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FEATURES 10 Visa Championships The 2009 Visa Championships took place in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 12-15. The event included all five disciplines with men's and women's artistic taking place at the American Airlines Center and Rhythmic, Acro and Trampoline and Tumbling taking place at the Dallas Convention Center. It was a busy, fun and productive gymnastics weekend in Texas.

26 International Sport and Cultural Festival Nearly 1,500 gymnasts from Europe, North, Central and South America, as well as the United States, gathered in Ft. Worth, Texas, for American Sokol's 2009 International Sport and Cultural Festival, held June 23-27.

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30 World Games Approximately 4,500 athletes from 100 countries competed at the World Games, a multi-sport event held every four years. Michael Rodrigues and Kristin Allen earned the first gold medal for USA Acro at the 2009 World Games. Sarah Prosen and Aubree Balkan finished second and third in double-mini.

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SLOAN WINS WOMEN'S ALL-AROUND TITLE AT '09 VISA CHA PIONSHIPS ridget Sloan, a 2008 Olympic team silver medalist from Sharp's Gymnastics, won her first U.S. all-around title at the 2009 Visa Championships at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Sloan, who was third after the first day of competition, came from behind to win the title with a score 117.550.

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welve-year-old Kyla Ross of Gym Max in California led the first day of junior competition and then persevered through several lead changes during the second day of competition to win the U.S. junior national title with a 114.000 total. Ross' Yurchenko double twist gave her the vault title and clinched the allaround crown. Ross also won the beam title with clean and consistent routines on both days of competition and was third on floor. ''I'm very happy and surprised to win the title," said Ross. "After my fallon bars, I just knew I had to keep strong and told myself not to give up ." Bridgette Caquatto of Naperville Gymnastics was first in the all-around going into the last event, but overrotated her double pike beam dismount and dropped into second place overall with a total score of 113.450. Caquatto finished second on vault with her Yurchenko double. Alexandra Raisman of Brestyan's Gymnastics who also led the competition at one point, finished third with 112.600 and placed second on beam . Sabrina Vega of Dynamic Gymnastics, was a close fourth in the all-around (112 .150), won the floor exercise title and was third on beam. Cincinnati Gymnastics' Amanda Jetter landed fifth all-around with a score of 110.950. Morgan Smith of Brandy Johnson Gymnastics and Madison Kocian of WOGA tied for sixth with a 110.000. Smith took second on bars. WOGA's Briley Cassanova finished eighth at 109.900, while Sophina Dejesus of SCEGA (109.450) and Katelyn Ohashi of GAGE (109.350) rounded out the top 10. Ohashi was also second on floor. Another highlight of the competition was Gym Max's McKayla Maroney who did a Yurchenko two-and-a-half twist on vault . The first day of competition she fell, but the second day she landed the vault and scored a 15.400, the highest score of the competition for women . She placed third on vault. Kennedy Baker of Texas Dreams won bars and WOGA's Grace McLaughlin was third . An interesting note: there were only five scores given at the two-day competition of 15 .000 or more, and they were earned by Ross, Caquatto, and Maroney. X



