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CONTENTS Publisher Steve Penny Editor Luan Peszek Graphic Designer Jeannie Shaw

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FEATURES 10 Visa Championships

The Visa Championships were held August 17-20 in Saint Paul, Minn. The artistic competition was held in the Xcel Energy Center and the rhythmic competition was held in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches who made the event a success!

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A great deal was riding on the results of Trampoline and Tumbling U.S. Elite Championships this year in San Antonio, Texas, July 8-10. The athletes were competing for spots on the national team, as well as placement onto the World Championships and Pan American Games team.

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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

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Cassandra Lim and Brian Kincher of West Coast Training Center, competing in their first season together, won the pairs title at the Acrobatic National Championships held in San Jose, Calif., on July 25. Check out who won the other events.

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Wow!!! What a great week it was in Saint Paul, Minnesota – once again, the perfect host for the Visa Championships and USA Gymnastics National Congress. From the minute we arrived in the city, it was clear that the 2011 Visa Championships were going to be a big event. Everyone contributed to a fantastic undertaking, from delivering on our efforts to make these championships the “greenest” ever, to the more than 25,000 spectators who witnessed the event live. The city embraced our athletes and fan activities outside in nearby Rice Park were a big success. Whether it was «Painting in the Park» with Art of the Olympians or the 14 restaurants participating in the «Taste of Visa Championships,» everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We want to thank all of the volunteers from the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area who helped make the event so successful, along with our partners from the Xcel Energy Center and Visit Saint Paul. A special thank you to Mayor Chris Coleman for his commitment to the event, and the other city officials who assisted throughout the weekend. The Visa Championships received terrific exposure from the media, especially our partners at NBC and Universal Sports, which televised three nights of competition live, along with a delayed broadcast of the men’s competition on Sunday. The ratings from Saturday night of the senior women’s competition were 17% higher than last year’s Visa Championships. The level of gymnastics displayed at the Visa Championships was truly amazing and is a reflection of the incredible amount of work and effort put in by our athletes and coaches. Every athlete showed the grit and determination it takes to compete among the best in our country. I want to especially congratulate the three senior national champions, Jordyn Wieber, Danell Leyva and Shelby Kisiel, for their Visa Championships all-around success, but USA Gymnastics also takes great pride in the performance of every single athlete who competed in Saint Paul. Please join me in wishing these athletes and coaches the very best as they represent our country at the highest level of our sport in the next few months. Keep an eye on Team USA as they compete at the World Championships and Pan American Games. The Rhythmic World Championships are Sept. 13–26 in Montpellier, France; the Men’s and Women’s Artistic World Championships are in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 7–16; and the Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships are in Birmingham, England, Nov. 16–19. Competition at the Pan American Games for all four Olympic disciplines runs Oct. 14– 30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. As this issue goes to print we are gearing up for National Gymnastics Day on Sept. 17, and hope to break a world record for most handstands held simultaneously at one time. We hope to see your club participating, so be sure to send us your photos and number of participants after the event. Go to www.usagym.org/handstand for more information. See you in the Gym,

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ixteen-year-old Jordyn Wieber of Gedderts’ Twistars USA, won the U.S. senior women’s title at the 2011 Visa Championships at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., Aug. 17-20. McKayla Maroney, 15, of All Olympia, and Alexandra Raisman, 17, of Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, finished second and third, respectively. Wieber, the leader after the first night of competition, sealed the victory in the final rotation when she nailed a jam-packed balance beam routine that included a standing back full twist. Her score, a 15.300, was the highest on the event of the evening. She posted a two-day all-around score of 121.300. “I just wanted to come out here and have fun, that’s the most important thing,” the newly-crowned national champion said. “I tried to be really aggressive and confident.” JORDYN

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Wieber also won two event titles; bars and floor. On bars, she earned a 29.750 for her routine, which included a huge Tkatchev and double twisting double back dismount. On floor, her routine included a double twisting double back mount and a triple full, winning the title with a score of 29.900. She also scored a 15.800 and a 15.950 on vault each day for her Yurchenko 2.5 and earned a 29.900 two-day score on beam, which was the third highest score on that event.


BER CLAIMS SENIOR

NATIONAL TITLE By Scott Bregman

All-around silver-medalist Maroney claimed the gold medal on the vault with a combined twoday average of 30.700. Maroney launched her first vault, a ALEXANDRA Yurchenko 2.5, RAISMAN high in the air to earn a 16.000 score, the highest on any apparatus in women’s competition. Her second vault was a Yurchenko half on front layout half off. She also competed a 3.5 twist on floor and finished fifth on that event. Maroney’s all-around score was 115.150. “I’m so happy that I did my best and improved on my performance from the first day of competition,” Maroney said. Raisman finished third in the all-around with a score of 114.600. Raisman closed out her Visa Championships with an energetic floor routine, which got the crowd clapping along. She placed third on floor with her impressive and powerful tumbling including a 1.5 to double Arabian, punch front; a piked double Arabian; a triple full; and a double pike dismount. “I’m really happy that I did well,” Raisman said. “I’m especially happy that I was able to hit my uneven bars routine two days in a row.”

Mackenzie Caquatto, 19, of Legacy Elite Gymnastics, finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 112.500 and took second on bars with a 29.700, while teammate Anna Li tied for third on bars (29.450) with Gabrielle Douglas of Chow’s Gymnastics. 2010 World Championships vault gold medalist Alicia Sacramone, 23, of Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, won the balance beam national title, showing an impressive repertoire of skills including a piked front flip mount and double pike dismount. Sacramone’s two-day total on the event was 30.100. The nine-time U.S. national championships participant also placed second on the vault, showing her trademark front handspring Rudi vault and double twisting Yurchenko for a 30.600. Brandie Jay of GK Gym took third on vault with a 27.825. 2008 Olympic team silver medalist Chellsie Memmel of M and M Gymnastics, who was unable to finish her uneven bars routine, finished eighth in the allaround competition. Memmel, 23, was second on

