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Written by Admin    Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:59    PDF Print
Raisman Working Harder Than Ever for Rio
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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.

Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 11 February 2016 18:57    PDF Print
Tweddle Takes First Steps After Spinal Surgery
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British legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series ''The Jump'', her family reported Wednesday.

British gymnastics legend Beth Tweddle has taken her first steps following surgery after breaking her neck filming reality TV series The Jump, her family reported Wednesday.

"Since her surgery, Beth has managed to walk a few steps whilst being assisted by the nursing team," reported her parents, Ann and Jerry Tweddle, on her official website. "She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes."

Tweddle, 30, underwent surgery to fuse two fractured vertebrae in her neck on Sunday, a day after she crashed into a barrier after executing a ski jump filming Channel 4 reality series ''The Jump'' in Austria. A piece of bone from her hip was used to fuse the vertebrae.

"The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort," her parents said. "It was a scary time for all of us and we're just very grateful that the operation was a success."

The three-time Olympian is Britain's most successful gymnast in history, with one Olympic, five world, and 10 European medals. She is no stranger to injury, undergoing at least five surgeries on her ankles and feet during her lengthy career, which limited her to a bars and floor specialist in later years. Following her retirement after the 2012 Olympic Games, she won the reality series ''Dancing on Ice''.

The Jump is a reality television competition featuring athletes and celebrities attempting Winter Olympic events, including ski jumping, skeleton and bobsled. The third season began on January 31, but Tweddle was already the third athlete to withdraw with injury. Since Tweddle's injury, two more contestants have gone down with injury: Made in Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli withdrew with a fractured ankle and Olympic champion sprinter Linford Christie has been forced out with a hamstring injury. Seven of the 12 original contestants have suffered some kind of injury.

External Link: Beth Tweddle's Official Website

Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:44    PDF Print
Rio Olympics Main Aim For Germany’s Alt
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First-year senior Tabea Alt of Germany told IG she is eager to use next month’s American Cup in Newark as the start of her campaign to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Tabea Alt (Germany)

"I feel very excited about this competition," said Alt, who placed third on balance beam and 14th all-around at the 2014 European junior championships in Sofia. "I'm very happy and I think it's a great opportunity for me. My goals for the American Cup are to have a good competition and show all my elements well. It's a great start to the senior level, so I think I can get a lot of experience at the American Cup. Also, for my plan to qualify to Rio, it's great to have this competition at the beginning of the year."

Alt, who will turn 16 on March 18, said the German team can perform better than it did at last fall’s world championships in Glasgow, where it placed 12th. The top eight teams in Glasgow earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. Germany and seven other countries advanced to the Olympic test event in Rio in April, from which four additional teams will earn berths to the Games.

"In my opinion the team was very nervous in Glasgow and they couldn't show all their capabilities," Alt said. "Therefore the German team has many reserves and we are still motivated. To do better at the test event in Rio, we have to be more focused on the team and not so much on ourselves. We all have one goal and, as a good team, I am sure we will reach this."

Alt said she is ready for the opportunities that the Olympic year will present to her.

"I'm very motivated for the whole year 2016," Alt told IG. "It's a great chance and I will train very hard, always being focused on my goal. My coaches, physiotherapists and mental coach are preparing me as well as they can, doing their best for the coming challenges. Additionally, my school helps me with school stretching (extending her studies another year). That means I have more possibilities to organize my training. At the end we will see how far I reach towards my goal, but I'm looking forward to the coming times."

Read a profile on Tabea Alt in the May 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of IG Magazine, click here.

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


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