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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 10 July 2015 20:32    PDF Print
Morgan Aims To 'Bring Home Some Hardware' at Pan Am Games
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On the eve of the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canadian gymnast Scott Morgan told IG he is hopeful for at least a team medal as the men's competition begins Saturday.

On the eve of the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canadian gymnast Scott Morgan told IG he is hopeful for at least a team medal as the men's competition begins Saturday.

"With next year's Olympics in South America, the competition at these Games has increased dramatically," Morgan said. "After podium training, we feel like a team medal is possible, even after some last-minute injuries and team changes. What color, we're not sure, but it's going to be close."

Morgan did not attend Friday's opening ceremony since the men's competition begins Saturday, but he said he and his teammates are ready to challenge the U.S. and other teams for a top-three finish.

"Although the U.S. team had a tough podium training, it looks like they were using all their opportunities to get familiar with the equipment and podium," Morgan said. "With their international and NCAA experience, it will be an exciting and tough comp for sure. I think we're all eager to see how everyone places. Podium training went really well for us and our team is feeling ready."

Morgan said he is eager to better his results from the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, where he placed fourth on floor exercise and fifth on vault.

"It's certainly exciting to compete at my second Pan Am Games, on home soil and with more international experience," he said. "The goal at this Games would be to qualify for finals on floor, vault and rings, with the hopes of bringing home some hardware."

Morgan is already excited by the pre-competition atmosphere at the Games.

"It's been great so far," he told IG. "Canada is whipping out all the stops."

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Canadian gymnasts includes:

"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
"Canadian Promise" - Ellie Black chat and Robert Watson profile (July/August 2014)
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Ellie Black interview (November 2012)
"Candid Canadians" - Madeline Gardiner and Jackson Payne interviews (September 2011)
Chat with Christine Peng-Peng Lee (April 2015)
Christine Peng-Peng Lee interview (April 2011)
Gael Mackie profile (July/August 2011)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)
Isabela Onyshko profile (July/August 2014)
Megan Roberts profile (April 2015)
"Confident Canadian" - Brittany Rogers interview (May 2012)
"Canadian Diversity" - Hugh Smith profile (July/August 2013)
"Catching up with... Lori Strong Ballard" (June 2012)
Aleeza Yu two-page photo spread (May 2014)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 10 July 2015 13:53    PDF Print
Montreal Gets First 'Olympic House'
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Thousands of people gathered in Montreal on July 9 for the Future Olympians Festival, an event that celebrated the opening of the first "Olympic House."

More than 200 Olympians joined the gathered guests to watch the lighting of the Olympic rings atop the building at 500 René-Lévesque Blvd. Images of past Olympic memories were projected onto the high-rise, which will become the new headquarters for the the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Nadia Comaneci, revered in Montreal because of the seven perfect 10.0s she scored there in 1976, was on hand for the festivities, as was her husband, Bart Conner. Other Olympians present included diver Greg Louganis and figure skater Katarina Witt. Also present were International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut.

One of the goals of the Olympic House project is to create an environment in which youngsters can be exposed to Olympic sports and its history. Attendees at the festival in Montreal had the opportunity to join Olympians in sports such as boxing, fencing, gymnastics and volleyball, all of which were set up on inflatable platforms.

The Canadian Olympic Committee will occupy the first two floors of the Olympic House, and the site will also become an Olympic museum that will include several interactive sports stations for public use.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 01 July 2015 07:41    PDF Print
Malaysia's Ang Aims for Finals at University Games
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Following her team’s gold medal-winning performance at the recent South East Asian Games, veteran Malaysian gymnast Tracie Ang told IG that she looks forward to solid personal results at the University Games that begin July 3 in Gwangju, Korea.

“Competitions with a short break in between is quite tough but I’ve managed to upgrade my difficulties in this short period,” said Ang, the oldest member of the Malaysian team that placed first at last month’s South East Asian Games in Singapore. “I hope to perform well and score a good score, and that would give me a chance for me in the finals.”

