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World Championships - Women

The USA women won five medals at the World Championships in London including two gold, a silver and two bronze. Bridget Sloan and Rebecca Bross went 1-2 in the all-around, plus Bross earned a bronze medal on bars, Kayla Williams won gold on vault and Ivana Hong won bronze on beam.

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14 World Championships - Men The men also had a good showing at the World Championships, with four of the USA gymnasts making finals. Danell Leyva just missed a high bar medal finishing fourth and Tim McNeill finished seventh in the all-around and fifth on pommel horse. Steven Legendre and Jonathan Horton both finished eighth on their event, floor and high bar, respectively.


18 Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup Trampoline and Tumbling athletes earned five medals in World Cup competitions in Belgium, Poland and Germany and made history for several accomplishments including having three men in the top 10 of the world rankings. Logan Dooley, Steven Gluckstein, and Kalon Ludvigson were the medal winners and share their success stories.

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Trampoline and tumbling athletes ex perienced great success during World Cup competition this fall. Steven Gluckstein and Logan Dooley earned the first U.S. men's synchronized trampoline gold medal at a World Cup, and Dooley went on to win a gold medal in individual trampoline, also a U.S. first . Kalon Ludvigson also won a go ld medal and two silvers at three World Cup competitions. He becomes the first U.S. men's tumbler to win a gold medal at a World Cup in 10 years. We wish the athletes good luck when they compete in the World Championships Nov. 7-15 in St. Petersburg, Russia .

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1111 USA WOMEN EARN 5 MEDALS AT THE 2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Photos by John Cheng record-breaking 73 countries and more than 1,200 gymnasts, coaches and officials participated in the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships, which featured competition in the all-around and individual events, in the 02 arena in London, England, Oct. 13-19. The U.S. women earned five medals including two gold, a silver and t wo bronze. In the women's all-around competition, Bridget Sloan of Sharp'S Gymnastics and Rebecca Bross of WOGA finished one-two in the standings with scores of 57.825 to 57.775, just a small margin of .050 separated the two. "I didn't even look at the scores or notice them," said Sloan, who was a member of the 2008 Olympic Team that won the silver medal. "At the very end of the meet, Marvin (Sharp, her coach) came up and said, 'Look: and I went, 'Oh my gosh, did this just happen?' Looking at how close it (the competition) was, that is about as close as you can get." The USA won the top two world spots on ly one other time, four years ago in Melbourne, Austra lia , when Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin went 1-2 by just 0.001, respectively. The USA's Shawn Johnson also won the world allaround title in 2007, g iving the USA the coveted all-around crown in three of the last four World Champ ionships . "This is a tremendous moment for Bridget, Rebecca, and all of the coaches and athletes connected with women's program," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Both athletes have worked hard to achieve this result and they are a testament to the continuing legacy of success being developed within our country."



The battle for the title went down to the last event, the floor exercise . Bross had a comfortable lead over Sloan by 1.275 and just needed to hit her floor routine to win the title. However, Bross went last, and fell on her final tumbling pass (two and a half twist punch brani) which gave her a 12.875, and moved Sloan into the top spot. Bross and Sloan started the competition on vau lt. Both gymnasts performed a Yurchenko double full and both had small steps on their landings, earning a 14.525 and a 14.825, respectively. Bross nailed her difficulty-packed bar routine, including a full twisting double back dismount, and posted a 15.075. Sloan earned a 14.800 for her routine, where she stuck her full twisting double layout dismount. On beam, Bross was first up in her group and had a strong routine, including a standing Arabian and a double Arabian dismount. She scored a 15.300, which moved her into first in the standings at 44.900. Sloan had a few wobbles on beam, which resulted in a 14.000 and put her into second place in the all-around w ith 43.625. Sloan did an impressive floor routine that included a one and a half to triple full, a Randi, a pike full -in, and a double pike dismount. She tallied a 14.200, giving her a 57.825. Bross, who was up last on the event, has a strong f loor routine that included a front layout to double front. The routine was going well until she put her hands down while landing her last tumbling pass, wh ich earned her



