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Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 August 2017 08:28    PDF Print
The September IG Another Packed Issue
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The September 2017 issue of International Gymnast will be another packed issue. The P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., will be the cover story, and there will likely be two new all-around champions. The last four U.S. titles were won by Simone Biles, who is taking the year off, and Sam Mikulak, who is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon at the Winter Cup in February.

The issue also includes a preview of the 2017 Montreal World Championships, which will not include team competition. IG handicaps the field for the all-around and apparatus finals. Japan's Kohei Uchimura (pictured), meanwhile, will be going for his seventh consecutive world all-around title!

There also is an interesting interview with Scott Hann, coach of Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan, both of whom made the British team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. We also caught up with former Chinese gymnast Lu Li, who scored a 10.0 to win the uneven bars gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Lu coaches at Black Hills Gymnastics in Lacey, Wash.

There is plenty more in the issue, including an interview with French champion Zachari Hrimeche and a Stretching Out column titled "The Quirks of Post-Olympic Worlds."

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Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:28    PDF Print
Former Coach, USGF Director Roger Counsil Passes Away
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Roger Counsil passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 82.

Counsil coached at Indiana State for 17 years and won the 1977 NCAA Championship. His teams produced 46 All-Americans, the most prominent being Kurt Thomas, who won the NCAA all-around titles in 1977 and ’79.

Born Jan. 11, 1935, in Wood River, Ill., Counsil was a three-sport athlete at Southern Illinois: track, swimming and gymnastics. He was the NAIA 1-meter diving champion in 1957, the year he earned "Most Valuable Athlete" at SIU. He earned a bachelor's and master's at SIU and his doctorate in higher education administration at Indiana University.

Counsil was the men's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete because of the boycott. He also was chairman of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, the men's coach for the U.S. team at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, National Coach of the Year and a four-time recipient of the Mideast Coach of the Year.

In 1980 Counsil became executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.

In 1985 Counsil was inducted into the Indiana State and Southern Illinois Athletics Halls of Fame.

Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:55    PDF Print
Hurd 'Pushing Through' to P&G Championships
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Morgan Hurd of First State Gymnastics in Newark, Del., plans to compete in the all-around at the P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., next week, but she might not be at 100 percent. Hurd had elbow surgery 10 weeks ago, which is why she competed on only two events at the recent U.S. Classic in Chicago.

"Our recovery has been slow and steady, and every day is a new challenge," said her coach Slava Glazounov, a former Russian national team member in acrobatics (Men's Four). "We have our limitations and want Morgan to recover fully. Despite all of this, Morgan is pushing through and will compete all four events."

Hurd, a first-year senior who turned 16 on July 18, was featured in the June issue of International Gymnast, in which she stated her goal was a top-three finish in the all-around next week.

"We might have a small adjustment on bars due to the elbow," Glazounov told IG. "Other events will stay the same with a possible upgrade on floor exercise. This week and next will determine her routines. Her goal is to do her best in Anaheim and have a shot at the (2017) world team."

Read "Senior Sleeper" in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast.

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Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:28    PDF Print
Răducan Ready for New Challenges as President of Romanian Federation
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World and Olympic champion Andreea Răducan is expected to be elected president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation on Friday, following the withdrawl of incumbent Adrian Stoica from the race.

World and Olympic champion Andreea Răducan is expected to be elected the new president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG) on Friday, following the withdrawal of incumbent Adrian Stoica, the only other candidate, on Thursday.

Răducan, 33, told IG she was not caught by surprise by the news of Stoica's withdrawal, which had come as a shock to the general public.

Andreea Răducan at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

"I cannot say that I was surprised by Mr. Adrian Stoica's decision," the former gymnast told IG late Thursday. "First and foremost, I respect Mr. Stoica's decision to not present his candidacy for the presidency of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. He has notified me before making this decision public, and I thank him for his trust and for everything he has done during his tenure as the President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation."

Earlier on Thursday, Stoica announced that he would be bowing out of the race after more than four decades working for the federation, including 12 as president. He stated that his decision stemmed from Răducan's qualifications and eagerness to take the reigns of the federation.

"I will not run anymore given that there is such a desire from the younger generation to get involved," Stoica told AGERPRES. "I've already spent 42 and a half years within the Romanian Gymnastics Federation —it's time to go."

Răducan, whose storied career is well-known, has stayed heavily involved in gymnastics since her retirement in 2002. She has worked as a reporter and television commentator, and has been a tireless promoter of women's gymnastics in Romania through various programs and events. Since 2006, she has been working with the Romanian Olympic Foundation, which promotes fitness and sport and also provides aid to former champions needing assistance. She is currently president of the foundation and announced her candidacy for president of the FRG in June.

