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Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 03 May 2014 14:49    PDF Print
Medvedev Vaults Toward Medal Shot in Sofia
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)



Israel's Andrey Medvedev told IG that his performances on vault at last month's World Challenger Cup meets in Ljubljana and Osijek give him confidence in his medal prospect for the upcoming European Championships in Sofia.

Israel's Andrey Medvedev told IG that his performances on vault at last month's World Challenger Cup meets in Ljubljana and Osijek give him confidence in his medal prospect for the upcoming European Championships in Sofia.

"These two World Cups showed me that the difficulty and execution of my vaults are sufficient to make the final in Sofia and fight for a medal," he said.

Medvedev, who won the silver medal on vault in Ljubljana on April 20, finished 10th on vault in Osijek after an error on his second vault in the qualifications on April 25. Despite the mistake, he said his recent vaults indicate his potential.


Medvedev with his vault medal in Ljubljana

"In Osijek, even with a serious mistake, I was close to the final," Medvedev said. "I am quite self-assured heading towards Sofia, and I am certain I can show my best side."

Medvedev said his current two vaults are strong enough to contend for a medal at Europeans, which will take place in the Bulgaria capitalfrom May 19-25.

"The difficulty of my first vault is 5.6, and the difficulty of my second vault in 6.0," said Medvedev, who moved with his family from Russia to Israel when he was 12. "This will be enough for me to challenge for a medal at the upcoming Europeans. I won't raise the difficulty yet. For me the main thing is to concentrate on clean execution."

Medvedev said he will focus on vault in Sofia as he continues to regain his form following a torn bicep in December 2013.

"I only recently recovered after the injury," said Medvedev, who turned 24 on April 6. "Seeing how my main wish has been to prepare on vault for Europeans, my other apparatuses are not ready for competition. Having said that, I will compete only on vault in Sofia."

Medvedev credits much of his recent progress to changing coaches and training facilities about a year and a half ago, when he began training under coach Andrei Levit in Tel Aviv. Levit coached Poland's Leszek Blanik to the vault bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and vault gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Medvedev said he is constantly inspired by training in the same gym as 2013 European floor exercise co-champion Alexander Shatilov.

"Besides good conditions in the gym and a new coach, it has certainly helped me to have daily joint training sessions with Alex," said Medvedev of Shatilov, a two-time world championships bronze medalist on floor exercise. "Alex is an athlete of the highest level, and has always been an example to me not only as a gymnast, but also as a person. We are good friends and support each other in everything."

While Medvedev is aiming for a medal in Sofia, he is also preparing to upgrade his performances for this fall's world championships in Nanning.

"For the next world championships, I plan to increases the difficulty on my vaults," he told IG. "I will do two vaults with a 6.0 value. In training I am already working on vaults with a 6.4 value. Also in the plans is putting together a combination on floor exercise and try to reach the final. Of course the goal is to make it to the 2016 Olympic Games."

 
Written by Yulia Korostelyova    Thursday, 01 May 2014 21:08    PDF Print
IG May Preview: Mysterious Mustafina
(9 votes, average 4.11 out of 5)

Former Russian national team member Yulia Korostelyova recently interviewed Olympic, world and European champion Aliya Mustafina and her coach, Raisa Ganina, for International Gymnast Magazine's May issue. The following is a special extended introduction for IG Online from Korostelyova, who has been a performer with Cirque du Soleil since 2001.


Korostelyova, second from left, during a training session at the Round Lake national training center in 1998. Left to right: Yelena Produnova, Korostelyova, Anna Kovalyova, Yevgenia Kuznetsova, Yekaterina Privalova, Nina Kartseva and coach Marina Bulashenko.

When an opportunity to speak with Aliya Mustafina on behalf of International Gymnastics magazine fell into my lap, I was nothing but encouraged and excited. THE magazine asked me to do an interview with THE gymnast! I always thought if there were anything easy for me to do, talking would be it. Well, I was wrong.

But wow, was I nervous! For me, coming back to "Round Lake" — Russia's national training center for gymnastics — is like reliving my childhood fears. Like reliving my dream that never came true.


Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

During the recent Sochi Winter Olympics, my dad was religiously watching everything he could, while I seemed to space out and not follow it at all. One day he asked me why I wasn't interested. He had a point. What I realized is for me it was difficult not to identify myself with the athletes. No matter if they win or lose, it's a catch 22. I either feel for them, or simply envy them. It sounds bad but it took me some time to realize that's what it was. I am not over sports, I am not over gymnastics.

