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Update with the Olympic Medalists The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens was a great success with the men's and women's gymnastics teams earning nine Olympic medals. The athletes have gained much attention since they've returned from the Games. We caught up to the gymnasts and asked them about their Olympic experiences. Read w hat they have to say!

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USA GYMNASTICS USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehli(h; PRESIDENT: Bob ColorOlsi; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KolI; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tom"o; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMic Andrea Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOLINE: Paul Parillo; VICE CHAIR & FIG TICHNICAL COMMITTEE SPORTS ACRO: Tonyo Cose-PoHerson; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG EXECUTIVE COMMITTE~ Joy Ashmore, Ron Froehlich. FIG MEN'S TICHNICAL COMMmE~ George Beckstead; FIG TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING TECHNiCAl COMMITTEE: Pot Henderson; FIG WOMEN'S TICHNICAL COMMITTEE: Jackie ne; AT lARGE MEMBERS: Sieve BuI(her, Paul Spadaro; ATHlfTE DlREGORS: InrillO Fonloine, John Roelhlisberger, Vanessa Vander ~uym, Kon Heger; USOC ATHlfTE DIREGOR: Dominick Minim(".

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30 National Gymnastics Day 2004 National Gymnastics Day brings together millions of young gymnasts to celebrate the sport and promote physical fitness. Many gymnasts across the country celebrated the sixth annual National Gymnastics Day on August 7, just a week before the kick off of the Olympic Games. For the second year in a row Gymnastics World of Broadview Heights, Ohio, raised the most among the clubs. In addition, Gymnastics World's Meghan Sweeney was the single largest fundraiser.

USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehli(h; PRESIDENT: Bob Colorolli; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; PUBLIC SEGOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHlETIC UNION: Mike Sionner; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: BeHy Heppner; COlLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATlON路MEN: Fron(is Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mike Jo(ki; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: Marilyn Sirowbridge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHlETIC ASSOCIATION-MEN: Lou Burkel; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS: SOlOn True; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Bul(h Zuni(h; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMttASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Todd Vesely; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS ClUBS: Paul Spadaro; U.S. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Siocy Moloney; U.s. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Dovid Holmmb, Sieve Rybocki; U_S. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: More Yancey; U.S. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DITullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Cosey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHlETIC ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Sandy Thiel,; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREGORS MEN: Mike Burns, Ahie GrOlsfeld; RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, Mi(helle Lo"on; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Kolhy Ostberg; TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kemplon, Mo"ho Weiss; SPORTS ACRO: Bonnie Davidson, Joy Binder; ATHLETE DIREGORS: Vanessa Vander Pluym, (hair; Lorillo Fonloine, vice (hair; Joir Lyn(h, secrelory; Domini(k Minim(o, USOC Alhlele Rep_; Joy Thornlon, Brooke Bushnell, KimZmeskol-BurdeHe, Mohini BhordwoLKon Heger, Christie Hoyes, John Roelhlisberger; ASSOCIATE DIREGORS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Inri Kaiz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kote Fober-Hi(kie; U.S. COMPETmVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howord Schwortz. Unless exprellly idenlilied

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Once the chaLk dust had settled and the medaLs were distributed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, it was time for the ceLebration to begin with the T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The tour wiLL visit 42 cities in aLL and wiLL showcase the phenomenaL gymnasts from the 2004 OLympic Games.

What better way to showcase the u.s. athLetes, who won a totaL of nine Olympic medaLs, then to tour the country and perform to Live audiences. Appreciative fans are Lining up at venues across the country for a gLimpse of their favorite OLympic hero. T.J. Maxx is sponsoring a program called Behind the Scenes at each tour stop where spectators can ask questions and hear what the OLympians have to say. This program is a big hit as 1996 OLympian John Macready moderates the question and answer session. The most popuLar questions peopLe are asking are aLso the simpLest ones:

There were so many detaiLs -- from booking arenas, hoteLs and tour buses to organizing costumes, Lighting and music. The detaiLs have been in the works for more than a year but it wasn't untiL after the Games that the athLetes began rehearsing

