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~EATURES 10 Tyson American Cup

Nastia Liukin and Paul Hanun won the 2008 Tyson American Cup title at Maclison Square Garden in New York City. Alexander Artemev finished second on the men's side and the USA women swept the top four positions with Shawn Johnson in second, Samantha Peszek in third and Shayla Worley in fourth 20 Winter Cup Challenge The Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb, 9, gave a glimpse of what is to come for the men's program in 2008, Paul Hanun won the all-around title in his first all-around competition since winning the 2004 Olympic Games, adding even m ore depth to the USA men's national team. Raj Bhavsar also came out strong in his first competition of 2008 taking second in the all-around,

24 Rhythmic Challenge Lisa Wang won her second consecu tive Rhythmic Challenge all-around title at the 2008 Rhythmic Challenge held in Colorado Springs, Colo, Feb. 17. Veterans Rachel Marmer, Julie Zetlin, and Ava Gehringer rounded ou t the top four in the all-around. Wang's tearrunate Marlee Sh ape won the junior title.

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Pfioto8rayhy 6y john Chen8 oth Paul Hamm and Nastia Liukin are back on top of the gymnastics rankings, winning the 2008 Tyson American Cup titles in front of a crowd of 9,318 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, March 1. For Team Chevron's Hamm, 25 , it was his first international all-around co mpeti tion since becoming the 2004 O lympic Games Champion and he won the title with a score of 94.400. For WOGXs Liukin, who has won nine world medals, she was back ro full strength after dealing with an ankle injury that hampered her performance last year. Liukin, 18, won the tide with a sco re of 63.425. ''I'm happy with how I did today," said Hamm. "It was a rough situation to be in, but everything turned Out really well. It feels good to be back. I stuck ro my game plan, which was ro hit clean routines." "He's still at the top of the world," said Miles Avery, Hamm's coach. "We still have many challenges, but what he's been doing to this point, I think, is phenomenal." I'm extremely excited," said Liukin, who also won the event in 2006. "It's an honor just to be here and to win it just feels amazing."

On the women's side, Liukin won her second Tyson American Cup tide. 2007 Tyson American Cup Champion Shawn Johnson, 16, finished second a1Iaround with a score of 63.1 00 followed by 2007 World Championships team gold medalists Sam.antha Peszek (62.075) and Shayla Worley (60.400) . The wo men began the competition on vault. Johnson, from Chow's Gymnastics, attempted a difficult Yurchenko two-and-a-half twist and fell on the landing, earning a 15.1 75 . Peszek, 16, from DeVeau's School of Gymnastics, did a Yurchenko double twist and scored 15.150 for seco nd. Seventeen-year-old Worley from Orlando Metro and Liukin were third and fourth with sco res of 15.050 and 15.025, respectively, for their Yurchenko one-and-half twist vaults. Liukin moved into first place after the second event by scoring a 16.600 on bars, the highest score on this event, with a routine that had a 7.5 difficulty value. Johnson earned a 15.625, complete with her double-twisting, doubleback dismount. Worley scored a 15.525, complete with a huge Ray, Hindorf and Tkatchev, and Peszek upgraded her bars with a one-and-a-half pirouette to Yaeger and a full-twisting double-layout dismount to score a 15.425. On beam, Joh nso n earned the top score of 16.325, but Liukin's 16.200 kept her in the overall lead. Johnson's routine included a standi ng full and


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she dismounted with a full-twisting, double-tuck. Liukin's beam routine included new additions of a switch-leap-with a half turn and her front aerial to a one-foot scale. Peszek was also rock solid on beam scoring a 16.100 on h~r routine that included a standing full twist into a back pike, and Worley posted a 14.750, falling on her standing Arabian. Heading into floor exercise, the final event, Liukin was first with a 47.825 and Johnson was second with a 47.125. In third was Peszek at 46.675 with Worley at 45.325. Johnson scored a 15.975 on floor with Liukin posting a 15.600. Peszek and Wo rley earned a 15.400 and a 15 .075, respectively. Both Johnson and Peszek mounted with a double-twisting, double-back on floor. Johnson added a whip to triple full and Peszek did a double Arabian for second passes. Liukin's floor routine included a double-front and her trademark dance moves. Both Worley and Peszek debuted new floor routines and new music. "It gave an extremely good mental boost ro the girls." says women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, whose group swept the first four places (Liukin, Johnson, Peszek, Worley). "Confidence and desire. To prove that they are where they belong. It was a pressure event and they categorically won." 12