But when I stepped into the gym at Round Lake I couldn't help but smile. You know what is strange? The gym smelled exactly the same as I remember. It was rebuilt entirely, there is no more water under the trampoline and everything seems new and shiny. It's still a mystery for me why it smells the same when everything else has changed.

One familiar face was balance beam coach Marina Bulashenko — who recently returned to Round Lake — and was honestly unchanged over the years. But she did something completely out of character: she tried to feed me. It's funny how first for years the coaches tell you to watch what you eat, and now all she wanted me to do is eat and eat. First soup, then a second course. And a chocolate bar. And don't forget the apple - it has vitamins, she said.

It's good all that food came after interview with Mustafina. I am not the shy type, but I was terrified to get the cold shoulder.

People who follow gymnastics know the image Aliya has created over the years: polite but, no matter what, still very private. Mysterious Mustafina. After her glorious comeback at the 2012 Olympics, she was named Athlete of the Year for Russia, became a popular sports public figure, and most importantly, she was the face of Russian artistic gymnastics. You'd think that this was finally the time to get to know her better. Wrong again. After the success at the Olympics, her personal coach, Alexander Alexandrov, was dismissed as head coach of the women's team.

At the time, the confrontational situation in the Russian team had become the subject of whispering and speculation. It was all over her, just not about her. In my opinion the way Mustafina handled it is outstanding. Polite but, no matter what, always very private.

Read the full interviews with Mustafina and Raisa Ganina in the May issue of International Gymnast Magazine! Don't miss your chance to subscribe to the digital issue for just $5. Special offer ends Friday, May 2! Click here to subscribe now!

 
Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:08    PDF Print
Belgian Champion Verschueren Ready To Take On Europe
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Although Lisa Verschueren partially credits her all-around victory at the recent Belgian cChampionships to mistakes by her rivals, she told IG she was still pleased to win her first senior national title.

Although Lisa Verschueren partially credits her all-around victory at the recent Belgian cChampionships to mistakes by her rivals, she told IG she was still pleased to win her first senior national title.

Verschueren outscored two-time Olympian and defending champion Gaelle Mys at the Belgian championships, held April 5-6 in Mechelen. Laura Waem placed third for the second consecutive year. Mys and Waem made the all-around final at last fall’s world championships in Antwerp, where they finished 18th and 21st, respectively.

"The reason I won was that I fell just one time on the beam," said Verschueren, who placed third all-around at the 2012 Belgian Championships and second all-around at the 2013 Belgian Championships. "Laura fell twice - one time on beam and one time on floor. Gaelle also fell twice, two times on the beam. So that was my chance to win this competition, and I was very happy with it."

Verschueren, who finished 36th all-around in qualifications at the 2013 Worlds, is now aiming for a steady performance at the European championships that will take place May 12-18 in Sofia.

"I hope that I will make the final on bars, and maybe I will also have more points in the all-around," said Verschueren, who last weekend combined with Mys and Waem to place third in a tri-meet among Romania, France and Belgium in Avoine, France. "[Uneven bars] is my best apparatus and I have already won a medal on bars."

In March, Verschueren finished second on uneven bars and fifth all-around at the International Gymnix Challenge in Montreal. She placed eighth on uneven bars at the 2013 Doha Challenger Cup in Qatar.

Born June 14, 1995, in Sint-Niklaas, Verschueren is coached by Chiara Thys and Joke Mertens at the Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas club, and by Yves Kieffer and Marjorie Heuls at the Belgian national team training center in Ghent.

Verschueren was a member of the Belgian team that placed 10th at the 2010 European Junior Championships in Birmingham, fifth at the 2012 Olympic test event in London (where the top four teams qualified for the 2012 London Games), and sixth at the 2012 Europeans in Brussels.

Verschueren credits said the current Belgian team’s success to its depth and unity.

"I think our team is really strong now because we have good gymnasts with experience, and we are also very close," she told IG.

Team veteran Julie Croket is recovering from a foot fracture and is expected to be back in contention by this fall’s worlds in Nanning, according to Belgian Gymnastics Federation spokesperson Inge Doens. "Her rehabilitation is going well," Doens said.

Croket, who won the Belgian all-around title in 2010 and 2012, placed 12th all-around at the 2011 Europeans in Berlin and eighth on floor exercise at the 2012 Europeans in Brussels. While rehabilitating, she is also studying to become a primary-school teacher.

