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CONTENTS Publisher Steve Penny Editor Luan Peszek Graphic Designer Jeannie Shaw

USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Peter Vidmar Vice-Chair: Paul Parilla Secretary: Gary Anderson Treasurer: Jim Morris 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 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 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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FEATURES

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10 U.S. Olympic Trials–Gymnastics

The Olympic Teams were named at the U.S. Olympic Trials-Gymnastics in San Jose, Calif. The event was spectacular from start to finish and the teams are preparing for the trip to London.

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30 USA Gymnastics Championships for Trampoline

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31 USA Gymnastics Championships for Rhythmic

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34 JO National Championships – Women

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The Visa Championships for men and women were held in St. Louis, Mo. John Orozco won the senior title for men while Jordyn Wieber won her second consecutive title for the women. The junior and senior national teams were also selected and the top athletes earned the right to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials-Gymnastics.

The Trampoline National Championships for seniors was the third and final competition to determine the men’s and women’s Olympic slots. Savannah Vinsant and Steven Gluckstein will represent the USA in trampoline at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Rebecca Sereda won the senior all-around title at the 2012 Rhythmic National Championships and Ronit Shamuilov earned the junior title. The junior and senior national teams were named.

36 JO National Championships – Men 38 Women’s Level 9 Championships

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Wow – we have the Olympic Team! Thank you, San Jose, or should I say Gymnastics City USA, for an incredible Olympic Trials-Gymnastics. The city rolled out the red carpet and the crowds were fabulous. From morning fitness to National Congress & Trade Show to the Visa Fan Fest and AT&T Block Party, the event was a huge success. Most significantly, the HP Pavilion was filled to capacity during the final night of women’s competition. The arena was bursting with noise and celebration for all the gymnasts and our Olympic Teams. The streamers, the confetti, the music and the tears of joy -- it was all amazing. After the competition, Kenny Loggins gave a free concert to all of the fans with a ceremonial candle lighting to send our team to London in style. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed and especially those who made the U.S. Olympic Team. The women include Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber and replacement athletes Sarah Finnegan, Anna Li and Elizabeth Price. The men’s team includes Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak, John Orozco and replacement athletes Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour. Julie Zetlin will represent the USA in rhythmic gymnastics, and Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant will represent our country in trampoline. Our athletes have worked hard to achieve this goal of becoming Olympians, and we applaud their commitment and determination. Also, congratulations to their coaches and families on the success they all share. This is America’s Team – your team. These athletes are making their final preparations for the Olympic Games before heading over to London. Based on their performances, we are very optimistic about the Olympic Games. Whether you watch the event in London, on NBC, on NBCOlympics.com or follow their progress on social media, make sure you stay tuned! And don’t forget, after the Olympics are over, the celebration will begin with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. The first tour stop is Sept. 8 in San Jose. To find the full schedule of 40 tour stops, go to KelloggsTour.com and order your tickets now. The current Olympic Team, as well as some past World and Olympic champions, will perform in the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions and travel the country from September through November. As part of the gymnastics family, this is one show you won’t want to miss! Good luck to our athletes and the entire USA Team at the Olympic Games in London. See you in the gym,

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012 OLYMPIC TRIALS • 2012 OLYMP Gabby DOUGLAS

Photos by John Cheng.

USA WOMEN’S TEAM POISED FOR LONDON

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abrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, earned an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London after posting the highest two-day total in the all-around, 123.450, at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The women’s U.S. Olympic team was announced a audi few minutes later to the audience in the arena, and in addition to Douglas, the team includes: McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./AOGC; Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./ Gedderts’ Twistars replace USA. Three replacement athletes were also announced: Sarah Finnegan of St. Louis, Mo./ Great American Gymnastics Jordyn Express; Anna Li of Aurora, WIEBER Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics;

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and Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes. Douglas, Wieber (123.350), and Raisman (120.950) took the top three spots in the all-around standings. “All of this hard work has definitely paid off,” Douglas said. “I just can’t wait to wear those red, white and blue stripes down my back. It felt like a dream come true.” “It feels amazing to be an Olympian,” Wieber said. “This is definitely the best day of my life and knowing that all of my hard work has paid off is amazing. I’m just so proud of each and every girl who competed here today.” Douglas and Wieber came down to the wire on the last event. Wieber performed first in the final rotation, performing a solid Amanar vault to score 15.800. Douglas took to the floor exercise needing to post better than 15.200 to win the Olympic Trials and secure the automatic Olympic berth. She delivered a 15.300 after executing a one-and-a-half through to triple full mount. In the first rotation, Douglas wasted no time as the night’s first competitor, performing a nearly flawless Amanar to score a 16.000. On the uneven bars, Douglas kept calm as her hand slipped on her Pak salto, but she didn’t miss a beat,

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2012 WOMEN’S OLYMPIC SQUAD

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Gabby Douglas, Sarah Finnegan*, Aly Raisman, Elizabeth Price*, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Anna Li* *Replacment Athletes

“Hearing my name called, I couldn’t even believe it.” Ross dazzled on the uneven bars where her opening combination, a toe-on McKayla Shaposhnikova to Pak salto, helped her MARONEY earn her highest score of the night, a 15.650. She also earned scores of 15.150, vault; 15.050, balance beam; and 14.750, floor. Maroney’s incredible height on her Amanar vault captivated the crowd and scored a 16.150. Nearly sticking her second vault, a Mustafina, she earned a 15.750 and a 15.950 two-vault average. Maroney also scored 13.700, uneven bars; 15.000, balance beam; and 14.500, floor. “This is the best feeling – it’s just so amazing,” said Maroney. “I’m in shock right now. I think this will be the happiest I’ll ever be in my life.” The top three on each event at the Olympic Trials included Maroney’s first place finish on vault. Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s took second with her twovault average. On bars, Douglas and Ross tied for first and Li was third. Raisman led the standings on two events – balance beam and floor exercise. Sacramone took second on beam and Wieber and Ross tied for third. Wieber and Douglas went 2–3 on floor. Anna LI OLYMPIC TRIALS CONTINUED...

ALL-AROUND SCORES # Name

Club

Day 1

Day 2

Total

1 Gabrielle Douglas

Chow’s

61.400

62.050

123.450

2 Jordyn Wieber

Geddert’s

61.700

61.650

123.350

3 Alexandra Raisman

Brestyan’s

60.300

60.650

120.950

4 Elizabeth Price

Parkettes

59.600

60.500

120.100

5 Kyla Ross

Gym-Max

59.400

60.600

120.000

6 Sarah Finnegan

GAGE

59.050

59.450

118.500

7 McKayla Maroney

All Olympia

58.300

59.350

117.650

8 Kennedy Baker

Texas Dreams

56.150

58.550

114.700

9 Brenna Dowell

GAGE

57.250

57.200

114.450

10 Sabrina Vega

Dynamic

56.000

57.400

113.400

11 Alicia Sacramone

Brestyan’s

30.700

30.950

61.650* 58.650*

12 Anna Li

Legacy Elite

28.600

30.050

13 Nastia Liukin

WOGA

28.550

28.900

57.450*

14 Rebecca Bross

WOGA

27.350

25.450

52.80*

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012 OLYMPIC TRIALS • 2012 OLYMP Photos by John Cheng.

STRONG USA MEN’S TEAM NAMED AT THE U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

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anell Leyva of Miami/ Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics), and John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), each Danell earned a LEYVA ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games in London on the final night at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The duo automatically earned Olympic berths by finishing first and second in the all-around and recording three or more top three finishes in the individual event standings. “It’s surreal, super unbelievable,” Leyva said. “It’s crazy to say that I just finished my first Olympic Trials. I’m so glad to be here. The crowd was amazing, all of the guys were amazing.” “I can’t really believe that I am here right now,” said a tearful Orozco. “I just want to thank my parents and coaches – we did it!” Leyva posted a fourday combined score of 368.350, followed by Orozco, 367.400, and Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress), 361.500.

Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma, and Chris Brooks of Houston/ Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress), tied in the fourday standings with matching 358.350 scores. Dalton had the top scores on both floor exercise and vault. The remaining three members of the Jonathan U.S. men’s Olympic HORTON team were named the following day and included Horton, Dalton, Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan, and rere placement athletes Brooks, Steven Legendre, Legendre Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma) and Alexander Naddour,, Gilbert, Ariz./Team Naddour Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center). During the final days of Olympic Trials, Leyva and Orozco were locked in a tight back and forth competition with each leading the compecompe tition throughout the day, but Leyva’s spectacular parallel bars routine in the final rotation, which earned a 15.850, moved him to the top of the standings. Leyva began competition on the horizontal bar, where he earned a 16.300, punctuated by a stuck double-twisting double-layout dismount to the delight of the OLYMPIC TRIALS CONTINUED...

