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2011 AT&T American Cup Jonathan Horton and Jordyn Wieber win the all-around titles!

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contents Publisher Steve Penny Editor Luan Peszek Graphic Designer Jeannie Shaw & Woody White

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12 AT&T American Cup Repeat Champions Wieber and Horton Win Jonathan Horton and Jordyn Wieber won the 2011 AT&T American Cup all-around titles in Jacksonville, Fla., March 5. The AT&T American Cup was a FIG World Cup event with a strong and prestigious field of competitors.

20 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Grace Williams is a Supergirl! USA Gymnastics Board of Directors Chair: Peter Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treasurer: Morris Jim National Membership - Women: Tom Koll National Membership - Women: Steve Rybacki National Membership - Men: Yoichi Tomita National Membership - Men: Russ Fystrom National Membership - Rhythmic: Brooke Bushnell-Toohey

The second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup took place March 4 in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Grace Williams of Linden, Mich., won the all-around title.

24 Winter Cup Challenge Bright Lights. Big Gymnastics.

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Jake Dalton won the all-around title at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge held in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 5. Dalton, who is from Reno, Nev., was surrounded by family and friends in his home state. A University of Oklahoma sophomore, Dalton secured one of the eight open spots on the U.S. National Team.

National Membership - Trampoline & Tumbling: George Drew National Membership - Acrobatic Gymnastics: Dr. Jay Binder Advisory Council: Mike Burns Advisory Council: Ron Ferris Advisory Council: Carole Ide Athlete Director - Women: Terin Humphrey Athlete Director - Men: John Roethlisberger Athlete Director - Rhythmic: Jessica Howard Athlete Director - Trampoline & Tumbling: Karl Heger

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Julie Zetlin and Rebecca Sereda won their second consecutive senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 2011 Rhythmic Challenge at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kelly McKeown of GK Elite Sportswear hands out the Nastia-designed apparel to the competitors in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup.

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Athlete Director - Acrobatic Gymanstics: Michael Rodrigues Public Sector: Bitsy Kelley Public Sector: Frank Marshall Public Sector: Jim Morris Public Sector: Mary Lou Retton

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On the cover: Jonathan Horton and Jordyn Wieber by John Cheng

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W

ow - what a show in Jacksonville at the AT&T American Cup and the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup! Hopefully you were able to catch some of the action on NBC or Universal Sports, or followed them at www.usagym.org.

Jonathan Horton and Jordyn Wieber overcame a prestigious field at the AT&T American Cup in dramatic fashion. For Jonathan it was his third title in the event, and Jordyn’s second. Jordyn edged out the reigning world champion, Aliya Mustafina of Russia, and teammate Alexandra Raisman was third. Jake Dalton took advantage of being a very-last minute replacement and turned in a solid third place performance as well. We are quite proud of the USA’s showing in this first-ever FIG all-around World Cup competition. We were also fortunate to recognize the 15th anniversary of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team’s golden moment. Six members of the team were in Jacksonville to take part in the weekend’s activities. It is always so much fun to see them together and catch up on the latest in their lives. How time flies!!! Congratulations to all 36 of the gymnasts who qualified to compete in the second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, especially Grace Williams of Gedderts’ Twistars in Dimondale, Mich., winner of the event. The meet was a special showcase of some of the top Junior Olympic talent from around the country, who spent a wonderful weekend with our reigning Olympic champion, Nastia Liukin. A special thank you to Warner Bros. and GK Elite Sportswear for their continued support of the event, which featured a solid cast of “Supergirls.” March also started off with a bang for Julie Zetlin and Rebecca Sereda, who won the senior and junior titles, respectively, at the Rhythmic Challenge. We also recently announced the newest member of the USA Gymnastics family of corporate partners, Hilton Worldwide. The multi-year relationship focuses on support for the country’s top athletes and providing discounted rates and other benefits for our members. For information on how you can receive benefits from Hilton Hotels, e-mail Hilton@usagym.org. The gymnastics season is fully underway with many great events to come - USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate Championships, March 25-26 in Springfield, Mass; USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate Championships, April 8-10 in Colorado Springs; the women’s NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17; and the men’s NCAA Championships, April 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio. If you can, support collegiate gymnastics in your area or where you are visiting. Go to www.usagym.org/college to learn all the dates and locations. Good luck to all of the athletes and coaches heading into the culmination of your season. Lastly, don’t forget to register for the USA Gymnastics Open Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, June 2-5, in Orlando, Fla. This competition is a national invitational for Women’s Levels 4-8 and Prep Op, as well as an Elite National Qualifier, and the Junior Olympic Open National Championships for Rhythmic Levels 4-6. The event will name both individual and club team champions in women’s and rhythmic gymnastics. To register for the event or learn more about it, go to www.usagym.org/openchampionships. See you in the gym,

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Photos by John Cheng

nathan Horton

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2010 World bronzemedalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and 2009 American Cup champion Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won the men’s and women’s all-around titles, respectively, at the 2011 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Ukraine’s Mykola Kuksenkov and 2010 World all-around champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia finished second, with the USA’s Jake Dalton of Sparks, Nev., and Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass., finishing third.