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When and how did you get started it aired in September and showed highin gymnastics? Are you ever scared lights from the Games as well as the tour of a trick or routine? What is your production. The tour is very well received favorite event? How did it feeL to and is keeping our gymnasts and the sport win an Olympic medaL? of gymnastics in the headlines months past The Olympians are enjoying the attention they're receiving while on the tour-with kids screaming their names and asking for autographs. It's so nice to see these elite athletes relaxed, smiling, having fun and enjoying the results of years of hard work and dedication! The first three shows were set to kick off in Florida, but the hurricane weather concerns prompted the shows to be postponed until the end of the tour in November. If you didn't get the chance to watch the show in person, perhaps you caught it on NBC when

the Olympic Games. The tour allows the fans to get to know the athletes a little better and see them up close and personal. These athletes on tour all started off in the sport of gymnastics just like you -- moving up the ranks of the sport. Who knows, maybe the next Olympic Champion is sitting in the stands watching the T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions and is dreaming of winning the gold! Here are a few shots from the road and what our athletes have to say about the tour ...

Performing on tour is so much fun . I love getting out there in front of the crowd and just having fun with gymnastics. And it's nice to have group dances and get to perform in that aspect as well. The best part of the tour is getting the crowd into it and the excitement you get from them.

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Previous Page: Russ Stark performs up high on the scarves while women's team members, Mohini Bhardwaj, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Annia Hatch and Terin Humphrey put on a floor show. This Page Left: World Champions in Sports Acro Arthur Davis and Shenea Booth wow the crowd with their amazing moves. Right: Special guest, Emilie Therrien performs her act with the help of Shenea Booth and Terin Humphrey.

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Top: Mary Sanders displays her flexibility during this ball routine.

Middle: Carly Patterson and Guard Young act out one of the Tour's comedy routines. Below: Olympic Trampolinist, Jennifer Parilla gets a boost from Russ Stark.

Bottom: Raj Bhavsar, Guard Young , Jason Gatson, Stephen McCain and Brett McClure join MC, John Macready in a salute to America .

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By Luan Peszek

The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens was a great success. The men's and women's gymnastics teams earned an amazing nine Olympic medals. The athletes have gained much attention since they've returned from the Games. Perhaps you've seen them on a television talk show, in national publications, on a cereal box, in the newspaper, or in person at a tour stop. We caught up to the gymnasts and asked them about their Olympic experiences. Here's what they had to say.

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Tell us about your top three moments at the Games? It was one of the best experiences of my life. I'll

remember it forever! My top three moments were 1) winning the all-around gold 2) winning the silver medals in team and on beam and 3) staying in the Olympic village.

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What has been the biggest thrill for you since you returned from the Games?

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Being a presenter on the MTV Video Music Awards. I got a gift bag for being a presenter and it included a ton of cool stuff! Another thrill was being on the cover of the Wheaties box. There were so many great athletes at the Games and they only chose three. I also got to go on several television talk shows.

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How does it feel to be the Olympic Champion?

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What are your gymnastics plans for 2005?

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To go to the World Championships. I'm just going to see how things are going after the tour.

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I haven't really talked about that yet. I'm a junior in high school. I want to go back to public school next year, but we'll see how it goes. I heard that you would like to get into singing. Can you fill us in?

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I've sung ever since I was little. My dad is a singer. I've always loved singing. I want that to be my next career. I haven't had any formal training but I would like to take some classes. My agent told me that I'm scheduled to record a song in December - they want to see how I sound and we'll go from there.

I'lL return to Ohio State in January to finish my college education. I'll also continue training, in addition to all of the eve ts an appearances tha are on my plate. What advice do you have for all the kids who say they want to be the next Paul Hamm? Never give up!

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Tell us about your top three moments at the Games?

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Winning the silver medal in the team competition was very special because it was my fi rst Olympic medal. My come back in the allaround and the medal ceremony was something I'll never fo rget. I'm also proud of my silver medal on high bar especially under such difficult circumstances. It was the dream of a lifetime made real.

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Regarding the all-around controversy and after the CAS hearing announcement that found you would keep the all-around gold medaL, how did you feel? I'm proud to be the men's allaround gold medalist. This process has been difficult but it's something I had to deal with and I'm glad it's over. I think this medal will be more special because of all the things I had to go through. USA GYMNASTICS

The T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions is a blast. It's nice closure after the Games to actually perform under less stressful situations. What are your future plans?

What are your school plans fo r 2005?

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What has been the biggest thrill for you since you returned from the Games?

My top moments in Athens were 1) winning the silver team medal and being up on the podium and 2) fini shing my beam routine in team finals and making it. What has been the biggest th rill fo r you since you returned fro m the Games?

