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World Championships

The USA earned six medals at the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, Oct. 1421, including five silver and one bronze. The U.S, women earned the team silver medal; Jana Bieger (shown at right) won the all-aroW1d and floor silver medals; Alicia Sacramone won the silver medal on vault; Nastia Liukin earned silver on bars; and Alexander Artemev(shown at right) earned the bronze medal on pommel horse,

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USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR Ron Froehlich; PRESID£m: St'" Peony; VKE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KoII; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andre, Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOUNt Paul Panll,; vn CHAIR ACRO-GYMNASTICS: Tony, Ca",; SECRETARY: Gary Andeoon; TREASURER Bob Wood; AG REPS: Bob CoI,rosy (fxroJtive Commillee), Ron Froehlich (Audnor), Tonya Ca", lAG Techni,,1 Comminee) and John Roethlisberger (Athlete Rep.). AT LARGE MEMBERS: Steve B~cher, D'vid Holcomb; ATHlETE DIREGORS: Kim Zmesbl-Burdene, John Roethlisberger, Caroline Hun, Karl Heger; USOC ATHlETE DIIIKTOO: laissa footaine.

Junior Pan American Championships

The Junior Pan American Championships took place in Gatineau, Quebec, immediately following the Visa Championships in August. The U.S, men's, women's and rhythmic teams won the titles and many of the athletes also did well individually, In fact, the three teams earned a total of 30 medals!

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USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Roo Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Steve Penny; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: I.lndy Knapp, Mik, Donahue; TREASURER Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gary Andeoon; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom KoII; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andre, Schmid, VICE CHAIR TRAMPOUNt Paul Panll,; VICE CHAIR ACRO-GYMllASTICS: Tonya Ca>e; PUBliC SEGOR Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION: Ron Feins; AlVERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AlVERICAN TURNERS: Beny Heppner; CDUEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION-MEN: Fancis Allen; NATIONAL ASSOCATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHESWOMEN: M,rk Cook NATIONAL ASSOCATION fOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT: M.1n~n St~wbndge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS JUDGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COlLEGIATE ATHlETIC ASSOCIATION-MEN: M,rk I'I1l1i'",,; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH 5(HOOl ASSOCIATIONS: Berky O,kes; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATlONMEN: Butch Zunich; NATIONAl HIGH SCHOOL GYMllASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: M.1rgie Canfield; U.S. ASSOCATION Of INDEPENDEm GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Spadaro; US. EUTE COACHES ASSOCATION-MEN: Thom Glielmi; U.S. EUTE COACHES ASSOCATION-WOMEN: StNe Rybacki and TOllY Gehman; U.S. MEN'S GYMNASTKS COACHES ASSOCATION: Tim ~empnauer; US. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTK5 COACHES ASSOCIATION: SUlie DITullio; YOlNG MEN'S CHRISTIANASSOCIATION OfTIHE USA: Ca>ey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHlETIC ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: Meg Stephenson; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DlREGIlI!S MEN: Mike Bums, Abie Grossleld; RHYTHMIC: lvank' Kirov, Michelle LlISon; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Tom Footer. TRAMPOUNt Shaun Kempton, Dr. George Drew; ACRO-GYMNASTICS: Und, Porter, Jay Binder; ATHlETES COUNCIl: Caroline Hun, L,rissa Font,ine, Shannon Miller, John Roethlisberger, Kim Zmesk.ll-Burdene, J,mie M.1rshik, Karl Heger, Jay Thornton, Steve McCain, Mohini Bhardw'j, Howard, Michael Rodrigues, USOC Athlete Rep; Larissa font,ine, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: JEWISH COMMUNnY CENTERS, Lori Katz; SPECIAL OlYMPKS, Kate F,ber-Hic"; US. COMPETIIM AERO~CS FEDERATION, Howard Schwartz

The Pan American Championships for Trampoline took place in Mexico in August. The U.S. earned one gold, three silver and two bronze medals,

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"We are excited about returning to the city of Jacksonville;' said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. ''The 2007 Tyson American Cup will showcase the world's top gymnasts as they travel the road to Beijing in earnest. This will be a great opportunity for sports fans to see our sport's future stars in person." The 2007 Tyson American Cup, which features an all-around competition, begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now for $50, $35 and $19.50 and are subject to applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster and its outlets; by phone at (904) 353-3309; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office; or through participating gymnastics clubs in the Jacksonville area. The competition on March 3 will be televised live on NBC Sports at 1 p.m. ET. ''The powerful athleticism displayed at the Tyson American Cup in Jacksonville will be exciting for fans to watch;' said Sue Quillin, Tyson's vice president of marketing services. ''This prestigious event allows us to communicate the importance of protein and nutrition to the Jacksonville community and the millions of Americans who tune in."