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012 OLYMPIC TRIALS • 2012 OLYMP Sam crowd. Leyva earned scores of 14.450, MIKULAK floor exercise; 14.900, pommel horse; and 14.700, still rings. His 15.650 Kasamatsu double-full vault score set up the comefrom-behind victory. Orozco also began on the high bar, performing four catch-and-release moves to score 15.950. In rotation two, Orozco nearly stuck his two-and-aJake DALTON half twist dismount on floor to earn a 15.200. Then, on the pommel horse, Orozco Chris posted a 14.950 with a BROOKS Magyar to Sivado

handspring double front. He also recorded scores of 13.800, pommel horse; 15.450, still rings; 15.500, parallel bars; 14.950, horizontal bar; and 14.600, floor exercise. Mikulak, who had been third in the overall standings after three days of competition, only competed on the pommel horse in day two of Olympic Trials competition due to a sprained left ankle suffered in the first day of competition. He scored a 14.400 on pommel horse. Legendre finished second on floor and third on vault, while Naddour finished first on pommel horse. Other top competitors at Olympic Trials were Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./ University of Illinois, who placed sixth in the all-around with a score of 352.80 and third place on floor and high bar; C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois, with a seventh Steven place finish (351.750); and LEGENDRE Brandon Wynn of Columbus, Ohio/Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University) who was second on still rings.

combination and smooth handstand dismount. He performed an Azarian to to cross, back up-rise Maltese, and stuck one-a-half twisting dismount to score 15.350 on the still rings. Orozco finished his compe competition with scores of 16.050, Alexander NADDOUR vault, and 14.350, parallel bars. Horton posted his highest score of the day on the vault, 15.850, where he performed a

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ALL-AROUND SCORES #

2012 MEN’S OLYMPIC SQUAD

Jonathan Horton, John Orozco, Sam Mikulak, Jacob Dalton, Danell Leyva, and replacement athletes Steven Legendre, Alexander Naddour, Chris Brooks

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NAME

CLUB

Danell Leyva John Orozco Jonathan Horton Chris Brooks Jake Dalton Paul Ruggeri C.J. Maestas Steven Legendre Glen Ishino Brandon Wynn Alexander Naddour Alex Buscaglia Josh Dixon David Sender Sam Mikulak

Hilton HHonors/Univ Hilton HHonors/OTC Hilton HHonors/Cyp Hilton HHonors/Cyp Univ of Oklahoma Univ of Illinois Univ of Illinois Hilton HHonors/Okla Cal Berkeley Hilton HHonors/Ohio Hilton HHonors/USA Hilton HHonors/Stan USOTC Hilton HHonors/Ill Univ of Michigan

#4 91.85 91.80 90.30 90.50 88.95 86.95 86.50 87.85 88.00 86.20 83.90 86.15 87.30 86.45 90.55

#3 92.95 93.05 91.40 88.50 90.05 88.60 86.80 86.05 86.95 86.65 87.85 88.40 85.65 87.10 92.30

#2 91.70 90.70 89.65 88.65 90.55 88.30 89.00 88.90 88.10 88.60 88.65 85.70 85.70 84.85 91.80

#1 91.85 91.85 90.15 90.70 88.80 88.95 89.45 88.30 85.75 87.35 87.70 87.25 86.70 84.05 14.40

SCORE 368.350 367.400 361.500 358.350 358.350 352.800 351.750 351.100 348.800 348.800 348.100 347.500 345.350 342.450 289.050

#1 = 2012 US Olympic Trials - Finals: 100% | #2 = 2012 US Olympic Trials - Prelims: 100% #3 = 2012 Visa Championships - Men Day 2: 100% | #4 = 2012 Visa Championships - Men Day 1: 100%

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OROZCO COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN HIS FIRST U.S. ALL-AROUND TITLE

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JOHN OROZCO

he senior men’s all-around title came down to the wire at the 2012 Visa Championships, with the final event determining the 2012 U.S. champion. John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), and Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics), began the second day of competition in a virtual tie, separated by just .050. At the end of the competition, Orozco narrowly SAM MIKULAK

DANELL LEYVA

RESULTS THE 15 MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AND THE FIELD FOR THE 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS Back row L to R: Joshua Dixon, Chris Brooks, Alexander Buscaglia, Jake Dalton, Steven Legendre, Danell Leyva, Brandon Wynn, Alex Naddour, and Paul Ruggeri Front row L to R: David Sender, John Orozco, Jonathan Horton, Sam Mikulak, C.J. Maestas, and Glen Ishino

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edged Leyva to take the title, 184.850 to 184.800. Sam Mikulak of Ann Arbor, Mich./ University of Michigan, won the all-around bronze medal, posting a 182.850. Orozco’s all-around total for the second day of competition was 93.050, while Leyva and Mikulak posted 92.950 and 92.300, respectively. Orozco’s last event was the floor exercise, where he dismounted with a nearly stuck two-and-ahalf twist and earned a 15.500. Orozco cupped his hands over his mouth in disbelief as the score flashed – confirming his come-from-behind victory. “I can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now.” Orozco said after taking his first U.S. senior all-around title. “Danell gave me such a great fight – it was so exciting and so amazing. The level of gymnastics tonight was incredible. Orozco started the event on pommel horse, posting an impressive 15.000 after performing intricate single-pommel work and a handstand dismount. On the rings, Orozco performed two variations of the Maltese before sticking his one-and-a-half twisting, double back dismount (15.350). In rotation three, Orozco’s front handspring layout double twist vault earned him a 15.900. Moving to the parallel bars,

JONATHAN HORTON

Orozco continued on a roll, scoring 15.450 for his routine that included a peach half to peach combination. Orozco dazzled the crowd with his high-flying horizontal bar routine, showing a nearly flawless full-twisting layout Tkatchev release move to earn 15.850, before moving to his final routine on the floor. Leyva, the defending champion, started off the second day of competition performing a Kasumatsu one-and-a-half vault (15.900). On the parallel bars, where he is the current World champion, Leyva put on a clinic, earning a 16.000. Showing his trademark flair on the high bar, Leyva soared on his layout Kovacs to earn a 16.350. On floor, he mounted with a laid out, double twisting, double layout and scored 15.450. In rotation five, Leyva posted a 14.700 on the pommel horse. Finishing competition on the still rings with a full twisting double layout, Levya earned a 14.550 and the all-around silver medal. All-around bronze-medalist Mikulak began his day posting matching 14.650 scores on the pommel horse and still rings. On vault, Mikulak performed a Kasumatsu double full to score 16.200. Showing incredible composure, Mikulak scored a 15.600 on the parallel bars and with four catch-and-release moves, including a tucked full-twisting Kovacs, Mikulak scored 15.550 on the high bar. He closed out his


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WIEBER WINS AGAIN

competition on the floor, mounting with a tucked double double. Mikulak scored 15.650. 2008 Olympic silver-medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Gymnastics), who finished fourth in the all-around in his first MEN’S ALL-AROUND RESULTS (TOP 15) 1 John Orozco Hilton HHonors/OTC 2 Danell Leyva Hilton HHonors/Univ 3 Sam Mikulak Univ of Michigan 4 Jonathan Horton Hilton HHonors/Cyp 5T Chris Brooks Hilton HHonors/Cyp 5T Jacob Dalton Univ of Oklahoma 7 Paul Ruggeri Univ of Illinois 8 Glen Ishino Cal Berkeley 9 Alex Buscaglia Hilton HHonors/Stan 10 Steven Legendre Hilton HHonors/Okla 11 David Sender Hilton HHonors/Ill 12 C.J Maestas Univ of Illinois 13 Joshua Dixon USOTC Hilton HHonors/Ohio 14 Brandon Wynn 15 Ryan Lieberman Stanford

184.850 184.800 182.850 181.700 179.000 179.000 175.550 174.950 174.550 173.900 173.550 173.300 172.950 172.850 172.650

FLOOR EXERCISE 1 Jacob Dalton 2 Paul Ruggeri 2 Steven Legendre 4 Alex Buscaglia 5 Danell Leyva 6 John Orozco 6 Jonathan Horton

Univ of Oklahoma Univ of Illinois Hilton HHonors/Okla. Hilton HHonors/Stan Hilton HHonors/Univ Hilton HHonors/OTC Hilton HHonors/Cyp

31.500 30.950 30.950 30.900 30.700 30.550 30.550

POMMEL HORSE 1 Alex Naddour 2 Glen Ishino 3 John Orozco 4 Danell Leyva 5 Sam Mikulak 6 Craig Hernandez

Hilton HHonors/USA Cal Berkeley Hilton HHonors/OTC Hilton HHonors/Univ Univ of Michigan Penn State

30.100 29.850 29.650 29.500 29.300 29.250

STILL 1 2 3 4 5 6

RINGS Jonathan Horton Brandon Wynn John Orozco C.J Maestas Scott Rosenthal Chris Brooks

Hilton HHonors/Cyp Hilton HHonors/Ohio Hilton HHonors/OTC Univ of Illinois Penn State Hilton HHonors/Cyp

30.900 30.800 30.400 30.250 30.100 30.050

VAULT 1 Sean Senters 1 Jacob Dalton 3 Eddie Penev 4 Sam Mikulak 5 David Sender 6 Steven Legendre

Stanford Univ of Oklahoma Stanford Univ of Michigan Hilton HHonors/Ill Hilton HHonors/Okla.

