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USA Gymnastics hosted its second World Cup competition in trampoline and tumbling in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Kalon Ludvigson and Susannah Jolmson both won their first World Cup medals when they claimed bronze medals in men's and women's tumbling, respectively.

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A U.S. women's team of eight gymnasts and their coaches traveled to Lisburn, Northern Ireland, for a Friendly Dual competition with Great Britain, March 17-18.The U.s. women earned 15 of the possible 16 medals at the competition, including the team title by scoring 238.50 to Great Britain's 218.10. USA Gymnastics Vice President of Programs Kathy Kelly said, 'The purpose of th is trip was to provide the first year seniors with a full team competition, including the rigors of international travel, and-to prepare them for important upceming eveflts, includingthe Pan American Championships and the World Championships. The girls did an excellent job and competed at a very high level and showed consistency throughout the competition ." Shawn Johnson won the all-around with a score of 60.150, followed by Shayla Worley with a 59.650 and Samantha Peszek with a 58.650. In the all-around, the USA swept the top seven spots! During event finals, Peszek grabbed two gold medals on vault (14.900) and floor (14.900), and a silver medal on beam (15.35). Worley won her favorite event, bars (15.450),

and Johnson took top honors on beam (16:050) and earned a silver medal on vault (14.750) . Peszek led the u.s.Team's medal haul at five, with three gold, one silver and-one bronze. Johnson was-a close-secona-with- fO "'u-'-'r- - - I (three gold and one silver) to her credit. Worley garnered three total medals (two gold and one silver). All eight of the USA team members earned a medal, showing the depth of the strong USA squad. 2006 World Championships team silver-medalist Natasha Kelley earned a silver medal on bars (15.200), while Bianca Flohr grabbed the bronze (14.650). Ivana Hong won the bronze medal on beam (14.850), while on floor, Hilary Mauro won the silver (14.850) and Bridget Sloan claimed the bronze (14.650).

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your trip that you couldn't do without? Shawn and Ivana· My blanket Sam . My iPod Bianca and Bridget . My hair straightener Hilary. My gym bag Shayla •My jacket Natasha •My phone Q:What was your best routine and why?

Bridget· Floor. The first day of competition was better than the second day, but it was still good. Ivana· Beam. The first day of competition was the best because it was the most solid. Natasha • Bars.We've made some changes to my bar routine that Ireally like. Ithought Idid well on it both days. Shayla • Bars. It was my best routine because Ihit all of my elements and won both days. Sam· Beam. Ishowed Icould hit beam under pressure both days and Igained a lot of confidence from the experience. Shawn· Beam. Ihad been working really hard all week so Icould perform as well as Iwanted, and Iwent out there and just had a blast.

Hilary· Floor. It was my best routine. I won the silver medal in finals. Q:What did you learn from this trip that you hope to be able to use at a later team competition? Sam ·1learned how todeal with the time change and worktogether as a team! Bianca · llearned a lot and gained confidence for the future. Hilary · 1learned to focus on what Ihave trained and not to worry about what is going on around me. Shawn . llearned that team support is the most important thing. Shayla · 1learned how to train and adjust to completely different equipment. Bridget · 1learned that even if the equipment isn't what I'mused to Ican still make my routines. Natasha •There'salways plenty to learn frorn any competition and with the scoring being sodifferent, you just have to be prepared for anything. Ivana · 1learned that every single routine, every practice makesa difference toward the overall end result of the team.

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TE ASSISTANT COACH AND U.S. MEN'S onal Team member Kevin Tan, 25, of Fremont, . ., won the still rings title at tl1e French International World p - Bercy-Paris in Paris, France, March 18. Teammate Sean send of Houston won the silver medal on high bar. Tan, who trains with the Penn State team and is a member of Team Chevron, entered the finals as the favorite after finishing at the top of the pack in the qualification round with a 16.250. In the finals, he posted a 16.475 to clinch the World Cup event title. Venezuela's Regulo Carmona was second with a 16.225, followed by France's Danny Rodrigues at 16.200. Also in the field was 2004 Olympic silver-medalist Jordan J ovtchev, who finished fifth. Tan said, "It was great winning the gold medal. I took third in the World Cup in Stuttgart last fall and this was the first World Cup of the season this year. It's good to know I'm right in the thick of things on rings." He added, "I changed my rings routine completely from last year. I restructured and added more difficulty. Last year I was at a 16.9 start value and now I'm at a 17.3 start value. This was the highest start value on rings." PHOTOS · (OPPOSITE PAGE &TOP) STEVE LANGE

