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Dear Pittsburgh: I’m coming home.

Life doesn’t always go as planned…

…and sometimes that’s a really good thing.

If everything we asked for and chased after resulted in our ideal outcome, what fun would that be? As an artist, I’d never learn how to get better at my craft nor would we strive to become better people.

We would be stagnant and boring with nothing to surprise us.

Why am I bringing this up? Because my quality of life will soon be in a much better place: Pittsburgh.

This February I will be moving back home to the city of bridges.

I’ve been three years removed from the place that taught and gave me so much. And even in such a short time, it has changed a lot. Just ask my good friend and artist, Baron Batch, who is making things happen over at Studio AM in Homestead, a part of western Pennsylvania that is especially close to my heart. It’s where my grandfather, or ‘Pap’ as I called him, grew up and made his living for so many years. The same man who introduced me to the city, Three Rivers Stadium, and the Stillers.

Whereas Gerald Wickerham, or Pap, was executive director of the North Side Development Council working on constructing new offices and landmarks during the height of the steel industry, this generation of young creatives are finding ways to repurpose those same interiors with their own ideas designed for today’s world while still maintaining the blue-collar mentality.

One foot firmly planted in the past and the other proudly moving forward towards the future.

It’s exciting to have the opportunity to put my own stamp on a city that was molded by previous generations of my family. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my time in Boston. I met some really great people, experienced historical moments, both good and bad, and made some pictures that I’m proud of. And for those things, I am truly grateful.

But it’s time to come home to the place I truly belong.

Being back in Pittsburgh is a feeling unlike any other. It’s a combination of the tangible and intangible moments. There is certainly a general sense of feeling welcome in such a friendly part of the world. But there’s also a self-confidence that comes with being in a place that is open to change and taking chances. There are no limits to what someone can accomplish in such a progressive place.

Don’t get me wrong – nothing will come easily. There will be a new set of challenges that await. But with the support of friends (let’s face it, they’re really family at this point) like Jeff & Beth Swensen, Justin Merriman, Stephanie Strasburg, Mickey & Molly Miller, Andy Russell, Jasmine Goldband, Baron Batch, Sean Beauford, and the rest of the folks I’ve missed dearly these last few years, I can’t go wrong.

And not to mention all of the Pamela’s hotcakes I can eat!

See yinz guys soon…

–Jared

A jockey looks on from the paddock area prior to the start of the ninth and final race at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A jockey looks on from the paddock area prior to the start of the ninth and final race at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

One of the best parts of freelancing is never knowing what assignment is around the corner. And thanks to Tanner Curtis, a great friend and one of the best assignment editors I’ve ever worked with, I was asked by the New York Times to cover what was likely the last day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston. And working with great writers, as I did with Jess Bidgood on this story, makes working all the more enjoyable.

A huge thank you to the folks over at the track for the amazing access and for opening their doors and hearts to in order to best tell their story!

Here is a link to the story by Jess: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/us/suffolk-downs-is-put-out-to-pasture.html?_r=0

And I’ll leave you with my favorite images from my day spent with these wonderfully interesting people and beautiful horses…

Exercise rider, William 'Junebug' Terry, 23, looks on from the horse stalls prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, William ‘Junebug’ Terry, 23, looks on from the horse stalls prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

5-year old Hidden Music stands in her stall prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

5-year old Hidden Music stands in her stall prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Trainer Ambrose Pascucci shares a moment with Ginger, a 6-year old foal, during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Trainer Ambrose Pascucci shares a moment with Ginger, a 6-year old foal, during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons line up to place bets during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons line up to place bets during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A young boy looks on from the finish line during the first race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A young boy looks on from the finish line during the first race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Willie Thornton, 74, a 48-year patron of Suffolk Downs racetrack, watches the races during the final day of live racing at the track in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Willie Thornton, 74, a 48-year patron of Suffolk Downs racetrack, watches the races during the final day of live racing at the track in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Felix Martinez, 71, cheers from the stands during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Felix Martinez, 71, cheers from the stands during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

 

Racing silks hang inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks hang inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks and helmets hang on the jockey lockers inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks and helmets hang on the jockey lockers inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Valet John Madeiros, 72, of East Providence, RI, cleans a jockey helmet inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Valet John Madeiros, 72, of East Providence, RI, cleans a jockey helmet inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