RESULTS SENIOR ALL-AROUND (TOP 12) 1 Jordyn Wieber

Geddert’s

121.300

2 McKayla Maroney

All Olympia

115.150

3 Alexandra Raisman

Brestyan’s

114.600

4 Mackenzie Caquatto Legacy Elite

112.500

5 Sabrina Vega

Dynamic

112.050

6 Bridgette Caquatto

Legacy Elite

111.500

7 Gabrielle Douglas

Chow’s

110.350

8 Chellsie Memmel

M and M

109.850

9 Sophia Lee

WOGA

109.200

10 Grace McLaughlin

WOGA

108.600

11 Brandie Jay

GK Gym

108.300

12 Jessica Howe

WOGA

103.200

VAULT 1 McKayla Maroney

All Olympia

2 Alicia Sacramone

Brestyan’s

30.700 30.600

3 Brandie Jay

GK Gym

27.825

Geddert’s

29.750

UNEVEN BARS 1 Jordyn Wieber

2 Mackenzie Caquatto Legacy Elite

29.700

3 Anna Li

Legacy Elite

29.450

3 Gabrielle Douglas

Chow’s

29.450

BALANCE BEAM 1 Alicia Sacramone

Brestyan’s

30.100

2 Chellsie Memmel

M and M

30.000

3 Jordyn Wieber

Geddert’s

29.900

FLOOR EXERCISE 1 Jordyn Wieber

Geddert’s

29.900

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WOGA

29.500

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balance beam, scoring a 30.000 for her routine, which included a barani to back handspring and a standing Arabian. Shawn Johnson of Chow’s Gymnastics, recorded scores of 29.200 (vault), 28.600 (bars) and 29.400 (balance beam). Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam champion, finished fourth on beam. Sabrina Vega of Dynamic finished fifth in the all-around with a score of 112.050. Vega, 16, was fourth on floor and fifth on beam. Defending champion and world medalist Rebecca Bross of WOGA, was unable to finish the competition due to injury. Bross, 18, finished second on floor with a 29.500 and eighth on the balance beam with a 27.600.

CHELLSIE

MEMMEL ALICIA

Taking sixth and seventh in the allaround were Bridgette Caquatto of Legacy Elite and Douglas.

MACKENZIE

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SACRAMONE

SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM INCLUDES: (FRONT ROW L TO R) (BACK ROW L TO R)

Shawn Johnson • Alicia Sacramone • Chellsie Memmel • Gabrielle Douglas • Bridgette Caquatto

Sabrina Vega • Mackenzie Caquatto • Alexandra Raisman • McKayla Maroney • Jordyn Wieber

[Not pictured, Rebecca Bross]

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2011-12 JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM Back Row L to R: Katelyn Ohashi, Kyla Ross, Sarah Finnegan, Lexie Priessman, Amelia Hundley, Brenna Dowell, Kennedy Baker Front Row L to R: Kiana Winston, Bailie Key, Mykayla Skinner, Elizabeth Price, Brianna Brown, Madison Desch Photo by John Cheng

JUNIOR WOMEN

KYLA

ROSS

By Scott Bregman

OHASHI WINS JUNIOR TITLE Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA, led the junior women’s all-around rankings for all eight rotations of the two-day competition, winning her first U.S. junior all-around title at the 2011 Visa Championships. Her all-around total of 120.950 put her ahead of defending champion Kyla Ross of GymMax Gymnastics and Sarah Finnegan of Great American Gymnastics Express in third. “Winning the national title was my goal coming in for a couple of years now. This is so exciting,” Ohashi said. “I have never been this confident in competition before.”

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Ross, who began the final day of competition in third position, started with a huge Yurchenko 2.5 twist and a 15.650 score, to move into SARAH second position FINNEGAN overall, where she would stay for the remainder of the competition. She posted a total score of 117.650 to take second in the all-around. Ross, 14, finished third on vault (29.950), and second on bars (29.600) and beam (30.450). Ross competed a nice double layout dismount on bars and a double Arabian to stag jump on floor. Photo by Scott Einuis

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Photo by Scott Einuis

Ohashi, 14, worked with precision on uneven bars, showing a unique L-grip Endo to straddled Jaeger to earn a 30.150 and win the event. On beam, she flawlessly executed a layout back flip with a full twist on the first day of competition to score a 16.100, the highest score of the competition for junior or senior women. Despite a fall on her sheep jump during day two, she posted a 14.950, the second highest score on the event for the day. Combining both days of competition, she won the beam title with a score of 31.050. On floor, Ohashi displayed grace and beauty combined with power as she tumbled a nearly perfect full-twisting double pike. Her score, a 30.050, secured the floor title and the all-around gold medal. Ohashi took fourth on vault with her Yurchenko double twist (29.700).

“My goal was to get top three, so I was pretty happy that I accomplished that,” Ross said. “I was happy that I hit all my routines today (finals day of competition) and that I went out there and did what I know I can do.” GAGE’s Sarah Finnegan, 14, finished third in the all-around with a score of 115.300. She also took third on beam with a score of 29.050 for her difficult routine, which included a standing Arabian and third on floor with a 29.100 performing a stylish, upbeat routine with a tucked full-in, a double Arabian and dismounted with a 1.5 to 2.5. Lexie Priessman, 14, of Cincinnati Gymnastics was loaded with difficulty and finished fourth overall with a score of 115.100. Priessman performed a Yurchenko 2.5, earning the national vault title with a two-day total of 31.550 on the event. She also took second on floor with her mega tumbling including a double twisting double back mount, a 1.5 to 2.5 to stag jump, punch layout front to double twisting front and dismounted with a full-in. Two other standout gymnasts were Mykayla Skinner of Desert Lights who took second on vault with her Yurchenko 2.5 scoring 30.450 and Texas Dream’s Kennedy Baker who performed a layout Gienger and full-in dismount to finish third on bars with a 28.950.

RESULTS JUNIOR ALL-AROUND (TOP 15) 1 Katelyn Ohashi WOGA 2 Kyla Ross Gym Max 3 Sarah Finnegan GAGE 4 Lexie Priessman Cincinnati 5 Amelia Hundley Cincinnati 6 Brenna Dowell GAGE 7 Kennedy Baker Texas Dreams 8 Kiana Winston Texas Dreams 9 Bailie Key Texas Dreams 10 Mykayla Skinner Desert Lights 11 Elizabeth Price Parkettes 12 Brianna Brown Cincinnati 13 Madison Desch GAGE 14 Simone Biles Bannon’s 15 Ericha Fassbender Stars

120.950 117.650 115.300 115.100 112.050 111.600 110.750 110.250 109.550 109.400 109.150 109.000 108.900 108.100 108.050

VAULT 1 Lexie Priessman 2 Mykayla Skinner 3 Kyla Ross

Cincinnati Desert Lights Gym Max

31.550 30.450 29.950

UNEVEN BARS 1 Katelyn Ohashi 2 Kyla Ross 3 Kennedy Baker

WOGA Gym Max Texas Dreams

30.150 29.600 28.950

WOGA Gym Max GAGE

31.050 30.450 29.050

WOGA Cincinnati GAGE

30.050 29.150 29.100

BALANCE BEAM 1 Katelyn Ohashi 2 Kyla Ross 3 Sarah Finnegan FLOOR EXERCISE 1 Katelyn Ohashi 2 Lexie Priessman 3 Sarah Finnegan


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By Scott Bregman

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anell Leyva of Team Hilton HHonors, captured his first senior men’s allaround title at the 2011 Visa Championships inside the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. Leyva, 19, wowed the crowd to claim the title with a two-day combined all-around total of 183.800. Leyva, who is from Homestead, Fla., and trains at Universal Gymnastics with stepfather and coach Yin Alvarez, led the entire second night of competition and secured the title on his best event, the high bar. After nearly sticking his double twisting double layout dismount, Leyva embraced Alvarez, lifting him off the ground in celebration.

