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Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 02 August 2007 09:47    PDF Print
Hasenöhrl Reflects On Sudden Retirement

Austria's Carina Hasenöhrl, who in the July/August issue of IG recounts her comeback following a neck injury last fall, said she plans to enroll in college after a serious knee injury this spring ended her career.

Carina Hasenöhrl

An all-around finalist at the 2005 European Championships and the winner of 10 Austrian titles, Hasenöhrl had been been training in the Netherlands since 2004. In training last fall, she landed head-first on a tumbling element on floor exercise. She was later diagnosed with a broken vertebra and another displaced one.

"Scientifically viewed, my strong muscles saved me, but personally I believe in destiny," Hasenöhrl wrote in the IG article. "It just had to be this way."

Hasenöhrl returned to competition at the Dutch Championships this spring. On the dismount of her first event, balance beam, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

"I didn't land properly and the dream was over," said Hasenöhrl, who referred to the meet as "nevertheless the most beautiful day of my life."

Although Hasenöhrl hoped to compete at the upcoming World Championships (Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart) and qualify there for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the knee injury has prompted her retirement. She plans to enroll in college in October.

"I can't make it to Worlds anymore, nor to the Olympics," Hasenöhrl told IG. "That is what made me leave the sport I love that much. I'm so sorry everything has turned the way it has."

Read "The Courage of Carina," Hasenöhrl's inspiring story written in her own words, in the July/August 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to IG, click here.

 
Written by Admin    Wednesday, 01 August 2007 09:46    PDF Print
France Names World Team
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Reigning French national all-around champions Katheleen Lindor and Dmitry Karbanenko will lead their country's team at the World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.
Katheleen Lindor

Lindor and Karbanenko were among 16 gymnasts named to the French squad in a recent announcement by the French Gymnastics Federation.

Lindor, who placed 20th all-around at the 2006 World Championships, will be joined by Emilie Le Pennec, the 2004 Olympic uneven bars champion; Marine Petit, the 2007 French champion on balance beam and floor exercise; Cassy Vericel, who placed 13th all-around at the 2007 European Championships; Laetitia Dugain, who placed fourth all-around at the 2007 French Championships; and Pauline Morel, who placed seventh all-around at the 2007 French Championships.

The alternates are Erika Morel, a member of France's 10th-place team at the 2006 Worlds, and two-time Olympian Isabelle Severino, who finished 11th all-around at the 2006 World Championships.

A native of Russia, 34-year-old Karbanenko placed 15th all-around at both the 2006 Worlds and 2007 Europeans. He will be joined in Stuttgart by 2004 Olympian Pierre-Yves Beny, the 2007 French all-around silver medalist; Benoit Caranobe, who finished 17th all-around at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games; Yann Cucherat, the 2005 Worlds bronze medalist on parallel bars; Gael Da Silva, a member of France's 10th-place team at the 2006 Worlds; and Hamilton Sabot, the 2007 French all-around bronze medalist.

The alternates are Arnaud Willig, a member of France's sixth-place team at the 2006 Europeans; and Yann Rayepin, a member of France's 10th-place team at the 2006 Worlds.

The top 12 women's and men's teams in Stuttgart will qualify for next summer's Beijing Olympic Games. At the 2006 Worlds, in Aarhus, Denmark, the French women and the French men both placed 10th.

International Gymnast magazine will be on hand in Stuttgart, so look for complete coverage of the 2007 World Championships in a future issue.

IG Magazine Related Features
2006 World Championships special issue (December 2006)
"A La Mode" - Le Pennec profile (August/September 2004)
Severino on cover (August/September 2005)
"10-Month Comeback" - short Severino profile (November 2004)
"Taking Success In Stride" - Caranobe profile (May 2004)
"Karbanenko Makes It Count" - profile (February 2003)
"C'est La Vie" - Karbanenko cover story (May 1998)

To subscribe to IG Magazine or order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 26 July 2007 08:35    PDF Print
Canadian Champions Counting Down to Worlds
2007 Canadian champions David Kikuchi and Kristina Vaculik told IG they are fine-tuning their routines for the upcoming World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

Kikuchi, who this spring won his second consecutive Canadian men's all-around title, said he and his teammates aim to qualify a full team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. To accomplish that goal, they need to finish among the top 12 in Stuttgart. The Canadian men finished a historical-best sixth place at the 2006 World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark.

"We have been training hard, and we know what we have to do," Kikuchi said. "In Stuttgart we will have to compete well, with our main goal being to qualify for Beijing."

Kikuchi was the top Canadian all-arounder at the 2003 Worlds in Anaheim, where he finished 20th. He was a member of the 11th-place Canadian team at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Kikuchi is married to 2000 Olympian Crystal Gilmore, a member of Canada's 2006 women's world team that placed 14th.

Kikuchi said winning the Canadian title again has boosted his confidence for future competitions, both at home and abroad.

"Last year I wasn't expecting to win, with a lot of our young guys like Adam Wong and Nathan Gafuik really improving," he said. "This time the focus was on getting a good start on qualifying for the Worlds team, and not on defending my title, so that made it easier. Winning again this time is icing on the cake. Having been within a tenth or two a couple of times before made it that much sweeter. Also, the experiences of being a close second helped me to focus."