32.400 32.400 32.350 32.300 32.200 31.900

PARALLEL BARS 1 Danell Leyva 2 Sam Mikulak 3 John Orozco 3 Chris Brooks 5 Jonathan Horton 6 Jacob Dalton

Hilton HHonors/Univ Univ of Michigan Hilton HHonors/OTC Hilton HHonors/Cyp Hilton HHonors/Cyp Univ of Oklahoma

31.800 31.200 30.850 30.850 30.600 30.450

HORIZONTAL BAR 1 Danell Leyva 2 John Orozco 3 Jonathan Horton 4 Paul Ruggeri 5 Sam Mikulak 6 Alex Buscaglia

Hilton HHonors/Univ Hilton HHonors/OTC Hilton HHonors/Cyp Univ of Illinois Univ of Michigan Hilton HHonors/Stan

32.200 31.600 31.450 31.400 30.850 30.750

competition since the 2011 World Championships, won the still rings title. Horton’s routine, which included an Azarian Maltese and tucked double double dismount,

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ordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, won her second consecutive U.S. all-around title at the 2012 Visa Championships at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. Wieber scored 121.900 for the two days of competition. Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, was second at 121.700, and Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./ Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, was third with 120.950. In addition, 15 women were named to the U.S. Women’s Senior National Team and advanced to the U.S. Olympic Trials. During finals, Wieber posted a 61.250 in the all-around, while Douglas and Raisman earned scores of 61.050 and 60.750, respectively. GABBY DOUGLAS

helped him to a 30.900 total on the event and the title. Jake Dalton of Reno, N.V./ University of Oklahoma, tied

for fifth in the all-around with Chris Brooks of Houston, Texas/Cypress. Dalton took the floor title, tumbling a laid out Arabian double to post a two-day total of 31.500. He also tied for the vault title with a score of 32.400 with Sean Senters of Center Valley, Pa./Stanford. Alex Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness), won his second, consecutive U.S. pommel horse title with a two-day total of 30.100. His routine included a full Kehr, a Tong Fei and handstand pirouette dismount. Leyva took top honors on both the parallel bars and high bar.

JORDYN WIEBER

THE 15 MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AND THE FIELD FOR THE 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS Back row L to R: Kennedy Baker, Sabrina Vega, Sarah Finnegan, Elizabeth (Ebee) Price, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Jordyn Wieber. Front row L to R: Nastia Liukin, Anna Li, Rebecca Bross, Alicia Sacramone, McKayla Maroney, Bridget Sloan, and Brenna Dowell.

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ALY RAISMAN

...CONTINUED

A nearly sold-out arena watched as Wieber cemented her second senior U.S. all-around title with her vault, her signature Amanar. Her score, a 15.900, put her out of reach for the rest of the competition. “It’s so exciting to come out and win the Visa Championships in an Olympic year,” Wieber said. “This is the last competition before the Olympic Trials, so to go eightfor-eight is amazing.” Earlier, Wieber began competition on the uneven bars, posting a 15.050

with a stuck double layout. On the balance beam, Wieber earned another 15.050, executing a front handspring to standing full to back handspring sequence and two back handsprings to a twoand-a-half twist dismount. Wieber mounted floor with a tucked double double and scored 15.250, before heading to the vault. Douglas shook off an early mistake on the balance beam, where she scored 14.100, in the second rotation with a nearly perfect floor routine. Her upbeat routine included a one-anda-half through to triple full mount and double back dismount and earned a 15.300 final score. Rotation three moved Douglas to the vault, where she performed an Amanar to score 15.800. In the final rotation, Douglas took to her best KYLA event, the uneven ROSS

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bars. Showing her trademark amplitude and flair, Douglas earned a 15.850. Smiling ear-to-ear as she stuck her double layout dismount, Douglas gave a fist pump to the crowd as she came off the podium into the arms of coach Liang Chow. Douglas won the uneven bars title with a combined score of 31.300. Raisman won her third consecutive all-around bronze medal at the Visa Championships. Raisman started her competition with an Amanar of her own on vault to earn 15.300. Next, Raisman posted a 14.200 on the uneven bars, before moving to the beam where her showed through confidence in her steadiness. Performing a pike front to standing layout step out and Patterson dismount, she posted a 15.450 on the event. The final rotation took Raisman to the floor, where she is the reigning World bronze medalist, and she put on a show. She tumbled a triple full and double pike to split leap for a 15.800. Raisman won the U.S. title for both the balance beam (30.650) and floor (31.250). Three first-year seniors finished fourth through sixth in the all-around. Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./GymMax, finished a strong fourth, with bars being her best event (30.850), which was second in the rankings. Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes, finished fifth in the all-around, scoring a 15.800 and a 15.600 on her Amanar vaults. Sarah Finnegan of St. Louis, Mo./GAGE finished sixth overall and her best event was balance beam with a twoday total of 30.400, which was second at the Visa Championships. Alicia Sacramone, a 2008 Olympic team silver medalist, won her sixth U.S.

vault title with a 30.025 two-day average, just eight months after injuring her Achilles tendon. She vaulted a front handspring layout Rudi and a Yurchenko double full. She holds the U.S. women’s record for most titles for this event.

SARAH FINNEGAN ELIZABETH PRICE

WOMEN’S ALL-AROUND (TOP 1 Jordyn Wieber 2 Gabrielle Douglas 3 Alexandra Raisman 4 Kyla Ross 5 Elizabeth Price 6 Sarah Finnegan 7 Sabrina Vega 7 Kennedy Baker 9 Brenna Dowell 10 Bridget Sloan 11 Abigail Milliet 12 Brianna Brown 13 Grace McLaughlin 14 Amanda Jetter 15 Mykayla Skinner

15) Geddert’s Chow’s Brestyan’s Gym-Max Parkettes GAGE Dynamic Texas Dreams GAGE Sharp’s Denton Cincinnati WOGA Cincinnati Desert Lights

121.900 121.700 120.950 119.950 118.100 117.600 114.450 114.450 112.600 112.400 110.400 109.700 108.550 108.400 107.150

VAULT 1 Alicia Sacramone 2 Brandie Jay 3 Mckayla Skinner

Brestyan’s GK Gym Desert Lights

30.025 29.475 28.725

UNEVEN BARS 1 Gabby Douglas 2 Kyla Ross 3 Anna Li 4 Rebecca Bross 5 Jordyn Wieber 6 Bridget Sloan

Chow’s Gym-Max Legacy Elite WOGA Geddert’s Sharp’s

31.300 30.850 30.700 30.400 30.100 30.050

BALANCE BEAM 1 Aly Raisman 2 Sarah Finnegan 3 Alicia Sacramone 4 Kyla Ross 5 Jordyn Wieber 6 Nastia Liukin

Brestyan’s GAGE Brestyan’s Gym-Max Geddert’s WOGA

30.650 30.400 30.300 30.100 29.750 29.200

FLOOR EXERCISE 1 Aly Raisman 2 Jordyn Wieber 3 Gabby Douglas 4 Sarah Finnegan 5 Elizabeth Price 6 Kyla Ross

