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2004 Olympic Games The 2004 Olympic Games was phenomenal for USA Gymnastics - earning nine medals, the highest medal count in a non-boycotted Olympics in the modern history of gymnastics. Team USA won two team silvers, the first time both teams have medaled since 1984. In addition, Carly Patterson and Paul Hamrn won the all-around gold medals plus Annia Hatch earned a silver on vault, Patterson won the silver on beam, Humphrey grabbed the silver on bars, Paul Hamrn won silver on high bar and Courtney Kupets took the bronze on bars. It was an incredible Olympic Games for USA Gymnastics.

40 2004 Sports Acrobatics National Championships National Championships for Sports Acrobatics took place in Palm Springs, Calif., July 2331. More than 570 athletes representing 43 clubs competed in Levels 5 through Elite. With the increased participation, the 2004 championships were the largest Sports Acrobatics National Championships to date. Read the story and results on page 40.

44 Trampoline and Tumbling JO National Championships Over 1600 athletes, representing 180 clubs competed at the Trampoline & Tumbling J.o. National Championships in Tampa, Florida, July 13-19. The annual event names National Champions in individual trampoline, power tumbling and double mini trampoline fo r Levels 5-10 and in synchronized trampoline for Level 10 only. The athletes range in age from 6 & Under to 17 & Over. Check out the results in this issue!

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Being a part of the Games in Athens was a tremendous experience. I watched with pride as both the men's and women's team won the silver medals, the first time Gymnasti cs both teams have medaled at the same Olympics in 20 years. It was amazing to witness Paul Hamm come back from a fall to win the Olympic All-Around title, becoming the first American male to ever accomplish this feat. A day later, Carly Patterson followed in Mary Lou Retton's footsteps to also win the Olympic All-Around title, and land herself on the cover of the Wheaties box . During individual event finals, Paul Hamm once again had the performance of a lifetime, earning the silver medal on high bar. On the women's side, Annia Hatch won the silver medal on vault, Terin Humphrey earned the silver medal on bars, Carly grabbed the silver medal on beam and Courh1ey Kupets took the bronze medal on bars. In the trampoline competition Jennifer Parilla finished 14th and in the rhythmic event Mary Sanders was 15th, the top finish for an American Rhythmic gymnast in a non-boycotted Olympic Games. It was an amazing 16 days in Athens.

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The 2004 Olympic Games was phenomenal for USA Gymnastics ¡ nine medals, the highest medal In a non-boycoHed Olympics in the history of gymnastics. Team USA won two golds, two team silvers, four event fi and one event finals bronze. The high medal count was six, earned in

By Luan Peszek SA women captured the silver medal in the team competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, making it two-far-two for the U.s. men's and women's teams. The team included: Mohini Bhardwaj, Almia Hatch, Terin Humphrey, Courtney Kupets, Courtney McCool and Carly Patterson, with Kelli Hill as the women's team coach.

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"We are more than happy with the silver medal," said team member Hatch. We would like to share this accomplishment with all Americans back home. What we have accomplished here is great for American gymnastics." "We opened the door on several events and they walked in," said U.s. coach Kelli Hill after the Romanians won with 114.283 points, .699 ahead of the U.S. with 113.584, while Russia took the bronze with 113.235 points.

it came down to who had the fewest mistakes. On this night in Athens the Romanians came out on top but the U.s. team was close!

The Competition Romania led after the preliminary round of competition, scoring 152.436 to the USA's 151.848 and China's 151.085. Russia was fourth with a 149.420. Below is a recap of the USA team preliminary scores. An interesting note - Team USA had four gymnasts in the top nine. Patterson was first, Kupets in fourth, Bhardwaj was seventh and McCool finished ninth. Since only two gymnasts per country are allowed into the all-around finals, Patterson and Kupets earned the right to advance. However, this shows the tremendous depth of the U.S. team.

