Postell Earns Beam Gold and Floor Silver; Townsend Wins Parallel Bars Silver
Indianapolis – The U.S. Team brought home three medals, including one gold and two silver, from the 2001 Glasgow Grand Prix that took place December 15 and 16 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ashley Postell (Mitchellville, Md./Capital GTC) earned the balance beam gold medal and the floor exercise silver while 2001 World Parallel Bars Champion Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas/Houston Gymnastics Academy) took the silver on parallel bars….
Houston – Teammates Tasha Schwikert and Jordan Jovtchev dazzled the audience and were crowned champions of the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, an entertainment team competition at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion. Olympians Schwikert and Jovtchev earned a total score of 199.10.
“This was such a fun evening,” said Schwikert. “It’s great to go out there and let my personality shine and just have fun with my gymnastics….
Houston – Shannon Miller, the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history, will compete in her final competition tonight at the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m.
“It’s great to finish my career in a fun competition surrounded by my friends and a hometown crowd,” said Miller.
24 year-old Miller has won more Olympic and World Championships medals than any other gymnast in American history….
Indianapolis – Houston’s Susan Jackson, 14, a junior national team member, will replace Russian Olympian Elena Produnova in the Reese’s Gymnastics Cup line-up. Produnova was forced to withdraw due to an injury.
Born and raised in Houston, Jackson trains at Brown’s Gymnastics and finished fifth at the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships. She was also a member of the team that won a gold medal at the 2001 Junior Pan American Championships in Curitiba, Brazil….
Indianapolis – The 2003 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, an annual entertainment-style gymnastics competition that features the top stars in the sport, will be hosted in Colorado Springs at the World Arena on November 22. The event, televised on NBC, will be hosted by USA Gymnastics in partnership with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
“With its tradition of staging successful sporting events, Colorado Springs will be an excellent city to host this premier gymnastics event,” said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics….
Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions Alexei Nemov, Svetlana Khorkina and Houston’s Shannon Miller and Sean Townsend Among Competitors
Indianapolis – The most accomplished stars in the sport of gymnastics, including Houston’s own 2001 World Championships Gold and Silver Medalist Sean Townsend, are headed to the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion for the Reese’s Gymnastics Cup December 1, at 7 p….
Houston Comets’ Sheryl Swoopes and Houston’s gymnastics greats Kim Zmeskal, Dominique Moceanu and Bela Karolyi Also Named Judges
Indianapolis – 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, and Houston’s own Mary Lou Retton will reunite with her legendary coach Bela Karolyi and an all-star cast of gymnasts and celebrity judges for the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, an entertainment style team competition, scheduled for December 1 at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p….
Ghent, Belgium – Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas) scored a 9.7 to secure the parallel bars gold medal on the final day of the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships. Townsend earned the first U.S. men’s world gold medal since 1979 when Bart Conner won parallel bars and Kurt Thomas won floor exercise and high bar.
“This is very exciting and it was so important for me to come back and hit my routine as well as I did,” said Townsend….
Ghent, Belgium – Katie Heenan (Burke, Va.) scored 9.212 to win an uneven bars bronze medal, the first individual medal earned by the United States at a World Championships since 1996.
“I am ecstatic,” said Heenan. “This is the highest bars score I’ve received all year. I was thrilled just to qualify for the final. This was my first big international meet and to make it into the top eight, much less top three, on my favorite event is just so exciting….
Ghent, Belgium – Russian Svetlana Khorkina, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, earned her second world all-around title at the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships today with a score of 37.617.
Russian teammate Natalia Ziganshiva earned the silver with 37.305. Andreea Raducan of Romania won bronze with 36.949.
Americans Tasha Schwikert and Tabitha Yim had a very solid evening, earning fifth and seventh place respectively with 36….
Ghent, Belgium – Jing Feng of China was crowned the new world all-around champion today in an exciting competition that saw many lead changes. Feng scored 56.211, followed by two-time world champion Ivan Ivankov of Belarus with 56.124 and Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria with 56.085.
U.S. gymnasts Paul Hamm (Waukesha, Wis.), Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas), and Stephen McCain (Houston, Texas) placed 7th, 8th and 28th respectively….
