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Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 09 March 2007 20:22    PDF Print
Kelley Wins Houston International

Texan Natasha Kelley won the all-around and three events at an international invitational held Sunday at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

The competition featured athletes from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Ukraine.

Kelley, a silver medalist with the U.S. team at the 2006 World Championships, topped teammates Ivana Hong and Bridget Sloan. Kelley's highest score was a 16.400 on balance beam.

Mexico's Elsa Garcia, third behind Shawn Johnson and Kelley at last weekend's American Cup, finished fourth all-around. Garcia finished second on uneven bars and floor exercise.

2007 Houston International Invitational
March 11, 2007

All-Around
1. Natasha Kelley USA 62.700
2. Ivana Hong USA 60.550
3. Bridget Sloan USA 60.050
4. Elsa Garcia MEX 59.650
5. Amber Trani USA 59.400
6. Hilary Mauro USA 58.600
7. Peng Peng Lee CAN 57.750
8. Sarah DeMeo USA 57.300
9. Charlotte Mackie CAN 56.350
10. Erika Garcia MEX 55.150
11. Maricela Cantu MEX 54.650
12. Emma Willis CAN 53.300

Vault
1. Amber Trani USA 15.300
2. Natasha Kelley USA 15.150
3. Ivana Hong USA 14.900
4. Bridget Sloan USA 14.750
4. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.750
6. Sarah DeMeo USA 14.650
7. Hilary Mauro USA 14.500
8. Peng Peng Lee CAN 14.350
9. Erika Garcia MEX 14.200
10. Charlotte Mackie CAN 14.100
11. Maricela Cantu MEX 13.750
11. Emma Willis CAN 13.750

Uneven Bars
1. Natasha Kelley USA 15.700
2. Elsa Garcia MEX 15.500
3. Ashley Priess USA 15.400
4. Ivana Hong USA 15.050
4. Dariya Zgoba UKR 15.050
6. Bridget Sloan USA 14.900
7. Charlotte Mackie CAN 14.500
8. Hillary Mauro USA 14.450
9. Peng Peng Lee CAN 14.250
10. Maricela Cantu MEX 13.900
11. Erika Garcia MEX 13.850
12. Sarah DeMeo USA 13.800
13. Amber Trani USA 13.450
14. Emma Willis CAN 12.700

Balance Beam
1. Natasha Kelley USA 16.400
2. Ivana Hong USA 15.850
3. Amber Trani USA 15.600
4. Bridget Sloan USA 15.400
5. Sarah DeMeo USA 14.900
6. Hilary Mauro USA 14.550
7. Peng Peng Lee CAN 14.300
8. Daria Zgoba UKR 14.200
8. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.200
10. Maricela Cantu MEX 14.150
11. Charlotte Mackie CAN 13.950
12. Ashley Priess USA 13.650
13. Erika Garcia MEX 13.200
14. Emma Willis CAN 12.650

Floor Exercise
1. Natasha Kelley USA 15.450
2. Elsa Garcia MEX 15.200
3. Hilary Mauro USA 15.100
4. Amber Trani USA 15.050
5. Bridget Sloan USA 15.000
6. Peng Peng Lee CAN 14.850
7. Ivana Hong USA 14.750
8. Emma Willis CAN 14.200
9. Sarah DeMeo USA 13.950
10. Erika Garcia MEX 13.900
11. Charlotte Mackie CAN 13.800
12. Maricela Cantu MEX 12.850

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
IG Profile: Natasha Kelley (March 2006)
"Star in the Making" - Amber Trani profile (March 2005)
IG Profile: Elsa Garcia (May 2006)
"A Passion For Performance" - Peng Peng Lee profile (June 2006)
"Pride For Family and Canada" - Charlotte Mackie profile (November 2006)

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 09 March 2007 20:19    PDF Print
Youth Shine in Yukon
British Columbia was the big winner at the Canada Winter Games, which concluded Friday in Whitehorse, Yukon.

British Columbia earned six gold medals, including the men's team title.

Rogers, Pegg and Chan

Ontario's Dominique Pegg won the women's competition over BC's Brittany Rogers and Alycia Chan. The 13-year-old Pegg is coached by Dave and Liz Brubaker at Bluewater Gymnastics in Sarnia.

In the event finals, Pegg won vault, Rogers won bars and beam and Chan won floor exercise.

Quebec earned its only gold medal with the women's team title, eclipsing British Columbia.