The U.S. team medal is just the fifth team medal in U.s. women's gymnastics history and the first since the U.S. women took the gold in 1996. The silver medal also marks the first time since 1984 that both the men's and women's teams medaled in the same Olympics, and is the only such dual medal performance in a non-boycotted Olympics in USA Gymnastics' Olympic history. Of course the strong U.S. squad was going for the gold and just .699 separated the Romanians and the Americans. With the new format of six on a team, three up and three count on each event,

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a 9.562. USA finished with a team score of 28.387 which ahead of China. Romania was up next and moved slightly with a 28.437. again Patterson was the USA lead off person on bars. She had an IIlchruracterlstic mistake, scoring 9.287 but Humphrey followed with an 'Oultstan(iing routine, scoring 9.575 and Kupets put the exclamation point this event posting a 9.662. The US., who had the highest team score on brurs, moved into the lead after two events. Just prior to beam the US. had to do an adjustment in the lineup. Kupets had a right hamstring strain which bothered her the most on beam. The US. replaced Kupets in the beam line-up with Bhardwaj. Leading off for the U.S., Humphrey hit a solid routine scoring 9.487 followed by Patterson with a 9.612. Bhardwaj nailed her routine and scored a 9.40 putting the U.S. in second behind Romania after three rotations by the narrowest of mrurgins. Romania picked up nearly five-tenths on beam due to Catalina Ponor's 9.762, Alexandra Georgiana Eremia's 9.687 and Ban's 9.512.

On being named to the beam line-up, Bhardwaj said, "I was told about it early in the morning in case something would happen. I was a little stressed out and I think mentally I wasn't completely prepared, but I felt I did pretty well." Moving to the last event, floor, Kupets had strong tumbling and dance but stumbled on a jump combination finishing with a disappointing score of 9.187. Bhrurdwaj followed scoring 9.325 and Patterson rebounded big on floor scoring 9.662. Romania needed a 9.35 average score on floor and apperured up for the challenge. Sofronie erurned a 9.562, Ban received a 9.437 and Ponor clinched the team's second-straight Olympic win with a score of 9.75, the highest of the night. Team captain Bhardwaj commented on tl1e team silver medal saying, "We are really excited to win the silver medal. It's been eight years since we've been on tl1e awrurd stand and we are very happy." On what tl1e silver means to her she said, "The silver medal represents 21 yerurs of gymnastics and hrurd work." Since the 2000 Olympics, the U.S. women have won nine World Championships medals, including the first-ever team gold at the 2003 Worlds and now have added the team silver medal from the 2004 Olympics.

Carly-rt' hB (] 0 l dCj n (} l i.l l Women's All Around Crurly Patterson's dream came true during all-ruround finals when she carne from behind to defeat World Champion Svetlana 25, to become Olympic All-Around Champion. Twenty yerurs later repeated itself, as Carly took after Mrury Lou Retton by women's all-ruround gold, tl1e most coveted medal in the sport. "I don't even know what to say right now I'm so happy," Pa "I've dreamed of this my whole life. It's amazing." No, she's amazing! This incredibly talented 16-year-old won her gold foreign soil and with all countries present and aCCXJunted for in this Olympic Mrurtl1a Karolyi, U.S. team coordinator said, "This is Crurly's coming (continued on poge 16)

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.nClrKllna, who was competing in her and final Olympics, scored . . . ."" 38.211 to Carly's 38.387, while China's Nan Zhang won bronze with a 38.049. Kupets finished ninth, obviously hampered by a muscle pull in her right leg. Now on a first name basis with the American public, Carly got off to a conservative start on vault with a score of 9.375 for her Yurchenko double coach, Evgeny Marchenko, took her aside. "I told her, 'It's OK,'" he said. "It's only the beginning. Don't worry about scores, keep working."

Members of the men's basketball Dream Team were in the arena for the women's all-around final, featuring USA's Carly Patterson and Courtney Kupets. Team USA's Emeka Okafor, the # 1 draft selection of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, offered his thoughts on Carly's all-around performance: "It was nice to be there and to see them in person, you get a perspective of just how great of athletes they really are. Doing the stuff they do and how great they are is just mindboggling. Just to be able to do it and to have the confidence to do the things they do, is amazing."

