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Written by dwight normile    Friday, 25 July 2014 08:50    PDF Print
Traveling Handstands: Where Have You Been Recently?
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The late IG founding publisher Glenn Sundby made a habit out of performing handstands wherever he traveled on assignment for International Gymnast. He's even in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" for walking down all 898 steps of the Washington Monument on his hands.

IG is reviving that "traveling handstand" trend with its print and Website readers, and Facebook friends.

To kick off, we present this cool pic of Ryan Barry longboarding earlier this month on Harding Lake outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, not far from the Arctic Circle.

Barry, 36, is from Southern California and was a top junior gymnast in his day in the San Diego area. After attending UC-Irvine, he studied for a Ph.D. in neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge in England. (We always knew gymnasts were smart, right?) Now he has his own personal training business.

We asked Ryan what he learned from gymnastics:

"No matter who you are, you win some, you lose some. That was a major lesson I learned in gymnastics, and it's so true in life. There's balance to everything. Overall, I learned a lot about myself. I learned there's no way around hard work. While gymnastics is considered an individual sport, one's success is actually a team effort, shared by parents, family and coaches and everyone who invests their time and effort.

"Like most athletes, I suffered injuries, which taught me patience and humility. You learn to adapt and be resourceful. As a "soul gymnast" who no longer feels the pressure of competition or the pain of injuries, gymnastics is more fun than ever! For me, it's much more than a competitive sport. It's an art form."

So if you're a gymnast at heart, send us your "Traveling Handstand," and include when and where it was taken. And tell us a little about yourself too. We'll be printing these photos throughout the various media platforms of IG!

And as Sundby always used to say: "Have a Happy Handstand!"

Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:17    PDF Print
Roster Released For Youth Olympic Games
(3 votes, average 3.67 out of 5)

The International Gymnastics Federation released the roster for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games, taking place next month in Nanjing, China.

The roster for artistic gymnastics includes 42 female and 42 male athletes for the competition, Aug. 17-24. Female gymnasts must be born in 1999 to qualify, with the male gymnasts required to be born in 1997 or 1998.

Each nation reserved a spot for the competition at five regional championships this past spring: the Junior Pan American Championships, the Junior Asian Championships, the African Gymnastics Championships, the Junior European Championships, and the Oceania trials for Australia and New Zealand.

Some of the highlights on the women's roster include Brazil's Rebeca Andrade, China's Wang Yan, Great Britain's Ellie Downie, Japan's Sae Miyakawa, Romania's Laura Jurca and Russia's Seda Tutkhalyan. (The United States declined to send any female gymnasts to the qualification competition.)

On the men's roster, standouts include China's Ma Yue, Great Britain's Giarnni Regini-Moran, Japan's Kenya Yuasa, Russia's Nikita Nagorny, and the USA's Alec Yoder.

The II Youth Olympiad is expected to draw up to 3,600 athletes from 204 nations competing in 28 sports. The competition will feature mainstream Olympic sports, with a few additions such as golf and rugby.

The first Youth Olympic Games, held in 2010 in Singapore, saw Russia's Viktoria Komova and Japan's Yuya Kamoto crowned all-around champions.

External Link: Official Website

II Youth Olympiad - Artistic Gymnastics
Aug. 17-24, Nanjing, China

Women's Competitors
Fatima Ahlem Mokhtari
Agustina Santamaria
Ceyda Sirbu
Jelle Beullens
Natalia Yakubava
Rebeca Andrade
Sydney Townsend
Morgan Lloyd
Wang Yan
Laura Pardo
Veronika Cenkova
Nada Ayman Ibrahim
Maria Monica Sileoni
Camille Bahl
Ellie Downie
Antonia Alicke
Evangelia Monokrousou
Katherine Godinez
Boglarka Devai
Fatimah Saadi Al-Tameemi
Iosra Abdelaziz
Sae Miyakawa
Arailym Khanseiitova
Park Hana
Stephanie Hernandez
Wendy De Jong
Martine Rustoen Skregelid
Millie Williamson
Ana Karina Mendez
Ava Verdeflor
Wiktoria Lopuszanska
Sara Raposeiro
Paola Moreira
Rahma Al Dulaimi
Laura Jurca
Mammule Rankoe
Seda Tutkhalyan
Nadine Joy Nathan
Gaia Nesurini
Rahma Mastouri
Tutya Yilmaz
Veronika Orlova
Men's Competitors
Vigen Khachatryan
Clay Stephens
Johannes Mairoser
Luka Van Den Keybus
Ilya Yakovlev
Lucas Cardoso
Vladimir Tushev
René Cournoyer
Ma Yue
Andres Martinez
Jakov Vlahek
Marios Georgiou
Mohamed Elhamy Aly
Emil Soravuo
Zachari Hrimeche
Giarnni Regini-Moran
Nils Dunkel
Antonios Tantalidis
Botond Kardos
Abhijeet Kumar
Artem Dolgopyat
Andrea Russo
Yazan Abandeh
Kenya Yuasa
Yerbol Jantykov
Lim Myongwoo
Hamza Hajjaji
Phay Xing Jeremiah Loo
Patricio Razo
Kevin Espinosa
Luis Enrique Pizarro
Andres Perez
Muhammad Khaalid Mia
Nikita Nagorny
Marco Pfyl
Igor Takac
Kjell Kim Vanstrom
Nattipong Aeadwong
Vladyslav Hryko
Alec Yoder
Timur Kadirov
Tran Dinh Vuong
Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 21 July 2014 20:31    PDF Print
Former Gymnast Flips Back into Shape on 'Extreme Weight Loss'
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Former gymnast Georgeanna Johnson experienced the transformation of a lifetime over the past year, and her story will air Tuesday night during ABC's hit show "Extreme Weight Loss."