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Hamm was crowned champion while Team Chevron's Alexander Artemev of Lakewood, Colo., took second all-around in the men's competition. Hamm and Artemev posted total scores of 94.400 and 91.150, respectively, followed by Japan's Hisashi Mizutori at 90 .950 and China's Lu Bo at 90 .200 . University of Oklahoma's Jonathan Horton of Houston, the 2006-07 Tyson American Cup champion, finished fifth with a score of 89.600, and Team Chevron's Raj Bhavsar of Houston placed sixth with a score of 89.550. Hamm opened the competition with a score of 15.700 for his floor routine that included a whip half to double front full. Hamm maintained his lead throughout the rest of the co mpetition with strong scores, including a 16.200 on his Kasamatsu one-and-a-half vault. Artemev, nickriamed Sasha, added a new skill to his pommel horse routine givi ng him a 6.3 difficulty val ue. Unfortunately, he fell on the new skill , but still scored a 15. 150, the highest score of the competition > on pommel horse. "I haven't fal len on that all year," Artemev said. "That's why I put it

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in the beginning; ie's one of the easier skills. I just got too careless with it-thought about the dismount and not the whole routine." Artemev also did an outstanding Yurchenko twoand-a-half twist vault and stuck his landing to score a 16.250, the highest score on vault. After five events, Hamm had earned 78.550 points. He ended the competition with a strong hori zo ntal bar routine complete with a layout double-double dismount that earned a 15.850. Hamm has also upgraded his rings routine since the 2004 Olympic Games, most notably on his strength moves which have been a focus. Bhavsar's score of a 16.000 was the highest sco re on rings with his Maltese, cross, Jonasso n, tucked Yamawaki and great double-double dismount. H e also earned a 15.550 on vault for his front handspring double front. The crowd loved his stuck triple-back dismount on high bar. Horton earned his highest scores on still rings (15.000) and parallel bars (15.75 0) .He was also the seco nd highest score on floor with his routine that includes a double-double and tucked full twisting double back dismount. The men's high scores of the day all were posted by the USA: Hamm on floor exercise, parallel bars and horizontal bar with scores of 15.700, 16.050 and 15.85 0, respectively; Artemev on pommel horse with a 15.150 and vault with a 16.250; and Bhavsar on still rings with a 16.000. 2008 Olympic coach Kevin Mazeika said, "I think we're going to have incredible depth. That pushes everyone to the next level." The FIG International Gymnast of the Year awards were presented at the Tyson American Cup to Johnson and Germany's Fabian Hambuechen for their accomplishments in 2007. Hambuechen was scheduled to compete in the Tyson American Cup, but pulled our due to illness. For the women, Venezuela's Jessica Lopez was added to the line-up when China's Xiao Tingting withdrew mer suffering an injury during training.

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Photography by Max Morse efending Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm of Waukesha, Wis., won the all-around at the Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Spans Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 9. This is the first time Hamm has competed in a full all-around event since the 2004 Olympics. "With this being my first competition, I didn't know exactly what to expect," said Hamm, who took time off after the 2004 Olympic Games to complete his education. "I was happy that my training held together. It's a grueling rwo days of all-around competition. I had a very good day, even with a couple of errors. There is always room for improvement." Hamm, who competes for Team Chevron, posted a rwo-day total score of 185.850, followed by Raj Bhavsar of Houston and Team Chevron in second and Alexandet Artemev of Morrison Colo., and Team Chevron in third with scores of 178.600 and 178.100, respectively. In addition to the all-around title, individual event tides were also awarded: Hamm won floor and parallel bars; Kevin Tan of Fremont, Calif., and Team Chevron grabbed the still rings tide; Artemev earned first in pommel horse; Bhavsar won vault; and Team Chevron's Joseph Hagerty of Rio Rancho, N.M. was the top score on horizonral bar. Hamm, Bhavsar, Hagerty and Team Chevron's Sean Townsend of Dickinson, Texas, were named ro the senior national teanl. Four additional gymnasts were named to the team by the Men's Program Committee including Stanford's David Sender of Arlingron Heights, Ill., Team Chevron's Blaine Wilson of Worthington, Ohio, Team Chevron's Yewki Tomita of Tucson, Ariz., and Team Chevron's Justin Spring of Burke, Va. The seven members of the 2007 World Championship Team automatically retained their national team stams: Team Chevron's Guillermo Alvarez of Denver; Artemev; Team Chevron's David Durame of GaIwood, N.].; TeaITI Chevron's SeaIl Golden of Camden, N.].; University of Oklal1oma's JonathaIl Horton of Houston; Stanford's Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif.; and Tan. Wilson, trying ro make a comeback at age 33, finished in the rop 10 in all four evems he competed in at Winter Cup. Spring, who withdrew from tile competition while he continues to rehabilitate his injured knee, was placed on the tean1 based on a special petition for injured athletes. 20