Ang said she considers the SEA Games, which were her first competition of the year, as a warm-up for Gwangju.

“I have been out of the team for awhile due to my operation and recovery,” said Ang, referring to a hip injury she sustained last year. “It was a good start for me to motivate me for the Universiade.”

Ang said that, although she intended the University Games to be her first competition of 2015, team officials encouraged her to prepare for the SEA Games if she felt ready enough.

“At the end of April I was released from rehab and began to start full training,” she said. “I was asked if I could be able to ready for the SEA Games. I took the advice and tried to compete on at least two events, and in the end I managed to compete in all events. That was quite a quick recovery after my surgery which was last October.”

Ang is already looking ahead to competitions later this year, including the Asian championships in Hiroshima that will begin July 31, and the world championships in Glasgow in October.

Through a clean performance in Glasgow, Ang hopes to earn an individual berth for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I'm still giving my best shape to prepare for worlds and qualify for Rio,” she told IG. “It would be my dream to qualify for Rio and I believe that with a good performance, there are chances waiting for me. I need to get back to my peak shape to perform better.”

 
Written by dwight normile    Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:16    PDF Print
Rebeca Andrade, Top Prospect for Brazil, Tears ACL
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Rebeca Andrade tore her right ACL last week in training, and the injury will keep her out of the upcoming Pan American Games in Toronto this summer and the world championships in Glasgow in the fall. More critical, however, is how her injury will impact Brazil's chances of qualifying a full team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Brazil was the 12th and last women's team to qualify to the 2012 Olympics at the test event in London.

Andrade, who turned 16 on May 8, has returned to her native Sao Paulo for surgery on Thursday. Dr. Caio D'Elia, the same surgeon who repaired Sergio Sasaki's ACL earlier this year, will perform the operation on Andrade, according to GloboEsporte.com.

Andrade, who trains at Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, has struggled to remain healthy recently. Last summer she missed the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, because of a foot injury. Flavia Saraiva went in her place and won a gold on floor exercise and silvers in the all-around and on balance beam.

In an interview with IG in 2012, Alexander Alexandrov, who had just accepted a position as Brazilian women's head coach, described Andrade as "a talented gymnast [who] has the potential to be a very good one."

That may still happen at some point, but the timing of this injury will likely slow the development of Andrade individually, and also decrease the Olympic qualification potential of the Brazilian women's team.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 29 June 2015 09:30    PDF Print
Hambüchen Ready to Ace Universiade
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German superstar Fabian Hambüchen told IG that, after winning gold at the recent European Games in Baku, he has new plans for the University Games that will begin July 3 in Gwangju, Korea.

“The goal is to have a great competition without mistakes, and have a lot of fun," said Hambüchen, who placed first on high bar, second on floor exercise and fifth all-around in Baku. “You cannot compare it with Baku. It’s something different, but still, we want to be as successful as possible.”

Hambüchen, who placed second all-around at the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, said Gwangju is a late but important addition to his competition agenda in preparation for the world championships in Glasgow in October.

“Honestly, Universiade wasn't planned for me,” Hambüchen said. “But I had a flu in January and couldn't start into the season as early as I wanted, so I decided to do Baku and Gwangju to get ready for worlds. Baku was great and Gwangju will be the next step in my season. Universiade is such a great event, and I’m excited to be here again.

Hambüchen said he is optimistic that he and teammates Helge Liebrich and Fabian Lotz can produce a good team ranking in Gwangju.

“We all have to do all-around because every score counts for the team result, so it will be exciting,” Hambüchen said. “If we hit all 18 routines, I think top five is possible for us. Fabian and Helge are good guys. We’re going to push hard in competition.”

Hambüchen said peaking for Baku and Gwangju in quick succession is not a major challenge.

“It's exactly two weeks between the competitions, so that's not a big deal to get focused again,” he told IG. “It depends on your attitude, so I feel pretty good and ready for the next meet.”

 


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