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European Champions Star in Moscow World Cup
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All but two of the newly crowned European event champions will be in action next month as the FIG World Cup series resumes in Moscow. Pictured: New European all-around champion Anna Dementyeva headlines the roster for the host team

Seven gold medalists from this month's European championships in Berlin will be in action again as the FIG World Cup series resumes next month in Moscow.

New European all-around champion Anna Dementyeva headlines the women's roster for the host team at the Moscow Stars of the World, May 13-14. Dementyeva, who also won the balance beam gold medal at the Europeans in Berlin, will share the spotlight with Romania's Sandra Izbasa, the new European champion on vault and floor exercise.

Romania's Flavius Koczi, the men's all-around runner-up and floor exercise champion in Berlin, is on the roster, as is Hungary's Krisztian Berki (pommel horse champion), Russia's Konstantin Pluzhnikov (still rings), France's Thomas Bouhail (vault) and the Netherlands' Epke Zonderland (high bar).

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle (uneven bars) and Germany's Philipp Boy (men's all-around) and Marcel Nguyen (parallel bars) are the only 2011 European champions absent in Moscow.

Per the new FIG rules, gymnasts are eligible to compete in World Cup competitions based on their finish at the 2010 Worlds and in the 2010 World Cup ranking. The first day of competition will be qualification, from which only four gymnasts advance to the finals.

Along with Dementyeva, three other members of Russia's first-place team from the 2010 Worlds are on the Moscow roster: Tatiana Nabiyeva, Ksenia Afanasyeva and Yekaterina Kurbatova. Dementyeva will compete on balance beam and floor exercise, and perform an exhibition routine on uneven bars. Afanasyeva, who is returning from a knee injury, will compete on floor exercise and perform an exhibition on balance beam.

World balance beam champion Ana Porgras (Romania) is also on the roster for uneven bars and balance beam. Izbasa is on the roster for floor exercise, and teammate Diana Chelaru for both vault and floor exercise.

World floor exercise champion Lauren Mitchell (Australia), recovering from an ankle injury, will compete uneven bars only.

Five-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina will serve two roles in Moscow — as a competitor for Germany and coach for Uzbekistan.

Tickets will be free for the first day of competition, the Russian Gymnastics Federation announced.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2011 Moscow Stars of the World/FIG World Cup
May 13-14, Moscow

Men's Roster
Prashanth Sellathurai
Marco Baldauf
Fabian Leimlehner
Donna-Donny Truyens
Dmitry Kasperovich
Alexander Tsarevich
Nathan Gafuik
Jackson Payne
Tomas Gonzalez
Tomislav Markovic
Marijo Moznik
Robert Seligman
Filip Ude
Irodotos Georgallas
Rafael Martinez
Ivan San Miguel
Sakari Vekki
Samir Ait Said
Pierre Yves Beny
Thomas Bouhail
Yann Cucherat
Gael Da Silva
Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues
Hamilton Sabot
Cyril Tommasone
Daniel Purvis
Louis Smith
Thomas Taranu
Eleftherios Kosmidis
Eleftherios Petrounias
Vasileios Tsolakidis
Krisztian Berki
Alexander Shatilov
Alberto Busnari
Ali Al-Asi
Eldar Valeyev
Yang Hak Seon
Yevgeny Sapronenko
Dmitrijs Trefilovs
Yuri van Gelder
Kas van Weelden
Jeffrey Wammes
Epke Zonderland
Adam Kierzkowski
Roman Kulesza
Marek Lyszczarz
Luis Rivera
Marius Berbecar
Flavius Koczi
Alexander Balandin
Anton Golotsutskov
Konstantin Pluzhnikov
Emin Garibov*
Andrei Perevoznikov*
Saso Bertoncelj
Mitja Petkovsek
Andrei Isayev
Nikolai Kuksenkov
Steven Legendre
Danell Leyva
Anton Fokin
Women's Roster
Lauren Mitchell
Barbara Gasser
Jade Barbosa
Makarena Pinto
Nathalia Sanchez
Tina Erceg
Tijana Tkalcec
Jana Sikulova
Marine Brevet
Oksana Chusovitina
Elisabeth Seitz
Vasiliki Millousi
Roni Rabinovitz
Marta Pihan-Kulesza
Paula Plichta
Diana Chelaru
Sandra Izbasa
Ana Porgras
Ksenia Afanasyeva
Anna Dementyeva
Yekaterina Kurbatova
Tatiana Nabiyeva
Teja Belak
Ivana Kamnikar
Tjasa Kysselef
Fiona Novak
Maria Homolova
Yana Demyanchuk
Luisa Galiulina
Jessica Lopez

* Exhibition competitor

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Anon. said:

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And once again, no American women, even though at least two qualified to compete. I don't understand USAG's mentality of restricting our girls to team events only. Podium is podium, and they need to learn to compete in big international events PRIOR to Worlds and Olympics. Otherwise we'll always find ourselves falling short.
 
April 28, 2011
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