Jonathan Horton and Jordyn Wieber won the 2011 AT&T American Cup. The beautifully-designed Cup was designed by A-1 Awards.

peat Cham pions ber and Hor ton Win Winning his third American Cup title Horton, who competes for Cypress Gymnastics, started out strong on the floor

a piked Belle and a Tippelt. His parallel bars routine moved him into first going into the final event. Horton brought it home on “...I worked as hard as I could to come high bar, posting a 15.033, which back, especially after my thumb injury. I’m was the top so happy it went well today.” score for this event. His exercise with his double-twisting, doublehigh bar routine included back mount to score a 15.066. He scored a full-twisting layout a 13.533 on pommel horse and had the Kovacs and fullhighest score of the meet on still rings, twisting double 15.500. Horton, 25, scored a 16.000 layout dismount. on his front handspring double front vault Horton’s total and added a 15.066 for his parallel all-around bars routine that is packed with difficulty, score was a including a new front uprise double back, 90.198.

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“It was awesome,” said Horton, who has won the American Cup twice before. “This is the second time I’ve won here in Jacksonville. I worked as hard as I could to come back, especially after my thumb injury. I’m so happy it went well today.” In her senior level event debut, Wieber had the top score of the day on three of the four events – vault, balance beam and floor exercise. She scored a 15.833 on vault for her Yurchenko 2.5. On beam, she earned a 15.266 for her routine highlighted by a standing full twist and a flip flop, flip flop 2.5 dismount. On floor, Wieber scored a 14.900, performing a double-twisting, double-tuck mount and 1.5 to triple full on her second pass. She had a problem on bars, scoring a 13.900 after missing a Tkatchev, but was able to maintain the all-around lead, scoring a 59.899.

rdyn Wieber

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Fifteen-year-old Wieber, who trains at Gedderts’ Twistars USA, said, “It felt great to win my second American Cup title. It’s such an honor.” When asked about her miss on bars, she said, “I had to pretend like the fall didn’t happen. I had to stay strong and stay focused.”

do. This was my first big international meet of the year.”

2010 World all-around silver medalist Philipp Boy of Germany had the high vault score of 16.100. Japan’s Koji “It felt great Uematsu had the high score on to win my parallel bars at 15.433. second

On the men’s side, Kuksenkov, who was fourth in the allaround at the 2010 World Championships, led the men’s competition through the first four rotations and had the American Cup On the women’s side, top score on pommel horse, Mustafina started 14.866. He finished second in title. It’s such on vault with her the all-around behind Horton with a score of 90.032. The an honor.” Yurchenko 2.5 to score a 15.566. She USA’s Jake Dalton of Reno, moved to bars, where she did Nev., finished third in the all-around with a stalder and in-bar elements a score of 88.497. Dalton, who was a last-minute replacement for Russia’s injured and dismounted with a tucked double back with1.5 twist to athlete Sergey Khorokhordin, had the top score a 15.766, the highest score of score on floor, 15.766, for his routine that the competition on bars. On balance included an Arabian double layout mount. beam she dismounted with a flip “I learned after breakfast this morning flop, flip flop triple full and scored a that I was in the meet,” said Dalton, who 14.833. On floor she mounted with competes for the University of Oklahoma. a 3.5 twist but had a problem on “Overall I feel like I did what I needed to her third tumbling pass and scored a

The 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Team gathered in Jacksonville at the AT&T American Cup to celebrate its 15-year anniversary of winning the gold medal. L to R: Kerri Strug, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Moceanu, Shannon Miller, Amy Chow and Amanda Borden. (Dominique Dawes was not present). To learn what the 1996 Olympic Team members are up to now go to www.usagym.org/96team

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13.666, for a total all-around score of 59.831. Mykola Kuksenkov

Mustafina said, “I was competing a new floor routine, and it is early in the season so I’m not so upset to finish second in the all-around.” Raisman, who trains at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, scored a 14.866 on vault, a 13.900 on bars, a 14.933

Jake Dalton

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on beam and a 14.866 on floor exercise, where she added a piked double Arabian to her already difficult routine. Raisman’s all-around total was a 58.565. She said, “I’m really happy with my performance today, especially floor because that is the highest score I’ve received on that event.”

Aliya Mustafina

For only the second time in the event’s history, the AT&T American Cup is part of the FIG’s World Cup series and the first of four all-around World Cup events in 2011. In accordance with the World Cup regulations, the gymnasts were invited based on performances at the 2010 World Championships.

Huang Qiushuang

Alexandra Raisman

Results on Pg. 40

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AT&T Amerian Cup results on pg. 40

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Photos by John Cheng.

Jacksonville, Fla.

Grace Williams By Luan Peszek

Nastia Liukin

Grace Williams of Amelia Hundley

Grace

Williams

Rachel Spicer

Linden, Mich., won the all-around title at the second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Amelia Hundley of

Hamilton, Ohio, and Rachel Spicer of Highland Village, Texas, finished second and third, respectively, in the 36-gymnast field that boasted competitors from 18 states across the country. Proceeds from the event go to the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.

