Follow Us On

Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 30 August 2007 11:43    PDF Print
Tamârjan Out of Worlds with Leg Fracture

Romania's Ana Maria Tamârjan will miss the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart after fracturing her leg Wednesday in podium training.

Ana Maria Tamârjan

Tamârjan was training on uneven bars when she slipped from the bar and hit her knee to her mouth, Romanian head coach Nicolae Forminte told Romanian newspaper Prosport.

"The worlds are over for her," Forminte said.

Tamârjan was ranked fourth on the Romanian team, behind Steliana Nistor, Sandra Izbasa and Catalina Ponor and ahead of newcomer Cerasela Patrascu and 2006 world team member Daniela Druncea.

Alternate Andreea Grigore will now take Tamârjan's place in the lineup when Romania competes Saturday in the team qualification, Forminte said.

"It won't be the same routine but we don't have another solution," he said. "I hope we survive Saturday's qualification. After that it will be easy."

At the 2006 Worlds, the Romanian team was fourth, finishing out of the medals for the first time since the 1981 World Championships. The Romanian women have won seven world team titles, including five consecutive titles between 1994 and 2001.

Tamârjan is not the first gymnast to sustain a serious injury while training in Stuttgart. Japan's Takehiro Kashima broke his hand training on pommel horse on Aug. 23 and Canada's Kyle Shewfelt broke both his legs Monday on floor exercise.

Written by Admin    Thursday, 30 August 2007 11:42    PDF Print
Sacramone Ready to Lend Experience
Veteran Alicia Sacramone will try to use her experience to guide the U.S. women's team at the upcoming World Championships in Stuttgart.
Alicia Sacramone

Sacramone, a four-time world medalist and college sophomore at Brown University, is the oldest member of the U.S. team at 19. Besides Sacramone, the only member of the team that has competed at a world championships is Nastia Liukin. Both were members of the U.S. team that finished second to China at the 2006 Worlds in Aarhus.

"I'm probably going to take on the role as captain of the team," said Sacramone, who trains at Brestyan's Gymnastics in Massachusetts. "Nastia and I have been through it all—the good, the bad and the ugly. I know the younger girls will come to us when they're thinking, 'What are we going to do?' I will be like, 'It's OK, it's not new, so don't freak out."

Team newcomers are new national champion Shawn Johnson, Ivana Hong, Samantha Peszek and Shayla Worley. Bridget Sloan will serve as alternate, sources with the U.S. team confirmed to IG on Thursday. Johnson, Liukin and Worley will compete all events on Sunday.

Sacramone is the defending silver medalist on vault and the 2005 world champion on floor exercise. She is scheduled to compete on vault, balance beam and floor exercise when the American women compete in Sunday's qualification.

Although Sacramone is a veteran, she said she will also rely on her own advice to the team's Worlds debutantes.

"They still freak about stuff that we kind of freak out about, too," Sacramone told IG. "So telling them it's OK is like telling myself it's OK. I try to keep myself cool, calm and collected. I don't do 'freak-out' well!"

Written by Dwight Normile    Tuesday, 28 August 2007 11:41    PDF Print
Surgery Successful for Spring

U.S. national team member Justin Spring, who tore his right ACL while vaulting at the U.S. Championships on Aug. 17, underwent surgery today in Champaign, Ill.

Spring is expected to be full strength in six months, said his personal coach Jon Valdez.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Bane, who trained in Birmingham, Ala., under Dr. James Andrews, a leader in his field. Andrews did surgery for three-time U.S. Olympian Blaine Wilson in 2004.

"The surgery went great," Valdez told IG. "It was a clean tear to the ACL, with no other damage to the knee. His doctors say he'll be tumbling in four months and at full strength in six months. Justin's spirits are high, and our goal is to do the all-around in 2008 and grab one of the guaranteed spots on the Olympic team."

Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 27 August 2007 11:18    PDF Print
Shewfelt Out of Worlds

2004 Olympic floor exercise champion Kyle Shewfelt (Canada) will miss the upcoming world championships after breaking his knees during training on Monday in Stuttgart.