Ghent, Belgium – The U.S. women’s team earned a bronze medal tonight at the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships, the fourth world team medal ever earned by U.S. women. The U.S. team scored 108.514 behind Romania and Russia who scored 110.209 and 109.023, respectively.
“Our team came together as one and that’s why we won this medal tonight,” said 2001 U.S. National Champion Tasha Schwikert.
World Championships team members include Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev….
Ghent, Belgium – The U.S. men’s team made history today at the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships, earning the first ever men’s silver medal for the United States.
“We did it,” said veteran team leader Stephen McCain. “This just feels great. It’s been a long road here and this is so inspiring. If I can say anything, this is for Blaine (Wilson) and John (Roethlisberger).”
The United States earned 166….
Schwikert, Yim and Bhardwaj Advance to All-Around Finals
Ghent, Belgium – The U.S. women’s team finished second after the qualification round (competition I) of the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships, advancing them to the team finals competition and Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.), Tabitha Yim (Irvine, Calif.) and Mohini Bhardwaj (Los Angeles, Calif.) to the all-around finals.
“We’re going to come in here and be strong in the finals,” said Tasha Schwikert after competition on Monday….
Townsend, Hamm and McCain Advance to All-Around Finals
Ghent, Belgium – The U.S. Men’s World Championships Team turned in an impressive performance to finish second in the men’s qualification of the 2001 World Gymnastics Championships. The U.S. team scored 221.420, just behind Belarus who finished first with 222.132. Finishing in third was Korea with 220.857.
“Tonight was really good for us,” said 2001 U….
Olympic Gold Medalists Alexei Nemov and Shannon Miller and Houston’s Sean Townsend, Steve McCain, Kim Zmeskal and Bela Karolyi Participating
Indianapolis – The most accomplished stars in the sport of gymnastics are headed to Houston for the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup, an entertainment style team competition on December 1 at the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion at 7 p.m.
MEN Featured on the men’s side is showman Alexei Nemov, the 2000 Olympic Games All-Around Gold Medalist from Russia and 12-time Olympic medalist (4 gold)….
USA Gymnastics is very sad to report that Ricky Deci (Stafford, Texas), 13, a member of the USA Gymnastics men’s junior national team (12-13 age group), collapsed and died October 11, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The following national team athletes will represent the United States at the 2001 Senior Pan American Championships, October 2-7, in Cancun, Mexico. Go USA!
MEN Daniel Diaz-Luong, Harrisburg, Pa. Todd Thornton, Houston, Texas Guard Young, Norman, Okla. Kris Zimmerman, Hubbard Woods, Ill. San Juan Jones (alternate), Tallahassee, Fla.
WOMEN Mohini Bhardwaj, Los Angeles, Calif. Katie Heenan, Burke, Va. Tasha Schwikert, Las Vegas, Nev. Tabitha Yim, Irvine, Calif. Natalie Foley (alternate), Englewood, Colo.
RHYTHMIC Jessica Howard, Jacksonville, Fla. Shayna Javornicky, Corona, NY Olga Karmansky, Brooklyn, NY
Indianapolis – USA Gymnastics is pleased to announce the rhythmic group training squad for the 2002 Group World Championships. Nine athletes were selected to train with coach Stella Angelova and will reside for the first time ever at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. The following athletes comprise the 2001-2002 Rhythmic Group National Team:
Nina Chubrikova, Daly City, Calif….
Three-Time U.S. National Champion Jessica Howard to Lead Team
Indianapolis – Jessica Howard (Jacksonville, Fla.), Olga Karmansky (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Shayna Javornicky (Queens, N.Y.) have been selected to represent the United States at the Senior Pan American Championships, September 18-23 in Cancun, Mexico, and at the 2001 Rhythmic World Championships, October 17-21 in Madrid, based on results of the USA Gymnastics rhythmic national team training camp held this weekend in San Francisco at the Marin Rhythmic Gymnastics Training Center (MRGTC)….
Olympic Gold Medallist and Houston Resident Shannon Miller Expected to CompeteIndianapolis – USA Gymnastics will be bringing one of its premier events to Houston, Texas, on December 1. The 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup will take place at the University of Houston Hofheinz Pavilion, featuring some of the biggest stars in the sport in an entertainment style team competition.