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The Leno Show because I watched it all through college and it was fun to actually be on it.

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How did it feel to win the silver medal in the team competition?

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A medal in general ali he Olympic Games is just life fulfilling . It definitely makes it allt orthwhile.

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Depending on if my body lets me, I'm planning on doing the 2005 World Championships.

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Jason Gatson Tell us about your top three moments at the Games? It was an unbelievable experience for me. It was more than I had ever expected or dreamed of. Just being at the Games and representing my country was awesome. The first time I walked onto the floo r it was like, wow, I ca n't believe I'm here. Then , doing well on parallel bars in team fi nals was anot her highlight for me. What has been the biggest thrill for you since you returned from the Games? Knowi ng th at I was going on the tou r. I had a taste of it last year when we did nine cities and I was excited to do it agai n. It's a lot of fun. Where do you keep your medal? It has been by my side ever since I left t he Games.

Yes, deft itely. I wouldn't change any oft i . Everything happens for a reaS-on. My experiences in the past make winning a medaL at the Olympic Games even more special. What are your gymnastics plans for 2005? Will you continue to compete? I'm not sure right now. I'm taking it day by day. I'll probably just Continued on page 18

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What are your future goals/ plans?

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My Olympic experience was amazing and how cool would that be to experience it again. After that I'll continue with school and invest in real estate. I just bought a house in Colorado Springs and I'm always looking at other options.

Tell us about your top three moments at the Games?

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It was more incredible than I believed it would be to compete against all the best the world had to offer. After my difficult year, my top moments are: 1) Making finals 2) Winning two medals and 3) Standing on the award stand for the USA.

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Tell us a few of the fun things you've done since the Olympic Games?

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There was a parade for me in my hometown, and now I'm doing the TJ Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions and appearances at sporting events.

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How did it feel to win the silver medal on vault and the silver medal in the team competition?

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Pretending to be Paul on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, going on tour, and spending time with my family in Waukes a.

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What are your future goals/plans? To finish my undergraduate education at Ohio State, and then maybe go to graduate school. I'd like to start and/or own a business.

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What are your gymnastics plans for 2005? I will be attending and competing for the University of Alabama. I will leave for Alabama the day after Christmas because our first meet is January 7. As far as elite gymnastics, I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. What will you study in college? Right now I want to study psychology and private investigation studies. What are your future plans? To be successful in college with both gymnastics and academics. I want to get a well paying job that I love. Continued an page 20


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Tell us about your top three moments at the Games?

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I have so much pride representing our team and bringing home a medal for the first time in 20 years. 1) Standing on the podium after winning the silver medal. 2) Competing in the all-around and getting in the top three after five events.3) The feeling when I was done competing!

Standing on the podium receiving an Olympic medal was my number one moment. Number two waS being able to meet all the othel " athletes in the Olympic Village. Number three was being alille t finish the competition even though I had an injury.

We left for Athens on my 30th birthday. The best part for me was first just making the team, since things didn't look so good at the beginning f the year. It was also great 0 sh re the moment with my dad ho has been to almost every mee of mine for the last 10 years.

Tell us a few of the fun thi gs you've done since the Olympic Games?

Where do you keep your medal?

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When I got home from the Olympics, my mom and I went to the beach for a few days a d it was a blast. I did things that I had never gotten to do before li e Parasail and Jet Ski!

A: It's amazing how many people were watching the Games and recognize me like when I'm standing in line at a fast food restaurant. I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

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Winning both Olympic medals was a part of my life that I don't think I will ever forget. I realized that all my hard work was all worth it.

and be with Jaycie and my two dogs in my own house. (Brett is engaged to '96 Olympic Gold Medalist Jaycie Phelps).

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Where do you keep your medal?

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Have you and Jaycie set a date to be married?

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A: My school plans are to go back to my high school second semester to finish off my senior year. I would like to go to the University of Georgia and be a part of their gymnastics team with my sister, Ashley.

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To win the silver medal has been more than a dream come true. I always wa nted to go to the Olympics, but to win a medal is something I never dreamed of.

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Will you continue to compete in gymnastics in 2005?

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Right now I'm focusing on the tour and making each show as good as I can possible make it. I have not ruled out competing next year; time will tell.

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What advice do you have for all the kids who say they want to be the next Courtney McCool?

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Girls who say they want to be like me, I suggest setting realistic goals, then--dream it, believe it, do it!