Reigning uneven bars and balance beam world champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, won the women's title at the 2006 Tyson American Cup, with Jonathan Horton of Houston defeating Japan's Hisashi Mizutori, ranked second in the world in the all-around, in the men's competition. Shayla Worley of Orlando was second in the women's event. Since the 2006 Tyson American Cup, Liukin has gone on to win her second straight u.s. all-around title and Horton won the men's 2006 NCAA all-around title. The athletes competing in the 2007 Tyson American Cup will be announced closer to the event. The list of former American Cup all-around gold medalists includes many of the best-known and loved names in gymnastics: men-Jason Gatson, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), Tim Daggett, Peter Vidmar, Mitsuo Tsukahara (Japan), Kurt Thomas and Bart Conner; and women -- Carly Patterson, Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia), Kerri Strug, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Mary Lou Retton, Julianne McNamara, Stella Zakarova (USSR) and Nadia Comaneci (Romania). In 2005, the American Cup was a World Cup event and its format named individual event champions; the USA's Alexander Artemev, Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel and Liukin won gold medals. The American Cup was first held in 1976. Past sites include: New York City (197680,1982-84,2004); Ft. Worth Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991 -94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, NY. (2005); and Philadelphia (2006). In addition to its sponsorship of the Tyson American Cup, Tyson is powering gymnasts by providing high-quality chicken, beef and pork to the USA Gymnastics National Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. Tyson's protein-filled products help these talented athletes to develop and maintain the strength and endurance they need to perform at elite events, such as the Tyson American Cup and the 2008 OlympiC Summer Games in Beijing.

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WORLDS 2006 The strong U.S. team started on vault and hit five for five, scoring the highest team score of the meet on t his event with a 59 .925. Moving to bars the U.S. gymnasts nailed five for fi ve clean routines to win this event with a score of 62 .975. Beam proved to be the most challenging event for the team, yet they secured a score of 59 .975 . On floor, the gymnasts hit f ive for five routines to earn the highest team score on this event with a 60.450. Memmel scored an incredible 61 .350, the top all-around score during prelim competition . Bieger also had an amazing day of competition, scoring 60 .625 for the third-best score during prelims . Priess had a fall on beam but still scored an impressive 59 .075 for the ninth best score of prelims. Kelley also had a fallon beam but scored 58 .975 for 11th place, showing the amazing depth of the U.S . team . Sacramone competed in vault, beam and floor, scoring a 15.550 on her first vault and a 15.30 combined average on both vaults. She also nailed beam, but a disputed sequence in her floor routine resulted in only a 14.875. Apparently she lost a half a point when she didn't connect a leap series. Liukin, who only competed bars due to a sprained ankle, received a record-high score of 16.20 on the event during the prelim competition and secured a spot in the event finals.

Team Finals The format for team finals was three gymnasts compete on each event and all three scores count. A tough format with no room for error! Unfortunately, team USA had two errors during team finals, finishing just behind China in the final rankings, 182.200 to 181.350. China won its first ever team gold medal at a world championships. "Certainly we are proud to win a silver medal," said Martha Karolyi, the women's national team coordinator. "Unfortunately we had two unexpected mistakes, which are unexplainable. We beat ourselves today." "It 's always a great accomplishment to win any medal , " said Liukin . "We are a little disappointed but very proud of one another." The USA got a rough start on vault when Bieger had an uncharacteristic fall on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half twist. Both Memmel and Sacramone hit strong vaults for a team total of 44 .600, just behind Romania with a 45.225 . China was third with 44.250. The U.S. squad then moved to bars, where this time Memmel had an uncharacteristic miss on a release move. Bieger and Liukin hit solid routines for a team score of 45.275 . This was still enough to pull the U.S. into the lead with 89.875, followed closely by China with 89 .550 . The U.S. women were solid on the beam, but their 45 .575 was not enough to hold off a charging China, who totaled 136.325 to the USA's 135.45 . The U.S. women had their best performances on the floor exercise, and despite having the best team score for the event, it was not enough to catch China. "China did their job," said Memmel, "We had some mistakes and you can't make mistakes." Sacramone said, "We did a good job. We had a few mistakes. We're happy with the results. We had a great finish and we worked hard."

All-Around Finals Memmel and Bieger finished first and third during the team preliminary round of competition and therefore earned a spot in the all-around finals . However, Memmel withdrew from the all-around competition due to a shoulder injury she sustained during the team finals competition on bars . Priess stepped up to represent the USA in the all-around competition, along with Bieger. ~


"This is a difficult decision for me to make, but it is the right one for me physically," said Memmel. "I would not be able to go out and do what I want to do, and I believe the right thing is to give my teammate, Ashley, the opportunity to go out and show what she can do." Sieger and Priess started on vault, where they scored a 14.725 and 14.450, respectively, putting Sieger in eighth place and Priess in 13th after the first rotation. On bars, both U.S. gymnasts had solid performances with Sieger scoring a 15.350 and Priess a 15.425. Italy's Vanessa Ferrari was first at the end of the second rotation, followed by Panpan Pang of China . Sieger made her move to third after the third rotation. Sieger earned a 15.300 for her beam routine, which includes her front tuck with a half twist. Priess' exceptional beam routine included an impressive front aerial to flip flop layout series, posting 15.325. Ferrari's fall on beam allowed Pang to move into first with 45 .650. Ferrari was second, with Sieger and Australia's Daria Joura tied for third . Romania 's Sandra Raluca Izbasa was sixth and Priess was seventh . At the start of the fourth rotation, Pang fell on her Yurchenko double full, opening the door for the top slots. Izbasa was the last to vault, earning a 15.025. The drama was on floor, where the last three to go were Sieg er, Ferrari and Priess. Sieger nailed her floor routine, receiving a 15.375 . Ferrari answered with a 15.500, clinching her all-around title. Priess was the last to go, but missed her second tumbling pass scoring a 13.60 for 10th place . "It feels great (to win the silver medal)," said Sieger. "It was wonderful just being out there and representing the United States. I was having so much fun, especially on my floor routine . "I felt horrible for Chellsie , but I am excited to be in the meet," said Priess. "I am happy with how I did. It is an honor to be one of the best gymnasts in the world ." "We are so proud of Jana and Ashley for their performances and how well they stepped up," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "We also respect Chellsie for making a difficult decision and providing this great opportunity for Ashley." "She (Jana) did a great job," said Jana's coach and mom Andrea Sieger, who was a three-time gymnastics Olympian for West Germany. "It is great to have someone that close to you, that you coach, and know that you can count on them to give you 100 percent."