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____________~_ onathan Horton, 2008 Olympic high bar silver-medalist of Cypress Gymnastics in Houston, won the U.S. all-around title. Horton, 23, ma intained the lead throughout the second night of competition to win his first national al l-aro und t itle with a tota l of 181.900. "I cou ldn 't b e happier with myself," said Horton, who was recently married. "I know I have a long way to go though , if I want to keep up with the rest ofthe world." Horton also won the rings title, was second on floor and shared the high bar title with Danell Leyva of Universal Gymnastics in Miam i. Tim McNeil l, 23 and competing for the University of Cal iforn ia-Berkeley, fin ished second all-around with a score of 178.500, won the parallel bars title, and was third on pommel horse . Wesley Haagensen, 23, who trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, was third all-around with a total score of 178.00 and tied for third on rings with Stanford's Tim Gentry. Cal Berkeley'S Kyle Bunthuwong landed fourth in the all-around with a score of 177 .750. Leyva, 17, was fifth all-around at 177 .600 and tied for second on parallel bars with Joey Hagerty. Cal Berkely's Glen Ishino was si xth at 175 .950. The University of Oklahoma's Steven Legendre, who came in seventh all-around with a 178.850, also won the U.S. floor title and was third on vault. 2008 Olympic team bronze-medalist Hagerty of USOTC rounded out the top eight in the all-around with a score of 175.750. Gentry finished ninth with a 174.900. 2008 Visa All-Around Champion David Sender was second in the all-around after the first day of competition and scored a 17.050 on vault for his incredible Tsukahara double pike. He also did a second vault, layout front handspring double full. Unfortunately, he missed the Tsukahara vault on day two of competition and finished second on vault. Sender had a tough second night of competition and dropped from second to 10th allaround . Sender finished second on rings . University of Illinois' Luke Stannard won the pommel horse title, and Jake Dalton of Gym Nevada won the vault title, performing a layout Kasamatsu with a double full (a triple twist) . Dalton and Sender were the only two gymnasts in the competition to perform 7.0 vaults. Other top performers were University of Michigan's Chris Cameron, who finished third on floor; Minnesota's Kit Beikmann placing second on pommel horse; and Stanford's Alex Buscaglia who finished third on high bar.


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After the conclusion of the competition, Horton was named Athlete of the Year and 2008 Olympic t eam bronze-medalist Raj Bhavsar was named Sportsperson of the Year. Mark Wil liams of the University of Oklahoma was named Coach of the Year. The top 10 in the senior men's all-around automatically qualified for the nationa l team, and five additional gymnasts, incl ud ing Olympic medali st Alex Artemev of 5280 Gymnastics, Bu scagl ia, Dalton, Sho Nakamori an d Ohio State's Brand on Wyn n we re named by th e Men's Program Committee. X

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The World Championships team for men was named and includes: Horton, Artemev, Legendre, Leyva, McNeill and Sender. The alternates are: Dalton, Haagensen and Daniel Ribeiro. Artemev, who petitioned to the team, must demonstrate competitive readiness at the World Team camp. Sender declined his position on the team because he is entering the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Based on performances at the World Team camp, the Men's Selection Committee will make a decision regarding the open position.


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ohn Orozco, 16, of World Cup in New York, and Cameron Rogers, 17, of Zenith in North Carolina, won the 14-15 and 16-18 all-around titles, respectively, at the 2009 Visa Championships. Orozco won his third straight junior all-around crown with a 86.850 total. He also won five of the six event titles, including floor, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar. Orozco performed a very rare and difficult dismount on parallel bars, a full twisting double back. The last event title went to Jesse Glenn of SCATS HB, who took first on vault. Sam Mikulak of SCATS Huntington Beach , was second in the all-around at 83 .500, and Jake Martin of Orlando Metro, was third at 81 .050. Orozco, who took the lead after the first rotation and never let go, said, "I can't even describe how I feel right now. I'm so happy. It wasn't my best competition but how can I not be happy? I tried a new vault, a front handspring double full twist, and I touched my hand, but I was pleased overall, winning five events and the all-around ." For the 16-18 year old division, Rogers won the title with a score of 82.150. Rogers posted his highest scores on rings and parallel bars. Jesse Silverstein of U.S. Gymnastics Center took second with an 82 .100, and Christopher Turner of WCOGA finished third at 81 .850. The lead bounced around between Akers, Silverstein and Rogers. The remaining individual event titlists were: Parker Raque of Champion Gym , floor exercise; Dylan Akers of Cypress Academy, pommel horse; Mackenzie Dow of Surgent's Elite and Zachary Chase of Cascade Elite, tied on vault; and Jordan Valdez of Xtreme Altitude, horizontal bar. "I'm definitely happy," said Rogers. "Winning was my goal and I accomplished that. Last year I placed fifth all-around in the junior 14-15 yearold division . I did a new vault today, a Yurchenko double full. I did it on the hard surface yesterday for the first time, so I was very pleased with vault." USA Gymnastics Men's National Team Coordinator Ron Brant said, "It's good to see the athletes and coaches prepared with the new difficulty they have been training . Overall the depth of our program is coming out and we are seeing higher hit percentages on the apparatus." X