How often do you get to see your wife and son while on the tour? How olm is your son now? Will he follow in his dad's footsteps of being a gymnast?

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As a gymnast's parent, you've made life-altering decisions. It may seem as if life revolves around gymnastics - that's okay. Frustration can arise when your child struggles to achieve a balance between academics and innate talent development. If you've reached this point, you're searching for educational options. Your concerns are understandable.

You may be considering homeschooling. If so, here are answers to questions you might have: How does homeschooling work? Methods and programs vary greatly, from purchasing curricula and working independently to enrolling in a program with full teacher support (online or text). Choose what feels right for you. If working independently, you should create a portfolio of completed work with outlines for each course. Working within a program, this process should be facilitated for you. Is there a specific plan? There is no best plan. Schools offering individualized learning style profiles, skills assessment, and placement will guide you in choosing the course of study best suited to your child. To find the right program for your family, you'll need to do some research. An internet search using the words "homeschooling," "distance learning K-12," or "independent study" garners thousands of links. A few websites are listed at the end of this article to help you get started. Can I teach my child? If you love being with your child, enjoy learning, and are willing to commit to facilitating your child's natural desire to learn, your chances for success are excellent. No teaching credentials are necessary.

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• Love - for your child and learning. • Acceptance - of your child as he or she is - a miraculous individual. • Conunitment - to share what you know, to learn what you don't, and to devote time and energy to your child's education. • Self-discipline to keep to a schedule that balances schoolwork with training during your child's best times of day for each activity. • Trust and belief - in your child's ability to learn and your own intuition. You know your child better than anyone. If it feels right, it probably is. • Patience - to relax and move ahead at just the right pace for your child when, as in gymnastics, your child hits a learning plateau. • Giving yourself time - each day, or several hours every week - to just be. Parents need this precious time, free from outside pressures, to maintain balance. • Outside support - Interacting with other homeschoolers is vital in maintaining perspective and confidence. You'll find hundreds of homeschooling parent support groups on the internet. Most likely there will be several near you. What are some advantages of homeschooling? • Family bonding: More than any other activity, the closeness your family builds through homeschooling can be immeasurably rewarding. • Flexible schedules: Homeschooled elite athletes excel because they can train when they're rested and study when their minds are open to learning. All over the world they compete and perform far from home without jeopardizing their education. Computers are the classroom for those enrolled in online programs. Students using text based curricula travel with their books. • Enhanced education: You can take field trips to museums, art galleries, zoos, historic sites and enjoy other educational (continued on page 26)


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excursions on your own schedule. If the program you choose offers more than basic core courses, your child can study a variety of subjects appealing to his inctividual interests. • Custonuzed Curriculum: Your child can learn accorcting to her personal style and speed. Most children do not fit neatly into a rigid method or timetable for learning. If your child excels in one subject but has difficulty in another, you can tailor the curliculum accorctingly. • Meaningful "Socialization": A Stanford University study showed thathomeschooled children participate in more commUluty and volunteer activities, offering them access to people of all ages. This produces poised, confident adults with strong relationships not only among peers, but with the full range of inctividuals they meet throughout life. • Safety: Fear engenders mental shutdown. Security measures now necessary to ensure children's safety at school don't promote learning. Home feels safer. What about college?

Many colleges actively recruit homeschoolers because they exhibit well rounded achievement. Over 1,000 colleges and Uluversities have accepted homeschoolers. Accorcting to a Stanford Uluversity study, homeschoolers consistently score high on PSAT, ACT and SAT exams. If your child has a particular college in mind, check its website for ad missions requirements early in his/her high school career. For a wealth of information on homeschoolers and college, visit: Ilnvw.leanzil!freedom.org/colleges_4_hmsc. I1tml.

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Knowing your child's learning style is crucial in selecting the right program. Feel comfortable with the school's philosophy and presentation. Do your homework. Visit websites. Look for these features:

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Society celebrates champions yet criticizes parents who encourage their talented children. You may have encountered this as your gymnast strives for excellence. Homeschooling parents also suffer criticism. If you decide to homeschool, here's some advice: don't absorb detractors' comments; don't argue or defend. A cheerful, "Homeschooling works for us!" stops most cynics. Home education isn't for everyone, and it's not an irreversible decision. If it doesn't work for you, you can explore other options or return to public school.