The contents of jockey Luis Garcia's locker at shown in the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

The contents of jockey Luis Garcia’s locker at shown in the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, watches a replay of his race in the jock's room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, watches a replay of his race in the jock’s room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, washes his face in the jock's room following a race at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, washes his face in the jock’s room following a race at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, Pierre Tomas, gets changed in between races during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, Pierre Tomas, gets changed in between races during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, David Amiss, checks the schedule for the day in between races inside the jock's room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, David Amiss, checks the schedule for the day in between races inside the jock’s room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, Kenneth Houghton of Revere, smokes a cigarette while waiting for one of the final races to start at Suffolk Downs racetrack on its final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, Kenneth Houghton of Revere, smokes a cigarette while waiting for one of the final races to start at Suffolk Downs racetrack on its final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A group of horses leave the starting gate for the ninth and final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A group of horses leave the starting gate for the ninth and final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A fog settles in as a group of horses cross the finish line during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A fog settles in as a group of horses cross the finish line during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Bingo Garcia of Dorchester yells at the television during a simulcast of a horse race on the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Bingo Garcia of Dorchester yells at the television during a simulcast of a horse race on the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Narsingh Bisnath of Lynn, a 20-year employee, sweeps up the discarded losing tickets on the floor of Suffolk Downs racetrack following the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Narsingh Bisnath of Lynn, a 20-year employee, sweeps up the discarded losing tickets on the floor of Suffolk Downs racetrack following the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons watch simulcasts of horse races in front of a group of televisions at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons watch simulcasts of horse races in front of a group of televisions at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A patron watches a simulcast of a horse race as employees leave the track following the final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A patron watches a simulcast of a horse race as employees leave the track following the final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Well, baseball season is over (for me at least!), which means football is back in full swing again. Last night the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals came into town for a Sunday Night Football against a struggling Patriots team but couldn’t keep their unbeaten streak alive in a highly offensive game, losing to a resurging Tom Brady and shut down corner and Pittsburgh native, Darrelle Revis, 43-17.

Here are some of my favorite images from the game. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter  at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Baron Batch painting at Studio A.M. in Homestead, Pennsylvania

Studio A.M. is one of the best places on earth.

Not because it’s located in Homestead, Pennsylvania – a place where my family grew up and that holds a special place in my heart. Not because the walls of the former Smoke BBQ restaurant are now covered in amazing artwork and awesomely painted movie props. And not because it would make for one of the greatest bachelor pads.

It’s because of the people who spend their time inside this space – excited about life and collaborating together. Genuinely good people. Friends. And I meet new ones every time I visit.

I may live in Boston but this is always my first stop when I come back home and will be working closely with all of these guys in the coming months, showcasing the great relationships being forged and things being created.

In my first Studio A.M. post, here are some fun portraits with artist Baron Batch curator Sean Beauford and  from my most recent visit to 8th Avenue. There are certainly plenty more creative individuals involved and I will be bringing you their story soon!

Enjoy!

–Jared

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PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I recently traveled back home to Pittsburgh to cover what I learned is one of my favorite sporting events to cover – gymnastics! P&G hosted the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center. A huge thanks goes out to Maxx Wolfson over at Getty Images for sending on this assignment and allowing me to have fun with the assignment and take some risks. Even woke up today to the new Sports Illustrated issue giving some love to the competition and my images, with the cover graced by all around great guy and Pittsburgh Pirates star, Andrew McCutchen, shot by my fellow Pittsburgh brother and Art Institute grad, Coty Tarr.

As this was not my typical assignment, I’d love everyone’s thoughts on the images made – good and bad. Thanks for looking & enjoy!

–Jared

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Jordan Chiles competes on the floor routine of the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Jordan Chiles competes on the floor routine of the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Gymnasts warm up on the balance beam prior to competing in the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Gymnasts warm up on the balance beam prior to competing in the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23: Macy Toronjo competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Macy Toronjo competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Vitali Kan competes on the floor exercise in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Vitali Kan competes on the floor exercise in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Simone Biles competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Simone Biles competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: David Jessen competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: David Jessen competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Davis Grooms competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Davis Grooms competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Simone Biles competes in the bars section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Simone Biles competes in the bars section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Elena Arenas competes on the beam in the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Elena Arenas competes on the beam in the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)