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Brazilians Blitz WOGA Classic All-Around
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The Brazilian gymnasts swept both all-around titles at the 2014 WOGA Classic, held Saturday in Frisco, Texas. The host club won the team title over Brazil and China. Brazilian Leticia Costa won the senior all-around as well as floor exercise (Arabian double front). Xie Yufen, a first-year senior from China, had a traditional Chinese uneven bars routine with elgrip pirouettes, to take silver medals on bars and in the all-around.

Japan was represented by a team from Nippon Sports Science University, including two-time national vault champion Mizuho Nagai, who won her specialty event, 2010 World Championship team reserve Akiho Sato, who was third all-around. Haruhi Uchimura, the younger sister of gymnastics king Kohei Uchimura, served as team captain.

WOGA's Madison Kocian, who suffered a sprained ankle at last year's U.S. championships, competed two events only. She won gold on bars (piked stalder-Shaposhinikova to Pak; Shaposhnikova-half; Jaeger) and beam (standing Arabian) to grab a gold and silver medal, respectively.

First-year senior Alyssa Baumann of WOGA also competed on only three events but medaled on each of them: gold on beam (standing Arabian also), silver on vault and bronze on bars.

2016 Olympic hopeful Rebeca Andrade outscored the field, bagging gold medals in the junior all-around, vault and uneven bars, as well as three silvers in the team, beam and floor exercise in the junior division. The powerful 14-year-old Brazilian threw not only a powerful vault (double twisting Yurchenko) and floor routines (double layout, 2 1/2 twist to front layout), but was also solid on uneven bars (Jaeger; Tkachev) and beam.

Another powerful junior was all-around runner-up Amy Tinkler (Great Britain), who tumbled a double layout and a full-twisting double tuck on floor to win the event. WOGA's Nadia Cho, who caught a layout Jaeger on uneven bars, won the all-around bronze.

The beam gold went to tiny Brazilian Flávia Saraiva.

The annual WOGA Classic is in Frisco, Texas and attracts gymnasts from all over the world to one of the earliest international events of the years. This year's field includes gymnasts from all over the world, including Japan, China, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain and the United States. This year’s WOGA Classic also marks the 20th anniversary of the gym that was started in 1994 by Olympic champion Valeri Liukin, his wife Anna, and friend Yevgeny Marchenko.

Read "Rebuilding Brazil," an interview with new head coach Alexander Alexandrov, in the current issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

External Link: Official Website

2014 WOGA Classic
Feb. 8, Frisco, Texas

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Leticia CostaBrazil14.15013.45012.90013.00053.500
2.Xie YufenChina12.35014.55014.00012.40053.300
3.Akiho SatoNSSU13.65013.25012.65012.40051.950
4.Mizuho NagaiNSSU14.75011.50012.50012.75051.500
5.Jade ArmstrongGreat Britain13.35012.80013.10011.95051.200
6.Alexandra YazydzhyanRussia13.10013.65012.10012.20051.050
7.Isabelle CruzBrazil13.65011.85012.65012.55050.700
8.Yui TeraoNSSU13.00011.95012.85012.85050.650
9.Claudia ColomeGym Tittmoning13.55012.25011.65012.95050.400
10.Lisa TopNetherlands13.85013.05011.55011.95050.400
11.Haruhi UchimuraNSSU13.00010.10013.55011.55048.200
12.Dorien MottenBelgium12.85011.95011.05011.80047.650
13.Reina BeltmanGTV De Hazenkamp13.00010.75012.70010.70047.150
14.Julie SinmonBrazil13.85010.95010.65011.40046.850
15.Brenda Areli Medina NavarroAreba Jalisco12.45010.90011.90011.25046.500
16.Alyssa BaumannWOGA14.25014.40014.85043.500
17.Jazminne CasisYMCA High Performance13.55011.00012.50037.050
18.Madison KocianWOGA15.10014.45029.550
19.Samantha OgdenWOGA13.65013.60027.250
20.Emma Jane NedovYMCA High Performance5.50012.80018.300
21.Julia BombachGTV De Hazenkamp12.15012.150

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Rebeca AndradeBrazil15.40014.10013.95014.15057.600
2.Amy TinklerGreat Britain14.70013.30013.25014.50055.750
3.Nadia ChoWOGA14.05013.70013.40013.20054.350
4.Ira AlexeevaWOGA14.05012.15013.40014.10053.700
5.Flávia SaraivaBrazil13.65011.75014.10014.05053.550
6.Yuan XiaoyangChina13.75012.35013.70013.05052.850
7.Alonza KlopferNorth Stars13.85012.35012.85012.95052.000
8.Nagi KajitaYamanashi Gym Club13.70012.10012.55013.50051.850
9.Samantha DavisNorth Stars14.30011.60013.20012.55051.650
10.Eva PérezGym Tittmoning13.75011.80011.35012.90049.800
11.Iryna SahaydakUkraine12.45012.00012.25011.70048.400
12.Sonja FischerGym Tittmoning13.1009.4008.85011.85043.200
13.Milena TheodoroBrazil9.10013.05013.40035.550
14.Lyu JiaqiChina14.05013.15027.200
15.Mara TitarsolejGym Tittmoning12.55011.15023.700
16.Lauren FarleyWOGA12.00010.50022.500
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