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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

Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 19 June 2007 07:54    PDF Print
'White Palms' to Play at MOMA
The award-winning Hungarian-produced gymnastics film "Fehér Tenyér" ("White Palms") is playing June 20-25 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Written and directed by Hungarian Szabolcs Hajdu, "White Palms" is based on the real-life experiences of Hajdu and his younger brother, Zoltan Miklos Hajdu. It also stars 2004 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt, who plays a tempermental Canadian gymnast.

At the 2006 Hungarian Film Week festival, "White Palms" earned five awards, including Best Director and Best Producer, as well as the Gene Moskowitz Critics' Prize. It also played to critical acclaim at numerous international film festivals in 2006, including in Cannes and Toronto.

"With its wordless observations of the strenuous and balletic exercises of gymnasts and its examination of shame as an element of training, White Palms is realistic, unromantic, and a different kind of sports film," according to MoMA's Web site's description of the film.

Read "Production Values," a feature on the making of White Palms, in the November 2006 issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

External Links:
Film Details at
Official Move Site

Written by Admin    Sunday, 17 June 2007 07:38    PDF Print
WCSN Offers Free Coverage
World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is offering free, live coverage of FIG events to U.S. viewers.

Sponsored by AT&T, the free coverage includes all upcoming World Cup events as well as the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart.

"WCSN is proud to offer this free opportunity to watch important competitions such as the World Championships to extend the enthusiasm of USA Gymnastics and engage fans like never before," said WCSN Chairman and CEO Claude Ruibal. "We're working diligently to further bolster awareness for Team USA and the Olympics and are confident that the free showcase of all the major gymnastics competitions will be a huge success."

First launched in 2005, WCSN offers live, streaming video of major sporting events. Its expert commentators for gymnastics have included Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Tasha Schwikert, Blaine Wilson, Stella Angelova and Caroline Hunt.

Upcoming events for 2007 include:


  • Artistic World Cup from Shanghai, China (July 27-28)
  • Rhythmic World Cup from Maribor, Slovenia (Aug. 31-Sep. 2)
  • Artistic World Championships from Stuttgart, Germany (Sep. 1-9)
  • Artistic World Cup from Ostrava, Czech Republic (Sep. 16)
  • Rhythmic World Championships from Patras, Greece (Sep. 19-23)
  • Glasgow Grand Prix (Sep. 20-21)
  • Rhythmic Berlin Masters from Berlin, Germany (Oct. 13-14)
  • DTB Cup from Stuttgart, Germany (Oct. 27-28)
  • Arthur Gander Memorial from Morges, Switzerland (Oct. 31)
  • Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships from Quebec, Canada (Nov. 2-4)
  • Swiss Cup from from Zurich, Switzerland (Nov. 4) will also feature blogs from former world all-around champions Shannon Miller and Chellsie Memmel.

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Written by Admin    Thursday, 14 June 2007 07:27    PDF Print
Chinese Gymnast Likely Paralyzed
Doctors say Wang Yan is likely paralyzed after falling from the uneven bars at the Chinese National Championships in Shanghai.
Wang Yan at the 2006 National Championships

During Sunday's team final, Wang reportedly hit the bar with her feet on her dismount and crashed headfirst to the mat. Photos show Wang being carried from the arena on a stretcher, yet without a neck brace.

Doctors said Wang, 15, was lucky to have survived the accident. She suffered fractures and dislocation of the second and third vertebrae.

"It's a very serious injury," specialist Jia Lianshun told the media. "The patient could not react to stimulant under the chest bone and both hands lost the capability to move. The symptom is very similar to top marrow damage, which could result in a death rate of 98.5 percentage according to the statistics."

Wang is reportedly still unconscious, and surgery is planned when her condition improves.

"What's lucky for her is she revived the function in the right leg and foot," Jia said. "With appropriate medical treatment, it's possible to recover part of the physical function."

Wang's injury comes nine years after Sang Lan broke her neck warming up vault at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. With surgery and rehabilitation, Sang regained partial use of her arms. Sang will be a torchbearer at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Feature
"The Spirit Moves Her" - Sang interview (January 1999)

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