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Written by Admin    Monday, 23 September 2019 12:15    PDF Print
USA Gymnastics Announces Women's World Team
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At the conclusion of the women’s 2019 World Team Selection Camp, USA Gymnastics announced the six women who will represent the United States at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, October 4-14. Defending World all-around champion Simone Biles automatically qualified to the team by winning the all-around at the first day of the training selection camp. The six-woman team will travel to Stuttgart, five of whom will be selected for the team qualification line-up a minimum of 24 hours prior to competition. In addition to Biles the team includes: Jade Carey, Kara Eaker, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and MyKayla Skinner. The two non-traveling alternates are Morgan Hurd and Leanne Wong.

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Written by Admin    Monday, 23 September 2019 00:00    PDF Print
Nastia Liukin to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame
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"Five-time Olympic and nine-time World medalist Nastia Liukin will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1 in Colorado Springs, CO. The induction ceremony is being held in conjunction with the all-alumni U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Reunion", USA gymnastics announced today. For a full report click here.

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Written by Admin    Saturday, 20 April 2019 07:19    PDF Print
Nichols Wins NCAA All-Around
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Maggie Nichols (21) from the University of Oklahoma won the all-around title Friday night at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, TX. Nichols, who was the defending all-around champion, scored 39.7125 (VT 9.95, UB 9.9375, BB 9.9, FX 9.925) to edge Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) and Kyla Ross (UCLA) who tied for second with 39.6625. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) 39.65, Kennedi Edney (LSU) 39.6 and Lynnzee Brown (Denver) 39.575 rounded out the top six. Oklahoma, UCLA, LSU and Denver were the four teams to qualify to Saturday’s team final. UCLA and LSU qualified from the first semifinal session held during the day, while OU and Denver qualified from the second semifinal held in the evening.

Individual event results - Vault: four way tie for first with a 9.95 - Kyla Ross (UCLA), Kennedi Edney (LSU), Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma), Derrian Gobourne (Auburn); Bars: 1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) 9.95, tied for 2nd Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) and Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) 9.9375; Beam: 1. Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) 9.95, 2. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) 9.9375, 3. Kaitlyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.925; Floor: four way tie for first with a 9.95 - Kyla Ross (UCLA), Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma), Alicia Boren (Florida), Lynnzee Brown (Denver).

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Sunday, 28 October 2018 00:00    PDF Print
World Preview: Women's Qualification Day 2
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Day four at the World Championships in Doha continues with the last five subdivisions of the women’s qualifications.  Even with an average day China, Russia, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil and France should be able to join United States and Japan, the top qualifiers from day one, to the team finals.

China’s best all-arounder here in Doha is Chen Yile, but probably not a contender for the podium.  However, the team has potential for two finals on bars and beam as well as a vault final from Liu Jinru.

Russia’s podium training was very casual with many of the gymnasts receiving spots on a lot of their tumbling; however, they’ve shown better consistency as of late with the prime example being this year’s European championships where they hit 12/12 in the team final.  The Russian team is not expected to challenge the US, but just like the Chinese, their hopes are to land on the podium.  After giving birth last year to a baby girl, Aliya Mustafina is back competing for the team on bars, beam and floor.  Angelina Melnikova has potential in the all-around and floor if she manages to be consistent.  At this point Melnikova is probably Russia’s best chance for a bar final if she hits with her full difficulty.

Great Britain’s team is stacked with high level bar routines, and perhaps that is the only event where they have prospects for the individual event finals.  Becky Downie with her 6.6-set is a real possibility for a medal and even the gold if she hits perfectly.  Ellie Downie should comfortably make the all-around final.

The French team will rely on Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, who was 5th in the all-around in Montreal last year.  In addition to the all-around dos Santos has a real possibility to make finals on bars, beam and floor.  Her teammates Juliette Bossu and Marine Boyer would be aiming at a bar and beam final respectively.

Ellie Black, silver medalist in the all-around in Montreal is Canada’s best chance of a medal again.  Black also made the vault, beam and floor finals last year and could get in any of them depending on the quality of her performances.  Brooklyn Moors, one of the most artistic gymnasts currently plans to compete on floor Podkopaeva (double front half out), layout to double front and 2 ½ to front full and if she hits could repeat making the final.  Teammate Shallon Olsen, Rio Olympics vault finalist, plans a Cheng and a Yurchenko double twist and could make final if she lands both.

Under the new leadership of Valery Liukin the explosive team of Brazil could be one of the dark horses here in Doha.  With a strong performance the team should not only make team finals but also place ahead of many of the team finalists and perhaps get on the podium if one of the top teams opens the door.  Flavia Saraiva, Rio Olympics beam finalist, could challenge for a medal on that event.  We should also expect to see her in the all-around final.

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Friday, 26 October 2018 23:36    PDF Print
World Preview: Women's Qualification Day 1
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The first day of competition will feature six of the eleven subdivisions for the women but all eyes will be on subdivision five which includes Simone Biles and team USA who are expected to dominate the competition here in Doha.  The US team has won the team and all-around titles at every World and Olympic games since 2010, when Aliya Mustafina and her Russian team won the titles. The three time all-around champion Biles is returning to her first international competition after a year off from gymnastics following the Rio Olympics. The 21 year old is expected to win titles here on vault, beam, floor and the all-around.  On vault Biles may debut a new vault, a round off handspring half on double twisting front layout off, which if she performs it successfully would be named after her.

Biles’ teammates Morgan Hurd, the defending all-around champion from a year ago, and Riley McCusker will also be competing in the all-around.  With only two competitiors per country one will have a great chance to join Biles as a medalist.  Other potential event finalists for the team could be: bars (McCusker, Biles or Hurd), beam (Hurd or Kara Eaker) and floor (Hurd or Grace McCallum) all depending on how they compete in their qualification round.

Others to watch:

Japan’s Mai Murakami, who just missed the podium in the all-around at last year’s worlds but won the floor title, is once again a legitimate contender for a medal on both events.  With a solid competition Japan could easily make the team final.

Germany is competing without last year’s beam medalists Pauline Schafer and Tabea Alt.  However the team has huge potential on bars (Kim Bui fourth at this year’s European championships, Elisabeth Seitz finalist at last year’s worlds and Sophie Scheder bronze medalist from the Rio Olympics).

Netherlands will rely on Olympic beam champion Sanne Wevers who looked really prepared on the event during the podium’s training. The team has potential for the team finals however a top 12 finish is more realistic.

Belgium’s Nina Derwael, bronze medalist on bars at last year's worlds, has prepared a 6.5 set and is the favorite for the title.  Derwael, who also has potential on beam, should easily qualify to the all-around final as well.

Diana Varinska from Ukraine was in the uneven bars and all-around finals last year in Montreal and could better that result here in Doha.

Seven times Olympian Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan is aiming at the vault final once again.

Martha Pihan-Kulesza is still competing for Poland and as a mom she is still capable of producing competative beam and floor performances.

Georgia-Rose Brown is Australia’s best hope for an all-around final.

Lara Mori was a floor finalist at last year's worlds and that could be Italy's best chance for a final in Doha.

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