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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 28 March 2016 10:16    PDF Print
Despite Bruising, Käslin Cruising Towards Olympic Test Event
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Swiss veteran Ilaria Käslin told IG that, although she was shaken up by a heavy fall from balance beam at the recent DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart, she remains confident heading into the upcoming Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.

Swiss veteran Ilaria Käslin told IG that, although she was shaken up by a heavy fall from balance beam at the recent DTB Team Challenge in Stuttgart, she remains confident heading into the upcoming Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.

"I don't know why I did it like that," said Käslin, who crashed against the beam after a switch ring leap in Stuttgart on March 20. "The technique was wrong and the beam is not so wide, so I fell. I think the fall was like an alarm that I must pay more attention and think more about technique. But it is not serious and I can train like usual."

Käslin with coach Zoltan Jordanov after her fall off beam at the DTB Team Challenge on March 20 in Stuttgart

Despite the mishap, Käslin is continuing well and preparing for the test event. She placed fourth on floor exercise at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Doha on Saturday.

"I'm so happy that nothing serious happened," Käslin said. "I have some bruising on both inner thighs, and a bit on the chest, but I'm fine and so happy that I can work normally and continue the test event preparation."

Switzerland finished 16th at last fall's World Championships in Glasgow, earning the last team spot for the test event that will take place April 18-22 in Rio.

The top eight teams in Glasgow got automatic berths for this summer's Olympic Games, and the next eight teams moved on to the test event. The top four teams at the test event will advance to the Games.

Käslin's best international results include 22nd place all-around at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, first on floor exercise and third on balance beam at the 2015 Challenge Cup of Varna, and third on floor exercise at the 2015 Challenge Cup of Doha.

Käslin is optimistic that she can help the Swiss women score an Olympic team berth if they perform confidently at the test event.

"I really hope that the team will get the ticket for the Olympics," Käslin told IG. "So my goal is to do my routines really well and show my best. I know that it will be not easy to get the place for the Olympics, because everyone works hard to reach this goal, and so I will do my best to help the team."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Swiss gymnastics includes:

"Brägger Breaks Through" - Pablo Brägger profile (January/February 2014)
"No Turning Back" - Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
Interview with Swiss team head coach Zoltan Jordanov (January/February 2014)
"Swiss Hit" - Ariella Käslin profile (December 2008)
"Swiss Thrill-seeker" - A. Käslin short profile (January/February 2007)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013) Giulia Steingruber cover photo (May 2015)
"Full Force" - Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" - Steingruber profile (December 2009)

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Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 22 March 2016 06:48    PDF Print
Ferlito Gets Foot Scans Following Frightening Fall
(8 votes, average 3.00 out of 5)

Italian Olympian Carlotta Ferlito was back at the doctor's following her frightening fall on Sunday, the Italian Gymnastics Federation reported.

Italian Olympian Carlotta Ferlito was back at the doctor's following her frightening fall on Sunday, the Italian Gymnastics Federation reported.

Ferlito missed her foot on her roundoff, double pike dismount on balance beam at the City of Jesolo Tournament on Sunday, landing directly on her head. Ferlito was taken away in a neck brace, but scans at the hospital in Portogruaro were all negative for any spinal damage.

Her coach, Paolo Bucci, confirmed that Ferlito was fortunately only frightened by the fall. She returned to the hospital on Monday for an MRI of the foot she missed on her dismount, and again the Italian federation reported no serious injuries were found.

Her fall, which was broadcast on live television, immediately made headlines in Italy, where Ferlito is a huge star. For the past several years, Ferlito has starred on MTV Italy's "Parallel Lives," a reality show documenting the lives of the gymnasts at the national training center in Milan. Ferlito won the "Sports Hero" award at the MTV Italy Awards in both 2013 and 2015.

Ferlito posted a "Thumbs up" photo on Instagram on Monday, thanking her fans for all the messages she had received.

"I wanted to thank you for all the love and support that I have received," she wrote. "I hope to return as soon as possible to competition!"

Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 11 March 2016 00:03    PDF Print
Canada's Rogers Ramping Up For Rio
(9 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

2012 Olympic vault finalist Brittany Rogers of Canada told IG that her busy competitive season for the University of Georgia is readying her for a shot at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Rogers at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow

"I'm super happy that this is a base set for me," said Rogers following Sunday's tri-meet in Los Angeles among Georgia, Stanford University and UCLA. "We worked really hard to make sure I'm able to maintain my Elite routines, but still stay healthy and able to compete weekend after weekend."

Rogers' collegiate routines continue to earn strong scores under NCAA rules, but she plans to fortify them for maximum value at the international level as the Rio Games approach.

"On bars I have to add two requirements – a full turn and a front element – so I'm going to be adding another turning element and another release move," said Rogers, who at last fall's World Championships in Glasgow helped the Canadian women place sixth and thereby earn a team berth to Rio. "That's going to be at the front of my routine, but the rest of my routine will be the same, at least for Canadian nationals. And then hopefully I'll upgrade from there."

Rogers also wants to increase her difficulty level on balance beam and floor exercise.