when Memmel withdrew. Sacramone competed a front handspring Rudi and a Yurchenko double twist to receive a 15.325 average . China's Cheng Fei performed a Yurchenko double twist and a Yurchenko half-on, one-and-a-half-off to score a 15.712 average for the gold medal. "I felt it is one of my better vaults, and I am really pleased. Cheng Fei was unreal (on her vaults), really," said Sacramone, who was a bronze medalist on vault at the 2005 World Championships. Sacramone became just the second U.S. woman to win a world silver medal in vault. Srandy Johnson finished second at the 1989 World Championships. Sacramone's bronze in 2005 was the USA's first vault medal since Johnson. Sieger, who was first to compete on bars, did not hit her routine as well as she did earlier in the competition and only earned a 14.550. Liukin was next and received a 16.050 for her routine, which featured her usual clean body lines and immaculate form. Great Sritain's Seth Tweddle earned a 16.20 to win the gold medal. Italy's Vanessa Ferrari was third, and Sieger placed fifth . "I feel really good because I did the best performance I could do because I couldn't do my dismount for two weeks due to my injury," said Liukin. Sieger earned her third silver medal of the World Championships on floor complete with a powerful double layout, front full through to a triple twist, double Arabian and pike double back. She scored a 15.550 just behind China's Cheng Fei, who competed a double twisting double back for her first pass. Kelley hit a solid routine and scored 15.30 to finish seventh. "I had a blast," said Kelley. "I trained the last two days so I would be prepared just in case . It was awesome (to be in the finals) . I was excited to compete, and I went out did a great routine . It was so much fun, one of the most fun routines I have ever done." ~

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MEN GAIN EXPERIENCE AT 2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS A young and talented u.s. Men's Team including Guillermo Alvarez, Alexander Artemev, Jonathan Horton, David Sender, Clay Strother, Kevin Tan and alternate David Durante started out strong in the preliminary competition of the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, but struggled on the last two events. The U.S. men finished in 13th place after prelims with a team score of 358 .100, just missing finals by 1.075. After prelims China was in the lead followed by Japan and Russia . "We are very proud of our team and how hard they trained and hung in there," said Ron Brant, the men's national team coordinator. "This was a learning experience for a young team, but it is hard to watch and live through . We are the only country here with all new members. This may have accelerated the learning process for these guys. I think in any sport, if you take a winning or charnpionship level team and change all of the athletes, you are going to be at a different level. We understand that. We are going to change some things in our training philosophy to help them as we move forward ." During prelims Alvarez hit all six of his routines, posting a 6-event total of 88.650. Artemev scored big on pommel horse, 15.45, to place sixth in his best event and earn a spot in the event finals. He had some problems on parallel bars and high bar and earned an all-around score of 88.625 . Horton competed on all six events for an 84.500 all-around total. Strother had a solid meet, scoring a 15.275 on floor and a 15.625 on vault. Sender competed on five events, with his 16.050 on vault as his highest score. Tan did well on three of his four events. "The team came out strong on floor, and Gui llerm o and Alex qualified ~ 18

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for the all-around f inals and will gain more experience, " sa id Brant. " Clay had a g ood meet. Kevin was still recovering from food poison ing and was dehydrated. He g ave it (his ring routin e) everything he had and was there until the last few skills." "When you look at some of the better teams like Ja pan , they have almost their entire team back and have tremendous experience (competing) together," said head coach Mark Williams. "They are seasoned veterans. For our entire team, this was the first time for all of them to compete in a team World Championships. They just need to be out there and gain the confidence so that they can do well in that atmosphere."

Team Finals The top eight teams from preliminary competition advanced to finals. China won its seventh world team title with a score of 277 .775. Russia and Japan changed positions from prelims with Russia earning the silver medal (275.400) and Japan the bronze (274.800).

All-Around Finals China's Wei Yang became World Champion, followed by Japan's Hiroyuki Tomita in second and Germany's Fabian Hambuechen in third . Alvarez finished in 18th place, with Artemev in 22nd place . Alvarez was very consistent on all six events, despite a small problem on the pommel horse. "Guillermo did great," said Ron Brant, men's national team coordinator. "He had a good meet. His routines need a little more difficulty, but he was very poised. He handled himself well for competing in his first World Championships." "I was fairly pleased," said Alvarez. "I didn't let my nerves get to me too much . My (pommel) horse routine was rocky, but I stayed on. I was very happy to be out there and take in the whole the experience (of the Worlds) ." Artemev got off to a good start on his first two events, vault and parallel bars, scoring 15.075 and 15.525, respectively. In fact, after two rounds of competition, Artemev was in the lead. However, disaster struck on high bar and Alexander fell, which dropped him in the ran kings. He came back strong on two of his three remaining events and ended with an all-around score of 87.225. Artemev said, "This meet has shown me that I need to do some work and improve. It was very disappointing to fall on the high bar when I was leading . I learned that everyone makes mistakes, and I've got to improve and stay on the equipment."