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III a 12.875 and a total score of 57.775. "It was a little bit of a shock (when I won)." said Sloan. "Going into floor, I knew that second place was a very good possibility. At same time, I was just hoping for the best for both of us." Bross, who trains at the same gym with 2008 Olympic allaround champion Liukin, competed in her first World Championships, as well as her first senior level international meet. "I'm very happy with what I did," said Bross. "I had a mishap on floor on my last pass, but that happens and there is nothing I can do about it. I wasn't really thinking about medals or scores . I was just trying to work on what I had to do and do it to the best of my abilities ." During event finals, Newcomer Kayla Williams of Huntington, W. Va ., won the vault world gold medal. Although she was competing in both her first World Championships and international event, Williams looked like a veteran when




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Photos by John Cheng the men's side, the U.S. team included veteran Jonathan Horton and five other gymnasts all competing in their fi rst World Championships -- Jake Dalton, Wesley Haagensen, Steven Legendre, Danell Leyva, and Tim McNeill . After preliminaries, the USA's McNeill of Falls Church, Va., scored an 88.775 for third place, behind current leader Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who scored 90.925 . 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Horton of Cypress Gymnastics was in fifth place with a score of 88.000. In addition, four of the six USA gymnasts qualified to finals including Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas, on floor; Leyva of Uni versa l Gymnastics in Miami, on high bar, McNeill in the all-around and on pommel horse and Horton in the all-around and on high bar. "I think it has been more than 20 years since we had four of our six guys make finals at the World Championships," said Ron Brant, the men's national team coordinator. "We have one of the youngest teams here - three who are 23 and one each at 17, 18 and 20. I'm impressed because this shows that our training plans are working, that our athletes have taken it to heart and that we have continued leadership within the team even t hough we have reloaded after the last two Olympics." During finals, McNeill finished seventh in the all-around, hitting all six of his routines and finishing with an 87.150. His top scores of the competition were on vaul t where he scored a 15.300 for his Yurchenko double full and pommel horse where he scored a 15.000 for his routine which included full Kehr. He also scored a 14.500 on floor, a 14.325 on



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he ended with an all-around total of 84.300. "It's gymnastics," said Horton. "It's a tough sport. Things happen and they happen for a reason, I believe. It's the world championships, and some things you just can't explain. I am going to continue to train my hardest when I get back. My heart is always in this game. I feel I belong on that medal podium, if not at the top, and I am going to train harder than I ever have so I can come back next year." Kohei Uchimura of Japan easily won the all-around with a total score of 91.500. Hometown favorite Daniel Keatings of Great Britain was second at 88.925, with Russia's Yury Ryazanov in third at 88.400. Leyva thrilled the crowd on high bar with his series of release moves and a jam hop to earn a 15.450 and a ticket to the finals with his fourth place ranking . On the parallel bars, he scored a 14.825. Legendre scored a 15.475 for his floor routine, which landed him in seventh place and a spot in the event finals. Also making his World debut, Haagensen of Colorado Springs, Colo./U .S. Olympic Training

Center, competed on both pommel horse and still rings. He earned a 13.875 for his pommel horse routine and a 14.875 on the still rings . Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev./University of Oklahoma, landed his vault, a Kazamatsu oneand -half, but missed his second vault, a front handspring double full earning a combined average of 15.875. During event finals, McNeill executed a clean routine and finished fifth on pommel horse, scoring a 15.150. Legendre finished eighth on floor with a score of 14.950. "I am happy I got as far as I did," said Legendre. "I am not completely disappointed in myself, but obviously I would have liked to have done a little better in the finals. It definitely was a learning experience for me." Leyva just missed the medal stand on high bar, finishing in fourth place with a 15.600 and a routine that thrilled the crowd with a series of release moves, a jam hop, and a layout double-double dismount. Horton attempted a ramped up version of his Olympic high bar routine, but missed a Kolman and landed short on the layout triple double dismount to

score a 13 .250. "My nerves were really, really high today," said Leyva . "This is my first world championships, and I was really excited . I controlled myself before I competed, and it obviously paid off." "It's kind of a bittersweet, mixed bag of feelings," said Brant, who will join the U.S. Olympic Committee staff in the near future. "If you look at 2005, we had one guy in the finals and didn't medal to start that quad . This time we begin the quad with four guys in the finals, and three of them are at their first Worlds. Obviously we wanted to see a medal come through, but if you are not in the finals, you don't have a chance of making a run at it. The depth of the program has increased, and we need to use this as our motivation, like we did last time." X

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Sept. 1 at the Trampoline and Tumbling Ostend, Belgium, the USA's Logan Dooley of Calif., and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Hig won the USA's first men's World Cup gold they c"-hed the synchronized trampoline went on to win the first men's individual Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho, ing the men's tumbling silver medal. Continued on the Next Page

KALON LU'DVIGSON USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win the gold medal in tumbling at the World Cup in Germany? Kalan : It was amazing. Going into finals in third, I had the chance to watch the final two competitors compete after I was finished . My coach Justen and I were watching the scores flash on the score board . I had an overall feeling of satisfaction when I saw that I had won.