"I knew about Paul Hamm's story and his comeback," Carly said. "And 1 knew if 1 could hit the best routines I would have a chance."

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Carly was eighth after vault while Kupets scored a 9.275 for her Yurchenko half on, front pike half off. The two gymnasts from the u.s. turned it up a notch going to bars, scoring 9.575 and 9.625, respectively. After two row1ds of competition, Khorkina was in the lead with a 19.187 followed by Romania's Daniela Nicoleta Sofronie with a 19.049 and Russia's Anna Pavlov a with an 18.987. Patterson and Kupets fourth and fifth with an 18.950 and an 18.900. Patterson moved to her favorite event -beam. She routine, skill after skill, including her signature u.<~'. . nJ"" Patterson which is a round off, flip flop, double Arabian and stuck the landing. After beam, Patterson rose to the top of the rankings scoring 9.725, and was "beaming" from ear to ear. Khorkina was second and Pavlova third. Kupets, whose hamstring bothered her the most on beam, only scored an 8.975, dropping her to seventh in the rankings after three events. Going into the last event, Khorkina was second up on floor. She performed well to score a 9.562. Kupets earned a 9.237 on her floor routine, while Pavlova was on vault and scored a 9.425. Sofronie was on floor and went 9.537 and China's Zhang Nan posted a big score of 9.60 on floor. All the scores were in, but one. Patterson was up last and needed just over a 9.5 to win the gold. Her routine was nearly flawless, hitting each and every tumbling pass and dance combination with ease. She earned a 9.712 to take home the all-around gold medal - the first American (continued l1li , . II)


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won after floor, she said, "I knew I had done a good routine until I saw the score." hat her coach told her before the routine Carly said, "My coach just told me to do a good floor routine and do the best 1 can. 1 knew 1 had to do a good floor

whole lot," Carly said. '1 worked all my life champion. All the work paid off."

ms Four More Medals Mohini Bhardwaj women continued to dominate the medal podium event finals, winning four more medals. Hatch in her '''~,. .aLW.c event, vault, won the silver medal; Humphrey and Kupets earned silver and bronze on bars; and Patterson won silver on her favorite and best event -- beam. Hatch, who sustained a torn left ACL just 370 days ago, capped her remarkable comeback with a silver medal in the vault with an average score of 9.481. Hatch competed two of the most difficult vaults in the world, earning scores of 9.400 for her Tsukahara 11 / 2/ and stuck the landing on her Yurchenko double-- full for a 9.562. "I just took a deep breath, and thought 'Just one more. You know how to do this. Just stay focused, and have fun,' and that's what 1 did, and 1 was

able to medal," Hatch said. "It feels like a story, a really amazing story. It feels great!" Winning the gold on vault was Romania's Rosu while Russia's Anna Pavlova won the bronze. Kupets, who is the 2002 World Champion on bars, competed early in the draw on bars and scored a 9.637. One of the favorites on this event, 2000 Olympic bars champion Svetlana Khorkina, knocked out of the medals when she fell, scoring an 8.925. competed last on bars, and needed a 9.600 for a scored a 9.625 in prelims and a 9.575 in team finals on Humphrey needed a near-perfect routine to standings. She performed the routine with on her double layout dismount to score