Each episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" features a full year in the life of someone determined to shed pounds while gaining a healthy new lifestyle. Tuesday's episode follows Johnson, who was chosen among thousands of applicants to work with celebrity trainer Chris Powell and his wife, Heidi.

Johnson in 2013 with celebrity trainers Chris and Heidi Powell

Johnson's lifetime love of gymnastics features prominently into Tuesday's episode, as she was able to return to the mats to tumble again with encouragement from Olympic champions Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller and Mary Lou Retton.

Johnson competed for Southern Kentucky Gymnastics in Bowling Green in her youth and later coached at Logan County Gymnastics in Russellville, Ky., when her daughters were young.

"My gymnastics 'career' was a big part of my childhood," she told IG. "I am 5'7", so I was never going to be a high-level gymnast, but I just had a love for the sport. I spent many hours in the gym with friends, went to camps and competitions. I may never have been a super star gymnast, but like so many young girls, it was important to me. It gave me confidence, and I feel like the flexibility and agility I gained from it helped me so much this year as I tried to regain my inner athlete."

Through the show, she was able to get back in the gym and once again experience the thrill of being a gymnast.

"Doing gymnastics again was so fun!" she said. "I had no idea what to expect and if, at 44, I could really make a go at learning my back handspring again. But, as I began with the basics, I realized I had some muscle memory and the movements began to feel natural. My body may have been heavier and older, but I loved feeling the familiar feeling of pushing into a backbend, doing cartwheels, being spotted on back handsprings."

The year-long process for "Extreme Weight Loss" is divided into four three-month phases, each of which includes a weight-loss goal set by Powell.

"Mentally, Phase One was the hardest," Johnson said. "We went to 'boot camp' for three months this year for Phase One, so being away from home was very difficult. I had never been away from my husband or daughters for any extended period of time, so being away was emotionally draining. And physically exhausting. I went from never working out to working out four to five hours a day. I missed my family terribly during that time."

After the mental stress of Phase One, Phase Two was physically the most demanding for Johnson, she said.

"I came home for Phase Two, and that is when I began training for my six-month milestone, a gymnastics 'meet,'" she explained. "So each day I had a two-hour workout with my trainer, an hour of cardio, and training with my gymnastics coach and some days meeting with my choreographer. So, it was very physically taxing for me. I wanted my routines to be good, and I wanted to complete the skills I had been working on, so I was really pushing myself. It was worth it, though. I had such a great time at the milestone with all the Olympic gymnasts there."

The experience was such a life-changing event that Johnson said she now wants to focus on paying it forward and helping others. "I have had such a wonderful experience, and feel so much better about myself, that I want others to get motivated to make changes too," she said. "I am launching a website,, the night the show airs. Even though I have lost weight, staying healthy will be a lifelong journey, so I really am looking forward to sharing my journey with others, with insight about the show, recipes, exercise and diet tips. I even have a free e-book outlining the three big diet changes I made to succeed."

The support of the Powells as coaches was "invaluable" through it all, Johnson said.

"Working with Chris and Heidi incredible," Johnson said. "They are as nice as they seem on TV! They are truly friends and having their support makes a huge difference. Chris and Heidi could believe in me when I still had doubts and didn't know if I could succeed. They want the best for each of us, and push us to become better. They will be lifelong friends."

External Link: Georgeanna Johnson Official Facebook Page

Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:21    PDF Print
Keatings on Commonwealth Games: 'There Is Definitely High Motivation'
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British Olympian and world championships all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings told IG that representing his native Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month offers him a challenge comparable to the sport’s most prestigious competitions.