“It feels great – amazing,” Leyva said after claiming the U.S. national title. “To fulfill one of the goals you put on paper, to be able to scratch one of those off the list, it is an amazing feeling.” JOHN Leyva executed an extremely intricate parallel OROZCO bars routine, performing a peach to Diamidov to earn the title on this event with a score of 32.150. He also won the title on high bar with his exciting high-flying high bar routine complete with a full twisting layout Tkatchev, layout Kovacs and layout double-twisting double-back dismount to score a 33.150 for his two-day total.

Two-time defending champion Jonathan Horton of Team Hilton HHonors, pushed Leyva the entire competition. However, a fall in the fifth rotation of day two on his strongest event, the high bar, made it impossible to catch Leyva, who suffered no major mistakes during either night’s competition. “I made mistakes,” Horton admitted. “It’s hard to beat someone who didn’t make mistakes. I think Danell and I make a great


APTURES FIRST AROUND TITLE team on the international stage. We’ll show people that we’re ready to challenge the very best.”

Horton, who is from Houston, Texas, and trains at Cypress, scored 181.050 points for his two-day all-around effort. He finished third on floor (30.650), rings (30.500) and vault (32.750). He competed a handspring double front half out on vault for just the first time in his career. Competing in his first Visa Championships as

a senior, John Orozco of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, claimed the bronze medal in the all-around competition with a 180.500 total. The 18-year-old Orozco took second on parallel bars with a combined score of 31.450, performing a giant Suarez and Stutz to double pike dismount. The stylish comcom petitor whose hometown is Bronx, N.Y.,

also took third on pommel horse with a 29.100 and tied for third on high bar with Paul Ruggeri of the University of Illinois, both scoring 30.500. Chris Brooks of Hilton HHonors, Cypress Gymnastics finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 178.600. Brooks, 24, from Houston, took third on parallel bars with a score of 31.200 and second on high bar with a score of 31.300.

RESULTS SENIOR ALL-AROUND (TOP 12) 1 Danell Leyva Hilton HHonors/Univ. 2 Jonathan Horton Hilton HHonors/Cyp. 3 John Orozco USOTC 4 Chris Brooks Hilton HHonors/Cyp. 5 Jacob Dalton Univ. of Oklahoma 6 Steven Legendre Univ. of Oklahoma 7 Alexander Naddour Univ. of Oklahoma 8 C.J. Maestas Univ. of Illinois 9 Brandon Wynn Ohio State 10 Glen Ishino Cal Berkeley 11 Jesse Silverstein US Gym Ctr II 12 Tyler Mizoguchi Univ. of Illinois

183.800 181.050 180.500 178.600 177.800 177.600 175.850 175.550 174.450 172.350 171.750 171.650

FLOOR 1 Jacob Dalton 2 Steven Legendre 3 Jonathan Horton

Univ. of Oklahoma Univ. of Oklahoma Hilton HHonors/Cyp

32.450 32.000 30.650

POMMEL HORSE 1 Alexander Naddour 2 Ty Echard 3 John Orozco

Univ. of Oklahoma Ohio State USOTC

31.100 30.350 29.100

STILL RINGS 1 Brandon Wynn 2 C.J. Maestas 3 Jonathan Horton

Ohio State Univ. of Illinois Hilton HHonors/Cyp.

31.300 30.850 30.500

VAULT 1 Jacob Dalton 2 Steven Legendre 3 Jonathan Horton

Univ. of Oklahoma Univ. of Oklahoma Hilton HHonors/Cyp.

33.650 32.900 32.750

Jacob Dalton of Norman, Okla./ PARALLEL BARS University of Oklahoma, finished fifth 1 Danell Leyva Hilton HHonors/Univ. 32.150 in the all-around with a 177.800 2 John Orozco USOTC 31.450 3 Chris Brooks Hilton HHonors/Cyp. 31.200 and won the floor exercise and vault national titles. His floor routine HIGH BAR 1 Danell Leyva Hilton HHonors/Univ. 33.150 included an 2 Chris Brooks Hilton HHonors/Cyp. 31.300 3 John Orozco USOTC 30.500 Arabian double 3 Paul Ruggeri Univ. of Illinois 30.500 layout, earning a 32.450 for the two-day total. 2011 MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Oct. 8-16, 2011, Tokyo, Japan Dalton, 20, also Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma captured the vault Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy) gold medal with Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton Honors (University of Oklahoma) his Kasamatsu Danell Leyva, Homestead, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics) double twist, Alexander Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./University of Oklahoma which topped the John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S. Olympic Training Center vault standings Alternate: Chris Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy) with a 33.650 total. Head coach: Kevin Mazeika, Houston

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Steven Legendre, 22, of Team Hilton HHonors and the University of Oklahoma finished sixth overall with a total score of 177.600 and was second on floor with a 32.00 and second on vault with a 32.900, competing a handspring double front half-out. On the pommel horse, Alexander Naddour, 20, of Norman, Okla./University of Oklahoma, swung smoothly through a tricky single pommel Russian, for the top score of 31.100 on the event. Naddour also finished seventh in the all-around with a score of 175.850.

JAKE

DALTON

Rounding out the top 10 in the all-around were C.J. Maestas from the University of Illinois in eighth, Brandon Wynn of Ohio State/Team Hilton HHonors, in ninth and Glen Ishino of Cal Berkeley in 10th. Wynn displayed his trademark perfect strength positions to claim the still rings title for the second consecutive year with a 31.300 total score.

2011 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

(FRONT L to R) C.J. Maestas • Brandon Wynn • John Orozco • Alexander Naddour • Danell Leyva (BACK L to R) Steven Legendre • Jonathan Horton • Jacob Dalton • Alex Buscaglia • Chris Brooks

2011 MEN’S PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM Oct. 24-29, Guadalajara, Mexico Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkeley Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif./University of California – Berkeley C.J. Maestas, Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif./Stanford University Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y/University of Illinois Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University) Alternate: Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas/University of Illinois Coaches: Justin Spring, University of Illinois, and Rustam Sharipov, Ohio State University

ALEXANDER

NADDOUR BRANDON

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STEVEN

LEGENDRE

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14-15 JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM

L to R: Timothy Wang, Akash Modi, Sean Melton, Marvin Kimble, Hunter Justus, Jesse Himmelsbach, Daniel DiBenedetto, Allan Bower

JUNIOR MEN

Photos by John Cheng

By Scott Bregman

Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif. (16-18), and Sean Melton of Orlando, Fla. (14-15), won the junior men’s all-around titles with a two-day score of 166.600 and 167.250, respectively, at the 2011 Visa Championships.

“It’s why we do the sport everyday, why we push ourselves so hard – it’s just awesome,” de los Angeles said of his win. Finishing in a close second was Jonathan Deaton of Longmeadow, Mass., coached by Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett at Tim Daggett’s Gold Medal Gymnastics and Lorenzo Macaluso, with a score of 166.500. The bronze medalist in the all-around was Jesse Glenn of Northridge, Calif./SCATS Gymnastics, scoring a 166.350.

