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13 Countries Confirmed for 3rd Mexican Open
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A mix of veterans and rising stars are on the roster for the upcoming 3rd Mexican Open, Nov. 28-30 at Acapulco's Fairmont Princess resort.

"For the 2013 Mexican Open we have confirmed 13 countries that are coming: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United States and Uzbekistan," event organizer Estela de la Torre told IG.

On the roster is gymnastics' ultimate veteran, six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan), along with Olympians Jade Barbosa (Brazil), Vlad Cotuna (Romania) and Ksenia Afanasyeva (Russia). 2012 Olympic alternate Nikita Ignatyev (Russia) is also on the roster, as is Japan's Koji Uematsu, a parallel bars and high bar finalist at the 2010 Worlds.


2011 Pan American Games champion Jossimar Calvo (Colombia)

Afanasyeva, who missed the recent world championships due to minor ankle surgery, will make her return to competition in Acapulco, where she won the inaugural event in 2011. She recently participated at Mexico's "Gala of Stars" at the end of October and looked sharp (click here for video).

Rising talents Sabrina Gill (Canada), Zeng Siqi (China), Jossimar Calvo (Colombia), Elisa Meneghini and Ludovico Edalli (Italy), and Roxana Popa (Spain) are also on the roster. The United States is sending Josh Dixon, but hasn't yet announced which female gymnast will go.

Special guests are gymnastics legends Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Svetlana Boginskaya (Belarus).

The competition consists of a senior all-around contest divided over two days, but also a junior tournament for men and women.

"This year I am very, very happy because we will have a Junior Cup for the second time, but this year it's going to be an International Junior Cup," said de la Torre, a 1980 Olympian. "We have confirmed teams from Brazil, Mexico and the United States."

The U.S. is sending the top four female gymnasts from August's junior national championships: Bailey Key, Lauren Hernandez, Amelia Hundley and Nia Dennis. Also competing in the International Junior Cup is Rebeca Andrade, Brazil's top hope for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to the competition, there will be a national coaching clinic on Nov. 26, with guest lecturers Stoyanka Dobreva Angelova, Cuban-American Yin Alvarez (coach and stepfather of Danell Leyva) and world and Olympic all-around champion Lilia Podkopayeva (Ukraine).

Angelova, a 1952 Bulgarian Olympian who immigrated to Mexico in 1971, coached generations of Mexican gymnasts, including de la Torre. The gymnastics facility at Mexico City's CDOM (Centro Deportivo Olímpico Mexicano) was named after her in 2010.

Mexican star Daniel Corral won't be competing in Acapulco, as he has resumed training toward his ultimate goal of a medal at the 2016 Olympics. He is reportedly trying to add .8 in difficulty to his parallel bars routine.

But Corral's historic silver medal on pommel horse at the 2013 Worlds in Antwerp has already boosted interest in gymnastics in Mexico, de la Torre said.

"Of course Corral is making history," she told IG. "All his great results in the Olympics in London 2012 (fifth on parallel bars) and the silver medal on pommel horse in Antwerp 2013 are pushing all the new gymnasts in our country to be like him. He is already a Mexican hero."

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3rd Mexican Open
Nov. 29-30, Acapulco

Women's Competitors
Jade Barbosa
Sabrina Gill
Zeng Siqi
Roxana Popa
Elisa Meneghini
Amaranta Torres
Ksenia Afanasyeva
Krystyna Sankova
To Be Announced
Oksana Chusovitina
Men's Competitors
Francisco Barretto
Joshua Stuart
Zhang Yang
Jossimar Calvo
Rubén López
Ludovico Edalli
Koji Uematsu
Kevin Cerda
Vlad Cotuna
Nikita Ignatyev
Yevgen Yudenkov
Josh Dixon

1st Mexican Junior International Cup
Nov. 28, Acapulco

Women's Competitors
Rebeca Andrade
Thauany Araujo
Flávia Saraiva
Raquel Silva
Paulina Campos
Nicole Castro
Andrea González
Cynthia Ruíz
Ximena Amezcua (B Team)
Katia Pérez (B Team)
Kenia Resendiz (B Team)
Karla Vielma (B Team)
Nia Dennis
Lauren Hernandez
Amelia Hundley
Bailie Key
Men's Competitors
Ângelo Assumpção
Lucas Cardoso
Ygor Reis
Yannick Santos
Arturo Flóres
Alejandro Gómez
Alejandro Navarro
Francisco Rojas
John Jacobson
Yul Moldauer
Kiwan Watts
Alec Yoder
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