Alberta's Jackson Payne, 15, won the men's all-around title over Saskatchewan's Jayd Lukenchuk and Alberta's John Hall. Payne trains with coach Liang Cheng at Capital Gymnastics in Edmonton.

Ontario's Kevin Lytwyn, 15, was the most successful gymnast in event finals, winning two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal.

Held Feb. 23 to March 10, the 2007 Canada Winter Games featured 2,700 athletes competing in 22 sports. Gymnastics has been part of the games since 1967.

2007 Canada Winter Games
March 6-9, Whitehorse, Yukon

Women's Team
1. Quebec 225.600
2. British Columbia 224.300
3. Ontario 223.450
4. Saskatchewan 214.400
5. Alberta 212.950
6. Manitoba 205.450
7. New Brunswick 204.350
8. Nova Scotia 201.050
9. Yukon 170.650
10. Prince Edward Island 170.500
11. Newfoundland and Labrador 170.000

Men's Team
1. British Columbia 294.600
2. Alberta 292.000
3. Ontario 290.900
4. Quebec 290.450
5. Saskatchewan 277.850
6. Manitoba 273.150
7. Nova Scotia 269.050
8. Prince Edward Island 262.600
9. New Brunswick 156.550
10. Newfoundland and Labrador 141.450

Women's All-Around
1. Dominique Pegg ON 58.050
2. Brittany Rogers BC 57.850
3. Alycia Chan BC 57.700
4. Stéphanie Desjardins-Labelle QC 57.300
5. Marion Potvin QC 56.850
6. Amanda Fuller ON 56.150
7. Catherine Dion QC 55.800
8. Lisa-Marie Farley QC 55.500
9. Nicole Heikkila ON 55.400
10. Jessica Maccallum NB 55.050
11. Hannah Swift BC 54.750
12. Mélissa Corbo QC 54.550
13. Alexandra Picton SK 54.450
14. Kim Genereux SK 54.300
15. Kelsey Lang AB 54.100

Men's All-Around
1. Jackson Payne AB 76.650
2. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 75.400
3. John Hall AB 74.250
4. Kevin Lytwyn ON 74.050
5. Alexander Hoy BC 73.450
6. Danny Chambers BC 73.400
7. Spencer Dear BC 72.950
8. Jaroslav Hojka ON 72.600
9. Luc Blanchet QC 71.750
10. Gabriel Boucher QC 70.900
11. Maxime Simard QC 70.850
12. Anderson Loran SK 70.550
13. Mattson Moore AB 70.400
14. Simon Barbosa ON 70.250
15. Austin Scruggs AB 70.200

Women's Vault
1. Dominique Pegg ON 15.400
2. Hannah Swift BC 15.200
3. Alycia Chan BC 15.050
4. Marion Potvin QC 14.950
5. Catherine Dion QC 14.850
6. Amanda Fuller ON 14.850
7. Megan Halback SK 14.600
8. Jessica Maccallum NB 13.900

Uneven Bars
1. Brittany Rogers BC 15.000
2. Mélissa Corbo QC 13.800
3. Marion Potvin QC 13.600
4. Kim Genereux SK 13.250
5. Dominique Pegg ON 12.900
6. Melissa Clark MB 12.500
7. Alexandra Picton SK 11.800
8. Nicole Heikkila ON 10.550

Balance Beam
1. Brittany Rogers BC 15.300
2. Kelsey Lang AB 14.850
3. Nicole Heikkila ON 14.600
4. Dominique Pegg ON 14.550
5. Alexandra Picton SK 14.500
6. Sarah Flett MB 14.050
7. Stéphanie Desjardins-Labelle QC 13.650
8. Catherine Dion QC 12.600

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Alycia Chan BC 15.000
2. Amanda Fuller ON 14.900
3. Nicole Pineau BC 14.450
4. Alexandra Picton SK 14.300
5. Marion Potvin QC 13.700
6. Stephanie Mcgregor AB 13.550
7. Emmanuelle Harvey QC 13.450
8. Dominique Pegg ON 13.150

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Kevin Lytwyn ON 13.000
2. Matt Lubrick ON 12.700
3. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 12.650
4. Christian Nuttall AB 12.650
5. Danny Chambers BC 12.600
6. Luc Blanchet QC 12.250
7. Spencer Dear BC 12.150
8. Mattson Moore AB 12.050

Pommel Horse
1. Alexander Hoy BC 12.450
2. Gabriel Boucher QC 12.350
3. Anderson Loran SK 12.100
4. Aaron Boila MB 12.000
5. Mattson Moore AB 12.000
6. Jaroslav Hojka ON 11.300
7. Simon Porter ON 11.000
8. Maxime Simard QC 11.000