“I am very excited to get this opportunity to have the second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup,” said Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion. “The first one was a great

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is a Supergirl! experience, but the second one kind of means more because everyone trusted and believed in us to continue this. It’s an honor to have an event bear my name, and I really want to thank USA Gymnastics, Warner Bros, and GK Elite for helping make it possible.” Williams, who trains at Gedderts’ Twistars USA, won the all-around with a total score of 38.525. She started the competition on vault with a Yurchenko 1.5 to score a 9.450. On the uneven bars she did a high Tkatchev and a tucked full-twisting double-back dismount to score a 9.650. On the balance beam she performed a series of flip flop, layout, layout step-out to score a 9.700, which was the top score on this event. She finished the competition on floor exercise with her highest score of the day, 9.725, which also was the top score on this event. Her routine included a double Arabian mount and a double tuck dismount.

“It felt great to win,” said Williams, who will turn 15 on March 26. “I just came into this competition to have fun and do my best. I didn’t know I’d win anything. I’m just a little overwhelmed and taking it all in.”

Sixteen-year-old Spicer of Metroplex Gymnastics finished third in the all-

As far as her future goals, Williams said, “I hope to compete at the Visa Championships this summer.”

around with a score of 37.975. Her high score of the day was on bars, where her routine included a tucked full-twisting doubleback dismount which

Thirteen-year-old Hundley of Cincinnati Gymnastics finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.150. Hundley’s top score was on bars, where she competed a Yeager and Pak salto to score a 9.750, the event’s top score. Hundley’s other scores were 9.450 on vault, 9.300 on beam and 9.650 on floor.

Grace

Williams

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Jacksonville, Fla.

All-Around Results

VT 1. Grace Williams Gedderts’ 9.450 2. Amelia Hundley Cincinnati 9.450 3. Rachel Spicer Metroplex 9.400 4. Kayla Williams Cincinnati 9.500 5. Mykayla Skinner Desert Lights 9.350 6. Kassandra Lopez Tumbleweeds 9.100 6. Alyssa Jackson Xtreme 9.475 8. Kiersten Wang Colo. Aerials 9.125 8. Caitlin Mann Tumbleweeds 9.000 10. Asi Peko Brown’s LV 9.125 10. Georgia Dabritz Ace (MA) 9.550 12. Alina Cartwright Legacy Elite 9.375 13. Mackenzie Brannan Capital (TX) 9.125 14. Megan Jimenez Precision 9.325 15. Alexandra McMurtry Richmond Oly 9.800 16. Annette Miele Parkettes 9.125 17. Michaela Woodford Sun Country 9.175 18. Tory Wilson Gold Cup 9.250 19. Sachi Rose Sugiyama Top Flight 9.350 20. Maggie Nichols Twin City Twist 8.775 21. Lisa Burt Ace (FL) 9.150 22. Maile’ana Kanewa The Gymn Acad 9.300 23. Stefani Catour Desert Lights 9.125 24. Ashley Lambert World Class 9.400 25. Kathryn Kluz Oakland GTC 9.125 26. Alyssa Nocella Silvia’s 8.700 27. Mary Kaitlyn Bailey High Point 9.300 28. Rebecca Tutka Parkettes 8.550 29. Mary Jane Horth Gym. World 9.050 30. Kaitlyn Hall KGDC Twisters 8.600 31. Brittney Sooksengdao McCracken’s 8.750 32. Miya Dotson Oakland GTC 8.325 33. Kelsey Lawless Elite GTC 8.100 34. Jennie Laeng Olym. Dreams 8.850 35. Jordan Naleway Aerial 8.550 36. Lauren Marinez Orlando Metro 0.000

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UB 9.650 9.750 9.600 9.400 9.025 9.500 9.400 9.375 9.475 9.025 9.625 9.225 9.500 9.225 8.675 9.400 9.175 9.175 9.450 9.375 8.900 9.000 9.000 9.025 9.200 9.075 8.550 8.425 8.975 8.900 8.525 9.350 9.000 8.875 7.550 9.550

BB 9.700 9.300 9.425 9.450 9.650 9.450 9.175 9.525 9.500 9.650 9.075 9.225 8.975 9.200 9.300 8.925 9.150 9.225 8.575 9.175 9.275 8.950 9.300 8.775 8.625 9.250 9.025 9.575 9.100 9.250 9.300 8.750 8.950 8.200 9.100 9.000

FX 9.725 9.650 9.550 9.550 9.650 9.400 9.400 9.400 9.450 9.525 9.075 9.475 9.525 9.325 9.225 9.525 9.425 9.175 9.425 9.450 9.425 9.450 9.200 9.250 9.450 9.300 9.325 9.600 8.975 8.800 8.950 8.625 8.500 8.400 8.850 7.750

AA 38.525 38.150 37.975 37.900 37.675 37.450 37.450 37.425 37.425 37.325 37.325 37.300 37.125 37.075 37.000 36.975 36.925 36.825 36.800 36.775 36.750 36.700 36.625 36.450 36.400 36.325 36.200 36.150 36.100 35.550 35.525 35.050 34.550 34.325 34.050 26.300

earned a 9.600. Spicer also scored a 9.40 on vault, a 9.425 on beam and a 9.550 on floor. Alexandra McMurtry of Midlothian, Va./Richmond Olympiad Gymnastics, earned the top vault score of 9.800 for her Yurchenko

layout full. 2009 World Vault Champion Kayla Williams of Cincinnati Gymnastics finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 37.900. Williams, from Huntington, W.V., plans to attend and compete for the University of Alabama in the fall. Another highlight to the meet was Mykayla Skinner of Desert Lights who finished fifth in the allaround with a score of 37.675. Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz., had the most difficulty in the competition performing a Yurchenko 2.5 on vault, a standing full on beam and a floor routine which


Nastia Liukin with the competitors of the 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup.

