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Written by Amanda Turner    Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:01    PDF Print
Vernyayev Leads Impressive Lineup for University Games
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Olympic gold medalist Oleg Vernyayev headlines an impressive field of gymnasts for the 2017 University Games in Taipei, which begins Saturday.

Olympic gold medalist Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) headlines an impressive field of gymnasts for the 2017 University Games in Taipei, which begins Saturday.

The 29th Universiade will bring together more than 7,500 athletes from 121 nations competing in 21 summer sports. It is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. To be eligible to compete at the University Games, athletes must be between 17 and 28 years old, and have taken at least one 3-credit university course or received a diploma within the past year. Incoming students enrolled at universities for this fall are also typically eligible to compete.

The impressive gymnastics lineup includes 70 women and 128 men in artistic gymnastics, and 83 rhythmic gymnastics, many aiming for this fall's world championships. The gymnastics field boasts numerous Olympians and international stars, led by defending all-around champion Oleg Vernyayev, who was the most decorated gymnast at the 2015 University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, with two gold (all-around, parallel bars), one silver (floor exercise) and three bronze medals (team, rings and vault).

Yuya Kamoto and Shogo Nonomura, who led Japan to the team title in Gwanju, are back in Taipei. In 2015, Nonomura finished second all-around to Vernyayev. The Russians are sending a young and interesting squad that includes hopefuls Vladislav Polyashov and Kirill Prokopyev.

The U.S. is sending a full men's team in Levi Anderson, Alexander Diab, Tristan Duran, Vitali Kan (son of 1996 Belarusian Olympian Andrei Kan) and Robert Neff, but is unfortunately sending no women.

China is also unfortunately not sending any artistic gymnasts but will have a full rhythmic contingent.


Pan American Games champion Ellie Black (Canada)

Defending women's all-around champion Kelly Simm, a member of Great Britain's bronze medal squad at the 2015 Worlds, is back as the sole representative for Great Britain in artistic. Two-time Olympians Ellie Black and Brittany Rogers, who are gearing up for the upcoming world championships in Montreal, lead the Canadian squad, which includes Briannah Tsang (Penn State) and veteran Jessica Dowling. Black, fifth all-around at last year's Olympic Games, should be a strong contender for the all-around title.

The Russian women, the defending champions, have sent a strong team. Four-time Olympic medalist Maria Paseka, the reigning world champion on vault, is the only returning team member from 2015. Other team members include Olympian Daria Spiridonova. the co-world champion on uneven bars; along with 2016 Olympic alternate Lilia Akhaimova, Yevgenia Shelgunova and veteran Daria Yelizarova. In 2015, Paseka won the gold on vault, while Yelizarova won the silver on floor and bronze on vault.

The Japanese women, second to Russian in 2015, also sent a strong team. Returning gymnasts Asuka Teramoto and Natsumi Sasada, second and third in the all-around, respectively, behind Simm, are back again this year.

Romanian star Larisa Iordache, 21, should also make an impact. The fan favorite was selected to carry the Romanian flag at the University Games opening ceremonies on Saturday night. "I am glad to have the opportunity to be the flag-bearer at the Romania delegation of the Universiade!," Iordache said. "It's the first experience for me and I hope from the bottom of my heart there will be a wonderful experience for the entire Romanian delegation throughout the course of the Universiade."

Competition kicks off Saturday morning at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, with the first of two days of men's team competition qualification and individual qualification. (The first day of competition has two early sessions, to allow the athletes to attend the opening ceremonies that evening.) The women's team and individual qualification will be held Sunday, followed by the all-around finals on Monday, and two days of apparatus finals. The rhythmic competition will be held August 27-29 and features individuals and groups.

External Link: Official Website

29th University Games
Aug. 19-29, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