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WINNER TAKES ALL By Jessica Howa rd - Photos by James Glader here were three clear senior front runners entering the 2009 Visa Championships. Each athlete was hungry and ready to claim the title of national champion. After years of slowly ascending the ranks, 20-year-old Ava Gehringer of Northshore Rhythmic utilized her quality and consistency to win the all-around gold. Competing eight routines with only a minor drop, Gehringer was clearly the best. She possessed an ease of movement and mastery of her routines that not only produced the all-around title, but also earned her each individual event gold. With her solid win, Gehringer secured herself a spot on the World Championships team, took home five gold medals, and now owns the coveted title of national champion. In an apparent quest to complete clean routines, both Rachel Marmer of Eurogymnastics and Julie Zetlin of Rhythmflex turned in visibly nervous performances that resulted in large errors in almost every routine . Finishing second and third, respectively, both athletes had such bright moments on the floor that the mistakes stood out as being the only 20


barrier between them and a legitimate shot at all-around gold. Coming in fourth, Michelle Milstein of International Gymnastics of Minnesota solidified her reputation as a promising up-and-comer and charmed all with her artistically unique routines. Finishing in fifth, Anastasia Torba of Allegro Rhythmic came focused and prepared, completing the competition with her highest senior ranking yet . Rounding out the Senior National Team were Joanna Arnold of Northshore, whose lithe and graceful performance marked her as this year's breakout senior, Sarah Kudishevich of International Gymnastics of Minnesota and Gabriella Magid of Isadora. Coming off of a record medal winning international season, the u.s. juniors used every second on the floor to prove they deserved the accolades they received in the last year. The intense international season left two possible front runners out of the competition with injuries, yet the level of gymnastics displayed by our juniors was the most thrilling part of the event. Rebecca Sereda of Isadora Rhythmics easily claimed her first national title, won three of the four events, and once again left everyone in awe of herfuture potential. Olga Pavlenko of Isadora Rhythmics

deservedly won the silver all-around medal, the individual title on rope, and displayed a new strength and consistency to go along with her reputable flexibility. The cherubic Jazzy Kerber of Northshore struggled with minor mistakes that took her out of contention for the title, but demonstrated a toughness that cou Id propel her to a new level of competitive maturity as she enters the next crucial year. Filling out the Junior National Team were Jessica Bogdanov of Isadora; Alexis Page of Aviator Sports and Recreation; Shelby Kisiel of Northshore; Amanda Tran of Kortel Academy of Gymnastics; and Lyrica Okano of Aviator Sports and Recreation. The 2009 Visa Championships showcased mature seniors striving to attain the genius of their eastern European counterparts along with the raw talent of a determined handful of juniors, demonstrati for the first time in many years that a foundation has been laid, and that United States stands pOised to arrt"lmlnll great things in the very near future. 1\

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ienna Martinez and Ryan Ward of Realis Gymnastics Academy won their first senior mixedpair title in acrobatic gymnastics, scoring a 82 .723 total , at the 2009 Visa Championships at the Dallas Convention Center. This event served as the selection for the national team . 2009 World Games mixed-pair gold-medalists Kristin Allen and Michael Rodrigues of West Coast Training Center, despite earning the highest combined score (29.029), finished second with the total score of 80.975 . Nicole Faubert and Brian Kincher of West Coast Training Center 22


placed third . In senior women's group, Empire's Kailey Maurer, Holli Morris and Crystal Johnston won the all-around with a combined total of 81.494. Savannah Shields, Megan Muehlberger and Mallory Henthorn of Aero Explosion came in second with 76.000, and Jillian Giblin, Hannah Busha and Tayler Harris of West Coast Training Center finished third . Axl Osborne and Dylan Inserra of WOGA finished atop senior men's pair with an all-around total of 73.470. The age group 12-19 women's group title was awarded to Aerial Tumbling & AcroGymnastics' Alexa Vitale, Kelly Phillips, and Jessica Picone with an all-around score of 82 .800.