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Leading after the first day in the14–15 yearold competition, Melton, who was the defending champion and trains at Orlando Metro, recorded his highest score of the competition on the vault performing a double twisting Yurchenko for a 30.700. Melton scored a 27.850 on floor, a 26.500 on pommel horse, a 27.000 on still rings, 28.850 on parallel bars, and a 26.350 on the high bar. “Today felt pretty good,” Melton said at the conclusion of the final day. “The first day, I struggled a lot, but I ended up pulling it together and pulling off a performance I am very happy with.” Receiving the 14-15 all-around silver medal was Timothy Wang of Riverside, Calif./South Coast Gymnastics, with a score of 164.850. Third place

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DE LOS ANGELES, MELTON WIN JUNIOR TITLES

De los Angeles, who entered the final day of competition in fifth place, posted his high SEAN score of the competition on MELTON the vault with a 30.500, for his Kasumatsu full twist. In addition, de los Angeles of SCATS posted 26.650 on the floor, a 26.100 on the pommel horse, a 27.100 on the still rings, a 28.450 on the parallel bars and a 27.800 on the horizontal bar.

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went to Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./ Monmouth Gymnastics Academy Inc., scoring a 163.750. Event champions for the 16-18 age group, based on two-day totals, are: Deaton, floor exercise, 29.450; Ellis Mannon of Indianapolis, Ind./Indy School of Gymnastics, pommel horse, 28.000; Max Mayr of Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics, still rings, 28.450; Deaton, vault, 31.400; Mayr, parallel bars, 29.100; and Glenn, horizontal bar, 28.550. Event champions for the 14-15 age group, based on two-day totals, are: Modi, floor exercise, 28.300; Melton, pommel horse, 26.500, still rings, 27.000, and parallel bars, 28.850; Hunter Justus of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, vault, 31.250; Wang, horizontal bar, 27.450. The U.S. junior national team was named following the competition, based on all-around rankings for each age division and includes juniors who qualified to senior division. RESULTS JUNIOR 16-18 ALL-AROUND (TOP 10) 1 Adrian de los Angeles

SCATS

166.600

2 Jonathan Deaton

Tim Daggett’s

166.500

3 Jesse Glenn

SCATS

166.350

4 Jake Martin

Orlando Metro

165.450

5 Max Mayr

Universal

165.400

6 Donnell Whittenburg

Ultimate

163.400

7 Alex Johnson

OSU Boys

161.250

8 Stacey Ervin

Mills

160.250

9 Brian Knott

Chelsea Piers

160.150

Hawaiian Island

159.950

10 Joshua Yee

JUNIOR 14-15 ALL-AROUND (TOP 10) 1 Sean Melton

Orlando Metro

167.250

2 Timothy Wang

South Coast

164.850

3 Akash Modi

Monmouth

163.750

4 Marvin Kimble

Swiss Turners

162.550

5 Daniel DiBenedetto

Tim Daggett’s

159.450

6 Jesse Himmelsbach

Queen City

159.050

7T Hunter Justus

Cypress Academy

158.700

7T Allan Bower

Xtreme

158.700

9 Andrew Rickly 10 Bobby Baker

Hocking Valley

155.550

Aerial

155.200


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Background painting entitled, 8th Movement, by Al Oerter

SHELBY KISIEL AND REBECCA S By Amanda Robinson

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helby Kisiel of Missouri City, Texas/ North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, won the senior and junior U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around titles, respectively, Aug. 20 at the 2011 Visa Championships.

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Kisiel claimed the all-around gold medal with a total score of 203.175, followed by Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville, Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, at 195.750, and Alexis Page of New York, N.Y./Aviator Sports, at 194.825. “Today was a major improvement from yesterday,” said Kisiel, who won the ball and club titles early in the competition. “I let a lot of my nerves go and was able to focus more on what I had been practicing. I am extremely happy with how it turned out and I am happy to be where I am.”

POLINA

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REBECCA

SEREDA

Defending national champion Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md./ Capital Rhythmics, did not participate in the Visa Championships but is preparing for the upcoming Rhythmic World Selection Camp.

In the junior division, Sereda added the all-around title to her two individual event titles (ball and clubs). She posted a total all-around score of 198.100, followed by Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, in second with 194.850, and Serena Lu of Staten Island, N.Y./ Isadora, in third with 191.525. “I am really happy,” Sereda said. “I was a little shaky in the beginning, but toward the end of the competition, I knew I had to pull together all my energy to perform well in my last two routines. I am really pleased with the results.”

EVENT FINALS

Kisiel earned two senior event titles in both ball (26.225) and clubs (27.025), as Olga Pavlenko of Flushing, N.Y./ Isadora, won gold with her hoop performance (25.100), and Polina Kozitskiy of Fountainville,

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2011-12 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM

L to R: Peter Vidmar, Shelby Kisiel, Polina Kozitskiy, Alexis Page, Anastasia Torba, Olga Pavlenko, Hannah Walter, Elektra Markogiannakis, Claire Skach and Steve Penny.

2011-12 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM

L to R: Rebecca Sereda, Jazzy Kerber, Serena Lu, Ronit Shamuilov, Cindy Lu, Julia Garbuz, Monica Rokhman, and Jennifer Rokhman.

SEREDA WIN RHYTHMIC TITLES Pa./Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy, took first in ribbon (25.175). Sereda and Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, split the four U.S. junior rhythmic gymnastics individual event titles. Sereda, who is the defending junior allaround champion, won the gold medals for both ball (24.900) and clubs (25.900). Kerber, who recently won the JAZZY junior all-around at the KERBER 2011 U.S. Rhythmic Classic, took top honors for both hoop and ribbon, earning scores of 24.980 and 24.700, respectively. The Rhythmic Group from North Shore Rhythmics in Deerfield, Ill., performed with 5 Balls and 3 ribbons/2 hoops in exhibition routines at Visa Championships in U.S. RHYTHMIC preparation for the GROUP TEAM upcoming Rhythmic World Championships and Pan American Games. The group includes: Rachel Anderson, Jessica Bogdanov, Megan Frohlich, Aimee Gupta, Michelle Przybylo, Sofya Roytburg and Sydney Sachs.