“Houston has a very strong gymnastics community and is an excellent market for USA Gymnastics to host the 2001 Reese’s Gymnastics Cup,” said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics….
U.S. Gymnasts Patterson and White Earn Seventh and Ninth
Brisbane, Australia- Romanian Sabina Cojocar, the 2000 Junior European Champion, earned the 2001 Goodwill Games all-around gold medal tonight with a score of 36.854. Winning the silver and bronze medals were Russian Olympic Gold Medalists Svetlana Khorkina with 36.617 and Elena Zamolodchikova with 36.312.
“Today was good for Sabina because there were no mistakes,” said Octavian Belu, Cojocar’s coach….
McClure places fourth in high bar; Howard turns in strong rhythmic event finals performances
Brisbane, Australia- Hollie Vise (Dallas, Texas), 13, earned the third Goodwill Games medal for USA Gymnastics this evening when she scored 8.887 on the balance beam. Vise earned her first bronze Thursday on the uneven bars while Brett McClure (Mill Creek, Wash.) won a bronze Wednesday on the pommel horse….
Csollany, Bin and Khorkina Earn Event Finals Gold Medals; Chaschina Wins Rhythmic All-Around
Brisbane, Australia- Hollie Vise, 13, from Dallas, took the uneven bars bronze medal with a score of 9.212 as the 2001 Goodwill Games gymnastics competition continued this evening at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center. Events contested were still rings, men’s vault, uneven bars and the rhythmic all-around….
Russian Olympic Gold Medalist Elena Zamolodchikova Earns Gold on Vault and Floor
Brisbane, Australia- The 2001 Goodwill Games got underway tonight at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center with American Brett McClure (Mill Creek, Wash.) earning a 9.362 on pommel horse to bring home a bronze medal.
“I think this is a breakthrough for U.S. men’s gymnastics and a hint of what’s to come,” said McClure….
2000 Olympians Sean Townsend and Stephen McCain landed big performances at the men’s all-around this evening at the 2001 World University Games to give the U.S. men’s gymnastics team one of the best international showings in recent history.
Leading the charge was Townsend who tied with China’s Zheng Lihui for fourth place overall, finishing with a score of 56.55. McCain meanwhile finished a respectable ninth, giving the U….
Indianapolis – Tia Orlando (Souderton, Pa.), the 2001 Floor Exercise Junior National Champion, has been added to the U.S. Goodwill Games roster. Orlando replaces three-time Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac (Johnstown, Pa.) who slightly sprained her left knee during a training session at Parkettes Gymnastics Thursday. An MRI showed no structural damage.
The Goodwill Games are August 29-September 9 in Brisbane, Australia….
Indianapolis – USA Gymnastics is sending eleven athletes to the Goodwill Games, August 29-September 9, in Brisbane, Australia. The squad includes 2000 Olympians Stephen McCain and Sean Townsend along with three-time Women’s Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac, three-time Rhythmic Senior National Champion Jessica Howard, and five-time Trampoline National Champion and 2000 Olympic Alternate Ryan Weston….
All systems go for the U.S. Men’s Gymnastics team as they begin to look ahead to the start of the team competition on Thursday at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. The men’s gymnastics team arrived last Thursday and have held many practices during the past week, which has resulted in a team now confident with their new enviroment and the competition equipment they’ll be using.
At the close of today’s podium training, a mock rehearsal of sorts, head coach Kevin Mazeika (Houston, Texas) stated that he was very pleased with the way his team has progressed since their arrival in Beijing….
Philadelphia – Based on final results of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships women’s all-around competition, August 11, the following athletes will represent the United States at the 2001 World Championships, October 28-November 4, in Ghent, Belgium.
Tasha Schwikert, Las Vegas, Nev. Tabitha Yim, Irvine, Calif. Mohini Bhardwaj, Cincinnati, Ohio Rachel Tidd, San Marcos, Calif. Ashley Miles, San Antonio, Texas Katie Heenan, Burke, Va….