Brestyan’s Geddert’s Chow’s GAGE Parkettes Gym-Max

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onnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Ultimate Gymnastics Inc. (16–18), and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners (14–15), led at the end of prelims and throughout the entire finals competition to win the junior men’s all-around titles with MARVIN KIMBLE scores of 172.400

title tonight,” said Kimble. “I feel like my best event was floor, because I stuck almost every pass. When I looked up and saw my name on top of the scoreboard, I thought, ‘I finally did it!’ Hard work pays off!” Rounding out the top three in the all-around were: 14–15 — Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, silver, and Marty Strech of Fountain Valley, Calif./Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center, bronze; and 16–18 — Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Monmouth 14–15 YEAR-OLDS Gymnastics Academy, silver, and Sean Melton of 1 Marvin Kimble 169.800 Orlando/U.S. Olympic Training Center, bronze. 2 Yul Moldauer 166.900 Event champions for the 16-18 age group: 3 Marty Strech 165.850 Modi — floor exercise, 29.250, and parallel 4 Hunter Justus 162.700 bars, 29.000; Timothy Wang of Riverside, Calif./ 5 Fabian DeLuna 161.400 South Coast Gymnastics, pommel horse, 28.550; 6 David Jessen 161.200 Whittenburg, still rings, 29.500; Chandler Eggleston 7 Tristan Burke 160.700 of Jamestown, N.C./High Point Gymnastics 16–18 YEAR-OLDS Academy, vault, 32.250; Melton, horizontal bar, 1 Donnell Whittenburg 172.400 27.800. 2 Akash Modi 170.250 Event champions for the 14–15 age group: 3 Sean Melton 168.350 Kimble — floor exercise, 28.850, still rings, 4 Timothy Wang 166.150 28.200, parallel bars, 29.050, and horizontal bar, 5 Jonathan Deaton 165.350 6 Joseph Peters 165.000 6 Allan Bower 165.000

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and 169.800, respectively, at the 2012 Visa Championships at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. “Winning the all-around is pretty surreal,” said Whittenburg. “it feels pretty awesome. Last year, I was in eighth place, and now going straight to national champion feels pretty good.” “I’m very excited to win the all-around

THE 2012 –13 U.S. JUNIOR MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 16–18 YEAR-OLD DIVISION (back row, L to R)

Joseph Peters, Allan Bower, Jonathan Deaton, Timothy Wang, Sean Melton, Akash Modi, Donnell Whittenburg 14–15 YEAR-OLD DIVISION (front row, L to R)

Tristan Burke, David Jessen, Fabian DeLuna, Hunter Justus, Marty Strech, Yul Moldauer, Marvin Kimble,

26.900; Strech, pommel horse, 27.100; and Hunter Justus of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics and Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas, Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, tied for first on vault with a score of 31.000.


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PRIESSMAN WINS TITLE

Photo by Brian Freed.

and a 14.850 on the balance beam. Biles was third in the all-around and had the highest score on vault with her 16.000. She also scored a 14.050 for the balance beam, a 14.250 for the floor exercise, and a 13.900 for the uneven bars. Biles won the vault title with her Yurchenko two-and-a-half twist, SIMONE called an Amanar, earning a two-day BILES total of 31.800. On bars, Katelyn Ohashi of Plano, Texas/WOGA, showed impeccable form on her upgraded bar routine that included two Healys and an Ono to win the title with a score of 28.700. Desch won the beam title with a score of 29.150, displaying a layout full twist series and a round-off, flip-flop, double tuck dismount. Priessman wowed the crowd during her ener energetic floor routine with impressive JUNIOR ALL-AROUND tumbling, including 1 Lexie Priessman Cincinnati 116.400 a double-twisting 2 Madison Desch GAGE 115.850 3 Simone Biles Bannon’s 115.600 double back for 4 Bailie Key Texas Dreams 115.050 her first pass and 5 Katelyn Ohashi WOGA 114.900 doua full-twisting dou 6 Amelia Hundley Cincinnati 114.000 ble back for her 7 Nia Dennis Buckeye 109.550 last pass to earn 7 Peyton Ernst Texas Dreams 109.550 9 Veronica Hults Texas Dreams 107.600 the floor title with 107.300 a score of 29.800. 10 Polina Shchennikova TIGAR

MADISON DESCH

Photo by John Cheng.

THE 2012–13 U.S. JUNIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM L to R: Amelia Hundley, Lexie Priessman, Madison Desch, Bailie Key, Katelyn Ohashi, Simone Biles

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exie Priessman of Cincinnati Gymnastics won the junior all-around title, posting a 116.400, followed by Madison Kan./Great Desch of Lenexa, Kan./ American Gymnastics Express, in second with 115.850, and Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/ Bannon’s annon’s Gymnastics, in third at 115.600. “It feels great to win the Visa Championships,” said Priessman of Cincinnati. “This does a lot for my conficonfi dence, especially moving up to the seniors next year.” Priessman, who was leading after prelims, had a slow start on her first event LEXIE beam, scoring a 12.600. She came back PRIESSMAN strong on floor, getting the audience behind her, and scoring a 14.550. She moved on to vault, one of her best events, and showed her high difficulty Yurchenko two-and-a-half, which scored a 15.650. She finished strong with a solid bar routine punctuated with her piked Jaeger and a layout full-twisting double-back dismount for a 14.400 to clinch the all-around title. Desch finished second in the all-around posting a 15.050 on floor exercise, followed by a 14.850 on vault, a 13.900 on the uneven bars

10 Maggie Nichols

Twin City Twisters 107.300

VAULT 1 Simone Biles 2 Lexie Priessman 3 Bailie Key

Bannon’s Cincinnati Texas Dreams

31.800 31.350 29.600

UNEVEN BARS 1 Katelyn Ohashi 2 Lexie Priessman 3 Amelia Hundley

WOGA Cincinnati Cincinnati

28.700 28.550 28.200

BALANCE BEAM 1 Madison Desch 2 Katelyn Ohashi 3 Bailie Key

GAGE WOGA Texas Dreams

29.150 29.100 28.650

FLOOR EXERCISE 1 Lexie Priessman 2 Katelyn Ohashi 3 Madison Desch 3 Bailie Key

Cincinnati WOGA GAGE Texas Dreams

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kash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Monmouth Gymnastics Academy, led the U.S. junior men to team silver with an all-around score of 84.500, which earned the individual all-around bronze at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Colombia placed first with a 254.600, the U.S. earned second with a 252.450 and Puerto Rico took third with a 245.450. All four U.S. men finished in the top 11 for individual allaround. During event finals, the U.S. men won four more medals. Modi and Timothy Wang of Riverside, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics, won the silver and bronze medals on parallel bars, respectively; Modi was also second on the pommel horse; and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, was the still rings bronze medalist. With the parallel bars silver, Modi led Team USA in individual medals at the competition, finishing with two silvers and one bronze. In addition to his all-around bronze and parallel bars silver (14.150), he placed second on pommel horse with a 13.825. Kimble scored a 13.975 on still rings for the bronze medal. Wang scored 13.850 to win the bronze medal on parallel bars. In the other event finals, Kimble placed a fourth on vault with a 15.125; Joey Peters of Orefield, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, was eighth on high bar with an 11.925, fifth on rings with a 13.725 and sixth on pommel horse with a 13.200; and Modi scored a 13.775 on floor exercise for sixth. More Event Results on page 42...

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Savannah VINSANT Steven GLUCKSTEIN

he Trampoline National Championships was the third and final competition to determine the men’s and women’s Olympic slots. Savannah Vinsant of Newton, Texas/Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Heights, N.J./ETA Gymnastics, will represent the United States in trampoline at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Both won their respective U.S. trampoline titles at the 2012 USA Gymnastics Trampoline Championships at the San Jose Convention Center. “I’m speechless – I have no words for it,” said Vinsant, who won all three selection events. “I’m filled with joy and I’m at peace that it’s over. I had a big group of girls out there with me this year who were awesome, and they definitely kept me on my toes all year. I’m honored to

be representing Team USA.” “It’s surreal right now,” said Gluckstein, who also took top honors at all three selection events. “The greatest thing right now is the relief. I’m the kind of person who puts a lot of stress and a lot of pressure on myself, and it’s just been building since we qualified (for the Games) in January.” “We have such an amazing team with all the finalists here,” said Gluckstein, “and I knew it was going to be tough, but my dream is coming true and right now I’m ecstatic.”