Event Finals Artemev was the only U.S. male gymnast to make an event final and he completed a near flawless pommel horse routine to score a 15.550 and earn the bronze medat. He became the first U.S. gymnast to earn a world pommel horse medal since Kurt Thomas was second at the 1979 World Championships. Artemev's pommel horse routine is very diverse and interesting . He uses a unique flair to handstand and back down to the horse in the middle of the routine, which distinguishes his routine from others . It's very dynamic, which enabled him to medal at the World Championships . China's Xiao Qin won the gold medal with a 16.025, followed by Australia's Prashanth Sellathurai at 15.700. "It feels awesome (to get the USA's first pommel horse medal in 27 years)," said Artemev. "It felt great and is certainly a big confidence booster. I can always do better, but I didn't hold back. I gave it everything I had, and I am very happy." ~Continued on page 46

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Left to Right: Shawn Johnson, Bianca Flohr, Samantha Peszek, and Rebecca Bross

SA Women S The USA women's jtmior team of Shawn Johnson, Bianca Flohr, Samantha Peszek and Rebecca Bross swept the medals at the Jtmior Pan American Championships at the Palais des Congres in Gatineau, Que., Aug. 25-27, winning 11 out of 11 possible medals. The strong squad won the team competition scoring 179.500 to Brazil's 171.950 and Canada's 171.350. Fourteen-year-old Johnson from Chow's Gymnastics earned the all-around title with a score of 60.250. Flohr, 15, from Cincinnati

Gymnastics Academy won the all-around silver medal with Brazil' s Jade Barbosa claiming the bronze. Although only two gymnasts per country could factor into the all-around rankings, Peszek, 14, from DeVeau's School of Gymnastics scored 59.450 for the fourth top score while Bross, 13, from WOGA scored 57.750 for the fifth top score. The U.S. gymnasts went 1-2 on all four individual events and each of the women won an event gold medal. Johnson won the most medals for the women, claiming the

gold medal for the balance beam and silver medals in the uneven bars and floor exercise. Flohr won uneven bars and was second on the balance beam. Peszek won the floor exercise and was second on vault. Bross was the champion on vault. The Jtmior Pan Am Championships is held every two years and this year's women's competition included teams from 10 countries. We talked to the women's team about their experience and upcoming events. Here's what they had to say! ~

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Shawn Johnson Jlrth Pate: Jatt. 19, 1992 Residence: West Ues Moittes, Iowa Club: Chow~ (}ytMttastics Coaches: Liattg <liao attd Liwett Zhattg 'egan ty,"nastlcs: 1995 at age ~ Most thankful for. My fatMily attd the titMe I get to spettd with thetM.

Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships? Shawn: It was so much fun! Coming off of the Visa Championships made it a little harder, but being with all ofthe girls, we had a blast. Q: Which was your best event and why? 22

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Shawn: Beam. Because of all of the numbers I had been putting in, I had the most confidence in this event.

Q: What was the best part ofthe trip?

Shawn: Being with all of the girls and getting to know each other better. We all bonded well and became really good friends. Q: Tell me about school and your schedule? Shawn: I'm in 9th grade. My favorite class is Language and Literature. A normal day for me is school from 8 a.m. until 2 30 p.m. and then straight to gym. When I get home from gym, it's shower, dinner and homework. I enjoy school and always have! Q:What's next? Are you preparing for any camps or competitions? Will you be getting new routines for 2007? Shawn:Training is going good so far and getting better. I'm learning all of my new skills and getting prepared for camp. No new routines, just altered. Q: What level will you compete in 2007 and what are your goals? Shawn: I will be competing as a senior in 2007 and can't wait. My biggest goals for next year are making the Tyson American Cup Team, Great Britain TourTeam, and, of course, the World Championships Team! For 2008 my biggest goal is the Olympics, and when it comes to beyond, I'm not quite thinking that far ahead yet. PHOTOS 路 STEVE LANGE


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'ianca Flohr Jlrth Pate: Feb. 9, 1991 Resldet1ce: Crestot1, Ohio Club: Cit1cit1t1ati G-ymt1astics Academy Coach: Mary lee fracy Jegat1 tY"'t1astlcs: 1991 at age 6 Most that1kful for. Everyot1e who has helped me become who Iam today.

Q: Tell me about your experience at the Junior Pan American Championships? ~ial1ca: The experience was amazing. Just being able to represent the USA was so much fun!

Sallta)ttha Peszek Jlrth Pate: Vec. 1~ 1991 Resldet1ce: McCordsville, 't1diat1a Club: VeVealil School of G-ymt1astics Coaches: Peter Zhao at1d fom Strat1ge Jegat1 tY"'t1astics: 1995 at age 2 Most that1kful for. My family, friet1ds at1d coaches at1d all the support I get with my gymt1astics career. Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships?

