Archive for April, 2009

USA team in Germany

April 30, 2009

The US-team, Bridgette Caquatto, Mackenzie Caquatto, Olivia Courtney, Kytra Hunter, Mattie Larson, Corrie Lothrop, Bridget Sloan and Sabrina Vega, arrived in Germany on Tuesday.

They immediately started their training.
On Sunday, 2nd May, they will compete against the German team. On the German website www.turn-team.de, a Live Ticker (in German) will comment the meet.
Click here for more photos.
(More informations later this day…)

A clip for now and then: (10)

April 26, 2009

Fabian Hambuchen´s gold medal winning high bar routines from the World Championships 2007 in Stuttgart (I saw it live!) – he´s is able to do difficult skills in such an exact execution:

Click play or watch on YouTube.

1. Bundesliga / 1. meet / women

April 26, 2009

In the first competition of the 1. Bundesliga, EnBW TT Stuttgart-Ulm won over last years champion TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf and TG Karlsruhe-Söllingen.

First year senior Elisabeth Seitz (TG Mannheim / 54,80) defeated Kim Bui (EnBW TT Stuttgart-Ulm / 54,20) and Anja Brinker (TV Hoffnungsthal / 53,05) in the all-around.

USA-girls for meet with GER

April 23, 2009

These are the possible gymnasts, who might compete in the dual meet against Germany on May, 2nd in Mühlheim:

Samantha Peszek, Bridget Sloan, Mattie Larson, Corrie Lothrop, Sabrina Vega, Mackenzie Caquatto, Hallie Mossett and Olivia Courtney.

Click here to see the provisional announcement.

Nastia Liukin – Interview

April 23, 2009

Usagymnastics posted a new interview with Nastia Liukin on their website. It´s pretty much the same stuff, we heard already in other interviews. But she seems really focused on her gymnastic career:

“How is school?
I have actually decided to take a break from classes to concentrate fully on training and getting back in shape. It was a little hard with training and especially traveling. But I hope when things slow down, I can start back up.

What’s your typical day like?
I wake up at 6:30 a.m. and go running before training. Then I train from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. I then have lunch, run errands or help my mom with anything she needs, and take a little rest. Then training again from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

What are your future goals for gymnastics?
I would love to compete at the World Championships this year in London in October. The 2012 Olympics are a little more than three years away. Time is flying by already! I am taking it one year at a time, but the Olympics are, once again, in the back of my mind as a long-term goal.”

Click here for the full interview.

Glasgow Grand Prix & World Cup

April 21, 2009

The 2009 Glasgow Grand Prix and World Cup (15th & 16th May) event (15th & 16th May) will be well-attended by known gymnasts, as Beth Tweddle and Becky Downie for Great Britain, Sandra Izbasa (ROM), Ariella Kaeslin (SUI), Yulia Berger (RUS), Daniele Hypolito (BRA) or Sanne Wevers (NED).

On the mens side, Anton Golotsutskov (RUS), Diego Hypolito (BRA), Louis Smith & Daniel Keatings (GBR), Yuri van Gelder (NED), Aljaz Pegan (SLO) or Epke Zonderland (NED) compete for the titles on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.

Click through for a detailed article on British Gymnastics.

Sam Peszek: “I´m so excited to be a Bruin”

April 21, 2009

As usagymnastics reported, Samantha Peszek will compete for UCLA in 2010 after she hopefully reached her goal to be on the team for the World Championships 2009 in London.

““I’m so excited to be a Bruin,” said Peszek, who is 17. “I visited several schools and UCLA was just a perfect fit for me. I’ve wanted to compete for UCLA and live in LA for a while, so it’s a dream come true.” Peszek, a junior at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, was a member of the teams that won gold medals at the 2007 World Championships Team and the 2007 Pan American Games. Peszek has made high honors every semester at Cathedral and was recently invited to join the National Honor Society. Peszek plans to compete in the 2009 Visa Championships in Dallas, Aug. 12-15, and her goal is to make the 2009 World Championships team. She trains with Marvin Sharp at Sharp’s Gymnastics.”