“I think the pressure is just the same as a world championships or an Olympics,” said Keatings, who trains at Huntington Olympic Gymnastics Club in England. “You are in the spotlight and there is an expectation and a hope, particularly this time with a home crowd, that you do well. In terms of motivation, as the event comes around only every four years and it’s my only chance to represent Scotland, it will be quite special and something I will be very proud to do. So there is definitely high motivation there.”

Keatings, who finished 20th all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and second all-around at the 2009 world championships in London, said the Scottish team is looking strong in the final approach to the Games, which will begin July 23. Team members are working out at the British national team training center in Lilleshall, England.

“Training’s being going well,” Keatings said. “It helps that all of the British boys have been raining together at Lilleshall, even though we compete for different home nations, so we can keep pushing each other on and keep the intensity high.”

Keatings’ Scottish teammates in Glasgow will include Daniel Purvis, a top-seven all-around finisher at the past three worlds and a member of the bronze medal-winning British team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London; Frank Baines, the 2012 European junior all-around champion; Adam Cox, the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist on high bar; and Liam Davie.

The Scottish women’s team for the Games: Cara Kennedy, Erin McLachlan, Amy Regan, Carly Smith and Emma White.

Keatings, the 2010 and 2013 European champion on pommel horse, said he plans to perform a pommel horse routine with a 7.2 Difficulty note in Glasgow. He is optimistic for team and individual success at the Games.

“Team Scotland has never won a team medal, so that’s a huge goal for all of us and something I think we are capable of,” he told IG. “Personally I’m aiming for the top five in the all-around and to medal on pommel and parallel bars.”

International Gymnast magazine related coverage:

Daniel Keatings interview and center poster (June 2009)

"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)

"Pure Purvis" –Purvis interview (March 2012)

"Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" – cover story on British national program, Purvis cover photo (November 2011)

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

Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:17    PDF Print
Commonwealth Comeback Pace Surprises Australia's Miller
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month, 2012 Australian Olympian Larrissa Miller told IG she surprised herself by earning a berth to the Games after a strong showing at the Australian championships in May.

“I felt like everything just came together in the last month or two leading up to nationals,” said Miller, who turned 22 on July 12. “But if you had told me six months ago that I would be on the Commonwealth Games team, I would have called you crazy!”

Miller, who resumed training last November, won her first Australian national title when she placed first on uneven bars at the Australian championships in late May. She is training full-time at Waverley Gymnastics Centre in suburban Melbourne, where she lives with her sister and her sister’s family.

“At the moment I'm not studying or working, because I had such a short time frame between moving to Melbourne and Commonwealth Games trials,” Miller said. “Gymnastics is my main priority so I wanted to put all my time and energy into training, and not have to worry about other commitments. I train twice most days — morning and afternoon — and usually come home and rest or baby-sit my nephews between sessions. Supporting myself financially has been and will be one of my biggest challenges moving forward, now that I am out on my own.”

Miller said managing in the real world is a transition that, despite its occasional obstacles, is making her more self-reliant.

“I didn't realize how dependent I was on my mum!” Miller said. “I really miss my parents, but I'm also enjoying being more independent. I have never been much of a cook, but I'm having fun experimenting with new things, and I'm definitely better than I used to be. I can't say that I'm good, but I'm getting there. I feel like I'm learning a lot about a lot of different things, which I like. It's nice to know that I can do things for myself, but if I'm ever in doubt, my mum and dad are just a phone call away.”

Miller said she is not limiting the extent of her thus-far successful comeback in the sport.

“There are still so many things that I would like to try in gymnastics,” she told IG. “Some things may work out for me and other things may not. I really believe that I can do more. I love discovering what I am capable of and pushing my limits. So that's what I'm going to do — just keep pushing and see where it takes me.”

Note: IG’s Australian subscribers can read the full interview with Miller in the Australian digital supplement to the July/August 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Australian gymnasts includes:

Alysha Djuric profile (July/August 2014)

“The Lowdown from Liddick” – comments from Australian team coach Peggy Liddick (June 2014)

“Catching up with Allana Slater” – profile (April 2014)

Georgia Godwin cover photo (March 2014)

"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" - interview (September 2013)

"Aussie Long Shot" - Daria Joura profile (July/August 2012)

"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" - interview (March 2011)

"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover story (January/February 2011)

Coach Peggy Liddick interview (January/February 2011)

"Late Bloomer" - Amelia McGrath profile (October 2010)

Lisa Skinner chat (September 2010)

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


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