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January/February 2009

Easy Pickings

China grabbed six of the 12 women's medals and half of the golds overall at the World Cup Final in Madrid

Refueling Ferrari

IG traveled to Brixia, Italy, to visit 2006 world all-around champion Vanessa Ferrari as she continues to recover from an injury-laden 2008. In an intimate dual interview, Ferrari and coach Enrico Casella detail Ferrari's anxious plans to rejoin the race. Plus: A special feature on the new Brixia gym.

Power Trip

Reigning European rings champion Yuri van Gelder of the Netherlands missed out on the Beijing 2008 Olympics, but remains focused on the big prize in London in 2012. Gelder sat down with IG to express his feelings as a spectator in Beijing, how he regained his momentum, and which gymnast he views as his main rival for the coming years.

Aiming High

2008 Olympic floor finalist Alexander Shatilov is ready to lift Israel higher. In this profile, Shatilov describes his emigration from Uzbekistan, his life in and out of the gym in his adopted country, and what moves he plans to make for better results in the new Olympic cycle.

Urban Gymnastics

IG Editor Dwight Normile offers an indepth look at street stunts known as Parkour/Freerunning, which took root in the late 1980s and has spread throughout the world — as well as into some gymnastics clubs.

10 Questions With... Michael Ocampo

IG chats with Ocampo, a former Canadian power tumbler and Cirque du Soleil performer, and current head acrobatics coach for Cirque's "Saltimbanco"

PLUS:

2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars special, profiles on Dorina Boczogo and Katja Bou Orm, He Kexin mini-poster, Silvia Mitova update, Ziert Alert!, and much more!

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