Amelia Hundley

included a double twisting double back mount and a full twisting double back dismount. She finished tied for second on both beam and floor with scores of 9.650 on each event.

Rachel Spicer

The 36 competitors were chosen for the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup based on performances at the 17 invitationals that comprised the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series. Each invitational selected a minimum of two athletes from the respective Level 10/open fields. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, USA Gymnastics and Liukin. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and the accompanying Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series provide a unique competitive opportunity for the country’s rising female gymnasts.

Kayla Williams

The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup participants received a Nastia Liukindesigned leotard and a warm-up from GK Elite; two tickets to the AT&T American Cup and recognition during that event for the Cup’s medalists; and both met and had their photo taken with Liukin. For more information, go to

www.nastialiukinsupergirlcup.com

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Mykayla Skinner

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WINTER CUP CHALLENGE

Jake Dalton

Bright lights.

BIG GYMNASTICS.

Photos by John Cheng

2009 World team member Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev., won the all-around at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge at the Las Vegas Sports Center in his home state and surrounded by his family and friends. The competition concluded on Feb. 5 and the win secures Dalton as one of eight open spots on the 2011 U.S. National Team until the 2011 Visa Championships, Aug. 17-20, in St. Paul, Minn.   Dalton, who competes for the University of Oklahoma, posted a combined, two-day all-around score of 176.250. He also won two event titles, landing a beautiful triple full dismount on floor exercise to score a 32.050 and earning a 32.500 for his Kasamatsu double full on vault. He also finished second on parallel bars (30.500) and third on still rings (28.400).   “It felt great today,” said Dalton. “There were a lot of talented guys out there

Danell Leyva

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competing, but I went out and cleaned everything up from the first day and did what I needed to do.”   2010 World horizontal bar finalist Danell Leyva of Miami/Hilton HHonors, finished in second in the allaround with a score of 175.150. Leyva also won two event titles, parallel bars (31.600) and horizontal bar (30.900).   CJ Maestas of Corrales, N.M./U.S. Olympic Training Center, took third in the all-around at 172.750, winning the still rings title (31.000). Rounding out the top five were Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./ University of Oklahoma, in fourth (170.750) and Andrew Elkind of Cherry Hill, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors, in fifth (170.600).   The seven members of the 2010 World Championships Team retain their spots on the national team and based on performances, four gymnasts were selected to the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team using the National Team Point Program. Those gymnasts are Joshua Dixon of San Jose, Calif./Stanford University, Elkind, Maestas and Naddour. Three additional athletes were selected by the Men’s Program Committee: Glen Ishino of Santa Ana, Calif./University of California, Berkeley; Tyler Mizoguchi of Houston/University of Illinois; and Jesse Silverstein of Suffern, N.Y./U.S. Gymnastics Development Center II.


CJ Maestas

All-Around

Alexander Naddour

1.  Jacob Dalton

Oklahoma

176.250

2.  Danell Leyva

Hilton HHonors/Univ.

175.150

3.  CJ Maestas

USOTC

172.750

4.  Alexander Naddour

Oklahoma

170.750

5.  Andrew Elkind

Hilton HHonors/OTC

170.600

6.  Joshua Dixon

Stanford

168.800

7.  Jesse Silverstein

US Gym Dev Ctr II

168.600

8.  Tim Gentry

Stanford

167.500

9.  Tyler Mizoguchi

Illinois

166.800

10.  Alexy Bilozertchev

Hilton HHonors/OTC

166.750

11.  Joseph Hagerty

Hilton HHonors/OTC

165.800

12.  Sho Nakamori

Champions Academy

165.700

13.  Dylan Akers

Cypress Academy

164.400

14.  Donothan Bailey

Berkeley

163.300

15.  Christopher Stehl

Oklahoma

162.950

16.  Mel Anton Santander Michigan

162.550

17.  Jake Martin

Orlando Metro

161.850

18.  Chris Turner

Stanford

161.400

19.  Jordan Valdez

Illinois

159.500

20.  Jesse Glenn

SCATS

159.450

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2011 U.S. Men’s National Team (Until 2011 Visa Championships)

Andrew Elkind

Joshua Dixon

Floor Exercise

 Name

Hometown Team/School

Chris Brooks

Houston, Texas

Hilton HHonors

Chris Cameron

Winter Haven, Fla.

University of Michigan

Jake Dalton

Reno, Nev.

University of Oklahoma

Joshua Dixon

San Jose, Calif.

Stanford University

Andrew Elkind

Cherry Hill, N.J.

Hilton HHonors

Jonathan Horton

Houston, Texas

Hilton HHonors

Glen Ishino

Santa Ana, Calif.