Sam: I had a blast! The meet was a new experience for me because it was my first Jr. Pan American Championships. Q: Which was your best event and why? Sam: My best event was floor, which is also my favorite event, so I'm really glad I did well on it. I love showing off my floor routine and adding difficult tumbling passes. Q: What was the best part of the trip? Sam: My favorite part of every meet is the competition. I love to compete and I love the feeling I get when I hit my routines. Q: Tell me about school and your schedule? Sam: I'm in the 9th grade. My favorite subject is Spanish. A normal day for me is waking up around 5:45 a.m., going to school from 7:30 a.m.-l :30 p.m. and then straight to the gym. After gym, I go home, eat and do homework. Q: How's training going? What's next? Sam: Training is going great. I have so much fun in the gym when I get to learn new skills. I'm also looking forward to getting a new floor routine this fall. I have training camp in November. Q:What level will you compete in 2007 and what are your goals? Sam: I will be a senior in January! My goals for next year are to compete in the Tyson American Cup, Great Britain Tour, Pan Am Games and World Championships and gain competitive experience from every trip. In 2008 my dream is to make the Beijing Olympics. I'm working one day at a time, but that goal is always in the back of my mind. Later, I would like to participate in collegiate gymnastics.

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Q: What was it like going straight from Visa Championships to Jr. Pan Ams? ~ial1ca: It was helpful going straight from the Visa Championships to the Pan Ams, because we were already prepared to go out there and hit. Q: What was the best part of the trip? ~ial1ca: The whole trip was just amazing! The competition and all the girls were so awesome! Q: Tell me about school and your schedule? ~ial1ca: I'm a sophomore. Three days a week I go to the gym from 710:30 a.m.; then I go to school from 11 :15 a.m.-2:25 p.m.; and then I go back to the gym from 3-6 p.m. On Wednesday I'm done with practice after school. Saturday I have practice from 8 a.m.-noon. Q: How's training going? What's next? ~ial1ca: Training has been going really well! It's so much fun being able to go into the gym and work on fun, new skills. We have camp in November. Q: Will you be getting new routines for 200?? ~ial1ca: I'm planning on adding a few new things to each of my routines on every event. Q: What level will you compete in 2007 and what are your goals? Jial1ca: I will be a senior in 2007 and my goals are to make the World Team in 2007, then the Olympics in 2008.

Rebecca 'ross

Jlrth Pate: July 1t 1995 Ho",etowt1: At1t1 Arbor, Michigat1 Resldet1ce: Plat1o, fexas Club: WOG-A Coaches: Valeri liukit1 at1d Natalya Marakova Jegat1 tY"'t1astlcs: 1999 at age 6 Most that1kful for. My family at1d their support. Also, for the ability to compete for the USA at1d my gym.

Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships? Rebecca: We had six workouts in Ottawa and the workouts went well. The competition was fun and exciting. Q: Which was your best event and why? Rebecca: My best event was vault. I won vault during event finals. Q: Did you get to do anything unique or special at Jr. Pan Am Championships? Rebecca: We got to go on a boat for the banquet. The junior girls hung-out together and we talked and ate. The music was loud. The boat ride was about three hours. It was a very fun trip. Q: Tell me about school? Rebecca: I am home-schooled. My favorite subject is math. A normal day for me is gym in the morning, then three hours of schooling and then three more hours of gym. When I get home, I have supper and relax, then do more homework. I do more schooling and homework on the weekends because gym is only Saturday morning. Q: How's training going? What's next? Rebecca: Training has been going good. My coaches and I have been upgrading some skills. I'm not sure when these skills will be ready to compete. I'm looking forward to November camp. Q: What level will you compete in 2007 and what are your goals? Rebecca: I just turned 13, so I have two more years in the junior division. I hope to do well at nationals. When I turn senior, I would be very honored to be selected for Worlds. I would like to try for the 2012 Olympics but that is still pretty far away. Also, receiving a college scholarship would be really cool. ~ PHOTOS ¡ STEVE lANGE

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Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships?

Ryan: My experience was amazing! Winning the team and all-around gold medals was one of the best feelings I've ever had. Q: Which was your best event and why? Ryan: Pommel Horse. I hit one of my best sets during the team competition. Q: Did you get to do anything unique at the event? Ryan: We had an afternoon of sightseeing where we saw the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa and took a boat tour on the river. Q: Tell me about school and your training schedule? Ryan: I'm a senior in high school where I take five core classes and get out of school at 12:30. I have a few hours to study and finish my homework before I go to the gym. I train 22 hours a week. I work ahead in school so I don't fall behind when I attend camps and competitions. Q: How's training going now? Ryan: Training is going great. Ijust returned with six other guys from Berlin where we attended a training camp with the German National Team. Right now I'm trying to consistently hit some new skills so I can add them to my routines. Q: What are your gymnastics goals? Ryan: My goals for 2007 are to make the jump to the senior level and continue to compete internationally. I'd also like to some day make a World Championship and/or Olympic team. ~

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The junior men's team of Ryan Lieberman, Philip Onorato, Miguel Pineda and Tun Gentry won the team title at the Junior Pan American Championships, scoring 259.595 over Brazil's 246.462 and Canada's 241.594. The competition took place at the Palais des Congres in Gatineau, Que., August 25-27. The U .S. gymnasts went 1-4 in the allaround. Lieberman, 17, of Buffalo Grove Gymnastics won the all-around title with a score of 86.598. Onorato, 17, ofWOGAfinished second all-around with a 85.698. Although only two scores per country count in the allaround rankings, Pineda of Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center was the third highest score with a 84.965 followed by WOGf!{s Gentry with 84.665. Pineda is 17 and Gentry is 18 years old. The U.S. qualified two competitors to each event final and earned at least one medal on all six events. The U.s. picked up an additional eight medals during event finals, grabbing 1-2 in both rings and high bar. Gentry won the gold medal on the horizontal bar and was second on vault and still rings. Onorato was the champion on the still rings and was second on the floor exercise. Lieberman was second on the high bar and parallel bars, as well as third on the pommel horse.