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.lund tide at the 2008 Rhythmic C hallenge held in Colorado Springs, Colo, Feb. w. Wang, who trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Ill. , and is coached by Natasha Klimouk and Dani Takova, said, "It felt incredible to win the Rhythmic Challenge. After such a demanding and stressful season last year, I was extremely proud of being able to contin ue competing so strongly. I went onto the carpet feeling calm, confident, and completely ready to show off my routines." Wang said she performed brand new rope and clubs routines. She said, "My rope music is very unique; it is a fast-paced blend of techno, Bulgarian beats, and voices. My clubs music is a bit eccentric and funky. My routi ne was choreographed exacdy to hit all of the accents and it's an amazing feeling when I am able to hit them all. I absolutely love both of my new routines, and I think it shows." Wang scored an impressive 64.1 5 followed by three veterans in second through fourth position who

were all very close in score. Rachel Marmer, 16, from Eurogymnastics in California, finished second with a 60.025, Julie Zedin, 17, from Rhythmflex in Maryland, was third with a 59.725 and Ava Gehringer, 18, from North Shore Rhythmic in Illinois was fourth with a 59.475. When we asked Wang, what's next, she said, "In a few days, I'll be packing my bags again and fl yi ng to Moscow for a Grand Prix competition. At the end of March I will be competing at Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in San Jose. In April, I wi ll be overseas basically the entire month with World Cup competitions in Greece, Spain, and Portugal." In the junior division, Wang's teammate Marlee Shape, 14, won the tide. Shape scored a 57.35 al l-around total, leading her nearest competi tor by four points. C lustered in second through fourth positions were Tyler Rosemond, Anastasia Torba and Viktoriya Syatkina wi th scores of 53.30, 53.025 and 53.0, respectively. ~

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Isabell Jordan Hutchins Age: 9 Club: Halker's Gold in Ottawa, Ohio Level: 8 Summer camp attended: Woodward in Woodward, Pennsylvania Favorite part of camp: Spending time in the gym. The coaches spend endless hours improving our gymnastics skills. They know our names and take a personal interest in our lives and success. I was chosen to receive the Target Award for outstanding gymnast of the week. It was an honor and a privilege to be chosen by my coaches.

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~ Lauren Petter Age: 12 Club: GymTastiC! Level:? Summer camp attended: Karolyi's Camp in Huntsville, Texas

Favorite pa rt of camp: I like everything--the coaches, meeting new people, Bela, the games, but I guess the best part is the fun experience of getting the confidence to do new skills that I do not normally do at my gym, but that I know I will do some day. Most memorable moment at camp: Lake Night because it was our goal to win loudest cabin and we went around the camp knocking on all the cabin doors screaming our cabin song. We were soaking wet from the boat ride, and covered in whipped cream from "pieing" the coaches, but we won! Why all kids should attend camp: People should go to Karolyi's because it is so much fun to not only do the new skills, but also to have tons of fun with your teammates, the new people you meet, and coaches outside of your normal gym!

~ Gianna Fish Age: 12 Club: All Stars Gymnastics, Levittown, New York Level: 6 Coach: Jenny Maguire and Danielle Sander Summer camp attended: International Gymnastics Camp in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Favorite part of camp: My favorite part about IGC is "open work out" time. That is when you can go into any gym, go to any event, and work on whatever you want. Most memorable moment at camp: My most memorable part of IGC was when I got my "Giants" on the high bar. Why all kids should attend camp: All kids should attend IGC because I think it is the safest and most fun camp in Pennsylvania. i.i

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The Tyson Fitness Challenge is an eight-session fitness initiative deSigned to encourage physical fi tness through fun activity with an emphasis on cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility and good nutrition. It may be tai lored to fi t the programming needs of each club and features exercises for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, as well as preschool children. Participants will establish goals and develop improved physical ability by taking part in the Tyson Fitness Challenge, which is a component of National Gymnastics Day and a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network.

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The Tyson Fitness Challenge program is aimed at children 6 - 16 years old. The 2008 edition again includes a developmentally appropriate program for children ages 4 - 5 and is found online. Its content reflects activities and ti melines recommended by the USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT) Program.

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The Tyson Fitness Challenge will be held at participating USA Gymnastics member clubs across the United States.

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The Tyson Fitness Challenge can be held anytime between March 1and Sept. 13, 2008, and clubs can host the program whenever it is convenient for them within that time frame. The culmination of the program is voluntary participation in National Gymnastics Day's fund raising efforts for Children's Miracle Network.