"On beam I'll have to do a bigger dismount, obviously (from her current 1-1/2 twist), and my leap series will be a bit different," said Rogers, a senior majoring in consumer journalism. Her collegiate floor routine includes an Arabian double front as a first pass, and a double pike as a final pass. "I will be upgrading my middle pass (currently a 1-1/2 twist to punch layout front) and upgrading my leaps," she said.

Rogers, who placed seventh on vault at the 2012 Olympics and was second reserve for the vault final at the 2015 Worlds, scored 10.0 for her 1-1/2 twisting Yurchenko (worth 10.0 in NCAA scoring) on Sunday. She competed a double-twisting Yurchenko in Glasgow and earlier in this NCAA season, and plans to restore it to her program.

Although Rogers has been competing all-around during the collegiate season, she skipped floor exercise on Sunday to conserve energy for meets later in the month.

"We competed Friday at home, so it was smart for me to rest and prepare for the meet against Utah next weekend," Rogers said. "Then we have SECs (Southeast Conference Championships, March 19). The season picks up from here, so we thought it was the best idea to rest me. We're trying to taper down a little bit, to save my body for post-season and obviously this summer."

Rogers will have little rest between the end of her academic year and her return to Canada for pre-Games training under coach David Kenwright at Calgary Gymnastics Centre.

Following the NCAA Championships in mid-April, she looks forward to preparing for the Canadian Championships, May 31-June 5 in Edmonton.

"I'll be done with finals (exams) the first week of May and then go right to Calgary," she said. "The Canadian Championships are about two hours from where I train, so it will be nice to be kind of local." With several competitive targets in succession, Rogers is pacing herself for the string of important competitions that she hopes lead her to Rio.

"I actually went to (Georgia head coach) Danna (Durant) and said, 'I need help focusing on today's (Sunday's) meet, and not getting ahead of myself and thinking about the future, because I can't control that,'" Rogers told IG. "And that's exactly what Danna said. She said, 'You can control what you're doing now. And not only is competing week after week helping your routines, and helping you be able to compete, but it's helping you be a team leader.' That's what I hope to bring to Gymnastics Canada - my team awareness and how to be a team player. I'm looking forward to bringing all of that, the whole package, to Gymnastics Canada."

Written by Admin    Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:59    PDF Print
Raisman Working Harder Than Ever for Rio
(14 votes, average 4.36 out of 5)

The March issue of International Gymnast is packed. For starters, it features an in-depth interview with Aly Raisman, who candidly discussed a variety of topics, including her Glasgow disappointment. "I think I learned from world championships that I put way too much pressure on myself."

The issue also includes an engaging chat with Great Britain's Louis Smith, whose celebrity status in the U.K. was never his goal. "I never became a gymnast to become famous! Sometimes I find it all a bit mad."

We caught up with 1992 Barcelona Olympic champion Tatiana Gutsu, who opened her own gym last month in Michigan. "All the emotions a human being could ever feel were going through my entire body and mind [in Barcelona]."

And we reached out to Alexander Alexandrov, who gave his personal memories of his former gymnast Valentin Mogilny, who passed away last November. "He became an extended part of my family … I still can't imagine that he is no longer with us."

There are profiles on Russia's Maria Paseka, Italy's Tea Ugrin and 5280's Vitaliy Guimaraes, and coverage of the Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, as well. And there's also a fun piece on how the gymnastics world changed after the Internet.

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Written by Admin    Friday, 12 February 2016 11:53    PDF Print
Record Numbers at Nadia Comaneci International Invitational
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The 2016 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational kicks off today with more than 1,600 gymnasts flipping and swinging at the Cox Arena in Oklahoma City. The competition is only one aspect of the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience, a health and wellness event that features a host of free family activities on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cox Arena.

Tonight's main event is the Perfect 10 Challenge, an NCAA women's competition in which the top-ranked Oklahoma team will play host to Denver, George Washington and Utah State. The meet begins at 6:45 p.m. (Tickets are $15 at the Cox Convention Center Box Office; free 2-under; University Students free with I.D.)

The main event each year is the Saturday evening women's Elite competition (tickets available at the door: $10; $5-12-under; free-2-under), and this year five of the top seven gymnasts from the recent Elite Canada competition are on hand, including the top three: Jade Chrobok (Gemini), Ana Padurariu (Gemini) and Victoria Jurca (Gym-Fly). Also competing will be Sayge Urban (Dynamo) and Montana Fairbairn (Stampede City). Gemini is coached by 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova of Russia, and the Dynamo coach is two-time Olympic gold medalist Elvira Saadi, a native of Uzbekistan.

Four Romanian juniors will also take part in the competition on Saturday evening: Carmen Glavan, Laura Iacob, Ariadna Stanciu and Carmen Ghiciuc.

WIMGYM of Montreal brought 24 gymnasts, including four Zlobec sisters: Sonita, Evandra, Sevika and Eliana.

The weekend also showcases more than 300 boys in the Bart Conner International Invitational.

Read coverage of the event in the March issue of International Gymnast.


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