Ryatt Lieberlltatt Jlrth Pate: August 16, 1989 l{esldet1ce: Lake Forest Illinois Club: Juffalo c.rove c.ytMnastics Coach: Pon Osborn Jegat1tY"'t1ast!cs: 1993 Most that1lcful for. l'tM tMost thankful for a great fatMily and friends.

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Philip Ono Jlrth Pate: Sept. 9, 1989 Resldettce: Plano, fexas Club: WOG-A Coaches: Sergei Pakanich 'egatt tYIMttastlcs: 1994Most thattkful for. My fatMily, tMy health, and tMY work ethic. Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships? Philip: It was a great time. Being in another country is always a great experience, some better than others! Q: Which was your best event and why? Philip: My best event was rings. I took gold. Q: What was the best part of the trip? ,.. Philip: The best part was winning team gold and hearing our National Anthem on the platform! Q: How's training going now? What's next? Philip: Training is going great. I'm probably in better shape now than I've ever been due to more strength and flexibility workouts. The Valeri Liukin Invitational is next and then on to Winter Cup. Q: Tell me about school and your training schedule? What grade are you in and how do you manage school and training? PhiUp: Right now I'm a Junior at Spring Creek Academy which helps me to train in the morning and travel. I have a lot of school work to make up, but somehow the job always gets done with the help of tutors. Q: What are your gymnastics goals? PhiUp: My goals for 2007 are to train hard and stay healthy, and then the "beyond" will take care of itself. I do have plans to attend college and compete NCAA.

fitlt tentry Jlrth Pate: Vec. 2, 1988 Resldettce: Plano, fexas Club: WOG-A Coach: Sergei Pakanich 'egatt tYIMttastlcs: 1995 Most thattkful for. My health. 28

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Jlrth Pate: Sept. 22, 1989 Resldettce: G-alloway, Ohio Club: Hocking Valley G-ytMnastics Center Coaches: Mike Serra 'egatt tYIMttastlcs: 1994Most thattkful for. Having a loving, healthy fatMily. Q: Tell me about your experience at the Jr. Pan American Championships? Miguel: It was a lot of fun. It was exciting to compete for my country! Q: Which was your best event and why? Miguel: Pommel horse. I was last up for the U.S. and nailed my routine. Q: Tell me about school and tra ining schedule and how you manage both? Miguel: I train four hours each day after school, and on Saturdays. I'm a Junior in high school. I manage school by using my study halls and keeping school separate from home and training. Q: How's training going now? What's next ? Miguet Training now is mainly skill development. My next meet is Winter Cup. Q: What are your gymnastics goals? Miguel: My goals for 2007 are to make the jump to senior team. Beyond that < is to become senior national champion and represent at the the Olympics.

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JUNIOR PAN AM CHAMPIONSH IPS - Rhythmic Below: Rachel Marmer. Right Anastasia Torba, Marlee Shape and Rachel Marmer. Below Right (L to R): Rachel Marmer, Angelica and Sofia Sanchez

USA Win E Medals Includin the Team Gold The USA won the team title at the 2006 Pan American Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Toronto, Ont., August 2729, finishing ahead of Canada and Mexico. The USA won a total of four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. The US. team included 2006 US. junior all-around champion Rachel Marmer who trains at Hollywood Academy of Gymnastics in Los Angeles, Marlee Shape of North Shore Rhythmic in Buffalo Grove, and Anastasia Torba of Alegro Rhythmic in Orinda, Calif. The US. Team won the gold medal with a score of 130.125 over Canada

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and Mexico's 127.700 and 126.650. Brazil's Angelica Kvieczynski took the gold medal in the all-around by posting a 54.625. Marmer scored 53.675 for the silver medal and Mexico's Sofia Sanchez claimed the bronze with 51 .950. Shape and Torba finished sixth and seventh, respectively. During event finals, Marmer won the rope, hoop and ribbon titles, finishing second behind Kvieczynski in clubs. Marmer decisively won both the rope and hoop gold medals. In rope, Marmer's 14.400 was a complete point better than Kvieczynski's 13.400. Shape was third with

Rachel Marllter Making her Mark!

Jlrth Pate: Oct. 22, 1991 Reslde"ce: Los At1geles, Califort1ia Club: Hollywood AcadetMy of ~ytMt1astics Coach: Yelet1a Chshukareva Favorite color. ~reet1 Favorite Music: Mostly hip hop at1d m Favorite Class: Math

Rachel Marmer, turned 15 on October 22, and has already won four Junior National All-Around titles in rhythmic gymnastics. She also won the 2004 and 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships title and took second at the 2006 Junior Pan American Championships. USA Gymnastics talked to Rachel about the big goals she has set in her sport and how she hopes to achieve them!

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13.325. In hoop, Marmer posted a 14.175 for the gold medal, easily outdistancing Canada's Demetra Mantcheva at 13.550. Brazil's Natalia Gaudio and Kvieczynski tied for the bronze medal, finishing just short of Mantcheva at 13.500. Marmer's third individual event gold medal came in ribbon, with Kvieczynski and Gaudio finishing second and third, respectively. Torba was seventh. Kvieczynski won clubs with her 14.475. Marmer was second with a score of 14.100, and Shape claimed her second bronze medal with her 13.725 total.