(full article)

GER vs USA

April 21, 2009

The All Around posted the following news. I tried to find the original source under the added external link (DeutscherTurnerbund), but unfortunately I didn´t find the German article :-(.

“The German team for the upcoming dual meet against the USA in Mülheim, Germany was named yesterday. [...] Bui and Brinker will be joined by first year senior Elisabeth Seitz (TG Mannheim), who missed the European Championships due to an elbow injury. “Seitz has been looking very strong lately,” head coach Ulla Koch said. [...] 17-year-old Susann Herbst (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf) is the fourth senior on the team. Koch gave the last two spots to juniors – Katja Roll (1995) and Desiree Baumert (1995), both of whom hail from the TG Söllingen. [...] The competition against the reigning world champions USA is scheduled for 2 May 2009 in the RWE Rhein-Ruhr-Sporthalle. The US team has not been named yet. Both teams will hold a joint training camp in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne prior to the competition.”

Click here to read the full post.

This is the German team:
Desiree Baumert

Desiree Baumert (TG Söllingen)

Anja Brinker (TV Herkenrath)

Anja Brinker (TV Herkenrath)

Elisabeth Seitz

Elisabeth Seitz (TG Mannheim)

Katja Roll

Katja Roll (TG Söllingen)

Kim Bui

Kim Bui (TSG Tübingen)

Susann Herbst

Susann Herbst (TuS Chemnitz-Altendorf)

Photos via Gymfan.

German Bundesliga starts!

April 21, 2009

The German Bundes- and Regionalligen (women) start this weekend in Wedel, near Hamburg. Eight teams with basically German but also European gymnasts compete in four competitions for the title.

The men Bundesliga already began last weekend. German gymnasts Fabian Hambuchen, Philipp Boy or Matthias Fahrig will compete as well as European gymnasts Marian Dragulescu (ROM), Flavius Kozci (ROM), Jeffrey Wammes (NED) or Niki Böschenstein (SUI). (full athletes list)

Interesting news about the women:

- Alina Kozich (no country is mentioned!) will compete for TV Hoffnungsthal as well as Aagje Van Walleghem (BEL)

- Oksana Chusovitina is listed as a team member, Daria Bijak too (both TTT Köln)

- Lieke & Sanne Wevers, Wyomi Masela and Suzanne Harmes (all NED) are part of the EnBW TT Stuttgart/Ulm

- Marine Petit (FRA) and Adela Sajn (SLO) compete for TG Karlsruhe-Söllingen

- German Olympians Joeline Möbius, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Anja Brinker, Kim Bui will also compete

Click here for the list of gymnasts on the official website of the Deutsche Turnliga (only in German).

Patrascu comes, Druncea goes

April 21, 2009

Fangymnastics recently reported about two changes of elite gymnasts in Romania:

Dana Druncea, member of the Romanian gymnastics Olympic team, retired. “An analysis was made and the conclusion was that there was no rate of progress, and what she had already learned is not enough for fighting for a medal. As in Romania just participating is not an option, but only winning, she decided to give up. Moreover, this year there is no team competition, while next year the new seniors would have much bigger chances to make the team, this being another reason for her decision. It was a mature decision, taken together with her family”, declared the head-coach Nicolae Forminte.

Member of the Romanian team that won the European gold last year, Cerasela Patrascu is now ready to come back in competitions, after the double surgery she suffered on her right meniscus. She is already training on 3 events: uneven bars, beam and vault, her first competition being Romanian Open, which will be held in Ploiesti on June 5-7. “At the moment she is struggling with her weight, but we can say that she made progress. She is still motivated and eager to recuperate the inactivity period. Her goal is to perform as well as possible during the Romanian Open, where she is going to compete on uneven bars and beam“, said the head-coach Nicolae Forminte.”


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