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Written by Christian Ivanov    Friday, 09 August 2019 22:34    PDF Print
Biles Debuts Two New Skills, Leads U.S. Nationals After Day One
(4 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)

Simone Biles (World Champions Centre) scored 58.65 in the first day of U.S. Nationals held in Kansas City, MO to lead the competition at the halfway point. Along the way Biles, who is seeking a record-tying sixth national title (Clara Schroth), debuted two new skills: triple twisting double tuck on floor and a double twisting double tuck from two back handsprings on beam.

The defending champion began the competition on floor tumbling a sky-high triple twisting double tuck first pass. However, she rebounded on the landing and ended up touching the floor with both hands. Despite the fall Biles still managed to post the highest score on the event 14.35/6.7 (double layout half out to sissone, front full step out to full in and double twisting double tuck dismount). Biles was the top scorer of the competition on all events but bars. Her Cheng (round off half on Rudi off) earned a 15.3, while her second vault, which was an impressive Amanar (Yurchenko 2 ½ twists) recieved a 15.5. Biles’ beam routine was solid minus a short pause before the historic double twisting double tuck dismount; she received a 14.95/6.6 for her set.

Thanks to strong routines on bars and beam Sunisa Lee (Midwest Gymnastics) stands in second place behind Biles with a 56.9. Lee performed a Nabieva (toe on layout Tkatchev) on bars connected to a Pak, followed by a Maloney to full twisting Pak and posted a top score on the event at 14.75/6.3. She also competed a strong beam routine featuring ff-ff layout two feet, and a side aerial to layout step out-layout step out for 14.35/6.2.

After a day full of errors by some of the top medal contenders Jade Carey from Arizona Sunrays stands in third place posting a score of 56.1. Carey stood out with her floor routine (double twisting double layout, full twisting double layout, double twisting double tuck and front tuck step out to full in) 14.3/6.3 and her strong vaults, Cheng and Amanar averaging a 15.025.

Riley McCusker (MG Elite) and Morgan Hurd (First State) both erred on their last events. McCusker missed her giant half to el grip and jumped off the bars on what was to be a very clean routine, while Hurd put her hands down on her double layout on floor which was her third tumbling pass. McCusker is on fourth place in the competition with a 55.7, while Hurd stands in eight place with a 55.05.

Tied at fifth place are Leanne Wong (GAGE) and Trinity Thomas (University of Florida) both scoring 55.4. Wong competed two triple twists on floor, and didn’t get credit for one of the tumbling passes. “I just felt off on the take off and did only a triple instead of 3 ½”, she explained after the competition. Jordan Chiles (World Champions Centre) hit cleanly and is in seventh place. MyKayla Skinner (Desert Lights) and Grace McCallum (Twin City Twisters) are tied at ninth with a 54.9. Surprisingly, McCallum had an off day falling on a Tkatchev on bars and also on her side aerial to layout-layout on beam. For full results cllick here.

The competition for the senior women concludes on Sunday at 6:30pm CT.

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Friday, 09 August 2019 15:28    PDF Print
McClain Impressive On Day One At U.S. Nationals
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

With a stellar performance Konnor McClain from Revolution Gymnastics claimed the lead after day one at the Junior Women’s U.S. Nationals held in Kansas City, MO. McClain posted 56.6 in the all-around, six-tenths ahead of Kayla DiCello from Hill’s Gymnastics who is currently in second place with a 56.0. McClain produced the top score of the day on beam 14.3/6.0 (standing Arabian, ff-ff layout two feet, standing full, ff-ff double pike). She was clean and precise on the other three events posting 14.65 on vault for her Yurchenko double twist, 14.3/5.7 on bars (inside stalder to piked Jaeger, stalder full to Maloney, full twisting double tuck) and 13.25/5.0 on floor (double layout, 1 ½ thru double pike, front tuck step out to 2 ½).

DiCello was the top scorer of the day on vault for her well-executed double twisting Yurchenko 14.7 and floor 13.7/5.6 (full twisting double layout, 1 ½ thru 2 ½, front double full and double tuck). Currently in third place is Olivia Greaves from MG Elite with 55.6. Greaves was the top worker on bars 14.45/5.9 (stalder full to stalder Shaposhikova half nicely done, high piked Jaeger, stalder piked Tkatchev to Pak, Maloney half, full twisting double tuck).