Chelcea Riegel and MacKenzie Porter and Krissy Weidmaier of Rising Star Acrobatic Club finished in second place with 79 .550, and Tiana Terry, Alayna Davis and Elika Sudo of Aerial Tumbling & AcroGymnastics third. Eirian Smith and Jake Kanavel of Aerial Tumbling & AcroGymnastias won the age group 12-19 mixe<d pair with a total of 84.150. Second place went to Kiley Boynton and Ryan Smethers of Realis (79.650). Melissa Gong and Dylan Maurer of Empire rounded out the top three. Valerie Bryant and Hayley Lemmons of Boerne Gymnastics Center finishea atop the 12-19 women's pair with an all-around combined score of 73.250.

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hampions in trampoline, tumbling, double min i-trampoline and synchronized trampoline were named in Dallas at the Visa Championships. Steven Gluckstein of UltraTwisters in Atlantic Highlands, N .J., won the senior men's trampoline title, finishing with 108.80 to edge out 2008 Olympian Chris Estrada of Trampoline and Tumbling Express , (107 .80). Jeffery Gluckstein, Steven's younger brother; who is also from UltraTwisters, took the junior men's title with a 98.50. Nani Vercruyssen of Hawaii Academy and 24


Alaina Williams of Matri x in Alabama each scored a 97 .20 in senior women's trampoline, but Vercruyssen finished first based on a tie-breaker. Dakota Earnest of Acrospirits in Plains, Texas, finished atop the junior women rankings with a 99 .00. Kalon Ludvigson of Team Revolution in Pocatello, Idaho, won his fourth consecutive senior men's tumbling t itle with a 148.50. The senior women's tumbling title be longed to Kaitlin Tortorich of Capital Gymnastics (128 .20); junior women's to Kiara Nowlin of Wall er's GymJam Academy (128.30); and junior men's Aaron Cook of AGT Flipcity (129.80) .

The double-mini champions include : women's sen ior Sarah Gandy of 3TI (130.30) and junior Kiara Nowlin of Wa ller's GymJam (133 .50); and men's senior Ludvigson (144.00) and junior Alexander Renkert of Interactive Academy (140.70). For synchronized trampoline in t ne junior women's category, the titles went to Xtreme Trampoline's Me issa Ruggiero and Desiree Barker (117 J 0); junior men K.J. Heger of GAR and Jeffery Gluckstein (129 .20); and senior men Gluckstein and Logan Dooley of World Elite Gymnastics (136 .10). X


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group gymnastics, and the Festival Gala Showcase. Other countries that sent participating gymnasts included Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Suriname, Switzerland, and Uzbekistan. For more information on the ISCF and Gymnastics for All and to view photo galleries, please visit 1\

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• early 160 acrobatic gymnasts from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and the United States competed in the 2009 Freedom Cup, July 10-12, in Saint Paul, Minn. The Freedom Cup received International Gymnastics Federation World Cup status. 2008 world silver-medalists Michael Rodrigues and Kristin Allen of Livermore, Calif./West Coast Training Center, won the World Cup mixed pairs title. In fact, U.S. athletes won a total of 18 medals (7 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze) at the 2009 Freedom Cup. The Freedom Cup included three competition divisions: senior,junior, and age-group. Preliminary rounds were held Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11 , with the final round taking place Sundav, July 12.


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USA EARNS 3 MEDALS AT WORLD GAMES KRISTIN ALLEN AND MICHAEL RODRIGUES WIN GOLD his July, approximately 4,500 athletes from 100 countries competed at the World Games, a multi-sport event held every four years during an Olympic year for those sports that are not included in the Olympic program. The USA sent a delegation from the disciplines of acro and trampoline and tumbling. 2008 world silver-medalists Kristin Allen and Mich ael Rodrigues of Livermore, Calif., won gold for the United States in acrobatic gymnastics mixed pairs, the first World Games gold medal earned in acro gymnastics by the USA. In second place following qualifications with a total dynamic and balance score of 57.306, the pair began event finals with new life. Taking full advantage, Rodrigues and Allen earned a combined routine score of 28.806 and a first place finis h . 2008 world bronze medalist Sergei Bykhavtsov and Anastasia Zharnasek of Belgium won silver with 28.653, and Katie Axten and Nicholas Illingworth from Great Britain took home bronze with a combined routine score of 28.55l. In double-mini trampoline competition, Sarah Prosen of Apple Valley, Minn./ Gleason's Gymnastics, and Aubree Balkan of Carlsbad, Calif. / Bounce California, finished second and third . Russia's Victoria Voronina won the gold medal with a finals score of 69.800. Prosen posted a 65.700 for the silver, edging out Balkan who scored a 65.500. In other USA performances, Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif. /World Elite Gymnastics and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J. /Head Over Heels fini shed sixth in synchronized trampoline with a finals score of 48.700. In women's tumbling, Natalya Beneschott of Reno, Nev. /Legacy Trampoline & Tumbling, finished eighth with a score of 55.900. Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif. /World Elite Gymnastics, competed in the men's doublemini-trampoline and Leanne Seitzinger of Stafford, Vir. /Novak's Gymn astics, also competed in women's tumbling.