RESULTS JUNIOR ALL-AROUND

SENIOR ALL-AROUND 1 Shelby Kisiel

203.175

1 Rebecca Sereda

2 Polina Kozitskiy

195.750

2 Jazzy Kerber

198.100 194.850

3 Alexis Page

194.825

3 Serena Lu

191.525

4 Anastasia Torba

188.575

4 Ronit Shamuilov

191.200

5 Olga Pavlenko

186.425

5 Cindy Lu

191.175

6 Hannah Walter

178.250

6 Julia Garbuz

186.225

7 Elektra Markogiannakis 177.225

7 Monica Rokhman 183.125

8 Claire Skach

8 Jennifer Rokhman

175.225

180.750

ROPE

BALL 1 Shelby Kisiel

26.225

1 Rebecca Sereda

24.900

2 Alexis Page

25.125

2 Julia Garbuz

24.350

3 Polina Kozitskiy

24.400

3 Jazzy Kerber

24.250

CLUBS

CLUBS 1 Shelby Kisiel

27.025

1 Rebecca Sereda

25.900

2 Alexis Page

24.725

2 Julia Garbuz

24.400

3 Polina Kozitskiy

24.525

3 Serena Lu

24.175

HOOP

HOOP 1 Olga Pavlenko

25.100

1 Jazzy Kerber

24.975

2 Polina Kozitskiy

24.850

2 Ronit Shamuilov

24.650

3 Shelby Kisiel

24.325

3 Cindy Lu

24.400

RIBBON

RIBBON 1 Polina Kozitskiy

25.175

1 Jazzy Kerber

24.700

2 Alexis Page

24.250

2 Serena Lu

23.275

3 Hannah Walter

22.800

3 Monica Rokhman

23.125

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Park.

USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show also took place in Saint Paul. Photos by John Cheng.

Photo by Diane Bidermann

Marta Karolyi looks on as athletes compete.


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Morning Fitness took place in Rice Park at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Even Olympians Shannon Miller and Bridget Sloan participated! John Macr eady ente rtained th e crowd during th e compet iti

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The Taste of Visa Championships was a huge success in Saint Paul. Shown in this photo L to R are some of the judges: Marvin Sharp, Bridget Sloan, Carly Patterson, Bela Karolyi, Saint Paul Hotel staff members, and Samantha Peszek. Photos by Jill Coy

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Saint Paul M ayor Christop her Coleman and USA G ymnastics Pr esident Stev Penny officia e lly changed a street nam to Somersaul e t St. for the week of Visa Championsh ips.

Cheng Photo by John

Photo by Joh n Cheng

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Prior to the Visa Championships competition, kids could participate in fitness on the concourse. Photos by John Cheng


Photos by Jeff Petersen

RAISMAN, ROSS WIN 2011 COVERGIRL CLASSIC ALL-AROUND TITLES

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lexandra Raisman of Brestyan’s, and Kyla Ross of Gym Max, won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 2011 CoverGirl Classic, held in Chicago, Ill., July 23. Raisman won the title with her 57.250 total. 2008 Olympic team silvermedalist Chellsie Memmel of M&M Gymnastics made a solid return to competition earning a total 56.950 to finish in second place. Sabrina Vega of Dynamic Gymnastics was third at 56.850. 2010 World vault champion Alicia Sacramone of Brestyan’s, competed on three events for the first time since her comeback. She won the vault scoring a 15.100 and also tied for first with Jordyn Wieber of Geddert’s Twistars on balance beam with a 15.200. Wieber, the 2011 AT&T American Cup champion, was first on bars with a score of 15.200, followed by Gabrielle Douglas of Chow’s Gymnastics, at 14.950. Raisman had the top score for the floor exercise at 14.700. Raisman’s first pass was a 1.5 twist to double Arabian, punch front. Vega was second (14.250).

In the junior division, Ross, who trains at Gym Max, scored a 58.850 to win the title. Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, took second in the all-around with a score of 58.050. Katelyn Ohashi of WOGA was third with a 57.950. On vault, both Priessman and Ross competed a Yurchenko 2.5, scoring a 15.450 and 15.250, respectively, for first and second place. Ross tied with Ohashi on bars with a score of 15.000. Texas Dreams Veronica Hults won beam with a score of 15.050. On floor, Sarah Finnegan of GAGE won the floor title with her 14.500. Finnegan did a nice piked full twisting double back.

Chellsie MEMMEL

Jordyn WIEBER Lexie PRIESSMAN

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T&T U CHAMP By Luan Peszek

SAVANNAH VINSANT

CARLY JUDKINS

JEFFREY GLUCKSTEIN

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great deal was riding on the Trampoline and Tumbling U.S. Elite Championships this year, held in San Antonio, Texas, July 8-10.

Trampoline and Tumbling Program Director Susan Jacobson said, “The athletes were under a lot of pressure at this year’s event because not only was the 2011-12 national team named, but also World Championships, World Age Group Championships and Pan American teams were being decided.”

DAKOTA EARNEST & ALAINA WILLIAMS

In the senior men’s trampoline competition, newcomer to the senior ranks Jeffrey Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Ultratwisters earned his first trampoline title. Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif./ World Elite took second, Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J&J Tumbling was third and two-time defending champion Steven Gluckstein finished fourth.

PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico October 17–18 Dakota Earnest Jeffrey Gluckstein Steven Gluckstein Alaina Williams

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Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./T&T Express won her first senior women’s trampoline title over Dakota Earnest and Alaina Williams, both of Acrospirits. Earnest is from Plains, Texas, and Williams is from Amarillo, Texas. Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution, defended his senior men’s tumbling


U.S. ELITE PIONSHIPS ERIN JAUCH

KALON LUDVIGSON MICHAEL DEVINE & NEIL GULATI

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Birmingham, England – Nov. 16–19

title making it his sixth consecutive national championships tumbling title. Joshua Kensil of Mackinaw, Ill./Central Illinois Gym took second. For the women, Karly Judkins of Tulsa, Okla./Elite Gymnastics claimed the senior women’s tumbling title over Natalya Beneschott of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution. For double mini-trampoline, Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill./Fox Valley Tumbling and Trampoline won the women’s senior title over Kristle Lowell of Orland Park, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline. On the men’s side, Ludvigson won the men’s senior title over Trey Katz of Charleston, Ill./Sun Elite. For synchronized trampoline Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas, and Dakota Earnest of Plains, Texas, both of Acrospirits, won the senior women’s title and Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite, and Michael Devine of Winnebago, Ill./J&J Tumbling and Trampoline won the senior men’s title. The World Championships and World Age Group teams were named at the conclusion of the competition. The Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships will take place Nov. 16-19 in Birmingham, England, and the World Age Group Championships will take place Nov. 20-26 in the same location. The Pan Amerian Games take place Oct. 17-18 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Men’s Trampoline Jeffrey Gluckstein Logan Dooley Michael Devine Steven Gluckstein Neil Gulati (Alternate)

Men’s DMT Kalon Ludvigson Ryan Roberts Austin White Trey Katz Casey Chandler (Alternate)

Women’s Trampoline Alaina Williams Dakota Earnest Savannah Vinsant Nani Vercruyssen Alicia Powder (Alternate)

Women’s DMT Erin Jauch Kristle Lowell Erica Owen Marina Moskalenko Sonia Shah (Alternate)

Men’s Tumbling Kalon Ludvigson Joshua Kensil Alex Renkert

Synchro Men Logan Dooley – Steven Gluckstein Michael Devine – Jeffrey Gluckstein

Women’s Tumbling Marina Moskalenko Yuliya Brown Karly Judkins Natalya Beneschott Kaylah Whaley (Alternate)

Synchro Women Alaina Williams/Dakota Earnest Nani Vercruyssen/Savannah Vinsant

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T&T U.S. ELITE CHAMPIONSHIPS In the junior competition, Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas/All American Gymnastics, won three titles including the individual trampoline, double mini and synchro title along with her partner Audrey Ghanian of Holmdel, N.J./UltraTwisters. Miranda Kerr of Warren, Mich./AGT Flipcity, won the tumbling title over Brittney Bernard of Bixby, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme T&T. Ghanian finished second in individual trampoline. Jaycee James of Amarillo, Texas/All American Gymnastics, finished second in double mini while Erynn Stier and Nicole Sperling, both of Branch T&T took second in synchro. Stier is from Morley, Mich., and Sperling is from Hudsonville, Mich.

