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Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 27 February 2017 08:34    PDF Print
Butcher to Hold New FIG Position of Technical Coordinator
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American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines. Pictured: Butcher, right, with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanning

Latvia's Artur Mickevic, pictured at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, is the new head of the FIG Men's Technical Committee.

American Steve Butcher was appointed to a new International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) position, Technical Coordinator of the FIG, which will oversee the technical committees of all the FIG's disciplines.

The new position was approved last October under outgoing FIG President Bruno Grandi.

"This new role, provided for in the new article 25 of the Statutes, has been integrated into the administrative structure of the FIG," the FIG announced. "The role consists of overseeing the technical committees of all disciplines in order to establish greater uniformity of the rules."

Butcher, who in October was re-elected to a second term as president of the FIG's Men's Technical Committee (MTC), has resigned that post to avoid any conflicts of interest with his new position.

Latvia's Artur Mickevic (pronounced "Mitskevich") will succeed Butcher as president of the MTC, based on his receiving the most number of votes during the election to the committee in October. China's Huang Liping will take up the vacant spot on the MTC, also based on last fall's election.

Butcher stated he will relocate to Lausanne, Switzerland, headquarters of both the FIG and International Olympic Committee. He takes up the position on March 1, the FIG announced.

Butcher's appointment was announced following last week's FIG Executive Committee, during which changes were also made to the FIG Women's Technical Committee. The FIG Executive Committee determined that Mexico's Naomi Valenzo will be unable to sit on the WTC due to a conflict of interest with her position as President of the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU). Valenzo will remain on the FIG Executive Committee and was made appointed an adviser to the WTC. Syria's Radie Zinal, elected to the WTC in October, has decided to withdraw for professional reasons. Johanna Gratt (Austria) and Tatiana Perskaia (United States) will replace Valenzo and Zinal on the committee.

External Link: International Gymnastics Federation

Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:02    PDF Print
Uchimura Feature Part of a Jam-Packed March IG
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The March issue will be out next week, and it includes "The Golden Streak: Kohei Uchimura shares his innermost thoughts on Rio."

IG was able to get an exclusive interview this month with Uchimura, who has dominated the all-around competition in the last two quadrenniums. Here's what he said about the thrilling all-around final in Rio.

"I was pleased with my performance, so, if I had lost, I would not have had any regrets. To be honest, after high bar I thought I had lost."

Uchimura said he took about four months off after the Rio Olympics. "I was so exhausted that I couldn't even think about gymnastics," he said.

He also said he will return to competition at the All-Japan Championships in April. "I am planning to compete in the all-around," he said.

The issue also includes interviews with NCAA freshmen Maggie Nichols of Oklahoma and Madison Kocian of UCLA, and a feature on Polish gymnast couple Marta-Pihan Kulesza and husband Roman, who coach at The Little Gym, a non-competitive gymnastics franchise whose motto is "Serious Fun." There also is a chat with Doug Hills, whose Gymnastics Study Guides (URL: have been pivotal in educating and training judges for the FIG.

There is plenty more is this packed issue, including a peek inside Simone Biles' amazing gym; a review of Laurie Hernandez's book, "I Got This" (with an unfortunate mistake about 1984 Olympic silver medalist Tracee Talavera); a Kids Klub profile on Italy's Martina Basile; and a quick update on Oksana Fabrichnova.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:52    PDF Print
Mizzen Hopes To Make Her Mark In Melbourne
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Australia's Rianna Mizzen, the 2016 Challenge Cup of Anadia and Australian national champion on uneven bars, told IG she hopes for continued success on that apparatus at the World Cup of Melbourne on February 22-25.

Australia's Rianna Mizzen told IG she hopes for continued success on uneven bars at the FIG World Cup of Melbourne on February 22-25.

Mizzen is the reigning Australian national champion on uneven bars and won the event at the 2016 FIG World Challenge Cup of Anadia, Portugal. The event is the first of the FIG World Cup season.

"The only apparatus I will be competing on in Melbourne is uneven bars, so I have a few specific goals that I am really hoping to achieve," said Mizzen, the 2016 Australian national all-around champion. "I am going to try and compete my new routine in Melbourne, which has a 0.5 higher start value. It's the first time I'll compete it, so I'm really hoping to hit."

Mizzen said she hopes Melbourne kicks off a successful season on the World Cup circuit.

"I want to do more World Cup competitions this year, so I'll use the Melbourne competition to get more experience of the format," she said.

Read more on Mizzen in an upcoming issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, click here.

Written by dwight normile    Friday, 10 February 2017 10:55    PDF Print
Bart & Nadia Sports Festival Kicks Off
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The sixth annual Perfect 10 Challenge, a women's NCAA dual meet featuring 2016 NCAA champion Oklahoma against Auburn, is part of the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience in Oklahoma City. The OU-Auburn meet is Friday, Feb. 10, and starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Cox Arena, where the age group competitions began this morning for the Bart Conner International Invitational and the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational.

The international session of the "Nadia Meet" will take place in the same venue on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. Both the Perfect 10 Challenge and the Nadia Meet will be held on a podium.

The international session of the Nadia Comaneci Invitational has a rich history. Below are Nadia Comaneci International Invitational alumni who went on to compete in the Olympics and/or World Championships.