In the high bar finals, Townsend, 28, scored a 15.150 to finish behind 2004 Olympic champion Igor Cassina of Italy, who won witl1 his 15.400. China's Teng Haibin was tlilld at 15.050. Townsend, who trains at Houston Gymnastics Academy, improved on his qualification performance, where he was fiftl1. Townsend said, "The competition was great. It was my fifth time competing in the French International. I'm happy witl1 taking a silver medal. The best part of the trip was seeing Kevin Tan win a gold on rings against such a strong rings final." In the qualification round, Joey Hagerty of Albuquerque, N.M., who trains at tl1e U.S. Olympic Training Center and is a member of Team Chevron, finished in 11 th place on the floor exercise witl1 a 15.175 and 15th in the horizontal bar with a 14.500. Other men's champions at the event include: Marian Dragulescu, Romania, floor exercise and vault; Teng, pommel horse; and Feng Zhe, China, parallel bars. t3

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KELLEY WINS FOUR TITLES AT THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL Tyson American Cup silvermedalist Natasha Kelley of Katy, Texas Stars' Gymnastics, won the all-around, balance beam, uneven bars and floor exercise at the Houston International Invitational held March 11 at the University of St. Thomas' Jerabeck Center in Houston, Texas. Parkette's Amber Trani of Richlandtow n, Pa.,

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15.300 15.150 14.900

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2. Elsa Garcia, MEX - 3. Ashley Priess, USA

15.700 15.500 15.400

Balance beam 1. Natasha_Kelley, USA 2. Ivana Hong, USA 3. Amber Trani, USA

16.400 15.850 15.600

Floor exercise 1. Natasha Kelley, USA 2. Elsa Garcia, MEX

15.450 15.200

3. Hilary Mauro, USA

15.100

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1. Natasha Kelley, USA

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15.70

16.40

15.45

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2. Ivana Hong, USA

14.90

15.05

15.85

14.75

60.55

3. Bridget Sloan, USA

14.75

14.90

15.40

15.00

60.05

4. Elsa Garcia, MEX

14.75

15.50

14.20

15.20

59.65

5. Amber Trani, USA

15.30

13.45

15.60

15.05

59.40

6. Hilary Mauro, USA

14.50

14.45

14.55

15.10

58.60

7. Peng Peng Lee, CAN

14.35

14.25

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14.85

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8. Sarah DeMeo, USA

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11 . Maricela Cantu, MEX

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12. Emma Willis, CAN

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AT GYMNIX INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT he USA claimed a total of 12 medals, including three gold, at the Gymnix International tournament, March 17-18, in Montreal, Que. The team included Sarah DeMeo, Corrie Lothrop, Randi Stageberg and Amber Trani. The foursome garnered 171.025 points, finishing second to Russia's 176.425. Stageberg took the senior all-around bronze medal with her 56.725, and Lothrop claimed the junior all-around bronze medal at 56.625. Stageberg won a gold medal on floor and bronze medals on bars and beam during event finals. For the juniors, Lothrop won vault and was third on bars and floor. DeMeo earned medals of each color: the gold on floor; the silver on beam; and the bronze on vault with a 14.625. Stageberg and Lothrop had the USA's highest medal count with five each, both collecting one gold, one silver and three bronze. Next was DeMeo with four {one gold, two silver and one bronze} and Trani with one silver medal. mm~

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Junior Division Results

All-around 1. Kristina Vaculik, CAN 2. Ksenija Semenova, RUS 3. Randi Stagebewg,USA 4. Amber Trani, USA

57.550 57.175 56.725 55.850

All-around 1. Tatlana Nableva, RUS 2. A1iya Mustafina, RUS 3. Conle Lothrop, USA 4. Sarah DeMeo, USA

59.075 58.825 58.625 56.125

VauH 1. Kristina Vaculik, CAN 2. Chloe Henry, BEL 3. Margarita Slepchenko, RUS

13.663 13.438 13.325

VauH 1. Conle Lothrop, USA 2. Tatiana Nabieva, RUS 3. Sarah DeMeo, USA

14.975 14.875 14.625

Bars 1. Ksenija Semenova, RUS 2. Kristina Vaculik, CAN 3. Randl Stageberg, USA

.15.950 15.325 13.350

Bars 1. Tatlana Nabieva, RUS 2. A1iya Mustafina, RUS 3. Corrie Lothrop, USA 4. Sarah DeMeo, USA 4. Charlotte Mackie, CAN

