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Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 12 April 2014 11:45    PDF Print
Harrold Leads Britain to Victory in Munich
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

World uneven bars finalist Ruby Harrold led Great Britain to victory in a triangular friendly against Germany and Spain, held Saturday evening in Munich. Pictured: All-around champion Roxana Popa (Spain)

World uneven bars finalist Ruby Harrold led Great Britain to victory in a triangular friendly against Germany and Spain, held Saturday afternoon in Munich.

Great Britain had the top total on every event to score 167.950. Host Germany took second (164.800) over Spain (157.40.).

Rising Spanish star Roxana Popa won the all-around (55.300) by just .1 over Harrold. German Olympian Elisabeth Seitz (55.000) finished third.

The Romanian-born Popa won last winter's Mexico Open in Acapulco, and last weekend she took second to Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari at the Tokyo World Cup.

2008 British Olympian Becky Downie had the high score of the meet, earning 15.050 on uneven bars.

The competition followed a junior meet among Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Germany's Tabea Alt won the all-around title and led the host team to victory over Great Britain.

2014 Germany vs Great Britain and Spain
April 12, Munich

Senior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Great Britain43.30042.75041.30040.600167.950

Senior All-Around (Top 13)VTUBBBFXTotal
1.Roxana Popa14.05013.90013.45013.90055.300
2.Ruby Harrold14.10014.25013.15013.70055.200
3.Elisabeth Seitz14.05014.50013.05013.40055.000
4.Kelly Simm14.35013.10013.05013.40053.900
4.Cagla Akyol13.90013.35013.95012.70053.900
6.Pauline Schäfer 14.20011.35013.75013.65052.950
7.Lisa-Katharina Hill13.40013.35013.00013.10052.850
7.Nadja Schulze13.40013.35013.00013.10052.850
9.Cintia Rodriguez13.05012.25012.90012.55050.750
10.Claudia Colom13.65012.10011.75012.60050.100
11.Laura Gamell12.10011.05012.65012.90048.700
12.Marta Costa12.30011.10012.15011.35046.900
13.Becky Downie14.50015.05014.00043.550

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of the tri-meet competitors includes:

Roxana Popa two-page center poster (January/February 2014)
"European Brilliance" - Ruby Harrold interview (September 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" – Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)
"New View from the Top" - Lisa-Katharina Hill profile (July/August 2013)

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

Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:12    PDF Print
Germany, Alt Win Junior Friendly in Munich
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Germany's Tabea Alt led her team to victory over Great Britain and Italy on Saturday at a junior competition among five nations in Munich. Pictured: The second-place British junior team

Germany's Tabea Alt led her team to victory over Great Britain and Italy on Saturday at a meet among five nations in Munich.

The competition featured the host nation against juniors from Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. A tri-meet among Germany, Great Britain and Spain takes place Saturday evening for senior competitors.

Germany defeat Britain by less than a point, 160.65-159.85. Italy placed third with 158.90.

Alt scored 54.300 to top British junior champion Amy Tinkler (53.950) and Italy's Iosra Abdelaziz (52.50).

Alt, who turned 14 on March 18, trains at Stuttgart's Kunst-Turn-Forum alongside German veteran Kim Bui. Junior star Kim Janas, who is recovering from a torn ACL, is also now training at the club.

For many of the countries, the meet in Munich serves as a final trial for next month's European championships in Sofia. This year's European championships includes a full junior competition with team, all-around apparatus finals. Many of the gymnasts are aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games as well.

"All the countries will compete with their best gymnasts and all the gymnasts are potential candidates for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio," German women's head coach Ulla Koch said.

Action continues Saturday evening with the senior competition. 2012 German Olympians Bui, Janine Berger and Elisabeth Seitz will suit up for the host nation, along with rising bars star Sophie Scheder.

2014 Germany vs Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
April 12, Munich

Junior TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
2.Great Britain42.50037.90040.60038.850159.850

Junior All-Around (Top 14)VTUBBBFXTotal
1.Alt Tabea13.95013.80012.80013.75054.300
2.Amy Tinkler14.55012.30013.75013.35053.950
3.Iosra Abdelaziz13.85013.00013.15012.50052.500
4.Chiara Imeraj12.70013.25013.00013.35052.300
4.Ellie Downie13.85012.70013.80011.95052.300
6.Anja Schwarz13.15013.05012.80012.40051.400
7.Pauline Tratz14.05012.50012.95011.70051.200
7.Sofia Busato14.20012.15012.05012.80051.200
7.Alica Liuguerri13.10012.75012.75012.60051.200
10.April Maslen13.60012.10012.95012.50051.150
11.Rhyannon Jones13.70012.55011.90012.90051.050
12.Teal Grindle12.70012.65013.05012.60051.000
13.Desiré Carofiglio13.55011.90012.45013.05050.950
14Eva Perez13.65012.15012.95011.90050.650
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 April 2014 23:54    PDF Print
Mikulak Leads Michigan to Back-to-Back NCAA Titles
(5 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
Michigan senior Sam Mikulak went out in style by anchoring the Wolverines' final event, floor exercise, with an event-high 16.05. The score gave the Wolverines back-to-back NCAA team titles, and their sixth overall, before a home crowd Friday night at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