Vinsant won the U.S. title after scoring a 53.140 for her routine in the finals and posting a 153.195 total, which clinched her ticket to London. Shanelle Landry of Lafayette, La./ETA Gymnastics, was second at 149.655, followed by Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/ Acrospirits with a 148.880. Gluckstein won the men’s title with his 56.355, sealing his Olympic berth. Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, was second with his 56.150, followed by Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Heights, N.J./ETA Gymnastics, in third at 55.105. Based on the selection criteria, Earnest and Dooley will serve as replacement athletes for the Olympic Games. In synchronized trampoline, Landry and Alicia Powder of Ladera Ranch, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, won the women’s final with a 137.900, defeating Audrey Ghanian of Holmdel, N.J./ETA Gymnastics, and Deana Parris of BurBur tonsville, Md./Fairland Gymnastics, who finished at 106.800. Michael Devine of Winnebago, IL/JJ and J Tumbling and Trampoline Team and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Heights, N.J./ETA Gymnastics, earned a 137.900, followed by Steven Gluckstein Shanelle Landry (front) and and Dooley at 130.900. Hunter Alicia Powder Brewster of Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express, and Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./ World Elite RESULTS Gymnastics, were third at WOMEN’S TRAMPOLINE FINALS 89.800. 1. Savannah Vinsant Trampoline and Tumbling Express 153.195

Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant 2012 OLYMPIANS

2. Shanelle Landry

ETA Gymnastics

149.655

3. Dakota Earnest

Acrospirits

148.880

4. Hayley Butcher

Midwest Training and Ice Center

144.315

5. Alicia Powder

World Elite Gymnastics

143.380

6. Alaina Williams

Acrospirits

141.865

7. Audrey Ghanian

ETA Gymnastics

138.685

8. Erica Owen

World Elite Gymnastics

136.895

MEN’S TRAMPOLINE FINALS

Jeffrey Gluckstein (front) and Michael Devine

1. Steven Gluckstein

ETA

56.355

2. Logan Dooley

World Elite

56.150

3. Jeffrey Gluckstein

ETA

55.105

4. Neil Gulati

World Elite Gymnastics

54.915

5. Michael Devine

J and J Tumbling and Trampoline Team 54.590

6. Hunter Brewster

Trampoline and Tumbling Express

53.195

7. Casey Chandler

Legacy Trampoline and Tumbling

51.680

8. Tanner Page

Action Athletics Inc.

51.170

NOTE: The women’s scores were not new life in finals.


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RHYTHMIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Photos by John Cheng

Julie ZETLIN

Rebecca SEREDA

Jazzy KERBER

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ebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, won the all-around at the 2012 Rhythmic National Championships in San Jose, Calif., with a two-day score of 213.325. “It feels amazing. I’ve been the junior national champion, but to be senior national champion is a different level,” said Sereda, who won four event medals on the first day of competition, including two gold, one silver and one bronze. 2012 Olympian Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./ Capital Rhythmics, placed second at the competition with a 212.250, followed by Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, in third at 211.175. The top eight competitors earned spots on the Senior National Team: Cindy Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora; Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy; Daniella Romashin of Eden Prairie, Minn./ NorthWest Rhythmic LLC; Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./ California Julie Zetlin Rhythms; 2012 OLYMPIAN Hannah Walter of Angola, N.Y./ Gymnastics Unlimited– Orchard Park; Kerber; Sereda; and Zetlin. During event finals, Sereda earned gold on ball with a 27.280, Kerber took silver with a 27.200 and Lu earned bronze with a 25.980. In the clubs,

Sereda earned her second gold of the competi competition with a 27.230, followed by Zetlin with a 27.150 and Kerber with a 26.300. Kozitskiy won hoop with a 26.020, followed by Kerber with a 25.900 and Sereda with a 25.750. Zetlin won ribbon with a 27.530, followed by Sereda with a 26.900 and Kerber with a 26.230. Ronit Shamuilov of Brooklyn, N.Y/Isadora, earned the junior all-around national title with a two-day score of 206.275. Shamuilov, who led the all-around standings after the first day with a 102.300, won three of four events in the final en route to a 103.975. “I couldn’t have asked for better. To know that I set a goal and finally accomplished it, I feel so happy.” said Shamuilov, who won four event medals including two gold and two silver on the first day of competition. Trailing Shamuilov was Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, second with a 205.650 followed by Julia Garbuz of Eden Prairie, Minn./NorthWest Rhythmic LLC, in third at 198.300. The top eight competitors earned spots on the Junior National Team: Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center; Kristen Shaldybin of Allston, Mass./Isadora; Brigita Budginas of Agoura Hills, Calif./Platinum Laura ZENG Gymnastics; Garbuz; Lu; Monica Rokhman; Shamuilov; and Zeng. Shamuilov earned gold on ball with a 26.125, trailed by Zeng with a 25.600 and Garbuz with a 25.425. Zeng won hoop with a 25.500, followed by Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, Rokhman and Shamuilov tied for second with a 24.900. The same three took to the podium in ribbon after Shamuilov won with a 25.700, followed by Zeng with a 25.300 and Garbuz with a 24.550. Garbuz earned clubs gold with a 25.800, Shamuilov won silver with a Julia 25.675 and Serena Lu earned bronze GARBUZ with a 25.600. USA GYMNASTICS JULY • AUGUST 2012

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WOMEN’S JO NATI Original photos by Team Photo.

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early 450 of the USA’s best Level 10 gymnasts were in Hampton, Va., for the 2012 Women’s Junior Olympic National Championships held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Region 3 won the Super Team award with 53 points, followed by a tie for second between Region 1 and Region 5 with 47 points.

Congratulations to the top four all-around gymnasts in each division who earned a spot on the Junior Olympic National Team. The National Invitational Tournament (NIT) was held in conjunction with the JO National Championships. The NIT was developed to allow an additional 192 athletes an opportunity to compete at the national level and features gymnasts who ranked eighth, ninth and 10th in the allaround in each of the eight age divisions at the Regional Championships.

For full results on both competitions go to www.usagym.org. Special thanks to GK Elite Sportswear and American Athletic for their continued support of the Junior Olympic Program. Also, thanks to World Class Gymnastics for their superb job as host club.

Keeley

KMIECIAK Felicia

HANO

Charity

JONES

Claire

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WYRICK


TIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Alicia

BOREN

Alex

MCMURTRY Seniors

SENIOR A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 10 10

Claire Boyce Baely Rowe Taylor Allex Kamerin Moore Pua Hall Emily Brauckmuller Myia Hambrick Jennie Laeng Marissa Beucler Katie Bailey Dana Ho

Texas Dreams Auburn Classic Gym Gedderts Twist KGDC Orlando Metro WGGC Olympic Dreams Cincinnati High Point Gymnastics WOGA

RESULTS 38.100 38.050 37.975 37.950 37.875 37.600 37.525 37.425 37.425 37.400 37.400

SENIOR A TEAM 1 2 3

Region 3 Region 5 Region 8

SENIOR B 1 2 3 3 5 6 7 8 9 10

Charity Jones Caitlin Atkinson Sophia Lee Rachel Daum Ashleigh Gnat Briley Casanova Mary Jane Horth Alyssa Nocella Rachel Haines Tenille Funches

SENIOR B TEAM

Aja

SIMS

1 2 3

Region 3 Region 5 Region 7

1 2 3 4 4 6 7 8 9 10 10

Keeley Kmieciak Morgan Smith Nicolette NcNair Hanna Nordquist Stacie Webb Amanda Kowalski Kathryn Kluz Ashlyn Broussard Sarah Lyons Brittany Stover Charly Santagado

SENIOR C TEAM 1 2 3

Region 5 Region 1 Region 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 8 10

Grace

WILLIAMS

Randii Wyrick Lauren Beers Breanna Hughes Carley Sims Sheridan Metcalf Kathy Tang Michaela Woodford Shelby Edwards Emily Barrett Maile›ana Kanewa

SENIOR D TEAM 1 2 3

Region 1 Region 4 Region 3

Dynamo Cypress WOGA Stars Houston Ace Gymnastics WOGA Gym World–OH Silvias Gedderts Twistars United Gym.

