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Written by IG Staff    Sunday, 09 August 2015 09:46    PDF Print
Mikulak Aims For Third U.S. All-Around Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak is aiming for his third consecutive U.S. all-around title at the upcoming P&G (U.S.) championships that get under way Wednesday.

2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak is aiming for his third consecutive U.S. all-around title at the upcoming P&G (U.S.) championships that get under way Wednesday.

Mikulak heads into the meet as the U.S. Olympic Committee's July Male Athlete of the Month, which he earned after his triumph at the Pan American Games in Toronto. In Toronto, Mikulak led the U.S. to the men's team title and he captured the all-around — both the first for the U.S. men since the 1987 Pan Am Games in Indianapolis, when Scott Johnson dominated.

"It was a rollercoaster of a competition," said Mikulak of the all-around final at the Pan American Games in Toronto last month. "But in the end what mattered to me was bringing home gold for Team USA."

This week's U.S. championships — also in Indianapolis — begin Thursday with the first day of the women's competition, followed by the men on Friday. The competition will be held at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home to the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

Other contenders for all-around title include 2014 world all-around finalist Donnell Whittenburg, 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton and 2011 national champion Danell Leyva, who won the July qualifier in Colorado Springs.

Top specialists in the list include world medalists Steve Legendre, Alex Naddour, and Brandon Wynn. Two-time Olympian and two-time U.S. champion Jonathan Horton is also back in the lineup.

External Link: Start Lists at pgchamps.com

Read coverage of the 2015 Pan American Games in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, which features Mikulak on the cover. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, click here.