International Gymnast magazine’s coverage of Belgian gymnasts includes:

Laura Waem profile (April 2014)
"Quick Chat: Julie Croket" – interview (December 2012)
"Gaining Confidence" – Croket profile (November 2010)
"Mighty Mys" - Gaelle Mys profile (October 2005)
"Rising Moonen" - Lynn Moonen profile (December 2004)
"Making Her Way" - Aagje Vanwalleghem profile (August/September 2004)

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

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 28 April 2014 11:32    PDF Print
Men's Stars Headline Europeans Roster
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



The European Gymnastics Union released an initial nominative roster for the men's European championships, taking place May 18-25 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Pictured: European all-around champion David Belyavsky (Russian)

The European Gymnastics Union released an initial nominative roster for the men's European championships, taking place May 18-25 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The men's competition comes on the heels of the women's European championships, May 12-17, and will follow the same format. The seniors will compete for honors in the team and individual apparatus, while there will be a full junior competition with team, all-around and apparatus titles.

In addition, the junior competition is the fourth of five qualification events for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, taking place this summer in Nanjing, China. Europe has the most slots of any continent, with 19 males and 19 females able to qualify to Nanjing. Only females born in 1999 and males born in 1997 and 1998 are eligible to earn berths for their nations.

The senior men's roster includes reigning Olympic champions Krisztian Berki of Hungary (pommel horse) and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands (high bar), but the big competition will be the team event.

Led by reigning European all-around champion David Belyavsky, a strong Russian team will try to defeat defending titlists Great Britain. Great Britain boasts an equally strong team, led by world and Olympic medalist Max Whitlock and European pommel horse champion Daniel Keatings.

Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev will try to lead his team to the podium despite losing two of his 2012 Olympic teammates to other countries — Nikolai Kuksenkov to Russia and Oleg Stepko to Azerbaijan. Vernyayev, who star continues to rise, is a contender for multiple individual medals if he can stay consistent.

In the junior event, the British men will attempt to continue its dominant streak over the past six years. At the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Junior Europeans, Great Britain won the team title and won the gold and silver medals in the all-around.

