The background on judges is that they have to pass a test. That's it. Most are
former gymnasts or coaches, but some were parents of gymnasts. There are levels
the judges must progress through to get to the level of judging NCAA.
Perhaps you should read the article! Greg knows the rules better than most
judges because he has been in it longer than anyone else. He stated in the
article that the judges listened to him and they went on with the compition. He
is an advocate for "GYMNASTICS" not just Utah gymnastics.
How funny that for the gymnastics program it's ok to whine about officiating,
but not in other sports. Boylen does it and gets accused of being a crybaby.
ute fans rip on other programs for complaining, but now it's ok because it deals
with the red rocks.
what are the backgrounds of the referees judging gymnastics competitions? They
better be all former gymnasts themselves, are they?
I coached at the U in another sport for 6 years. I know Greg Marsden. No one in
gymnastics in the NCAA knows the rules better than he, and even referees will
pay attention if he notices something. He is a fighter for his team, but beyond
that he is also a fighter for his sport. He is passionate about making
gymnastics even greater, and making sure it's fair and avoiding the points
scandals of figure skating is one of the things he can do. There is no greater
advocate for gymnastics, and Utah is fortunate to have him. Let's hope for
another 20 years to add to the 30 he already has. And let's hope for a national
championship, which we haven't had in far too long!
Greg has always been one to stand up for his team, and he has rarely been shy
about talking to referees, during or after the meet, in the past. It's good to
see he retains that passion (and seems to have it more under control) that makes
him the best women's gymnastics coach in the country (sorry, Suzanne). As a
former decades-long season ticket holder (I moved back to native central New
York), I could tell you tales of his tete-a-tetes with referees in years long