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Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 16 September 2017 13:46    PDF Print
Moldauer: 'We Should All Train To Be Number One'
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Recently crowned U.S. national all-around champion Yul Moldauer is not resting on his laurels as he readies for next month's world championships in Montreal.

Recently crowned U.S. national all-around champion Yul Moldauer is not resting on his laurels as he readies for next month's world championships in Montreal.

Moldauer, who turned 21 on August 26, placed first all-around at last month's P&G (U.S.) Championships in Anaheim.

"We should all train to be number one, and not just because I won should I take a break," said Moldauer, who trains at the University of Oklahoma. "We should all be training to be the top guy."

Following his victory in Anaheim, Moldauer was named to the six-member team for the upcoming world championships. Scheduled for October 2-8, the 2017 World Championships will feature individual all-around and event competition.

Read "American Reboot," a 10-page report on the P&G Championships, and an eight-page World Championships preview, in the September 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 08 September 2017 16:56    PDF Print
'There Is A Lot More Work Ahead,' Hrimèche Says
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Featured in the September 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Zachari Hrimèche of France told IG that winning this year's French national all-around title has strengthened his training ethic as he prepares for next month's World Championships in Montreal.

Featured in the September 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Zachari Hrimèche of France told IG that winning this year's French national all-around title has strengthened his training ethic as he prepares for next month's world championships in Montreal.

Hrimèche, 20, was an alternate to France's team at last summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is looking ahead to his world championships debut. He finished eighth all-around at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

"[The national title] has rebooted me and given me desire to go further still, because I know there is a lot more work ahead before going to compete with the top world level," said Hrimèche, who placed fourth on vault at this spring's European Championships in Cluj-Napoca. "But this is my goal." Read "Fearless Frenchman," an interview with Zachari Hrimèche, in the September 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and "French Force," a cover story on 2017 European all-around bronze medalist Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France, in the July/August 2017 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, or order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:08    PDF Print
Ragan Smith: 'I'm Just Ready To Nail Anything'
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New U.S. national champion Ragan Smith is eager to perform at her first world championships next month in Montreal, where she is expected to headline the U.S. team.

Recently crowned U.S. national all-around champion Ragan Smith said she is eager to perform where and as required at next month's world championships in Montreal.

"I'm just looking at wherever they need me," said Smith, who placed first all-around at last month's P&G (U.S.) Championships in Anaheim. "I'm always ready for all events where they need me, so I'm just ready to nail anything I do."

Smith, an alternate to last year's U.S. women's Olympic team, trains at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under coaches Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. Smith is expected to headline the U.S. women's squad in Montreal, where individual and event titles will be up for grabs. The U.S. women's team will be announced after a world championships selection camp, Sept. 18-22. Smith and nine other gymnasts were invited to take part in the camp.

Read "American Reboot," a 10-page report on the P&G Championships, and an eight-page world championships preview, in the September 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 05 September 2017 01:28    PDF Print
'I Am So Excited To Show My New Moves,' Kinsella Says
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Although 2016 European Junior Championships triple medalist Alice Kinsella of Great Britain did not perform up to potential at this spring's Europeans in Cluj, Romania, she told IG she was pleased with her results in Cluj, where she finished 10th in the all-around final in spite of mistakes that started in qualifications.


Alice Kinsella (Great Britain)

"My first mistake on the beam, when I fell off on my free cartwheel-layout-layout, was purely down to the fact that I'd literally had a 30-second touch on the apparatus," she said of qualifications.

Kinsella was initially the reserve gymnast for the British squad to Europeans, but got the call to Cluj shortly before competition began after an injury to teammate Georgia-Mae Fenton .

"I was flown out last-minute, so didn't have any podium training, due to injury within my team," Kinsella explained. "Other than my fall I was very happy with the rest of the competition and qualifying for the all-around final."

Kinsella said her routines in the all-around final may not have been perfect, but her results in Cluj have inspired her.

"On finals day, I was so happy with my performance," she said. "I went out so excited and ready to show everyone what I was made of. To place 10th in my first senior international was an amazing feeling but I know I have got so much more to give. On the bars I had so much adrenaline that may have been at vault (in the previous rotation) for going too fast on the bars, causing me to fall. However, since the competition I have worked hard on all the apparatus and improved on each. I am so excited to show my new moves."