SHAYLEE DUNAVIN

On the men’s side, Austin Nacey of Braidwood, Ill./TwistStars Tumbling and Trampoline, won the junior title while James Lichtenstein of Buffalo Grove, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline, finished second. Jerrett Jensen of Gilbert, Ariz./Aspire Kids Sports Center, won the double mini title over Blake Newton of Amarillo, Texas/All American Gymnastics. In synchro, Dante Hebert of Carencro, La., and Louis Prejean of Youngsville, La., both from T&T Express, won the title. Sam Chiacchia of Colorado Springs, Colo./Team ArtSports and Sean Sargent of Mason, Ohio/Queen City TnT finished second. Richard Watson of Skiatook, Okla./T3 won the tumbling title over Nacey.

LUDVIGSON WINS SILVER MEDAL AT WORLD CUP IN CHINA Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho, earned the silver medal in men’s tumbling at the World Cup in Wuxi City, China, July 3, making this his 15th world medal. Yuliya Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho, finished sixth among the women. Ludvigson scored a 76.000 to earn second place while China’s Song Yang won the gold scoring 78.700. Russia’s Timofey Podust finished third with a 75.600. In the women’s tumbling event, China’s Fangfang Jia won the gold with a score of 71.20 followed by Russia’s Anna Korobeynikova in second with 69.200 and Lingxi Chen of China in third with a 66.800.

WOMEN’S TUMBLING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Fangfang Jia CHN Anna Korobeynikova RUS Lingxi Chen CHN Zara McLean GBR Emily Smith CAN Yuliya Brown USA Samantha Rockett GBR auriane Lamperim FRA

71.20 69.20 66.80 65.90 64.60 63.60 63.40 60.20

MEN’S TUMBLING 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8

Song Yang CHN Kalon Ludvigson USA Timofey Podust RUS Zhenqiu Li CHN Alexander Seifert CAN Kristof Willerton GBR Shaun Gregory GBR Mickael Gosset FRA

78.70 76.00 75.60 75.20 73.40 70.30 70.30 66.90

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EVENT SCHEDULE

2011

SEPTEMBER 9–11 13–26 15–18 17 17 23–25 30–Oct. 2

Region 2 Congress Rhythmic World Championships State and Regional Chairman’s Workshop (M) National Gymnastics Day Handstand World Record Attempt (everyone) Region 5 Congress National TOP Testing (W)

OCTOBER

Everett, WA Montpellier, France Chicago, IL various locations various locations Indianapolis, IN Huntsville, TX

1–3

National TOP Testing (W)

Huntsville, TX

7–16 13–16

World Artistic Championships (M/W) JO Team Coaches Course (W)

Tokyo, Japan Huntsville, TX

14–30

Pan American Games (M/W/R/TR)

22–25

JO National Team Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

27–30

Level 9/10 Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

NOVEMBER 10 –14

World Cup (AG)

16–19

T & T World Championships

Guadalajara, MX

Forli, Italy Birmingham, ENG

20–26

World Age Group Championships (TT)

30–Dec. 4

National TOP Team Training Camp (W)

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Huntsville, TX

DECEMBER 1–3

Future Stars Championships

Colorado Springs, CO

1–4

National Coaches Workshop (M)

Colorado Springs, CO

4–8

TOP B Training Camp (W)

Huntsville, TX

8–18

National Rhythmic Open Camps (R)

Huntsville, TX

2012 JANUARY 10–18

Olympic Test Event

London, ENG

FEBRUARY 2–4

Winter Cup Challenge (M)

10–12

Elite National Qualifier-Gliders (W)

Covina, CA

17–19

Elite National Qualifier-WOGA (W)

Plano, TX

Las Vegas, NV

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Nastia Liukin Cup (W)

New York, NY


WOMEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

2011 NATIONAL ACADEMIC TEAM CHAMPIONS 1. SEMO

3.9118

6. Brown

2. Southern Utah

3.8050

7. Eastern Michigan 3.5805

3. Utah

3.7631

8. Michigan State

4. Alabama

3.7094

9. Central Michigan 3.5407

5. UW–Lacrosse

3.6619

3.6093

10. Winona State

3.5494 3.5303

SEMO Team 2010–2011

3

AT&T American Cup (M/W)

16–18

Pacific Rim Championships (M/W/R/T)

Everett, WA

23–24

USA Gymnastics Collegiate Champs. (M)

Colorado Springs, CO

APRIL

New York, NY

13–15

Women’s Level 9/10 Regionals

Various Sites

16–22

Acro Gym. World Champs. & World Age Group Competition Lake Buena Vista, FL

5–11 T&T Junior Olympic Nationals 27–Aug. 12 Olympic Games (M,W,R,T)

SEPTEMBER 15

MAY 3–6

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

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USA Gymnastics Special Olympics Championships (M/W/R/GG)

7–13

JO National Championships (M)

Cincinnati, OH

10–12

JO National Championships (W)

Hampton, VA

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JO–National Invitational Tournament (W)

Hampton, VA

31–June 3 Open Championships (W) TBD

JULY

CoverGirl Classic (W)

Landover, MD/Boise,ID Marietta, GA

Orlando, FL TBD

JUNE

National Gymnastics Day

Long Beach, CA London, ENG

various locations

2013 APRIL 12–14

Women’s L9/10 Regionals

Various sites

MAY 2–5

Level 9 East/West Championships (W)

TBD

9–11

JO National Championships (W)

TBD

12

JO–NIT (W)

TBD

7–10

Visa Championships (M/W)

St. Louis, MO

31–June 2 2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – East (W)

28–July1

USA Gymn. Nat. Congress and Trade Show

San Jose, CA

28–July1

U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Gymnastics (M/W)

San Jose, CA

JUNE 7–9

Orlando, FL

2013–20 JO Compulsory Master Workshop – West (W)

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LIM AND KINC SENIOR MIXE AT 2011 NATIO GYMNASTICS C By Scott Bregman

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assandra Lim and Brian Kincher of West Coast Training Center began the final night of competition of the 2011 National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships, the combined routine, a little more than half a point behind Melissa Gong and Ryan Ward of Realis Gymnastics Academy at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. on July 25. Though Gong and Ward had claimed both the dynamic and balance national titles in the first two days of competition, a slight stumble toward the end of their combined performance opened the door for Lim and Kincher, the hometown favorites.