Univ. of Calif., Berkeley

Steven Legendre

Flower Mound, Texas University of Oklahoma

Danell Leyva

Miami, Fla.

Hilton HHonors

CJ Maestas

Corrales, N.M.

U.S. Olympic Training Center

Tyler Mizoguchi

Houston, Texas

University of Illinois

Alex Naddour

Gilbert, Ariz.

University of Oklahoma

Paul Ruggeri

Manlius, N.Y.

University of Illinois

Jesse Silverstein

Suffern, N.Y.

U.S. Gym. Dev. Center II

Brandon Wynn

Voorhees, N.J.

Ohio State University

Vault

1.  Jacob Dalton

Oklahoma

32.050

1.  Jacob Dalton

Oklahoma

32.500

2.  Joshua Dixon

Stanford

30.500

2.  Samuel Mikulak

Michigan

32.200

3.  Randall Heflin

Hilton HHonors

29.950

3.  Cale Robinson

Stanford

31.800

1.  Daniel Ribeiro

Illinois

31.400

1.  Danell Leyva

Hilton HHonors

31.600

2.  Ty Echard

Ohio State

29.950

2.  Jacob Dalton

Oklahoma

30.500

3.  Luke Stannard  

Illinois

28.900

3.  Tyler Mizoguchi

Illinois

30.150

1.  CJ Maestas

USOTC

31.000

1.  Danell Leyva

Hilton HHonors

30.900

2.  Tim Gentry

Stanford

29.750

2.  Alexander Buscaglia Stanford

30.700

3.  Jacob Dalton  

Oklahoma

28.850

3.  Ian Makowske

29.700

Pommel Horse

Parallel Bars

Still Rings

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Horizontal Bar

Michigan

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Julie Zetlin

Action photos © Diane Bidermann

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Rebecca

Sereda


2010 U.S. all-around champions Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y., won their second consecutive senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 2011 Rhythmic Challenge at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Twenty-year-old Zetlin, who trains at Capital Rhythmics, won the senior all-around crown with a score of 98.408. She finished first in hoop (25.875) and ribbon (25.558), second in clubs (22.900), and third in ball (24.075).  Zetlin said, “Because I just competed in a Grand Prix meet in Russia the weekend before, I was more prepared. I was in better shape this year, and I don’t think the altitude affected me as much. I had to overcome some mistakes in my two new routines, and I think with me being the ‘veteran,’ my experience helped me to reclaim my title.”

Shelby Kisiel

“I had to overcome some

mistakes in my two new routines, and I think with me being the ‘veteran,’ my experience helped me to reclaim my title.” – Julie Zetlin –

Shelby Kisiel, 16, of Houston/North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished second in the all-around with 94.241, placing first in clubs (23.658) and second in hoop (25.158) and ball (24.458). Alexis Page, 15, of New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports and Recreation, took third in the all-around at 89.525, hoop (23.275) and ribbon (21.742). Anastasia Torba of Orinda, Calif./Allegro Rhythmic, who placed second in ribbon (22.392), finished fourth in the all-around with an 89.066. Torba will turn 18 on March 17. Fifteen-year-old Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, rounded out the top five in the senior all-around with an 88.066. Sixteen-year-old Olga Pavlenko of Brooklyn, N.Y./ Isadora, only competed in two events but placed first in ball (24.600).

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Fourteen-year-old Sereda, who trains at Isadora, earned a 93.716 to win the junior all-around title.  She also took top honors in hoop (24.125) and ball (24.900), finished second in clubs (23.250), and placed third in ribbon (21.442). Jazzy Kerber, 14, of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished second in the all-around with a 91.825, winning clubs at 23.900, and placing second in hoop (23.867) and ball (22.750). Cindy Lu, 15, of Staten Island Isadora Rhythmics, won ribbon at 21.967 and took third in the all-around (89.216), hoop (22.883) and ball (22.542). Serena Lu, 12, of Staten Island, N.Y/Isadora Rhythmics, finished fourth in the all-around (88.616), placing second in ribbon (21. 658) and third in clubs (22.417). Aria Rodli, 14, of Coronado, Calif./Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics, took fifth in the all-around at 85.358. The Rhythmic Invitational and Group Championships, competitions for Levels 7-10, were held in conjunction with the Rhythmic Challenge. For complete results, log onto www.usagym.org/rhythmic.

Jazzy Kerber

Group Team

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The U.S. Group exhibitioned two new routines for the upcoming season. The group trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Chicago.


