UCLA history for racking over 7 million views on the first day the video went live. Now that's #BruinStrong. Sophina is no stranger to the lime light having been on the TV show, Hip Hop Harry, with her sister when she was little. But this was her moment to shine. So let's break down 8 reasons why her routine became such a viral sensation. 

The Gymnastics

Reason 1: She opens with a punch front double full twist

Reason 2: She sticks her Double Back Tuck second tumbling pass and everyone went nuts

Reason 3: She dismounts with a one and a half punch front layout right down to an immediate splits

The Dance

Every other gymnast can do the same tumbling passes as Sophina. But what sets her a part from everyone else is how she incorporated trendy dance moves that even if you've never seen her floor routine before, you still knew the dance and can even follow along with her.  

Reason 4: Watch her whip

Reason 5: Watch her Nae Nae

Since Freshmen year, Sophina has incoporated the "Salute" in all of her routines on floor and beam. It's no surprise that she has included that in this floor routine right at the end. She even threw in the quan before the salute for good measure. 

Reason 6 and 7: The Quan and the Salute

If you watch this routine carefully, you'll even see her doing the dab right after the salute. While you don't see Sophina doing it specifically, the camera happens to pan over to her teammate Danusia Francis doing the dab. 

Reason 8: The Dab

Can't wait to watch Sophina's routine again this weekend as UCLA (ranked 7 in the nation) goes head-to-head against Oregon State (ranked 16 in the nation). 

Thursday
Feb122015

AWESOME 80S KARATE RAP SONG

This is EVERYTHING.