Women's Competitors
Tatiana Avila
Jasmin Mader
Dorien Motten
Ellie Black
Jessica Dowling
Denelle Pedrick
Brittany Rogers
Briannah Tsang
Ema Kajić
Yamilet Peña
Maija Leinonen
Annika Urvikko
Veronika Vuosjoki
Kelly Simm
Antonia Alicke
Kim Bui
Leah Griesser
Pauline Tratz
Saul Kwan
Dália Al-Salty
Dorina Böczögő
Yumika Nakamura
Natsumi Sasada
Asuka Teramoto
Ayana Tone
Yuki Uchiyama
Yekaterina Chuikina
Anna Geidt
Eum Dayeon
Jeong Heeyeon
Jung Choongmin
Kim Chaeyeon
Lee Hyebeen
Valērija Grišāne
Elisabeth Geurts
Anne Klein
Laura Tan
Nadieh van Pol
Vera van Pol
Sofie Bråten
Mira Neurauter
Thea Nygård
Sofie Skåttun
Anna Worpvik
Gabriela Janik
Diana Abrantes
Ana Filipa Martins
Inés Romero
Larisa Iordache
Claudia Cummins
Tylah Lotter
Angela Maguire
Bianca Mann
Lilia Akhaimova
Maria Paseka
Yevgenia Shelgunova
Daria Spiridonova
Daria Yelizarova
Ana Cikač
Ivana Kamnikar
Sara King
Adela Šajn
Caterina Barloggio
Barbora Mokošová
Chuang Hsiu-Ju
Chuang Shu-Yun
Lo Yu-Ju
Mai Liu Hsiang-Han
Tsai Chia-Jung
Demet Mutlu
Men's Competitors
Artur Davtyan
Armen Petrosyan
Artur Tovmasyan
Clay Isaac Stephens
Michael Mercieca
Mitchell Morgans
Christopher Remkes
Michael Tone
Alexander Benda
Xheni Dyrmishi
Vinzenz Höck
Matthias Schwab
Maxime Gentges
René Cournoyer
Joel Gagnon
Justin Karstadt
Aaron Mah
Samuel Zakutney
Matija Baron
Renato Prpić
Jakov Vlahek
Kristijan Vugrinski
Ilias Georgiou
Marios Georgiou
David Jessen
Bogi Berg
Jacob Buus
Joao Fuglsig
Joachim Winther
Audrys Nin Reyes
Franz Card
Elias Koski
Jimi Paeivaenen
Heikki Saarenketo
Tomi Tuuha
Kévin Antoniotti
Axel Augis
Edgar Boulet
Zachari Hrimèche
Baptiste Miette
Florian Lindner
Jim Man Hin
Ng Kiu Chung
Shek Wai Hung
Ádám Babos
Botond Kardos
David Schweigert
Dávid Vecsernyés
Kenta Chiba
Tomomasa Hasegawa
Yuya Kamoto
Shogo Nonomura
Wataru Tanigawa
Yerbol Jantykov
Milad Karimi
Vyacheslav Kim
Nurtas Kozhakov
Daulet Narmetov
Im Changdo
Jo Yeonggwang
Kim Hansol
Lee Junghyo
Yun Jinseong
Sergejs Pozņakovs
Tomas Kuzmickas
Robert Tvorogal
Fabian De Luna
Francisco Rojo
Pietro Giachino
Odin Kalvø
Nikolai Rønbeck
Henrik Stiansen
Vetle Talsnes
Scott Butler
Luke Dobney
Devy Dyson
Kyleab Ellis
Callum Phillips
Sebastian Cecot
Piotr Kiełbik
Bernardo Almeida
Pedro Guimarães
Diogo Romero
Rober Ghiuzan
Adelin Kotrong
Toma Zseder
Andrei-Vasile Muntean
Robert Pasca
Daniil Kazachkov
Ilya Kibartas
Vladislav Polyashov
Kirill Prokopyev
Alexei Rostov
Luka Bojanc
Luka Terbovšek
Pascal Bucher
Nicola Graber
Michael Meier
Jonas Munsch
Marco Walter
Slavomír Michnak
Chen Jin-Ling
Hsu Ping-Chien
Lee Chih-Kai
Tang Chia-Hung
Yu Chao-Wei
Mustafa Arca
Ferhat Arıcan
İbrahim Çolak
Ahmet Önder
Hamza Yılmaz
Vladyslav Hryko
Petro Pakhnyuk
Igor Radivilov
Oleg Vernyayev
Yevgen Yudenkov
Levi Anderson
Alexander Diab
Tristan Duran
Vitali Kan
Robert Neff
Rasuljon Abdurakhimov
Khusniddin Abdusamatov
Abdulla Azimov
Akobir Khamrokulov
Aliyor Rustamov
Nguyễn Tuấn Đạt
Phan Ngọc Hùng