Georgia-Rose Brown - 2014 World Championships

Georgia Godwin - 2015 World Championships

Madelaine Leydin - 2015 World Championships

Kiara Munteanu - 2014, 2015 World Championships


Rebeca Andrade - 2016 Olympics


Victoria Moors - 2012 Olympics

Kristina Vaculik - 2012 Olympics

Victoria Kayen Woo - 2014, 2015 World Championships

Rose Kaying Woo - 2016 Olympics


Imogen Cairns - 2008, 2012 Olympics

Ruby Harrold - 2016 Olympics


Sandra Izbasa - 2008, 2012 Olympics

Laura Jurca - 2015 World Championships

Silvia Zarzu - 2014, 2015 World Championships


Jessica Lopez - 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympics

This year's event features the following gymnasts:


Jets Gymnastics: Teliah Farren-Price


Club Equilibrix: Eloise Monat, Charlotte McDevitt, Audrey Rousseau

Gym Fly: Victoria Jurca, Laurie Lou Vezina

Gymnix: Megan Phillips

Pegasus: Evalyn Kaufmann, Kierstin Anderson

Stampede City: Lea Atangana, Montana Fairbairn

Unigym: Emmanuelle Lalonde


Club Deva: Ariadna Stanciu, Ioana Stanciulescu, Laura Iacob, Daniela Trica


Top Gym Stockholm: Kristina Undheim


Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy, Oklahoma: Jenna Dunn, Bell Johnson, Cameo Stapleton

Solid Rock, Nebraska: Jordan Bowers

The Bart & Nadia Sports Experience also includes numerous free fitness activities for the whole family on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 05 February 2017 04:17    PDF Print
Kröll Coming On Strong For Germany
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German gymnast Carina Kröll told IG that winning two medals in her first World Challenge Cup meet last November boosted her confidence, and could well boost her position on the German team that is preparing for this year's European and world championships.

German gymnast Carina Kröll told IG that winning two medals in her first World Challenge Cup meet last November boosted her confidence, and could well boost her position on the German team that is preparing for this year's European and world championships.

"The success in Cottbus was a reward for the hard work in training, and gave me a lot of self-confidence and motivation for 2017," said Kröll, who placed first on floor exercise and second on balance beam at the Challenge Cup of Cottbus. "It makes me very proud that my victory attracted a lot media attention to me, and my name as the youngest Challenge Cup winner in Germany went into history. It is also nice to have contact with international companies like Alpha Factor (apparel) through international competitions that help me in my sport."

Kröll said her lack of experience actually helped her perform calmly in Cottbus.

Carina Kröll (Germany)

"As I was the youngest gymnast, I was able to do my routines relaxed and without big pressure," she said. "In the end I was very happy about the result."

Born December 29, 2000, in Filderstadt, Kröll lives in Neuhausen and represents MTV Stuttgart/TSV Berkheim. Her coaches are Marie-Luise Probst-Hindermann and Robert Mai on all apparatuses; and Yelena Dolgopolova, a member of Russia's silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympic Games, primarily on balance beam.

Kröll said she plans to make her performances even steadier and more substantial in 2017.

"I will try to stabilize my routines and improve the difficulty as much as possible," she said. "In the new Code of Points more emphasis is placed on execution and connections, so I am working on learning and perfecting new skills and adding them to my routines. My focus on beam is on the jumps, spins and my very special dismount. I would love to show my routines in as many competitions as possible and gain experience."

Kröll said she is hopeful that she can break into the lineup of the German team at the European championships in Cluj in April and the world championships in Montreal in October.

"I am working hard for my goals but participation is not yet sure," she said. "In the qualification competitions, the form on the day is decisive and a bit of luck is also part of it."

Although Kröll did not make the German team for last summer's Olympic Games in Rio, she has been a steady presence at the junior and senior levels. She placed sixth all-around at the 2012 German Junior Championships, fifth all-around at the 2013 German Junior Championships and third all-around at the 2014 German Junior Championships. Kröll was a member of Germany's fourth-place team at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Sofia, and she finished ninth all-around at the 2016 German Senior Championships.

Kröll said she considers herself a potentially valuable contributor on each apparatus.

"I see myself as a specialist for beam as well as a solid all-arounder," Kröll told IG. "I am able to do all four events and I enjoy them all. I work hard, I am diligent and I am a team player, and that is what a team needs. I'm going to do my best to help the team in everything that I can do, but also fight for my own goals."

International Gymnast magazine's features on German gymnasts include:

Sophie Scheder chat (October 2016)
"New Digs" - visit to German men's training center in Kienbaum (July/August 2016)
Erika Zuchold obituary (October 2015)
Hall of Fame induction feature including Johanna Quaas (June 2015)
"Shooting Star" - Tabea Alt profile (May 2015)
"Quick Chat: Pauline Schäfer" (January/February 2015)
Maike Enderle profile (September 2014)
"Renaissance Man" – Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Calm, Clean Style" - Sophie Scheder profile (December 2013)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"Silver Streak" - Marcel Nguyen interview (November 2012)
"Tough Lesson" - Janine Berger interview (October 2012)
"Leaps and Bounds for Germany" - Nadine Jarosch profile (January/February 2012)
"Seizing the Moment" - Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)

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


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