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Written by Admin    Thursday, 19 July 2007 08:31    PDF Print
Mexico Stripped of Pan Am Medal
The Pan American Sports Organization voted Thursday to nullify the Mexican women's team bronze from the recent Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the accreditation status of one of the gymnasts.

Gymnast Marisela Arizmendi competed for Mexico during the team competition on July 14 but had been accredited in Rio de Janeiro as a coach, not an athlete.

On the official Pan Am Games Web site, Torres is not listed as one of the six gymnasts on the Mexican team. The six gymnasts listed are Maricela Cantu, Cinthia Duarth, Yesenia Estrada, Elsa Garcia, Erika Garcia and Yeny Ibarra.

The Mexican women won the bronze medal, 32 years after their last appearance on the Pan Am podium. However, the PASO executive committee voted unanimously to disqualify Mexico and move fourth-place Canada up to the bronze.

The Rio Games organizing committee also pulled the accreditation of Alejandro Peniche, the president of the Mexican Gymnastics Federation.

Felipe Muñoz, the head of Mexico's delegation to the Pan Am Games, said during a press conference that Mexico accepted the committee's decision.

"The Mexican Olympic Committee accepts the error that was committed," Muñoz said. "I want to make it very clear that the individual athletes in this case are not responsible for what occurred, and on the contrary, we are very proud of them and the historic result they obtained."

Peniche said Arizmendi, though not originally part of the team, traveled to Rio so she could continue intensive training with her coach for the upcoming world championships. Peniche said that when Duarth suffered an injury, Arizmendi took her place on the team, but that the organizing committee did not notify the Pan American Gymnastics Union of the change in her status.

The Mexican city of Guadalajara will play host to the 2011 Pan American Games.

In other Pan Am news, Cuban coach Lazaro Lamelas defected and announced his intentions to stay in Brazil. Lamelas, a 2000 Olympian, finished third all-around at both the 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games.

External Link: 2007 Pan American Games Official Site

Written by Admin    Tuesday, 17 July 2007 08:27    PDF Print
Canada Names Women's World Team
2006 world bronze medalist Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs will lead the Canadian team at the upcoming World Championships, to be held Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The world team, named after a selection camp in Mississagua, Ont., is composed of Hopfner-Hibbs and fellow 2006 world team members Marci Bernholtz, Alyssa Brown and Rebecca Simbhudas, as well as three first-year seniors: Nansy Damianova, Sydney Sawa and new national champion Kristina Vaculik.

The team will train for two weeks in Greece in August before heading to Stuttgart. An alternate to the six-member team will be named prior to the competition. In Stuttgart, the Canadian women will compete in the 10th and final subdivision of women's qualification.

Canada finished 14th at the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. The top 12 teams in Stuttgart will qualify full teams to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

External Link: Gymnastics Canada

Written by Admin    Wednesday, 11 July 2007 08:22    PDF Print
Americans Aim High For Pan American Games
U.S. national team coordinator Marta Karolyi said the U.S. women's team is prepared to defend its title at the 15th Pan American Games, which will begin July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

"It will be a pretty tough competition, because some of those countries have improved and have a great ambition," Karolyi told IG. "Actually, the host country has a little bit of advantage of being home and having all the Latin countries judging. So it will be a tough competition, but we'll try to put together a good team and hope everything will go fine."

Held every four years, the Games feature competition in 33 sports for athletes from the Americas. Gymnastics has been contested at every Games since their 1951 inception. The artistic gymnastics competition will be held July 14-17.

The U.S.'s Nastia Liukin, who placed second all-around at the 2003 Games in Santo Domingo, is scheduled to compete in Rio de Janeiro. Joining her on the American team roster are reigning American Cup champion Shawn Johnson, Rebecca Bross, Ivana Hong, Samantha Peszek and Amber Trani.

Absent from the Games will be 2003 all-around gold medalist Chellsie Memmel.

Canada, which finished second to the U.S. in 2003, plans to field a young team including reigning Canadian junior champion Brittany Rogers, Stephanie Desjardins-Labelle, Peng-Peng Lee, Ti Liu, Charlotte Mackie and Emma Willis.

The Brazilian women won the team bronze medal in 2003, and will be represented this year by Jade Barbosa, Khiuani Dias, Daiane dos Santos, Daniele Hypolito, Ana Claudia Silva and Lais Souza.

At the 2003 Games, Brazil won the silver medal in the men's team competition. This year's team is composed of Luis Augusto Anjos, Diego Hypolito, Danilo Nogueira, Mosiah Rodrigues, Victor Rosa and Adan Santos.

In the men's competition, 2003 all-around silver medalist David Durante is among six U.S. gymnasts scheduled to participate. Other members of the U.S. team include 2005 World Championships all-around finalist Guillermo Alvarez, Sean Golden, Joseph Hagerty, Justin Spring and 2005 U.S. all-around champion Todd Thornton.

Four-time Games all-around champion Erick Lopez, who led Cuba to the team title in 2003, has since retired.

The Canadian team, which placed seventh in 2003, will be represented in Rio de Janeiro by Peter Andersen, reigning junior national champion Jayd Lukenchuk, Pat McElroy, A.J. Rayment, Hugh Smith and Jared Walls.

