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Written by Admin    Sunday, 19 October 2008 09:16    PDF Print
Urzica Shows Off Flair on Show
Marius Urzica

Former world and Olympic pommel horse champion Marius Urzica is showcasing his flair on Romania's version of "Dancing with the Stars."

The three-time Olympian made his debut Friday on the Romanian show "I Dance for You." The show pairs a celebrity with an ordinary citizen in need of prize money.

Urzica's partner, student Larisa Plesca, is on the show to raise money for medical bills for her father, who is ill and on dialysis.

"I love dancing and that made me accept [the show's offer]," Urzica, 33, told newspaper ProSport. "I think that ambition is my strongest quality in order to pass every obstacle."

The pair ranked third after Friday's season opener.

Urzica was the world champion on pommel horse in 1994, 2001 and 2002. He won the gold on the event at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and the silver in 1996 and in 2004.

Urzica is not the first Romanian gymnast to star on "I Dance for You." 1999 world team member Corina Ungureanu was on the show in its first season. 1976 Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci made a guest appearance in 2007.

Click here for videos from the show.

Written by Admin    Saturday, 18 October 2008 08:53    PDF Print
Unopposed Grandi, Kim and Stoica Re-elected for FIG Posts

Running unopposed, FIG President Bruno Grandi (Italy) was re-elected Saturday at the 77th FIG Congress in Helsinki, Finland.

Women's Technical Committee President Nellie Kim (Belarus) and Men's Technical Committee President Adrian Stoica (Romania) also ran unopposed for re-election.

Poland's Maria Szyszowska was elected for a first term as president of the FIG's Rhythmic Technical Committee. Syzszowska received 36 votes to defeat Bulgaria's Maria Gigova (26 votes) and New Zealand's Michelle Duncan (25). Former president Egle Abruzzini (Italy) did not seek re-election.

Grandi, FIG president since 1996, was re-elected with 60 votes. Among the 83 ballots returned to the FIG, there were 11 abstentions and 12 votes against him.

Stoica received 73 votes with three abstentions and 11 votes against.

Kim received 80 votes with four abstentions and three votes against.

Four members of the Men's Technical Commitee were re-elected: Huang Liping (China), Julio Marcos (Spain), Istvan Karacsony (Hungary) and Sawao Kato (Japan). New members are Canada's Edouard Iarov (formerly of Kazakhstan) and American Steve Butcher.

Three members of the Women's Technical Committee were re-elected: Kym Dowdell (Australia), Yan Ninan (China), Donatella Sacchi (Italy) and Yoshie Harinishi (Japan). New members are Lyubov Burda Andrianova (Russia) and Naomi Valenzo (Mexico).

Two former members of the Rhythmic Technical Committee were re-elected: Gigova and Shihoko Sekita (Japan). New members are Noha Abou Shabana (Egypt), Daniela Delle Chiaie (Italy), Natalia Kuzmina (Russia) and Caroline Hunt (USA).

External Link: 2008 FIG Election

77th FIG Congress Election Results


Women's Technical Committee President
1 Nellie Kim Former 80 4 3
Women's Technical Committee Members
1 Kym Dowdell Former 55   2
2 Yan Ninan Former 47   4
3 Donatella Sacchi New 58   1
4 Yoshie Harinishi Former 38   6
5 Anca Grigoras New   29  
6 Liubov Burda Andrianova New 51   3
7 Johanna Gratt New   33  
8 Naomi Valenzo New 39   5




Men's Technical Committee President
No.1 Adrian Stoica Former 73 3 11
Men's Technical Committee
1 Enrique Salanitro Former        
2 Huang Liping Former 51   1
3 Julio Marcos Felipe Former 30   6
4 Istvan Karacsony Former 33   4
5 Sawao Kato Former 45   2
6 Edouard Iarov New 32   5
7 Ehab Amin Esawy New   26  
8 Jean-François Blanquino New   17  
9 Holger Albrecht New   21  
10 Han Yoon Soo New   26  
11 Arturs Mitkevichs New   14  
12 Tom Thingvold New   23  
13 Alvaro Sousa New   22  
14 Steve Butcher New 36   3




