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The German gymnastics federation has developed a new Web site,, devoted to its current World and Olympic hopefuls, featuring news, athlete blogs and more.
Bui, Brechktken, Gienger and Andergassen

The Deutschen Turner-Bundes held a press conference Sunday in Cottbus to discuss Turn-Team, as well as the current state of gymnastics in Germany. Attending the press conference were DTB President Rainer Brechtken, current German athletes Kim Bui and Thomas Andergassen and West German legend Eberhard Gienger.

The first special features on the site include blogs from Katja Abel (at the American Cup in Florida) and Robert Weber (at the French International in Paris). also offered live commentary from the World Cup event held last weekend in Cottbus.

Brechtken explained that Turn-Team members include not just the gymnasts preparing for the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart and the Olympics 2008, but all other people involved in the preparation.

The point of the site is to emphasize the unity of the German team and its goal of qualifying full men's and women's squads to the 2008 Olympic Games. Brechtken said the athletes have agreed to put the team qualification as the highest priority, above individuals second. An athlete should set aside their aspirations for the individual all-around when there is another gymnast who is able to score a few tenth higher on one of the events. Every tenth will be needed for the team in the team to finish in the top 12 to qualify for Beijing.

The DTB is expecting some individual medals from the German gymnasts in Stuttgart, specifically from 2006 World medalists Fabian Hambüchen and Oksana Chusovitina.

The site is also selling Turn-Team shirts to raise money for young children in the sport and to donate to children's hospitals, such as the hospital in Colgne where Chusovitina's son, Alisher, underwent treatment for leukemia. (Alisher, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, is now healthy, attends a public school in Cologne and recently competed in his first gymnastics meet.)

The Turn-Team shirt will be limited to 500 pieces. Each shirt is numbered, and the buyer can choose to have his or her own name printed on the back. Shirts with the numbers 101 to 500 will sell for at least 40 Euros each. The first 100 shirts will be autographed and sold either at a higher rate or at auction.

Bui and Andergassen stated that they were both happy to be able to support small children with the money raised by Turn-Team. Bui noted that during her early years of gymnastics, her family required outside financial support to fund her training.

Gienger, the 1974 world high bar champion, bought the first shirt at the press conference and modeled it for the photographers. Gienger will be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame on May 11.

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