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Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 27 January 2016 05:03    PDF Print
Brazilian Women Eager To 'Get It Done,' Alexandrov Says
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Brazilian women's team coach Alexander Alexandrov told IG that, following a recent senior national team training camp, his gymnasts are ready to vie for a berth to this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Alexander Alexandrov, Brazilian women's coach

"Everyone is training well and is focused," said Alexandrov, who was the head coach of Russia's silver medal-winning squad at the 2012 Olympic Games. "All gymnasts understand that qualifying for the Olympics will not be easy, but that we must do it. I can say that the girls are very eager to show what they are made of and to get it done."

Brazil finished ninth in qualifications at last fall's world championships in Glasgow, from which the top eight teams earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. The next eight teams in Glasgow have advanced to the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which the top four teams will qualify to the Games.

Alexandrov said rising talent Rebeca Andrade, who tore her right ACL last June, is in the process of healing.

"Rebeca is back to training and is currently training with the national team," he said. "She is working hard. Unfortunately as of today, she is still not quite 100 percent, but we are all working hard on helping her to fully recover as soon as possible."

Alexandrov said some first-year seniors are integrating with the older gymnasts, as well.

"We do have a couple of new girls that are training with the main team," he told IG. "This is their first year as seniors, but I don't yet know if any of them will be competing on the national team. The results and time will show."

Read "Rebuilding Brazil," an in-depth interview with Alexandrov, in the January/February 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

Written by Admin    Monday, 25 January 2016 08:16    PDF Print
Worlds Success Gives Nichols 'A Huge Boost'
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American Maggie Nichols' performances at last fall's world championships in Glasgow was a " huge confidence booster," she told IG.

Featured in the International Gymnast magazine’s 60th anniversary issue that is publishing this month, Maggie Nichols of the U.S. said her gold- and bronze medal-winning performances at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow encouraged and inspired her.

“My confidence is really good,” said Nichols, a team gold medalist and floor exercise bronze medalist in Glasgow. “I think it was a huge confidence booster."

Although Nichols did not compete in the all-around in the qualification, she was the only U.S. gymnast selected to compete all four events in the 3-up-3-count team final.

"Being able to compete all four events in the team final, and making the floor final was awesome. It is a huge boost.”

Read a profile on Nichols in the January/February 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and coverage of the 2015 worlds in the December 2015 issue, a special issue which is devoted to the competition in Glasgow. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, or order back issues, click here.

Written by Admin    Monday, 18 January 2016 10:17    PDF Print
Huge Subscription Savings As IG Reaches Milestone!
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Special 60th Anniversary Sale!

The January/February 2016 issue marks IG's 60th Anniversary! And to celebrate, subscription prices have been slashed. You pay only 60% of the regular subscription rates! (Offer good through March 31, 2016)

The cover of this commemorative issue includes every Olympic and world all-around champion since 1956, when the first issue of IG magazine was mailed!

This issue is packed. It includes exclusive interviews with Russia's Viktoria Komova and Romania's Marian Dragulescu. It also has an in-depth profile on American Maggie Nichols!

And as a follow-up to our 2015 World Championships issue in December, we've added a photo gallery of amazing images from Glasgow.

A special "Stretching Out" examines the state of gymnastics 10 years after the open-ended Code of Points was introduced, and there is also a mini-poster of Chinese star Shang Chunsong.

And throughout 2016, each issue will include the "IG Vault," where we reprint classic photos, cartoons, letters, etc., from past issues.

Click here to take advantage of these incredible low rates!

Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 11 January 2016 10:02    PDF Print
‘It's A Blessing To Be Here,' Says Ohashi of New Student-Athlete Life
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2013 American Cup champion Katelyn Ohashi told IG she was pleased by the welcome that greeted her in her debut competition for UCLA on Sunday in Los Angeles.

2013 American Cup champion Katelyn Ohashi told IG she was pleased by the welcome that greeted her in her debut competition for UCLA on Sunday in Los Angeles.