Rhythmic (Individual)
Zoe Ormrod
Enid Sung
Hanna Bazhko
Maria Trubach
Carolina Garcia
Nickolle Abreu
Cindy Yu Rim Huh
Kaedyn Lashley
Wu Weiling
Zhang Jing
Andrea Kheilová
Viktoria Bogdanova
Carmel Kallemaa
Inessa Rif
Mimi-Isabella Cesar
Stephani Sherlock
Blanka Boldizsár
Uzume Kawasaki
Takana Tatsuzawa
Anna Afuxenidi
Selina Zhumatayeva
Chun Songe
Rut Castillo
Cindy Gallegos
Fanny Lunde
Margit Oeveraas
Yulia Bravikova
Yekaterina Selezneva
Monija Čebašek
Jana Duchnovská
Xénia Kilianová
Sandra Andersson
Chan Ting-Chen
Song Yu-Han
Kateryna Lutsenko
Yana Yarosh
Brigita Budginas
Serena Lu
Rhythmic (Group)
Fu Pangbo
Liu Siqi
Pan Ruomu
Su Yaoyao
Wang Chenyu
Wen Siyi
Renáta Csomai
Alexandra Fibecz
Laura Ludányi
Janka Szegedi
Eszter Szekeres
Ágnes Vándor
Nanase Hori
Nana Kondo
Natsumi Morino
Yukari Narimatsu
Asuka Ono
Ayano Sato
Ji Jaeeun
Kim Heeryeong
Kim Yeonjung
Nam Jinseul
Shin Juyoung
Ham Sun Ae
Kang Jin A
Mun Kyong Wi
Ri Hye Song
Sin Su Rim
Vera Biryukova
Daria Gorbachyova
Alexandra Korchagina
Yelizaveta Minikhina
Valeria Osikova
Ralina Rakipova
Chen Pei-An
Hsu Tzu-Chi
Ku Ni-Chen
Kung Yun
Wang Hsin-Lin
Yang Chian-Mei
Alina Bykhno
Valeria Gudym
Maryna Makarova
Anastasia Podrushnyak
Daria Sych
 
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 August 2017 08:28    PDF Print
The September IG Another Packed Issue
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

The September 2017 issue of International Gymnast will be another packed issue. The P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., will be the cover story, and there will likely be two new all-around champions. The last four U.S. titles were won by Simone Biles, who is taking the year off, and Sam Mikulak, who is recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon at the Winter Cup in February.

The issue also includes a preview of the 2017 Montreal World Championships, which will not include team competition. IG handicaps the field for the all-around and apparatus finals. Japan's Kohei Uchimura (pictured), meanwhile, will be going for his seventh consecutive world all-around title!

There also is an interesting interview with Scott Hann, coach of Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan, both of whom made the British team to the 2016 Rio Olympics. We also caught up with former Chinese gymnast Lu Li, who scored a 10.0 to win the uneven bars gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Lu coaches at Black Hills Gymnastics in Lacey, Wash.

There is plenty more in the issue, including an interview with French champion Zachari Hrimeche and a Stretching Out column titled "The Quirks of Post-Olympic Worlds."

To subscribe to International Gymnast or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:28    PDF Print
Former Coach, USGF Director Roger Counsil Passes Away
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Roger Counsil passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 82.

Counsil coached at Indiana State for 17 years and won the 1977 NCAA Championship. His teams produced 46 All-Americans, the most prominent being Kurt Thomas, who won the NCAA all-around titles in 1977 and ’79.

Born Jan. 11, 1935, in Wood River, Ill., Counsil was a three-sport athlete at Southern Illinois: track, swimming and gymnastics. He was the NAIA 1-meter diving champion in 1957, the year he earned "Most Valuable Athlete" at SIU. He earned a bachelor's and master's at SIU and his doctorate in higher education administration at Indiana University.

Counsil was the men's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which did not compete because of the boycott. He also was chairman of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee, the men's coach for the U.S. team at the 1978 and 1979 World Championships, National Coach of the Year and a four-time recipient of the Mideast Coach of the Year.

In 1980 Counsil became executive director of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation.

In 1985 Counsil was inducted into the Indiana State and Southern Illinois Athletics Halls of Fame.

 
Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:55    PDF Print
Hurd 'Pushing Through' to P&G Championships
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Morgan Hurd of First State Gymnastics in Newark, Del., plans to compete in the all-around at the P&G Championships in Anaheim, Calif., next week, but she might not be at 100 percent. Hurd had elbow surgery 10 weeks ago, which is why she competed on only two events at the recent U.S. Classic in Chicago.

"Our recovery has been slow and steady, and every day is a new challenge," said her coach Slava Glazounov, a former Russian national team member in acrobatics (Men's Four). "We have our limitations and want Morgan to recover fully. Despite all of this, Morgan is pushing through and will compete all four events."

Hurd, a first-year senior who turned 16 on July 18, was featured in the June issue of International Gymnast, in which she stated her goal was a top-three finish in the all-around next week.

"We might have a small adjustment on bars due to the elbow," Glazounov told IG. "Other events will stay the same with a possible upgrade on floor exercise. This week and next will determine her routines. Her goal is to do her best in Anaheim and have a shot at the (2017) world team."