a 9.662 for the silver, and moving Kupets to bronze. "1 had no idea what the scores were," Humphrey said. "1 wasn't focused on that. 1 was just trying to hit my routine." France's Emilie Lepennec won the bars title scoring 9.687. Patterson showed her consistency under pressure, nailing her beam routine in the team, all-around, and event finals the last performance earning a 9.775 for the silver medal. She finished slightly behind Catalina Ponor of Romania who scored 9.787. Romanian teammate Alexandria Georgiana Eremia finished third. "1 hit everything tonight with no wobbles, so I'm really happy with how 1 did," Patterson said. "Every little move, every leap, every landing - everything counts just fractions of tenths, especially during event finals. The judges are looking at everything, so I'm proud to come away with a silver medal." Kupets finished her Olympic Games on beam as well, scoring a 9.375 to finish fifth in the event final. Bhardwaj competed on floor in finals, scoring Bhardwaj's routine was only given a 9.7 start value 9.9 due to a missed element and lost connection her in sixth place. Coach Chris Waller's inquiry was Romania's Ponor achieved her third gold medal of scoring a 9.750 on floor to win the title. Her Lt;;CllllUJla won the silver (9.562). Spain's Patricia Moreno and-half-twist (slightly out of control on the landing) 9.487 for the bronze. Women's Results on


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Paul Hamm said, "We are excited to win the silver This is the first time we've medal in a non-boycotted 0 since 1932. We have made history here. We were fifth in Sydney and it has been a great accomplishment for us to stay toward the top in the last three years. This shows how strong the U.S. has gotten and we hope to keep this going in the future." The last Olympic Team medal earned for the U.S. was the gold in 1984. Beyond that, one would have to go back to the 1932 Olympic Games when the team won silver and the events included rope climb and Indian Clubs as well as the traditional events that we know of today.

The Competition After the preliminary round of team competition had concluded Japan was first with a 232.134, followed by the USA with a 230.41, Romania had 230.019 and China totaled 229.507. It was definitely going to be a close race in the team finals. Below is a look at the USA scores during team prelims.


The u.s. men got off to a great start in team finals on floor, Guard Young started the U.S. off with a 9.70, followed by Morgan score of 9.712, while Paul Hamm one-upped it with a 9.725.

for the top score on this event. with another solid routine and a

Pommel horse was next and the momentum continued to build. The combination of McClure, Morgan and Paul Harnrn kept the U.S. on track scoring 9.650,9.650 and 9.750. U.S. finished fourth as a team on pommel horse and maintained its second place standing in the team competition. Rings turned out to be a little rougher than expected for the U.S. squad, scoring 28.237. Young started off with a hit set, but dismounted with an easier dismount than planned due to too much swing, scoring 9.475. Gatson went next and missed one of his strength holds to score a 9.125. Wilson hit a solid routine to score 9.637, but it wasn't enough to keep the U.S. in the top two - they fell to third in the rankings. On to vault and the U.S. was up first in rotation four - all three U.S. vaulters performed a Kasamatsu 1 1/ 2 twist with a 9,.90 start value. Young led off with a powerful vault but had two rather large steps to score a 9.350. Morgan recovered nicely, taking only a small step forward on the landing to score a 9.637. Finishing for the U.S. was Paul who also had a powerful

vault, but took a step forward for a score of 9.612.

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off man on parallel bars was Wilson, who had a clean routine scoring 9.712. Paul continued to build the score finishing up with a hit set and a score of 9.737. Up last for the U.S. was Gatson who had an amazing routine, hitting every handstand dead on and nailing the dismount for a huge score of 9.825. The U.S. had moved back up to second place. There was much drama unfolding in the competition venue. The medals came down to the last event. China led off on high bar, Teng peeled off the bar on a healy to L-grip, scoring a 9.125. !lTT' " rna , followed China led by loan Suciu

the routine with minor with a score of 9.275. Razvan and fell on his release, scoring finished up with a strong set 9.775.

routine, complete with a layout double dismount which scored 9.762. Paul was a slight slip of the grip on his release was only able to do two of his three Although he was able to cover up the value was decreased to a 9.70 and he scored a Japan followed the U.S. on high bar, hitting three scoring 9.787 for Isao Yoneda, 9.825 for Takehiro 9.850 for Hiroyuki Tomita, which sealed the gold Japanese -- its first men's team gold since 1976. The five consecutive team golds from 1960-1976, later, are Olympic Champions once again.