What skills did you do to raise money? • In 2006 I did 100 circles on the mushroom. • In 2007 I did 100 giant swings (in straps over the pit) • In 2007 Lauren did 100 cartwheels. What would you suggest to others who might want to get involved? It isn't that hard to do.The web page made it easy to send after you set it up but if you just set a goal and then start asking people, you might be surprised how many will help and how much money they will donate to such a great cause. How does it make you feel knowing that you're helping such a great cause - The Children's Miracle Network? It makes me feel really good to be able to help. In fifth grade one of my best friends broke his leg and had to have surgery and they took really good care of him at ACH. Agirl in my Sunday School class had leukemia and got all her treatments at ACH. Coach Scott's daughter had surgery there too when she was a baby. Not everyone is healthy like me and my fam ily, plus some people can't afford surgeries and hospital treatments. As the winner of this year's contest you earned a trip for two to the Tyson American Cup in New York City. Your family is making it a family affair and taking the entire family. Are you looking forward to the trip? Yes!! I'm real excited and so is Lauren.

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Why it's • Today's children are considered the most inactive generation. important:· Inactivity and poor dietary habits have contributed to this generation's lack of fitness. • Kids receive the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, balance, strength and flexibility through participation in fun activities and skills. • The basics of gymnastics provide a solid fou ndation for becoming physically fit and preparing to participate in other activities and sports.

What is Children's Miracle Network? Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. Since partnering in 2001, USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the country have raised more than $816,000 for Children's Miracle Network. USA Gymnastics announced last year its goal to raise that total to $1 Million by the end of 2008.

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FOUR ATI-ILETES EACI-I WIN TWO EVENTS AT 2008 WINTER CLASSIC rin Blanchard of Lafayette, La., defended her senior women's trampoline and synchronized trampoline titles at the 2008 Winter Classic, Feb. 22-23, at the Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla. Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N .J., won men's trampoline and synchronized trampoline in the senior and junior divisions, respectively, and Aaron Cook of Detroit, Mich., placed first in junior men's tumbling and double mini-trampoline. In the senior women's division, Blanchard claimed the trampoline title w ith 100.20 points, followed by Alaina Hebert of Broussard, La., in second and Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas, in third. Blan chard and Hebert teamed to win the synchronized trampoline title. The tumbling crown went to Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Va., with 124.90 points, while

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with a score of 149.60, follo wed by Chris Ford of Haymarket, Va., in second and Brandon Sloan of Forest, Va., in third. Corey Whitfield of Detroit, Mich., won double mini with 141.80 points, with Derek Stangel of Middletown, Ohio, and Tony Doles of Lubbock, Texas, in second and third, respectively. In addition to Cook and Jeffrey Gluckstein, the other junior elite champions at the Winter Classic were: Hayley Butcher of St. John, Ind., wom en's trampoline; Kiara Now lin of Oxnard, Calif., women's tumbling; Sarah Gandy of Paris, Texas, women's double mini; Brittany Cadd ell of Levelland, Texas, and Shay lee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas, women's synchronized trampoline; and Casey Gesuelli of Middletown, N.J., men's synchrOnized trampoline. For complete results go to www.usa-gymnastics.orgta PHOTO â&#x20AC;˘ lEfT: DIANE BIDERMAN

USA WINS 14 MEDALS AT 2008 GYMNIX INTERNATIONAL he USA won a total of 14 medals (six gold, three silver, five bronze) during the two days of competition at the Gymnix International in Monh'eal, Canada. The USA won the team gold medal, with the USA's Chelsea Davis of Texas Dreams, and Samantha Shapiro of All Olympian winning the senior and juniOl~ all-aTound titles, respectively. The members of the gold-medal U.S. Team were Sarah DeMeo of GAGE in Overland Park, Kansas; Davis, and Mattie Larson and Shapiro both of All-Olympia in Los Angeles. Randi Stageberg and Sheriese Clark were also in the field representing their club, Excalibur, and their performances are included in the U.S. medal count. In the senior division, the USA swept the all-around. Davis won the title with 58.975, while Larson was second with a 58.625, Stageberg finished third with a 56.525, and DeMeo was fourth at 56.350. Stageberg won the floor title, as well as a bronze on beam. Davis was second on beam . Larson and DeMeo finished third on bars and floor, respectively. Shapiro won the most med als among the Americans. Along with the team gold medal, she won the title in the junior all-around, bars and beam, as well as a bronze on vault. ClaTk was second on floor in the junior division. i3 Event Results continue on p.38 ~

