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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 07 February 2016 16:50    PDF Print
Tweddle Suffers Serious Back Injury on "The Jump"
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Retired British star Beth Tweddle suffered a serious back injury Saturday while training for the reality television show The Jump in Austria, and reportedly has undergone back surgery to repair two fractured vertebrae.

Tweddle reportedly suffered two fractured vertebrae in the crash on Saturday.

The three-time Olympian was in Austria filming the reality show, which features celerities and athletes trying to master Winter Olympic sports, including ski jump, skeleton and bobsleigh.

According to a statement from the Channel 4 network, "Beth was on the jump on Saturday afternoon and managed to pull it off correctly. But she didn’t slow down in time or didn’t stop properly and crashed into a barrier."

Tweddle was airlifted to a hospital. Her family released an update, saying "She is stable and due to undergo routine surgery on her back. Beth and the family would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. We will keep you updated on her progress."

The Jump, which just began airing its third season on January 31, has come under criticism for its dangerous stunts. Tweddle's injuries are not the first this season. Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington suffered a severely dislocated shoulder, and actress Tina Hobley was forced to withdraw after dislocating her elbow.

Tweddle is the most successful British gymnast of all time, with five world medals (including three gold), and 11 European medals (six gold). She capped her career with a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Tweddle, who was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010, followed her Olympic medal with a victory in the 2013 season of Dancing On Ice.

External Link: Beth Tweddle on Twitter

Written by Admin    Friday, 05 February 2016 08:41    PDF Print
Dragulescu, 35, Is Still Young at Heart
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Eight-time world champion Marian Dragulescu of Romania told IG that, at age 35, he still feels youthful as he prepares for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I consider myself younger than many gymnasts who are younger than me,” said Dragulescu, who earned an individual berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics by virtue of his second-place finish on vault at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow. “Sport means to me, among other qualities, health and youth.”

In an effort to finally win the Olympic gold medal that has eluded him in the past, Dragulescu told IG he is training three vaults, two of which are not in the Code of Points. (He would not say what they were!)

Read “Golden Quest,” an in-depth interview with Dragulescu, in the January/February 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of IG magazine, click here.

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!


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