Guillermo Alvarez

Birthdate: 10/24/1982
Program: Men's Artistic
Level: Senior
Current Residence: Minneapolis, MN
Club: TAGS Gymnastics-Eden Prairie
Head Coach: Mike Burns

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Career Highlights

Alvarez was a member of the 2006 World Championships team. He's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the winner of the 2005 NCAA Nissen-Emery Award. Alvarez is the youngest child of Janet who works in the radiology department at Idaho State University, and Amando Alvarez, a Spanish instructor at Idaho State University. He has two brothers and a sister: Jaime, Magdalena and Marco Antonio. His goal in gymnastics is to earn a position on the 2008 Olympic Team. Guillermo lists his former coach, Alexei Koudria, as his role model. He plans to go to graduate school.
Personal Information

Nickname: Memo, G-Mo, Charhutme, Guanme
Hometown: Denver, CO

Name of College: University of Minnesota
College Graduation Year: 2005
Degree/Major: Psychology
Year you began gymnastics: 1992
Favorite Event: Floor Exercise
How did you get involved in gymnastics: My parents felt that my inclination for doing flips was more safely kept under the control of professional instruction (but it still didn't stop me from doing flips on the couches).
Favorite thing about gymnastics: I love traveling and seeing sites that I otherwise would never have had the chance to experience.
What are your goals for gymnastics?: Make the U.S. Olympic Team
Names of parents/guardians: Amando (Spanish instructor at Idaho State University) and Janet (works in the radiology department at Idaho State University).
Names of sibling(s): Jaime, Magdalena, and Marco Antonio


Interests Outside the Gym

Favorite school subject: Linguistics
Hobbies or favorite activities: Reading, coffee, trying to teach myself piano
Favorite book(s): Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite TV show(s): Simpsons
Favorite Food: Oversized burritos
Charity Involvement: Local elementary school assemblies

National Competition Results

2009 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 2nd-FX; 4th-AA; 6th-PH; 7th-PB(T); 9th-SR
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics, Philadelphia, Pa. - 3rd-PH; 5th-FX; 6th-AA; 8th-SR, VT; 9th-PB; 10th-HB
2008 Visa Championships, Houston, Texas - 4th-PH; 6th-FX; 7th-AA
2008 U.S. Men's Qualifier, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 4th-PH
2008 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. -
2007 Visa Championships, San Jose, Calif. - 2nd-AA, VT; 3rd-FX, PH
2007 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 2nd-PH; 3rd-AA, VT
2006 Visa Championships, St. Paul, Minn. - 3rd-AA, PH; 4th-FX, VT
2006 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 3rd-AA; 4th-PH
2005 Visa Championships, Indianapolis, Ind. - 1st-FX; 2nd-PH
2005 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, West Point, N.Y. - 2nd-PH, VT; 4th-AA
2005 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 2nd-AA, PH, VT
2004 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Champaign, Ill. - 4th-FX; 5th-AA
2004 Winter Cup, Las Vegas, Nev. -
2003 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 1st-FX; 4th-AA
2002 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, Norman, Okla. - 3rd-FX

International Competition Results

2008 Toyota Cup, Toyota City, Japan - 3rd-FX; 8th-PH
2008 USA vs Canada, Calgary, Albera, Canada - 1st-Team, AA, VT(T); 2nd-PH; 4th-FX
2007 World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany - 4th-Team, FX
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2nd-FX; 3rd-Team, AA; 8th-PB
2007 Tyson American Cup, Jacksonville, Fla. -
2006 World Championships, Aarhus, Denmark - Team
2006 France/Switzerland/USA Meet, Paris, France - 1st-Team
2006 Pacific Alliance Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii - 4th-Team; 7th-SR
2005 Pan American Championships, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 1st-Team; 2nd-FX; 6th-VT
2005 World Cup, Paris, France - 5th-FX