Read "Senior Sleeper" in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast.

To subscribe or to order back issues, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 03 August 2017 16:28    PDF Print
Răducan Ready for New Challenges as President of Romanian Federation
(5 votes, average 4.20 out of 5)



World and Olympic champion Andreea Răducan is expected to be elected president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation on Friday, following the withdrawl of incumbent Adrian Stoica from the race.

World and Olympic champion Andreea Răducan is expected to be elected the new president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation (FRG) on Friday, following the withdrawal of incumbent Adrian Stoica, the only other candidate, on Thursday.

Răducan, 33, told IG she was not caught by surprise by the news of Stoica's withdrawal, which had come as a shock to the general public.


Andreea Răducan at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

"I cannot say that I was surprised by Mr. Adrian Stoica's decision," the former gymnast told IG late Thursday. "First and foremost, I respect Mr. Stoica's decision to not present his candidacy for the presidency of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. He has notified me before making this decision public, and I thank him for his trust and for everything he has done during his tenure as the President of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation."

Earlier on Thursday, Stoica announced that he would be bowing out of the race after more than four decades working for the federation, including 12 as president. He stated that his decision stemmed from Răducan's qualifications and eagerness to take the reigns of the federation.

"I will not run anymore given that there is such a desire from the younger generation to get involved," Stoica told AGERPRES. "I've already spent 42 and a half years within the Romanian Gymnastics Federation —it's time to go."

Răducan, whose storied career is well-known, has stayed heavily involved in gymnastics since her retirement in 2002. She has worked as a reporter and television commentator, and has been a tireless promoter of women's gymnastics in Romania through various programs and events. Since 2006, she has been working with the Romanian Olympic Foundation, which promotes fitness and sport and also provides aid to former champions needing assistance. She is currently president of the foundation and announced her candidacy for president of the FRG in June.

Răducan, a native of Bârlad, graduated with a degree in Physical Education from the West University of Timișoara and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Bucharest. In 2010, Răducan released her autobiography, The Other Side of the Medal, which dealt with the still controversial decision to strip her of her 2000 Olympic all-around gold medal after she ingested cold medicine that is no longer a banned substance.

Răducan told IG she is ready to take on the huge challenges facing the Romanian program after its disappointing quadrennium.

"Romania's gymnastics team did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio, which represented a huge setback and disappointment for our country," she said. "It was the first time after 48 years that the female team did not make it to the Olympics. Keep in mind that during the last 44 years, since Munich 1972, the female gymnastics team has won at least one medal at each edition. Being now the only candidate to lead this federation, it has become clear to me that the federation will be undergoing a profound change, some would call it a 'generational change'. This change will take place both on a managerial level and on a sports level. We highly appreciate the extraordinary results obtained by our veterans like Cătălina Ponor and Marian Drăgulescu. At the same time we will have to be courageous and give the chance to the new generation of talented young Romanian gymnasts to prove themselves and compete on a top level. Therefore, my main goal as the new President is to reform the FRG so that our national team will have satisfying results at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo."

The past spring, the FRG successfully organized the European championships for men and women, held at the Polyvalent Hall in Cluj-Napoca, where the 10,000-capacity arena was sold out throughout the event. Răducan was actively involved in the organization of the European championships, and says the success may lead the federation to bid for other events, such as a World Cup or even a world championship.

"The event was a great success confirmed by the enthusiastic crowd and the European Union of Gymnastics," she said. "It proved that in Romania we are capable of hosting wonderful gymnastics tournaments. After this positive experience, we are definitely open to discussing other bids for international events."

The elections for the Romanian Gymnastics Federation will be held Friday morning. Although Răducan is now the only candidate for the presidency, several other positions will be contested. Former Olympians Dănuţ Grecu and Monica Roşu and aerobics coach Maria Fumea are vying for two positions as vice president of the federation.

There are 13 candidates for the seven-member Executive Committee of the FRG, including several former gymnasts and coaches: Vasilica Agop, Dragoș Bîrzu, Angela Cacoveanu, Olga Didilescu, Adrian Durlă, Nicolae Forminte, Gina Gogean-Groza, Ingrid Istrate, Cătălin Meran, Cristian Moldovan, Florin Popa, Augustin Pop and Cristiana Spînu.

In addition to her new position as head of the FRG, Răducan is also preparing for another role: mamă. She is expecting her first child, a daughter, in October, with husband Daniel Tandreu, whom she married last year.

External Link: Romanian Gymnastics Federation

Read an exclusive interview with Andreea Răducan in the January 2017 issue of International Gymnast. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 


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