Q&A WITH MICHAEL RODRIGUES AND KRISTIN ALLEN MICHAEL RODRIGUES How did it feel to win the first U.S. gold medal in acro gymnastics at the World Games? It was one of my greatest moments in my Acro career. It was such an overwhelming rush of

emotions when the final score of the meet came up and we were ranked first. I felt a wave of excitement, relief, pride, joy, and happiness. It felt like all my years of training and competing rushed through me to remind me of what it took to get there, and in that moment I was lucky enough to experience the realization of my dreams.

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value and appreciate what makes each of us unique, and use those things to our advantage. We each have very different strengths, but we have the same drive, the same goal, and the same passion. We love what we do.

Can you tell us about home school and how you fit in training? I do independent study. I go to school once a week to meet with my teacher and get my work for the next week. I absolutely love it, and it makes it easier to travel and train. However, I also take two classes in the morning at my local high school so that I get up and get my day started, and so that I'm not completely void of a social life.

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Who choreographed your combined routine? Our combined routine was choreographed by the famous Alex da Silva whose routines can often be seen on the TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance". KRISTIN ALLEN What makes you and Michael so successful as partners in acro? Michael and I work extremely well together (training together since August 2007). We



eptember 12, 2009 marks the 10 year anniversary of celebrating National Gymnastics Day, and since 2001, USA Gymnastics has collaborated with the Children's Miracle Network, raising funds while celebrating the sport of gymnastics. Last year, the dedication of clubs and individuals enabled us to hit our $1 million goal for the Children's Miracle Network, and the numbers keep growing! Is your club in the planning phase of your National Gymnastics Day event? Take a look at our National Gymnastics Day link on the USA Gymnastics website to get more ideas. In the past, clubs have held a community open-house


2009 CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK TOP FUNDRAISING PRIZES ach year, USA Gymn astics recognizes the top three clubs and in d iv iduals th at raise fund s for the Chi ld ren's Mira cle Network. This is our way of saying a big "thank you" from th e gymnastics commun ity for helping to benefit so many child ren's lives by making a difference in your co mm un it y. Prize eligibility is as follows: clu bs must ra ise a mi ni mum of $8,000 and individuals must ra ise a min imum of $3, SOO.lnd ividu al donations wil l go towards t he overa ll cl ub amount. Most importantly, in order to qualify for prizes, all don ations must be sent to Children's Miracle Network in Sa lt Lake City, Utah, by November 9. Your club can also use the online giving site. Visit www.tysonfitnesscha to see how easy it is to get started! If your gym does not have plans to ce lebrate, please send us a pictu re of yo u and your friend s celebrating in a unique way, and we will post it online! Submit to ~




with team demos, fitness and gymnastics circuits, and a fitness challenge; hosted a barbeque or ice cream social; networked with other community organizations to donate items/services for a raffle, and then organized a tour of the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital to see fi rst-hand where the donations go. USA Gymnastics enjoys spotlighting our clubs, so please remember to send in photos from your National Gymnastics Day event, and we will feature you on our website or highlight your club in our magazines! Submit photos and your club's information to 13

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The U.S. Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships, which showcases the nation's top acrobatic gymnasts, was held July 12-16 at The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul, Minn., in conjunction with the Freedom Cup. The Junior Olympics featured competition at Levels 5-10.



