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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 11 December 2018 07:40    PDF Print
Volleman: 'It's Amazing To Be So Close'
(4 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)

After a couple of brushes with greatness in previous major competitions, Tisha Volleman of the Netherlands was poised to break through in Doha.

“I think it’s amazing to be so close in all the competitions, and I’ve done a lot of them,” said Volleman, who was a reserve for the Dutch team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and first reserve for the vault final at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal. “I hope I can get good scores and help the team as much as I can.”

Volleman, who crashed her vault for a score of zero but ended up as first reserve for the floor exercise final, said the Dutch team’s combination of youth and experience benefits everyone in the program.

“It’s good that new people are in the team so they can have the experience of a big competition,” Volleman said.  “For 2020 (Tokyo Olympic Games) we hope to have a big team so we can choose the best girls at the best moment.”

Volleman finds it amusing that people sometimes mistake her for her better-known twin teammates, Sanne Wevers and Lieke Wevers.

The Wevers twins competed at the Rio Games, where Sanne won gold on balance beam. Sanne placed seventh on balance beam in Doha, which Lieke attended as a spectator.

“I think it’s funny that people think I’m Sanne or Lieke,” Volleman said. “It happens a lot in the Netherlands, but I don’t think we look like each other.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 05 December 2018 08:08    PDF Print
McClenaghan: 'I Didn't Have The Numbers Behind Me'
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

2018 European pommel horse champion Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland fell twice in qualifications in Doha, where he acknowledged that a recently suffered left shoulder injury restricted him physically and mentally.

“I couldn’t do the routines and I didn’t have the numbers behind me that would support me in competition, and that’s a big factor I rely on,” said the 19-year-old McClenaghan. “To perform my routine and not have that confidence hinders my performance. It’s a shame but that’s sport. It’s my fault, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and getting the numbers in that I missed.”

McClenaghan, Ireland’s first European gymnastics champion, said he did not carry any extra burden of responsibility in Doha.

“I don’t let outside pressures get to me,” he said. “I know that when I put up my hand for my routine, I’m in the zone. I’m doing my routine, I’m doing my job, and I don’t let anything else disturb that. It’s back to my own mindset.”

In the moments following McClenaghan’s faulty performance in Doha, he was already plotting his vindication.

“I have to get over this and come back stronger, because I know I’m one of the best in the world,” McClenaghan said. “I’m looking forward to that time when I can stand on the top spot of the podium.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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

 
Written by dwight normile    Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:43    PDF Print
USA's Biles: 'I'm Still Pretty Disappointed In Myself'
(8 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)

Simone Biles (USA) was not on her game in the all-around final in Doha, Qatar. On her first event, sat down on her eponymous vault, a roundoff half-on to the table, double-twisting front layout. She also fell off balance beam. This time her barani was the culprit. Still, she won by 1.693, the biggest margin ever in her record four world all-around titles.

In so doing, Biles unwittingly exposed the many flaws of the open-ended Code of Points, which gives difficulty too much power. The guard rails are finally off for a sport that is spinning out of control, and the FIG is unable to find an effective remedy.

The first thing they might try is to rein in the difficulty so the gymnasts can enjoy extended careers. The FIG also should return to a modified 10.0 system so someone like Biles can’t win with two falls. Conceivably, she could have fallen a third time and still won!

Said Biles about her performance: “I’m still pretty disappointed in myself, because I know what I can do out there despite the all-around, winning gold. It doesn’t show who I am, and that’s just kind of disappointing.

“But we have finals, so hopefully I’ll redeem myself … I don’t know, I guess it’s good to be back on the podium, like even with the falls, but it just sucks, man!”

“It’s kind of crazy, I know. I kind of hoped that it didn’t turn out the way it did. I feel like the girls work so hard and they deserved it a little bit better than me, because it depends on how good you do that day, and today wasn’t my best.”

Complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships will be in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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

 
Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 03 December 2018 07:22    PDF Print
France's Bossu: 'For Us It's Pretty Cool'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

The French women finished the team final just 1.102 points shy of bronze in Doha, but team member Juliette Bossu said fifth place was fine enough.

“We knew that, if we wanted to win a medal, everything had to be perfect,” she said. “We’re pleased. We weren’t thinking about a place. We were just thinking about doing the best we could, and that’s what we did. We made some mistakes but we’re fifth, and for us it’s pretty cool.”

Bossu said the U.S. women’s dominant performance in Doha impressed her, as did France’s favorable comparison.

“As usual, they are high level,” she said of the U.S. team that won the team final by 8.766 points. “They are unbelievable. It’s pretty cool to see them compete like they do, so we think we can compete not like them, but close to them, maybe.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 30 November 2018 07:50    PDF Print
Bulgaria's Aleksandrov: 'It's About Trusting My Own Gymnastics'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Bulgaria’s Yordan Aleksandrov aimed for a consistent all-around performance in Doha, but he believes his potential berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could ride on one apparatus.

“My coaches joke that pommel horse is like the golden ticket to Tokyo,” Aleksandrov said. “It’s the one event on which I definitely need to improve. It’s slowly been getting better, so I think that’s going to be the major event for me.”

The 23-year-old Aleksandrov said recent success on horizontal bar could also benefit him. He placed 15th on that apparatus at the European Championships in Glasgow in August.

“I was only a couple tenths away from the final, which was a pretty big deal for me,” he said. “That helped me with my confidence, seeing that I’m not too far away from the best guys on that event.”

Aleksandrov, who went on to earn his top individual ranking on pommel horse and placed 102nd all-around in qualifications in Doha, said he did not feel any extra burden of responsibility as Bulgaria’s only competitor at Worlds.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I just focus on doing my routines in the best way possible, and representing my country in the best way possible, since we have just one person. It’s about staying calm and trusting my own gymnastics.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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

 


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