Sidney Barros from Texas Dreams is in fourth with 55.2. Skye Blakely form WOGA fell on her first event on her stalder Tkatchev but competed the rest of the meet cleanly to score 54.6, and stand on fifth place after day one. Anya Pilgrim form Hill’s Gymnastics is in sixth with 53.9. For full results click here.

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Thursday, 08 August 2019 20:40    PDF Print
Mikulak Leads After Day One At U.S. Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

After day one at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, MO Sam Mikulak of the U.S.O.T.C leads the men’s competition with a score of 86.75. Mikulak who is going for his sixth national title hit six-for-six posting top scores on floor 14.65/5.9 (double front piked, 2 ½ to double front), p-bars (front 1 1/4 to hang to Moy, Bhavsar, stuck double front half) 15.35/6.4 and high bar (Cassina, Kolman, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev half) 14.2/6.0. The defending champion has a 2.75 lead ahead of Yul Moldauer from the University of Oklahoma who posted 84.0 and is currently in second place. Moldauer also hit all six events.

Standing in third place are Shane Wiskus (University of Minnesota) and Akash Modi (Stanford University) scoring 83.95. Wiskus posted the top vault score of the day for his clean Kas 1 ½ 14.5. Trevor Howard from Ohio State was fifth with a 82.25. Sixth in the rankings is Riley Loos (Technique) with a 81.15. Donnell Whittenburg from the U.S.O.T.C. was having a great competition until the last event, high bar, where he hit with loose form for 11.85/5.2, which put him in seventh place. Matthew Wenske (University of Oklahoma) was also having a great day until his last event, vault, where he was short on his Kasamatsu double twist and put his knees and hands down (he may have sustained an ankle injury on the landing and is doubtful for the second day of the competition). He is currently in eighth place with a 80.95. For full results click here.

In the junior competition at the 15 & 16 age group Nicolas Kuebler (Metropolitan Gymnastics) leads the competition with a 79.6, followed by Taylor Burkhart (5280) 79.45 and Khoi Young (Sportsplex) 79.0. In the 17 & 18 years old age group the leader is Colt Walker (AcroTex) 80.1. Standing in second is Garrett Braunton (Cypress) 78.3, followed by Crew Bold (University of Minnesota) 78.1.

The competition continues tomorrow with day one of the junior women at 1pm CT, and senior women at 6:30pm CT.

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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 05 August 2019 12:59    PDF Print
Ukraine’s Bachynska: ‘I Am Honing My Skills’
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in and on the cover of the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, rising Ukrainian star Anastasia Bachynska told IG that her fifth-place all-around performance at this spring’s European Championships in Szczecin was eye-opening and inspiring.

“The senior championships in Szczecin, Poland, was my debut,” she says. “I wanted to perform as well as possible. Getting into the final is proof that we are doing everything right! And fifth place certainly pleased me and the coaches.”

Given Bachynska’s introspective view in training, she was not sure how she would fare against the rest of the continent’s best in Szczecin.

“When you actively train yourself every day, you devote yourself to gymnastics and you don’t have time to compare yourself with others,” says Bachynska, who also finished seventh on balance beam. “You just give yourself as much as possible in training. Performing at competitions is the time when you can show yourself and see other athletes. And I am glad that I was able to adequately perform.”

“I saw the real level of gymnasts who received medals, who understood how to compete and climb the pedestal,” said Bachynska, who went on to finish first on floor exercise at the European Games in Minsk in June. “Now I am working on it. I am making my program more complex, and I am honing my skills.”

Read the profile on Bachynska in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also includes Bachynska on the front cover photo collage.

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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 02 August 2019 06:55    PDF Print
Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy: ‘Millennial Man’
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2019 European all-around champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia told IG his success in various facets of life comes from his positively channeled restlessness.

“It is very difficult, but I can’t do only one thing,” said Nagornyy, who has his own Youtube channel on which he shares videos he produces with nearly 190,000 subscribers, runs his own gym club and is married to fellow 2016 Olympic team silver medalist Daria Spiridonova. “I have a lot of energy.”

Nagornyy said several factors will need to cooperate for him and his teammates to succeed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It is a lot of everything,” he said “I will do everything in my power. And of course, with God's help.”

“My attitude towards our gymnasts is always friendly, and no matter which gymnast from Russia will win, the main thing is that it is the country’s victory,” he said. “We have no problems in camaraderie. Competition within the team gives impetus to all the guys, including me.”

Read “Millennial Man,” a profile on Nagornyy, 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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