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NCAA Preview: Defending Champions Head Into 2017 With Confidence
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International Gymnast magazine’s December issue features an eight-page cover story on the upcoming NCAA season, which the coaches of the defending women’s and men’s champions are approaching with confidence.

K.J. Kindler is the head coach of 2016 women’s champion Oklahoma, whose 2017 team will include 2015 world championships team gold medalists Maggie Nichols and Brenna Dowell.

“Our philosophy, as always, is to earn it, focus on preparation, pay attention to the details, be innovative and have fun,” Kindler said.

Two Olympic gold medalists will join the NCAA ranks in the coming season. They are Kyla Ross, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2012 Olympic Games and a two-time world championships all-around medalist; and Madison Kocian, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2016 Olympics and the 2016 Olympic silver medalist on uneven bars. Ross and Kocian will compete for UCLA.

Defending NCAA men’s champion Yul Moldauer is expected to lead the defending men’s champion Oklahoma, whose head coach, Mark Williams, said the 2017 field should be deep.

“I suspect that several teams will contend for the national championship,” Williams said.

Read IG’s complete NCAA preview, which features forecasts, quotes, photos and rosters, in the December 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

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