2015 P&G (U.S.) Gymnastics Championships
August 13-16, Indianapolis, Indiana

Men's CompetitorsHometownClubDivision
Leroy Clarke Maplewood, New Jersey Pennsylvania State University Senior
Donothan Bailey Lake Forest, California U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Dmitri Belanovski Milwaukee, Wisconsin University of Michigan Senior
Danny Berardini Lake Forest, Illinois University of Oklahoma Senior
Andrew Botto Redwood City, California University of Iowa Senior
Allan Bower Mesa, Arizona University of Oklahoma Senior
Jack Boyle Naperville, Illinois University of Iowa Senior
Chris Brooks Houston, Texas U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Jacob Dalton Sparks, Nevada University of Oklahoma Senior
Adrian de los Angeles Long Beach, California University of Michigan Senior
Joshua Dixon San Jose, California U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Stacey Ervin Taylor, Michigan University of Michigan Senior
Matt Felleman Medway, Mass Pennsylvania State University Senior
Jonathan Horton Houston, Texas Cypress Gymnastics Senior
Trevor Howard Columbus, Ohio Pennsylvania State University Senior
Nick Hunter Canfield, Ohio University of Michigan Senior
Hunter Justus Cypress, Texas University of Oklahoma Senior
Marvin Kimble Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Steven Lacombe Mission Viejo, California University of California - Berkeley Senior
Steven Legendre Port Jefferson, New York University of Oklahoma Senior
Danell Leyva Miami, Florida Universal Gymnastics Senior
CJ Maestas Corrales, New Mexico U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Sean Melton Orlando, Florida Ohio State University Senior
Sam Mikulak Newport Coast, California U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Akash Modi Morganville, New Jersey Stanford University Senior
Alex Naddour Gilbert, Arizona USA Youth Fitness Center Senior
Robert Neff Brookfield, Wisconsin Stanford University Senior
Eddie Penev Rochester, New York U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Michael Reid Kileen, Texas University of Oklahoma Senior
Paul Ruggeri Manlius, New York U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Colin Van Wicklen Magnolia, Texas University of Oklahoma Senior
Donnell Whittenburg Baltimore, Maryland U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Kevin Wolting Laguna Hills, California University of California - Berkeley Senior
Brandon Wynn Voorhees, New Jersey U.S. Olympic Training Center Senior
Alec Yoder Indianapolis, Indiana InterActive Academy Senior
Kyle Zemeir Ellicott City, Maryland University of California - Berkeley Senior
Maxim Andryushchenko Arlington Heights, Illinois Lake Shore Academy Junior (Age 15-16)
Andrew Bitner Buford, Georgia Gymnastix Training Center Junior (Age 15-16)
Cameron Bock Tustin, California SCATS Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Andrew Brower Old Bridge, New Jersey US Gymnastics DC Junior (Age 15-16)
Mitchell Brown Fortville, Indiana DeVeau’s Junior (Age 15-16)
Addison Chung Medfeld, Massachusetts New England Sports Academy Junior (Age 15-16)
Ethan Esval Roswell, Georgia Atlanta School of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Davis Grooms Katy, Texas Champion Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Andrew Herrador Livermore, California West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy Junior (Age 15-16)
Bennet Huang Palo Alto, California West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy Junior (Age 15-16)
Evan Hymanson Morganville, New Jersey Monmouth Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Tanner Justus Cypress, Texas Cypress Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Griffin Kehler Frisco, Texas WOGA Frisco Junior (Age 15-16)
Dante LaBarre Mesa, Arizona USA Flairs Junior (Age 15-16)
Connor Lewis Grove City, Ohio Integrity Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Jacob Light Macungie, Pennsylvania Parkette's Junior (Age 15-16)
Mitchell Mandozzi Harvard, Massachusetts New England Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Joshua Martin Buffalo Grove, Illinois Aerial Gymnastics Club Junior (Age 15-16)
Nicholas Merryman Brookline, New Hampshire New England Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Jacob Moore West Bloomfield, Michigan Twistars USA Junior (Age 15-16)
Brennan Pantazis Sparks, Nevada Gymnastics Nevada Junior (Age 15-16)
Bailey Perez Glen Ellyn, Illinois Premier Gymnastics Academy Junior (Age 15-16)
Shane Sadighi Laguna Niguel, California Azarian Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Blake Sun San Antonio, Texas Alamo Gymnastics Center Junior (Age 15-16)
Favian Valdez Kearny, New Jersey US Gymnastics DC Junior (Age 15-16)
Alexei Vernyi Cypress, Texas Cypress Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Anton Vorona Sunrise, Florida TAG USA Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Matthew Wenske Houston, Texas Cypress Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Shane Wiskus Spring Park, Minnesota MHG Junior (Age 15-16)
Daniel Yoon Huntington Beach, California Scats Gymnastics Junior (Age 15-16)
Josh Zeal Buffalo Grove, Illinois Buffalo Grove Gymn Center Junior (Age 15-16)
Levi Anderson Spring, Texas University of Oklahoma Junior (Age 17-18)
Tristan Burke Royse City, Texas WOGA Frisco Junior (Age 17-18)
Michael Burns Baltimore, Ohio Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center Junior (Age 17-18)
Emyre Cole North Las Vegas, Nevada Go For It USA Junior (Age 17-18)
Peter Daggett E Longmeadow, Mass University of Oklahoma Junior (Age 17-18)
Marcos Gatinho Miami, Florida Universal Gymnastics Junior (Age 17-18)
Jordan King The Woodlands, Texas University of Nebraska Junior (Age 17-18)
Yul Moldauer Arvada, Colorado University of Oklahoma Junior (Age 17-18)
Anton Stephenson Fishers, Indiana University of Nebraska Junior (Age 17-18)
Kiwan Watts N.Chesterfield, Virgnia Above The Bar Gymnastics Academy Junior (Age 17-18)
Tanner West Cypress, Texas Cypress Academy of Gymnastics Junior (Age 17-18)
 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:57    PDF Print
Slovenia's Golob Balances Medical Studies, Gymnastics
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

For Slovenian Olympian Saša Golob, success in gymnastics is literally academic. The 23-year-old Golob, who placed 18th on floor exercise at the European Games in Baku in June, is entering her sixth year of medical studies.

Although Golob spends less time in the gym because of her study schedule, she has become more efficient and fulfilled following her Olympic Games debut at the 2012 Games in London.

"I said I'd be done with gymnastics after the Olympics, and that was my first year of medical school," Golob said. "But then I just couldn't quit gymnastics."

Golob, who studied 11 hours a day for a neurology exam while preparing for a competition in Portugal prior to Baku, said her academic obligations do not interfere with her gymnastics pursuits.

"I'm not under pressure to achieve my goal because I achieved it already," Golob said. "Whatever comes now, I enjoy it and that's it. I didn't enjoy gymnastics before as much as I enjoy it now. I enjoy every practice and competition. I love being on the floor."

Golob's studies require her to be more organized and flexible than earlier in her career. She recently bought a motorized scooter, which makes commuting from lectures to training easier.

When she sees a break between lectures and study time, she sends an SMS message to her coach, Lyudmila Korolenko, who meets her at their Ljubljana gymnastics club a few minutes later.