Heading into the synchronized trampoline finals, U.S. duo Dooley and Gluckstein sat in first place and were the last to compete. "It was a little nerve-wracking," said Dooley. "[Heading into the competition] I knew Steven was going to hit his routine, and he knew I would hit mine, which is a pretty comfortable place to be . All we had to do was stay together." Dooley and Gluckstein did not know they were the USA's first World Cup gold medalists until after the medal ceremony. "We were up in the stands when Ann (Sims, the trampoline program director) told us we were the first," said Gluckstein. "We were shocked and so proud." In men's individual trampoline, Dooley went on to win a second gold medal, with Gluckstein fin ishing fifth . "To go to a World Cup where the USA typically is not expected to get to finals and then have two competing in the finals was exciting," said Dooley. "Then to win two was incredible. It was an awesome experience to hear the anthem; it was overwhelming ." Ludvigson's silver in tumbling rounded out the USA's medal count in Belgium . "It was disappointing to have a mistake in my first pass and end up in second," said Ludvigson. "I have a few more chances in Poland and Germany to make up for my mistakes. Our original plan was to



do two passes that I know I can hit, but training was going so well that we decided to add difficulty. For Poland and Germany, I will be more conservative and hope that higher execution scores will help me earn gold ." At the World Cup in Zielona Gora, Poland, Sept. 4-5, Ludvigson earned his second World Cup silver medal in two weeks. In men's synchronized trampoline, the duo of Gluckstein and Dooley, finished just off the awards podium in fourth place . Gluckstein was eighth in men's trampoline. In women's synchronized trampoline, Alaina Williams of Amarillo, TX., and Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu placed seventh in the finals . At the World Cup in Salzgitter, Germany, Sept. 12, Ludvigson, 21, won the first USA gold medal in men's tumbling in 10 years . Team Revolution's Ludvigson, who sat in third place after the senior men's tumbling prelims, won his first World Cup gold medal, the first U.S. tumbling gold medal since Rayshine Harris won in May 1999 in Aachen, Germany. "It's awesome to know that I'm competitive at the world level, and not only fighting for medals, but GOLD medals. USA Gymnastics caught up with each of the USA World Cup medalists and talked to them about their successful competitions.

USA Gymnastics: You also won the silver medal at the World Cup in Belgium and in Poland. Can you talk about each of these competitions? Kalan: I was happy to win a silver medal in Belgium but I wasn't happy that I lost by 0.1. I had some technical errors on my first of two passes which cost me. My final pass was the highest scoring pass of the entire competition, so without the mistake I could have won . It was bitter sweet in Belgium . My coach and I decided to be more conservative for the event in Poland. After the first pass in finals I was in first place . After my second pass, which was lower in difficulty than normal, I dropped to second . My coach and I weren't thrilled about my placement, but it's still a World Cup silver medal. USA Gymnastics: What were your tumbling passes? Kalon: My two passes I competed in the Germany World Cup were ... . Roundoff, full-in full-out straight, whip, flic flac, full-in straight, whip, flic flac, full-in double full-out straight (also called a Miller). My second pass was: Roundoff, full-i n straight, whip, flic flac, full-in full-out straight, whip, flic flac, full-in full-out tuck.

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LOGAN DOOLEY USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win the USA's first men's World Cup gold medal in synchro at the World Cup in Belgium?

KALON LUDVIGSON continued USA Gymnastics: What was the best part of the trip? Kalon: My favorite part, besides winning of course, was being with all of the athletes. USA Gymnastics: What is your next goal? Kalon: My next goal is to train hard and perform well at World Championships in November and hope to come home with a medal! USA Gymnastics: What is the best part of tumbling? Kalon : The best part of tumbling is that the sport teaches athletes to push themselves and do things that others don't think are possible. USA Gymnastics: What is the toughest skill you've ever learned? Kalon: The biggest skill I've ever done is a triple twisting, triple back. It's called a full-full-full. I've never competed it though . USA Gymnastics: What is your favorite skill to do in tumbling?


