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Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 25 July 2019 06:51    PDF Print
Aussies Brown and Nedov Thrive As Teammates, Business Partners
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Featured in a dual interview in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown and Emma Nedov enjoy a unique, two-tiered relationship as rivals in the gym and partners in business.

“We both said when we went into this together that our friendship is the most important thing,” said the pair of Atrium Sport, the designer sports brand they founded last year. “We know if we have different ideas or don’t 100 percent agree on something that there’s a good reason for it, so we’ll just talk about it and come up with a solution.”

“We’ve come to know each other’s characteristics and personalities quite well, and understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We’ve seen each other at our best and at our absolute worst, as sport tends to bring that out in you, so we know how we both work. That really assists us in this partnership.”

Read the complete interview with Brown and Nedov 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 John Crumlish    Wednesday, 24 July 2019 07:36    PDF Print
Yeryomina: ‘I Am Learning To Believe In Myself’
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Featured in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine, 2017 world all-around bronze medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia told IG she is pleasantly surprised by her current ability following back surgery last February.

“Half a year ago, I did not even think that I could do what I am doing now, although this is only a basic level,” said Yeryomina, who performed simpler-than-usual routines at the Korea Cup in June, her second competition since her surgery. “It feels like it's not my body.”

Yeryomina said she was eager to compete in Korea, even with an easier program for the time being.

“When, if not now?” she asked rhetorically. “It gives me hope and competitive experience. It’s better that I make mistakes now, and then I will feel more confident.”

Yeryomina said she is gaining self-assurance as she and her coaches, Vera Kiryashova and Alexander Kiryashov, work to restore her to full strength by next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I am learning to believe in myself,” she said.

Read “Back on Track,” the complete feature on Yeryomina in the July/August 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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Written by John Crumlish    Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:42    PDF Print
Furnon Hints At ‘Something Different’ For Next AGT Performance
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Two-time French Olympian Ludivine Furnon told IG that she and partner Nicolas Besnard plan a routine even more romantic than their crowd, and judge-pleasing audition performance on “America’s Got Talent.”

Furnon and Besnard, known professionally as the acrobatic act Duo Maintenant, earned a standing ovation from the audience for their passionate and daring routine on the July 9 episode.

The four judges also stood, gave them rave reviews and advanced them to the next stage of the competition.

“That was by far the best acrobatic act I’ve seen,” Julianne Hough said. Gabrielle Union described their performance as “seamless, beautiful and powerful.” Howie Mandel praised the act as “perfect and beautiful and dangerous.”

“That was a 10,” quipped Simon Cowell.

Preparing for their next appearance on the show, Furnon likened their AGT debut to Olympic competition.

“We are very happy with our first performance,” said Furnon, the first French woman to win a World Championships medal (bronze on floor exercise in 1995) and a 1996 and 2000 Olympian. “It was a very unique and emotional moment for us. I had the impression of being at the Olympic Games.”

Furnon, who was featured in the April 2005 issue of International Gymnast magazine while performing with Cirque du Soleil, said she and Besnard are planning a new routine for the upcoming episode.

“For our next performance we want to do something different,” she told IG. “More romantic, with a prop!”

To view Duo Maintenant’s first AGT performance, click here.

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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 22 July 2019 08:07    PDF Print
Pan Am Games ‘Building Block For Our Team,’ Says Black
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Although Ellie Black was the most decorated Canadian athlete in any sport at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, she told IG her sights for the 2019 Games that begin this week in Lima, Peru, are clearly set on a successful team performance.

“I had an amazing experience in Toronto 2015, but every competition is a different and new experience, so I am just looking forward to sharing this competition with this new team and helping to guide them the best I can,” said Black, who won three gold medals (all-around, balance beam, floor exercise), one silver medal (team) and one bronze medal (vault) at the Games four years ago.

“My goals are more focused on our Canadian team. This is a great chance to get back out there on the international stage as a team. We are focusing on using this competition to help us prepare for Olympic qualification at the World Championships in the fall.”

Black, the 2017 world all-around silver medalist, said she is managing her personal expectations as well as others’ expectations for her as the defending Games all-around champion. She is also prioritizing Canada’s performances over her own potential medal haul.

“It’s important to have goals for yourself, but those aren't always aimed towards winning,” said the 23-year-old Black. “I can't focus on the expectations of others. All I need to do is focus on our new goals, our plan, the process and using this competition as a stepping stone as we build towards Worlds. I am excited to have another opportunity to represent Canada at the 2019 Pan Am Games.”