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LA TOURNAMENT OF CI-IAMPIONS 2008 his year's Los Angeles Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, was a showcase of national and international talent. The event kick-off was held at the American Girl Place, home of America's fa vori te dolls, with an autograph session featuring artistic stars Shannon Miller and Dominque Dawes. With prominent sponsorship from American Girl, the event showered winners with American Girl dolls, a huge hit for such a large crowd of American gymnasts! 2007 all-around world champion, Arma Bessonova (UKR), won the event followed by Evgenya Kanaeva (RUS) and Liubov Charkashyna (BLR) . Tying for fourth place was U.S. National Champion Lisa Wang along with Olympic-qualifier Irina Kikkas (EST). Julie Zetlin and Rachel Marmer, both members of the U.S. World and National team, had strong showings with eighth and 10th place finishes, respectively. In the junior division, the all-around gold and silver went to Belorussians Alexandra

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WORTON IS ONE OF 11 FINALISTS FOR 2007 AAU SULLIVAN AWARD JONATHAN HORTON OF HOUSTON and currently training at University of Oklahoma, finished fourth in the all-around at the 2007 World Championships and is one of 11 amateur athletes chosen as finalists for the 2007 AAU James E. Sullivan Award. The winner will be chosen by votes cast by AAU officials, U.S. Olympic Committee members and college sports information directors, with those cast online or by text counting onethird toward the final tally. Voting ends March 10, and the winner will be announced on April 1. Fans may vote online or by sending a text message. To vote online, go to http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2008-02-21-sullivan-award_N.htm.To vote via phone, text AAUVOTE3 to 44636 to vote for Jonathan Horton. 13

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Team that won the team title at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, are among the fina lists for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008. The public can vote online at usolympichalloffame.com to help determine who will comprise the next class of inductees. Six individual Olympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympian, along with a coach, a veteran and a special contributor, will be honored during the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Allstate at 7:00 p.m. on June 19 at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater in Chicago, III. 13

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1. Nastia Liukin, USA 2. Shawn Johnson, USA 3. Samantha Peszek, USA 4. Shayla Worley, USA 5. Joeline Mobius. GER 6. Jessica Lopez. VEN 7. Alyssa Brown, CAN 8. Nalhalia Sanchez, COL

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Illinois LevelS rhythmic gymnasts Alexandra Ladan and Michelle Thelen, both 8, ranked third and fourth respectively in the all-around at the Chicagoland Invitational in January. Alexandra took silver in hoop and bronze in ball, while Michelle eamed silver in rope and bronze in floor. The girls are coached by Natalia Klimouk and Dani Takova at North Shore Rhythmics..

A CASSIDY DEERIN Brookeville, Maryland Cassidy, age 9, ended the 2007 competition winning the gold at the Maryland LevelS State Championship. Cassidy placed first on bars, first on beam, first on vault, and first all-around with total score of a37.25. Cassidy tested out of Level 6at her first meet in the fall of'07 and is now training Level 7at Hills Gymnastics.

<IIII CI-lARLIE OWENS Covina, California Charlie Owens, 12, ~ aLevel 9and trains at Charter Oak Gymnastics. Her favorite event is bars, and her favorite skill to perform is her Pac Saito. The attached picture was taken at the WOGA Classic 2007, she was Level 8and took first all-around with a37.65

A SAVANNAI-I TRAVIS AND KAYLA WILLIAMS Cornelius, North Carolina Savannah Travis and Kayla Williams, both 9, easily qualified for Levet 4State Meet with all-around scores of 36.825 for Savannah and 35.225 for Kalya l The girls train at LaKova Gymnastics and are coached by Amanda Proschuk.

A ALEXIS BERGMANN & ALLYSON CORRINNE Sterling. Massachusetts Alexis Bergman (LeveI4) and Allyson Corrinne (LeveI7) are gymnasts at Sterling Academy of Gymnastics. They cut their hair and donated it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths Charity, anon-profit organization dedicated to proViding natural wigs for women of all ages fighting cancer.

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T DACIA WAGNON AND SI-IELBY SASSIN San Antonio, Texas Dacia and Shelby competed in Swidnica, Poland, in the Chmielewski Toumament for an intemational club meet in acrobatic gymnastics. Dacia and Shelby area women'spair and won the gold medal for Club USA. They train at USA Aerial Athletics and

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A BROOKE I-lORNER Lincoln, Nebraska Brooke, 7, wonfirst place inthe 2007 Nebraska State Championships for LevelS, age group 7-8. She also won individual titles in the floor exercise and balance beam. She trains at Capital City Gymnastics and is coached by Duane West.

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