Kalon : My favorite skill is either a Miller (full-in double full-out) or a triple pike . USA Gymnastics: Walk me through a normal day for you? Kalon : I wake up at 7:30 a.m . and go for a mile run . I do morning training from 10-12:00 p .m . After morning practice I relax and do homework. My second training begins at 4 p.m . and goes until 6 or 7 p.m . I condition for 30 minutes then run for 2 miles before dinner, and I go to sleep around 11 p.m.

Logan : When Steven and I won the Synchro event, I think we were both as happy as you can get. And we didn't even know right away that we were the first American men to ever achieve that goal. I felt like it represented not on ly the perseverance and determination of those who have lead the way for our sport, but it represented the true American spirit. USA Gymnastics: Tell us about your routine? Logan : We hit a really good routine, with a 15.6 degree of difficulty, and stayed in good synch for the whole routine. USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win a second gold medal on men's individual trampoline? Logan : Once I realized that I had actually won a World Cup competition, I felt a pretty overwhelming sense of joy. And when I found out that this was also a "first" for the USA, it actually sent a chill through me. USA Gymnastics: Which event do you like the best synchro or individual - and why? Logan: I like both. I tend to put more pressure on myself in individual to comp lete each skill, but with synchro I concentrate on staying in synch with Steven . USA Gymnastics: What was the best part of the trip?

USA Gymnastics: Are you going to school? Kalon : Yes, I'm taking online classes from Idaho State University and I'm a pharmacy major. X

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Logan: There's no question that the most memorable experience of this trip was standing on the awards podium and feeling this incredible sense of pride as our National Anthem was playing . USA Gymnastics: You and Steven finished fourth in synchro at the World Cup in Poland - can you talk about that? Logan: Every competition is a new challenge because you 're always striving to do better than you did the last time. Whether it's at the national level or the international leve l, the pressure is pretty intense. But the World Cup events in Belgium and Poland were even more nerve-wracking beca use the competition at that level is amazing and you're representing yo ur country. Sometimes the difference of just a tenth of a point wil l mean the difference between winning gold or placing fourth. It's all in the eyes of the judges. In the World Cup in Poland, we



were just two tenths of a point shy of a medal - but still a pretty nice position for the in terms of internationa l ranking.


USA Gymnastics: What is your next goal? Logan: Th e World Championships. USA Gymnastics: What is the best part of doing trampoline? Logan: I think one of the best things about th is sport is that it's li mitless in its progression. There wi ll never be a maximum degree of d ifficulty, so there will always be a new cha ll enge. USA Gymnastics: What is your favorite skill to do on trampoline? Logan : Barani Bailout 5.1 difficulty.

USA Gymnastics: Tell us about your routine? Steven : Logan and I scored our highest score yet. We stayed almost perfectly in sync. USA Gymnastics: Did you and Logan talk about winning before your routine? Steven: No way! We went into this competition hoping for a medal, we didn't care what color it was. USA Gymnastics: Which event do you like the best - synchro or individual - and why? Steven: I can't say which one I like better, they are both important and fun . Synchro is a little less stressful because the mistakes that are critical in individual aren't so in synchro, plus synchronized scores are worth much more. We perform our regular routine we do everyday on auto-pilot and divert most of our focus to being synchronized. I like them both for different reasons, and I couldn't do one and not the other. USA Gymnastics: What was the best part of the trip? Steven; Hearing the National Anthem from the top of the podium!

USA Gymnastics: Walk me through a normal day for you? Logan: At the gym by 1 p .m. for first training session (1-3 :15 p.m .); coaching from 4-6:30 p.m.; second training session (6:30-8 :30 p.m .). X


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USA Gymnastics: What is your next goal? Steven: My next goal is set for World Championships. I hope to place in the top 15 for individual (scoring above 70) and medal for Synchro. USA Gymnastics: What is the best part of doing trampo line? Steven : The best part of trampoline is getting to travel th e world to see new things and experience new cultures. Also meeting friends from across the globe and seeing old friends. USA Gymnastics: What is the toughest skill you've ever learned? Steven : I have worked Quad tuck into a pit, but the toughest skill I've learned thus far would be triffus rudi out pike (triple front pike with one and a half twists) . USA Gymnastics: What is your favorite skill to do on trampoline? Steven: Half in Ado lf out pike USA Gymnastics: Walk me through a normal day for you?