Kristal Uzelac Wins Third Consecutive Junior All-Around Title
Philadelphia – Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.) won her first all-around title this evening at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships scoring a combined total of 74.912.
“I am really excited about winning tonight,” said Schwikert. “I’ve accomplished a major goal and now I want to move on to winning a World or Olympic medal.”
Second and third in the all-around finals were Tabitha Yim (Irvine, Calif….
Indianapolis – 2000 Olympian Sean Townsend, 22, (Houston, Texas) won the all-around title Friday evening at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships scoring 109.200, a combined score from Wednesday’s preliminary round of competition.
“It was a battle out there but I hung in there and did my job,” said Townsend. “It hasn’t really set in yet that I’m national champion yet, but it’s awesome. I’ve accomplished one of my major goals….
Philadelphia – Olympian Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.) leads the all-around of the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships after the preliminary round of competition with a score of 37.450, followed by Tabitha Yim (Irvine, Calif.) with a 36.550 and Mohini Bhardwaj (Cincinnati, Ohio) in third with a 36.250.
Schwikert took home four individual event medals including one gold, two silvers and one bronze….
Philadelphia – 2000 Olympian Sean Townsend (Dallas, Texas) finished on top of the preliminary competition this evening at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, scoring a 54.175 in the all-around and winning four event medals.
Townsend won three event gold medals and one silver medal. He took first in the floor exercise with a 9.325, the still rings with a 9.350 and parallel bars with a 9.350. He also took a silver on vault with a 9….
Indianapolis – Olympians Philip Cahoy, Lance Ringnald, Andrea Schmid Shapiro, Kim Zmeskal Burdette and World Championship team members Ann Carr Tunney, Sue Soffe Sylvester and distinguished coach Ed Burch, will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Saturday, August 11, in Philadelphia. The induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and the annual Congress meeting….
The 2001 World Age-Group Games are underway in Odense, Denmark. The 73 American athletes arrived in Denmark on Friday, July 27. After three days of training, they are anxiously awaiting the start of competition.
Opening ceremonies are tomorrow evening, July 31. Four days of competition begin on Wednesday, August 1.
While in Denmark, the athletes are taking some time to tour the country and get a feel for some of the local customs….
The third time was a charm for Lajeana Davis, or at least the third World Championships was, as she took the silver medal today in Women’s Tumbling. Lajeana, 18, of Roscoe, Illinois, scored a 69.6 over the two passes in the final round. Other medalists were Olena Chabenko, Ukraine, who took gold with a score of 73.3 and Kathryn Peberdy, Great Britain, who scored a 69.5 for the bronze. USA’s Alisha Robinson, Bates City, Missouri, scored a 68….
The 22nd Trampoline World Championships in Odense, Denmark got underway July 26 with the Men’s and Women’s Individual Trampoline preliminaries. Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho and Jennifer Parilla of Lake Forest, California represented the USA. It was a disappointing day for Weston, who began with a good compulsory routine (18th after compulsories), but ran into trouble on the optional, completing only 3 skills….
Olympians Sean Townsend, Stephen McCain, Tasha Schwikert and two-time Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac Expected to Compete Indianapolis – The roster is set for the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships where nearly 200 of America’s finest gymnasts will compete for the coveted national title and a berth on the World Championship Team, August 8-11 at Temple University’s Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia….
The 2001 Trampoline & Tumbling World Championships Team is hard at work in Portugal. Under the guidance of T&T Program Director, Ann Sims, and T&T National Team Coordinator, Joy Umenhofer, the team is putting the finishing touches on their passes and routines in preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Denmark.
This year’s event, the 22nd Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini-Trampoline World Championships, is being held from 25-28 July at the Sports Centre in Odense, Denmark….
Two-Time U.S. National Champion Jessica Howard Scheduled to Compete
Indianapolis – Two-time U.S. National Champion Jessica Howard (Jacksonville, Fla.) and reigning junior national champion Brenann Stacker (Lincolnshire, Ill.), headline the competition at the 2001 Rhythmic Eastern, July 21-22, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn.
The Rhythmic Eastern serves as a qualification event and preview for the upcoming U….