External Link: Official Website

31st Men's European Championships
May 18-25, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Competitors
Artur Davtyan 8/8/1992
Vahagn Davtyan 8/19/1988
Harutyun Merdinyan 8/16/1984
Artur Tovmasyan 6/18/1992
Marco Baldauf 11/12/1979
Michael Fussenegger 6/23/1993
Lukas Kranzlmüller 8/3/1989
Severin Kranzlmüller 12/12/1994
Matthias Schwab 1/22/1991
Ughur Khalilbayli 2/17/1992
Eldar Safarov 1/30/1995
Shakir Shikhaliyev 1990
Oleg Stepko 3/25/1994
Maxime Gentges 1/19/1995
Dennis Goossens 12/16/1993
Kristof Schroe 5/17/1990
Donna-Donny Truyens 3/31/1989
Jimmy Verbaeys 8/26/1993
Dmitry Barkalov 2/23/1986
Pavel Bulavsky 12/25/1990
Artyom Bykov 10/30/1991
Andrei Likhovitsky 6/23/1986
Alexander Tsarevich 12/13/1986
Yordan Aleksandrov 1995
Alexander Batinkov 1985
Alexander Markov 1985
Veliko Tushev 1995
Yaroslav Vovk 1986
Andrej Korostelyev 12/15/1995
Tomislav Marković 1/31/1986
Marijo Možnik 1/18/1987
Robert Seligman 5/1/1986
Filip Ude 6/3/1986
Irodotos Georgallas 12/14/1977
Stefanos Loucaides 10/29/1994
Xenios Papaevripidou 6/18/1993
Jiri Bomer 10/26/1990
Martin Konecny 8/6/1984
Jindrich Pansky 1/2/1989
Daniel Radovesnicky 5/12/1994
Radek Smekal 5/23/1994
Ossur Eirikfoss 1/10/1990
Marcus Frandsen 1/10/1994
Mathias Johansen 5/3/1994
Kasper Rydberg 8/7/1993
Helge Vammen 7/21/1986
Christian Bazan 1/3/1990
Isaac Botella 6/12/1984
Ruben Lopez 11/28/1990
Alberto Tallon 10/18/1993
Rayderley Zapata 5/26/1993
Juho Kanerva 10/25/1990
Oskar Kirmes 12/19/1995
Heikki Niva 11/10/1992
Heikki Saarenketo 2/16/1994
Tomi Tuuha 11/28/1989
Samir Ait Said 11/1/1989
Kevin Antoniotti 4/14/1989
Hamilton Sabot 5/31/1987
Cyril Tommasone 7/4/1987
Arnaud Willig 5/27/1985
Daniel Keatings 1/4/1990
Sam Oldham 2/17/1993
Daniel Purvis 11/13/1990
Kristian Thomas 2/14/1989
Max Whitlock 1/13/1993
Shalva Dalakishvili 6/20/1984
Mikheil Kharabadze 6/2/1992
Nodar Lionidze 8/31/1989
Paata Nozadze 2/10/1988
Andreas Bretschneider 8/4/1989
Fabian Hambüchen 10/25/1987
Sebastian Krimmer 6/21/1990
Marcel Nguyen 9/8/1987
Andreas Toba 10/7/1990
Nikolaos Iliopoulos 12/21/1993
Eleftherios Kosmidis 5/6/1991
Vlasios Maras 3/31/1983
Eleftherios Petrounias 11/30/1990
Vasileios Tsolakidis 9/9/1979
Krisztian Berki 3/18/1985
Vid Hidvegi 8/23/1986
Adam Mihok 4/29/1988
Bence Talas 6/7/1991
Attila Vlacsil 2/6/1991
Kieran Behan 4/19/1989
Matthew Cosgrave 8/10/1986
Ian Makowski 1/26/1989
Christopher O'connor 12/12/1993
Andrew Smith 3/3/1991
Bjarki Asgerisson 3/24/1990
Jon Gunnarsson 7/2/1992
Hrobjartur Hilmarsson 10/13/1994
Ingvar Jochumsson 8/18/1989
Palmi Steindorsson 5/4/1993
Andrey Medvedev 4/6/1990
Alexander Shatilov 3/22/1987
Alberto Busnari 10/14/1978
Andrea Cingolani 8/14/1990
Ludovico Edalli 12/18/1993
Enrico Pozzo 2/12/1981
Lorenzo Ticchi 9/22/1989
Germans Buculis 5/18/1995
Vitalijs Kardasovs 8/16/1984
Aleksejs Pajada 8/12/1994
Sergejs Poznakovs 12/30/1993
Dmitrijs Trefilovs 5/13/1987
Raimundas Burinskas 8/31/1993
Vladislav Esaulov 10/22/1991
Jevgenij Izmodenov 4/11/1988
Robert Tvorogal 10/5/1994
Dino Bosnjak 2/19/1994
Kevin Crovetto 6/10/1992
Bart Deurloo 2/23/1991
Casimir Schmidt 10/31/1995
Yuri van Gelder 4/20/1983
Jeffrey Wammes 4/24/1987
Epke Zonderland 4/16/1986
Marcus Conradi 2/21/1991
Odin Kalvo 11/19/1995
Torry Larsen 1/5/1996
Stian Skjerahaug 3/8/1992
Peder Ulven 3/30/1993
Lukasz Borkowski 9/26/1993
Adam Kierzkowski 12/24/1985
Roman Kulesza 3/2/1983
Marek Lyszczarz 10/1/1986
Adam Rzepa 12/5/1989
Simao Almeida 11/22/1986
Tiago Barbosa 1/28/1995
Tiago Bessa 4/30/1989
Francisco Fragoso 11/2/1992
Gustavo Simões 6/11/1990
Cristian Bataga 4/10/1988
Marius Berbecar 5/15/1985
Andrei Muntean 1/30/1993
Daniel Radeanu 6/29/1994
Andrei Ursache 6/27/1988
Denis Ablyazin 8/3/1992
Alexander Balandin 6/20/1989
David Belyavsky 2/23/1992
Nikita Ignatyev 6/21/1992
Nikolai Kuksenkov 6/2/1989
Sašo Bertoncelj 7/16/1984
Alen Dimic 3/10/1984
Rok Klavora 8/16/1988
Mitja Petkovšek 2/6/1977
Zan Zunko 2/1/1993
Bojan Dejanovic 11/29/1994
Stefan Ilic 12/29/1994
Gavrilo Ilic 10/13/1995
Robert Mester 4/10/1989
Milos Paunovic 10/10/1985
Pablo Braegger 11/27/1992
Claudio Capelli 11/16/1986
Oliver Hegi 2/20/1993
Michael Meier 3/12/1992
Eddy Yusof 10/2/1994
Martin Argalas 2/27/1992
Slavomir Michnak 10/15/1992
Samuel Piasecky 10/31/1984
Ivan Vargovsky 11/9/1994
