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Written by Admin    Sunday, 28 September 2008 10:11    PDF Print
Zou Kai to Auction Olympic Gold
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Zou Kai (China)

China's Zou Kai will auction one of his three gold medals from the 2008 Olympics to benefit his quake-stricken home province of Sichuan.

Zou announced Friday his plan to auction his floor exercise gold medal and donate the money to reconstruction projects in Sichuan, which suffered a catastrophic earthquake in May.

At the Olympics in August, the 20-year-old Zou also won gold medals with the Chinese team and on the high bar. His three golds were the most of any gymnast in Beijing.

"The floor exercise title belongs to myself, so I'd rather select this gold medal. I was born in Sichuan and I was so sad when the earthquake struck the region," he said at a press conference.

Zou was training in Beijing — site of the 2008 Olympics — with the national team when the 8.0-magnitude quake struck May 12, killing nearly 70,000 and leaving millions homeless.

"A lot of my town's citizens lost their lives and a lot of houses were toppled," Zou said. "I'd like to share my honor from the Olympics with them and hope to do something for them. So I made up my mind the second day after the Olympics closed to auction one of my gold medals for the reconstruction of the earthquake-hit area."

The Chinese men won seven of eight possible gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing, matching the Soviet men's performance at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

Written by Amanda Turner    Wednesday, 24 September 2008 13:03    PDF Print
FIG Investigating Yang, Dong

Dong Fangxiao at the 2000 Olympcs in Sydney
The FIG has expanded its investigation of the Chinese female gymnasts' ages to include members of the 2000 Olympic team, it was reported Wednesday.

Secretary General Andre Gueisbuhler said the FIG is looking into reports of falsified ages of 2000 Olympians Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun, members of the bronze-medal winning team in Sydney.

The FIG reported after the conclusion of the Olympics in Beijing that it would look into the ages of gold medalists He Kexin and Yang Yiilin.

The ages of the Chinese gymnasts was one of the biggest stories of the recent Olympics. The widespread media coverage also included mentions of Yang Yun's age in Sydney.

"If we had a look at all the articles that came before, during and after the games, there were always rumors about the ages of China's athletes in Sydney," Gueisbuhler told The Associated Press.

Yang, who also won the 2000 Olympic bronze medal on uneven bars, said in a 2007 television interview that she was 14 at the time. Dong, whose birth year is listed as 1983, reportedly has a blog which lists a birth year of 1985.

"We did not have another choice," Gueisbuhler said. "If we want to remain credible, then we have to look into things."

If age falsification is confirmed and the FIG took steps to nullify China's results in 2000 or 2008, the U.S. team would be the immediate beneficiary. The Americans finished second behind China in 2008 and fourth in 2000.

Ukrainian Viktoria Karpenko would be upgraded to the bronze if Yang were stripped of her individual bronze on uneven bars in Sydney.

Written by Admin    Wednesday, 24 September 2008 08:47    PDF Print
Yerimbetov Yearns for Full Fall Comeback
Yernar Yerimbetov (Kazakhstan)

Sidelined in 2007 by a shoulder injury, Kazakhstan's top gymnast Yernar Yerimbetov is aiming for a complete comeback this fall.

"Now I have one goal — to recover 100 percent," the 28 year old said this week in an interview with a Kazakh paper.

Fourth all-around at the 2003 Worlds, Yerimbetov has won 15 World Cup medals. At the 2004 Olympics, he finished 14th all-around and eighth on parallel bars.

Yerimbetov missed the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games, with the shoulder injury. He said he was confident he would have been able to qualify for his second Olympics.

"I would have be able to win a license, without any problems," he said. "But at the last moment, an old injury returned. We found a tear and it was followed by serious complications. There was no talk about my trip to Germany."

No artistic gymnasts from Kazakhstan competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Yerimbetov hopes to rectify that London in 2012.

"In 2012, I will be 32 years old," he said. "For gymnastics this is not the limit. At the Olympics in Athens, I met a gymnast who was 34, and he was in very good form. Anyway, I will be working very hard to be in perfect shape in four years. One of my main tasks is to regain the trust of Kazakhstan."

Currently Yerimbetov has set his immediate sites on the 4th Asian Gymnastics Championships, to be held Nov. 15-18 in Doha, Qatar. He won the gold medal on floor exercise and high bar at the 2003 Asian Championships.

"All thoughts and hopes only for the Asian Championships," Yerimbetov said.

Written by Admin    Thursday, 18 September 2008 08:21    PDF Print
Mom Moceanu Expecting Baby No. 2
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Dominique Moceanu and daughter Carmen

Olympic and Goodwill Games champion Dominique Moceanu announced Thursday she is expecting baby No. 2 with husband Dr. Michael Canales.

"We are really excited about the news," Moceanu said. "Mike and I dreamed of starting a family for quite some time — and now here we are getting ready to add our second baby to the nest! We couldn't be happier!"

Moceanu, a member of the U.S. gold-medal team at the 1996 Olympic Games, and former gymnast Canales have a daughter, Carmen, born on Dec. 25, 2007.

The new baby is due in March, said Moceanu, who is attending college and coaching gymnastics in Ohio. Canales is a foot and ankle surgeon.

"We love it in Ohio and look forward to raising our children here," Moceanu said. "Having my first child, Carmen, was a magical experience — being a mother is at the very top of my list of accomplishments and I am really looking forward to bringing another precious life into this world."

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Written by Admin    Wednesday, 17 September 2008 17:58    PDF Print
Gymnastics Gears Up for Fall Season
The trophies and medals for the upcoming Hungarian World Cup in Szombathely.

Many of the world's best gymnasts are enjoying a post-Olympic break, but others are hard at work for more competition in 2008.

There will be five World Cup event this fall, beginning with the inaugural Hungarian World Cup, Oct. 3-5 in Szombathely. European pommel horse champion Krisztian Berki headlines the field, which also includes 2008 Olympics Robert Gal and Dorina Boczogo.

Attention next will shift to Great Britain and its annual Glasgow Grand Prix, Oct. 17-19. Great Britain will play host to three major gymnastics events over the next six years: the 2009 World Championships in London, the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Czech Republic will hold its annual Ostrava Grand Prix Nov. 6-8, followed by the long-running DTB Cup, Nov. 14-16 in Stuttgart.

The two-year World Cup cycle concludes Dec. 12-14 with the World Cup Final in Madrid, Spain. It will be the last World Cup Final in the near future, as the FIG voted this year to cancel future such events.


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