Cassandra Lim and Brian Kincher

Lim and Kincher did not let the opportunity pass them by. The pair, competing in their first season together, executed dramatic balance holds that found Lim in a perfect 180 degree split supported by just the right arm of Kincher and daring acrobatics on their way to a 28.524 combined score. The pair compiled a total all-around score of 84.575, edging Gong and Ward’s 83.930 total.

Additionally, Leslie Munoz, Aimee Bruns and Tayler Harris of Realis Gymnastics Academy won the senior elite women’s group title, while Beth Landeche and Nicole Barrilleaux of Crescent City Gymnastics captured the senior elite women’s pair all-around crown. In the junior division, West Coast Training Center once again produced the all-around mixed pair champions with Eirian Smith and Jake Kanavel, who posted the highest single routine score, 28.850, of the entire elite competition with their daring dynamic routine. Smith and Kanavel’s three routine total was 86.600. In addition to Smith and Kanavel, Ginger Burrows and Kerrie and Erica Prestipino of Xtreme Acro & Cheer won the junior elite women’s group title; Bryan Allen and Kyle Bloom of Aerial Tumbling & AcroGymnastics secured the junior Eirian Smith and Jake Kanavel

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NCHER CAPTURE XED PAIRS TITLE IONAL ACROBATIC S CHAMPIONSHIPS elite men’s pair title; and Mariah Cockshell and Kennedy Swanson of Acro Explosion took home the junior elite women’s pair title. The 2011 National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships also brought together more than 500 athletes in Levels 5-10, competing for national all-around titles. In Level 10 competition, Nicholas Jackson, Skye Robinson, Ryan Green and Alexander Ruth of Emilia’s Acro Gymnastics Club claimed the men’s group title, while Olivia Bunton, Abigail Warden and Kyli Pruitt of Mid-American Acro & Tumbling Team won the women’s group championships. Jarrett Darrah and Josh Tucker of All Star Gymnastics and Cheer placed first in the men’s pairs competition and Lillian Robertson and Jessica Renteria of Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio won the gold medal for the women. For full results go to http://www.usagym.org/acro.

(L to R) Melissa Gong and Ryan Ward, Cassandra Lim and Brian Kincher

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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

State

Julian Amaro Charles Theodore Bates James Bell Kristopher Berry (279759) Phillip Bishop Patrick Bogan Douglas Boger Joseph Bowers Shawn Bowlden Vince Brown Edward Trey Coniff James Craig III Thad Cypher Steven Elliott Anthony Engelke Matthew H. Erichsen Rick Feuerstein William Foster Joseph Fountain Roy Larry Gallagher Robert Allen (Bob) Garner Sean Gilham Timothy Glas Ricardo “Chico” Goddard Marcelo Guimaraes Vernor Gumila

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CA MN WA SC MI MD CA OH IL SC TX CO MI TX PA WA CA AL MD PA TN CA NE NY TX IL

Name Paul Hagan Robert Dean Head Ted Hicks Michael Hinton Nicholas Hitchcock Robert Hoefer Frank Hohman, Jr. Milos Hroch Steven L. Infante (197212, 197213, 197214) Dana Koppendrayer Ronnie Lewis William McCabe Robert Mollock John S. Moore Gregory Muller William Munsinger Jeena Nilson Paul O’Neill Patrick Okopinski Marian Penev William M. Permenter Timothy Picquelle David Pyles Jeffrey Richards Rudy Rodriguez John H. Row

State MI KY TN TN MI FL PA CA CT FL AR GA OR WV ID MN UT CA WI NY FL CA AZ FL CA DE

Name

State

Gabriel Salazar Mark Schiefelbein Robert Shawler Steve Shirley Steven Todd Siegel Blake Steven Starr Paul Summers Mark Swift

TX TN CA MO CO UT OK FL

Freddie Eugene Tafoya, Jr. Jay Thomas Jon Oliver Kenneth Thomas Brent Trottier Jon Valdez Anthony Van Kirk Joel Velasquez David Paul Waage Chris Wagoner Russell Wallace Brooklyn Walters Steve Waples Donald Watts Mike West Jonathan White Lyf Christian Wildenberg Bill Witthar Joel Woodruff

CA LA VA WA IL CA OR OR TX CT IN TX KY WA CA MN MO TX


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MEN’S COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION

2011 NATIONAL ACADEMIC TEAM CHAMPIONS 1. Temple

3.519

2. Minnesota

3.335

3. William and Mary

3.309

4. Springfield

3.256

5. Michigan

3.203

6. Penn State

3.161

7. Illinois-Champaign

3.118

8. California-Berkeley

3.116

9. Army

2.985

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record number of more than 2,000 athletes competed in the 2011 Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Olympic National Championships, July 10–15, in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to a record number of participants, there was also a record number of spectators filling the 6,500 seats in the Freeman Coliseum. Competition wrapped up for Levels 5–10 in trampoline, double mini-trampoline, synchronized trampoline and tumbling for both men and women. Congratulations to Region 3 who won the Regional All Stars!

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Also, congratulations to all of the participants who reached this level of competition. To see the full set of results go to www.usagym.org/tt and click on Trampoline. Next year’s Trampoline and Tumbling JO Championships will take place in Long Beach, Calif., July 5–11, and we look for even bigger crowds!

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he U.S. sent a delegation of 26 members of the senior, junior, and Olympic Development team to the Canada Cup held in Alberta, Canada, July 30, 2011, and won a total of 15 medals in trampoline, double mini, synchro and tumbling competition. Austin White of Newport Coast, Calif./World Elite won the men’s gold medal with his 147.600 and unofficially set a world record for degree of difficulty at 11.600 with a triple front half out into a triple back flip with a full twist. Other U.S. athletes winning gold medals were: Kaylah Whaley of Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville North, senior women’s tumbling; Harley Merritt of Auburndale, Fla./Reflex, the novice tumbling title for

women 11-14; Jordan Webb of Tulsa, Okla./Oklahoma Extreme Tumbling, the novice tumbling title for women 15+; and James Lichtenstein of Buffalo Grove, Ill./5 Star Tumbling and Trampoline, junior men’s double mini in novice tumbling. Samuel Chiacchia of Colorado Springs, Colo./ Artsports – Trampoline World, and Sean Sargent of Mason, Ohio/Queen City Gymnastics, won the junior men’s synchronized trampoline title.