38.525 38.350 38.250 38.250 38.175 38.125 38.100 38.000 37.975 37.950

38.550 38.250 38.200 38.025 38.025 37.975 37.850 37.825 37.625 37.600 37.600

153.150 152.125 151.100

1 2 3 4 5 5 7 8 9 10

Alicia Boren Rachel Gowey Julianna Cannamela Sydney Snead Nicole Shapiro Cassidy Keelen Mason Hosek Caitlyn Fillard Tiara Wright Emma Slappey

38.550 38.450 38.400 38.025 38.000 37.975 37.975 37.875 37.875 37.850

North Stars Chows Southeastern Sonshine Gymnastics All Olympia Texas Dreams Reflex New Image Parkettes Starlight

38.325 37.975 37.950 37.925 37.900 37.900 37.850 37.825 37.700 37.675

Richmond Olympiad Champions-TX Browns Las Vegas Airborne Gymnastics Olympia Gym MI Southeastern Chows Gold Medal Hunt Everest Gymnastics San Mateo

38.825 38.400 38.225 38.150 38.075 38.050 38.000 38.000 37.925 37.900

Gedderts Twistars Brandy Johnsons Eagles ASAP Zenith Elite Wildfire Champion USA Gym Browns Las Vegas Nebraska Gold Infinite Bounds Excalibur Gymnastics

38.775 38.775 38.625 38.475 38.275 38.275 38.225 38.100 37.900 37.875 37.875

JUNIOR B TEAM Region 7 Region 8 Region 3

152.150 151.550 151.525

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 10

Alex McMurtry Samantha Partyka Elizabeth Gangale Desi Borgese Alyssa Shermetaro Cailee Hills Haylee Young Rechelle Dennis Samantha Cerio Erin Macadaeg

JUNIOR C TEAM 1 2 3

Region 1 Region 3 Region 5

152.350 152.300 151.925

JUNIOR D Browns Las Vegas Southern Tier GA Twin City Twisters JJG Desert Devils Daggetts Sun Country Carters Gymnastics Bart Conner The Gym Company

38.200 37.700 37.675 37.675 37.675 37.625 37.600 37.575 37.500 37.500

Region 8 151.275 Region 3 151.175 Region 1 151.125

JUNIOR C Phenom Gymnastics Brandy Johnsons Gym Max Twin City Twisters Gym Max Perfection Oakland Gymnastics WOGA Aerial – TX Southern IN Orlando Metro

West Coast Elite Southern Starz Gym Chows Chows Southeastern Legacy Elite IL Multnomah AC Everest Gymnastics WOGA Everest Gymnastics

JUNIOR A TEAM

1 2 3

152.550 151.550 151.250

SENIOR D

Felicia Hano Lexi Graber Norah Flatley Alexis Vasquez Grace Glenn Michaela Burton Destinee Davis Katie Becker Kaylee Cole Emily Schild

JUNIOR B

153.575 151.875 151.100

SENIOR C

1 2 3 3 3 6 7 8 9 9 1 2 3

150.775 150.275 150.200

Juniors

JUNIOR A

1 1 3 4 5 5 7 8 9 10 10

Grace Williams Aja Sims Alyssa Jackson Alexis Mattern Nichole Guerrero Madison Stover Nicole Artz Tiffani Lewis Lanie Snyder Chayse Capps Kaitlynn Hedelund

JUNIOR D TEAM 1 2 3

Region 5 Region 7 Region 3

153.050 153.025 152.950


MEN’S JO NATIO Original photos by Champion Images.

Donnell WHITTENBURG ore than 700 of the USA’s top Level 9 and 10 gymnasts competed in the 2012 P&G U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, May 10–13, at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the 38th year for the Men’s Junior Olympic Nationals and this year’s event was hosted by Queen City Gymnastics. The meet co-directors were  Keith Pettit and Marilouise Beeman. Congratulations to the three all-around champions: Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Ultimate Gymnastics, won the Level 10 16–18 allaround title; Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners, won the Level 10 14–15

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Region 7 won the 16–18 Regional Team competition with a score of 438.800, Region 5 finished second with 434.250, and third was Region 1 with 432.650. Region 3 won the 14–15 Regional Team competition with a total score of 427.850, followed by Region 5 with 423.200 and Region 4 with 419.300. In the Level 9 12–13, Region 3 won the Regional Team competition with a 406.800, Region 1 was second with 401.200 and Region 5 was third with 397.550. Swiss Turners won the Club Team division for Level 10’s with a score of 265.350, followed by Cypress Academy with 258.200 and SCATS with 256.550. Cypress Academy won the Club Team division for Level 9’s 12–13 with a score of 241.900. There was a tie for second between U.S. Gymnastics and Championships-TX with a 238.600. Special thanks to GK Elite Sportswear and American Athletic for their continued support of the Junior Olympic Program.

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all-around title; and Cameron Bock of Tustin, Calif./ SCATS, won the Level 9 all-around title.


ONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Bobby BAKER

AWARDS Frank Cumiskey Award Tim Erwin Mas Watanabe Award Donnell Whittenburg

David JESSEN

Roberto Pumpido Award Abdul Mammeri

Matthew WENSKE

Akash MODI

Davis GROOMS

RESULTS LEVEL 10 16–18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9T 9T 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29T 29T 31 32 33 34 35

Donnell Whittenburg Trevor Howard Akash Modi Timothy Wang Dmitri Belanovski Joey Peters Konner Ackerman Dominic Morris Kevin Wolting Jack Boyle Jonathan Deaton Ryan Patterson Kyle Zemeir Jesse Glenn Matthew Loochtan Brandon Beckhardt Allan Bower Christopher Stephenson Michael Farquhar Alex Powarzynski Kanji Oyama Chandler Eggleston Travis Gollott Daniel DiBenedetto Paul Montague Andrew Rickly David Frankl Ryan Kerr Matt Foster Leroy Clarke, Jr. Eric Lofstrom Kevin Tran Denis Aurelius Yordan Aleksandrov Antonio Castro

LEVEL 9 12–13

LEVEL 10 14-15 Ultimate Gym – MD Hocking Valley Monmouth Gymnastics South Coast Swiss Turners Parkettes Metropolitan Black Hills Azarian Premier West Daggett’s Stanford Top Flight-MD SCATS Buffalo Grove Hotshots Xtreme Gymnastics DeVeau’s St. Charles SCATS SCATS High Point WCOGA Daggett’s Swiss Turners Hocking Valley U.S. Gymnastics Premier Athletics Premier Gymnastics Surgent’s Buffalo Grove Azarian OSU Boys Redwood Empire Florida Gymnastics

177.550 177.200 176.550 176.100 175.800 174.550 174.100 173.450 173.050 173.050 172.700 172.200 172.150 171.600 170.750 170.050 169.700 169.550 169.350 169.200 168.700 168.400 167.750 167.650 167.250 166.900 166.250 166.200 166.150 166.150 165.850 165.400 165.050 164.400 163.500

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Marvin Kimble David Jessen Bobby Baker Hunter Justus Kiwan Watts Yul Moldauer Alex Diab Colin VanWicklen Robert Neff Fabian Deluna Marty Strech Michael Burns Alex Magsam Tanner West Dylan Ellsworth Jacob Barrus Tristan Burke Grant Breckenridge Austin Hodges Drew Burton Tristan Duran Ryan Wangler John Jacobson Quest Hayden Alec Yoder Arinn Wade Wongsai Heur Jonah Urlaub Christian Kalustian Bailey Chang Jonathon Fornoff Levi Anderson Phillip Campos Nathan Goff Sam Dewitt Eric Klein

Swiss Turners Rise Gymnastics Aerial Cypress Academy River City 5280 Gymnastics Premier Gymnastics Cypress Academy Swiss Turners WOGA Frisco Azarian Hocking Valley North Valley Cypress Academy USA Gymnastics World Ridgewood Gymnastics WOGA Frisco Buffalo Grove Buffalo Grove CTC Gymnastics U.S. Gymnastics Classic Gymnastics USA Gymnastics World Hayden’s Indy School Surgent’s Swiss Turners SCATS Byers Elk Grove Azarian St. Charles Cypress Academy Platinum Gymnastics Gym World Central Docksiders Daggett’s

176.300 172.550 171.850 171.550 171.100 171.050 170.850 169.750 168.950 168.150 166.450 165.850 165.800 165.350 165.300 164.800 164.400 164.350 164.150 163.550 163.300 163.250 162.900 162.850 162.800 162.600 162.300 161.950 160.850 160.550 160.300 160.250 160.250 159.850 159.600 157.150

For complete results, go to www.2012jomen.com.