Rhythmic Technical Committee President
1 Maria Gigova New 26    
2 Michelle Duncan New 25    
3 Maria Szyszowska MBR 36    



Rhythmic Technical Committee Members
1 Elena Garcia Lopez Former   24  
2 Shihoko Sekita Former 43   2
3 Marina Lobach New   24  
4 Maria Gigova Former 42   3
5 Blagovesta Ignatova New   14  
6 Cecilia Juara Rosell New   5  
7 Blanka Mlejinkova New   19  
8 Noha Abou Shabana New 26   5
9 Terhi Toivanen New   13  
10 Eva Serrano New   21  
11 Daniela Delle Chiaie New 28   4
12 Monica Guzman New   20  
13 Eunice Lebre New   21  
14 Irina Deleanu New        
15 Natalia Kuzmina New 48   1
16 Dragana Terzic New   22  
17 Caroline Hunt New 25   6
18 Nieves Sansonetti New        


Written by Admin    Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:07    PDF Print
Liukin 'Sportswoman of the Year'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson at the Women's Sports Foundation awards Tuesday in New York
Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin has won yet another title: the 2008 Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.

Liukin, who won five Olympic medals in Beijing, was honored Tuesday in New York. She joins an exclusive list of former winners including figure skater Michelle Kwan, golfer Annika Sorenstam, track star Gail Devers and speedskater Bonnie Blair.

"Honestly, I can't believe I'm one of those on that list," Liukin told the media. "They are just phenomenal athletes. I would've never dreamed of anything like that. It's just amazing to be here."

Since her golden achievement in August in Beijing, Liukin has been busy making appearances and performing on the nationwide Tour of Gymnastics Superstars.

Liukin's hectic schedule hasn't left much time for training, but she says she does not plan to retire. Watching replays of her victory at the Olympics, as she did at the Women's Sports Foundation awards, makes her more inclined to compete again.

"Every time I watch it, even though it's only been a few months, it makes me miss competing already," said Liukin, who attended the awards with teammate Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic champion on balance beam.

Liukin said she is looking forward to competing at the 2009 U.S. Championships in Dallas, close to her hometown of Parker. The tour performed Saturday night in Dallas to a near sell-out crowd.

Liukin has won nine world championships medals, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most won by an American gymnast. She has the chance to pull ahead at the 2009 Worlds in London.

"That's what my next big goal is," Liukin said of 2009.

London is also the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, but she has not yet decided if she will try to defend her Olympic all-around title.

"2012 is four years away, so it's hard to say as far as what I'm doing," said Liukin, who turns 19 on Oct. 30.

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Written by Admin    Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:06    PDF Print
Great Britain Gets Set for the Glasgow Grand Prix
Louis Smith's Beijing bronze and the 2012 Olympics have led to increased ticket sales for this weekend's Glasgow Grand Prix.

Glasgow, site of the World Acrobatics Championships this past weekend, is gearing up for its annual artistic World Cup. Ticket sales have risen, British Gymnastics press liaison Vera Marinova-Atkinson told IG.

This year's edition of the annual competition features 91 gymnasts from 31 nations. The men's field is considerably deeper, with veteran world champions Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria), Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands), Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) and Aljaz Pegan (Slovenia).

Smith, the bronze medalist on pommel horse at August's Olympics in Beijing, and quadruple Junior European champion Daniel Keatings will champion the British cause.

The men's lineup also includes 2008 Olympic medalists Thomas Bouhail of France, the silver medalist on vault in Beijing, and Ukraine's Alexander Vorobyov, the bronze medalist on still rings.

2008 British Olympians Imogen Cairns and Marissa King headline the hosts' lineup in the women's competition. Ukrainians Alina Kozich and Daria Zgoba are the top-ranked guests after the late withdrawal of Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva and Ksenia Semyonova.

Both the 2009 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games will be in London, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be in Glasow.

The BBC will broadcast the competition on Sunday.

