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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:53    PDF Print
Adlerteg: 'I Still Think My Time Will Come'
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Although 2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg missed last summer's Rio Games because of a knee injury and will sit out the Europeans in April in Cluj, she told IG she is eager to return by this fall's world championships in Montreal.

Although 2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg missed last summer's Rio Games because of a knee injury and will sit out the Europeans in April in Cluj, she told IG she is eager to return by this fall's world championships in Montreal.

"I would say that I've come a long way but I'm not really ready for competition yet," said Adlerteg, who injured her left meniscus on her dismount from uneven bars at the World Challenge Cup of Doha, Qatar, last March. "I still have to work on my strength in my left leg. We are taking it step-by-step and not stressing anything at this point."


Adlerteg at the 2015 World Championships

Adlerteg said the choice that she and coach Sebastian Melander made to not compete this spring was difficult but practical, especially in terms of her potential to compete in Montreal.

"It was a very hard decision for me because I really miss competing, but I think it was the right decision not to stress anything, and to take my time and work towards worlds instead," said Adlerteg, who tore her left ACL on floor exercise at the 2015 Europeans in Montpellier. "So right now I'm working on some new skills and combinations which I've been posting on my Instagram page."

Among those skills is a layout Jaeger on uneven bars, her best apparatus and one on which she hopes to perform well in Montreal. She won the silver medal on uneven bars at the 2013 Europeans in Moscow.

"I'm really enjoying training bars right now and I'm excited to bring my best work to worlds later this year," Adlerteg said.

Although Adlerteg was disappointed not to compete in Rio, her misfortune only reinforced her determination.

"It was a little bit of a shock to me when I realized I wouldn't be able to go to Rio, because I had just put my mind to it and really believed I could do it," she told IG. "Missing out on the Olympics was, of course, very hard, but it also made me realize more than ever that this is what I want to do. And when I want to do something, I just do it, and then it's not hard to stay focused or motivated. I still think my time will come."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swedish gymnasts includes:
"Swedish History-maker" Jonna Adlerteg profile (November 2010)
"Scouting Scandinavia" – feature on IG's visit to clubs in Sweden and Norway (March 2011)
"Swedish Upswing" – women's team feature (November 2010)
"Swedish Achiever" Ida Gustafsson short profile (June 3013)
"Sweden's Standout" - Mans Stenberg profile (March 2010)
Quick Chat: Veronica Wagner (November 2008)
"Veronica's Date: 2008" – Veronica Wagner profile (February 2005)
"Swedish Sojourn" – Carolina Bohman profile (February 2003)

To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, or order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 27 February 2017 08:34    PDF Print
Butcher to Hold New FIG Position of Technical Coordinator
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American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines. Pictured: Butcher, right, with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanning

Latvia's Artur Mickevic, pictured at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, is the new head of the FIG Men's Technical Committee.

American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines.

The new position was approved last October under outgoing FIG President Bruno Grandi.

"This new role, provided for in the new article 25 of the Statutes, has been integrated into the administrative structure of the FIG," the FIG announced. "The role consists of overseeing the technical committees of all disciplines in order to establish greater uniformity of the rules."

Butcher, who in October was re-elected to a second term as president of the FIG's Men's Technical Committee (MTC), has resigned that post to avoid any conflicts of interest with his new position.

Latvia's Artur Mickevic (pronounced "Mitskevich") will succeed Butcher as president of the MTC, based on his receiving the most number of votes during the election to the committee in October. China's Huang Liping will take up the vacant spot on the MTC, also based on last fall's election.

Butcher stated he will relocate to Lausanne, Switzerland, headquarters of both the FIG and International Olympic Committee. He takes up the position on March 1, the FIG announced.

Butcher's appointment was announced following last week's FIG Executive Committee, during which changes were also made to the FIG Women's Technical Committee. The FIG Executive Committee determined that Mexico's Naomi Valenzo will be unable to sit on the WTC due to a conflict of interest with her position as President of the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU). Valenzo will remain on the FIG Executive Committee and was made appointed an adviser to the WTC. Syria's Radie Zinal, elected to the WTC in October, has decided to withdraw for professional reasons. Johanna Gratt (Austria) and Tatiana Perskaia (United States) will replace Valenzo and Zinal on the committee.

External Link: International Gymnastics Federation

 
Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:02    PDF Print
Uchimura Feature Part of a Jam-Packed March IG
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The March issue will be out next week, and it includes "The Golden Streak: Kohei Uchimura shares his innermost thoughts on Rio."

IG was able to get an exclusive interview this month with Uchimura, who has dominated the all-around competition in the last two quadrenniums. Here's what he said about the thrilling all-around final in Rio.

"I was pleased with my performance, so, if I had lost, I would not have had any regrets. To be honest, after high bar I thought I had lost."

