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    Here in Southern California the local syndicated channel 13 is going to show the 2008 Gymnasstics tour tonight at 8:00. I would suggest checking your local listings to see if it is going to be shown in your area.
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    Yeah, the TVG blurb inside the mag said it was a 2 hour show but MyNetwork only aired a hour of it and if you subtrice t out the musical groups there was not a lot of Gymnastics shown

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    I had to turn it, there is only so much Disney fluff I can handle.

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    I went to it last Saturday and I was thanking my lucky stars that I only paid $36. I did not like it, at all. Way too much Disney and way too little gymnastics, IMHO. The 2004 tour was much better.

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    I have a ticket to the national tour show on thursday and can't wait. Has anyone else seen it yet?

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    My remarks on the tour. First of all props to the athletes for trying to do a great job. They really gave it their best. And took alot of time posing for pix with the kids and signing autographs at intermission. But I almost walked out at intermission. First of all my best available 76 dollar seat was pretty much obstructed. I was sitting under one of the balance beams. I had limited view of the floor and almost no view of the Uneven and high bars. And was directly in front of the band(s) that KEPT PLAYING.
    No one recognized shannon miller, although once I did wow is she in good shape. Nastia was great, I had never seen either her or shawn in person. I did get to see them up close, warming up at intermission. Shawn looked tired and was scary low on a number of tumbling passes. It was not until the end I realized who tasha schwiertz (Sp) was. I could not get a program because of where I was seated.
    I DID get valerie liukien's autograph and a chance to talk to him for a few minutes so the evening was not all bad.
    But I feel disney and the other sponsors are using the athletes. It was very little gymnastics and a lot of our new recording artists. Shame on them

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    eventerbess, I had the same reaction you did (see above). I'm glad I didn't pay much for my ticket. They did some really strange seating arrangements that I've never seen at the Honda Center; if they did a similar arrangement where you saw it, I can see how there'd be a lot of blind spots. We had an usher that kept telling people, during the performances, to stop using flash photography. It was rude the way she approached them, and I felt it was unnecessary given the fact that they made heavy use of strobe lights, anyway. If a strobe light isn't distracting to the gymnasts, a flash camera shouldn't be, either.

    That being said, I thought Shannon Miller totally *rocked*! I loved seeing her perform. Nastia and Shawn are always wonderful.

    The 2004 tour was all gymnastics and IMHO way better. I don't think this tour is going to get very good reviews. Even my goddaughter and her two gymnastics teammates, who are all aged 12-14, didn't like it much.

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    Glad I was not the only one who thought it was bad. I felt bad for the kids, they couldn't see much. And even they didn't like the bands. It is just sad, I wish I could have seen more of the show. The event staff was not too bad about the photography, but they were bad about pushing us behind the tape on the floor. Standing up, I was even with the podium, so seated I was way below it. Therefore I was looking up into the spotlights. And I have now watched beam routines from underneath the beam. Not a great angle. And like i said, that was "best available" A side seat in the arena would have been better.

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    My goddaughter and her friend said they knew who the singer was, but they didn't like her to begin with. She was acting like she was the star and the gymnasts were just the sideline, instead of the other way around. It was really badly staged and organized.

    We tried to get autographs but my goddaughter got really frustrated because everyone was being so rude, particularly the parents , and she didn't feel like dealing with it. She has no patience for rudeness and wouldn't consider acting that way--thank goodness!! Plus she's already met the gymnasts so she didn't feel like dealing with the hassle.

    I wear contacts and my eyes are very sensitive so the lighting was really obnoxious. I was really disappointed. I was hoping to see a wonderful program.

