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Why is this beefcake automatically mine, Annie? That was Dom's post, and Chris did a follow up. Do all posts about hot boys on Slog automatically default to mine?

Posted by Dan Savage | June 23, 2008 1:21 PM


Posted by w7ngman | June 23, 2008 1:27 PM

Uh, yes, they do. Sorry! Don't worry, I would attribute any post of yours with boxy line drawings to Dom, regardless of whether you had discovered an interest in architecture.

But also, excellent. I thought you had better taste than male gymnasts. How about some Olympics soccer players or swimmers, right?

Posted by annie | June 23, 2008 1:31 PM

Must I watch that? Must I care about The Olympics and tiny young girls with eating disorders performing dangerous stunts on behalf of media conglomerates, Coca-Cola, and the government of China?

Posted by pox | June 23, 2008 1:33 PM

Do her knees bend the other way? She kind of looks like a faun.

Posted by JC | June 23, 2008 1:35 PM

looks cool, but i'm shocked that this is all we have to offer... i thought this was the olympics! where are the sweet moves? with a little bit of practice and an eating disorder, i could do that too.

Posted by tiffany | June 23, 2008 1:36 PM

I was watching last night, wondering how Mary Lou, etc. ever learned gymnastics - Bela must have been more coherent back then. And each time that Kerri Strug commercial came on, I thought the same thing. That and I was grateful that Nastia's father didn't storm off behind the curtain when she made a mistake like he did last year.

Who do you think is going to make the 6th spot on the team? Seems like the other 5 are a lock.

Posted by Becca | June 23, 2008 1:37 PM

I'm glad that Chellsie scored so well. She was amazing on the Balance Beam, and I'm also eccstatic that someone finds gymnastics as riveting as I do.

Big props here to N., though. I have a lot of respect for her, it was a routine that was technically beautiful and fused with her body, the perfect combination.

Posted by Marty | June 23, 2008 1:43 PM

@6: Those are crazy sweet moves. Go watch the floor exercise if you want fireworks.

@7: I have no idea. And Mattie Larson won't make it, but I'm secretly pulling for her. She's so wiggly!

Posted by annie | June 23, 2008 1:44 PM

When will the pictures of Annie Wagner in her gymnast outfit be hitting slog?

Posted by clint | June 23, 2008 1:47 PM

I'm more upset about the pictures I saw of a young girl, maybe 13, in a fashion ad in the Seattle Times today that were lech city. Oh, sure, she was supposed to be an adult, but let's get REAL.


Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 1:53 PM

Annie, I love you! Gymnastics is my FAVORITE and I'm always stoked to find others who get as excited as me. Sadly I missed it last night.

Posted by J-Seawa | June 23, 2008 2:11 PM

Shawn Johnson is a boy's name.

Posted by max solomon | June 23, 2008 2:21 PM

I like swimming a lot better. Swimmers tend to look like, you know, women, not birds or little girls.

Posted by Greg | June 23, 2008 2:28 PM

True dat.

And those floral caps are hot!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 2:38 PM

I've never fully understood why men's gymnastics is full of uber-hot young men at the peak of their physical form, and women's gymnastics is full of half-anorexic barely-pubescent girls. I always feel sorry for the girls. The girls are considered over the hill before they're even old enough to vote. They seem to be under way too much pressure to perform at an age when their body isn't even fully developed yet.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 23, 2008 3:43 PM

Swimming is boring to watch, boring to do.
Me, I like to watch this stuff because it's beautiful, not because I dig the way the chicks look. I dig the way featherweight boxers look. And that's the only reason I watch that stuff, when it's on at the bar. But gymnastics, martial arts, horses running - that stuff is just gorgeous. Do I have to want to have sex with horses to think so? No. Pfft.

Posted by Phoebe | June 23, 2008 3:46 PM

Reverse Polarity @16: It's not sexism, or pedophelia, or anything like that. It's biology. What the women/girls do they need a lot of muscle for, in relation to their weight. That is harder to maintain as you grow up. With men too, but several years later.

And if they were really anorexic then they wouldn't have the muscle, I suspect. You need to eat if you want a lot of muscle.

New topic:
One thing I like about gymnastics is that unlike baseball/softball, the women's version is not just a watered down version of the men's. The events the men do rely on a level of upper body strength that women don't have, but the events that women do rely on a level of balance that men don't have. So when you look at the best beam balancer, you aren't just looking at the best female beam balancer, but the best period.

Posted by Phoebe | June 23, 2008 4:01 PM

@16 the male gymnists look all uber hot until you stand next to them, then you realize how incredibly small they are.

At the end of the day, it's physics. There is a logarithmic scale for the amount of energy required to translate mass on against gravity that gets larger and larger when the organism gets larger and larger. This is why elephants have proportionately thicker legs than flies. This is the good rock climbers are generally smaller, and why mass to weight ratios for gymnastics/rock climbing etc. are much easier to achieve with smaller/more efficient bodies than larger more mature ones. All that mass that women need for child birth ... doesn't help them in the slightest.

This is also why I suck at pull-ups, I'm 6'5'' swimmer shape, yet I can really only do about 10-12 pull ups. I remember watching this guy who was about 6'8'', lean and built like a MOOSE, and these two little smoking hot girls were fawning over him. They tried to get him to do a pull up ... and he knew it wasn't going to happen, but he took it in stride.

Posted by OR Matt | June 23, 2008 4:01 PM

Nastia might be 18, but she looks 14. She might grow up into a woman i would lust after. But the shrimpy fire plug gymnasts? No thanks.

And you can lust after 17 year olds. That's the age of consent. 18 is for performing in porn.

Posted by max solomon | June 23, 2008 4:07 PM

max solomon @20:

And you can lust after 17 year olds. That's the age of consent. 18 is for performing in porn.

You can lust after anyone you like.  If the object of your lust is a child or a co-worker, though, it's probably best to keep it to yourself.

Posted by lostboy | June 23, 2008 4:36 PM

Just to be clear, I wasn't actually suggesting anyone lust after Ms. Liukin. If I were, I would've posted this photo instead of a video of her massive skillz.

Posted by annie | June 23, 2008 4:57 PM

Nastia and Shawn are soooo fun to watch. Yeah, that beam routine is a thing of beauty.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | June 24, 2008 12:01 AM

Wow, she's awesome. I've been reading a lot about her lately (I read a lot of news online when I'm at work), but haven't been home at the times when gymnastics has been aired.

I love gymnastics. I'm not going to lie. Everything the women do looks like so much fun and the guys are just incredibly hot.

@19: I realize the male gymnasts are probably very short, but I'm barely 4'11, so it works for me. I like short guys.

Posted by Jo | June 24, 2008 2:35 AM

@22. Nastia is CUTE, but I wouldn't consider her HOT (if that makes sense).

And Jo ... you'll probobly grow out of it. The little girls grow up to like big guys. The taller girls generally wait for the bigger guys to fill out (I kept trying to explain this to my mother ... was the quintisential insecure tall female.)

At the end of the day, I don't even go out anymore. The gentle giant is just couger bait, and I thought about writing into Savage Love about it.

Posted by OR Matt | June 24, 2008 10:27 AM
Posted by josh | June 25, 2008 8:27 AM

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