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The U.S. athletes won numerous other medals at the Canada Cup. Check out www.usagym.org/trampoline to see the full set of results. Kaylah WHALEY

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n July 2 the U.S. men’s team won the silver medal at the 2011 Japan Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium’s Main Arena, the site of the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships later this year, finishing just 0.9 points behind Japan. Great Britain was third. Japan posted a 268.150 to win the team title, followed by the USA at 267.250. Great Britain tallied a 263.500 to round out the top three. The U.S. men had the highest team score for pommel horse (45.150) and horizontal bar (44.050), as well as tied for the highest team vault score at 47.050. The team competition format was three gymnasts on each apparatus and all three scores count. The members of the U.S. squad were: Jonathan Horton, Team Hilton HHonors; Steven Legendre of Flower Mound, Texas/Team Hilton HHonors; Danell Leyva, Team Hilton HHonors; Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./University 42

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of Oklahoma; and John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y./U.S. Olympic Training Center. Mark Williams of the University of Oklahoma and Tom Meadows of Cypress Academy were the coaches for the event. Leyva won the all-around bronze medal with an all-around total 89.200 for third place. World Champion from Japan Kohei Uchimura won the all-around gold medal with a score of 93.150. China’s Liao Qiuhua earned the silver with a score of 89.500. Horton finished 11th with a score of 84.700.


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USA WINS MEDALS AT PUERTO RICO CUP

In the all-around, Wynn won the silver medal scoring an 87.100. Puerto Rico’s Luis Rivera The U.S. men’s team won the team silver medal at the 2011 took top honors with his 87.200. Brazil’s Victor Rosa was third Puerto Rico Cup in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, with a score at 87.100. Mizoguichi was sixth at 86.450, and of 348.800. Puerto Rico won the team title with a total de los Angeles placed 14th at 83.900. score of 350.000 and Brazil rounded out the top three at 344.000. Wynn won the still rings gold medal posting a 15.925 and the The U.S. Team featured three members of junior national high bar silver with a score of 14.600. Mizoguchi captured the team and three from the senior squad. The members of the gold medal on parallel bars with a score of 15.225 and the U.S. Junior National Team are Dylan Akers of Houston/ bronze medal for pommel horse, earning a 14.050. Cypress Academy; Adrian de los Angeles of Long Beach, Calif./SCATS HB; and Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, TEAM FINALS Calif./University of Michigan. The senior national team Still rings 1. Puerto Rico 350.000 1. Brandon Wynn, USA/Voorhees, N.J. 15.925 2. USA 348.800 members are Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J., who is 2. Arthur Zaneti, Brazil 15.675 3. Brazil 344.000 3. Tommy Ramos, Puerto Rico 15.575 a member of Team Hilton HHonors, Andrew Elkind, also 4. Tyler Mizoguchi, USA/Houston 15.050 ALL-AROUND FINALS of Team Hilton HHonors, and from Cherry Hill, N.J./U.S. 1. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico 87.200 Olympic Training Center, and Tyler Mizoguichi of Houston/ Vault 2. Brandon Wynn, USA/Voorhees, N.J. 87.150 1. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico 15.862 University of Illinois. Justin Spring of the University of Illinois 3. Victor Rosa, Brazil 87.100 2. Scott Morgan, Canada 15.525 and Grigor Chalikyan of SCATS HB are the coaches for the 3. Victor Rosa, Brazil 15.437 Other U.S. finishes U.S. team. 6. Tyler Mizoguichi, USA/Houston 86.450 14. Adrian de los Angeles, USA/ Long Beach, Calif.

83.900

Floor exercise 1. Victor Rosa, Brazil 2. Alexander Rodriguez, Puerto Rico 3. Scott Morgan, Canada

15.325 15.050 15.000

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14.525 14.200 14.050

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U.S. finish 6. Brandon Wynn, USA/Voorhees, N.J. 14.875

Parallel bars 1. Tyler Mizoguchi, USA/Houston 2. Jorge Giraldo, Colombia 3. Luis F. Vargas, Puerto Rico

15.225 15.100 14.900

U.S. finish 4. Brandon Wynn, USA/Voorhees, N.J. 14.875 Horizontal bar 1. Luis F. Vargas, Puerto Rico, 14.900 2. Brandon Wynn, USA/Voorhees, N.J. 14.600 3. Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico, 14.475

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FACES IN THE GYM Devon Walker

Gia Balsamo

Hewitt, Texas

Westhampton Beach, New York

Devon, 10, competed as a Level 4 and scored above an 88.00 in the all-around at every meet this season and won three gold all-around medals. Devon also won the Ricky Deci award for highest individual score with a 15.50 on pommel horse. Devon trains at Zero Gravity Gymnastics Academy.

Gia, 8, won first in the all-around at the Level 4 sectional meet at the Long Island Gym-Nest with a score of 38.35! She’s coached by Bong-Hyun Kim and Diana Gallagher at Flip Flop Gymnastics.

Hannah Everman

Nathan Williams

Silverdale, Washington

Fort Collins, Colorado

Hannah, 13, is a Level 8 training Level 9. She took second on bars and vault at the Washington State championships. At Regionals she was third on bars and eighth in the all-around. She trains at OGC and is coached by Greg Mutchler and Tori Smieja.

Nathan, 11, is the 2011 Level 6 Colorado State Champion and was third in the Region 9 Championships. He also competed at the 2010 Future Stars held in Colorado Springs, Colo. He’s coached by Kyle Kirkpatrick at GK Gymnastics.

Harley Merritt

Orlando, Florida Harley, 14, is from Reflex Gymnastics and coached by Rich Masters. Harley is a member of the 2011 ODP Tumbling National Team and won a gold medal in tumbling in the Novice Division at the Canada Cup in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. She also won the JO National Championships this summer.

Joseph Buselmeier

Phoenix, Arizona

Joseph, 7, of Phoenix Gymnastics Academy was the 2011 Arizona Level 4 state champion on four of the six events including the allaround. He’s coached by Mark Nowak.

Morgan Todd

Myrtle Beach, SC

Morgan, 10, competed as a Level 5 gymnast at the 2011 South Carolina State Championships in March. She finished first on beam with a 9.425. She trains at Gymnastics Inc. in Myrtle Beach.

Sara Diaz

Bright Raven Gymnastics

Rochester, New York

The Bright Raven Level 4 Team took first in the Mega Team division at the Upstate New York Level 4 Team Cup. This is their fifth team title in a row. The top 9 scores count towards the team total.

Wheaton, Illinois

Sara, 10, is a Level 4 rhythmic gymnast at Elite Rhythmics. She took first in the all-around (Child C) at the 2011 Illinois State Meet. She’s also the 2011 Region 3 all-around champion. She’s coached by Jadranka Atanaskovic and Daniela Ingova.

Tori Tatum

Chanhassen, Minnesota

Tori, 7, is a Level 5 and trains at Legacy Gymnastics. At the State Meet she took first place in the all-around with a 37.45, won bars and floor and took third on vault. She’s coached by Heidi Mastro, Nick Mastro and Kari Vaughn.

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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