"It was so great being back," said Ohashi, whose international career was stalled by back and shoulder problems. "Having this amazing team behind me in a whole different atmosphere, and having all these (UCLA) Bruin fans, made the experience so great. It's a blessing to be here."

Ohashi won the all-around title and three apparatus titles (uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise) at both the 2011 U.S. Junior National Championships and 2012 Pacific Rim junior championships. As a first-year senior, she won the 2013 American Cup but was sidelined by injuries. After a break, she resumed her career as a Level 10 gymnast.

The Washington native, who trained at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Texas, last competed at the 2015 Texas Level 10 championships. "Then I took a break to heal," Ohashi said, before enrolling at UCLA.

Although Ohashi's all-around performance on Sunday was not as difficulty-packed as when she competed at the international level, she dismounted balance beam with a double pike, and ended her floor routine with a double pike.

Ohashi said she was happy to perform on uneven bars, even with a fall on a Tkatchev.

"I don't normally go that high," she said with a laugh. "This is my first time in three years competing bars. It didn't go exactly how I wanted, but it was so much fun just being out there."

Ohashi said she is gradually returning to form following the injuries that plagued her as an Elite-level gymnast.

Ohashi as a junior in 2012

"Obviously I have to watch my numbers, and do what I know I need to do, to save my body," she said. "So I limit my numbers, and just try to keep as healthy as possible."

Ohashi, who hopes to be in peak health prior to this spring's NCAA championships, is adjusting well to life as a student-athlete.

"It's definitely been about trying to balance everything right now, and getting situated in college," said Ohashi, whose course schedule this quarter includes English composition, psychology and African American studies. "But I think it's finally clicked now."

Ohashi may find that competing and studying in the entertainment capital of the world may boost her professionally — especially since she is considering a career in acting.

"I came in thinking I was going to major in physical therapy, but I think I might want to major in theatre," she told IG. "They say, ‘Pick your strengths,' and I decided that maybe science wasn't the way to go. So I think that something involving people, and doing something I love, is the way."

Katelyn Ohashi is featured in the following issues of International Gymnast magazine:
"Sky's the Limit" - Ohashi cover story (October 2011)
Ohashi cover photo, 2013 American Cup coverage (April 2013)

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

Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 26 December 2015 08:34    PDF Print
2016 Promises More Progress For Kazakhstan's Geidt
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International Gymnast Online's annual tradition of holiday-themed features continues with this feature of Kazakhstan's Anna Geidt, who said her performances at this summer's Asian championships in Hiroshima and this fall's world championships in Glasgow represent her competitive highlights of the year.

Geidt on balance beam in Glasgow

"The best moments were the competitions in Hiroshima and Glasgow," said Geidt, who finished 12th all-around in Hiroshima and scored over four points higher in Glasgow than she did at the 2014 worlds in Nanning. "These were my best competitions."

Geidt credits maturity and experience for her substantial improvement from the 2014 Worlds to the 2015 Worlds.

"I became older and wise," said Geidt, who placed 16th on vault at this spring's Challenge Cup of Ljubljana. "I have come to not worry so much before starts, and to think about each element."

Geidt aims to bolster all of her routines and become better known in 2016.

"I want to cleanly execute my program, and add difficulty," she said. "I want to be a more promising gymnast."

Born February 19, 1996, Geidt trains under coaches Galina Barkova and Konstantin Brodetsky in Almaty. Her family name reflects her partially German heritage; her paternal grandfather is German.

Geidt has firm goals for the new year that extend beyond gymnastics.

"I want to live and be glad in life, study well and train," she said.

Geidt's holidays will be focused on family and friends. "We meet the new year in a family circle," she said. "After midnight we go around and visit friends. Christmas is only in a family circle."

Although Geidt said New Year's resolutions are not a tradition, she and her loved ones aspire for prosperity in 2016.

"We simply want that the year would be productive and healthy," she told IG.


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