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Cameron Bock SCATS 163.100 Matthew Wenske Cypress Academy 162.800 Davis Grooms Champions – TX 161.900 Tanner Justus Cypress Academy 161.200 Maxim Andryushenko Lakeshore Academy 160.550 Favian Valdez U.S. Gymnastics 160.400 Shane Wiskus North Shore – MN 160.300 Nikita Bolotsky VSSG 160.000 Sean Brackenridge South Coast 159.700 Connor Lewis Integrity 159.500 Trevor North Hocking Valley 159.300 Andrew Brower U.S. Gymnastics 158.550 Bennet Huang WCOGA 158.250 Bailey Perez Premier Gymnastics 158.150 Khalil Jackson Champions – TX 157.800 Mario Lubian Universal Gymnastics 157.750 Nicholas Merryman Gymnastics Village 157.200 Josh Zeal Buffalo Grove 157.050 Michael Kerl 5280 Gymnastics 156.800 Griffin Kehler Apollo-VA 156.300 Alexei Vernyi Cypress Academy 155.850 Cobie Brown 5280 Gymnastics 155.700 Keeley Maigne LaFleur’s 155.650 Blake Wilson SCEGA 155.400 Shane Sadighi Azarian 155.400 Andrew Herrador WCOGA 155.150 Ivan Rudnitski Salto Gymnastics 154.950 Terrance Berman WOGA Frisco 154.650 Tommy Mistretta WCOGA 154.500 Matthew Davis WOGA Frisco 154.500 Franklin Valentin Tri-Town Gymnastics 154.200 Alejandro Suarez Cal Sports 154.200 Jordan Kovach Bart Conner 153.350 Jacob Yehling St. Charles 153.150 Coleson Stodghill 5280 Gymnastics 152.850 Andrew Eng Swiss Turners 151.050 USA GYMNASTICS JULY • AUGUST 2012

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The 2012 Women’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships took place May 4–6 in Landover, Md. Congratulations to Region 5 for winning the Super Team Award at the Eastern Championships with 52 points, followed by Region 7 with 45 points and Region 8 with 41 points.

JUNIOR 1 1 Emily Gaskins

JUNIOR 2 Nova

JUNIOR 3

JUNIOR 4

37.725

1 Derrian Gobourne

Lakewood Ranch

37.450

1 Anne Maxim

Olympia – MI

37.525

1 Daisy Todd

Hills

37.200

2 Sydney Johnson-Scharpf Brandy Johnson’s

37.475

2 Brooke Johnson

Win-Win

37.100

2 Abby Kaufman

Skyline

37.450

2 Gracyn Wood

Everest

37.175

3 Payton Kennedy

36.975

3 Leah Eller

Hills

37.075

3 Paige Kovnesky

New Heights

36.975

3 Rachel Herwerth

NE Gym Express

37.150

Perfection

JUNIOR 5

JUNIOR 6

JUNIOR 7

JUNIOR 8

1 Anaka Benink

Gym Acad Of Rockford

37.450

1 Michaela Nelson

Hills

38.375

1 Karen Howell

Olympia – MI

37.825

1 Brehanna Showers

R-Athletics

37.775

2 Emily White

High Point

37.325

2 Caitlyn Benedik

Gym Plus

37.075

2 Adeline Modugno

Silvia’s

37.500

2 Ally Hoyer

Ultimate – IL

37.375

3 Erica Fontaine

Hills

37.150

3 Jordan Miranda

Gymnastics & More

37.000

2 Chloe DeVries

Tampa Bay Turners

37.500

3 Lucy Jones

Gedderts’ Twistars

37.325

SENIOR 1

SENIOR 2

SENIOR 3

SENIOR 4

1 Amanda Ruble

Oakland

37.800

1 Noell Resil

Elite Sports Academy

37.725

1 Nikki Youd

Gym Plus

37.750

1 Madison Brent

Southeastern

37.375

2 Jacquelyn Yates

Stars & Stripes

37.675

2 Kaylee McDowell

Gedderts’ Twistars

37.450

2 Maddie McCallum

R-Athletics

37.300

2 Emily Ericksen

Prairie Gym Club

37.000

3 Pheron Givens-Webb

Gym Acad Of Rockford 37.100

3 Anna Martucci

AGA Gymnastics

37.275

3 Rochelle Gober

Tampa Bay Turners

37.125

3 Erin Farrell

American Twisters

36.875

SENIOR 5

SENIOR 6

SENIOR 7

SENIOR 8

1 Hannah Chong

Prestige

37.425

1 Amanda Scanlon

NE Gym Express

36.600

1 Delina Phillips

All American Flames

37.400

1 Telisa Brown

Elite Sports Academy

37.725

2 Jodie Plescow

Hunt’s

37.325

2 Morgan Algozine

Indiana Elite

36.525

2 Kelsea Fischer

R-Athletics

37.200

2 Lauren Foster

DeVeau’s

37.450

3 Tatiana Winkelman

Masstars

37.125

3 Elana Spiegler

United Gymnastix

36.450

3 Austin Page

Gymettes

36.775

3 Savannah Soares

Aim High Gymnastics

37.175

JUNIOR 1

1 Region 8 148.900 2 Region 7 147.300 3 Region 5 146.600

JUNIOR 2

1 Region 7 148.725 2 Region 5 147.925 3 Region 8 147.175

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JUNIOR 3

JUNIOR 5

JUNIOR 7

SENIOR 1

SENIOR 3

SENIOR 5

SENIOR 7

JUNIOR 4

JUNIOR 6

JUNIOR 8

SENIOR 2

SENIOR 4

SENIOR 6

SENIOR 8

1 Region 5 149.900 2 Region 8 148.550 3 Region 7 147.300

1 Region 7 148.075 2 Region 6 147.925 3 Region 8 147.400

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1 Region 5 148.950 2 Region 8 148.550 3 Region 7 147.575

1 Region 7 147.625 2 Region 6 147.050 3 Region 5 146.025

1 Region 8 148.875 2 Region 7 147.725 3 Region 5 146.900

1 Region 5 151.075 2 Region 7 147.700 3 Region 8 147.575

1 Region 5 150.675 2 Region 8 146.875 3 Region 7 146.150

1 Region 5 150.125 2 Region 8 147.950 3 Region 7 147.050

1 Region 8 149.175 2 Region 5 148.150 3 Region 7 145.425

1 Region 5 148.400 2 Region 8 147.350 3 Region 7 145.975

1 Region 7 148.000 2 Region 5 147.675 3 Region 6 146.375

1 Region 5 146.150 2 Region 7 145.525 3 Region 6 143.100

1 Region 5 147.550 2 Region 7 146.025 3 Region 8 141.700

1 Region 5 148.800 2 Region 8 146.125. 3 Region 7 145.400


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The 2012 Women’s Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships took place May 4–6 in Boise, Idaho. Congratulations to Region 1 who won the Super Team Award at the Western Championships with 30 points, followed by Region 3 with 22 points and Region 4 with 16 points.

JUNIOR 1

1 Cairo Leonard-Baker 2 Asia Dewalt 3 Michelle Sandoval 4 Madison Dagen 5 Miranda Cabada 5 Cortney Cunningham 7 Abby Paulson 8 Fiona Stemmelin

JUNIOR 4

1 Katelyn Lentz 2 Emma Byrd 3 Stephanie Wright 4 Jamie Berry 5 Jessi Rondeau 6 Brittany Jones 7 Sierra Hill 8 Jordan Hovey

SENIOR 3

1 Alexandra Kennedy 2 Renee Edelman 2 Claire Ryan 4 Meghan Wyatt 5 Lyla Kelley 6 Kendell Poe 7 Nidhi Pradhan 8 Alexandra Kopp 8 Harleigh Young

Head Over Heels WOGA GAGE San Mateo Winners Gymnastics Pacific West Twin City Twisters Airborne Gymnastics

Head Over Heels Bronco Elite Northwest Endeavor Elite Legacy Xtreme Gymnastics Capital Aerial

Auburn Twin City Twisters Legacy Elite Champion Head Over Heels Jenks Pacific West North Shore CGI

38.250 37.950 37.775 37.750 37.650 37.650 37.600 37.575

37.775 37.650 37.500 37.175 37.150 37.050 36.900 36.800

38.075 37.275 37.275 37.250 37.100 36.975 36.900 36.800 36.800

JUNIOR 2

1 Maleah Pearson 2 Kyla Kessler 3 Kaitlyn Yanish 4 Kailey Gillings 5 Tori Choi 6 Brooke Wrage 7 Megan Verceles-Carr 8 Gabriela Bouza

SENIOR 1

1 Morgan Wilson 2 Leana Aparicio 3 Chanelle Sekas 4 Brooke Lagrone 5 Alyssa Johnson 6 Gabriela Aguilar 7 Kellli Chung 8 Yasmine Yektaparast

SENIOR 4

1 Danielle Landry 2 Andrea Perea 3 Alexa Frederick 4 Rain Sullivan 5 Kelsy Hyvonen 6 Alexis Bridgewater 7 Emily Goldeman 8 Nicole Corkill

Twin City Twisters Pacific West Team Dynamics Endeavor Elite Arctic Gymnastics Triad West Valley Tumbleweeds

38.025 37.950 37.825 37.575 37.550 37.350 37.300 37.125

Diamond West Coast Elite New Hope Stars Houston Twin City Twisters National Elite SCATS HB Edge

