INDIANAPOLIS – The stars of the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships are on their way to New York after accepting invitations today for the 2004 Visa American Cup to be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden.
2003 World Championships team gold medalist and All-Around silver medalist Carly Patterson will be joined on the U.S. women’s roster by her gold medal teammates Chellsie Memmel and Tasha Schwikert, and Pan American Games gold medalist Courtney McCool….
Parilla qualifies U.S. woman for 2004 Olympic Games
INDIANAPOLIS – Team USA’s Shelley Klochan earned double-mini bronze, and the men’s and women’s double-mini teams each earned silver at the 23rd Trampoline World Championships held recently in Hannover, Germany.
Additionally, Olympian Jennifer Parilla proved Sydney was no fluke by placing 16th in the trampoline event, qualifying the United States for one women’s entry in the event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens….
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rhythmic gymnast Mary Sanders punched a ticket to Athens today by finishing ninth in the All-Around preliminary competition at the 2003 Rhythmic World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Sanders’ placement – the best-ever by a U.S. athlete in the Rhythmic World Championships – automatically qualifies a U.S. athlete to the 2004 Olympic Games. The athlete nominated to the Olympic delegation will be selected at the U….
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rhythmic gymnast Mary Sanders is on the brink of making history for USA Gymnastics at the 2003 Rhythmic World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Sanders, the 2003 Pan American Games champion, currently stands 12th in the All-Around competition. She needs to finish among the top 10 individuals not competing in the team event in order to guarantee an automatic spot in the Olympic Games….
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Trampoline Team members are aiming for Athens when they participate in the 2003 Trampoline World Championships, Oct. 16-19 in Hannover, Germany.
Olympian Jennifer Parilla of Lake Forest, Calif. and National Champion Ryan Weston of Chubbuck, Idaho lead the list of 21 athletes named to the World Championships Team roster on Monday following the World Team Selection Camp in Pocatello, Idaho….
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by Diana Kersbergen – U.S. Olympic Committee (719-866-4529)
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – August proved to be a great month for gymnastics as the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today named gymnasts Chellsie Memmel and Paul Hamm as the August Athletes of the Month. Following suit, the USOC Team of the Month honor was awarded to the 2003 USA Gymnastics World Championships Team.
Memmel (West Allis, Wis….
INDIANAPOLIS – Fresh off their victories at the 2003 Pan American Games, U.S. Rhythmic gymnasts Mary Sanders and Olga Karmansky, and teammate Lisa Wang, have a full slate of competitions ahead before the 2003 Rhythmic World Championships, Sept. 24-28 in Budapest, Hungary.
“Getting into competition mode by performing at a few select, high-caliber international meets is the best way to prepare for the World Championships,” said Rhythmic Program Sr….
ANAHEIM – Olympians Shannon Miller, Jaycie Phelps, Charles Lakes, Scott Keswick, and Chris Waller, and Trampoline and Tumbling’s Bonnie Davidson and Harold Holmes, Jr., will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Anaheim.
“The USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame class of 2003 represents some of the most dynamic, successful, and supportive personalities in the sport of gymnastics,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi….
ANAHEIM – Nadia Comaneci’s Perfect 10 at the 1976 American Cup at Madison Square Garden has been selected as the most memorable “Longines Perfect 10 Moment In Time” in USA Gymnastics history during an on-line campaign that registered more than 316,000 votes.
Comaneci’s Perfect 10 moment narrowly edged 1984 Olympic Champion Mary Lou Retton’s five-medal performance by 2,699 votes, or less than one percent….
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Rhythmic Gymnastics competition came to a close at the 2003 Pan American Games today with the individual event finals in hoop, ball, ribbon and clubs. The U.S. took home four gold medals and one silver at the end of competition today. The top eight finishers from Friday and Saturday’s individual all-around qualification competed in the finals.
The U.S. walked away with the gold and silver after yesterday’s individual all-around event….
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Two-time National Champion Mary Sanders tops the list of athletes named to the 2003 Rhythmic World Championships Team, named Sunday following a World Team Selection Camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center.
