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Written by Christian Ivanov    Monday, 29 July 2019 14:57    PDF Print
Black Defends Pan American All-Around Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Canadian Ellie Black successfully defended her all-around title at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru. Black posted 55.25 to narrowly edge top qualifier Riley McCusker from the U.S. who posted 55.125. The Canadian earned top scores of the day on vault 14.45 (stuck front handspring front layout full) and bars 14.3/5.9 (Maloney to Hindorff, clear hip piked Tkatchev, piked Jaeger to Pak, Maloney half and toe on front tuck half dismount).

After McCusker fall on bars (stalder Tkatchev) Black had a significant lead going into the last rotation. But she opened the door after her 2 ½ step to a double pike on floor was landed low and entirely out of bound. McCusker earned the top beam score of the day 14.2/6.0 (ff-ff layout two feet, triple and double wolf turns, ff-ff double tuck step back). She performed a routine with strong execution and solid landings on floor but couldn’t quite make up the deficit and had to settle for the silver.

Just like four years ago Flavia Saraiva from Brazil took the bronze with a 54.35. She showed the best floor routine of the day combining great artistry, well executed leaps and difficult tumbling (double layout, full in, 1 ½ to front full and a double pike) 13.9/5.3. Kara Eaker who arrived to the all-around final as the second best qualifier suffered falls on beam (switch leap mount) and floor (2 ½ to front full) and finished in fourth with a 53.75. Martini Dominici from Argentina and Thais Dos Santos from Brazil rounded out the top six posting 52.8 and 52.7, respectively.

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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 29 July 2019 12:31    PDF Print
Marco Lodadio: ‘I Follow My Way’
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2018 world rings bronze medalist Marco Lodadio of Italy told IG that, while he holds rings superstar Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece in high regard, he is pursuing his own path to victory.

“My goal is not to challenge (Petrounias) but to get better and do the best in my possibility,” says Lodadio, who placed second on rings at this spring’s European Championships. “I look at him with respect and admiration, but I follow my way.”

Born March 24, 1992, in the Roman suburb of Frascati, Lodadio quit in frustration after he failed to make the Italian team for the 2015 Worlds, one of two qualification meets for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Four months later he returned to the gym with a fresh appreciation for his unfulfilled talent.

“I started to be conscious of my potential, and that changed everything about my training and my goal,” says Lodadio, who holds a degree in accounting, has coached at his family’s gym and competes for the sports section of the Italian Air Force that enables him to be a professional athlete.

Read the complete profile on Lodadio in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also includes a photo of Lodadio on the front cover photo collage. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Christian Ivanov    Sunday, 28 July 2019 19:09    PDF Print
USA Women Brazil Men Win Team Titles at Pan American Games
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The USA women and the Brazilian men won the team titles at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru.

Kara Eaker, Aleah Finnegan, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker and Leanne Wong posted 171.0, a total more than ten points higher than the second place finisher, to easily win the team title, which is their fifth one in a row. Team Canada (Ellie Black, Brooklyn Moors, Shallon Olsen, Isabela Onyshko and Victoria Woo) posted 160.6 for the silver medal, while the Brazilian team, which has been plagued by injuries as of late, took the bronze with a 158.55. The team competition format was 5-4-3 (five gymnasts, four routines per event, three scores count) and it was spread out in three separate subdivisions.

Beginning on beam in the final subdivision of the competition, team USA was solid start to finish to post top team totals on all four events. The team competition also served as a qualifying round to the all-around and the individual event finals, and McCusker and Eaker posted the top two all-around scores 57.05 and 56.7, respectively. McCusker also earned the top scores of the day on bars (stalder full to Maloney to Tkatchev, stalder Tkatchev to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova half; stuck half in back tuck out dismount - 14.9/6.1) and floor (14.05/5.4), while Eaker was the top qualifier on beam with a 14.8/6.4.

Ellie Black, who along with her teammates competed in the first subdivision, posted the third highest all-around score 55.1. Black was the top qualifier for the vault final with a 14.425. Hurd had the fourth highest all-around score of 54.95, but did not advance to the all-around final due to the two-per-country rule. With a fall on her triple series on beam Flavia Saraiva from Brazil was fifth with a 54.0. Despite the fall Saraiva still qualified to the beam final with a 12.9/5.5. She will be also seen in the floor final where she posted 13.8/5.3, which was third best score on the event (behind McCusker and Eaker).

On the men’s side the Brazilian team (Zanetti, Porto, Souza, Barretto, Mariano) edged the team of the United States (Bock, Breckenridge, Malone, Neff and Suzuki) 250.45 to 249.4 to win their second Pan American Games team title (2011). The bronze went to Canada (Cournoyer, Clay, Karstadt, Paterson and Zakutney) posting 246.725. The top all-around qualifier was Robert Neff from the USA with a 82.35, followed by Arthur Mariano (Brazil) 82.2 and Rene Cournoyer (Canada) 81.9.

Neff was also the top FX qualifier with a 14.05/6.0, while teammate Brody Malone earned the highest score on pommel horse 14.5/5.7. Unsurprisingly Brazilian Arthur Zanetti had the highest score of the day on rings with a 15.0/6.0. Jorge Vega from Guatemala was the top vault qualifier with a 14.675. Brazilian Caio Souza qualified first on parallel bars with a 14.85/6.1, while his teammate Mariano earned the top mark of the day on high bar with a 14.4/6.3. The event continues tomorrow with the competitions for the women's and men's all-around titles.

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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 26 July 2019 07:31    PDF Print
Kinsella: ‘We Can Do Even Better At Worlds’
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes an interview with 2019 European balance beam champion Alice Kinsella of Great Britain, who told IG that her team’s recent stability on balance beam bodes well for them at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“Coming out of the European Championships with six out of six clean routines and the gold medal is very impressive,” Kinsella said. “I can say that the performances and results have given the whole squad a lot of confidence and the belief we can do even better at Worlds.”

“The all-around final motivated me for sure," she said. "I was determined I wasn’t going to end my European Championships on a low. I was really ready and determined to smash my beam and floor, to just go for it and enjoy it. With beam I had the confidence from knowing what I could produce in training and the determination to end the championships well.”

Read the complete Kinsella interview in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:51    PDF Print
Aussies Brown and Nedov Thrive As Teammates, Business Partners
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in a dual interview in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown and Emma Nedov enjoy a unique, two-tiered relationship as rivals in the gym and partners in business.

“We both said when we went into this together that our friendship is the most important thing,” said the pair of Atrium Sport, the designer sports brand they founded last year. “We know if we have different ideas or don’t 100 percent agree on something that there’s a good reason for it, so we’ll just talk about it and come up with a solution.”

“We’ve come to know each other’s characteristics and personalities quite well, and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We’ve seen each other at our best and at our absolute worst, as sport tends to bring that out in you, so we know how we both work. That really assists us in this partnership.”

Read the complete interview with Brown and Nedov in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 


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