15.125 14.825 13.525 13.475 13.475

Balance beam 1. A1iya Mustafina, RUS 2. Sarah DeMeo, USA 3. Tatiana Nabieva, RUS 4. Corrie Lothrop, USA

14.475 14.350 14.200 13.800

Roor exercise 1. Sarah DeMeo, USA 2. Tatiana Nabieva, RUS 3. Corrie Lothrop, USA

'14.750 14.300 14.025

Other u.s. finish

6. Amber Trani, USA

12.850

Balance beam 1. Ksenija Semenova, RUS 2. Kristina Vaculik, CAN 3. Randl Stageberg, USA

15.850 15.025 14.!IOO

Other u.S. finish

6. Amber Trani, USA

14.075

Floor exercise 1. Randl Stageberg, USA 2. Kristina Vaculik, CAN 3. Ksenija Semenova, RUS 3. Emma Willis, CAN

14.550 14.450 14.275 14.275

Other u.S. finish

6. Amber Trani, USA

13.975

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USA CLAIMS TWO BRONZE MEDALS AT ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP FINAL he mixed pair of Andre Solodar and Xiau-Ling Wee and the women's group of Mariah Henninger, Ally Kidd, and Tisa Penny earned bronze medals at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup Final on April 9 in Puurs, Belgium.

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Without a World Championships in 2007, the World Cup Final is considered the most prestigious international event for Acrobatic Gymnastics this year. In the mixed pair, Solodar and Wee, who are members of the Acrobatic Gymnastics Senior National Team, finished third at 28.320, behind gold-medalist Revaz . Gurgenidze and Tatiana Okuloava and silver-medalist Anton Glazkov and Maria Kovtun, both from Russia. Belarus' women's group of Maria Girut, Tatiana Motuz and Alina Starevich won the women's group title with Russia's Tatiana Alexeeva, Natalia Fedorova and Elena Kirilova finishing second. The USA's team of Henningel~ Kidd and Penny earned the bronze medal at 27.560. tJ PHOTOS · (TOP) STEVE lANGE

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hris Estrada of Lafayette, La., and Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho, placed four th in men's synchronized trampoline at the Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup in Quebec City, Que., April 7. Kalon Lud vigson of Ce d ar Lake, Ind ., claimed the men's silver m edal in th e d oub le min i-trampoline competition h eld in conju nction with the World Cup . In tumbling, Susannah Johnson of Roanoke, Va., was fifth for the women, while Ludvigson placed sixth and Chris Adair of Lubbock, Texas, was eighth for the men. Erin Blanchard of Lafayette, La., and Brittany Dircks of Orland Park, Ill.,

were sixth in women's synchronized trampoline. Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Id aho, finished seventh in wom en's tumbling. In the double mini-tram poline competition, Lu dvigson was second for the men with a score of 73.60. Josh Vance of Rockford, Mich., and Kaci Barry of San Diego, Calif., placed fourth for the men and women, respectively. Aubree Balkan of Carlsbad, Calif., finished in fifth place for the women. For complete results of the trampoline and tumbling World Cup in Quebec City, visit http: // www.quebecttworlds2007. ca / index. php ?module=CMS&id =2. ta

Final Results Women's Trampoline 1. Irina Karavaeva, Russia 2. Huang Shanshan, China 3. Karen Cockburn, Canada

38.60 38.40 38.00

Men's Trampoline 1. Dong Dong, China 2. Flavio Cannone, Italy 3. Yasuhiro Ueyama, Japan

40.60 40.50 40.50

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48.20

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49.00

2. Diogo Ganchinho and Nuno Merino, Portugal

48.80

3. Masaki Ito and Shunsuke Nagasaki, Japan

48.00

4. Chris Estrada and Ryan Weston, USA 47.80 Women's Tumbling 1. Anna Korobenikova, Russia. 2. Samantha Palmer, Great Britain 3. Emily Smith, Canad~ U.S. finishes 5. Susannah Johnson, USA 7. Yuliya Hall, USA Men's Tumbling 1. Wang Jiexu, China 2. Jozef Wadecki, Poland 3. Michael Barnes, Great Britain -. U.S. finishes 6. Kalon Ludvigson, USA 8. Chris Adair, USA Women's Double Mini-Trampoline 1. Julie Warnock, Canada 2. Sarah Charles, Canada 3. Svetlana Balandina, Russia U.S. finishes 4.KacIBarry,USA 5. Aubree Balkan, USA Men's Double Mini-Trampoline 1. Kirill Ivanov, Russia 2. Kalon Ludvigson, USA 3. Joao Engracio, Portugal U.S. finish 4. Josh Vance, USA 32