Sam Mikulak clinched the all-around and team title on floor exercise

Michigan led wire-to-wire to defeat runner-up Oklahoma, 445.05-441.65, while Stanford finished third with 436.30. Completing the six-team field in order were Illinois (435.35), Ohio State (433.50) and Penn State (429.80).

Mikulak also won his third NCAA all-around title in spite of a poor high bar routine in the second-to-last rotation. Having posted the top scores on pommel horse, vault and parallel bars, Mikulak overshot the bar on a Kolman, his opening release (13.35). That's when he rebounded on floor for his final routine as a Michigan Wolverine. Every pass was in control, and he stuck his triple twist dismount to set off a frenzy of cheers among his teammates and fans.

As he did last season, Michigan head coach Kurt Golder lightened Mikulak's competitive load throughout the season, and the strategy worked. The Wolverines may not have occupied the top spot in the regular-season rankings, but they did when it counted most, which was after Thursday's qualifier and Friday's NCAA final.

Mikulak's 91.10 proved too much for runner-up Akashi Modi (89.20), the sensational freshman from Stanford. Ohio State freshman Sean Melton was third with 88.40, suggesting a shift in power as Mikulak leaves the collegiate ranks.

Michigan's win was all the more remarkable since it had lost one of its top gymnasts, Adrian de los Angeles, to a torn ACL at the Winter Cup in February. A year ago, de los Angeles placed second all-around at the NCAAs.

Oklahoma had one fall in its first rotation, parallel bars, but battled back to make it interesting. But the Sooners, who had no all-arounders in the meet, lacked the big weapon to challenge the Mikulak-led Wolverines.

For complete results, click here.

Written by Admin    Friday, 11 April 2014 22:50    PDF Print
Five Nations Golden in Pacific Rim Junior Finals
(3 votes, average 4.67 out of 5)

The gold medals in the junior apparatus finals were spread among five nations as competition continued Friday at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, B.C., Canada.

Gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the United States won gold medals. The competition biennial competition features athletes from countries bordering the Pacific Ocean competing in artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics. This year's event included gymnasts from 15 nations.

Junior women's all-around champion Bailie Key (U.S.) was the most successful female with titles on women's vault and floor exercise, and silver medals on uneven bars and balance beam. Teammate Norah Flatley won the balance beam title, while China's Luo Huan won the gold mdeal on uneven bars.

In the men's competition, Japan's Kakeru Tanigawa was a triple champion. He won gold medals on floor exercise (tied with China's Huang Mingqi), parallel bars and high bar (tied with teammate Kenya Yuasa).

U.S. gymnast Alec Yoder won pommel horse, while Canada's Ryan Oehrlein took the gold on still rings for the host country. Australia's Clay Stephens struck gold on vault.

Competition concludes Saturday with senior apparatus finals. Video of the event will be broadcast live on the official website.

External Link: Official Website

2014 Pacific Rim Championships
April 11, Richmond, B.C.

Junior Women's Vault FinalDScore
1.Bailie Key5.814.975
2.Nia Dennis5.814.900
3.Shallon Olsen5.814.875
4.Ayu Koike5.814.350
5.Marina Kawasaki5.014.175
6.Rose-Kaying Woo5.014.075
7.Liu Tingting5.014.050
8.Luo Huan5.013.975

Junior Uneven Bars FinalDScore
1.Luo Huan6.214.700
2.Bailie Key5.614.400
3.Liu Tingting5.714.300
4.Norah Flatley5.514.100
5.Rose-Kaying Woo5.413.425
6.Shallon Olsen5.413.375
7.Yurika Yumoto4.913.275
7.Ayu Koike4.913.275

Junior Balance Beam FinalDScore
1.Norah Flatley6.314.850
2.Bailie Key6.214.800
3.Zhou Linlin5.914.200
4.Marina Kawasaki5.413.725
5.Rose-Kaying Woo5.513.475
6.Ayu Koike5.013.150
7.Liu Tingting5.813.025
8.Megane Roberts4.311.975

Junior Women's Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1.Bailie Key6.014.650
2.Shallon Olsen5.814.150
3.Rose-Kaying Woo5.314.000
4.Luo Huan5.113.800
5.Ayu Koike5.213.350
6.Nia Dennis5.813.250
7.Liu Tingting5.212.850
8.Emily Whitehead4.912.250