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Before you decide, know yourself, your child, and all you can about your school of choice. Most important - love your child and follow your heart. Mmy Walk is afreelance writer/editor. Mother offive and grandmother offive, she is aformer distance teacher to over 100 homeschooled children. She also homeschooled her two youngest children for 13 years. Mary is happy to respond to your questions about home education via email atlssed1 @Jjahoo.com

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National Team Members Who Homeschool:

Shayla finished second all-around at the 2004 U.S . Championships in the junior division. Shayla said, "1 decided to homeschool because gymnastics of my schedule. 1 tried going to middle school for a little while, but it was tough coming in late and leaving early, and 1 had no time to make up the work 1 was always missing. Homeschool allows me to work at my own pace and work around whatever my schedule may be. I'm very happy with this option." ~

Jana finished third all-around at the 2004 U.S. Championships in the junior division. Jana said, "When I arrived in Florida from Germany 1 started at a private school in first grade and left after ~ fifth grade. My par- "" ents were not happy with the standard of schooling so they decided to homeschool my younger brother and I. We do 12 subjects and also the German curriculum. Teaching and learning one on one is fun. My school schedule is flexible and I can also use weekends and off season days to study.

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National Team Members Who Attend Public or Private School:

Carly Janiga, 16, finished ninth all-around at the 2004 Olympic Trials. She's a junior at Saguaro High School which is a public school. She said, "1 don't take as many classes as other students. You're supposed to take six and 1 take four so that 1 can get out at 12:00 and come right to gym. 1 get Charter School credit for doing dance and weight lifting plus 1 also have to take a correspondence course which gives me the credits I need. I train 30-35 hours per week. I home schooled last year when we were pushing for the Olympics but it just didn't work out for our family so I decided to go back to public school.

Junior National Champion Nastia Liukin, 15, goes to a private school in Texas called Spring Creek Academy and she's in the 10th grade. "This school really helps me with my gymnastics and the heavy travel schedule that I have," said Nastia. "My schedule is gymnastics from 8-12, then school from 12:30-3. After school 1 go home and do my homework until it's time for gymnastics from 5-8. After gym I finish all of my homework that I didn't have time to do in the afternoon."


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KASSIDY STAUDER Palmerton, Pennsylvania Kassidy is a member of the Parkette Notional Gymnastics' team. During the 20032004 season, Kassidy competed as a Level 8 winning 5 out of 8 all-around titles and 11 individual event titles. She was named the Pennsylvania State All-Around champion in the 8-11 year old age group with on overall score of 37.675.

Mason. Ohio The Gym-Notion Level 4team won six out of the eight meets they entered in the 2003-2004 season. The team boosts three state all around champions and seven event state champions. The team members are Bailey Barnes, Brittney Burns, Abby Koch, Sydney Landers, Madison Lawrence, Kelsey Newport, Ellie Parker, Alex Perez, Ashley Puff, Lauren Robertson, Andrea Roy, Jennifer Shafer, Lauren Terry, Locey Willis and lindsay Woehrmyer.

VICTORIA BALDWIN Wichita, Kansas Victoria trains at Folger's Gymnastics in Wichita and is coached by Mark Folger, Mindy Manire, and Jennifer O'Bar. She competed at the 2004 Region 3 Regionals as a Level 8 and was all-around champion in the 12 year old age group with a score of 37.975. Victoria is now training for Level 9.

HARLEE HORNSBY

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Charleston, South Carolina Four months after Harlee joined USA Gymnastics she competed in three meets at the end of the season. She finished the season as a 9 year old, Level 3 South Carolina State Champion and the Azalea Classic Champion. She was given on award at her home gym for the "Best Form and Most Graceful." She's currently training as a Level 4 gymnast at GymMasters.

LUIS R. VARGAS JR. Saginaw, Michigan Louie, 9, completed the 2003-04 season as a Closs 7 State Champion on vault and high bar. Luis is now training for Closs 6 competition. He trains at Gym Jester Gymnastics in Saginaw where he's coached by Scott Fry and John Fry. L-.._ _ _ _ _~_

Everett, Washington Jeia Villacis, 8, is shown here competing in her first year as a Level 4 on bars at the Flips Invitational. In the background are her friends from left to right: Danielle, Carah, Alyssa, Bailey, & Kendall. Jeia, who is now 9, scored a 9.050 on bars at this event. Jeia attends Leading Edge Gymnastic Acodemy and is coached by Sheila and David Both, Kelle Riley, _____' Colleen Swinger, &Jeff Fausz.

