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Written by Admin    Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:56    PDF Print
Kerry Perry, CEO Of USA Gymnastics, Resigns
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Statement from USA Gymnastics Board of Directors

USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry last evening informed the Board of Directors that she will resign effectively immediately. The board has immediately begun to identify an interim CEO and is in the process of establishing a search committee to find a permanent replacement.

“On behalf of the Board of USA Gymnastics, I want to thank Kerry for her leadership under very difficult circumstances,” said Karen Golz, chair of the USA Gymnastics Board.

“In the wake of horrific events that have impacted our athletes and the entire gymnastics community, USA Gymnastics has made progress in stabilizing itself and setting a new path to ensure that the safety and interests of our athletes remains at the heart of our mission,” said Golz.

“Over the past nine months, USA Gymnastics has been in the midst of a major transition as it implements recommendations made by Deborah Daniels in her report, following her independent review of the organization’s safe sport policies and procedures, as well as directives of the USOC,” continued Golz. “These changes have included amending the organization’s by-laws and the appointment of an entirely new board of directors, made up of eight independent members and seven from within the gymnastics community. Most importantly, USA Gymnastics has been focused on athlete safety and well-being and ensuring that programs and protocols are in place to prevent all forms of abuse and to encourage athletes to speak up. This process has been challenging, and painful, but is a necessary step in moving the community forward.”

The Board of Directors also established a management committee to provide organizational oversight to maintain continuity in the day-to-day operations until an interim CEO is named. The management committee members include Karen Golz, chair; David Rudd, vice chair and secretary, and board member, Kathryn Carson.

The board is in the process of forming a search committee of board members, as well as athletes and others from the gymnastics and NGB community to search for a permanent president and CEO. Board member and Olympian Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera, will chair the committee. The committee has been charged with finding a leader who can help the organization build on the progress to date and achieve the fundamental cultural changes necessary to move the sport forward.

Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:01    PDF Print
Yelena Shushunova Passes Away
(8 votes, average 4.63 out of 5)

Yelena Shushunova died on August 16, 2018, of complications from pneumonia, according to a Russian gymnastics federation official. She was 49.

Shushunova was born on April 23, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Representing the Soviet Union, she won the all-around title at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. During those Games, she and Romanian Daniela Silivas each scored seven 10.0s, tying Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

During Shushunova's career she won 15 medals at World Championships and Olympic Games, and seven of them were gold.

In 2004 Shushunova was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. During her acceptance speech she said, “I believe that the all-around title is the most satisfying for a gymnast.”

Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 13 August 2018 06:48    PDF Print
Jones Aims To 'Be On My A-Game At U.S. Championships'
(5 votes, average 4.80 out of 5)

Shilese Jones told IG that that finishing fourth all-around at the recent U.S. Classic behind 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles, 2017 U.S. bronze medalist Riley McCusker and 2017 World Champion Morgan Hurd put her in a comfortable spot as she readies for this week’s U.S. championships.

“I felt like I belonged there,” said Jones of her performance at the U.S. Classic, a qualifying meet for the U.S. championships, held July 27-28 in Columbus, Ohio. “It felt great knowing my hard work was finally starting to pay off. It was an honor being alongside champions. Those girls are all great gymnasts.”

Jones, a first-year senior who won the all-around title at the American Classic (another U.S. championships qualifying meet) held July 6-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah, said her U.S. Classic performance left her with an “exciting overall feeling,” especially since she missed last year’s U.S. junior championships because of injury. Training on floor exercise a week before those championships, she hyperextended her right knee and fractured her right kneecap on an Arabian double front.

“What pushed me through was I knew it wasn't the end,” she said of her recovery. “I also knew my coach and I had a great plan that I believe in.”

Jones said her coaches at Future Gymnastics Academy in Columbus, Ohio, are united in their approach to her training.