"I really appreciate Saša's discipline and hard work style," said Korolenko, a Ukrainian native who coached Ukrainian Olympic all-around finalists Lyubov Sheremeta and Galina Tyryk. "She understands what she has to do. She shows that you can be at a high level in gymnastics and studies."

Golob, who spent July volunteering at hospitals in England, said gymnastics may remain on her professional agenda even after she retires from competition.

"I'd be really happy if I could find a match between sport and medicine," Golob said. "I've been doing gymnastics for 17 years, and 85 per cent of my personality is as a gymnast. So when I'm done with gymnastics, what am I going to do? I'll figure it out."

IG’s John Crumlish was a Games News Service reporter at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

Read on-scene coverage of the Games in the July/August 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 02 August 2015 04:38    PDF Print
Hockenhull On Right Course For Success
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Last month’s European Games in Baku were British gymnast Georgina Hockenhull’s second major multi-sport competition, but if her recent success outside the gym was anything to go by, she was right on course for success.

In May, Hockenhull passed her driving test – albeit at the second attempt.

"I was really nervous on the first try, so I kept making mistakes," said the 18-year-old Hockenhull, a double bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games who went on to place sixth on balance beam in Baku. "Then for the second one I was much calmer." Gymnastics training helped Hockenhull steer clear of problems when she repeated her test.

"For the second time I thought of it more as a competition, so I did the same breathing techniques and things I would for that," she said.

IG’s John Crumlish was a Games News Service reporter at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Read on-scene coverage of the Games in the July/August 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

Next in the series: Slovenia’s Saša Golob aces her gymnastics and medical-school studies

 
Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:23    PDF Print
Austria's Mader Revels In Leadership Role
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

As 22-year-old Jasmin Mader of Austria looked forward to the start of competition at last month’s European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, she also kept a close eye on her teenage teammates.

“I was thinking of my first big competition and how it was for me,” said Mader, a veteran of four world championships and five European championships. “So I try to give the younger girls advice. This will help keep them from being too nervous, so they feel good in the gym, and know where to go and where they have to be.”

In Baku, Mader's teammates were Marlies Männersdorfer, 17, and Jessica Stabinger, 16.

“At first it’s a team competition, so we think as a team and work as a team,” said Mader, who ended up as second reserve for the all-around final and third reserve for the vault final.

Mader and Stabinger were members of the Austrian team that finished 22nd at the 2014 worlds in Nanning, China. The top 24 teams in Nanning earned berths to the 2015 worlds in October in Glasgow, which will be the next stage of qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Although veteran Austrian gymnasts Elisa Hämmerle and Lisa Ecker were absent in Baku, Mader said her team will rely on youngsters such as Männersdorfer and Stabinger at worlds.

“Elisa and Lisa are two important girls for us, but Glasgow will be a team competition where we need five or six girls,” Mader said. “That means not only Elisa, Lisa and I. We need the others.”

IG’s John Crumlish was a Games News Service reporter at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Read on-scene coverage of the Games in the July/August 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

Next in the series: British gymnast Georgina Hockenhull takes the driver’s seat.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:38    PDF Print
With Every Vault, Robertsdottir Jumps Closer to Finals
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Iceland's Norma Robertsdottir landed on familiar ground when she vaulted during the team final and individual qualifications at last month's European Games in Baku.


Norma Robertsdottir (Iceland)

Robertsdottir's score earned her the spot as first reserve for the vault apparatus final.

The 19-year-old Robertsdottir was also first reserve for the vault final at the European championships in Montpellier, France, in April. She was third reserve for the vault final at the 2014 Europeans in Moscow.

Although Iceland placed 19th out of 25 in the Games team final, Robertsdottir said her individual strides in major continental events such as Baku are landmark achievements for the sport in her country.

"If we made any finals here, it would be very big for gymnastics in Iceland," Robertsdottir said.

Earlier in June, Robertsdottir won vault and balance beam at the Games of the Small States of Europe in Armann, Iceland, where the Icelandic women captured all six available golds.

Robertsdottir said that, although the Baku field was much tougher than the field in Armann, her team's international success is relative and progressive.

"The Small States competition pushed us very far," Robertsdottir said. "I think we have to start there and try to make more finals at bigger competitions."

IG's John Crumlish was a Games News Service reporter at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Read on-scene coverage of the Games in the July/August 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the digital and/or print editions, click here.

Next up in the series: Jasmin Mader gladly assumes leadership role for Austrian team in Baku.

 


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