2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert Scheduled to Compete
Indianapolis – Many of America’s elite gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.) and two-time junior national champion Kristal Uzelac (Johnstown, Pa.), will take the floor at the U.S. Classic, July 20-22, at the Bronco Gymnasium on the campus of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.
The U.S. Classic serves as a qualification event and preview for the upcoming U….
Indianapolis – Olympians Morgan and Paul Hamm (Waukesha, Wis.) have withdrawn from the 2001 GymJam Men’s National Qualifier this weekend in Santa Barbara.
Morgan Hamm sustained an injury to his left shoulder the week of June 4th. Progress has been made and he is training with the goal of returning to competition at the 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships this August in Philadelphia.
X-rays have determined that Paul Hamm fractured his right tibia last week….
Indianapolis – Blaine Wilson (Columbus, Ohio), two-time Olympian and five-time U.S. National Champion, suffered a shoulder injury sustained during a training session at Ohio State University last week. Wilson was training on the pommel horse.
The results of an MRI from Thursday, June 21, indicate that Wilson tore muscles in the rotator cuff area of his right shoulder, requiring surgery to repair the injury….
San Antonio, Texas- The 2001 Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships crowned national champions in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini today at the Freeman Coliseum.
2000 Olympic Alternate Ryan Weston (Chubbock, Idaho) earned his fifth national trampoline title with a score of 105.60. Weston won the title in 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996, but had an ankle injury in 2000 and was unable to compete….
San Antonio, Texas- The 2001 Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships got underway today at the Freeman Coliseum with preliminary competition in trampoline, synchronized trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini.
The top eight athletes from each discipline advanced to the finals. Finals competition takes place Saturday, June 9. Juniors will compete from noon to 2:30 p.m. Senior competition follows from 6:00-8:00 p….
The USA Senior National Team defeated Belgium in a dual competition 145.65 to 137.58 Saturday night, May 26. The competition was conducted at the conclusion of a four day training camp exchange with the Belgium team at the Karolyi Gymnastics Camp in front of spectators from the local Houston gymnastics clubs as well as Region III Elite athletes and coaches who were attending a regional training camp at Brown’s-Houston….
Here are some results form the 27th Tournoi International de Gymnastique Rhythmique – Corrbeil-Essones, France, May 11-13, 2001
RUS – 222.700
UKR – 217-650
BUL – 214.650
BLR – 212.275
ITA – 198.100
JPN – 196.175
GRE – 193….
Members of the USA Gymnastics Men’s National Team Members had some fantastic results this past weekend.
At the 44th Romanian International Gymnastics Tournament that will took place April 27-29 in Ploiesti, Clay Strother won the Silver medal on floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars and won the Bronze medal in the All-Around.
Also competing in 2001 Moscow World Stars competition in Moscow, Russia April 26-30, Raj Bhavsar won the Silver medal on the parallel bars (9….
We have received results from the 44th Romanian International Gymnastics Tournament that took place April 27-29 in Ploiesti, Romania.
Report by Cindy French, USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Program Manager
Several USA Rhythmic athletes have been competing this Spring at various international competitions. We are very excited with all of the results, considering the new Code of Points and various changes going on.
XXIV Tournoi International de Gymnastique Rhythmique May 4-6, 2001 – Bourgas, Bulgaria
Most recently last weekend, Jessica Howard and Jacquelyn Jampolsky competed in Bulgaria at an annual competition….
More Than 14,000 Spots to Run On Turner Networks in Cross-Promotional Campaign
Nine of the world’s top athletes took part in a promotional shoot for on-air vignettes for the 2001 Goodwill Games, Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, in Los Angeles, Calif. The shoot featured some of the top athletes from the 14 sports featured in this year’s Games, which will be hosted by Brisbane, Australia. Stars from athletics, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, diving and basketball participated….
2000 Olympian Jennifer Parilla Expected to Compete For release – April 18, 2001
Indianapolis – The 2001 Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships are scheduled for June 8-9, at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio and will name National Champions in each discipline and the 2001 World Championships Team. Events that will be contested include trampoline, synchronized trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini trampoline….