NEW JERSEY LEVEL 5 CHAMPIONS Lakewood, New Jersey These Level 5 gymnasts from Twisters Gymnastics are ages 8-11 and won the 2004 New Jersey State Championship. They achieved six individual and all-around state records and on amazing new team record of 115.10. They're coached by libby Mills and Mircia Cioconel. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE INCLUDED IN FACES IN THE GYM? Send a photo and a paragraph of informoHon to: USA GymnosHcs, Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46225 or e-mail to publicotions@uso-gymnostics.org Sorry, photos cannot be returned. We'll select a few entries for publicaHon inthe magazine each issue. Hurry and send your phototoday. We're all woiHng tomeet you!

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Gresham, Oregon Christina, 12, won the 2004 Level 7 Oregon State Championships all-around with a score of 37.225. She also placed first on floor with a score of 9.55, first on vault with a 9.2, and second on bars with a 9.575. Christina trains at American Elite Gymnastics in Wood Village and is coached by Brandon Holford.

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USA JUNIORS Good as The Ju nior Pan America n Champions hips took place Oct . 15-18 in El Sa lvador. The USA men , women and rhythmic teams gathered 25 medals including all three team golds. The U.S. women's team overpowered Canada and Brazil in the team co mpetition. Kassi Price of Orlando Metro won the all-around title over Mexico's Elsa Garcia, while Natasha Kelley of Brown's took third. Kelley won vau lt and bea m titles while Bia nca Flohr of Flytz took top honors on bars and won si lver on floor. Price added a silver medal on bars and bro nze medals on beam and flo or.

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2004 WOMEN'S JR. OLYMPIC NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP

The 2004 Women's Jr. Olympic National Team and their coaches were invited by USA Gymnastics to a training c~p August 19-23 ~t the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spnngs. Thanks agam to Tom Forster and Gary Gonzalez of Colorado Aerials for inviting the team to train for three days at their facility. National Jr. Olympic Committee Chairman Tom Koll was the Camp Director, assisted by Connie Maloney, USAG Women's Jr. OlympIc Program Manager. This year's staff of experts provided a wealth of knowledge and new drills for the athletes and their coaches. The staff consisted of: Neil Resnick, Tom Forster, Vladimir Artemov, Beth Klirle Rybacki, Antonia Markova and Tanuny Biggs. Congratulations to the following athletes who were presented with special camp awards by the staff:

VAULT: Francesca Mercurio (San Mateo-CA)- Most Unique vaultHandspring double front; BARS: Jennifer Kesler (Gymnastics EastWA) - Toughness and Diligence award for her pursuit of exce~lence; BEAM: Tiffany Tolnay (Texas Dreams-~X)---Cream of the Cnppled Crop award for working around her injury to 1I;am a new skill-1arm Flic-flac to Layout step-out; TUMBLING: Krissy Voss (ArIzona Sunrays-AZ)-Best corrections and work ethic; DANCE: Anna Li (Naperville Gym.-lL) - Most Expressive dancer.

Champion-MI), Kristin Fyffe (Cincinnati Gym. Acad.~OH), Brandi George (Orlando Metro-FL), Aimee Goheen Gymnastics East-WA), Jacquelyn Holmes (Southeastern Gymn. -NC), Jacquelyn Johns~n (Cincinnati Gym. Acad.-OH), Shawn Johnson (Chow's -IA), NellIe Kippley (Twin City Twisters-MN), Kim Kruk (illinois Gym ..InstitutelL), Cassandra Martin (Hill's-MD), Brittney Morgan (Hill's-MD), Katelynne Ortiz (Prestige-PA), Katie Perret (Aer!als-CO), Jordan Schwikert (Gym Cats-NV), Abby Stack (International Gym.-NC), Tatjana Thuener-Rego (Universal-FL), Jennifer Valby (Texans-TX), Tricia Wilson (Aerial Gymnastics Arena-lL), Kara Wright (World Class-VA), and Karin Wurm (AJS Pancott). Athletes unable to attend the camp were: Melissa Chan (AirbomeCA), Jalynne Dantscher (SCEGA-CA), Tiffany Murry (Orlando Metro-FL) and Karissa Vossler (Flips USA-NV).