“All my coaches really work together,” said Jones, who turned 16 on July 26. “There is no one coach that trains me solely on one event. Our motto at Future Gymnastics is ‘Trust the process and work as a team.’ My head coach is Christian Gallardo, and the coaching team is Tiffany McLean, Mike Williams and Brooke Speas.”

Jones said she is fine-tuning her routines for the U.S. championships that will take place August 16-19 in Boston.

“The main focus is to work hard on my landings on floor, and also clean up anywhere my coach feels there needs cleaning up,” she said.

Based on her recent momentum, Jones has clear objectives for the U.S. championships.

“My goal is simple — go out and be consistent, listen to my coach and be on my A-game,” she told IG. “An eight-for-eight finish and to enjoy myself.”

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:38    PDF Print
Morgan On Success: 'I Don't Stress Out Over The Small Stuff'
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Winner of five medals at the recent European junior championships, British gymnast Amelie Morgan told IG in a recent interview that her practical physical and psychological approach to training helps produce success in competition.

“Mentally, I’m pretty relaxed,” said Morgan, who won two silver medals (all-around, balance beam) and three bronze medals (vault, floor exercise, team) at the 2018 European Junior Championships held August 2-5 in Glasgow, Scotland. “I don’t stress out over the small stuff and try to just look at the bigger picture.”

Morgan, who finished second all-around to fellow quintuple medalist Giorgia Villa of Italy in Glasgow, said there is no secret to her consistency and competitive excellence.

“I’m not superstitious, and I believe hard work and putting in the numbers are what make the difference,” she told IG.

Read the complete interview with Morgan in the June 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of gymnasts who competed at the 2018 European women's championships includes:

“Swinging for Success” - short feature on Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg (May 2015)

"Swedish History-maker" - profile on Adlerteg (November 2010)

"La Bella Basile" - profile on Italy's Martina Basile (March 2017)

“I’m Not Complicated” - short profile on France's Marine Boyer (June 2017)

"French Force" - cover story on Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France (July/August 2017)

De Jesus Dos Santos center poster (January/February 2018)

"Belgian Beauty" - profile on Belgium's Nina Derwael (June 2015)

"Sister Act" - profile on Sanne and Lieke Wevers (October 2015)

"British Breakouts" - interview with Alice Kinsella (December 2016)

“Axelle the Excellent" - short profile on Belgium's Axelle Klinckaert (June 2016)

"Heaven Sent" - profile on Russia's Angelina Melnikova (June 2016)

"Wisdom of a Woman" - interview with Greece's Vasiliki Millousi (April 2012)

Interview with Great Britain’s Amelie Morgan (June 2018)

"Big Dreams in Small Places" - profile on Poland's Marta Pihan-Kulesza (March 2017)

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Written by dwight normile    Tuesday, 31 July 2018 07:16    PDF Print
Eddie Van Hoof Goes To Canada
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Former British men’s coach Eddie Van Hoof replaces Tony Smith as head coach of the Canadian men’s team.

“I am honored and feel quite privileged to have this opportunity to be involved with the Canadian national team,” said Van Hoof, who is married to Carol-Angela Orchard, a Canadian herself.

“I hope to bring my many years of experience in high performance gymnastics on the world stage to assist Canada to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Recent international results show that this important step for the program is within their reach. I am eager to begin working with the many talented gymnasts, coaches and judges as a complete team to make this happen.”

Ian Moss, interim CEO and high performance director at Gymnastics Canada, said Van Hoof has a “proven track record of success at the highest levels” of gymnastics.

“There is no question that Eddie will be a strong mentor for our high performance athletes and coaches, and I believe will give us the vision and drive to achieve our goals of team qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.”

Van Hoof, head coach of the British team from 2006-2018, was named United Kingdom coach of the year in 2016 after guiding the British team to a record seven-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

British Gymnastics fired Van Hoof in February, citing “irreconcilable differences” regarding “the leadership, conduct and culture of elite coaching for our sport.”

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