Sanders, 17, will represent the United States for the first time at the World Championships. She is joined by Olga Karmansky, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lisa Wang, 14, of Buffalo Grove, Ill….
INDIANAPOLIS – More than 550 athletes will compete Aug. 3-6 in the USA Gymnastics Sports Acrobatics National Championships at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.The National Championships will also determine the 2003-2004 National Team. Each season, up to 15 pair-groups are named to the USA Gymnastics Sports Acrobatics National Team, granting these athletes first priority for selection to international competitions, including the World Championships….
INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm will receive the bronze medal for floor exercise from the 2002 World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary following the suspension today of Spain’s Gervasio Deferr for a positive doping result.
In a statement released today by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the FIG Disciplinary Commission decided to exclude Deferr from international competition for a period of three months, dating back to Oct….
INDIANAPOLIS – Kelli Hill of Hill’s Gymnastics, and Kevin Mazeika of Houston Gymnastics Academy will coach the U.S. teams for the 2003 World Championships, Aug. 16-24 in Anaheim, Calif.
“We are confident that we have chosen a group of coaches who are proven leaders within the world gymnastics community and who perfectly complement each others’ skills,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. “With solid leadership and the strength of our athletes, we can all look forward to great results in Anaheim….
Nemov, Ivankov, Khorkina, and Ban highlight international entries
INDIANAPOLIS – The world’s top gymnasts have confirmed their participation in the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 16-24 in Anaheim, Calif. With nearly 600 athletes – including 54 men’s teams and 37 women’s teams – entered in the Championships, the hunt for medals is expected to be fiercely competitive.
“This World Championships is by far the most important gymnastics event held since the 2000 Olympics as it serves as the only qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Games,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi….
INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time reigning U.S. champion Mary Sanders and two-time runner-up Olga Karmansky will represent the United States in rhythmic gymnastics at the Pan American Games, Aug. 1-17 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“Mary and Olga, based on their recent competitive results and passion for improving their skill sets, are probably the best medal hopefuls the United States has fielded in several years,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi….
INDIANAPOLIS – Veteran gymnasts Morgan Hamm, Blaine Wilson, Brett McClure and Raj Bhavsar will add another Worlds to their resume after being named to the 2003 World Championships team on Sunday following a selection camp at Ohio State University.
The four join U.S. All-Around Champion Paul Hamm and runner-up Jason Gatson who were automatically named to the Team after finishing first and second at the U….
INDIANAPOLIS – Annia Hatch, Ashley Postell and Carly Patterson punched their tickets to Anaheim and the 2003 World Championships on Saturday following an intense five-day evaluation at the National Team Selection Camp at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas.
The three join U.S. All-Around Champion Courtney Kupets, and runners-up Hollie Vise and Tasha Schwikert who were automatically named to the Team after finishing among the top three at the U….
INDIANAPOLIS – 2000 Olympian and three-time Trampoline National Champion Jennifer Parilla and six-time Trampoline National Champion Ryan Weston will attempt to defend their national titles at the U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling Championships, July 13-21, at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.
The U.S. Championships will name the national champions at the Jr. Elite and Sr. Elite levels, while the Jr….
INDIANAPOLIS – Reigning Mixed Pair World Champions Arthur Davis and Shenea Booth of Empire Acrogymnastics Sports in Riverside, Calif., will lead the U.S. team at the inaugural Freedom Cup, July 30-Aug. 3, at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Freedom Cup team was named at the Team Trials in Milwaukee, Wis., during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, June 19-22. More than 80 Elite, Level 10, and Level 9 athletes attended the competition last week….
National Team roster completed with addition of six men
MILWAUKEE – Two-time World Championships Team member Guard Young of Team Chevron-Oklahoma leads the list of six men’s gymnasts on their way to Santo Domingo in August after being named to the 2003 Pan American Games Team on Monday following the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
Joining Young on the team are David Durante (Team Gattaca-Palo Alto), Dan Gill (Stanford), Clay Strother (Minnesota), and two junior athletes – David Sender (Buffalo) and Jonathan Horton (Cypress)….