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World Cup Competition La Serena, Chile, Sept. 9-11. Carly Janiga, Marcia Newby and Liz Tricase started the fall competitive season with a World Cup competition in La Serena, Chile, Sept. 9-11. The athletes, all of whom participated at the Olympic Team selection camp, competed in the Copa La Serena event, which was an event finals competition only. Quali fication rounds began on Sept. 9, the top 8 performed on each event Sept. 10, and the top three competed on Sept. 11, where the fina l results were determined.

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Desert Devil's Janiga, 15, was the big wi nner for the U.S. following the "Winner's Finals" where the top three qualifiers from the semi-final round face-off, Janiga took first place on both vault and floor, and added a second place fini sh on beam . Sixteen-year-old Newby of Excalibur Gymnastics took second on vault and thi rd on floor. Illinois Gymnastics In stitute's Tricase, 18, added a third place fini sh on bars in her final elite meet before heading off to Stanford University.

Above: USA Delegation Back row, left to right; Todd Gardiner, Geoff Eaton, Jim Walker, Linda Chencinski. Front row, left to right; Marcia Newby, Carly Janiga, Liz Tricase.

Holland's Laura Van Leeuwen won bars while Slovakia's Zuzana Sekerova won beam. Other medalists included: Daniele Hypolito-second on floor and bars and third on beam, and Brazil's Merly de Jesus finished third on bars.

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The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/ Women (NACGC/ W) sends you greetings and hopes that this issue of the USA Gymnastics magazine finds you all getting back into the fall swing of things after the excitement of a historic Summer Olympics! This is one of the most exciting times of the year for prospective student-athletes (PSAs) in both their junior and senior years of high school. As of September 1, high school juniors are allowed to communicate with college coaches in writing-both email and letter writing. If you have an interest in college gymnastics this is the time of your career when you should be making the list of schools that interest you, sending them letters letting them know of your interest and passing along pertinent information about you (address, birth date, email, telephone, fields of interest, academic record, gym experience, etc). It is also a good time to send a preliminary video that should include one or two competitive routines on each event from last season and some footage showing what skills you're working on in the gym and reasonably close to competing.

If you're a senior, this can be a very exciting and confusing time of year. The early signing period (the first time PSAs can sign a National Letter of Intent) is in early November but some gymnasts have already made decisions and commitments. If you do "sign early" for a full athletic grant-in-aid, you have a one year com mitment from that university to pay for your tuition, school fees, room, board, and gymnastics-related expenses. It is a one-year contract renewable at the discretion of the

head coach-there is no such thing as a four-year scholarship commitment according to NCAA rules!

If you're a senior looking for a scholarship and don't find yourself with the scholarship offer you'd hoped for yet, don't despair! The late sign ing period starts in early April, which means you could have an amazing senior season and attract lots of attention in the spring from schools that still have scholarships available (many schools decide to hold a scholarship or two for the late signing period for a variety of reasons). If you're a senior and not a potential scholarship athlete, we really hope you'll still consider participating in gymnastics during your college career. There are hundreds of gymnasts who have amazing and life-changing experiences as non-scholarship athletes at Division I, II and III schools. Remember that participating in college athletics is one of the best ways to develop your potential as a leader and make a difference in the world after graduation.

If you have any questions or need to know anything about the collegiate program, please go to our revamped website: www.collegegymnast. com. You can find everything from our coaches' directory to information about the NCAA Clearinghouse, schedules, and a guide to the recruiting process. Best wishes for an enjoyable and successful fall season! Mike Lorenzen, President mlorenzen@woodwardcamp.com

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USA vs. Canada/Pan Am Championships Team Selection L to R: USA Team (Morgan Evans, Natasha Kelley, Kassi Price, Bianca Flohr, Shayla Worley and Samantha Peszek) and the Canadian Team.

The U.S . Junior Women went up against the juniors from Canada in a dual meet Oct. 11, in Houston, Texas, at the U.S. women's National Trai ni ng Center. USA easily won the dual meet with a team score of 113.5 to Canada's 104.6. Shayla Worley of Orlando Metro took first all-around and won bars, beam and floor; while Bianca Flohr of Flytz finished second respectively in the same events. Natasha Kelley of Brown's finished third and Kassi Price of Orlando Metro took first place on vault and fourth all-around. Morgan Evans (Excalibur) and Samantha Peszek (DeVeau's) competed exhibition for the USA and tied in the all-around. The USA named its Pan American Championships Team: Shayla Worley and Kassi Price (Orlando Metro), Bianca Flohr (FLYTZ USA), and Natasha Kelley (Brown's Houston). Worley was replaced by Evans at the Pan American Championships due to an injury. Also, Jana Bieger attended the camp but was injured prior to the competition .