A first-year senior, Kinsella said the transition from the junior level has been an energizing, smooth adjustment. This past spring, she won the all-around silver medal at the British national championships.

"Becoming a senior has been very exciting so far," she said. "I haven't treated it differently to when I was a junior. I go into every competition forward and my main aim is to do well. It obviously feels so strange but amazing to compete with and against gymnasts I have looked up to as my inspirations. This alone pushes me to do my very best."

With her eye on next month's world championships in Montreal, Kinsella has focused on upgrades this summer.

"I cannot wait to get in the competition arena and show off all my new skills," she said. "In training I have worked closely with my coaches, deciding which skills suit me as a gymnast and what I am comfortable with."

Kinsella said she has paid special attention to vault.

"My coaches and I believe this is where I was lacking ability," she said. "I am so happy with the result of working hard on that apparatus and can't wait to compete it."

With Montreal two months away and the Tokyo Olympics three years ahead, Kinsella is confident that her diligence will continue to pay off.

"I have worked hard on all apparatus, making sure they are to the best of my ability and strong enough to gain high scores when competing against some of the top gymnasts in the country as well as the world," she told IG. "I am so excited for what is to come and what my future has in store for me."

Read "British Breakouts," a pair of interviews with Alice Kinsella and 2017 British all-around bronze medalist Maisie Methune, in the December 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, or purchase back issues, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 01 September 2017 12:33    PDF Print
Scott Hann Interview in September IG
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The September 2017 issue includes an interview with Scott Hann, who placed two gymnasts on the 2016 Olympic team: Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan.

A former gymnast at Bush Harlow Gymnastics Club, Hann (shown here with Whitlock) is the Director of Coaching at South Essex Gymnastics Club.

In Rio last summer, Whitlock won the all-around bronze and gold medals on floor exercise and pommel horse. Great Britain qualified fifth in prelims and climbed to fourth in the team finals. Hann said Whitlock will not enter the all-around at the 2017 World Championships, but will focus instead on floor and pommels.

Hann, meanwhile, will receive the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in October. Whitlock received the same honor in the 2017 New Year Honors.

Hann commented on what Whitlock's all-around success in Rio meant to both of them. "The all-around bronze medal in Rio was probably the proudest medal for Max and me, as we have both committed and sacrificed so much to get it."

He also described the differences between Whitlock and Bevan: "Max and Brinn are two very different characters who come from very different backgrounds. Max came to SEGC to work with me after trying to train in Slovenia with his first coach, who moved back there to start a family. Max’s family lived some 50 miles from the club but committed to making the journey every day until Max learned to drive, and later moved closer to the club.

"Max has always approached his gymnastics methodically with precision, accuracy and efficiency. A true gent, his forte has been his calm-natured approach to competition and ability to deliver under pressure at the right time.

"Brinn, whose mum and dad were equally as committed and supportive, started at the club as a preschool gymnast and has moved through the system from day one. But his upbringing has been tough. At times his family struggled for money, meaning he would miss meals. We combatted that by offering his mum a job at the club. Brinn then lost his father, who was his role model, which had huge psychological effects on him. He then suffered from multiple stress fractures as a junior before breaking his leg as a senior.

"Adversity I believe has helped Brinn get to where he has. His character is fiery fierce and he enjoys trying things and performing in front of an audience. His forte, like Max, is his ability to compete, but he is more of an animal who will take the event head on.

"Both are remarkable athletes and young men. I am privileged to work with them both and to be a part of their lives."

IG also asked the humble Hann if he had any coaching role models: "I have had many influences from coaches, mostly what not to do or say. A big role model for me was Paul Hall MBE, coach to Daniel Keatings and Louis Smith MBE, as he had a different mindset and approach to anybody else at that time. But after being inspired by him, I worked hard until my idol became my rival.


"I do not claim to be the best technician within our sport. I believe the gymnasts are the experts; we have to just provide them with the tools to do the job. I’m good at that. I do that by creating an inspirational environment to thrive and learn, develop and feel valued. I try to build the gymnasts’ confidence and ability to adapt to situations, rather than focusing on how hard you must work, and the techniques you must practice. If you inspire the gymnasts they will apply themselves. Simple."

Read the complete interview in the September issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions or to purchase back issues, click here.

 
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