37.650 37.525 37.475 37.425 37.325 37.300 37.250 37.200

Auburn Browns Aftershock High Definition Gym Plus OGA Flyaways Edge

37.850 37.225 37.200 37.100 36.925 36.900 36.750 36.725

JUNIOR 3

1 Alaina Kwan 2 Desirae Nelson 3 Savannah Kooyman 3 Lexi Montgomery 5 Autumn Jorgensen 6 Katrina Coca 7 Natalie Mills 8 Josephine Whitney

SENIOR 2

1 Sara Boswell 2 Ashley Hiller 3 Colleen Cooke 4 Lilly KaiserSchmidt 4 Catelynn Haynes 6 Jessica Forman 7 Carol Chiles 8 Darianne Richardson

Gym Max National Elite Byers Elk Grove Metroplex All American UT Dynamo Byers Elk Grove National Elite

37.750 37.600 37.500 37.500 37.475 37.425 37.375 37.325

National Elite Endeavor Elite Kips Gymnastics LEGA Aerial San Mateo North Bay Salcianu

37.750 37.550 37.275 37.175 37.175 37.100 36.950 36.925

JUNIOR 1 1 Team 1 227.600 2 Team 3 225.075 3 Team 4 223.175

SENIOR 1 1 Team 1 225.325 2 Team 3 224.825 3 Team 4 222.525

JUNIOR 2 1 Team 1 225.100 2 Team 4 223.500 3 Team 3 3 222.425

SENIOR 2 1 Team 1 223.675 2 Team 3 222.650 3 Team 2 222.075

JUNIOR 3 1 Team 1 226.900 2 Team 3 225.000 3 Team 4 220.400

SENIOR 3 1 Team 3 221.825 2 Team 4 221.800 3 Team 1 221.500

JUNIOR 4 1 Team 1 224.425 2 Team 3 222.900 3 Team 2 220.700

SENIOR 4 1 Team 1 222.925 2 Team 2 222.450 3 Team 4 219.825


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Rhythmic Junior Olympic Optional Championships and Rhythmic Open Championships

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he Junior Olympic Optional Championships took place June 6-9 and the Rhythmic Open Championships took place June 10-12, both at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., June 6-12. At the JO Championships the following champions were named. For full results of the JO Championships or Open Championships go to www.usagym.org.

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REGIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONS Level 7: Region 1 Level 8: Region 4 Level 9: Region 1

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VINSANT WINS BRONZE AT WORLD CUP

avannah Vinsant of Newton, Texas/T&T Express, became the first USA woman to medal at a World Cup in trampoline since 1996. Vinsant won a bronze medal at the 2012 Taiyuan World Cup in China, scoring a 53.125. China’s Dan Li and Wenna He took first and second, respectively, with scores of 56.190 and 55.975.

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ALL-AROUND CHAMPIONS Level 7: Jennifer Ayzman Level 8: Ekaterina Kapitonova Level 9: Junior: Anastasia Generalova Level 9: Senior: Alexandra Ivanova Level 10: Junior: Ronit Shamuilov Level 10: Senior: Rebecca Sereda

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Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas/Acrospirits and Alaina Williams of Norman, Okla./Acrospirits, took fourth place in women’s synchro; Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J and J Tumbling and Trampoline, and Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./ETA, finished fifth in men’s synchro. Steven Gluckstein took fifth and Jeffrey eighth in individual men’s trampoline event finals. More Event Results on page 44...


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egion 8 captured the first ever Level 8 National Team Challenge at the USA Gymnastics Open Championships, a nationwide invitational for women’s gymnastics Levels 4–8 and Xcel, at the Jostens Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. More than 500 gymnasts competed in the second annual event that took place May 31–June 3. The competition featured a Level 8 National Team Challenge; both individual and club team champions for Xcel and Levels 4–8 competition; and crowned an overall club team champion. At the event, Region 8 captured the first ever Level 8 National Team Challenge. Teams were comprised of eight all-star

athletes from their respective regions. Region 8 scored 189.075, followed by Region 3 with 188.575 and Region 2 with 188.300. Team Ohio won the overall club championship with 31 points. Points were awarded based on team placement per session for Levels 4–8 and Xcel where five points were given for each session winner, two points for second place and one point for third. North Shore (La.) finished in second place with 18 points and Team Illinois came in third with 16 points. For complete results go to www.usagym.org/openchampionships. More Event Results on page 49...

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National Gymnastics Day ready to Turn the World Upside Down lan your National Gymnastics Day event on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, for 1 p.m. ET, and join USA Gymnastics as we “Turn the World Upside Down.” Plan to get your community engaged by having everyone turn upside down, joining gymnasts, coaches and fans across the country as we celebrate the greatest sport in the world. Last year, it was the handstand, and this year, anything goes. Get coaches, friends, classmates and parents involved. Flip, roll, or cartwheel; back hip circle, handstand or flip into the pit. The possibilities are endless. Just take a picture and share it, along with how many participated, on the USA Gymnastics Facebook page. Invite your local TV newscaster to your gym on National Gymnastics Day and show the world what it is like to do gymnastics at your gym. Get your gym’s Facebook page set up and spread the word! Send this logo and link to all your friends. Visit usagym.org/upsidedown for more information.

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EVENT SCHEDULE JULY 19–22 21–25 23–26 27–Aug. 12

USA Gymnastics For All Nationals Acrobatic National Championships JO Optional Skills Camp (W) Olympic Games (M,W,R,T)

AUGUST

Lake Buena Vista, FL Detroit, MI Huntsville, TX London, GBR

8–11 10–12 10–12 12 – 15 17–19 22-25 24–26 26 – 29

TOPs Invitational Camp (W) Region 6 Congress Region 8 Congress TOPs Invitational Camp (W) Region 7 Congress Women’s Level 300 JO Team Coaches Course (W300) Region 2 Congress Women’s Level 400 National Coaches Course (W400),

8 9 13 14 14–16 15 16 20 21 22 22 23 27 28 – 30 29 30

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Region 5 Congress Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions National Gymnastics Day Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions National TOPs Testing (W) Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

San Jose, CA Ontario, CA San Diego, CA Glendale, AZ Indianapolis, IN Los Angeles, CA Anaheim, CA Las Vegas, NV Sacramento, CA Portland, OR Everywhere Seattle, WA West Valley City, UT Huntsville, TX Colorado Springs, CO Broomfield, CO

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Oklahoma City, OK San Antonio, TX Dallas, TX Lubbock, TX Minneapolis, MN Des Moines, IA Omaha, NE Chicago, IL Kansas City, MO St. Louis, MO Memphis, TN Lafayette, LA Louisville, KY Charlotte, NC Atlanta, GA Tampa, FL

1 2 3 4 7–10 9 10 10–14 11 15 16 17 18

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Level 9/10 Training Camp (W) Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions JO National Team Training Camp (W) Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Cincinnati, OH Indianapolis, IN Detroit, MI Columbus, OH Huntsville, TX Philadelphia, PA Newark, NJ Huntsville, TX Boston, MA Washington, DC Pittsburgh, PA Hartford, CT Brooklyn, NY

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OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

Huntsville, TX Providence, RI Nashville, TN Huntsville, TX Baltimore, MD Huntsville, TX Everett, WA Huntsville, TX

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lexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, and Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon’s Gymnastics, won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic, held at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. Raisman, who entered the competition as the defending champion, posted a 60.350 all-around total. First year senior Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym Max, took second in the all-around with a 59.800 total. Kennedy Baker of Flower Mound, Texas, another first year senior competitor, took the all-around bronze medal with a solid 56.800 total. In the junior division, Biles scored a 58.150 to win the title with Madison Desch of Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express, in second with a score of 57.350 and Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, in third with a 57.250. For full results go to www.usagym.org.. Alexandra RAISMAN Original photos by Team Photo.

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he 2012 Whitfield Classic was held at the University of Michigan, March 17-18, 2012. The Foundation awarded four $3,000 scholarships to the following gymnasts: Alex Buscaglia, Chris Cameron, Brandon Wynn and Kevin Baker (Region 5). Thus far, the Whitfield Foundation has awarded a total of $192,500 to 71 male gymnasts from across the country. Kevin Baker with Jim and Cathy Whitfield at the scholarship presentation.

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USA Gymnastics - July/Aug. 2012 - Vol. 41, #4  

USA Gymnastics Magazine - July/August 2012 - Volume 41, #4

USA Gymnastics - July/Aug. 2012 - Vol. 41, #4  

USA Gymnastics Magazine - July/August 2012 - Volume 41, #4