Uchimura said he took about four months off after the Rio Olympics. "I was so exhausted that I couldn't even think about gymnastics," he said.

He also said he will return to competition at the All-Japan Championships in April. "I am planning to compete in the all-around," he said.

The issue also includes interviews with NCAA freshmen Maggie Nichols of Oklahoma and Madison Kocian of UCLA, and a feature on Polish gymnast couple Marta-Pihan Kulesza and husband Roman, who coach at The Little Gym, a non-competitive gymnastics franchise whose motto is "Serious Fun." There also is a chat with Doug Hills, whose Gymnastics Study Guides (URL: web-sts.com) have been pivotal in educating and training judges for the FIG.

There is plenty more is this packed issue, including a peek inside Simone Biles' amazing gym; a review of Laurie Hernandez's book, "I Got This" (with an unfortunate mistake about 1984 Olympic silver medalist Tracee Talavera); a Kids Klub profile on Italy's Martina Basile; and a quick update on Oksana Fabrichnova.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:52    PDF Print
Mizzen Hopes To Make Her Mark In Melbourne
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Australia's Rianna Mizzen, the 2016 Challenge Cup of Anadia and Australian national champion on uneven bars, told IG she hopes for continued success on that apparatus at the World Cup of Melbourne on February 22-25.

Australia's Rianna Mizzen told IG she hopes for continued success on uneven bars at the FIG World Cup of Melbourne on February 22-25.

Mizzen is the reigning Australian national champion on uneven bars and won the event at the 2016 FIG World Challenge Cup of Anadia, Portugal. The event is the first of the FIG World Cup season.

"The only apparatus I will be competing on in Melbourne is uneven bars, so I have a few specific goals that I am really hoping to achieve," said Mizzen, the 2016 Australian national all-around champion. "I am going to try and compete my new routine in Melbourne, which has a 0.5 higher start value. It's the first time I'll compete it, so I'm really hoping to hit."

Mizzen said she hopes Melbourne kicks off a successful season on the World Cup circuit.

"I want to do more World Cup competitions this year, so I'll use the Melbourne competition to get more experience of the format," she said.

Read more on Mizzen in an upcoming issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 10 February 2017 10:55    PDF Print
Bart & Nadia Sports Festival Kicks Off
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The sixth annual Perfect 10 Challenge, a women's NCAA dual meet featuring 2016 NCAA champion Oklahoma against Auburn, is part of the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience in Oklahoma City. The OU-Auburn meet is Friday, Feb. 10, and starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Cox Arena, where the age group competitions began this morning for the Bart Conner International Invitational and the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational.

The international session of the "Nadia Meet" will take place in the same venue on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Both the Perfect 10 Challenge and the Nadia Meet will be held on a podium.

The international session of the Nadia Comaneci Invitational has a rich history. Below are Nadia Comaneci International Invitational alumni who went on to compete in the Olympics and/or World Championships.

AUSTRALIA

Georgia-Rose Brown - 2014 World Championships

Georgia Godwin - 2015 World Championships

Madelaine Leydin - 2015 World Championships

Kiara Munteanu - 2014, 2015 World Championships

BRAZIL

Rebeca Andrade - 2016 Olympics

CANADA

Victoria Moors - 2012 Olympics

Kristina Vaculik - 2012 Olympics

Victoria Kayen Woo - 2014, 2015 World Championships

Rose Kaying Woo - 2016 Olympics

GREAT BRITAIN

Imogen Cairns - 2008, 2012 Olympics

Ruby Harrold - 2016 Olympics

ROMANIA

Sandra Izbasa - 2008, 2012 Olympics

Laura Jurca - 2015 World Championships

Silvia Zarzu - 2014, 2015 World Championships

VENEZUELA

Jessica Lopez - 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympics

This year's event features the following gymnasts:

AUSTRALIA

Jets Gymnastics: Teliah Farren-Price

CANADA

Club Equilibrix: Eloise Monat, Charlotte McDevitt, Audrey Rousseau

Gym Fly: Victoria Jurca, Laurie Lou Vezina

Gymnix: Megan Phillips

Pegasus: Evalyn Kaufmann, Kierstin Anderson

Stampede City: Lea Atangana, Montana Fairbairn

Unigym: Emmanuelle Lalonde

ROMANIA

Club Deva: Ariadna Stanciu, Ioana Stanciulescu, Laura Iacob, Daniela Trica

SWEDEN

Top Gym Stockholm: Kristina Undheim

USA

Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, Oklahoma: Jenna Dunn, Bell Johnson, Cameo Stapleton

Solid Rock, Nebraska: Jordan Bowers

The Bart & Nadia Sports Experience also includes numerous free fitness activities for the whole family on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 


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