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ore than 120 champions were crowned during the 2009 U.S. JO Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships in San Jose, Calif. The six-day event featured competitions for both men and women in trampoline, double-mini trampoline and tumbling for Levels 5-10 and synchronized trampoline for Level 10.

highest combined score. Region 3 just edged out Region 2 for the honor, 388.700 to 387.200. Region 6 was third at 382.800. The Regional Ali-Star first place teams were: girl's and boy's tumbling, Region 4; girl's trampoline and boy's double mini-trampoline, Region 3; boy's trampoline, Region 6; and girl's double mini-trampoline, Region 2.13

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Sender took three gold medals, winning rings, vault and high bar with 14.65, 15.575 and 14.60, respectively. He earned silver in the all-around with a final score of 84.225 and on pommel horse with a 13.05. Benjamin Rudolph of Naperville, III., finished third in the all-around with 80.25. David Frankl of Franklin Lakes, N.J., won bronze on pommel horse with a 12.5 and parallel bars with 12.55. Joshua Steves of Houston, Texas, took bronze on vault with 13.6. Joshua Ungar of Longmeadow, Mass., scored a 13.1 on high bar, earning bronze. Frankl also won gold in the all around in the junior division, while Steves took bronze. Simone Freidman of Annandale, Va., and Ilana Gordon of San Carlos, Calif., each earned silver medals in the women's junior division; Freidman on floor with a 12.625 and bars with 10.825, and Gordon on vault with 13.075. Hannah Popper of Forest Hills, N.Y., won bronze on floor with a score of 11.9. ~ IE

u.S. MEN FINISH SIXTH AT JAPAN CUP The U.S. men finished sixth in the 2009 Japan Cup team competition held July 18. Error and injury contributed to the 258.550 earned by the team, which included Jonathon Horton, Steven Legendre, Kyle Bunthuwong, Danell Leyva, Tim McNeill, and Sho Nakamori.


Japan won the competition with a total score of 275.500. China finished second with 273.850, and Germany came in third with 266.800. The team competition was decided for the first time by the "5-3-3" format, the system that will be applied at the 2012 London-Olympics:-The-team score consisted of three gymnasts on each apparatus. Leyva finished seventh overall with a score of 88.500, scoring as high as fourth on high bar with the mark of 15.1. Legendre finished 10th with an all-around score of 84.350, and was third on floor with a score of 15.4. ~



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Stanford wins National Academic Team title The College Gymnastics Association announced that Stanford University is the first team in men's gymnastics history to win both the national academic team title and the NCAA team championship in the same year. Stanford earned the 2009 national academic t itle by combining for a team grade point average of 3.394. ~

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The inaugural Nastia Liukin Cup is scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., will be televised by Universal Sports. The Nastia Liukin Cup will be held the evening prior to the prestigious Tyson American Cup and use the event's podium. Gymnasts will be chosen to participate in the Cup from a series of invitationals known as the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. The Series will be promoted throughout the competitive season with individual meets each selecting a minimum of two athletes to compete in the Cup from their respective fields. The events already committed to participate in the NLCS are listed below. CGA Coaches Spectacular, Covington, Ky., Jan. 15-17 Flip Fest Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 15-18 Cereal City Classic, Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 22-24 Rock-n-Roll Classic, Broadview Heights, Ohio, Jan. 22-24 Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa., Jan. 29-31 The Fiesta Bowl Classic, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 5-7 WOGA Classic, Plano, Feb. 13-14 Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 19-21 Circle of Stars, Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 19-21 Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 19-21 IGI Chicago Style Meet, Chicago, III., Feb. 12-14 Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 19-21 Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb 19-21 The Long Beach Open, Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 26-28

"USA Gymnastics is honored to partner with Nastia in creating this unique opportunity for young gymnasts," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Nastia's gymnastics accomplishments are incredible. She is known and respected for her integrity, sportsmanship and sense of fair play. Her interest in helping others and dedication to gymnastics led to the creation of the Nastia Liukin Cup and Nastia Liukin Fund." "I love gymnastics, and it has given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams and goals," said Liukin, who has a total of nine world and five Olympic medals to her credit. "Gymnastics has given me so much, and now I want to give back to the community that has supported me for my entire career. I am excited about the development of the Cup, which will give athletes an elite competitive opportunity, and the creation of the Nastia Liukin Fund that will enable me to help others through scholarships or charitable support."



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