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Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 20 August 2017 08:56    PDF Print
Peel-Off Points To Needed Change For New U.S. Champ Moldauer
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Yul Moldauer, 2017 U.S. national champion, is headed to the world championships this fall in Montreal, Canada.

Rebounding from a fall on high bar in the first rotation, newly crowned U.S. men's all-around champion Yul Moldauer told IG that his winning performance at the P&G (U.S). Championships on Saturday in Anaheim indicated his need to correct his technique in preparation for this fall's World Championships in Montreal.

Moldauer's two-day total score of 171.600 points earned him his first U.S. national all-around title, over silver medalist Allen Bower (170.600) and bronze medalist Donnell Whittenburg (169.700).

Moldauer's otherwise steady performance in Anaheim included an uncharacteristic peel-off on high bar, when he missed a Kovacs in his first routine on Saturday, the second of two days of competition.

"I've always been known to have a weird Kovacs tap," he told IG. "I'm known to be going too fast, but I definitely felt myself kick over my first timer giant too much, and by the time I was at the bottom I was pulling my shoulders over. That's something I need to work on. Now that I actually have some time to work on some key elements, I'm definitely going to go back and relearn a Kovacs tap. This meet I actually played it safe on a few events."

Read in-depth coverage of the P&G Championships in the September issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:01    PDF Print
Vernyayev Leads Impressive Lineup for University Games
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Olympic gold medalist Oleg Vernyayev headlines an impressive field of gymnasts for the 2017 University Games in Taipei, which begins Saturday.

Olympic gold medalist Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) headlines an impressive field of gymnasts for the 2017 University Games in Taipei, which begins Saturday.

The 29th Universiade will bring together more than 7,500 athletes from 121 nations competing in 21 summer sports. It is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. To be eligible to compete at the University Games, athletes must be between 17 and 28 years old, and have taken at least one 3-credit university course or received a diploma within the past year. Incoming students enrolled at universities for this fall are also typically eligible to compete.

The impressive gymnastics lineup includes 70 women and 128 men in artistic gymnastics, and 83 rhythmic gymnastics, many aiming for this fall's world championships. The gymnastics field boasts numerous Olympians and international stars, led by defending all-around champion Oleg Vernyayev, who was the most decorated gymnast at the 2015 University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, with two gold (all-around, parallel bars), one silver (floor exercise) and three bronze medals (team, rings and vault).

Yuya Kamoto and Shogo Nonomura, who led Japan to the team title in Gwanju, are back in Taipei. In 2015, Nonomura finished second all-around to Vernyayev. The Russians are sending a young and interesting squad that includes hopefuls Vladislav Polyashov and Kirill Prokopyev.

The U.S. is sending a full men's team in Levi Anderson, Alexander Diab, Tristan Duran, Vitali Kan (son of 1996 Belarusian Olympian Andrei Kan) and Robert Neff, but is unfortunately sending no women.

China is also unfortunately not sending any artistic gymnasts but will have a full rhythmic contingent.


Pan American Games champion Ellie Black (Canada)

Defending women's all-around champion Kelly Simm, a member of Great Britain's bronze medal squad at the 2015 Worlds, is back as the sole representative for Great Britain in artistic. Two-time Olympians Ellie Black and Brittany Rogers, who are gearing up for the upcoming world championships in Montreal, lead the Canadian squad, which includes Briannah Tsang (Penn State) and veteran Jessica Dowling. Black, fifth all-around at last year's Olympic Games, should be a strong contender for the all-around title.

The Russian women, the defending champions, have sent a strong team. Four-time Olympic medalist Maria Paseka, the reigning world champion on vault, is the only returning team member from 2015. Other team members include Olympian Daria Spiridonova. the co-world champion on uneven bars; along with 2016 Olympic alternate Lilia Akhaimova, Yevgenia Shelgunova and veteran Daria Yelizarova. In 2015, Paseka won the gold on vault, while Yelizarova won the silver on floor and bronze on vault.

The Japanese women, second to Russian in 2015, also sent a strong team. Returning gymnasts Asuka Teramoto and Natsumi Sasada, second and third in the all-around, respectively, behind Simm, are back again this year.

Romanian star Larisa Iordache, 21, should also make an impact. The fan favorite was selected to carry the Romanian flag at the University Games opening ceremonies on Saturday night. "I am glad to have the opportunity to be the flag-bearer at the Romania delegation of the Universiade!," Iordache said. "It's the first experience for me and I hope from the bottom of my heart there will be a wonderful experience for the entire Romanian delegation throughout the course of the Universiade."

Competition kicks off Saturday morning at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, with the first of two days of men's team competition qualification and individual qualification. (The first day of competition has two early sessions, to allow the athletes to attend the opening ceremonies that evening.) The women's team and individual qualification will be held Sunday, followed by the all-around finals on Monday, and two days of apparatus finals. The rhythmic competition will be held August 27-29 and features individuals and groups.

