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Written by dwight normile    Friday, 07 July 2017 12:34    PDF Print
Canadian Championships Pleasant Surprise for Black, Clay
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The July/August issue of International Gymnast will include interviews with 2017 Canadian champions Ellie Black and Zachary Clay.

Victories for both gymnasts might have been a surprise.

"My main goal was to get back out on the competition floor, and use it as a building block in my recovery and getting back competing," said the 21-year-old Black, who is coached by David Kikuchi. "I missed the first part of the season due to injury, so it was only my second competition back since the summer. I was really happy with the competitions and it was great to be back out on the floor with the other girls on the team."

Clay, 22, has made an incredible comeback after tearing his right ACL and fracturing his right tibia on floor exercise at the 2015 Arthur Gander Memorial.

"For a while I wasn’t sure if I’d walk without a limp, much less compete again," said Clay, who is coached by Richard Ikeda. "Through a family member I was lined up with the top surgeon in British Columbia as well as a very phenomenal physiotherapist. Between the two of them I was able to fully recover."

Read "Canadian Candor" in the July/August 2017 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 05 July 2017 06:37    PDF Print
Alt Sees Positives After Disappointing Europeans
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Featured in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Germany’s Tabea Alt has moved past her illness-induced withdrawal from the all-around final at this spring’s European Championships in Cluj, Romania.

“I have to see the positive things,” said Alt, who prior to qualifying third to the all-around final in Cluj won all-around titles at the World Cup of Stuttgart in March and the World Cup of London in April. “I will go back and train harder.”

Read “Genuine Germans,” a collection of behind-the-scenes profiles of German gymnasts Alt, Nils Dunkel, Elisabeth Seitz and Philipp Herder at Europeans, in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. Alt is also the subject of “Shooting Star,” a profile in the May 2015 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 30 June 2017 09:45    PDF Print
Risk Pays Off For Hall In European All-Around Bronze
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Featured in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, James Hall of Great Britain told IG that his go-for-broke style is a calculated risk that paid off with the all-around bronze medal at the European Championships in Cluj, Romania, in April.

"It's hard not to ask yourself the same question, and go easy and safe," he said. "But all of the guys take a risk, and that's how you make finals and get noticed and get the rewards. It’s all well and good to be steady and the average guy all the time, but I want to be up there with the world’s best.”

Read “Cluj (Confidentially),” a collection of behind-the-scenes profiles from the European Championships that features Hall, Marine Boyer (France), Eddy Yusof (Switzerland), Veronica Cenkova (Czech Republic), Marios Georgiou (Cyprus), Ioanna Xoulogi (Greece), Joe Fraser (Great Britain) and Agnes Suto (Iceland).

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

 
Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 26 June 2017 09:35    PDF Print
Volleman Shows 'New Me' Through 2017 Successes
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Dutch gymnast Tisha Volleman told IG that more experience and new incentive contributed to her 11th-place all-around finish at this spring's European Championships in Romania and her all-around victory at the Dutch Championships in Rotterdam earlier this month. Pictured: Volleman at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

Dutch gymnast Tisha Volleman told IG that more experience and new incentive contributed to her 11th-place all-around finish at the European Championships in Cluj, Romania, in April, and her all-around victory at the Dutch Championships in Rotterdam earlier this month.


Dutch champion Tisha Volleman

"It has been an amazing year till now and I have done a lot competitions, so think I that helped me with confidence at those competitions," she said.

Volleman said her role as alternate for the Dutch team at last summer's Rio Olympic Games inspired her to make the improvements that helped her perform well in Cluj. She finished seventh all-around at the American Cup on March 4, and seventh all-around at the World Cup of London on April 8. "After the summer I went back to the gym with a lot of motivation, because I was so close to making the Rio team and I wanted to work on a new 'me,'" she said. "My coach and I decided to work on my vault as a specialty and also on my all-around, to get that cleaner. It was really nice that all of that worked out well in Cluj."

Volleman said that, although defending champion Eythora Thorsdottir and other top Dutch gymnasts did not compete at the Dutch Championships which she won this month, she is eager to prove herself at the Dutch trials for this fall's world championships in Montreal.

"It's hard to compare at this moment, because (the other gymnasts) are in a different preparation towards the world championships, so I am just working on my own program, and then we will see what is going to happen at the trials for worlds," Volleman said. "But for now I'm just really excited for trials so that I can compete with all of the girls again."

Volleman said she will focus on vault for worlds, and is optimistic she can continue to perform as successfully as she has in the recent past.

"I'm training really hard on my technique, and hopefully I can improve one of my vaults and get everything really clean before the trials are going to start," she told IG. "I look forward to the future, and hopefully it will bring me even more than I have already achieved."

Read a chat with Eythora Thorsdottir in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and "Dutch Master," an in-depth interview with Thorsdottir, in the April 2016 issue. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 23 June 2017 22:07    PDF Print
Georgiou Pushes Pain Aside To Prove 'There Are No Limits'
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2016 Olympian Marios Georgiou of Cyprus told IG that self-justification urged him to continue in the all-around final at this spring's European Championships in Romania despite an injured ankle.

Featured in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2016 Olympian Marios Georgiou of Cyprus told IG that self-justification urged him to continue in the all-around final at this spring's European Championships in Romania despite an injured ankle.

"It wasn't for the crowd," said Georgiou, who withdrew midway through the all-around final at last summer's Rio Olympic Games, as well, because of an injury to the same ankle. "It was first for me to compete, and second to prove to myself that there are no limits."

Read "Cluj (Confidentially)," a collection of behind-the-scenes profiles from Europeans that features Georgiou, Marine Boyer (France), Eddy Yusof (Switzerland), Veronica Cenková (Czech Republic), Ioanna Xoulogi (Greece), Joe Fraser (Great Britain), Ágnes Sütő (Iceland) and James Hall (Great Britain).

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

 


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