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    dare I say it? Should we let disney know how disappointed we are? How about US gymnastics? I am writing a letter to the event center, letting them know how bad the seating was. They will probably refer me to the event, and it sounds like an event problem. As if they put seats on the floor, that made them "good seats"

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    I finally watched the broadcast of the tour earlier today, and I can understand the comments in this thread. I had to FF through most of it. I was supposed to go to the show next week, but I'm not going to be able to attend now. At least now I know I'm not missing much.

    eventerbess-Did you complain to someone when you were there? I remember one year we went to see Nutcracker on Ice with Oksana Baiul & Viktor Petrenko. We had on ice seats so they weren't cheap, but we were right behind a huge prop, so we couldn't see a thing. My mom complained, and then kept complaining until she got to someone higher up, and they finally re-seated us at intermission. I think it's more the event's fault than the arena because setups are always different for every show, so that's up to the show. Still, I'd still complain to the arena, and if they think it should go elsewhere, they'll let you know where else to write.

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    actually for once I did complain and loudly. I have blown out my knee, and besides being bad seats I had to walk up and down lots of steps as well as around the whole arena to get there. The elevator was"broken" and there was no alternate way to get to my seat. Everyone said oh I'm sorry, but no one made any effort to relocate me or listen. At least I got Valerie Liukin's autograph and got to see shannon miller from underneath the beam.

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    I attended in Phoenix and agree with all of you here. Too much Disney. I had no clue who the singers were and the 2 beams set up were so far away I could hardly tell it was Shannon Miller. Plus, the little girls behind us were screaching in high-pitched voices. My poor ears. We moved way back to seats in an empty area towards the back of the arena in order to save our hearing. Oh, and stupid us. We forgot our binoculars.

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    We attended the tour in Philly last night. While we enjoyed the gymnastics part of it, we thought the musical guests were a waste of time. We came to see gymnastics, not the musical groups. While we were thrilled to see all the gymnastics performances from the gymnasts, we certainly could have done without the musical acts. We had floor seats toward the back. I think we would have been better off with seats to the side in order to see the floor exercises and beam routines more easily.

    We attended the tour in 2004, which overall was better with the emphasis on gymnastics.

    Shannon Miller looked great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eventerbess View Post
    actually for once I did complain and loudly. I have blown out my knee, and besides being bad seats I had to walk up and down lots of steps as well as around the whole arena to get there. The elevator was"broken" and there was no alternate way to get to my seat. Everyone said oh I'm sorry, but no one made any effort to relocate me or listen. At least I got Valerie Liukin's autograph and got to see shannon miller from underneath the beam.
    Bess, I "judged" the first "Pro Tour" eons ago - maybe in '88 - and I have never had a positive opinion of these ridiculously amateur, manipulative advertising/fund raising tours that are nothing but a cash cow of the federation. (As judges, we had to wear cocktail dresses and were "counseled" about where are scores should be in that phoney baloney event) I wish I could wash forever from my memory watching Podkaeva at her ethereal prime tumbling in a little fringed cowgirl skirt wearing a K-Mart gun and holster and a two times too small western hat perched on her head like a birds nest. Their only saving grace in my opinion is that they are an opportunity for the socially immature athletes to be "let out of school" and just have fun. If you have any idea how abnormal their daily lives are, how they speak only in mantras like "I just had a lot of fun out there," "I did my best; its all you can do", etc..... well, it just makes me sad. They are elite athletes in one of the most demanding sports in the world, and they give up sooo much to get there. I thought the entire thing was demeaning, and an embarassment for the sport. It was a disaster.

    Shawn is already very out of shape, and I thought her performance was dangerous. She probably hasn't let down from training since she was 12, and it looked like she went through puberty in a month.

    IMO, it was horrible.

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    mmg, wondered what you thought of all this thanks for posting
    I thought it was just me, I had never seen shawn johnson in person. She was trying to throw the tricks, but i was terrified she was going to land on her head, they were so short. I didn't want to say out of shape, but that is what it looked like. But I guess she feels she has to do the double flip for the audience even if she is not sure of landing it. Shame on disney and the usgf for putting that kind of pressure on her. Nastia looked secure, as did tasha. and shannon miller looked fantastic, doing routines that were well within her abilities. I think, from what I could see

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    .....missmarysgarden in a cocktail dress ?!?!?!......

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