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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 16 June 2017 08:30    PDF Print
Greece’s Xoulogi Looks For Career Longevity
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Featured in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, veteran Greek gymnast Ioanna Xoulogi said she hopes to enjoy a career as lengthy and prolific as that of 33-year-old teammate Vasiliki Millousi.

“I’m trying to compete for many years,” said Xoulogi, who turned 25 a few days before she competed at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in April. “I think I am making the right steps.”

Xoulogi is among the eight gymnasts featured in “Cluj (Confidentially),” a collection of behind-the-scenes profiles from the recent European Championships. Other gymnasts featured: Marine Boyer (France), Eddy Yusof (Switzerland), Veronica Cenkova (Czech Republic), Marios Georgiou (Cyprus), Joe Fraser (Great Britain), Agnes Suto (Iceland) and James Hall (Great Britain).

Xoulogi is among the eight gymnasts featured in "Cluj (Confidentially)," a collection of behind-the-scenes profiles from the recent European Championships, in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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Written by dwight normile    Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:59    PDF Print
Nemov Favors All-Around For ‘Equity And Beauty’
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Featured in an interview in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, legendary Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov said he would prefer more gymnasts to focus on the all-around rather than perform as apparatus specialists.

“I think a personal examination of every sportsman for all six apparatus will keep more equity and beauty of gymnastics as a multi-discipline competition,” said Nemov, who last month was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Nemov, who is the Vice President of the Russian Gymnastics Federation, also commented on his amazing high bar routine in the 2004 Athens Olympic finals, which played a huge role in forcing the FIG to change the scoring system.

"It is difficult to forget such an experience," he said. "It had a big impression on me, and I still remember it now—that plenty of people from different continents started to support me. It was a storm of emotions for me, but their support mattered more than the position of the judges. I would like to return to that day in my life and thank again all the people who gave their vote for my routine."

Read the complete Nemov interview, and coverage of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by dwight normile    Tuesday, 13 June 2017 08:31    PDF Print
Hurd’s 2017 Results Reflect Work In Progress
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Featured in a cover story in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, rising U.S. talent Morgan Hurd said her less-than-perfect results thus far in the year reflect her ongoing work in the gym.

“It’s still early in the season,” said Hurd, who placed third all-around at the World Cup of Stuttgart in March, and 10th all-around at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy in April. “I’m just working on perfecting and finalizing each routine.”

Hurd is coached by Slava Glazounov at First State Gymnastics in Newark, Delaware.

"She's so very much self-motivated," says Glazounov, a former Russian national team member in sports acrobatics. "The workouts with her are a different level than with, I would say, most of the athletes I used to coach."

Read “Senior Sleeper” a cover story on Hurd, in the June 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 09 June 2017 05:59    PDF Print
Studer Ready To Play 'Positive' Role On Swiss Team
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Swiss gymnast Fabienne Studer told IG that, although she enjoyed and was pleased with her performance at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca in April, she wants to make quick improvements for better results in the future.

Fabienne Studer (Switzerland)

"The goal was to have a perfect competition without big mistakes," said Studer, who placed 28th in all-around qualifications in Cluj. "It was very fun and I really enjoyed my first one at the senior level. Obviously, I did not make the all-around final, which was a small personal target and an even smaller hope. The difficulty needs to be increased during the next month to get closer to the top."

Studer said the competition in Cluj was a marked change from the 2016 Europeans that her country hosted in Bern, where she was a member of the sixth-place Swiss team.

"The biggest challenge was to compete with all the 'big names,' formerly only seen on TV," she said. "A lot of them were and are still my role models."

Studer, who will turn 16 on June 26, resides in Thun and represents Gym Berner Oberland. Her coaches are Fabien Martin (head coach, mainly responsible for uneven bars), Natalia Mikhailova (assistant coach, mainly responsible for balance beam), Jérôme Martin (Fabien's brother, assistant coach, mainly responsible for vault and floor exercise) and Desislava (Dessi) Bürgi (choreography).

Aiming for the World Championships in Montreal in October, Studer and her coaches are preparing for a few possible competitions between now and the fall.

This month Studer is slated for the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, Belgium, on June 10-11; and "Le Duel," a "very new format for Switzerland" in Lugano.

"The plan until Montreal sees four competitions," Studer said. "However, it is not finalized yet and things may change.

Potential September competitions for Studer include the Swiss Championships, the Swiss Team Championships and the Challenge Cup/French International in Paris.

In Cluj, Studer's all-around total 50.432 points ranked her third among Swiss gymnasts. Teammates Ilaria Käslin (51.199) and Lynn Genhart (50.632) advanced to the 24-gymnast all-around final. Studer said she too has the potential to move ahead in future competitions.

"We have to work on the difficulty level primarily," she said. "Adding new elements and combinations is what I am focusing on."

As Studer merges with the Swiss team's veterans including two-time Olympian Giulia Steingruber, Käslin and others, she said she has unique qualities to contribute.

"Positive thinking and a lot of positive energy are what I can bring to the team," she told IG. "I am a team player with ambition and the will to fight for the team and myself."

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Swiss gymnasts includes:
"Finding Herself" - Genhart profile (November 2016)
Steingruber cover photo (May 2015)
"Brägger Breaks Through" - Pablo Brägger profile (January/February 2014)
Interview with former Swiss team head coach Zoltan Jordanov (January/February 2014)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Käslin profile (December 2013)
"Full Force" - Steingruber interview (June 2013)

To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 04 June 2017 12:36    PDF Print
'Amazing' Senior Debut Rouses South Africa's Rooskrantz
(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

First-year senior Caitlin Rooskrantz of South Africa told IG that placing fifth on uneven bars at last month's Challenge Cup of Koper, Slovenia, exceeded her expectations and gave her satisfaction.

First-year senior Caitlin Rooskrantz (South Africa)

"My goal was to at least to qualify in eighth place on bars," she said. "I was very pleased with my performance and the fact that I qualified in sixth position, which was better than I aimed for. Placing fifth in finals was an amazing achievement for me and I am very proud of myself, as this was my first-ever senior competition."

Rooskrantz's next international competitive targets include making the uneven bars final and "possibly try" to win a medal at the Challenge Cup of Szombathely, Hungary, in September; and qualifying for the World Championships in Montreal in October.

"I'm hoping to win the South African nationals as I believe I am capable," she added.

Rooskrantz, who placed second all-around at last fall's Junior Commonwealth Championships in Namibia, began training at age 7.

"I've always been a very agile and active child, and friends of my parents recommended enrolling me into gymnastics," she said. "I loved it and have never looked back."

To continue making international strides, Rooskrantz wants to better her form.

"My main focus is to tidy up all my elements so I can score higher marks in my execution," said Rooskrantz, who trains under coaches Ilse Pelser and Glen Hlongwane at Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre in Newlands, Johannesburg. "My difficulty is already up to standard for where I want it to be right now, but I can improve my execution score by quite a lot still."

No South African female artistic gymnast has competed at the Olympics Games since 2004, but the optimistic Rooskrantz said persistence and steadiness could help her earn advance to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

"I think it will take a whole lot of hard work, dedication, commitment and consistency," she told IG. "I feel that I am fairly up to standard when it comes to my difficulty, at least for now, but my execution needs some more work. Since the Olympics has always been a very important goal, I will have to give it my all in the next three years to make it to Tokyo and end the 16-year drought."


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