Shewfelt suffered small fractures to both knees during a landing on floor exercise. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks. The Canadian men will compete in Subdivision 2 on Sept. 4.

At the 2006 World Championships, the Canadian men's team placed a best-ever fifth place in preliminaries and sixth in the team final. The top 12 teams in Stuttgart qualify full teams to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

2006 world team member Adam Wong has been called to Stuttgart to serve as the team alternate. Wong, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in March, said he would be able to compete four events if needed in Stuttgart.

"Kyle was a very important part of the team, and contributed a lot to our overall score," Wong told IG on Monday evening. "However, we still have six very strong gymnasts who are capable of a great team finish. They are all very well prepared for this competition, and it will definitely show on Sept. 4th."

Shewfelt, the defending world bronze medalist on men's floor exercise, had told The Calgary Sun he had a new, more complex routine planned for Stuttgart.

"It is ultra-difficult, yes, and it kills me every time I do it, but I love doing it," Shewfelt told The Sun. "I have my sights set on doing something no one else does."

Written by Admin    Monday, 27 August 2007 11:16    PDF Print
Germans Ready to Host Worlds
Veterans Fabian Hambüchen and Oksana Chusovitina will lead the German teams at the World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

Named along with Hambüchen to the German men's team were Thomas Andergassen, Philipp Boy, Robert Juckel, Marcel Nguyen and Eugen Spiridonov. Brian Gladow is the team alternate.

Anja Brinker

At the 2006 World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark, Hambüchen won bronze medals in the all-around and on high bar. He placed second all-around and first on high bar at the 2007 European Championships, held in Amsterdam.

Noticeably absent from the team is Matthias Fahrig, bronze medalist on floor exercise at the 2007 Europeans and gold medalist on floor exercise and vault at the 2006 Glasgow Grand Prix. Fahrig was removed from the team "because of disciplinary reasons" following last month's German Championships, a team spokesperson told IG.

The German men will compete in Subdivision 8 on Sept. 4.

Joining the 32-year-old Chusovitina on the German women's team in Stuttgart will be Katja Abel, Anja Brinker, Jenny Brunner, Marie-Sophie Hindermann and Joeline Möbius. Kim Bui is the team alternate.

Chusovitina, a naturalized German citizen and winner of the 2007 German national all-around title, competed at Worlds for the first time in 1991. Representing the Soviet Union there, she tied for the gold medal on floor exercise and tied for the silver medal on vault.

For the Unified (former Soviet Union) team and then her native Uzbekistan, Chusovitina competed at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. She made her German team Worlds debut in 2006, when she won the bronze medal on vault and placed ninth all-around.

A veteran of the 2001 and 2003 Worlds, the 24-year-old Abel broke both bones in both forearms in a 2004 training accident. She placed third all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Brinker finished 10th all-around and seventh on uneven bars at the 2007 Europeans, and second all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Hindermann won the all-around bronze medal at the 2006 Junior Europeans, and was fifth all-around at the 2007 German Championships. Brunner was sixth all-around at the 2007 German Championships.

Möbius, who turned 15 on August 26, is the team's youngest member. She won the all-around title and all four events at the 2007 German Youth Champinoships.

The German women will compete in Subdivision 2 on Sept. 1.

Germany is hosting the World Championships for the fourth time. Stuttgart also hosted the 1989 Worlds, and Dortmund was the site of the 1966 Worlds and 1994 Team Worlds.

At the 2006 World Championships, in Aarhus, Denmark, the German women's team placed 16th and the German men's team placed seventh. The top 12 women's and men's teams in Stuttgart will qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

IG will be on hand at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, so look for continuing coverage online and in the October issue.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
Hambüchen on cover, 2007 Europeans coverage (June 2007)
Hambüchen center poster (April 2007)
"German Giants" - Hambüchen profile (May 2003)
"Giving It His All" - Fahrig profile (July/August 2007)
"On Good German Terms" - Chusovitina profile (January/February 2007)
2006 World Championships special issue (December 2006)
"Double Break" - Abel profile (July/August 2006)
"Wünderbar!" - Bui profile (August/September 2004)

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


Page 213 of 226