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Written by Christian Ivanov    Thursday, 08 August 2019 20:40    PDF Print
Mikulak Leads After Day One At U.S. Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

After day one at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, MO Sam Mikulak of the U.S.O.T.C leads the men’s competition with a score of 86.75. Mikulak who is going for his sixth national title hit six-for-six posting top scores on floor 14.65/5.9 (double front piked, 2 ½ to double front), p-bars (front 1 1/4 to hang to Moy, Bhavsar, stuck double front half) 15.35/6.4 and high bar (Cassina, Kolman, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev half) 14.2/6.0. The defending champion has a 2.75 lead ahead of Yul Moldauer from the University of Oklahoma who posted 84.0 and is currently in second place. Moldauer also hit all six events.

Standing in third place are Shane Wiskus (University of Minnesota) and Akash Modi (Stanford University) scoring 83.95. Wiskus posted the top vault score of the day for his clean Kas 1 ½ 14.5. Trevor Howard from Ohio State was fifth with a 82.25. Sixth in the rankings is Riley Loos (Technique) with a 81.15. Donnell Whittenburg from the U.S.O.T.C. was having a great competition until the last event, high bar, where he hit with loose form for 11.85/5.2, which put him in seventh place. Matthew Wenske (University of Oklahoma) was also having a great day until his last event, vault, where he was short on his Kasamatsu double twist and put his knees and hands down (he may have sustained an ankle injury on the landing and is doubtful for the second day of the competition). He is currently in eighth place with a 80.95. For full results click here.

In the junior competition at the 15 & 16 age group Nicolas Kuebler (Metropolitan Gymnastics) leads the competition with a 79.6, followed by Taylor Burkhart (5280) 79.45 and Khoi Young (Sportsplex) 79.0. In the 17 & 18 years old age group the leader is Colt Walker (AcroTex) 80.1. Standing in second is Garrett Braunton (Cypress) 78.3, followed by Crew Bold (University of Minnesota) 78.1.

The competition continues tomorrow with day one of the junior women at 1pm CT, and senior women at 6:30pm CT.

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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 05 August 2019 12:59    PDF Print
Ukraine’s Bachynska: ‘I Am Honing My Skills’
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in and on the cover of the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, rising Ukrainian star Anastasia Bachynska told IG that her fifth-place all-around performance at this spring’s European Championships in Szczecin was eye-opening and inspiring.

“The senior championships in Szczecin, Poland, was my debut,” she says. “I wanted to perform as well as possible. Getting into the final is proof that we are doing everything right! And fifth place certainly pleased me and the coaches.”

Given Bachynska’s introspective view in training, she was not sure how she would fare against the rest of the continent’s best in Szczecin.

“When you actively train yourself every day, you devote yourself to gymnastics and you don’t have time to compare yourself with others,” says Bachynska, who also finished seventh on balance beam. “You just give yourself as much as possible in training. Performing at competitions is the time when you can show yourself and see other athletes. And I am glad that I was able to adequately perform.”

“I saw the real level of gymnasts who received medals, who understood how to compete and climb the pedestal,” said Bachynska, who went on to finish first on floor exercise at the European Games in Minsk in June. “Now I am working on it. I am making my program more complex, and I am honing my skills.”

Read the profile on Bachynska in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also includes Bachynska on the front cover photo collage.

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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 02 August 2019 06:55    PDF Print
Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy: ‘Millennial Man’
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2019 European all-around champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia told IG his success in various facets of life comes from his positively channeled restlessness.

“It is very difficult, but I can’t do only one thing,” said Nagornyy, who has his own Youtube channel on which he shares videos he produces with nearly 190,000 subscribers, runs his own gym club and is married to fellow 2016 Olympic team silver medalist Daria Spiridonova. “I have a lot of energy.”

Nagornyy said several factors will need to cooperate for him and his teammates to succeed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It is a lot of everything,” he said “I will do everything in my power. And of course, with God's help.”

“My attitude towards our gymnasts is always friendly, and no matter which gymnast from Russia will win, the main thing is that it is the country’s victory,” he said. “We have no problems in camaraderie. Competition within the team gives impetus to all the guys, including me.”

