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Written by Dwight Normile    Thursday, 04 October 2007 13:28    PDF Print
Morgan Hamm Injured, Scheduled for Surgery
Two-time U.S. Olympian Morgan Hamm tore his right pectoral muscle on Tuesday and is scheduled for surgery on Friday.

Hamm was injured while training on high bar at the Ohio State facility in Columbus. He was doing a Stalder-Rybalko to one arm, and the muscle pulled away from the humerus as he swung through the bottom, Ohio State men's coach Miles Avery told IG.

"He is upset about the setback but in pretty good spirits, understanding that these things happen," Avery said.

Hamm, who turned 25 on Saturday along with his twin brother Paul Hamm, will undergo surgery on Friday in Columbus.

Avery said he is confident Hamm will be still be in contention for next summer's Olympic team. At the U.S. Championships in August, the Hamms made a comeback after a three-year break from competition, competing floor exercise and pommel horse.

"No one here will believe for a second that he can't come back to be good enough to make the Olympic team," Avery said. "He has a month more than Lance Ringnald had back in 1992, when he tore his pec, and six months more than Blaine (Wilson) had in 2004 [after a torn biceps]."

Avery said that Morgan Hamm is not planning on training still rings after he recovers, but plans to train the other five events.

Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 01 October 2007 13:25    PDF Print
Spring Making All-Around Recovery
Justin Spring told IG he is optimistic about returning to all-around competition next summer.
Justin Spring

"My coach and I took the injury in a positive way," Spring said Monday. "We are going to use this time to train rings and pommel horse and return to doing the all-around, and hopefully better my chances of making the 2008 Olympic team."

On Aug. 17, Spring fell on a crooked double-twisting Kasamatsu vault (Lopez) while competing at the U.S. Championships in San Jose, Calif. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

On Aug. 15, the first of two days of men's competition in San Jose, Spring was shaky, with falls on parallel bars, high bar and vault. On Aug. 17, prior to the injury on vault, he had performed cleanly, hitting his routines on high bar and floor exercise.

Spring, the gold medalist on parallel bars at the 2007 Pan American Games, had been a strong contender to make the team to this year's world championships, held Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

Spring ended up finishing first on high bar and second on floor exercise in San Jose, but said he was unsure of his world team status prior to vault.

"It's always hard to say when the selection committee is deciding," he said. "I didn't think doing the vault was going to guarantee a spot on the team, but I knew it would help my chances. Nonetheless I still think I had a fair shot with only a (Tsukahara) 2 1/2 on vault, but I was ready to do the Lopez.

"The U.S. (men's) program committee has been pushing to see upgraded vaults for years and I was confident I could do this vault. I competed the Lopez at Pan American Championships and actually posted the high score of the meet on vault. I was ready to compete it at USAs but it was just an off day."

Spring underwent surgery on Aug. 28 to repair the torn ligament.

"My surgery ended up being a standard ACL (repair) with no other complications—I was lucky," he said. "Because of that recovery is going well. I have been walking for over two weeks now without any brace or crutches. I have been lifting in the weight room for the last four weeks and ring strength is coming along great. "I just started swinging on parallel bars and high bar to keep my hands in shape."

Spring was a 12-time All-American for the University of Illinois, and has been an assistant coach at the university since graduating in 2006.

Spring said he hopes to return to competition at the U.S. Winter Cup in February.

"I hope to do four events, everything except floor and vault," he said. "I should just start tumbling and vaulting around that time as well. Given the time line and the rehab schedule, I should be ready to compete all-around at U.S. Championships."

The U.S. Championships for men will be held May 22-24 in Houston and the U.S. Olympic Trials will be held June 19-22 in Philadelphia.

At the 2007 Worlds, the U.S. men finished fourth, rising nine ranks since the team's record low of 13th place at the 2006 Worlds.

"I was so impressed with the U.S. men's performance!" Spring said. "We have established ourselves as a medal-contending team for the Olympics. With everyone training to peak in 2008 I think the U.S. men stand a good chance to place in the top three at the Olympics... I just hope I am able to contribute."

Read "Spring Loaded," a profile on Justin Spring, in the February 2005 issue of International Gymnast.

Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 23 September 2007 13:19    PDF Print
Wammes Already Aiming For 2012

Although the Dutch men's sole 2008 Olympic berth has been claimed by a teammate, 20-year-old Jeffrey Wammes said he aims to continue his Olympic quest - for the 2012 Games in London.

Jeffrey Wammes

At the 40th World Championships, held Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart, the Dutch men's team finished 20th, missing an automatic berth for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Epke Zonderland, the team's top all-arounder, qualified to Beijing as an individual.

In the qualifications round, Zonderland was 29th all-around and Wammes, a previous world finalist on floor exercise and vault, was 34th.

In the event finals, Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder won the silver medal on rings; and Zonderland and Wammes finished fourth and fifth on high bar, respectively.

At the 2006 French International in Lyon, Wammes broke both ankles landing a double layout on floor exercise. Though doctors at first doubted he would be able to return to competition, he make a complete recovery and earned the bronze medal on vault and a ninth-place all-around finish at the 2007 European Championships in Amsterdam.

Wammes said resting his ankles following his injury improved his all-around performance.

"It did help pommel horse a little bit, and rings, too, but especially high bar," Wammes said. "I've been doing a lot of high bar, and I think that was a good way to use the time. Of course, I lost a half-year of training, and in gymnastics, that's really hard."

Although Wammes tumbled and vaulted confidently in Stuttgart, he said he is still cautious about landing too solidly.

"My ankles are OK," he told IG in Stuttgart. "They don't bother me at all on floor or vault. I tape them, but it's just for security - not for pain or other reasons. That's the only issue, especially on floor. If I have to land forward, it's hard for me to stick it. Sometimes I take a step that's not necessary, but I'm afraid to land (too hard)."

Wammes said he is ready for the upcoming challenges that his Dutch teammates will provide leading up to 2012.

"I have to train hard and do the best I can," he said. "And do as much as possible."

Read "Comebacks Complete," a profile on Wammes and teammate Verona van de Leur, in the September 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"Comebacks Complete" - Wammes/van de Leur profile (September 2007)
"Much for the Dutch" - Zonderland profile (July/August 2006)
"Double Dutch" - van Gelder profile (May 2005)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile (August/September 2002)

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Written by Admin    Saturday, 15 September 2007 12:26    PDF Print
Johnson Honored as 'Person of the Week'
Newly crowned world all-around champion Shawn Johnson (USA) was featured in a Friday segment of ABC World News, which named her "Person of the Week."

The segment included interviews with Johnson, parents Doug and Teri Johnson, and coach Liang Qiao, as well as footage of Johnson training at Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and competing at last week's World Championships in Stuttgart. Images of Johnson as a young child, including a clip of her performing a handspring vault in competition, were also shown.

In Stuttgart, the 15-year-old Johnson won the all-around gold medal, as well as gold medals on floor exercise and in the team competition.

"It feels like a dream come true," Johnson said in Stuttgart. "It's everything I've ever wanted, and what every girl in the world wants, and to know that I've fulfilled all my expectations and dreams feels amazing."

Earlier this year, Johnson won all-around titles at the American Cup, the Pan American Games and the U.S. Championships.

External Link: ABC News: Person of the Week

Shawn Johnson is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine
September 2007: U.S. Championships coverage
April 2007: cover photo, American Cup coverage
November 2007: "A Taste of China" - Johnson/Chow profile
October 2006: cover photo, center poster, U.S. Championships coverage
January 2006: "Shooting Star" - profile

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Written by Admin    Tuesday, 11 September 2007 11:47    PDF Print
IGHOF Announces Class of 2008

Four Olympic champions will be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2008.


Ma Yanhong
Stoyan Deltchev (Bulgaria), Ma Yanhong (China) (pictured at right), Lilia Popdkopayeva (Ukraine) and Shuji Tsurumi (Japan) will be honored Feb. 9, 2008, in Oklahoma City, Okla. during the the 12th annual induction ceremony.

The IGHOF will also present the the International Order of Merit to German professor Ludwig Schweizer of the Institute for Sport and Sport Sciences at the University of Freiburg.

To date the IGHOF has honored 60 of gymnastics' greatest stars and contributors, representing 15 countries.

External Link: International Gymnastics Hall of Fame


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