The 15-year-old Vaculik, a first-year senior, was recently named to the Canadian women's team for the upcoming Worlds. She and 2006 world balance beam bronze medalist Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs are expected to be among the Canadian team leaders in Stuttgart.

Coached by 1980 Olympic all-around champion Yelena Davydova and Valery Vahchybekov at Gemini Gymnastics Club in Ontario, Vaculik said she was pleased with her performance at the recent Canadian team trials. She finished first all-around, and said she wants to improve her performances by Worlds.

"I need to perfect my routines and make then tighter," she said. "Like on bars, I need tighter handstands, and just to clean up my routines in general."

At the Worlds trials, Vaculik said she had a problem on a beam combination (flip-flop, tucked full) that she attempted for only the second time in competition.

"I didn't stick it, but it was almost there," Vaculik said. "I just need more practice and repetition, and it will be there."

Vaculik said her consistency and power on all four events are the result of balanced workouts.

"When I train, I train on every event equally," she said. "Time and repetition on each event has brought me that all-around 'thing'!"

Vaculik, who spent last weekend relaxing with her family at their summer cottage, said she enjoys viewing Davydova's classic performances online.

"Sometimes I go on YouTube and watch," she said. "Gymnastics was so different back then!"

IG Online Related Features
Canada Names Women's Worlds Team (July 17, 2007)
Vaculik, Kikuchi Win Canadian Championships (May 24, 2007)
Hard Work Ahead For Hopfner-Hibbs (December 31, 2007)
Gilmore, Kikuchi Enjoy Holiday Honeymoon (December 27, 2007)
Interview: Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
Davydova interview (July/August 2007)
2007 International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Induction - featuring Davydova (June 2007)
"All In A Day's Work" - Hopfner-Hibbs profile (March 2007)

To subscribe to IG Magazine or order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 24 July 2007 08:35    PDF Print
Moceanu to Be a Mother
1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu announced that she and her husband are expecting their first baby, due in January 2008.

Moceanu married former Ohio State gymnast Dr. Michael Canales last November in Houston.

"We are so excited," said Moceanu, 25. "Mike and I have talked about starting a family for so long. It's really a dream come true."

The couple live in Ohio, where Moceanu coaches and Canales works as a foot and ankle surgeon.

External Link: Dominique-Moceanu.com

 
Written by Admin    Friday, 20 July 2007 08:32    PDF Print
Church Rehabbing, Hopeful After Knee Injury
Great Britain's Shavahn Church told IG she hopes to be "100 percent by November" following a knee injury that will keep her out of the upcoming World Championships.

Church, who finished 20th all-around at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, injured the meniscus of her right knee at a tri-meet among Great Britain, Brazil and Canada in June in Brazil. She tore her right anterior cruciate ligament in 2004, and tore her left ACL last spring.

Shavahn Church

"I'm focusing on conditioning, knee rehabilitation, a lot of beam dance and floor dance, and of course, uneven bars," Church told IG. "Oh! And not to forget, tons of schoolwork!"

On July 16, the 18-year-old Church met with her surgeon, who confirmed that the meniscus damage she suffered in Brazil was most likely old. He also noted that, as was observed in 2004, she has only has about 35 percent of her lateral meniscus intact. Church's surgeon told her that she has a bad bone bruise and possibly some capillary damage, advised her to do extensive rehabilitation for the next six weeks, then return to check for improvement.

Church said the injury will prevent her from attending any of Great Britain's trials for the World Championships, which will take place Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

"It was obvious to me in Brazil that I needed a little more time," Church said. "Having torn both ACLs, this makes me want to be a lot more cautious in the future. I cannot afford to do anymore damage to my knees."

Church, who holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Great Britain, began competing for the British team in 2005. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which were also held in Melbourne, she placed fifth all-around and won the silver medal on uneven bars.

Born in Southern California, Church trains under coach Chris Waller (a 1992 U.S. Olympian) at Waller's GymJam Academy in Santa Clarita. When Church travels to England, she trains under coaches Vincent and Michele Walduck and 1981 world floor exercise champion Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis at Heathrow Gymnastics Club.

Church, who will officially graduate high school in October, plans to enroll at UCLA in January 2008. She credits Waller, who also serves as UCLA's assistant coach, for keeping her motivated during the challenging last year.

"I was a little behind (in school) because of all my traveling with the British team in 2006," she said. "Chris has been a real support for me in the last year. He got me to be confident in my routines, and he helped make me very strong. Unfortunately, the type of injuries that I have endured makes it a lot more difficult to be ready for certain deadlines. I'm really looking forward to working with Chris during the summer, and also joining him at UCLA."

On July 29, Church will travel to England for a vacation and a family wedding. "The two weeks she is there, she will not train at all," said Mandy Church, her mother. "The doctor thought that it would be a perfect time for her to do nothing on her knee."

Church said she is unsure if she will continue her international career or compete exclusively for UCLA.

"This is a difficult question for me right now," she said. "I want to keep my options open for a while, and see how my knee holds up in the next couple of months. My main focus right now is to finish school, and stay in tip-top shape. Nobody knows what the future holds, especially in a sport like gymnastics."

 


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