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Written by Christian Ivanov    Sunday, 28 July 2019 19:09    PDF Print
USA Women Brazil Men Win Team Titles at Pan American Games
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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’
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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
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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.

Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 24 July 2019 07:36    PDF Print
Yeryomina: ‘I Am Learning To Believe In Myself’
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Featured in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2017 world all-around bronze medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia told IG she is pleasantly surprised by her current ability following back surgery last February.

“Half a year ago, I did not even think that I could do what I am doing now, although this is only a basic level,” said Yeryomina, who performed simpler-than-usual routines at the Korea Cup in June, her second competition since her surgery. “It feels like it's not my body.”

Yeryomina said she was eager to compete in Korea, even with an easier program for the time being.

“When, if not now?” she asked rhetorically. “It gives me hope and competitive experience. It’s better that I make mistakes now, and then I will feel more confident.”

Yeryomina said she is gaining self-assurance as she and her coaches, Vera Kiryashova and Alexander Kiryashov, work to restore her to full strength by next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I am learning to believe in myself,” she said.

Read “Back on Track,” the complete feature on Yeryomina in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:42    PDF Print
Furnon Hints At ‘Something Different’ For Next AGT Performance
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Two-time French Olympian Ludivine Furnon told IG that she and partner Nicolas Besnard plan a routine even more romantic than their crowd, and judge-pleasing audition performance on “America’s Got Talent.”

Furnon and Besnard, known professionally as the acrobatic act Duo Maintenant, earned a standing ovation from the audience for their passionate and daring routine on the July 9 episode.

The four judges also stood, gave them rave reviews and advanced them to the next stage of the competition.

“That was by far the best acrobatic act I’ve seen,” Julianne Hough said. Gabrielle Union described their performance as “seamless, beautiful and powerful.” Howie Mandel praised the act as “perfect and beautiful and dangerous.”

“That was a 10,” quipped Simon Cowell.

Preparing for their next appearance on the show, Furnon likened their AGT debut to Olympic competition.

“We are very happy with our first performance,” said Furnon, the first French woman to win a World Championships medal (bronze on floor exercise in 1995) and a 1996 and 2000 Olympian. “It was a very unique and emotional moment for us. I had the impression of being at the Olympic Games.”

Furnon, who was featured in the April 2005 issue of International Gymnast magazine while performing with Cirque du Soleil, said she and Besnard are planning a new routine for the upcoming episode.

“For our next performance we want to do something different,” she told IG. “More romantic, with a prop!”

To view Duo Maintenant’s first AGT performance, click here.

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