STEVEN GLUCKSTEIN USA Gymnastics: How did it feel to win the first gold medal for the USA in synchro at the World Cup in Belgium? Steven : When Logan and I realized we won the World Cup we were ecstatic, we were on a high. Once Ann (Sims) told us it was the first gold medal for the USA, we were no longer happy for ourselves, but proud of how far we've brought the sport for our country.



Steven: Wake up at 7 a.m. to get ready for an 8 a.m. class. I leave class to go straight to the gym for training. After training I have a 30 minute break before I start work. I'll work for about three hours, sometimes more depending on the day. If a big competition is coming up, like world championships, I'll train again at night after work. I go home, study, sleep, and wake up and do the same thing again. On Sundays I usually sleep in and then go skydiving . X

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ave you ever thought about your body in comparison to a car? For example, if a car's tires are out of alignment it makes for a pretty rough ride at first, but what happens down the road? Different parts of the car start to compensate for this misalignment and supplementary parts have to work harder in order to keep the car moving. The car may run but much less efficiently. In the future this may be detrimental to the internal parts of your car. The same is true for the human body. The human body is a kinetic chain in which appropriate postu re and alignment provides optimal structural and functional efficiency, favorable for peak performance . The kinetic chain has an incredible way of finding ways to compensate. Just like a car, if the body's functional demands are exceeded in a certain area of the body, then tissue failure occurs, leading to overuse injuries. A number of compensations are seen in the sport of gymnastics. Consequently, over time, many overuse injuries are prevalent especially in the lumbar spine. Some injuries seen in sports, like the knee and lumbar spine, are derived from the flexibility and mobility in the hip and hip flexors. One common dysfunction seen is in the psoas musculature. The psoas musculature acts directly on the lumbar spine as a whole inserting to the inner thighs near the hips. As shown in illustration, it acts to flex and rotate the thigh, and flex and laterally bend the spine. This muscle is important in protecting the spine during hip flexion and rotational movements. Without flexibility and mobility through this muscle, the ability to flex the hip past 90 degrees is impossible without compensation. Compensation is especially seen in the split stretch. To complete this exercise many gymnasts lack flexibility and mobility through the psoas and compensate through arching the lumbar spine. What is commonly seen is a significant curve in the lower back otherwise called a lordotic curve . This is one prime example of compensation, while there are many others that Tensor may present itself throughout training for the sport of gymnastics. Therefore the flexibility and mobility of the psoas muscles should be a key part of a gymnasts' training plan . With this knowledge about the psoas musculature, a general warm-up and cool down magnus




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Stride with hip flexor (Fig. 1). To complete this exercise the gymnast stands with one hip and knee flexed by placing foot on a table/mat (height is approximately mid-thigh or higher). The opposite extremity remains extended with the foot flat on the floor. The torso and spine should be in a neutral and erect posture. The gymnast fires the glute to extend the hip, enough to feel a stretch in the front of the hip. Pay attention to extension through the hip and not the back. A lordotic curve will present itself if the gymnast is extending through the back. Stride with Side Glide (Fig. 2). Figure 2 shows the gymnast standing with hip flexed and knee flexed with the foot placed on the table. Maximal stride position should be assumed. The opposite leg should be extended at the hip and knee. The torso and spine should be in neutral and erect posture. The gymnast leans towards the table maintaining erect spine, and pushes flexed hips toward the extended leg while reaching with the opposite arm. Keep hips parallel to the table .





Stride with Spinal Rotator (Fig. 3). Standing with the hip and knee flexed with the foot placed on the table. The opposite leg should be extended at the hip and knee. The torso and spine should be in neutral and erect posture. Lean toward the table maintaining an erect spine slightly bending the knee, and rotate spine toward flexed hip. Figure 3 the gymnast is shown completing this exercise. All exercises shown should be held for no more than 5 seconds and completed 5-10 times before beginning any other warm-ups for training or competition.