Still Rings
1. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 13.350
2. Kevin Lytwyn ON 13.150
3. Danny Chambers BC 13.050
4. Vincent Pelletier QC 12.800
5. Alexander Hoy BC 12.150
6. Simon Barbosa ON 12.050
7. Ian Galvan AB 12.000
8. Aaron Boila MB 11.150

Men's Vault
1. Kevin Lytwyn ON 13.300
2. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 13.000
3. Liam Hawkins NS 12.900
4. Trevor Nagy BC 12.850
5. Danny Chambers BC 12.800
6. Ian Galvan AB 12.750
7. Francois Lansard MB 12.750
8. Matt Lubrick ON 12.550

Parallel Bars
1. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 13.150
2. Alexander Hoy BC 12.950
3. Kevin Lytwyn ON 12.950
4. Jackson Payne AB 12.500
5. Mattson Moore AB 12.400
6. Gregory Roe ON 12.350
7. Danny Chambers BC 11.500
8. Maxime Simard QC 11.450

High Bar
1. Spencer Dear BC 13.150
2. Kevin Lytwyn ON 12.750
3. Jackson Payne AB 12.700
4. Kyle Ryley AB 12.550
5. Jayd Lukenchuk SK 12.400
6. Anderson Loran SK 12.300
7. Jaroslav Hojka ON 12.100
8. Alexander Hoy BC 11.600

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 04 March 2007 20:12    PDF Print
Ferrari Leads Italy in Quad Meet
(1 vote, average 3.00 out of 5)

World all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari led Italy to victory over France, Canada and Great Britain at a quadrangular meet held March 3 in Soissons, France.

Vanessa Ferrari

Italy outscored the host French by more than six points. Canada finished third, four tenths behind France. An inexperienced team from Great Britain placed fourth.

Ferrari easily topped France's Katheleen Lindor and Canada's Kristina Vaculik in the all-around contest.

Ferrari won uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Teammate Federica Macri won vault with a double-twisting Yurchenko.

Lindor was the most decorated gymnast, winning medals in each event.

Vaculik, who is coached by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova, won silver medals on uneven bars and floor exercise.

2005 European vault champion Francesca Benolli (Italy), 11th, made her second return to competition since injuring her knee in 2005. After a year of rehabilitation, Benolli competed at last summer's dual meet against Russia, only to be injured again.

2007 France/Canada/Great Britain/Italy
March 3, Soissons, France

Team
1. Italy 230.350
2. France 224.200
3. Canada 223.800
4. Great Britain 214.500

All-Around
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 61.350
2. Katheleen Lindor FRA 58.250
3. Kristina Vaculik CAN 57.050
4. Frederica Macri ITA 57.000
5. Rebecca Downie GBR 56.100
6. Marci Bernholtz CAN 55.900
7. Cassy Vericel FRA 55.700
8. Sylvia Zanolo ITA 55.400
9. Nansy Damianova CAN 55.250
10. Cayenne Colling CAN 54.750
11. Francesca Benolli ITA 54.300
12. Lorena Coza ITA 54.250
13. Rebecca Wing GBR 54.200
14. Stephanie Pacitto CAN 53.800
14. Marine Petit FRA 53.800
14. Monica Bergamelli ITA 53.800
17. Kirby Abigail GBR 52.800
18. Hannah Whealan GBR 48.700
19. Laura Jones GBR 47.750

Vault
1. Frederica Macri ITA 14.850
2. Katheleen Lindor FRA 14.750
3. Nansy Damianova CAN 14.700
4. Stephanie Pacitto CAN 14.650
4. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 14.650
6. Rebecca Downie GBR 14.600
7. Kristina Vaculik CAN 14.300
8. Marissa King GBR 14.250
8. Cassy Vericel FRA 14.250
8. Francesca Benolli ITA 14.250

Uneven Bars
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 15.000
2. Kristina Vaculik CAN 14.650
3. Katheleen Lindor FRA 13.950
4. Rebecca Downie GBR 13.700
5. Marci Bernholtz CAN 13.550
5. Lorena Coza ITA 13.550
7. Monica Bergamelli ITA 13.450
8. Frederica Macri ITA 13.400
8. Cayenne Colling CAN 13.400