Q: What was it like to win your fourth junior title at the Visa Championships? Rachel: It felt really good. I was really happy to win! Q: Was there added pressure since you've won in the past? Rachel: Yes, I felt like it was a lot more pressure. I tried not to worry about what others were thinking and just do well. Q: What was your best event and why? Rachel: My best event was ribbon during finals because I had no mistakes. I think it was the best routine I have ever done. Q: What was it like winning four gold and two silver medals at the Jr. Pan Am Championships? Rachel: It felt good to do well. My best event at Jr. Pan Ams was rope because I nailed all of my elements and tosses. I didn't mess up on anything. Q:What are your rhythmic goals for the future? Rachel: To make the 2008 Olympic Games. I will turn senior this year so I'll need to win nationals and hopefully make the World Championships team in 2007, and then qualify the u.s. for a spot to the Olympics. This is my goal. Q: Are you looking forward to turning senior in 200?? Rachel: Yes. I think it will be really exciting. I've been a junior for so many years. I think there will be a little less pressure at first as a senior, but then probably more pressure later on - I don't really know what to expect. Q: What do you think will be the difference with competing senior vs. junior? Rachel: In senior competition you get to qualify and compete at a lot more important competitions like World Championships and Olympic Games. There are more opportunities. ~ PHOTO (TOP LEFT) â&#x20AC;˘ DIANE BIDERMANN (BOTTOM) STEVELANGE


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Q: How is training going now? Are you planning for any upcoming meet or camp? Rachet Right after Visa Championships I went home for four days and then went to Canada for the Junior Pan American Championships, then immediately to Netherlands for a competition. So, I just got back from some time off. I will still practice my junior routines because I go to Japan in November for a competition. When I get back from that trip I'll get my senior routines and start working toward senior competitions. Q: Tell me about school? Rachel: I'm in the 10th grade and I started school the day I returned from the Netherlands, so I've been busy getting caught up. I do school each day from 9 a.m.-2:40 p.m., then gymnastics from 4-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10-2 p.m. On Tuesdays I leave school early and do gymnastics from 1:30-8 p.m. Q: How do you handle school and training and traveling? Rachet I go to a small school with about 30 other kids. They give me work ahead of time and let me make it up when I get back. Q: Do you know what type of career you might wantto pursue? Rachet I want to go into psychology/therapy. Q:Tell me about your family? Rachet I live with my mom and step dad. I have a sister, three half sisters and one half brother. I see my dad and his family on the weekends. I have a dog - a Russian Terrier. 13

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The USA Trampoline Team won the men's competition and finished second in the women's event at the 2006 Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico in August. This top placement secured two men and two women to compete in h"ampoline at the 2007 Pan American Games, July 13-29, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, the USA garnered one gold, three silver and two bronze medals in individual competition. USA's Chris Estrada of Lafayette, La. /Trampoline & Tumbling Express, was first after prelims, but ended up earning the silver medal in men's trampoline, just two-tenths behind Jason Burnett of Canada. Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Iowa /E.P. Athletics, earned the bronze medal. For senior women, Brittany Dircks of Orland Park, Ill. / Midwest Training and Ice Center, won a silver medal, finishing second behind Karen Cockburn of Canada. Amada Bailey of Levelland, Texas / Acrospirits, just missed the medal stand and finished fourth. Competing in the junior women's competition, Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu / Hawaii Academy easily won the gold medal over Kailey McLeod of Canada. USA's Dakota Earnest of Levelland, Texas, won the bronze medal. Canada's Philip Barbaro edged out Philip Devine of Pecatonica, ill.1J&J Tumbling and Trampoline, for the junior men's top spot. i3

192.2' 185.6' 161.5' 4. Argentina ! 158.9 5. Brazil 99.2 ' Qualifies two athletes to 2007 Pan American Games Senior Country Canada 2. Brittany Dircks USA 3. Rosannagh Maclennan Canada 4. Amanda Bailey USA 5. Giovanna Matheus Brazil 6. Ma. Fernanda Reynaud Mexico 7. Viviana Ramirez Mexico 8. Veronica lorenzo . Argentina Junior 1. Nanl Vercruyssen USA 2. Kailey Mcleod Canada USA 3. Dakota Earnest Brazil 4. Joana Perez 5. Samantha Sendel Canada 6. Taissa Garcia Brazil 7. Karen Guerrero Mexico

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196.4' 195.1' 2. Canada 3. Brazil 190.2' 4. Mexico 179.6 ' Qualifies two athletes to 2007 Pan American Games Country Senior 1. Jason Burnett Canada 2. Chris Estrada USA 3. Ryan Weston USA 4. Rafael Andrade Brazil 5. Martin Myers Canada 6. Adrian Salas Mexico 7. Dario Arias Argentina 8. Rodrigo Lima Brazil Jiinior 1. Philip Barbaro Canada 2. Philip Devine USA 3. Kyle Sohen Canada 4. Vinicius Oliveira Brazil 5. Rodrigo Pacheco Brazil 6. Victor Reyes Mexico 7. Fernando Cajigas

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1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 2. Mash bananas with afork. 3.Add egg, oil, milk, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat well. 4. Gentiy blend the ftour into the banana mixture and stir for 20 seconds, or until moistened. 5. Pour into a4" x 8" loaf pan that has been lightiy oiled, treated with cooking spray, or lined with wax paper. 6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until atoothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. 7. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