External Link: 2007 Pan American Games Official Site

International Gymnast Magazine's coverage of 2007 Pan American Games participants includes:
"Building Brazil" - Brazilian team cover story (March 2007)
"All-Around Specialist" - Durante interview (April 2005)
"Golden Rules" - Golden profile (November 2005)
"Interview: Marta Karolyi" (September 2006)
Johnson on cover, 2007 American Cup coverage (April 2007)
"A Taste of China" - Johnson profile (November 2006)
Johnson on cover, Johnson center poster (October 2006)
"Shooting Star" - Johnson profile (January/February 2006)
"A Passion For Performing" - Lee profile (June 2006)
Liukin on cover (June/July 2003, April 2005, October 2005, January/February 2006)
Liukin center poster (October 2005)
"An Unstoppable Force" - Liukin profile (November 2002)
"Pride For Family and Canada" - Mackie profile (November 2006)
"IG Profile: Samantha Peszek" (November 2006)
"At Her Best" - Rogers profile (July/August 2007)
"Spring Loaded" - Spring profile (February 2005)
Thornton on cover (October 2005)
"Finding His Form" - Thornton interview (May 2005)
"Star in the Making" - Trani profile (March 2005)

IG Online Related Features
Interview: Guillermo Alvarez
Johnson Aiming To Take On The World (April 8, 2007)
Liukin On The Mend (February 16, 2007)
Family First For Liukin (December 25, 2007)

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

Written by Admin    Thursday, 21 June 2007 08:03    PDF Print
Doctors: Wang Showing Improvement
Doctors say Wang Yan, who suffered a broken neck June 10 at the Chinese National Championships, is continuing to show improvement following surgery this week.
Wang Yan at the 2006 National Championships

Wang underwent surgery in Shanghai, site of the national championships.

Chinese television showed video of Wang moving her left foot, and her doctor Xu Jiangguang said she has regained some hand motion.

During the team final, Wang (pictured at right at the 2006 National Championships) hit the bar with her feet on her dismount and crashed headfirst to the mat. She suffered fractures and dislocation of the second and third vertebrae.

Doctors had initially predicted that Wang, who was in a coma for several days following the accident, could be paralyzed for life.

"It's too early to say she has overcome the injury right now," Xu said. "Her condition is stable as we expected and we need another 72 hours to monitor her condition."

Written by Admin    Wednesday, 20 June 2007 07:56    PDF Print
FIG Draws Lots for Worlds
The FIG drew lots today to determine the competition order for the 2007 World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart, Germany.

A record 84 federations have registered for the 2007 World Championships, topping the previous record of 73 at both the 1999 Worlds in Tianjin and 2003 Worlds in Anaheim. An extra day of competition was added to accommodate the large number of entries.

The defending world champions from China will compete in the first subdivision for women, and the men in the fourth subdivision. Powerhouses Japan and Russia will compete in the first men's subdivision.

Qualification concludes on the evening of Sept. 4, with the host Germans competing in the final men's subdivision.

Women's Subdivision 1
Sept. 1, 10:00 a.m.
Vault Mixed Team 4
Uneven Bars China
Balance Beam Poland
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 12
Women's Subdivision 2
Sept. 1, 11:45 a.m.
Vault South Korea
Uneven Bars Italy
Balance Beam Mixed Team 10
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 8
Women's Subdivision 3
Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m.
Vault Mixed Team 15
Uneven Bars Germany
Balance Beam Mixed Team 2
Floor Exercise Ukraine
Women's Subdivision 4
Sept. 1, 3:15 p.m.
Vault Mixed Team 16
Uneven Bars Mexico
Balance Beam Mixed Team 13
Floor Exercise Romania
Women's Subdivision 5
Sept. 2, 10:00 a.m.
Vault Mixed Team 7
Uneven Bars Australia
Balance Beam Mixed Team 1
Floor Exercise Greece
Women's Subdivision 6
Sept. 2, 11:45 a.m.
Vault Mixed Team 6
Uneven Bars Bulgaria
Balance Beam Spain
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 3
Women's Subdivision 7
Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m.
Vault Mixed Team 5
Uneven Bars Czech Republic
Balance Beam Switzerland
Floor Exercise Russia
Women's Subdivision 8
Sept. 2, 3:15 p.m.
Vault Brazil
Uneven Bars North Korea
Balance Beam Mixed Team 1
Floor Exercise Belarus
Women's Subdivision 9
Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Vault Japan
Uneven Bars Mixed Team 14
Balance Beam United States
Floor Exercise Netherlands
Women's Subdivision 10
Sept. 2, 7:15 p.m.
Vault France
Uneven Bars Canada
Balance Beam Great Britain
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 9

Download Complete Women's Draw with Mixed Team Details (Acrobat PDF)

Men's Subdivision 1
Sept. 3, 10:00 a.m.
Floor Exercise Puerto Rico
Pommel Horse Mixed Team 22
Still Rings Japan
Vault Russia
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 16
High Bar Mixed Team 21
Men's Subdivision 2
Sept. 3, 12:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 11
Pommel Horse Mixed Team 8
Still Rings Kazakhstan
Vault Great Britain
Parallel Bars Switzerland
High Bar Mixed Team 18
Men's Subdivision 3
Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise France
Pommel Horse Brazil
Still Rings Mixed Team 1
Vault Mixed Team 5
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 13
High Bar Latvia
Men's Subdivision 4
Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise Belarus
Pommel Horse Mixed Team 14
Still Rings Mixed Team 2
Vault China
Parallel Bars Bulgaria
High Bar Mixed Team 12
Men's Subdivision 5
Sept. 4, 10:00 a.m.
Floor Exercise Australia
Pommel Horse Canada
Still Rings Mixed Team 17
Vault Mixed Team 23
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 19
High Bar Portugal
Men's Subdivision 6
Sept. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise Netherlands
Pommel Horse Mixed Team 9
Still Rings Romania
Vault United States
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 6
High Bar Mixed Team 15
Men's Subdivision 7
Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise Italy
Pommel Horse Ukraine
Still Rings Mixed Team 7
Vault none
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 3
High Bar Greece
Men's Subdivision 8
Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Floor Exercise Mixed Team 4
Pommel Horse South Korea
Still Rings Spain
Vault Germany
Parallel Bars Mixed Team 20
High Bar Mixed Team 10


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