The Road To NCAAs: AJ Jackson, Sooners Aim To Stay Within Themselves

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AJ Jackson and the Oklahoma Sooners enter this year's Super Six with a little more pressure than previous seasons. The Sooners are the defending national champions and Jackson looks to help her team secure its second consecutive title.

The junior is dynamic on floor exercise and vault where she brings power and can bring in the big scores that Oklahoma will need. She has not posted a score below a 9.875 on vault in 14 meets this season. Ten times she has scored a 9.900 or better for her Yurchenko one and a half.

Jackson's floor routine is a crowd favorite. While she can only mime the chalk blowing in her routine now, she typically has all of her teammates and even some of the Oklahoma fans in the stands doing the chalk blowing at the start of her routine.

Oklahoma aims to defend its national title at Saturday's Super Six against LSU, Florida, Alabama, UCLA and Utah. Last year, the Sooners came out on top by 0.225.

FloGymnastics: What is your favorite event to perform on and why?
AJ Jackson: I love floor because you get to show your personality and because KJ [Kindler] does such a good job with choreography and it's just really fun to show it off.

What is your favorite skill to perform on any event?
My favorite skill is my full-out on floor. It just feels like I'm flying through the air.

What is the most challenging skill that you've learned and what made it challenging for you?
Actually, my full-in on floor is probably one of the most challenging skills I had to learn because it just takes a lot of patience and a lot of time to understand the basics of the skill to perform it well.

What was the biggest thing that you took away from regionals that you'll apply to nationals?
My biggest thing is that we worked really well as a team and we need to continue pushing like that and just keep growing as a team in general.

Going in as the defending champions this year, is there a little bit of added pressure and how are you all handling that?
There is a little bit of pressure but we just try to stay within ourselves and focus on what we need to do to perform at our absolute best.

How does the adversity that your team faces in the regular season help you prepare for the postseason?
It helps us realize what we need to work on, what little minor details that have to be fixed and just overall as a team how we support each other and how we go about doing that.

How do you bounce back from a fall?
We just all have each other's back. We know that if we fall, our team will have our back and support us no matter what. Everybody makes mistakes and you're not always going to be perfect so you have to keep that mindset?

Is there any added pressure to hit your routine if there is a fall in front of you and if so, how do you handle that?
Usually I don't really know what happens to the people in front of me. I try to stay within myself and do what I know how to do. Even if I do there's a fall ahead of me, I know that I can trust my training and go out there and do what I know how to do.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Kind of goofy, a little shy and very protective of those I care about.

What are you most looking forward to about competing next week at nationals?
I'm really looking forward to being able to compete in front of my family and my friends and just being able to compete for my team on this big of a stage.

Angelina Melnikova Added To Russia's 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy Roster

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The Russian Gymnastics Federation has submitted an updated nominative roster that now includes Angelina Melnikova competing at the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy, which you can watch LIVE on FloGymnastics.

4 U.S. Athletes Set To Compete In World Cup Events This Week

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Margzetta Frazier, Donothan Bailey, Marvin Kimble, and Alec Yoder will represent the U.S. in two World Cup events this week in Birmingham, England, and Doha, Qatar.

Stuttgart: China’s Zhang And Russia's Belyavskiy Win, Chiles Takes Bronze

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Zhang Jin (CHN) and David Belyavskiy (RUS) took gold medals in women and men's all-around competition this past weekend at the Stuttgart World Cup Event in Germany. 

Roster: Canada To Send Five To 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy

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Canada will be sending five gymnasts to the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy, the Italian Gymnastics Federation confirmed. The following four juniors and one senior will be competing for Canada in the meet held April 14 and 15 in Jesolo, Italy. You can watch the meet LIVE only on FloGymnastics.

OU Eyes Another Title: Event-By-Event Analysis Of The Big 12 Championships

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After weeks and weeks of hard work, routine tweaks, and stunning gymnastics, championship season is here, and FloGymnastics heads to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to bring you LIVE coverage of the Big 12 Championships.

USAG Response To Impact Statements Not Sitting Well With Jordyn Wieber

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In an interview with the Southern California News Group last Wednesday, Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber expressed her disappointment with USA Gymnastic's response to the 156 impact statements during Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing in January. 

Recapping The Action: Seniors, Records, And 198s From UCLA, Utah, & LSU


The regular season has come to a close, with teams and gymnasts putting together their best stuff ahead of conference championship weekend and, after that, regionals. From California to the Midwest to Alabama, the routines were on point over the weekend. Check out our recap below.

Roster: Great Britain To Send Four Juniors To 2018 City Of Jesolo Trophy

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British Gymnastics plans to send a team of four juniors to the 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy, the International Gymnastics Federation has confirmed. Below are the gymnasts on Great Britain's nominative roster for the international competition, which takes place in Italy from April 11-15. You can watch Jesolo LIVE on FloGymnastics.

Aly Raisman Flips The Switch On Abuse, Partners With Darkness To Light


Aly Raisman has teamed up with Darkness to Light, launching a training initiative aimed at education and prevention of child sexual abuse. 

5 Can't-Miss Routines From Oklahoma Sooners, SEC Squads, And Utah Utes

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There are still some fantastic routines to catch before the NCAA gymnastics season winds down and gives way to regionals. This week's five can't-miss routines come from the defending national champion Sooners, a slew of SEC squads, and the Utes out west.