The Canadian team in Lima includes Black, fellow 2015 Games competitor Victoria Woo, Shallon Olsen, Brooklyn Moors and Ana Padurariu.

Black said the Canadian women’s aim in Lima will be an optimal performance in its own right.

“For our team, our goal is to use this competition for experience and practice,” she said. “We will go out and aim to show our best gymnastics and make Canada proud. We always hope to have good results for Canada but we try to focus on the process instead of just the end result.”

Success in Lima could benefit Black and her teammates as they prepare for this fall’s Worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, from which nine teams will advance to next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The top three teams at last year’s Worlds in Doha, where Black led Canada to a history-best fourth-place finish, have already qualified for the Tokyo Games.

“Participating in Lima will be a perfect chance to compete again as a team, gain more podium and international experience, and work on our consistency and executing our routines the way we want in competition,” Black told IG. “It is a building block for our team as we continue to build in our preparations for the World Championships. It will be a fun and exciting step in the process.”

International Gymnast magazine’s recent coverage of Canadian gymnasts includes:

Brooklyn Moors center poster (April 2019) Ana Padurariu cover photo and interview (March 2019)

“A Canadian in Control” - Zoe Allaire-Bourgie profile (September 2018)

“Canadian Grace” - Brooklyn Moors interview (December 2017)

Ellie Black on cover collage (September 2017)

“Canadian Candor” - Ellie Black and Zachary Clay interviews (July/August 2017)

“Canadian Pace-setter” - Ana Padurariu profile (December 2016)

“Canadian on a Roll” - Jade Chrobok profile (April 2016)

Chrobok, Meixi Semple on cover inset photo (March 2016)

“Canadian Beacon” - Black interview (September 2015)

Christine Peng-Peng Lee chat (April 2015)

Megan Roberts profile (April 2015)

“Canadian Promise” - Black chat, Robert Watson profile (July/August 2014)

Isabela Onyshko profile (July/August 2014)

“Making Tracks” - Scott Morgan profile (December 2013)

"Aiming to Top the Charts" - Maegan Chant interview (October 2013)

"Canadian Diversity" - Ellie Black and Hugh Smith profiles (July/August 2013)

"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)

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Written by Christian Ivanov    Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:56    PDF Print
Biles, McClain Win 2019 US Classic Titles
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Simone Biles (World Champions Centre) successfully defended her all-around title at the 2019 US Classic Championship held at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. Biles (also winner at the event in 2014, 2015 and 2018) competed clean start to end to post 60.0 in the all-around to snatch another title by yet again fairly large margin. Second and third place finishers were Riley McCusker (MG Elite) 57.9 and Grace McCallum (Twin City Twisters) 57.7, who also went four-for-four.

Biles competed a Cheng on vault to post top score on the event (15.65), and also outscored the field on floor by a wide margin despite landing her new pass (Biles to punch front layout) entirely out of bound (15.0/6.8). She was also rock-solid on bars and beam performing cleanly and posting 14.45/6.2 and 14.9/6.2.

With her complex routine on beam (switch leap to ring leap mount, front aerial split ring to ff step out, side aerial to layout-layout, leap to side somie, switch ring to ff to ff swing down, round off, ff, 2 1/2 twists) Kara Eaker from GAGE posted best score on the event 15.4/6.8, and her all-around of 56.8 was the fourth best of the day. Teammate Leanne Wong was fifth with a 56.65. The 2019 American Cup winner hit every routine but gave a few tenths away on a late toe full on bars, and big steps on her landings on double layout dismount on bars and 3 ½ twists on floor. Sixth was Morgan Hurd from First State with a 56.5. Hurd topped the field on bars with a clean routine sticking her full twisting double tuck dismount 14.7/6.0.

Jade Carey (Arizona Sunrays) impressed on floor with a clean double twisting double layout, full twisting double layout, double twisting double tuck and front tuck step out to double tuck to post 14.25/6.1, tie for second best on the event with McCallum. Carey was also strong on vault competing a Cheng and a double twisting Yurchenko for the vault title. For complete results click here.

In the junior competition Konnor McClain from Revolution Gymnastics won the all-around title with a 55.6, ahead of Sydney Barros (Texas Dreams) 55.3, and Olivia Greaves (MG Elite) 54.75. McClain posted top scores on vault 14.8 and beam 14.35, while Greaves had the best bar routine with a 14.2. The top score on floor was 13.7, which came from Skye Blakely (WOGA) who placed fourth in the all-around with a 53.95. For complete results click here.

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