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Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:19    PDF Print
Wammes Already Aiming For 2012

Although the Dutch men's sole 2008 Olympic berth has been claimed by a teammate, 20-year-old Jeffrey Wammes said he aims to continue his Olympic quest - for the 2012 Games in London.

Jeffrey Wammes

At the 40th World Championships, held Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart, the Dutch men's team finished 20th, missing an automatic berth for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Epke Zonderland, the team's top all-arounder, qualified to Beijing as an individual.

In the qualifications round, Zonderland was 29th all-around and Wammes, a previous world finalist on floor exercise and vault, was 34th.

In the event finals, Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder won the silver medal on rings; and Zonderland and Wammes finished fourth and fifth on high bar, respectively.

At the 2006 French International in Lyon, Wammes broke both ankles landing a double layout on floor exercise. Though doctors at first doubted he would be able to return to competition, he make a complete recovery and earned the bronze medal on vault and a ninth-place all-around finish at the 2007 European Championships in Amsterdam.

Wammes said resting his ankles following his injury improved his all-around performance.

"It did help pommel horse a little bit, and rings, too, but especially high bar," Wammes said. "I've been doing a lot of high bar, and I think that was a good way to use the time. Of course, I lost a half-year of training, and in gymnastics, that's really hard."

Although Wammes tumbled and vaulted confidently in Stuttgart, he said he is still cautious about landing too solidly.

"My ankles are OK," he told IG in Stuttgart. "They don't bother me at all on floor or vault. I tape them, but it's just for security - not for pain or other reasons. That's the only issue, especially on floor. If I have to land forward, it's hard for me to stick it. Sometimes I take a step that's not necessary, but I'm afraid to land (too hard)."

Wammes said he is ready for the upcoming challenges that his Dutch teammates will provide leading up to 2012.

"I have to train hard and do the best I can," he said. "And do as much as possible."

Read "Comebacks Complete," a profile on Wammes and teammate Verona van de Leur, in the September 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"Comebacks Complete" - Wammes/van de Leur profile (September 2007)
"Much for the Dutch" - Zonderland profile (July/August 2006)
"Double Dutch" - van Gelder profile (May 2005)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile (August/September 2002)

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Written by Admin    Saturday, 15 September 2007 12:26    PDF Print
Johnson Honored as 'Person of the Week'
Newly crowned world all-around champion Shawn Johnson (USA) was featured in a Friday segment of ABC World News, which named her "Person of the Week."

The segment included interviews with Johnson, parents Doug and Teri Johnson, and coach Liang Qiao, as well as footage of Johnson training at Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and competing at last week's World Championships in Stuttgart. Images of Johnson as a young child, including a clip of her performing a handspring vault in competition, were also shown.

In Stuttgart, the 15-year-old Johnson won the all-around gold medal, as well as gold medals on floor exercise and in the team competition.

"It feels like a dream come true," Johnson said in Stuttgart. "It's everything I've ever wanted, and what every girl in the world wants, and to know that I've fulfilled all my expectations and dreams feels amazing."

Earlier this year, Johnson won all-around titles at the American Cup, the Pan American Games and the U.S. Championships.

External Link: ABC News: Person of the Week

Shawn Johnson is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine
September 2007: U.S. Championships coverage
April 2007: cover photo, American Cup coverage
November 2007: "A Taste of China" - Johnson/Chow profile
October 2006: cover photo, center poster, U.S. Championships coverage
January 2006: "Shooting Star" - profile

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Written by Admin    Tuesday, 11 September 2007 11:47    PDF Print
IGHOF Announces Class of 2008

Four Olympic champions will be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2008.


Ma Yanhong
Stoyan Deltchev (Bulgaria), Ma Yanhong (China) (pictured at right), Lilia Popdkopayeva (Ukraine) and Shuji Tsurumi (Japan) will be honored Feb. 9, 2008, in Oklahoma City, Okla. during the the 12th annual induction ceremony.

The IGHOF will also present the the International Order of Merit to German professor Ludwig Schweizer of the Institute for Sport and Sport Sciences at the University of Freiburg.

To date the IGHOF has honored 60 of gymnastics' greatest stars and contributors, representing 15 countries.

External Link: International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 10 September 2007 11:45    PDF Print
Devyatovsky, Lozhechko Suspended through 2007
Russia suspended European champions Maxim Devyatovsky and Yulia Lozhechko for their respective behavior at the World Championships which concluded Sunday in Stuttgart.

Russian head coach Andrei Rodionenko said the two gymnasts are suspended from the national team through the end of the year, at which time their status will be re-evaluated.

Rodionenko said both gymnasts were disciplined because of their attitude and not their rankings, though the suspensions come after Russia's worst worlds showing in history. Ksenia Semyonova's gold medal on uneven bars was Russia's only medal in Stuttgart.

Deyvatovsky was suspended for his behavior during Friday's all-around competition, when he left the arena before the sixth rotation. It is a violation of FIG rules for a non-injured gymnast to leave the competition area before the end of the tournament.

In the all-around final, Devyatovsky had been second in the rankings before he fell on the parallel bars in the fifth rotation. He did not finish his routine and he received a score of 3.725. Rodionenko said the team doctor examined Devyatovsky and, finding no injury, cleared him to compete on the high bar.

Devyatovsky, however, having lost all chance of a medal, shrugged off the last event, saying, "I don't have any interest in finishing outside of the top three. There's no difference to me between seventh place or 24th."

Rodionenko said the national team coaches declared Devyatovsky's attitude "unworthy" of the Russian team. He singled out 2005 world champion Hiroyuki Tomita (Japan) as an example of a gymnast who performed with dignity in the men's all-around final. In the sixth rotation, Tomita fell heavily from the high bar, and yet finished his routine despite also having no hope for a medal.

"(Tomita) finished the way you'd expect from a world champion," Rodionenko said in an interview posted on the Russian Gymnastics Federations official Web site. "Maxim just doesn't have these same qualities. He could have finished an honorable 24th place, and now it is a shameful 24th place."

Rodionenko said Devyatovsky has been a problem in the past, and has not had a personal coach since parting ways with veteran trainer Gennady Stolyarov in 2005.

"It seems to me that winning the European Championships has made him feel more entitled than he deserves to be," Rodionenko said. "He was acting disorganized, undisciplined and selfish. If Devyatovsky does not figure out that there's a problem, I have a suspicion that he's going to find it very hard to get onto the Olympic team."

He said Lozhechko was disciplined for defying her coaches and altering her balance beam routine in qualifications. Lozhechko, the 2007 European champion on beam, fell on the dismount. He said her goal was to reach the individual final and that she instead ended up costing the team points.

Rodionenko, a senior trainer for the Soviets in the 1970s and 1980s, said the current generation of Russian gymnasts needs to understand that the team comes first.

"I have come to the conclusion: if athletes are unable to put aside their personal interests for the sake of the team, they need to leave," he said. "To keep up team moral is much more important than the whims of a single, even a very talented, individual."

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.


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