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asked what the Olympic results in the sport of men's gymnastics: this doesn't seal the deal, I don't We came out here and accomplish far, with a few more to go. Finally these years, I feel like the u.s. out there, competing with the best teams in the world." The u.s. earned silver and the Romanians won the bronze, their first team medal in history. China, the Olympic and World Champions, finished fifth behind Korea. It was the first time China has not won a team medal since 1988. Rounding out the top eight were Russia in sixth, Ukraine in seventh and Germany in eighth.

Paul Hamm Makes ffistory When gymnasts are young they learn the importance of makirlg every tenth count. If they have a bad event, they're taught to put it behind them and go on. Good thing Paul Hamm learned this lesson well as a young boy. It came in handy at the Olympic Games all-around finals when

he was in the lead after three rounds of competition but fell on vault, his fourth event. Harnm picked himself up and was able to hit incredible parallel bars and high bar routines to clinch the all-around title with a score of 57.823, becoming the first American male ever to win the coveted title. In what turned out to be the closest margin of victory ever in Olympic history -- 0.012. Harnm's win turned into a controversy when the South Koreans lodged a complaint after the meet that Yang Tae-Young's parallel bars routine was given a 9.90 start value vs. a 10.00 start value. Under FIG rules, protests have to be filed immediately and scores may not be changed once the meet is over. Therefore, ..."",,~u::•.uonto the gold, South Korea's Kim Dae-eun won and Yang Tae-Young won the bronze.The Olympic Committee is taking their to the Court of Arbitration in but the FIG states that the

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When Paul was asked what he was thinking after his fall on vault, he said, "Well right when it happened I was thinking that I cost myself possibly a gold medal or any medal, but I knew at the same time that it only cost me so much and I knew that there was a possibility I could win a medal. I wasn't lookirlg for gold at that point, I was just looking to get a medal and things just started to work out in my favor toward the end of the meet. I had my best performance ever on parallel bars and then I was in a position to win going into the last event and had another best performance of mine on high bar. It was like a fairy tale ending for me. I just can't believe it happened." Harnm said he didn' t know what he needed on high bar to clinch the medal. When his score of 9.837 was posted on the score board he still wasn't sure if it would be enough for a medal. Then, his coach Miles Avery, shouted, "Olympic Champion." "I looked at Miles and said, 'Olympic Champion? No way!' said Harnm. "I really had thought gold was totally out of the question." Paul Harnm got off to a great start hitting his floor routine to score of 9.725. He moved to pommel horse where he once again nailed his routine to score 9.70, maintaining the lead in the all-around. Paul moved to rings and was solid, scoring a 9.587 to keep his first place ranking in the all-around. Unfortunately, adversity hit on vault when Paul fell on his Kasamatsu one-anda-half twist and scored only a 9.137. After four rounds of competition, Paul fell to 12th place in the all-around.

Paul rebounded on parallel bars, scoring 9.837 to move up to fourth in the standings. Going up last on high bar, Paul needed a 9.825 to tie for the all-around gold - a pretty lofty score to achieve. He mounted the high bar and aggressively hit each move with ease. He dismounted, sticking the landing and his emotions took over. It was easy to see he was thankful it was over and he was relieved he'd done Morgan Ha mm great high bar routine. The score was posted and Paul a 9.837 - good enough for gold!

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Like Hamm, Brett McClure turned a few h eads with his impressive routines and consistency during all-around finals. Brett started off the competition strong on vault with a 9.625. He moved to parallel bars where he hit a solid set and scored a 9.725 - his highest score of the competition. Brett moved to high bar where his routine was awarded a 9.612, high enough for third place in the standings. Then on to floor where this tenacious athlete hit his routine to score a 9.412 (9.80 start valu e), placing him sixth in the rankings. Brett moved to pommel horse where his smooth swing and excellent body line earned him a 9.712 moving him up to third in the rankings. "I took a picture with my digital camera of the standings going into the sixth rotation because I knew it was going to change," said McClure.