Balance Beam
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 16.000
2. Katheleen Lindor FRA 15.100
3. Marci Bernholtz CAN 14.650
4. Frederica Macri ITA 14.600
5. Marine Petit FRA 14.400
6. Rebecca Downie GBR 14.350
6. Lorena Coza ITA 14.350
8. Erika Morel FRA 14.250

Floor Exercise
1. Vanessa Ferrari ITA 15.700
2. Kristina Vaculik CAN 14.450
2. Katheleen Lindor FRA 14.450
4. Sylvia Zanolo ITA 14.400
5. Marine Petit FRA 14.350
6. Julie Martinez FRA 14.300
7. Frederica Macri ITA 14.150
8. Cassy Vericel FRA 14.050

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 04 March 2007 20:11    PDF Print
Bisbikou, Limpanavnos Win Greek Titles

Stefani Bisbikou and Christos Lympanovnos won the senior women's and men's all-around titles, respectively, at the Greek Championships that took place March 3-4 in Thessaloniki.

Bisbikou, who finished 15th all-around at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, successfully defended her title. She had the highest score of the all-around on balance beam, but fell in the event final and placed fourth.

"I am very satisfied with my performance in all-around, but not so in the apparatus finals," Bisbikou said. "Anyway, it is still the beginning of the season and I was not perfectly ready, because of some injury problems. At the Europeans (in April), I will aim to make it to the balance beam final and then fight for the best result possible. Also, I will try to get a good place in the all-around final."

Viktoria Tsakalidou took the all-arouund silver medal, ahead of first=yeat senior Maria Parsantanian, who placed fourth on vault at the 2006 Junior European Championships.

2000 Olympian Vasiliki Milloussi, who had not competed in the Greek Championships since 2003, finished seventh all-around and first on balance beam. Milloussi, who competed at the 2006 World Championships, said she is carefully proceeding with her return to the top level.

"My coaches, Anastasia and Olivia Donti, convinced me that (a comeback) was worth doing, and I felt that I still had some more things to offer to the sport," she said. "I am not thinking about the 2008 Olympics yet. I just want to be helpful to the team and give a good performance at the European Championships. One step at a time."

In the senior men's competition, five-time champion Vlasios Maras competed on four events only because of an ankle sprain. He won individual titles on pommel horse and high bar.

Lympanovnos, who took the all-around title for the first time, said he was pleased with his performance and his all-around victory.

"As it was the first competition of the season, I had set a target of reaching 90 points, and I made it," he said. "My aim at the Europeans will be a good placing in the all-around final."

Lympanovnos's coach, Thanassis Kosmidis, had two additional reasons to celebrate: his older son, Xenophon Kosmidis, finished second in the senior men's all-around; and his younger son, Lefteris Kosmidis, won the junior men's all-around.

Maras, a two-time world champion on high bar, said he was cautious to avoid performing on floor exercise and vault because of his ankle injury.

"I always tried to compete in the national championships all-around, even if sometimes I was injured," he said. "However, this time it was a last-minute injury and it was not possible for me to take such a risk and compete, given the fact that there are more important competitions coming up. In the European Championships, I will try to do well on high bar, as well as on vault, as I believe that I will have plenty of time to recover from my ankle sprain. Of course, I will also compete in the all-around, seeing it mostly as a test towards the World Championships."

Maras won high bar in Thessaloniki, in spite of a fall in the event final.

"I felt tired in Sunday's final," Maras said. "I still need to work on my new routine, as I lost some practice time because of injuries. However, I am confident that I will be perfectly ready at the right moment."

Vasilis Tsolakidis, the 2002 European champion on parallel bars, did well on that event during the all-around, but skipped Sunday's apparatus finals in order to rest for the upcoming French International (March 16-17 in Paris). Six Greek men and four women are scheduled to compete in Paris.

2004 Olympic rings champion Dimosthenis Tambakos did not compete, because he is still working on his new rings routine.

"His 'A' score will have a Start Value of at least 7.00 and he is planning to have it perfectly ready for September's Worlds," IG Greek correspondent Stelios Karaoglanidis said, "although it is possible that he will make it in time for the Europeans."