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Left: William and fvlary Men's Team won the varsity btle Right: Arizona State University Men's Team won the collegiate bt le

WILLIAM AND MARY, ARIZONA STATE WIN TEAM TITLES AT 2007 USA GYMNASTICS MEN'S COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS illiam and Mary earned its seventh straight varsity title with a score of 199.85 in the team competition at the USA Gymnastics Men's Collegiate Championships, March 24-25, in Williamsburg, Va. The U.s, Naval Academy finished in second with 198.00 and the u.s. Air Force Academy in third with 191.30. In the collegiate team competition, Arizona State University won the title with a score of 175,60. The U.S . Air Force Academy's Greg Stine won the floor exercise (9.30) and still rings (9.30) titles, as well as the varsity division's all-around crown with a score of 49.55. Navy's Chris Tam placed second all-around with 48.85 points and William and Mary's Derek Gygax finished third with 47.10. University of Washington's Sean Liner won the collegiate all-around title with a

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score of 43.85, followed by Arizona State teammates Anthony Naddour and Matt Williams, who placed second at 43.30 and third at 43.10, respectively. The varsity and collegiate divisions were combined for the individual event finals. William and Mary's Andrew Hunt earned his second straight parallel bars title with a score of 8.70. Other individual event champions were: Joe Atzenbeck, Navy, pommel horse (8.50); Dave Locke, William and Mary, vault (8.40); and Isaac Olsen, Navy, horizontal bar (8.95). The varsity competition is for Division I, II, or III, four-year institutions with gymnastics as a varsity sport, while the collegiate team category is for two-y ear or fouryear degree-granting schools with gymnastics as a club sport. i j

AWARDS • Varsity Coach of the Year· Roger Burke, James Madison University

• Varsity Assistant Coach of the Year· Craig I-lolt, U.S. Naval Academy

• Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year· Kurt Antonio, U.S. Air Force Academy

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TOWSON WINS TEAM TITLE AT 2007 USA GYMNASTICS WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS owson University claimed its first-ever team title at the 2007 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate Championships at Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion in Seattle, April 21. With its score of 195.625, Towson became the 10th school in 13 years to earn the team crown. Tournament host Seattle Pacific finished second with a score of 193.150, while Centenary College was third at 191.675 and 2006 team champion Texas Woman's University was fourth at 191.650. Towson's Christina Ghani won the all-around title with a score of 39.025. Debra Huss and Brianna Schwartz, both from Seattle Pacific, finished second and third all-around with scores of 38.950 and 38.825, respectively. Ghani added two more titles to her all-around and team crowns by winning

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AWARDS • Senior Athlete of the Year Christina Ghani, Towson University • f.tead Coach of the Year - Paul Beckwith, Cornell University • Assistant Coach of the Year - Melanie Dillaplane, Cornell University • Mari-Rae Sopper Award Catherine Schnoes, Texas Woman's University

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Seven-year-old gymnast Morgan Imberman had a vision. She collected 51 gently used leotards from her teammates at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY, and donated them to Jireh Sports, a mentoring ministry in Indianapolis that brings non-traditional sports to youth in underserved communities. The director of Jireh Sports, Vicki Wright, was very touched by Morgan's idea and shared a photo of the Jireh sports gymnasts with thei r new leos. Never underestimate the power of a vision. All of us, no matter how small, can make a big difference!

We talked to Morgan about her great idea and here's what she had to say. Q: How did you get the idea? A: I was trying to think of a good deed and because I love gymnastics sooo much, I decided to collect leotards for those who could use them so that they could see how fun gymnastics is. Q: How did you collect leotards? A: I decorated a box and put it out where I take

gymnastics. I also hung signs up all over the gym and locker room. Q: How did it make you feel to know that you helped others? A: I knew it would make me feel good to give our leotards to other girls who need them, but it made me feel really good when I saw the pictures of them smi ling and

wearing the leotards. Q: How old are you and what grade are you in? A: I just turned 7 and I'm in the first grade. Q: What gym do you train at and what is your level? A: I have been taking gymnastics at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY, for a long time. I am a future Level 4. io'i

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Christopher, 10, isa levelS gymnast and won first all-around with a score of 55.7 in the Southern California Palm Tree Classic. He trains at Azarian U.s. Gymnastics Training Center and is coached by Eduard Azarian.