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His last event was rings, and he was up last in the line up. Knowing he has a lower start value on rings than he would like, Brett confidently mounted the rings and began his routine. He hit a solid set but was only given a 9.50 start value so his score was posted as a 9.162 -landing him in ninth place in the all-around with a score of 57.248. On his rings start value, Brett said, 'That was their choice. They said my Maltese was too high and counted it as a planche, which brought my start value down a couple of tenths."

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bronze medal as well, awarding Isao Yoneda the bronze over USA's Morgan Hamm, though both scored a 9.787.

Paul also competed in the parallel bars final, earning a solid 9.737 in the closest event final of the entire Olympics. Hamm, who won the tiebreaker for seventh place, was just 0.050 off the first-place mark of Ukraine's Valeri Goncharov who scored 9.787.

Hamm had a hard act to follow after a high-flying, crowdpleasing routine by defending Olympic high bar champion Alexei Nemov of Russia who was underscored in the crowd's opinion, prompting several minutes of booing from the crowd as Paul approached the podium.

On high bar, Paul executed a near flawless routine with just a small hop on the landing to tie Italy's Igor Cassina at 9.812. Based on the tie-break proq:dures, Hamm finished second to earn the silver medal. The same' ak procedures was used for the

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Germany's Anna Dogonadze avenged her early mistake in the 2000 Olympic Games trampoline final by nailing her final routine in Athens to claim the women's trampoline gold. Dogonadze scored a 39.60 for her 14.2 difficulty routine to edge reigning world champion Karen Cockburn of Canada at 39.20. The USA's Jennifer Parilla landed on the blue mat following the eighth skill of her second routine, finishing with a total score of 52.70 for 14th place. "If I couldn't win the gold medal today, then it was great to see Anna win it," said Parilla, of her training partner for the past month. "I started my first skill too low, and the seven skills I was able to do after that were all just kind of fighting to get to the correct height."

Parilla misstepped on her full-full-half out tucked to a full-full-half out layout, landing on the blue mat following the layout. Though not the most difficult of the competition, Dogonadze proved that technical consistency and cleanliness of form can win a gold medal. Parilla spent the past few weeks training in Bad Kreuznach, Germany w ith Dogonadze on the grounds of a former U.s. military base. "Anna is technically one of the most perfect trampolinists in the world, and she's been a pleasure to train with this past month," Parilla said. "I've learned so much in the last four years. I've learned what it takes day in and day out to become an Olympic champion. I'm going to take what I've learned and perfect it." Dogonadze Won the Olympic Test Event in 2000 only to fault on the first skill of her final routine, earning a 5.00 in the trampoline final of the 2000 Olympic Games. Dogonadze, 30, is a nine-time world medalist in the trampoline diSciplines. Four-time world champion Irina Karavaeva, who won the inaugural Olympic trampoline competition in 2000, got off balance early in her second routine, finishing 15th with a score of 39.90. The men's trampoline medals went to: Gold - Yuri Nitkin (UKR); Silver Alexander Moskalenko (RUS); Bronze - Henrik Stehlik (GER). The USA did not qualify a competitor into the men's Olympic trampoline event.

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ST. JAMES, NY The New York State Level 6 Championships was held May 2004 in Rochester, NY. Ginamarie of Exper-Tiess Gymnastics placed first all-around, receiving five medals with a total score of 38. 150. This score was the highest of all age groups! This was Ginamarie's third state championship title, winning levels 4, 5, and 6, consecutively.

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SAMMAMISH, WASHINGTON Emma, 7, won the Level 4 Washington State Championships in May 2004 with an all-around score of 38.625. She scored 9.85 on vault, 9.55 on bars, 9.625 on beam and 9.60 on floor. Emma trains at Gymnastics East in Bellavue, Wash. Her coaches are Susan Brown, Liesl Kershner and Laci Molnar.