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Photo © Tracey Callahan Molnar

2011 Rhythmic Challenge

Results

Senior Name 1. Zetlin, Julie 2. Kisiel, Shelby 3. Page, Alexis 4. Torba, Anastasia 5. Kozitskiy, Polina 6. Walter, Hannah 7. Tran, Amanda 8. Skach, Claire 9. Pavlenko, Olga

Team Capital North Shore Aviator Allegro Phil. RSG Gym. Unlimited Kortel Oregon Gym. Isadora

Hoop 25.875 25.158 23.275 22.892 22.342 20.475 20.358 17.917 20.617

Ball 24.075 24.458 21.858 22.433 22.017 19.700 19.067 17.650 24.600

Clubs 22.900 23.658 22.650 21.350 22.792 19.758 20.275 18.433

Ribbon 25.558 20.967 21.742 22.392 20.917 19.608 19.617 17.133

All-Around 98.408 94.241 89.525 89.066 88.066 79.541 79.316 71.133

Team Isadora North Shore Isadora Isadora Emerald City Isadora

Hoop 24.125 23.867 22.883 22.367 21.592 20.692

Ball 24.900 22.750 22.542 22.175 20.783 21.225

Clubs 23.250 23.900 21.825 22.417 21.883 19.475

Ribbon 21.442 21.308 21.967 21.658 21.100 20.142

All-Around 93.716 91.825 89.216 88.616 85.358 81.533

Junior Name 1. Sereda, Rebecca 2. Kerber, Jazzy 3. Lu, Cindy 4. Lu, Serena 5. Rodli, Aria 6. Sidqi, Yasmeen 32 

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E V E N T R E S U LT S

USA Rhythmic wins 12 medals in M ntreal A lexis Page of New York City won the senior all-around title at the Montreal Rhythmic Gymnastics International Invitational in Montreal, Que., with a 92.125. Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa., claimed the bronze with a 90.525. Austria’s Sophia Lindtner took the silver (91.800). Page, who trains at Aviator Sports and Recreation, also medaled in all four event finals. She finished first in clubs, scoring a 23.250; second in ball (23.050) and ribbon (23.075); and third in hoop (22.750). Kozitskiy, who trains at Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, was second in clubs (22.775), fourth in hoop (22.500) and ribbon (22.650), and fifth on ball (22.600). Lindtner claimed the titles in hoop (22.925), ball (23.450) and ribbon (23.250).

Polina Kozitskiy

Earlier in the junior invitational division, U.S. junior Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmics, won four medals. She won the clubs gold medal (23.675), the hoop silver medal (23.750), and the bronze medal for both ribbon (22.750) and the all-around 34 

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(90.850).  Cindy Lu of Blaine, Minn./Twin Cities Rhythmic, was seventh in the all-around.

The USA team of Kerber, Page and Pozitskiy also brought home the team gold medal. Finland finished second, and Canada placed third. In the World Cup portion of the competition, 2010 U.S. all-around champion Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., finished sixth in the all-around (96.425) and teammate Shelby Kisiel of Houston finished tenth. Belarus claimed the top two spots, with Liubou Charkashyna (107.225) and Aliaksandra Narkevich (107.200) finishing first and second, respectively. Russia’s Margarita Mamun finished in third at 106.925. Both Zetlin and Kisiel advanced to event finals. Zetlin, who trains at Capital Gymnastics, qualified for three event finals, finishing sixth in ribbon (25.675), and eighth in both ball (21.150) and clubs (24.150). Kisiel, who trains at North Shore Rhythmics, finished sixth on hoop (24.225).

Alexis Page

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GYM UPDATE

Are you working on your handstands?

If so, send a photo of yourself doing a handstand in the gym or in another cool place to webmaster@usagym.org with the subject “Handstand,” and we’ll feature your photo in a gallery on the USA Gymnastics website. And don’t forget to ask your gym club to register for the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program online at www.usagym. org/fitness! There’s a handstand training plan in the program this year, which can help everyone in your club take part in the National Gymnastics Day Year of the Handstand attempt to set the world handstand record. Fitness is important, and the handstand worldrecord attempt is a great way to demonstrate the physical strength you gain through gymnastics training. It also provides an opportunity for you to help the gymnastics community raise funds to continue to support Children’s Miracle Network.

More Gym Update on pg. 42

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important notice

The following Membership Statement has been adopted by the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors: • Membership in USA Gymnastics is a privilege granted by USA Gymnastics. That privilege can be withdrawn by USA Gymnastics at any time where a member’s conduct is determined to be inconsistent with the best interest of the sport of gymnastics and of the athletes we are servicing. The following former professional members are permanently ineligible for membership within USA Gymnastics:

Name Julian Charles Theodore James Phillip Patrick Douglas Joseph Shawn Vince Edward Trey James Thad Steven Anthony Matthew H. Rick William

State Name Amaro CA Bates MN Bell WA Bishop MI Bogan MD Boger CA Bowers OH Bowlden IL Brown SC Coniff TX Craig III CO Cypher MI Elliott TX Engelke PA Erichsen WA Feuerstein CA Foster AL

Joseph Roy Larry Robert Allen (Bob) Sean Timothy Ricardo “Chico” Marcelo Vernor Paul Robert Dean Ted Michael Nicholas Robert Frank Milos Steven L. Dana Ronnie William Robert John S. Gregory William Jeena Paul Patrick Marian William M. Timothy

State Name Fountain MD Gallagher PA Garner TN Gilham CA Glas NE Goddard NY Guimaraes TX Gumila IL Hagan MI Head KY Hicks TN Hinton TN Hitchcock MI Hoefer FL Hohman, Jr. PA Hroch CA Infante CT Koppendrayer FL Lewis AR McCabe GA Mollock OR Moore WV Muller ID Munsinger MN Nilson UT O’Neill CA Okopinski WI Penev NY Permenter FL Picquelle CA