Arsalan Chenarakipoor 1995
Carl Green 1995
Karl Idesjö 1996
Pontus Kallanvaara 1995
Michael Trane 1995
Ferhat Arican 7/28/1993
Abdulkadir Bas 2/27/1995
Coskun Boncuk 4/21/1990
Ibrahim Colak 1/7/1995
Umit Samiloglu 9/29/1980
Volodymyr Okachev 5/16/1992
Igor Radivilov 10/19/1992
Maxim Semyankiv 1/20/1992
Oleg Vernyayev 9/29/1993
Yevgen Yudenkov 4/10/1993
Junior Competitors
Vigen Khachatryan 5/24/1997
Alexander Benda 2/27/1997
Florian Braitsch 11/10/1996
Vinzenz Höck 3/6/1996
Dirk Kathan 3/5/1997
Johannes Mairoser 1/1/1998
Florian Landuyt 5/10/1996
Bernard Pire 8/19/1997
Iliaz Pyncket 4/11/1998
Luka Van Den Keybus 4/14/1997
Jonathan Vrolix 11/9/1996
Viktar Hrankouski 4/6/1996
Dzmitry Ulasau 4/23/1996
Ilya Yakauleu 11/6/1997
Svetoslav Angelov 1997
Dimitar Bardarski 1997
Dimitar Dimitrov 1996
David Huddlestone 2000
Vladimir Tushev 1998
Ferdinand Durgel 7/5/1996
Nikica Nikolic 1/22/1997
Tin Srbic 9/11/1996
Jakov Vlahek 10/18/1997
Georgios Amerikanou 5/27/1999
Christos Georgiou 7/24/1999
Ilia Georgiou 6/29/1999
Marios Georgiou 11/10/1997
Andreas Lountidis 10/1/1997
Frantisek Cerny 10/23/1998
Ondrej Janeczko 8/17/1996
Daniel Ponizil 1/27/2000
Michal Ruzek 6/21/1997
Svjatoslav Solovjev 10/31/1996
Mathias Christiansen 9/6/1996
Christoffer Hallund 2/8/1999
Stig Kjeldsen 2/24/1996
Jeroni Casassas 1/4/1996
Javier Hinojosa 2/2/1997
Andres Martin 8/14/1996
Kevin Traid 10/25/1996
Adrian Vera 1/15/1996
Pyry Lappalainen 3/5/1997
Miro Niemi 5/6/1997
Rasmus Säämänen 7/28/1997
Emil Soravuo 3/28/1997
Emil Woivalin 1/1/1998
Remi Clerc 6/12/1996
Paul Degouy 4/22/1997
Zachari Hrimeche 1/17/1997
Kilian Mermet 2/23/1997
Baptiste Miette 3/1/1998
Brinn Bevan 6/16/1997
Joe Fraser 12/6/1998
Giarnni Regini-Moran 8/2/1998
Jay Thompson 6/11/1996
Nile Wilson 1/17/1996
Saba Abesadze 5/31/1998
Ioane Jimsheleishvili 8/23/1999
Enrico Barowsky 6/9/1997
Nils Dunkel 2/20/1997
Luca Ehrmantraut 6/20/1996
Nick Klessing 1/14/1998
Felix Pohl 4/9/1996
Ntaniel Or Yordano Giorntanov 1/9/1996
Georgios Provias 8/18/1999
Antonios Tantalidis 2/20/1997
Krisztian Boncser 6/8/1998
Norbert Dudas 7/3/1996
Mark Feher 9/24/1996
Botond Kardos 9/16/1997
Kornel Vida 9/22/1997
Shane Lyndon 8/4/1998
Ewan Mcateer 7/29/1999
Rhys Mcclenaghan 7/21/1999
Jack Neill 7/29/1997
Eythor Örn Baldursson 1/21/1997
Hrannar Jonsson 9/8/1997
Artem Dolgopyat 6/16/1997
Eyal Glazer 1/25/1996
Yair Shechter 6/24/1996
Michael Sorokine 9/3/1996
Moran Yanuka 9/1/1996
Nicola Bartolini 2/7/1996
Simone Bresolin 12/25/1996
Matteo Levantesi 4/18/1997
Andrea Russo 3/12/1997
Marco Sarruggerio 11/16/1996
Rihards Trams 3/16/1998
Tomas Kuzmickas 2/14/1996
Ernestas Liaskinas 4/11/1997
Rick Jacobs 5/3/1996
Alex Klinkenberg 4/18/1998
Frank Rijken 11/24/1996
Nico Van Den Boogaard 1/22/1997
Justen Zuidema 7/2/1996
Arian Bedzeti-Olsen 8/19/1996
Philip Fleischer 6/11/1999
Jesper Opheim 1/14/1998
Nore Skulesson Stene 1/20/1999
Harald Grimsrud Wibye 9/4/1999
Bartosz Czaja 2/16/1996
Sebastian Gawronski 4/12/1996
Dawid Weglarz 10/27/1997
Piotr Wieczorek 4/8/1997
Bernardo Almeida 11/25/1996
Francisco Araujo 7/25/1997
Pedro Dourado 5/23/1996
Pedro Guimaraes 11/2/1997
Keanu Nunes 3/5/1996
Emanuel Badila 12/24/1996
Robert Gabriel Ghiuzan 6/20/1996
Toma Roland Modoianu-Zseder 7/31/1997
Ovidiu Prichindel 3/11/1996
Razvan Ionut Todor 1/30/1997
Artur Dalaloyan 4/26/1996
Sergei Eltcov 11/29/1996
Nikita Nagornyy 2/12/1997
Kirill Potapov 4/10/1996
Valentin Starikov 5/20/1996
Luka Bojanc 7/16/1997
Peter Lampret 5/14/1996
Miha Smigoc 5/20/1997
Jure Weingerl 9/10/1996
Ivan Dejanovic 1/13/1999
Nikola Jurkovic 11/19/1999
Petar Vefic 6/21/1999
Petar Velickovic 6/30/1997
Dejan Zima 2/9/1997
Sascha Coradi 6/19/1996
Andreas Gribi 7/8/1998
Henji Mboyo 12/3/1998
Adrian Pfiffner 6/7/1996
Marco Pfyl 11/5/1997
Samuel Potancok 8/12/1996
Igor Takac 5/27/1997
William Broman 1997
Christian Cindric 2000
Prince Mayiza 1996
David Rumbutis 2000
Kim Wanström 1998
Yusuf Onur Aliskan 1/9/1997
Isa Hamaratcilar 8/23/1997
Abdulmalek Mardinli 9/3/1997
Ahmet Onder 7/12/1996
Hamza Samil Yilmaz 4/13/1998
Vladyslav Gryko 1/25/1997
Anton Olivson 6/5/1997
Oleksandr Petrenko 2/6/1996
Dmytro Voronko 11/23/1996
Eduard Yermakov 2/6/1998
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:02    PDF Print
World Cup Champion Price Announces Retirement
(15 votes, average 4.60 out of 5)