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Kevin , 11 , claimed Pennsylvania State title and the Region 7 title for Class V. He atso held the Class V Pommel Horse champion title for both 2003 and '04 . His region 7 title scores are: first in Pommel Horse (9.9) , first in Parallel Bars (9.8), second on Ring s (9.45), and fifth on Floor (9.2) . He took first allaround with a score of 56.6. Kevin trains at the Parkettes National Training Center Allentown , Pennsylvania

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his year's National Championships for Sports Acrobatics took place in Palm Springs, Calif., July 23-31. More than 570 athletes representing 43 clubs competed in Levels 5 through Elite at the event this year. With the increased participation, the 2004 championships were the largest Sports Acrobatics National Championships to date. The participants and their families enjoyed their time in the desert exploring the "Old Hollywood" attractions, admiring the mountainous scenery, cooling off in the pool, and flipping through the convention center. Yes, the weather was hot, but so was the competition.

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The 2004 National Team Qualifier and National Championships were qualification events for the Sports Acrobatics Senior and Junior National Teams. The National Teams are selected based on competition results, score targets, exercise difficulty, presentation rankings, and other criteria. This year's National Team was named at the conclusion of the National Championships competition. The National Team athletes are the top Elite athletes in the country and will represent USA Gymnastics and the discipline of Sports Acrobatics throughout the next year. These athletes will be invited to attend special training camps as well as top international events. Congratulations to the 2004 Sports Acrobatics Senior and Junior National Teams.

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There w as an error in the U.S. Classic results published in the July/ August issue of USA Gymnastics magazine on page 52. Ivana Hong from Gym-Max was inadvertently left out of the rankings. Ivana scored an aJI-arow1d total of 34.150, which would have put her 10th all-around in the rankings at the U.S. Classic.

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Three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger was elected by the athletes of the 2004 Olympic Games to serve on the FIG Athletes' Commission. The FIG Athletes' Commission serves as the voice of the world's gymnastics athletes in creating policies, rules, and governance issues of the International Gymnastics Federation. Roethlisberger, 34, a native of Falcon Heights, Minn., competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. The Roethlisberger family has a long history of Olympic involvement. Sister Marie was the alternate to the 1984 Olympic Team, and father Fred, who recently retired after 30 years as head coach of the University of Minnesota men's team, competed on the 1968 Olympic Team. Also elected to the FIG Athletes' Commission was Russia's Svetlana Khorkina

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CDLL 01 CORNER reetings USAG members from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W)! USAG has graciously offered to give us some space in this magazine to update you all on what is happening in the world of college gymnastics. We'll try to include the most relevant information for fans and prospective student-athletes (PSAs) in every issue, but please feel free to address questions directly to me at the email address below.

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August means we're nearing the end of one recruiting cycle and starting another. Some college coaches are finishing up their home visits and fina1izing plans for PSAs to visit their campuses on official visits while others may invite you on an official visit without having visited your gym (you are currently allowed to have 5). Some of those visits will result in National Letters of Intent (NLI) being signed during the "early" signing period in November. Many other PSAs will sign NUs in the "late" signing period, which , starts in April.

If you're a high school junior this year, September 1 marks the date when you can begin corresponding in writing (letters or email) with colleges and we would encourage you to start sending information out (including videotapes) as early as possible so you can start building relationships with recruiters during this season. The coaches who develop an interest in you will plan to visit you after July 15 next summer, though some NCAA rule changes may be happening to allow one visit this Spring. Remember that PSAs can call college coaches at any time, but coaches may not return phone calls until after July 1 following your junior year.

~re very excited that we have one former NCAA athlete (Mohini Bhardwaj) and one incoming college freshmen (Terin Humphrey) who represented the USA in Athens-it should be an exciting Fall for all of us!

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The NACGC released the rankings for Academic All-American Teams and Individuals. Congrats to Southern Utah University who tops the list with a team GPA of 3.7015. Southern Utah University has won this award the past four consecutive years. They also won the academic title seven of the last 10 years. Eastern Michigan University was second with a 3.5616 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology was third with a 3.5556.

Stanford University claimed the national academ-rc team title for the second consecutive year with a team grade point average of 3.382. Springfield College vaulted to the second place position while NCAA team champion Pennsylvania State University finished number three. The final team rankings are:

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