2007 Greek Championships
March 3-4, Thessaloniki

Senior Women's All-Around
1. Stefani Bisbikou (Proteas Egaleo) 57.750
2. Viktoria Tsakalidou (Panthessalonikios) 57.250
3. Maria Parsantanian (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 55.550
4. Despina Grigoriadou (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 55.450
5. Evgenia Zafiraki (Irini Peristeriou) 54.750
6. Vasiliki Georgakopoulou (Irini Peristeriou) 54.250
7. Vasiliki Milloussi (GS Kallitheas) 52.700
8. Elisavet Mitrakou (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 49.200

Senior Women's Vault
1. Maria Parsantanian (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 14.037
2. Viktoria Tsakalidou (Panthessalonikios) 14.012
3. Evgenia Zafiraki (Irini Peristeriou) 13.412

Senior Women's Uneven Bars
1. Evgenia Zafiraki (Irini Peristeriou) 14.175
2. Stefani Bisbikou (Proteas Egaleo) 13.925
3. Despina Grigoriadou (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 13.875

Senior Women's Balance Beam
1. Vasiliki Milloussi (GS Kallitheas) 15.775
2. Despina Grigoriadou (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 15.075
3. Maria Parsantanian (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 14.875

Senior Women's Floor Exercise
1. Maria Parsantanian (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 14.300
2. Evgenia Zafiraki (Irini Peristeriou) 13.900
3. Viktoria Tsakalidou (Panthessalonikios) 13.600

Junior Women's All-Around
1. Andriana Syrigou-Antoniou (Irini Peristeriou) 56.000
2. Ioanna Xoulogi (Orfeas Kalamarias) 53.400
3. Pavlina Pantelidou (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 52.700
4. Marilena Barmaxizoglou (Proteas Egaleo) 51.450
5. Irini Kagalou (Panionios) 50.050
6. Mera Dalantyse (Panionios) 48.900
7. Antigoni Theodorou (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 48.850
8. Maria Pitsikali (Kydon Chanion) 48.800

Junior Women's Vault
1. Maria Pitsikali (Kydon Chanion) 13.300
2. Marousa Papadimitriou (Panionios) 13.225
3. Pavlina Pantelidou (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 12.700

Junior Women's Uneven Bars
1. Ioanna Xoulogi (Orfeas Kalamarias) 13.975
2. Andriana Syrigou-Antoniou (Irini Peristeriou) 13.550
3. Pavlina Pantelidou (Spartakos Thessalonikis) 12.600

Junior Women's Balance Beam
1. Anna Orfanou (AGO Patras) 15.275
2. Andriana Syrigou-Antoniou (Irini Peristeriou) 14.275
3. Maria Pitsikali (Kydon Chanion) 13.775

Junior Women's Floor Exercise
1. Andriana Syrigou-Antoniou (Irini Peristeriou) 13.900
2. Anna Orfanou (AGO Patras) 13.400
3. Maria Pitsikali (Kydon Chanion) 13.375

Senior Men's All-Around
1. Christos Lympanovnos (AGO Patras) 90.350
2. Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 87.350
3. Dimitris Markousis (Olympiaki Floga) 86.300
4. Stavros Kekelos (Irini Peristeriou) 84.200
5. Panagiotis Tougas (Irini Peristeriou) 83.500
6. Haralambos Kailidis (Olympiada Stavroupolis) 81.400
7. Ioannis Tougas (Irini Peristeriou) 80.550
8. Christos Daskalakis (Panionios) 70.700

Senior Men's Floor Exercise
1. Mihalis Doulkeridis (Orfeas Kalamarias) 15.100
2. Christos Lympanovnos (AGO Patras) 14.700
3. Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 14.450

Senior Men's Pommel Horse
1. Vlasios Maras (Irini Peristeriou) 14.700
2. Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 14.475
3. Christos Lympanovnos (AGO Patras) 14.075

Senior Men's Rings
1. Christos Lympanovnos (AGO Patras) 15.500
2. Dimitris Markousis (Olympiaki Floga) 14.775
3. Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 14.525

Senior Men's Vault
1. Stavros Kekelos (Irini Peristeriou) 15.212
2. Ioannis Tougas (Irini Peristeriou) 14.975
3. Panagiotis Tougas (Irini Peristeriou) 14.687

Senior Men's Parallel Bars
1. Dimitris Markousis (Olympiaki Floga) 13.925
2 (t). Kostas Karantonas (AGO Patras) 13.775
2 (t). Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 13.775

Senior Men's High Bar
1. Vlasios Maras (Irini Peristeriou) 14.900
2. Xenophon Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 14.350
3. Dimitris Markousis (Olympiaki Floga) 14.200