Romanian Invitational Clay Strothers (gymnast), Thom Glielmi (coach) and Ken Allen (judge) will make up the men’s delegation that will be participating in the 44th Romanian International Gymnastics Tournament that will take place April 27-29 in Ploiesti. This will be Clay’s first international competition, it is felt that he has a chance to do well on a couple of events.
World Stars Steve McCain (gymnast), Raj Bhavsar (gymnast), Vitaly Marinitch (coach) and Mike Hirsch (judge) will be the men’s delegation traveling to the 2001 World Stars competition taking place in Moscow, Russia April 26-30….
Pan-American Interclub Championships
The Pan-American Interclub Championships event was held in Monterrey, Mexico, in late November 2000. There were 60 gymnasts from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, USA, and Venezuela competing. Excalibur, from Virginia Beach, Va., took first place in the team competition and was the first team from North America to win the team finals!
Excalibur’s 12-year-old Marcia Newby won four of the five gold medals including vault (9….
Ohio State won its third NCAA National Championship title – the first since 1996 – while Buckeyes Jamie Natalie and Raj Bhavsar took first and second in the all-around.- 2001 Men’s Gymnastics Event Finals
Indianapolis, Ind.- The U.S. men were victorious over China and Romania at the 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup, this evening at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The U.S. finished with 220.675 while China finished second with 215.000 and Romania finished third with 210.000.
Following is the link to complete results and event coverage: http://www.usa-gymnastics.org/events/2001/team-cup/qh.html
“Our guys fought really hard from start to finish,” said head coach Kevin Mazeika….
Two-time Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac (Johnstown, Pa.) has withdrawn from the 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup, which is March 30 and 31 at the Neal Blaisdell Center at 7:00 p.m. She slightly sprained her left knee and ankle during a training session on Thursday.
Uzelac will be replaced by national team member Marie Fjordholm (Houston, Texas). Fjordholm was a member of the U.S. team that won gold over Romania and China in the 2000 Pontiac International Team Championships last November.
Indianapolis- Two-time Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac headlines the U.S. women’s squad that will face Romania and China at the 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup, March 30-31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center. The team was named at a national team training camp that concluded yesterday at Karolyi’s Gymnastics in Huntsville, Texas….
Medalists Highlight Line-up For release – March 5, 2001
Indianapolis – Some of the biggest stars from the 2000 Olympic Games will be competing at the 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup, March 30-31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. A strong U.S. squad will face teams from Romania and China, which include gold, silver and bronze medalists from Sydney….
Indianapolis – Wendy Hilliard has resigned as the Vice Chair of the Rhythmic Program for USA Gymnastics. Hilliard, who held the position for two years, cited her commitments to the Wendy Hilliard Foundation and New York 2012, the organization which aims to attract the 2012 Olympic Games to the New York area, among the primary reasons behind her decision to step aside.
Andrea Schmid Shapiro has accepted the nomination to replace Hilliard….
Townsend earns Silver; Uzelac earns Bronze Orlando, Fla. – Blaine Wilson, five-time national champion and two-time Olympian, earned his fourth Visa American Cup title today in Orlando with a score of 56.3. Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS) won the women’s crown with a score of 36.755.
“For the first international meet of the year, it was a good representation for the U.S….
2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, Nev.) has withdrawn from the 2001 Visa American Cup. Schwikert continues to upgrade her routines to comply with the requirements of the new FIG Code of Points for this Olympic quadrennium. National Team Member Ashley Kelly (Tulsa, Okla.) will replace her in the line-up.
“We are disappointed that Tasha will not represent the U.S. at American Cup, but we are working very hard so she is ready to compete as soon as possible,”” said Cassie Rice, coach of Tasha Schwikert….
Indianapolis, Ind. – Martha Karolyi, head coach of the gold medal winning 1996 Olympic Team, has been named National Team Coordinator for the U.S. women’s program through 2004.
Martha Karolyi will be responsible for establishing the overall training program for the women’s national team through the 2004 Olympic Games. She will be available as an advisor to the individual coaches of the national team athletes….