David Jeffrey Rudy John H. Gabriel Mark Robert Steve Steven Todd Blake Steven Paul Mark Freddie Eugene Jay Jon Oliver Kenneth Brent Jon Anthony Joel David Paul Chris Brooklyn Steve Donald Mike Jonathan Lyf Christian Bill Joel

State Pyles AZ Richards FL Rodriguez CA Row DE Salazar TX Schiefelbein TN Shawler CA Shirley MO Siegel CO Starr UT Summers OK Swift FL Tafoya, Jr. CA Thomas LA Thomas VA Trottier WA Valdez IL Van Kirk CA Velasquez OR Waage OR Wagoner TX Walters IN Waples TX Watts KY West WA White CA Wildenberg MN Witthar MO Woodruff TX

Trampoline and Tumbling

Winter ClassiC

The Winter Classic took place in Houston, Texas, March 4-6. The senior champions were: Logan Dooley and Alaina Williams in trampoline, Karly Judkins and Alex Renkert in tumbling, Erin Jauch and Trey Katz in double mini and Dakota Earnest and Williams on the women’s side and Dooley and Steven Gluckstein on the men’s side in synchronized trampoline. Go to www.usagym.org/trampoline for all the details. Check out May/June USA Gymnastics for more coverage as well as the announcement of the JumpStart Team — STAY TUNED.

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Koji Uematsu

Women’s All-Around Results Name 1 Jordyn Wieber

Country VT UB BB FX AA USA 15.833 13.900 15.266 14.900 59.899

2 Aliya Mustafina 3 Alexandra Raisman 4 Qiushuang Huang

RUS USA CHN

15.566 15.766 14.833 13.666 59.831 14.866 13.900 14.933 14.866 58.565 14.733 15.133 12.833 14.533 57.232

5 Ariella Kaeslin 6 Lauren Mitchell

SUI AUS

14.800 13.666 13.966 13.666 56.098 13.800 12.866 14.333 13.933 54.932

7 Jessica Lopez 8 Hannah Whelan

VEN GBR

12.566 12.500 14.733 14.233 54.032 13.633 12.666 13.233 13.000 52.532

Men’s All-Around Results Name Country FX PH SR VT PB HB AA 1 Jonathan Horton USA 15.066 13.533 15.500 16.000 15.066 15.033 90.198 14.833 14.866 14.800 15.700 14.800 15.033 90.032 15.766 12.033 14.800 16.066 15.066 14.766 88.497 14.366 13.966 14.433 15.466 15.433 14.700 88.364

2 Mykola Kuksenkov 3 Jake Dalton 4 Koji Uematsu

UKR USA JPN

5 Cyril Tommasone 6 Philipp Boy 7 Samuel Hunter

FRA 14.633 14.666 14.500 15.400 14.700 13.733 87.632 GER 15.133 12.866 14.666 16.100 15.066 13.400 87.231 GBR 14.433 13.733 13.266 14.800 14.400 14.866 85.498

8 Daniel Purvis

GBR 14.633 13.200 14.433 14.700 13.933 14.533 85.432


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TEAM HILTON HHONORS

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hese seven guys were named to Team Hilton HHonors L to R: Andrew Elkind, Alexy Bilozertchev, Joey Hagerty, Wesley Haagensen, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, and RJ Heflin. They competed at the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

2011

25-28

26-28 Region 1 Congress

March 25-26

USA Gymn. Collegiate Champs. (M)

Springfield, MA

April

September 8-11

State and Regional Chairman’s Workshop (M)

13-26 Rhythmic World Championships

Montpellier, France

USA Gym Collegiate Champs. (W) Colorado Springs, CO

8-10

JO Regional Championships (M)

23-25 Region 5 Congress Indianapolis,IN

14-16

NCAA Championships (M) Columbus, OH

Various Locations

NCAA Championships (W) Cleveland, OH

30-Oct. 2

National Gymnastics Day

TBD

8-10

15-17 L 9/10 Regional Championships (W) various locations

various locations

National TOP Testing (W) Houston, TX

October

28-May 1 TOPs Invitational Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

1-3

National TOP Testing (W) Houston, TX

29-May 1 Elite Challenge (TT)

7-16

World Artistic Championships (M/W)

22-25

JO National Team Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

Ft. Worth, TX

May 4-8

JO National Championships (M) Long Beach, CA Worcester, MA/ San Diego, CA

7

USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Champs. Marietta, GA (M/W/R/GG)

13-14 15

Guadalajara, MX

November Fut. Stars Champs./Coaches Wrkshp.(M) Colo. Springs, CO

JO National Championships (W) Long Beach, CA

16-19

T & T World Championships

National Invitational Tournament (W) Long Beach, CA

20-26

World Age Group Championships (TT) Birmingham, ENG

30-Dec. 4

National TOP Team Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

2-5

USA Gymnastics Open Championships (W/R) Orlando, FL

5

National Elite Qualifier (W)

11-12 Region 3 Congress

Orlando, FL Vail, CO

17-26

Olympic Gymnastics Week

22-28

JO National Championships (R) Chicago, IL

various locations

22-28 Chicago Cup (R) Chicago, IL Olympic Day

24 - 26 Region 7 Congress

various locations Baltimore, MD

30-July 1 American Classic (W) Houston, TX

July National Elite Qualifier (W) Houston,TX

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National Qualifier (M)

8-10

Trampoline & Tumbling U.S. Champs.