Junior Men's All-Around
1. Lefteris Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 85.000
2. Giorgos Christopoulos (GS Peristeriou) 79.050
3. Giorgos Georgiadis (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 77.400
4. Panagiotis Kadas (AGO Patras) 77.050
5. Theodoros Boutakis (Olympiada Stavroupolis) 76.500
6. Antonis Arnaoutis (Irini Peristeriou) 76.350
7. Nikos Galtsidis (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 75.100
8. Kostas Konstantinidis (Irini Peristeriou) 74.750

Junior Men's Floor Exercise
1. Lefteris Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 15.300
2. Vasilis Kollias (AGO Patras) 13.375
3. Theodoros Boutakis (Olympiada Stavroupolis) 13.225

Junior Men's Pommel Horse
1. Vasilis Kollias (AGO Patras) 13.850
2. Lefteris Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 13.425
3. Giorgos-Christos Hatziefstathiou (Olympiaki Floga) 13.400

Junior Men's Rings
1. Lefteris Kosmidis (AGO Patras) 14.700
2. Giorgos Christopoulos (GS Peristeriou) 13.850
3. Kostas Konstantinidis (Irini Peristeriou) 13.400

Junior Men's Vault
1. Theodoros Boutakis (Olympiada Stavroupolis) 13.387
2. Giorgos Georgiadis (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 13.175
3. Chrysovalantis Tserkezis (Olympiada Stavroupolis) 12.925

Junior Men's Parallel Bars
1. Giorgos Christopoulos (GS Peristeriou) 13.950
2. Panagiotis Kadas (AGO Patras) 13.775
3. Nikos Galtsidis (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 13.600

Junior Men's High Bar
1. Giorgos Georgiadis (Diagoras Ambelokipon) 13.225
2. Vasilis Kollias (AGO Patras) 13.175
3. Antonis Arnaoutis (Irini Peristeriou) 12.825

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features

"Growing In Stature" - Bisbikou profile (December 2002)
"Disappearing Act" - short Maras profile (January/February 2007)
"So Much So Soon" - Maras profile (February 2003)
2002 World Champions collage poster - includes Maras (February 2003)
Maras on cover photo collage (June/July 2002)
"Facing The Future" - short Tambakos profile (January/February 2007)
"Unfinished Business" - Tambakos interview (November 2002)

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

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 02 March 2007 20:08    PDF Print
Horton, Johnson Win American Cup

Americans Jonathan Horton and Shawn Johnson survived a mistake-filled competition to win the American Cup, held Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Horton, the defending champion, hit every routine to top Japan's Nakase Takuya by .6. World all-around bronze medalist Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, who finished first in Friday's qualification, fell on rings and parallel bars.

Johnson also won by a margin of .6 over teammate Natasha Kelley. Johnson missed a back pike on balance beam and Kelley fell on her Hindorff on uneven bars. Bronze medalist Elsa Garcia (Mexico) was the only female who did not fall at least once.

2007 American Cup
March 3, 2007

Women's All-Around
1. Shawn Johnson USA 62.050
2. Natasha Kelley USA 61.450
3. Elsa Garcia MEX 60.200
4. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs CAN 59.550
5. Zhou Zhuoru CHN 58.375
6. Daria Joura AUS 58.125
7. Kristina Pravdina RUS 56.975
8. Daria Zgoba UKR 56.450

Men's All-Around
1. Jonathan Horton USA 92.750
2. Nakase Takuya JPN 92.150
3. Maxim Devyatovsky RUS 91.950
4. Sasha Artemev USA 90.650
5. Lu Bo CHN 90.350
6. Dmitry Savitsky BLR 89.600
7. Fabian Hambüchen GER 88.650
8. Luis Vargas PUR 86.900

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of American Cup competitors includes:

"Super Natural" - Sasha Artemev profile (May 2002)
"Relative Success" - feature includes Sasha and Vladimir Artemev (December 1998)
Elsa Garcia profile (May 2006)
"German Giants" - Fabian Hambuchen profile (May 2003)
"Opening Doors" - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs profile (March 2007)
Jonathan Horton on cover (May 2006)
"A Taste of China" - Shawn Johnson profile (November 2006)
Shawn Johnson on cover, Shawn Johnson center poster (October 2006)
"The Joy of Joura" - Joura profile (March 2007)
Joura on cover (July/august 2006)
Natasha Kelley profile (March 2006)
"Soul Search" - Kristina Pravdina profile (July/August 2006)
"Friends in High Places" - short Vargas profile (January/February 2007)
"Beyond Boundaries" - Luis Vargas profile (May 2004)
Daria Zgoba poster (November 2005)
Zhou Zhuoru poster (May 2006)

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

 


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