External Link: Official Website

29th University Games
Aug. 19-29, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

Women's Competitors
Tatiana Avila
Jasmin Mader
Dorien Motten
Ellie Black
Jessica Dowling
Denelle Pedrick
Brittany Rogers
Briannah Tsang
Ema Kajić
Yamilet Peña
Maija Leinonen
Annika Urvikko
Veronika Vuosjoki
Kelly Simm
Antonia Alicke
Kim Bui
Leah Griesser
Pauline Tratz
Saul Kwan
Dália Al-Salty
Dorina Böczögő
Yumika Nakamura
Natsumi Sasada
Asuka Teramoto
Ayana Tone
Yuki Uchiyama
Yekaterina Chuikina
Anna Geidt
Eum Dayeon
Jeong Heeyeon
Jung Choongmin
Kim Chaeyeon
Lee Hyebeen
Valērija Grišāne
Elisabeth Geurts
Anne Klein
Laura Tan
Nadieh van Pol
Vera van Pol
Sofie Bråten
Mira Neurauter
Thea Nygård
Sofie Skåttun
Anna Worpvik
Gabriela Janik
Diana Abrantes
Ana Filipa Martins
Inés Romero
Larisa Iordache
Claudia Cummins
Tylah Lotter
Angela Maguire
Bianca Mann
Lilia Akhaimova
Maria Paseka
Yevgenia Shelgunova
Daria Spiridonova
Daria Yelizarova
Ana Cikač
Ivana Kamnikar
Sara King
Adela Šajn
Caterina Barloggio
Barbora Mokošová
Chuang Hsiu-Ju
Chuang Shu-Yun
Lo Yu-Ju
Mai Liu Hsiang-Han
Tsai Chia-Jung
Demet Mutlu
Men's Competitors
Artur Davtyan
Armen Petrosyan
Artur Tovmasyan
Clay Isaac Stephens
Michael Mercieca
Mitchell Morgans
Christopher Remkes
Michael Tone
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Vinzenz Höck
Matthias Schwab
Maxime Gentges
René Cournoyer
Joel Gagnon
Justin Karstadt
Aaron Mah
Samuel Zakutney
Matija Baron
Renato Prpić
Jakov Vlahek
Kristijan Vugrinski
Ilias Georgiou
Marios Georgiou
David Jessen
Bogi Berg
Jacob Buus
Joao Fuglsig
Joachim Winther
Audrys Nin Reyes
Franz Card
Elias Koski
Jimi Paeivaenen
Heikki Saarenketo
Tomi Tuuha
Kévin Antoniotti
Axel Augis
Edgar Boulet
Zachari Hrimèche
Baptiste Miette
Florian Lindner
Jim Man Hin
Ng Kiu Chung
Shek Wai Hung
Ádám Babos
Botond Kardos
David Schweigert
Dávid Vecsernyés
Kenta Chiba
Tomomasa Hasegawa
Yuya Kamoto
Shogo Nonomura
Wataru Tanigawa
Yerbol Jantykov
Milad Karimi
Vyacheslav Kim
Nurtas Kozhakov
Daulet Narmetov
Im Changdo
Jo Yeonggwang
Kim Hansol
Lee Junghyo
Yun Jinseong
Sergejs Pozņakovs
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
Fabian De Luna
Francisco Rojo
Pietro Giachino
Odin Kalvø
Nikolai Rønbeck
Henrik Stiansen
Vetle Talsnes
Scott Butler
Luke Dobney
Devy Dyson
Kyleab Ellis
Callum Phillips
Sebastian Cecot
Piotr Kiełbik
Bernardo Almeida
Pedro Guimarães
Diogo Romero
Rober Ghiuzan
Adelin Kotrong
Toma Zseder
Andrei-Vasile Muntean
Robert Pasca
Daniil Kazachkov
Ilya Kibartas
Vladislav Polyashov
Kirill Prokopyev
Alexei Rostov
Luka Bojanc
Luka Terbovšek
Pascal Bucher
Nicola Graber
Michael Meier
Jonas Munsch
Marco Walter
Slavomír Michnak
Chen Jin-Ling
Hsu Ping-Chien
Lee Chih-Kai
Tang Chia-Hung
Yu Chao-Wei
Mustafa Arca
Ferhat Arıcan
İbrahim Çolak
Ahmet Önder
Hamza Yılmaz
Vladyslav Hryko
Petro Pakhnyuk
Igor Radivilov
Oleg Vernyayev
Yevgen Yudenkov
Levi Anderson
Alexander Diab
Tristan Duran
Vitali Kan
Robert Neff
Rasuljon Abdurakhimov
Khusniddin Abdusamatov
Abdulla Azimov
Akobir Khamrokulov
Aliyor Rustamov
Nguyễn Tuấn Đạt
Phan Ngọc Hùng