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going to the final round by just .30 of a point, giving her a ninth place finish, and Weston finished in 20th place. In tumbling, Kalon Ludvigson of Plano, Texas, and Chris Adair of Lubbock, Texas, finished 15th and 16th, respectively. For the women, Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Va., thought she had advanced to the finals by placing seventh place in the prelims, but a scoring error was later discovered that dropped her to ninth place, just out of the final round. io'i

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VT 44.250 44.600 45.325 44.450 42.800 43.050 43.650 42.450

UB 45.300 45.275 42.300 41.550 43.950 43.550 42.800 43.900

BB 46.775 45.575 45.750 45.225 44.325 43.875 42.425 42.025

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Total 182.200 181.350 177.325 175.450 174.250 173.225 172.975 170.475

VT 14.800 14.725 15.025 14.275 14.500 14.025 14.350 14.550 15.000 14.450 14.600 14.300 14.500 14.825 13.400 13.950 13.725 13.575 14.925 14.450 13.750 13.650 15.700 13.675

UB 15.825 15.350 14.225 15.275 15.100 15.425 14.975 14700 14.700 15.425 14.100 15.150 13.875 14550 15.550 14.325 14.900 14.675 13.900 14.125 14.150 15.600 13.350 13.275

BB 14.900 15.300 15.475 15.800 15.000 14.800 15.625 14.950 14.375 15.325 14.925 14.425 15.175 14.575 15.100 15.125 14.650 15.075 14.225 14.725 14.575 14.075 13.275 14.850

FX 15.500 15.375 15.525 14.600 15.275 15.425 14.550 15.250 14.875 13.600 15.000 14.700 14.650 14.150 13.925 14.300 14.425 14.350 14.575 14.300 14.700 13.600 13.750 13.725

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Women'sAll-Around 1. FERRARI Vanessa 2. BIEGER Jana 3. IlBASA Sandra Raluca 4. NISTORStelian, 5. JOURA Daria 6. PANG Panpan 7. DYKES Hollie 8. TWEDDLE Elizabeth 9. CHUSOVITINA Oksana 10. PRIESS Ashley 11. SEVERINO Isabelle 12. lHOU lhuoru 13. KOlICH Alina 14. CAMPOS Laura 15. KURODA Mayu 16. HOPFNER-HIBBSElyse 16. DE SIMONELenika 18. KAESLIN Ariella 19. PAVLOVA Anna 20. LlNDOR Katheleen 21. HYPOUTO Daniele 22. ZGOBA Dariya 23. HONG Su Jong 24. PRAVDINA Kristina

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FX 44.575 44.1 25 44.425 46.175 45.325 46.050 44.625 44.750

PH 44.775 45.350 44.775 44.700 44.125 42.725 44.450 42.875

SR 47.625 46.325 47.150 45.175 46.450 44.575 45.300 44.550

VT 48.900 47.900 47.175 48500 47.000 48.825 47.375 47.675

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SR 16.450 15.900 15.250 16.500 15.375 15.700 15.050 15.400 15.125 15025 15.150 15.175 15.950 15.575 14.575 14.925 14.325 14.550 15.025 14.300 14.350 14.2S0 14.100

VT 16.625 15.850 16.400 16.200 16.225 15.350 14.975 16.175 15.625 15.025 15.775 15.500 15.325 15.825 15.300 15.725 16.150 15.725 15.625 15.650 15.700 15.750 15.875

PB 16.000 15.725 15.350 15.050 15.550 15.175 15.900 14.700 14.975 15.050 14.975 14.925 15.225 13.600 15.050 14.975 14.350 14.525 14.000 15.225 14.950 15.525 13.875

HB 14.850 15.450 15.675 14.725 14.900 15.425 14.825 14.700 14.725 14.775 14.500 14.700 13.925 14.575 14.125 15.025 14.350 14.225 14.025 13.525 13.425 12.150 14.225

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USA USA CAN CAN BRA BRA MEX ARG

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Georgia Josh, a Level 6gymnast from Paulding Gymnastics, is pictured with his coach, Charlie Johnson. At the 2006 Flipfest Meet held in Knoxville, Tenn., Josh placed first in floor, rings, parallel bars, high bar and all- around. He'snow training for Level 7 for the 20062007meet season.

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2" high x 9' length is lightweight and folds in half for easy handling 4"topworking surface tapers to 6" bottom for stability. High density polyethylene foam core. Covered with synthetic suede - the same as used on regulation beams.

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LOW BEAM Constructed and styled like regulation beams. Easily increase the 4'Iong Infinity Beam by connecting additional beams. 4" top working surface only 6" from the floor. • Beam rests securely on (2) 7" wide base plates. • No assembly required.

competitive equipment. 350 lb. weight capacity. No assembly required. FREE wall mount brackets permit use as a pull-up or ba llet bar.

INCLINE MATS 30" wide x 72" long working surface. Inclines from 1" up to 12" in height. Folds in half for versatility and easy storage. Firm polyurethane foam core. Available in red/It. grey or . blue/ It. grey heavy duty vinyl fabric.

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FOLDING MATS

FOLDING MATS

Our best 4'x 8' xl 3/8"folding mat. 1 3/8" Crosslink foam core. Velcro on each end to join mats end-to-end. Available in heavy duty red or blue vinyl fabric.

Made from the same great materials as the 4' x 8' folding mats. This 12'Iong mat allows you to combine individual. skills into a tumbling series. Velcro on each end to join mats end-to-end. Available in heavy duty red or blue vinyl fabric. 0 2006 Res illt. Sports Products, ln c.

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USA Gymnastics - November/December 2006  

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