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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 14 July 2017 09:55    PDF Print
De Jesus Dos Santos Quietly Enjoys Success
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Featured in the cover story of the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos of France told IG she quietly reveled in her surprising success at the European Championships in Romania in April, where she won the all-around bronze medal.

“I understood it was real as soon as I put my feet on the podium,” De Jesus Dos Santos said. “This was really very moving even though I didn’t really show it to the camera.”

Added coach Eric Hagard: “The all-around bronze medal was a kind of ‘secret’ expectation somewhere in my mind, a good surprise and a big achievement after her knee surgery 15 months earlier.”

Read “French Force,” an in-depth profile on De Jesus Dos Santos, in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, which mails on July 20. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 12 July 2017 07:46    PDF Print
Jansen On Coaching: ‘The Sky Is The Limit’
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Featured in the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 11-time Norwegian national all-around champion Espen Jansen (pictured here giving a peptalk to his boys) is finding relatable tasks as coach of several promising young gymnasts at his club in Jessheim.

“One challenge is that all boys have individual personalities and need different approaches to training,” says Jansen, who competed into his 40s. “You need to get to know how to motivate each one, and how to get the best out of everybody. Another challenge is that, as a coach, you know how easy things are if you only do it correctly. But young boys do not always see that. Anyway, I really enjoy coaching and I like to see their development. The good thing with young boys is that they don't see any limitations, so the sky is the limit.”

Read “Espen Jansen’s Boys,” a profile on Jansen and his young gymnasts, in the July/August 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

 
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.

 


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