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Shayla Worley

USA

9.025 9.600 9.675 9.600

37.900

Bianca Flohr

USA

9.075 9.575 9.650 9.575

37.875

Natasha Kelley

USA

9.325 9.400 9.525 9.550

37.800

Kassi Price

USA

9.500 9.425 9.350 9.325

37.600

Morgan Evans

USA-Exh . 9.275 9.500 9.275 9.025

37.075

Samantha Peszek USA-Exh . 9.425 9.025 9.3 25 9.300

37.075

Elise Hopfner-Hibbs CAN

8.575 9.400 9.500 8.775

36.250

Alyssa Brown

CAN

9.150 9.150 9.050 8.850

36.200

Jen nifer Lezeu

CAN

8.800 7.800 8.700 9.150

34.450

Rebecca Simbhudas CAN

8.625 8.400 8.450 8.450

33.925

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Sports Aero International Results The United States w as represented at the Winterthur Cup by a team of 24 athletes, some w ith previous international experience and other up-and-coming athletes m aki ng their international debuts. The Winterthur Cup was held in Switzerland October 8-10. International participation in the sports acrobatics competition included clubs and national teams from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the u .s. The U.s. athletes had an extremely strong showing b ringing home eight total med als including four gold, three silvers, and one bronze. For complete competition results go to http://www.usa-gymnastics.

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International Youth

1. Andre Solodar and Wee Xiau-Ling 2. Tim Demares and Jana De Bodt 3. Lauren McNeela and James McGuigan

Women's Pair 1. Harley Augustine and Brittany Klein

2. Loraelin Oberst and Kelly Phillips 3. Sarah Longi and Taylor Mosher 5. Rochelle Belloir and Megan Clemons

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International Juniors Women's Trio

1. Cassidy Dolstra, Allysha Kidd, Carleen daSilva 2. Beatrice Barkholz, Christin Barkholz, Lisa Kirchhoff 3. Stephanie Mewse, Felicity Smith, Charlie Marr

Women's Trio

1. Jordan Coughlin, Rebecca Hudson, Samantha Werner 2. Jordan Seto, Jamie Gobright, Heather Vachon 3. Sanne De Caluwe, Shari Van Eetvelt, Eloise Vanstaen 6. Roksana Slavinsky, Ekaterina Ra ndazzo, Becky Herzfeld

International Seniors Women's Pair

1. Janina Hiller and Sophia Muller 2. Kelli Willson and Eugenie Borchardt

Trampoline and Tumbling Scholarship Camp The fi rst annual T&TScholarship Camp, under the direction of Dr. George Drew, netted $11,000 for the Trampoline & Tumbling Scholarship Fund. Sixty athletes ranging in age from 8-20 and traveling fro m 20 states partiCipated in the camp, held at Lake Corey near Grand Rapids, Michigan . Clinicians were Dr. Drew, David Popkin (NJ), Peggy Rayson (IN), Mary Swafford (MO), Joy Umenhofer (ID), and Alex Pasternak (Belarus).

took first, followed by Lindsey Blundell, Krista Mahoney and Amy McDonald.

Pan American Championships USA Gymnastics hosted the first-ever Trampoline & Tumbling Pan American Championships in Tampa, July 20-21, follow ing the J.O. National Championships. Athletes fro m the U.s ., Canad a, Mexico and Argentina participated in the event, a possible stepping-stone toward eventual inclusion in the Pan American Games. U.S . athletes took 8 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze med als.

Indo Pacific Championships The U.S. competed at the Indo Pacific Championships in Kelowna, BC, Canada, July 12-1 8. A team of 20 athletes competed in both the Age Group and Senior divisions, earning a total of 11 med als in four even ts . In the Senior Division, Peter Dodd and Derrick Aldrich paired up to w in Men's Synclu'o, while the U.S. women swept the top four places in Tumbling. Leanne Seitzinger

Hebert First in Nissen Cup Alaina Hebert, Lafayette, LA, took fi rst place July 17 in Jr. Women's Trampoline at the 2004 Nissen Cup . She scored a 38.30 in the fi nal round of competition, more than 3 points ahead of the second place fi nisher. Note: For more in form ation on these events or other Trampoline and Tumbling events, go to www.usa-gymnastics.org/tt

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