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Ohashi, Biles Added to American Cup Lineup
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First-year seniors Katelyn Ohashi and Simone Biles (U.S.) will complete the lineup for Saturday's AT&T American Cup in Worcester, Mass.

The American Cup is the first FIG event of the 2013 season, and is the fourth of five all-around World Cups for the 2012-3013 season. Previous events in the series were the 2012 American Cup, held in March in New York; the 2012 DTB Cup held in December in Stuttgart; and the 2012 Glasgow World Cup, held in December. Following this year's American Cup in Worcester, the final event takes place in Tokyo, April 6-7.


Katelyn Ohashi (U.S.)

Kyla Ross, a member of the gold-medal U.S. squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has withdrawn from the lineup with a bruised heel. American Elizabeth Price, who won the DTB Cup and Glasgow World Cup, was originally slated for the competition but also withdrew with an injury.

Canadian Maegan Chant will replace two-time Japanese Olympian Koko Tsurumi, who also withdrew with injury. The women's roster also includes former world champion Vanessa Ferrari (Italy), Canadian Olympian Victoria Moors, Great Britain's Gabrielle Jupp, German Olympian Elisabeth Seitz and Japanese Olympian Asuka Teramoto.

Ohashi and Biles are both 15 year old, train in Texas, and are coming off strong junior careers.

Ohashi, who trains under Valeri Liukin at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, has been one of top junior stars for the past few years. She nearly swept 2011 U.S. junior championships, winning gold medals in the all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She won five gold medals at the 2012 Pacific Rim competition (team, all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise). She is one of the few gymnasts in the world competing a full-twisting double back off balance beam. She turns 16 on April 12.

Biles, who turns 16 on March 14, trains under coach Aimee Boorman at Bannon's in Houston. The powerful Biles, who vaults a booming Amanar, finished third all-around and first on vault at the 2012 U.S. junior championships. She is making her major international debut in Worcester.

2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen (Germany) — who won the World Cups in both Stuttgart and Glasgow — headlines the men's field. Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva (U.S.) and Olympic floor finalist Jake Dalton will represent the host country.

The lineup also includes Japanese newcomer Hiroki Ishikawa, as well as Olympians Jorge Hugo Giraldo (Colombia), Sergio Sasaki (Brazil), Kristian Thomas (Great Britain) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine).

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International Gymnast Magazine related features:
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"Back to the Future" - Danell Leyva cover story (December 2012)
Levya on cover (September 2011, April 2012)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nyugen interview (November 2012)
"Sky's the Limit" - Kaitlyn Ohashi cover story (October 2011)
Ohashi/Ross on cover (September 2010)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (May 2011)
"Divide and Conquer" - Kristian Thomas interview (May 2012)
"Full Price" - Elizabeth Price cover story (January/February 2013)
"Focus Forward" - Kyla Ross cover story/interview (November 2012)

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