San Antonio, TX

10-15

JO Championships (TT)

San Antonio, TX

10-16

World Gymnaestrada (GG) Lausanne, SUI

15-17 Region 8 Congress

TBD

New Orleans, LA

22-24 Covergirl Classic/Challenge (W) Chicago, IL 22-27 Acrobactic National Championships

San Jose, CA

TOPs Invitational Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

August 5-7 Region 6 Congress

Boston, MA

5-8

JO Open Training Camp #1 (W) Houston, TX

9-11

JO Open Training Camp #2 (W) Houston, TX

17-20

Visa Championships (M/W/R)

Saint Paul, MN

18-20

National Congress and Trade Show

Saint Paul, MN

Birmingham, ENG

DECEMBER 4-8

TOP B Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

2012 January 10-18

Olympic Test Event London, ENG

February 2-4

2-3

28-31

14-30 Pan American Games (M/W/R/TR)

10-13

June

23

Tokyo, Japan

27-30 Level 9/10 Training Camp (W) Houston, TX

6-8 L 9 Eastern/Western Champs. (W)

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Santa Clara, CA

17

15-17

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ODP Selection Camp (TT) Houston, TX

Winter Cup Challenge (M) Las Vegas, NV

March 2

Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (W)

TBD

3 AT&T American Cup (M/W)

TBD

16-18 Pacific Rim Championships (M/W/R/T)

TBD

23-24

TBD

USA Gymnastics Collegiate Champs. (M)

MaY 7-13

JO National Championships (M) Cincinnati, OH

June 6-9

Visa Championships

St. Louis, MO

28-July1 USA Gymn. Nat. Congress and Trade Show San Jose, CA 28-July1 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Gymn.(M/W) San Jose, CA


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FACES IN THE GYM t Madyson Marlow and Christina Troy

t Tia Gin

Mady, 9, and Christina, 11, are the 2010 Level 6 Women’s Pair Acro National Champions.  It was Mady’s first year in acro, and Christina’s second.  They’re currently training Level 7 at USA Aerial Athletics and are coached by Jennifer Banowsky.

Tia, 10, is the 2010 Level 5 Nor-Cal AllAround State Champion. She also won every event. She trains at Performance Athletics Gymnastics and her coaches are Nickole Sutter, Stevie Blum, and Lorraine Tang.

San Luis Obispo, California

San Antonio, Texas

Aubrianna Salas u Royal Oak, Michigan

Aubrianna, 10, is a Level 10 power tumbler and a Level 9 women’s gymnast. At the 2010 JO National Championships for TT, Aubrianna took first with a score of 139.90. Aubrianna trains at AGT FlipCity and is coached by Peter Roberts.

t Saga Vallow Lauren Thomas p Loveland, Colorado

Lauren, 8, is the Level 4 Colorado State Champion in the all-around and all four events. She’s from Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies. Lauren scored a 10 on vault, 9.925 on bars, 9.75 on beam and 9.85 on floor for a 39.525.

Riley Ammenhauser u Aurora, Illinois

Riley, 7, is a Level 5 gymnast and trains at the American Institute of Gymnastics. Riley won the 2010 Level 4 State All-Around Championship in the 6-7 year old division.

New Lenox, Illinois

Saga, 9, is a Level 4 gymnast and trains at FlipStar Gymnastics Academy. She took first place in each event and in the all-around at the Crossroads Classic. She’s coached by Drew Tsokatos and Julie Stepanchenko.

Heather Cox p DeWitt, New York

Heather, a Level 5 of CNY Gym Centre, won the all-around title at the PInky Stone Memorial Invite for the second year.  Heather also placed first on floor and beam.  She’s coached by Danielle White, Kelly Porcaro and Megan Quinn.

Ashley Chu u

Portland Oregon

Ashley, 10, is a Level 6 rhythmic gymnast coached by Nadine Davies at Oregon Gymnastics Academy.  She has been competing four years and is a three-time J.O. competitor and a 2010 Future Stars member.

t Ginger Hansen

Middletown, New Jersey

Ginger, 10, traveled with the ODP National Team to the Loule Cup in Portugal and won the silver medal in the 13 and under age group as a L10 in trampoline. She’s a member of the Ultra Twisters team and trains with Tatiana Kovaleva and Kyle Bowen.

Kelsey Walker p Tampa, Florida

Kelsey, 8, is a training Level 6 gymnast at Victory Gymnastics Training Center. She completed her Level 5 season by taking first on floor and in the all-around at the 2010 Level 5 Florida State Meet. Kelsey is coached by Viktor Savitsky, Cathy Breen and Philippe Flegeau.

Would you like to be included in USA Gymnastics or the usa Gymnastics website for Faces in the Gym? Send a photo and a paragraph of information to: publications@usagym.org and we’ll select 10 gymnasts to publish in each issue of the magazine and a few more to post on the website at www.usagym.org/faces

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