Junior Men's Floor Exercise FinalDScore
1.Huang Mingqi5.214.300
1.Kakeru Tanigawa5.114.300
3.Marty Strech5.214.100
4.Kentaro Yunoki5.213.950
5.Ryan Oehrlein5.113.800
6.Carlos Yulo5.213.500
7.Rene Cournoyer5.112.900
8.Clay Stephens5.412.100

Junior Pommel Horse FinalDScore
1.Alec Yoder5.613.550
2.Davis Grooms5.213.250
3.Kakeru Tanigawa4.613.200
4.Kenya Yuasa4.912.650
5.Reegan Edwards4.112.500
6.Aaron Mah4.812.350
7.Gabriel O'Sullivan4.911.600
8.Luis Pizarro4.311.400

Junior Still Rings FinalDScore
1.Ryan Oehrlein5.513.900
2.Zou Jingyuan5.313.750
3.Alec Yoder5.213.450
4.Kentaro Yunoki4.913.400
5.Rene Cournoyer5.113.200
6.Kakeru Tanigawa4.713.150
7.Marty Strech5.013.100
8.Gabriel O'Sullivan4.712.450
8.Clay Stephens4.512.450

Junior Men's Vault FinalDScore
1.Clay Stephens5.214.550
2.Marty Strech5.214.400
3.Kenya Yuasa5.214.250
4.Rene Cournoyer5.614.000
5.Alec Yoder5.213.950
6.Kentaro Yunoki5.213.900
7.Huang Mingqi5.613.600
8.Carlos Yulo3.612.300

Junior Parallel Bars FinalDScore
1.Kakeru Tanigawa4.813.950
2.Huang Mingqi5.313.900
3.Zou Jingyuan5.613.750
3.Davis Grooms5.213.750
5.Marty Strech4.913.200
6.Luis Pizarro4.412.900
7.Ryan Oehrlein4.912.850
8.Clay Stephens4.412.650

Junior High Bar FinalDScore
1.Kenya Yuasa5.113.900
1.Kakeru Tanigawa4.913.900
3.Huang Mingqi5.213.650
4.Alec Yoder5.113.200
4.Rene Cournoyer4.913.200
4.Marty Strech4.813.200
7.Reegan Edwards4.512.450
8.Ryan Oehrlein4.412.350

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of Pacific Rim competitors includes:
"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black profile (July/August 2013)
"Black to Business" - Black interview (November 2012)
"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)
Nathan Gafuik interview (July/August 2010)
"Two Cheers for Colombia" - Jorge Giraldo profile (June 2008)
"Texas Dreams' Junior Hit" - Bailey Key profile (May 2013)
Key, Nia Dennis and Norah Flatley on front/back cover photo collage; feature/photo gallery on U.S. juniors including Key, Dennis and Flatley (October 2013)
"Making Tracks" - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)
"Ready to Rise Again" – John Orozco center poster and profile (November 2012)
"Bronx Bomber" – Orozco interview (April 2012)
Elizabeth Price interview (April 2014)
"Full Price" - Price cover photo and profile (January/February 2013)
"Focus Forward" - Kyla Ross cover photo and interview (November 2012)
"Clutch Hitter" - Ross profile (November 2010)
Ross on cover photo collage (September 2010)
"Ready to Rock" - Wai Hung Shek profile (July/August 2012)
"Hope for Hong Kong" – Angel Wong profile (January/February 2011)

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

Written by dwight normile    Friday, 11 April 2014 13:39    PDF Print
Orozco Leads U.S. to Men's Title at Pacific Rim Championships
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The U.S. won the men's team (338.550) competition over runner-up Japan (333.550) and third-place Canada (326.400) at the 2014 Pacific Rim Championships in Richmond, B.C., April 10. American John Orozco won the senior all-around title (87.20), with Japan's Toshiya Ikejiri (85.05) and Yuto Murakami (84.90) placing second and third.

Kakeru Tanigawa of Japan won the junior all-around gold (82.70), while Americans Marty Strech and Alex Yoder tied for second (80.40).

“We are known for our heart and we showed it today,” said U.S. team captain Chris Brooks, the defending all-around champion from 2012, when the event was held in Everett, Wash. “It was a hard-fought competition, and we had some mistakes along the way. Team USA’s spirit is that we don’t give up. We fought hard and came out with a win, and that’s what matters.” Read more.

Read "Ready to Rise Again," a profile on John Orozco, in the November 2012 issue of International Gymnast magazine, which also includes a two-page center poster of Orozco; and read "Bronx Bomber," an interview with Orozco in the April 2012 issue. To order back issues, or subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine, click here.


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