MILWAUKEE – Blaine Wilson, Morgan Hamm, Brett McClure, Raj Bhavsar and Alexander Artemev are one step closer to Anaheim after being named to the 2003 World Championships squad on Sunday following the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. Guard Young was named as the second team alternate.
“Our men’s team is the strongest we’ve had in several years,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. “This group of men has medaled in every team event since the 2000 Olympics, including a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships….
Schwikert, Vise tie for second at U.S. Gymnastics Championships
MILWAUKEE – Uneven bars World Champion Courtney Kupets secured her place on the 2003 World Championships Team by winning her first U.S. Gymnastics Championships All-Around national title in front of 7,133 fans at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday.
During the last rotation, Kupets (Hill’s), Schwikert (Gymcats) and Hollie Vise (WOGA) were neck-and-neck for the national title, with Vise in the lead….
Gatson, Wilson giving chase at U.S. Championships
MILWAUKEE – Paul Hamm’s double-gold performance in the Individual Event Finals in front of a hometown crowd spurned the 2002 All-Around champion to the early lead on Friday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Milwaukee, Wis.
Hamm, 20, of Waukesha, Wis. scored a 9.750 to repeat as pommel horse champion, and added a second gold with a 9….
Postell, Vise, Kupets double-medalists in Event Finals
MILWAUKEE – Annia Hatch won her first Individual Event gold medal at a U.S. Championships and, more importantly, made her bid for the All-Around title on Thursday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Milwaukee, Wis.
Hatch (Stars/West Haven, Conn.), who celebrated her 25th birthday on June 14, scored a 9.650 on the vault for the gold….
Indianapolis -The world’s top Sports Acrobatics gymnasts descend on Jacksonville, Fla. in July for the inaugural Freedom Cup, to be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center.
Without another Sports Acrobatics World Championship until mid-2004, the 2003 Freedom Cup presents gymnasts with the opportunity to gain valuable international experience in a growing competitive discipline….
USA Men & Women compete back-to-back on Aug. 17 Indianapolis – The U.S. men’s and women’s World Championships Teams will compete in back-to-back sessions on Aug. 17 to qualify for the team finals at the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 16-24 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.
“This draw is perfectly suited to our teams,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. “We have a young, energetic, very deep squad on the women’s side that should perform well in the company of The Netherlands and Slovakia….
Indianapolis – More than 100 of the nation’s top women’s gymnasts tumble into the San Antonio area May 29-June 1 for the 2003 U.S. Classic at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes.
The U.S. Classic, featuring Junior and Senior elite gymnasts, is the second of two qualifiers for the 2003 U.S. National Championships, June 19-22 in Milwaukee. The U.S. Nationals is particularly important in 2003 as it serves as the only route for U….
Indianapolis – More than 100 of the nation’s top men’s gymnasts tumble into Ann Arbor on May 17 for the Men’s U.S. Championships Qualifier at Keen Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan.
The Men’s Qualifier is the only route for athletes not already on the Senior National Team to qualify for the U.S. Championships, and eventually onto the U.S. National Team headed to the 2003 Pan American Games, Aug….
Indianapolis – Olympians Shannon Miller, Kim Zmeskal, Amanda Borden, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger and John Macready, and legendary coach Bela Karolyi will share some gold-medal inspiration when they visit area gymnastics clubs and T.J. Maxx stores April 15-17 to promote the upcoming 2003 World Gymnastics Championships slated for Aug. 16-24 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.The gymnastics legends will make appearances at greater Los Angeles and Orange County gymnastics clubs to meet with athletes and fans, sign autographs, speak about their gymnastics careers, and offer some insight into the World Championships….
Joy Umenhofer, Brad Davis and Dr. George Drew were named on Wednesday as head coaches of the 2003 Trampoline & Tumbling World Championships Team. The T&T World Championships will be held Oct. 17-19 in Hannover, Germany.
They are Joy Umenhofer, Pocatello, Idaho, Trampoline, Brad Davis, Lubbock, Texas, Tumbling and Dr. George Drew, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Double Mini Trampoline.
“The Program Committee felt that naming the coaches early in the year would give them an opportunity to work with the elite coaches to produce the best possible teams for World Championships,” said Senior Program Director Ann Sims….