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lympic and European champion Evgenia Kanaeva of Russia swept the all-around, all four event titles (rope, hoop, ribbon and ball) and was a member of the winning Russian team at the 2009 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Mie, Japan. She became the most decorated rhythmic gymnast in history as the only gymnast to win six gold medals at a Rhythmic World Champ ionships. She won the all-around title with a score of 113.85. Her Russian teammate Daria Kondakova finished second with a 113.250 and the Ukraine's Anna Bessonova was third with a 110.375. The top USA finisher Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., and Rhythmflex Gymnastics, placed 27th in the allaround with a total score of 72.550 and was one of four reserves for the



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competition in the world, other than the Olympics. The USA's Ava Gehringer of Naperville, III., and Northshore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, was 34th in the all-around rankings (taking into consideration on ly two per

country can qualify into the all-around finals) with a 70.975. Gehringer was the alternate at the 2007 World team. She said, "Overall I was really pleased with how I performed. I was able to show how hard I've worked for this opportunity and although I made a few minor mistakes I couldn't have asked for much more. During the group all-around finals, Italy earned the all-around title with Belarus coming in second and Russia in third . Competing for the USA was North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center's Stephanie Flaksman of Northbrook, III.; Megan Frohlich of Marysville, Wash. ; Kristin Kaye of Northbrook; Sydney Sachs of Deerfield, III.; Sofya Roytburg of Buffalo Grove, III .; and Marlee Shape of Buffalo Grove. The USA finished in 16th all-around, significantly improving their final ranking of 23rd at the 2007 Rhythmic Worlds. X

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riley Casanova of WOGA and Jo hn Orozco of World Cup Gymnastics won bronze medals in the all-around at the 2009 Junior Japan International Competiti on on Sept. 22 in Yokohama, Japan. Russia's Viktoria Komova won the women's all-around with a 59.800. Natsumi Sasada of Japan finished second with a 56.100. Casa nova, 14, earned a 55 .300 to finish thi rd, just ahead of the USA's Sophina Dejesus of SCEGA at 54 .950 . World Cup Gymnastics' Orozco, 16, scored an 86.700 to earn his allaround bronze , behind Japan's Chihiro Yosh ioka (89.350) and Shou Yokoyama (87.450) . Orozco won his third straight U.S. jun ior all-around crown at the 2009 Visa Championships . The USA's Jake Dalton of University of Oklahoma finished in si xth place (83.250) in the all-around, posting the



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ational Gymnastics Day 2009 was a huge success! Clubs nationwide

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American Powerhouse TNT/Rocklin, Calif. "We headed to the Westfield Galleria at Roseville for National Gymnastics Day to help promote gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling. We set up a little fitness challenge course with a beam, springboard, mat, and bar and had more than 275 kids take the Fitness Challenge." Susan Jacobson, Club Owner St. Mary's Recreation and Parks Gymnastics/ Lexington Park, Md. "We celebrated National Gymnastics Day by performing for a large crowd as the pre-game show for the Southern Maryland Bluecrabs minor league baseball game. There were many "ooohhhs" and "aaahhhs" as they flipped and twisted across the mats. The girls wore pink to show their support for Breast Cancer awareness night at the stadium ." Kelly Imhof, Club Owner Patti's All-American/Dyer, Ind. "We set up a booth and obstacle course at our town festival. We charged a small fee to go through the obstacle course to introduce kids to our wonderful sport. We raised $141 for Children's Miracle Network and had fun doing it. We put on a gymnastics and dance demo in front of the crowd of more than 300 spectators." Patti Komora, Club Owner



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LEGACY GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Pearland, Texas Legacy Gymnastics Academy's Level 6team took the first place large team award at the Stars Houston Meel Lto R: Lauren VandeHei,Taylor Fore, Ashtyn VanVoorren, Abby Decker, Gci Sauer, Maria Carbajal. Hayley Unverzagl The team is coached by Miranda Repsher, Amanda Hammon, Megan Holbrook and Miguel Montesinos.


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EMILYEISMA Medford, Oregon Emma, 12, started competing Level 4last year. She won bars, vault and was second all-around at the Oregon State meelln her first meet as aLevel 5, she scored a37.25 and was second all-around. She trains at America's Best Kids and is coached by Amy Inge and Dyan Vaughn

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