Gymnastics

LANE ONE: Mary Bono resigns from USA Gymnastics; Translation: “Who needs this !@#$...

The world’s no. 1 women’s gymnastics team is now part of a worldwide laughing stock as Mary Bono, hired as the interim Chief Executive of USA Gymnastics last Friday (12th), resigned on Tuesday. The seven-term California representative was herself a gymnast in her youth, but her appointment by the USA Gymnastics Board was met with […]
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GYMNASTICS: Biles and McCusker lead U.S. World Champs team

USA Gymnastics announced that its women’s team for the 2018 World Championships in Doha (WAT) will include Olympic and World Champion Simone Biles and reigning World Champion Morgan Hurd after a one-day Team Selection competition in Sarasota, Florida. The six athletes named to the team are Biles, Kara Eaker, Hurd, Grace McCallum, Riley McCusker and […]
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GYMNASTICS: Hancharou & Zhu golden in Trampoline World Cup

Rio Olympic champ Uladzislau Hancharou won a showdown with 2016-17 World Champion Lei Gao of China in the men’s division of the FIG Trampoline World Cup section of the 18th annual Loule Cup in Loule (POR). Hancharou had the best execution scores in the final, leading Gao, 17-5-16.6 and that made the difference. China’s Xueying […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Rio champs Hancharou & McLennan headline Trampoline World Cup

The fourth FIG Trampoline World Cup comes this weekend at the 8th Loule World Cup in Loule (POR), with events in individual Trampoline, Synchronized Trampoline and Tumbling. Of these, individual Trampoline is the only event on the Olympic program, for men and women and there are excellent fields in both: Men: ∙ Lei Gao (CHN) […]
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GYMNASTICS: U.S., Zeng dominate Pan Am Rhythmic Champs

American Laura Zeng (pictured) won the All-Around and all four of the apparatus finals on the way to dominating the Pan American Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Lima (PER), as the U.S. also won the team title. Zeng followed in the footsteps of Evita Griskenis, who won the same five events in 2017, and the U.S. […]
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GYMNASTICS: Ellie Black is back, wins four medals at World Challenge Cup

Canada’s first World Championships All-Around medalist, Ellie Black, was the star of the final World Challenge Cup in Paris (FRA), winning four medals and winning the Beam event. Black, 23, won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year, and won silvers on Sunday in the Vault and Floor Exercise, plus a […]
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GYMNASTICS: Mikulak wins U.S. men’s team trials, leads Worlds team

The top U.S. men’s gymnasts competed against each other for two days from 21-22 September in Colorado Springs and from this competition, USA Gymnastics finalized its team for October’s FIG World Championships in Doha (QAT). Sam Mikulak (pictured), who won his fifth U.S. Nationals All-Around in 2018, won the selection competition – a double All-Around […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Last leg of the World Challenge Cup series is in Paris

The six-stop FIG World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics lands at the Accorhotels Arena in Paris (FRA) for competition on Friday and Saturday. As this 21st edition of the “Internationaux de France” is the last event in the World Challenge Cup series, the series winners will determined at this event. The leaders going into this […]
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GYMNASTICS: Four medals for Verniaiev in World Challenge Cup Szombathely

Over the years, Ukraine’s two-time World Championships silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev has been one of the most enthusiastic participants in the FIG World Cup and World Challenge Cup series and he has been rewarded with enough medals to merit an expansion of his already-extensive trophy case. At the fifth of six World Challenge Cup events […]
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GYMNASTICS: Fifth of six World Challenge Cup is in Szombathely

The FIG “regular season” is heading toward the close this week in Szombathely (HUN), with qualifying on Friday and finals on Saturday and Sunday at Arena Savaria. This is the fifth of six World Challenge Cup events – a level below the World Cup, held earlier in the year – with the last event in […]
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GYMNASTICS: U.S. women sweep Pan American Artistic Champs

The 2018 Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Lima (PER) was essentially a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games, and as such, the U.S. women are likely to be on the podium a lot. The American squad completely dominated the event, winning the team competition by more than four full points over Brazil and winning […]
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GYMNASTICS: Seven golds for Russia at Rhythmic World Champs

Russia just owns Rhythmic Gymnastics. At the FIG Rhythmic World Championships in Sofia (BUL), Dina Averina won the All-Around for the second straight year and earned the Hoop, Ball and Clubs titles, and Alexsandra Soldatova won the Ribbon final. Both added another gold with the Team title for a Russian total of seven. Soldatova also […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Pan American Artistic Champs start in Lima

The 2018 Pan American Gymnastics Championships start Friday in Lima (PER) as essentially a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games, also to be held in Lima. The top eight teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions will qualify full teams for the 2019 PAG. This is the 12th edition of the event, being […]
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GYMNASTICS: Gluckstein wins in PanAm Trampoline Champs

American trampoline champion Jeffrey Gluckstein added a gold medal for the Pan American Championships to his trophy case, but Canada won three events. Sophiane Methot (CAN) won the women’s individual event and the Synchro title with Sarah Milette; the Canadians also won the men’s team event. The U.S. women were keyed by Nicole Ahsinger, who […]
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Perry forced out as USA Gymnastics CEO

More turmoil for USA Gymnastics as chief executive Kerry Perry resigned on Tuesday. She took over for Steve Penny on 1 December 2017 amid the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but was criticized for a lack of communications with the athletes and a bad mis-step with the hiring and firing last week of Mary […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics in trouble again

USA Gymnastics dug itself into a deeper hole with the hiring and firing of Mary Lee Tracy as the Elite Development Coordinator, responsible for working with sub-elite gymnasts in the federation’s development programs. After the hiring announcement last Tuesday, she was excused on Friday. The statement said “USA Gymnastics has asked Mary Lee Tracy to […]
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GYMNASTICS: Dina Averina nearly sweeps Rhythmic Challenge Cup

There was no doubt that the focus of the third Rhythmic World Challenge Cup in Kazan (RUS) was going to be on the Russian entries with less than a month left before the 2018 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia (BUL) from 10-16 September. Even with the pressure competing at home, three-time World Champion Dina […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Averinas are on stage in Rhythmic Gymnastics Challenge Cup

The third Rhythmic World Challenge Cup is in Kazan (RUS) this week, and with the time getting short before the 2018 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia (BUL) from 10-16 September, what is normally a second-level competition is suddenly an all-star warm-up, including: ∙ Arina Averina (RUS) ~ 2017 World Champion in Ball and Ribbon […]
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GYMNASTICS: Biles and Mikulak dominate U.S. Artistic Championships

History repeated itself as two of the best American gymnasts won their fifth All-Around championships at the USA Gymnastics National Championships at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). But the buzz was, of course, more about Simone Biles than Sam Mikulak. Biles dominated the U.S. field as she has never done before, not just […]
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U.S. Anti-Doping in 2017: 9,936 tests, just 84 reported cases

TSX HEADLINES – for August 20, 2018: The United States Anti-Doping Agency issued its 2017 report and the details were remarkable: 9.936 tests and just 84 came back either with a violation or an initial adverse finding that is still being resolved. That’s a problem rate of 8/10ths of 1 percent, which is pretty good. […]
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