Read “Millennial Man,” a profile on Nagornyy, in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by Admin    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:58    PDF Print
Five Different Winners At Day Two Of Event Finals In Lima
(3 votes, average 3.67 out of 5)

The second day of event finals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru once more produced five different winners.

In the men’s vault final Audrys Nin from the Dominican Republic won the gold with a strong Dragulescu and a Kasamatsu 1 ½ twists which averaged 14.416. Jorge Vega from Argentina and Alejandro De La Cruz from Cuba took the silver and bronze with 14.383 and 14.183, respectively.

In the balance beam final Kara Eaker from the U.S. was a class above everyone else posting 15.266/6.6 (switch ring mount, ring leap, full turn leg up, front aerial to split ring to back handspring, side aerial to layout-layout, leap to side somie, switch ring to back handspring to back handspring swing down, switch leap to switch side and round off, ff, 2 ½ twists stuck) to easily win the title. Ellie Black from Canada took her fifth medal of the competition by winning the sliver medal with a 13.566/5.1, while Riley McCusker got her fourth medal at the event by taking the bronze with a 13.333/6.1.

In the parallel bars final Isaac Nunez from Mexico took the title with a routine with great amplitude posting 14.433/5.9 (peach half, peach, giant, Diamidov, uprise Suarez, front 1 ¼, big Bhavsar, Tippelt, Stutz, double pike with a hop). All-around champion from Brazil Caio Souza took the silver with a 14.366/6.1. Cameron Bock won the sole medal of the day for the U.S. men by taking the bronze with a 14.033/5.9.

Flavia Saraiva from Brazil competed nearly a flawless routine to open the women’s floor final (stuck double layout, full-in, 1 ½ to full, double pike) but her 13.766/5.2 was only good enough for the bronze medal. Kara Eaker produced a second very strong performance of the day with a front layout to double full to punch front, triple twist, 2 ½ to front full and stuck double pike to take the silver with a 13.8/5.4. Showing superb artistry Brooklyn Moors form Canada took the title despite stepping out of bound on her last pass (Podkopaeva-double front half out, front double full to front full, 2 ½ to front tuck).

The Brazilian men were spectacular on high bar taking one-two in the final. Francisco Barretto edged teammate Arthur Mariano 14.566/6.1 (Zou Li Min, Tkatchev to layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev half, Takemoto, layout Tkatchev half, Takemoto full to front giant grip, Yamawaki, stuck full twisting double layout) to 14.533 (Endo full to el, Takemoto, hop full, layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev to Tkatchev half, full twisting Jaeger, Takemoto full to Yamawaki, double twisting double layout). With a well-constructed routine Huber Godoy from Cuba took the bronze posting 14.2/5.7.

On the women’s side USA and Canada dominated the competition by winning seven medals each, Brazil three and Cuba one. While on the men’s side the dominant team was Brazil taking home eight medals (four gold, four silver).

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Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:49    PDF Print
Turkey’s Onder: ‘The Hard Work Begins From Now’
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast, Ahmet Onder of Turkey told IG he has shifted his focus to delivering a medal-worthy performance at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“For Stuttgart I want to compete for a top place, so I must work hard, as it is not Europeans — it is Worlds,” he said. “Everything will be different. With the team we aim to achieve historic success. If we want this I must do an excellent job there. So the hard work begins from now.”

Onder, who qualified third to the all-around final in Szczecin, Poland, clawed his way up to fifth place after breaking form on pommel horse in the second rotation. He attributes his early error, which dropped his rank on the apparatus to 17th, to expectations he placed on himself heading into the competition.

“I was a little bit stressed before the all-around final because I knew that if I did all of my routines well I could be third, and this would be a historic moment for Turkish gymnastics,” Onder said. “So in the days before, I put pressure on myself. I think I couldn’t handle this so I made a mistake.”

Onder regained his composure and completed the final smoothly, but said he was disappointed to end it without a medal.

Read the complete interview in the July/August issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.


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