Las Vegas-Two-time Olympian and five-time National Champion Blaine Wilson (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University) won the 2001 Winter Cup all-around competition with a score of 52.650, this evening at the Pepsi AllSport Arena in Las Vegas. Wilson earned the highest marks of the night on still rings with 9.65 and high bar with 9.4. Wilson recently finished sixth in the all-around competition at the 2000 Olympic Games, the highest U….
Indianapolis – On June 22-24, gymnastics clubs from the United States and guest clubs from other countries will gather at SeaWorld Adventure Park in Orlando, Florida, for the 2001 National GymFest and TeamGymn Nationals.
“We are excited to work with SeaWorld-Orlando to host the 2001 National GymFest and TeamGymn Nationals” said Steve Whitlock, USA Gymnastics Group Gymnastics Director. “Orlando and SeaWorld offers a wonderful setting U….
Indianapolis – The finest gymnasts from the United States, China and Romania will go head to head at the 2001 Pontiac American Team Cup, March 30-31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The competition will be hosted locally by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and
Network To Televise 55 Hours Of Original Programming Live
TNT To Provide Live Coverage from Brisbane, Australia of Goodwill Games
Turner Network Television (TNT) will present 83 hours of original programming from the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, 55 hours (66%) of which will be live. In addition to the 12 straight days of live coverage, TNT will also air an additional 37 hours of encore performances, giving the network a total of 120 hours of competition and 31 hours in prime time….
Network To Televise 55 Hours Of Original Programming Live
Shannon Miller, who will turn 24 on March 10, is a two-time World Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. Shannon was a member of the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal Team and earned the beam gold medal as well. In fact, Shannon is the most decorated American gymnast in history, winning more world and Olympic medals than any other gymnast, male or female. Shannon is originally from Oklahoma City, Okla., but now she and her husband Chris reside in Houston, Texas….
The USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Selection Committee has informed the inductees and is now pleased to release the names of those elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2001. They are:
Phil Cahoy, athleteAnn Carr Tunney, athlete Lance Ringnald, athlete Sue Soffe, athlete Kim Zmeskal, athlete Ed Burch, coach Andrea Schmid, contributor
Two individuals were selected to receive Lifetime Achievement awards. They are:
Frank Endo Jerry Wright
Fifteen Olympians scheduled to compete for $70,000 in prize money
Indianapolis – 2000 U.S. Olympic gymnasts Blaine Wilson, Sean Townsend and Tasha Schwikert and two-time U.S. Junior National Champion Kristal Uzelac will face an impressive international field at the 2001 Visa American Cup, February 24, 2001. The contest begins at 2:30 p.m. at Orlando’s TD Waterhouse Centre.
Fifteen stars from the Sydney Olympic Games will compete in Orlando including double gold and silver medalist Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS) and all-around bronze medalist Oleksandr Beresh (UKR)….
Indianapolis – USA Gymnastics is pleased to confirm men’s program positions for 2001. Ron Brant (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been named Senior National Team Coordinator, Dennis McIntyre (Columbus, Ohio) is Junior National Team Coordinator, Bo Morris (San Antonio, Texas) is the new Men’s Program Manager based at the Indianapolis headquarters and Vitaly Marinitch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was named head coach at the U….
2000 Olympic Team Members Wilson and Townsend Scheduled to Compete
Indianapolis, Ind. – Nearly 100 of the nation’s top male gymnasts will gather in Las Vegas for the Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 9-10 at the Pepsi AllSport Arena in their first attempt to compete the new Code of Points. Three spots on the national team on the line.
Highlighting the competition are members of the 2000 Olympic Team, including Blaine Wilson (Columbus, Ohio), a five-time national champion and 1996 Olympian, and Sean Townsend (Houston, Texas), a member of the 1999 World Championships Team….
Check out the January/February issue of Sports Illustrated for Women for an in-depth interview with 2000 Olympian Tasha Schwikert!
Indianapolis – Bela Karolyi has announced that he will not be a candidate for the women’s national team coordinator position for USA Gymnastics. The decision was made during a women’s program summit in Houston on Sunday in conjunction with a national team training camp.
Karolyi’s contract with USA Gymnastics expired at the end of December 2000. Although he will no longer serve as national team coordinator, USA Gymnastics plans to explore a number of possible roles in the organization for Karolyi….