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Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 02 August 2019 06:55    PDF Print
Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy: ‘Millennial Man’
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Featured in the July/August issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2019 European all-around champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia told IG his success in various facets of life comes from his positively channeled restlessness.

“It is very difficult, but I can’t do only one thing,” said Nagornyy, who has his own Youtube channel on which he shares videos he produces with nearly 190,000 subscribers, runs his own gym club and is married to fellow 2016 Olympic team silver medalist Daria Spiridonova. “I have a lot of energy.”

Nagornyy said several factors will need to cooperate for him and his teammates to succeed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It is a lot of everything,” he said “I will do everything in my power. And of course, with God's help.”

“My attitude towards our gymnasts is always friendly, and no matter which gymnast from Russia will win, the main thing is that it is the country’s victory,” he said. “We have no problems in camaraderie. Competition within the team gives impetus to all the guys, including me.”

Read “Millennial Man,” a profile on Nagornyy, in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

Written by Admin    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:58    PDF Print
Five Different Winners At Day Two Of Event Finals In Lima
(3 votes, average 3.67 out of 5)

The second day of event finals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru once more produced five different winners.

In the men’s vault final Audrys Nin from the Dominican Republic won the gold with a strong Dragulescu and a Kasamatsu 1 ½ twists which averaged 14.416. Jorge Vega from Argentina and Alejandro De La Cruz from Cuba took the silver and bronze with 14.383 and 14.183, respectively.

In the balance beam final Kara Eaker from the U.S. was a class above everyone else posting 15.266/6.6 (switch ring mount, ring leap, full turn leg up, front aerial to split ring to back handspring, side aerial to layout-layout, leap to side somie, switch ring to back handspring to back handspring swing down, switch leap to switch side and round off, ff, 2 ½ twists stuck) to easily win the title. Ellie Black from Canada took her fifth medal of the competition by winning the sliver medal with a 13.566/5.1, while Riley McCusker got her fourth medal at the event by taking the bronze with a 13.333/6.1.

In the parallel bars final Isaac Nunez from Mexico took the title with a routine with great amplitude posting 14.433/5.9 (peach half, peach, giant, Diamidov, uprise Suarez, front 1 ¼, big Bhavsar, Tippelt, Stutz, double pike with a hop). All-around champion from Brazil Caio Souza took the silver with a 14.366/6.1. Cameron Bock won the sole medal of the day for the U.S. men by taking the bronze with a 14.033/5.9.

Flavia Saraiva from Brazil competed nearly a flawless routine to open the women’s floor final (stuck double layout, full-in, 1 ½ to full, double pike) but her 13.766/5.2 was only good enough for the bronze medal. Kara Eaker produced a second very strong performance of the day with a front layout to double full to punch front, triple twist, 2 ½ to front full and stuck double pike to take the silver with a 13.8/5.4. Showing superb artistry Brooklyn Moors form Canada took the title despite stepping out of bound on her last pass (Podkopaeva-double front half out, front double full to front full, 2 ½ to front tuck).

The Brazilian men were spectacular on high bar taking one-two in the final. Francisco Barretto edged teammate Arthur Mariano 14.566/6.1 (Zou Li Min, Tkatchev to layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev half, Takemoto, layout Tkatchev half, Takemoto full to front giant grip, Yamawaki, stuck full twisting double layout) to 14.533 (Endo full to el, Takemoto, hop full, layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev to Tkatchev half, full twisting Jaeger, Takemoto full to Yamawaki, double twisting double layout). With a well-constructed routine Huber Godoy from Cuba took the bronze posting 14.2/5.7.

On the women’s side USA and Canada dominated the competition by winning seven medals each, Brazil three and Cuba one. While on the men’s side the dominant team was Brazil taking home eight medals (four gold, four silver).

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Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:49    PDF Print
Turkey’s Onder: ‘The Hard Work Begins From Now’
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast, Ahmet Onder of Turkey told IG he has shifted his focus to delivering a medal-worthy performance at this fall’s World Championships in Stuttgart.

“For Stuttgart I want to compete for a top place, so I must work hard, as it is not Europeans — it is Worlds,” he said. “Everything will be different. With the team we aim to achieve historic success. If we want this I must do an excellent job there. So the hard work begins from now.”

Onder, who qualified third to the all-around final in Szczecin, Poland, clawed his way up to fifth place after breaking form on pommel horse in the second rotation. He attributes his early error, which dropped his rank on the apparatus to 17th, to expectations he placed on himself heading into the competition.