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Camille, 8, is the 2006 level 4Colorado State Champion inher first year of competition. She scored 38.475. She's coached by Hong Jiang, Michelle Feng and Jianping Chen of Chatfield Gymnastics.

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T RANDOLPI-I GYMNASTICS RISING STARS Randolph, New Jersey The three-member team from Randolph Gymnastics' Rising Stars was successful at level 4State Championships. l to R: Alexandra Reardon (7 year old, first on VT, FX), Danielle Ferrante (7 year old, first AA, UB), Jordyn Kranis (6 yearold, first AA, VT, BB) and coach Mary Jaramillo

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Alexandra competed at the New Jersey level 6 State Championships. She won the all-around with ascore of 38.00 and beam with a 9.80. She also placed first on vault, and second on bars and floor. She trains at Gymnastika and is coached by former Olympian and World Cup gymnasts Natalia Shaposhnikova and Pavel Soul.

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lassifieds POSITION AVAILABLE Competitive Team Coach needed in South Georgia. Moultrie YMCA is seeking a motivated professional to work with our USA compulsory and optional girls gymnastics teams. Applicant will work directly with our Gymnastics Director. Will supervise part-time coaches and volunteers and be responsible for all competitive aspects. Established program with USA Regional/Eastern champions in a state of the art 12,000 square foot gym. Ability to spot level 9/10 skills and optional level routine development is a plus. Immediate job opening in a growing, family oriented South Georgia community. Excellent benefits include medical/dental insurance, vacation, and retirement. Send resume to: Ihammymca@hotmail.com Women's Gymnastics coach wanted to add to our existing team, also, Men's gymnastics coach. We are a new 26000 sqft facility located near Charlone, NC. Full and part time positions available. Salary negotiable based on experience. Due to our rapid growth we need additional staff to meet our needs. Also, need coaches to assist with summer camp June 11-15 and 18-22 with Dominique Moceanu at our facility. Visit our website at www.antigravitygym.com, fax resume to 704-866-8412, or call 704-473-9288. General Manager, Team Coaches, Summer Camp Director NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for growing business in Loudoun County, VA. Part time/Full time GREAT BENEFITSI Experience necessary along with USA Gymnastics certification. Send resume andreferences to 10udoungymnastiCS@msn.com Love Kids, Love Gymnastics! Positive Motivated and High Energy required11i Looking for a full time coach/manager to assist in all aspects of agrowing gymnastics program. Twisters Gymnastics in Berlin, Maryland, just minutes from Ocean City beaches is now hiring team girls andboys coaches and gym managers! Should have apassion to teach all levels and classes boys and girlsl Level 1-10. Salary commensurate with experience! 30-40 hours available. Overtime available at time and ahalf. Please call Carmella at 410-629-0879. TEAM COACHES/lNSTRUaORS - Full or part-time. Immediate openings. Lobo Gymnastics in Houston, Texas 77062 is looking for girls & boys competitive team coaching staff and pre-school/recreation instructors. Positive anitude, be responsible, safety oriented team player and must love working with children. Salary commensurate with experience. We will train. Please call Tammy Ingersoll 281-480-5626 or email: lobogym@houston. rr.com or stop by 2500 Falcon Pass Houston, TX 77062 FULL-TIME HEAD COACH POSITION. Jody's Gymnastic Zone is currently interviewing persons interested in a Head Coach pOSition. This full-time position offers good pay with benefits, including paid vacation and insurance. EnthUSiasm, motivational skills, and experience coaching Levels 6-10 are required. This person will be responsible for coaching Optional gymnasts, TOPS, and supervision of all team coaches. Jody's is located in anew training facility built in 2004 and recently expanded in 2006. Call Jody Tompkins at 812-378-2650 for more information about this great job opportunity I You may also email news@jodysgymzone. com or mail to: 3880 N. Long Rd. Columbus, IN 47201. If you are an Optional Gymnastics Coach and looking for a great place to work, The Gymnastics Academy at Elmwood Fitness Center, a service of Ochsner Health Systems is the place to apply. Fulltime coaching pOSition, requires Level 9 & 10 experience and expertise on bars, vaUlt, and tumbling to compliment our winning team. Elite experience aplus. Offers excellent benefitsincluding health, dental, and 401K. Please log on to www.elmwoodfitness.com and apply online. Elmwood Fitness Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. TEAM COACH. Texas Tumblers GymnastiCS, located in Harker Heights, TX(45 min. north of Austin, TX) has an opening for highly motivated,

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