Utah gymnastics: Red Rocks hope to replace some unpleasant Georgia-related memories this weekend


SALT LAKE CITY — The wallpaper had faces on it.

That was all MyKayla Skinner could really remember about her last trip to Athens, Georgia — home of the Georgia Bulldogs, or in the case of gymnastics, the Gymdogs.

Specifically, it was the walls of the hotel where the Red Rocks stayed two years ago, ahead of their annual meeting with UGA, that stuck in her mind.

Those walls had little faces on them, faces that followed each other down from the ceiling to the floorboards.

“We stayed in a very interesting hotel last time,” Skinner said. “It was antiquey, vintagy, but really it was just weird. We were all kind of creeped out by it.”

“I remember the hotel,” added MaKenna Merrell-Giles. “We stayed in a pretty unique hotel. That was memorable.”

“It was weird,” Skinner said. “There were faces on the wallpaper, just little faces going down.”

Outside of those faces, there isn’t much about Athens or the University of Georgia that Skinner or Merrell-Giles remember.

For that matter, Kari Lee, who is making her third trip to Georgia in her Utah career, struggled to pinpoint one meaningful thing from those trips to Dixie.

“No,” she said laughing. “I don’t remember a thing and this is my third time going to Georgia.”

It may be for the best that the Red Rocks’ collective memories of their time in the Peach State are faint.

Of all the opponents Utah gymnastics has battled over the years, arguably none has been more trying than the Gymdogs.

Georgia leads the all-time series, 28-26-1. The Gymdogs have defeated Utah 13 of the last 15 times the teams have faced off in Athens, with the Utes’ last win coming in 2011.

Scariest of all, since 2000, Georgia has practically doubled up Utah and holds a 20-11 edge.

More importantly, as far as this season’s matchup is concerned, the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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