“I was a little bit stressed before the all-around final because I knew that if I did all of my routines well I could be third, and this would be a historic moment for Turkish gymnastics,” Onder said. “So in the days before, I put pressure on myself. I think I couldn’t handle this so I made a mistake.”

Onder regained his composure and completed the final smoothly, but said he was disappointed to end it without a medal.

Read the complete interview in the July/August issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

Written by Christian Ivanov    Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:35    PDF Print
Five Countries Golden In Day One Of Event Finals In Lima, Peru
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

In the first day of the event finals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru five different countries won the five different events.

After earning the bronze medal in 2007 and the silver in 2011, Chilean Tomas Gonzalez went one better by winning the gold medal in the men’s floor final with a 14.6/5.9. He performed with style and produced several perfect landings (double front pike half out, stuck front full to double front, stuck double twisting double tuck, stuck 2 ½ to half, triple twist dismount) to win his first Pan American Games title. Second place finisher was Robert Neff from the U.S. with a 14.166/6.0, while the bronze went to Andres Martinez from Colombia who posted 14.1/5.7 for his clean set.

In the pommel horse final Francisco Carlos Barretto from Brazil won the title (Mikulak scissor mount, Sivado, Roth, Wu, triple Russian to Tong Fei, quad Russian dismount) with a 13.533/5.6. With a well-controlled routine from start to end, Neff from the U.S. captured his second silver of the day with a 13.466/5.6. Carlos Alberto Calvo from Colombia posted 13.233/5.4 for the bronze medal on the event.

In the rings final surprisingly Artur Zanetti wasn’t able to defend his title after he overshot his back giant swing, and had to save the handstand with a pike down. The Brazilian posted a 14.4/6.0 (15.0 during qualification) to take the silver. Fabian De Luna from Mexico took advantage of Zanetti’s mistake and won the title with a 14.5/6.0 (press up to planche, bounce to cross, roll to Maltese, tuck Yamawaki to swing to Maltese, uprise to cross, uprise to planche, 1 ½ twisting double tuck dismount with a small hop). The bronze medal went to Federico Martin Molinari from Argentina who scored a 14.066/5.9.

In the women’s vault final top qualifier Ellie Black easily won the title with well-landed front handspring front layout full and a Tsukahara 1 ½ twists. The Canadian posted an average of 14.45 to win her first vault Pan Am title. The silver medal went to Cuba’s Yesenia Ferrera who vaulted a strong Yurchenko double twist and a layout Podkopaeva (round off half on front handspring front layout half off) for 14.391. Third place finisher on the event was Shallon Olsen from Canada who had a good Yurchenko double twist first vault, but was very under rotated on the landing and nearly touched down her Cheng (half on Rudi off) second vault - 14.183.

There were no surprises in the uneven bars final as the top three qualifiers finished in the exact same order. It was sweet redemption for Riley McCusker who had fallen on the event in the all-around final the day prior. The American executed near flawlessly (stalder full to Maloney to Tkatchev, stalder Tkatchev to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova half, front half back tuck off dismount coming from eagle grip) for 14.533/6.0, which gave her the gold medal. McCusker’s teammate Leanne Wong grabbed the silver medal with a 14.3/5.9, while Black by taking the bronze (14.0/5.9) was the only female gymnast in the competition to walk away with two medals on the day.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 30 July 2019 07:09    PDF Print
Jade Vansteenkiste: ‘I Am A Real Team Player’
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Profiled in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Jade Vansteenkiste of Belgium told IG that, following her individual success at this spring’s European Championships in Szczecin, Poland, she has the skill and spirit to be valuable for her country’s team effort at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart in October.

“I can contribute by performing my best vault and best floor exercise, since these are my best and favorite apparatus where I have an acceptable difficulty level,” said Vansteenkiste, who finished 20th all-around and sixth on floor exercise in Szczecin. “I am a real team player who can fight for and work together with the other girls, my friends, towards our common goal.”

“After the qualifications I didn’t expect the all-around final at all, and knew that the floor final would still be within reach,” she said. “So when the confirmation came that I qualified for both the all-around final and the floor final, it was an enormous relief.”

“My floor exercise is describing a jungle theme,” she said. “In the beginning I am a lion trying to catch some prey, and later on I am a horsewoman. The special choreography makes me, just like the other Belgian girls, unique on floor. Apart from the choreography, I am very good at making my twists.”

Read the complete interview in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast.

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