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| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anaheim Raises the Bar

Ragan Smith took home the senior women’s championship.

By Greg Mellen

USA Gymnastics had a lot riding on the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships, the organization’s signature event. Typically, in the year after the Olympic Summer Games, the championships are something of a reboot, a sneak peek at the next four years, and this year’s event at Honda Center in Anaheim was no exception. For the first time since 1985, no female Olympian from the previous year competed in the championships. USA Gymnastics was also eager to move forward from the sex-abuse scandals that have rocked the organization in the past year.

Ron Galimore, the former national team gymnast who replaced Steve Penny at the helm of USA Gymnastics in the wake of the scandal, admitted as much. “We’re starting the journey for Tokyo,” he said of the site of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games. “It’s a long journey.” He insisted that the organization and sport were taking the opportunity to refocus on their values. “The health and well-being of our athletes is our No. 1 priority,” he said.

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