Indianapolis – World Championships organizers are bracing for what could be the largest ever World Gymnastics Championships this August at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, with 739 athletes from 80 countries meeting the preliminary registration deadline earlier this week.
“USA Gymnastics and the Arrowhead Pond are thrilled with the amount of international support the world championships is receiving,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi….
Indianapolis – Youngsters Chellsie Memmel and Carly Patterson demonstrated the depth of the U.S. program on Saturday by finishing 1-2 in the USA Gymnastics Pacific Challenge at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal. State – Fullerton.Memmel, 14, of West Allis, Wis. (SALTO), earned a final all-around score of 37.725 including a 9.750 on her speciality, the uneven bars. However, because Memmel competed as exhibition on the vault and floor, the all-around title officially went to 15-year-old Carly Patterson of Allen, Texas (WOGA)….
Indianapolis – World Champions Ashley Postell and Courtney Kupets, and 2003 Visa American Cup champion Carly Patterson, top the list of 14 U.S. Women’s National Team athletes competing against Canada and Australia in the 2003 Pacific Challenge to be held at 7 p.m. March 22 at Cal. State-Fullerton’s Titan Gymnasium.
The Pacific Challenge will showcase the USA’s medal hopefuls and Commonwealth challengers as they prepare for the upcoming 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, Aug….
Fairfax, Va. – Two-time Olympian Blaine Wilson and 2002 U.S. Junior National Champion Carly Patterson captured the all-around titles in front of 7,111 fans at the 2003 VISA American Cup on Saturday at George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
Wilson, 28, who earned top honors on the floor, rings and parallel bars, claimed his fifth VISA American Cup title with a score of 56.900 despite hyperextendeding his right middle finger on the pommel horse….
Indianapolis – Annia Hatch, who finished fourth in the all-around at the 2002 U.S. Championships, has been added to the lineup for the 2003 VISA American Cup, scheduled for March 1 in Fairfax, Va.”Annia performed very well at the recent National Team Training Camp in Houston, and has proven that she is ready to compete at the highest level for the United States this season,” said Women’s National Team Coach Martha Karolyi….
Athletes from 25 states and 3 foreign countries will compete in Tampa at the USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Winter Classic, February 28-March 2. The event will feature members of the Senior National Team, including former Olympian and current National Champion, Jennifer Parilla of Lake Forest, California and 6-time National Champion, Ryan Weston, Pocatlello, Idaho, in trampoline competition. In tumbling, World Cup bronze medalist, Casey Finley, Lubbock, Texas, is the favorite in a tough men’s field, while Lindsey Blundell, Gilmer, Texas is a top contender in women’s competition….
McClure, Young Complete U.S. Roster
Indianapolis – The roster is complete for the 2003 VISA American Cup following the announcement of an impressive international lineup that includes World and Olympic Champion Elena Zamolodchikova and six-time World Championships medalist Jordan Jovtchev.
“USA Gymnastics is very pleased to have such a strong international field at the VISA American Cup,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi….
Indianapolis – Southern California will get a preview of the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships when the USA Gymnastics Pacific Challenge, featuring top National Team athletes from the USA, Canada and Australia, comes to Cal. State-Fullerton at 7 p.m. March 22.
The event will showcase the USA’s medal hopefuls and Commonwealth challengers as they prepare for the upcoming 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, Aug….
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Indianapolis – World Champions Ashley Postell of Mitchellville, Md., and Courtney Kupets of Gaithersburg, Md., lead the list of seven men’s and women’s athletes named Wednesday to the 2003 VISA American Cup roster.
“We are thrilled to have two local world champions participating in the meet this year,” said Bob Colarossi, President of USA Gymnastics. “These two young ladies took the world by complete surprise last fall in Hungary and are an indication of the depth of our talent….
Indianapolis – Kevin Mazeika of Houston, Texas has been named Head Coach of the U.S. men’s team for the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for August 16-24, in Anaheim, Calif.
Mazeika was the head coach for the team that captured the silver medal at the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, and oversees the training for 2001 World Champion Sean Townsend, as well as Senior National Team members Todd Thornton and Jason Furr….