Glasgow Men's Roster
Marco Mayr Austria
Donna-Donny Truyens Belgium
Barend Verbeke Belgium
Diego Hypolito Brazil
Mosiah Rodrigues Brazil
Arthur Zanetti Brazil
Jordan Jovtchev Bulgaria
Tomas Gonealez Chile
Felipe Pinto Chile
Yan Mingyong China
Tomislav Markovic Croatia
Marijo Moenik Croatia
Robert Seligman Croatia
Irodotos Giorgallas Cyprus
Isaac Botella Spain
Manuel Carballo Spain
Ilkka Kuusela Finland
Kalle Maeitta Finland
Timo Nremela Finland
Tomi Tuuha Finland
Thomas Bouhail France
Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues France
Raphael Wignanitz France
Adam Cox Great Britain
Daniel Keatings Great Britain
Ruslan Panteleymonov Great Britain
Theo Seager Great Britain
Louis Smith Great Britain
Kristian Thomas Great Britain
Matthias Fahrig Germany
Thomas Taranu Germany
Eleftherios Kosmidis Greece
Vasileios Tsolakidis Greece
Kristian Berki Hungary
Vid Hidvegi Hungary
Eduard Gholub Israel
Alexander Shatilov Israel
Mohammad Abdullah Abu-Saleh Jordan
Tariq Abu Ayad Jordan
Ali Alasi Jordan
Yevgeny Sapronenko Latvia
Yuri van Gelder Netherlands
Epke Zonderland Netherlands
Adam Kierzkowski Poland
Marek Lyszczarz Poland
Luis Aranjo Portugal
Gustavo Simoes Portugal
Nasser Al-Hamad Qatar
Mahmood Al-Sadi Qatar
Marius Berbecar Romania
Alin Jivan Romania
Konstantin Pluzhnikov Russia
Alexander Balandin Russia
Dmitry Stolyarov Russia
Saso Bertoncelj Slovenia
Ziga Britovsek Slovenia
Alen Dimic Slovenia
Rok Kiavora Slovenia
Aljaz Pegan Slovenia
Mitja Petkovsek Slovenia
Christoph Schärer Switzerland
Samuel Piasecky Slovakia
Wajdi Bouallegue Tunisia
Andrei Isayev Ukraine
Alexander Suprun Ukraine
Alexander Vorobyov Ukraine
Glasgow Women's Roster
Aagje Vanwalleghem Belgium
Juliana Santos Brazil
Miranda Milena Brazil
Bibiana Velez Colombia
Catalina Escobar Colombia
Nathalia Sanchez Colombia
Mercedes Alcaide Spain
Naomi Ruiz Spain
Annika Urvikko Finland
Fanni Helminew Finland
Imogen Cairns Great Britain
Marissa King Great Britain
Jenny Brunner Germany
Kim Bui Germany
Susann Herbst Germany
Dorina Boczogo Hungary
Laura Gombas Hungary
Katja Bou Orm Lebanon
Anne Tritten Netherlands
Sanne Wevers Netherlands
Sasa Golob Slovenia
Adela Sajn Slovenia
Valentina Holenkova Ukraine
Alina Kozich Ukraine
Daria Zgoba Ukraine

Written by Amanda Turner    Monday, 13 October 2008 20:03    PDF Print
Milan Warms Up for Europeans

Milan, site of the 2009 Europeans, will get a warm-up this fall with the Italian Grand Prix.

The Italian Grand Prix on Nov. 22 features competition for men's and women's artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics.

The competition will take place at the 12,000-seat Datch Forum di Assago, site of next spring's European Championships.

The contract for the 2009 European Championships, to be held March 30-April 5, was signed this past weekend by European Gymnastics Union President Dimitrios Dimitropoulos.

The last European Championships in Italy was the men's competition held in Rome in 1981. The now-defunct European Cup also was held in Rome, in 1995.

The competition is the third official individual European Championships for individuals. Italy was golden at the previous individual championships in 2005 and 2007. In 2005, Francesca Benolli won women's vault, and Andrea Coppolino tied for the gold on still rings. In 2007, Vanessa Ferrari won the all-around and floor exercise titles, and Carlotta Giovannini won women's vault.


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