Rhythmic (Individual)
Zoe Ormrod
Enid Sung
Hanna Bazhko
Maria Trubach
Carolina Garcia
Nickolle Abreu
Cindy Yu Rim Huh
Kaedyn Lashley
Wu Weiling
Zhang Jing
Andrea Kheilová
Viktoria Bogdanova
Carmel Kallemaa
Inessa Rif
Mimi-Isabella Cesar
Stephani Sherlock
Blanka Boldizsár
Uzume Kawasaki
Takana Tatsuzawa
Anna Afuxenidi
Selina Zhumatayeva
Chun Songe
Rut Castillo
Cindy Gallegos
Fanny Lunde
Margit Oeveraas
Yulia Bravikova
Yekaterina Selezneva
Monija Čebašek
Jana Duchnovská
Xénia Kilianová
Sandra Andersson
Chan Ting-Chen
Song Yu-Han
Kateryna Lutsenko
Yana Yarosh
Brigita Budginas
Serena Lu
Rhythmic (Group)
Fu Pangbo
Liu Siqi
Pan Ruomu
Su Yaoyao
Wang Chenyu
Wen Siyi
Renáta Csomai
Alexandra Fibecz
Laura Ludányi
Janka Szegedi
Eszter Szekeres
Ágnes Vándor
Nanase Hori
Nana Kondo
Natsumi Morino
Yukari Narimatsu
Asuka Ono
Ayano Sato
Ji Jaeeun
Kim Heeryeong
Kim Yeonjung
Nam Jinseul
Shin Juyoung
Ham Sun Ae
Kang Jin A
Mun Kyong Wi
Ri Hye Song
Sin Su Rim
Vera Biryukova
Daria Gorbachyova
Alexandra Korchagina
Yelizaveta Minikhina
Valeria Osikova
Ralina Rakipova
Chen Pei-An
Hsu Tzu-Chi
Ku Ni-Chen
Kung Yun
Wang Hsin-Lin
Yang Chian-Mei
Alina Bykhno
Valeria Gudym
Maryna Makarova
Anastasia Podrushnyak
Daria Sych
 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 August 2017 08:28    PDF Print
The September IG Another Packed Issue
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The September 2017 issue of International Gymnast will be another packed issue. The P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., will be the cover story, and there will likely be two new all-around champions. The last four U.S. titles were won by Simone Biles, who is taking the year off, and Sam Mikulak, who is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon at the Winter Cup in February.

The issue also includes a preview of the 2017 Montreal World Championships, which will not include team competition. IG handicaps the field for the all-around and apparatus finals. Japan's Kohei Uchimura (pictured), meanwhile, will be going for his seventh consecutive world all-around title!

There also is an interesting interview with Scott Hann, coach of Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan, both of whom made the British team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. We also caught up with former Chinese gymnast Lu Li, who scored a 10.0 to win the uneven bars gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Lu coaches at Black Hills Gymnastics in Lacey, Wash.

There is plenty more in the issue, including an interview with French champion Zachari Hrimeche and a Stretching Out column titled "The Quirks of Post-Olympic Worlds."

To subscribe to International Gymnast or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:28    PDF Print
Former Coach, USGF Director Roger Counsil Passes Away
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Roger Counsil passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 82.

Counsil coached at Indiana State for 17 years and won the 1977 NCAA Championship. His teams produced 46 All-Americans, the most prominent being Kurt Thomas, who won the NCAA all-around titles in 1977 and ’79.

Born Jan. 11, 1935, in Wood River, Ill., Counsil was a three-sport athlete at Southern Illinois: track, swimming and gymnastics. He was the NAIA 1-meter diving champion in 1957, the year he earned "Most Valuable Athlete" at SIU. He earned a bachelor's and master's at SIU and his doctorate in higher education administration at Indiana University.

Counsil was the men's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete because of the boycott. He also was chairman of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, the men's coach for the U.S. team at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, National Coach of the Year and a four-time recipient of the Mideast Coach of the Year.

In 1980 Counsil became executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.

In 1985 Counsil was inducted into the Indiana State and Southern Illinois Athletics Halls of Fame.

 
Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:55    PDF Print
Hurd 'Pushing Through' to P&G Championships
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Morgan Hurd of First State Gymnastics in Newark, Del., plans to compete in the all-around at the P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., next week, but she might not be at 100 percent. Hurd had elbow surgery 10 weeks ago, which is why she competed on only two events at the recent U.S. Classic in Chicago.

"Our recovery has been slow and steady, and every day is a new challenge," said her coach Slava Glazounov, a former Russian national team member in acrobatics (Men's Four). "We have our limitations and want Morgan to recover fully. Despite all of this, Morgan is pushing through and will compete all four events."

Hurd, a first-year senior who turned 16 on July 18, was featured in the June issue of International Gymnast, in which she stated her goal was a top-three finish in the all-around next week.

"We might have a small adjustment on bars due to the elbow," Glazounov told IG. "Other events will stay the same with a possible upgrade on floor exercise. This week and next will determine her routines. Her goal is to do her best in Anaheim and have a shot at the (2017) world team."

Read "Senior Sleeper" in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast.

To subscribe or to order back issues, click here.

 


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