Following a successful international season, U.S. gymnasts Elizabeth Price has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics and her plans to attend Stanford University in the fall.


Elizabeth Price (USA) has announced her retirement from international competition and plans to attend Stanford University this fall.

Price won the Stuttgart World Cup in December and the American Cup in March, and was crowned the overall champion of the International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup series. She also won the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise titles at the Pacific Rim Championships earlier this month.

"I have given this a lot of thought," Price said in a statement issued by USA Gymnastics. "Although the timing means that I might miss the opportunity to compete at the world championships, I am ready to move on and have decided to enroll at Stanford University this fall."

Price, who trains at Parkettes Gymnastics in Pennsylvania, was also an alternate to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. She also won the all-around titles at the 2012 Stuttgart and Glasgow World Cup events.

"Elizabeth's achievements put her among the world's best gymnasts, and we are going to miss having her on the national team," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Elizabeth has shown character and integrity in everything she has done, and I know that she will be a tremendous student and student/athlete at Stanford. We wish her the best of success."

A native of New Jersey, Price turns 18 on May 28. She said she is looking forward to the next stage of her career.

"I am proud of what I have accomplished and I will miss my teammates, but I am excited to go to Stanford and compete in collegiate gymnastics," she said.

Read an interview with Price in the April 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and "Full Price," a cover story on Price, in the January/February 2013 issue. To order back issues, or subscribe to the digital and/or print versions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 


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