Răducan, a native of Bârlad, graduated with a degree in Physical Education from the West University of Timișoara and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Bucharest. In 2010, Răducan released her autobiography, The Other Side of the Medal, which dealt with the still controversial decision to strip her of her 2000 Olympic all-around gold medal after she ingested cold medicine that is no longer a banned substance.

Răducan told IG she is ready to take on the huge challenges facing the Romanian program after its disappointing quadrennium.

"Romania's gymnastics team did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, which represented a huge setback and disappointment for our country," she said. "It was the first time after 48 years that the female team did not make it to the Olympics. Keep in mind that during the last 44 years, since Munich 1972, the female gymnastics team has won at least one medal at each edition. Being now the only candidate to lead this federation, it has become clear to me that the federation will be undergoing a profound change, some would call it a 'generational change'. This change will take place both on a managerial level and on a sports level. We highly appreciate the extraordinary results obtained by our veterans like Cătălina Ponor and Marian Drăgulescu. At the same time we will have to be courageous and give the chance to the new generation of talented young Romanian gymnasts to prove themselves and compete on a top level. Therefore, my main goal as the new President is to reform the FRG so that our national team will have satisfying results at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo."

The past spring, the FRG successfully organized the European championships for men and women, held at the Polyvalent Hall in Cluj-Napoca, where the 10,000-capacity arena was sold out throughout the event. Răducan was actively involved in the organization of the European championships, and says the success may lead the federation to bid for other events, such as a World Cup or even a world championship.

"The event was a great success confirmed by the enthusiastic crowd and the European Union of Gymnastics," she said. "It proved that in Romania we are capable of hosting wonderful gymnastics tournaments. After this positive experience, we are definitely open to discussing other bids for international events."

The elections for the Romanian Gymnastics Federation will be held Friday morning. Although Răducan is now the only candidate for the presidency, several other positions will be contested. Former Olympians Dănuţ Grecu and Monica Roşu and aerobics coach Maria Fumea are vying for two positions as vice president of the federation.

There are 13 candidates for the seven-member Executive Committee of the FRG, including several former gymnasts and coaches: Vasilica Agop, Dragoș Bîrzu, Angela Cacoveanu, Olga Didilescu, Adrian Durlă, Nicolae Forminte, Gina Gogean-Groza, Ingrid Istrate, Cătălin Meran, Cristian Moldovan, Florin Popa, Augustin Pop and Cristiana Spînu.

In addition to her new position as head of the FRG, Răducan is also preparing for another role: mamă. She is expecting her first child, a daughter, in October, with husband Daniel Tandreu, whom she married last year.

External Link: Romanian Gymnastics Federation

Read an exclusive interview with Andreea Răducan in the January 2017 issue of International Gymnast. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:08    PDF Print
Both Downie Sisters to Miss Montreal Worlds
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British Olympians Becky Downie and Ellie Downie have both been ruled out of this fall's world championships with injuries.

British Olympians Becky Downie, 25, and Ellie Downie, 18, will both miss this fall's world championships as they recover from surgeries.

Becky Downie, shortly before her elbow injury in Cluj

Ellie Downie, who made history this spring by winning the European all-around title in April in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, underwent ankle surgery Monday. Her elder sister Becky is also recovering from surgery.

Ellie Downie injured her ankle during the British championships in late March, but put off surgery to compete at the European championships in Cluj, where she became the first British gymnast to win a major all-around title, and added the bronze medal on uneven bars and the silver on floor exercise.

Ellie Downie sent out a photo on Instagram on Tuesday from Princess Grace Hospital in London, labeling herself "done and dusted."

"We worked through [the injury] for Europeans because I had worked too hard to not show off my work I'd been preparing for so many months, and I would not change that decision I made for the world," wrote Ellie, who turned 18 on July 20. "Unfortunately this does mean I will not compete at the World Champs in Canada this year, but my eyes are now set on getting ready and fit for the Commonwealth Games next year and I'm very excited to be on the road to recovery and get fit again. A minor set back is a pathway for a major comeback."

Becky Downie, 2008 and 2016 Olympian and 2014 and 2016 European bars champion, suffered a torn ligament in her elbow in a fall off uneven bars during the finals in Cluj. The seven-time European medalist is recovering well, but only just starting to train on bars again.

The "Double Downies" were members of Britain's history-making squad at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, where the British women won bronze, their first world championships team medal. They were also teammates at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where the team's fifth place was its best Olympic result since winning a bronze medal in 1928. Both gymnasts train at Notts Gymnastics Academy under coach Jo Miller.

External Link: British Gymnastics


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