Shybitov, Petrosyan, Kane, Blixt win 2016 Future Stars all-around titles
posted on 11/14/2016

© Steve Lange

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 14, 2016 – Oleksandr Shybitov of Lakeshore Academy, Vahe Petrosyan of Gymnastics Olympica USA, Sebastian Kane of Metropolitan Gymnastics, and Landen Blixt of Infinity Gymnastics won the 10-, 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old all-around titles, respectively, at the 2016 Future Stars National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Future Stars National Championships is held in conjunction with the National Coaches Workshop, the premier educational event for the men's program.

In the 10-year-old division, Shybitov won the all-around title with an 84.450. Cooper Kim of Twistars USA placed second with 82.10. Jelani Scott of Lakeshore Academy was third at 81.30.

Petrosyan claimed the 11-year-old all-around top spot by posting an 84.600. Kai Uemura of Lakeshore Academy scored an 83.000 for second, and Jack Barden of Lakeshore Academy was third with 80.800.

For the 12-year-old crown, Kane tallied an 81.750 for first, followed by RGA’s Kristian Grahovski (81.500) and Kennett School of Gymnastics’ David Shamah (81.300) in second and third, respectively.

Blixt garnered Future Stars all-around gold when he won the 13-year-old title with an 84.95 total. Denis Irimiea of Universal Gymnastics took second with 84.40. Rounding out the medals podium was Levon Chalikyan of Gymnastics Olympica USA (83.05).

The Future Stars National Championships showcase the USA's top 10-, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old male gymnasts who perform special Future Stars competitive routines. Based on the results at the championships, USA Gymnastics identifies the Junior National Developmental Team, which includes the top 16 gymnasts in both the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, 12 gymnasts in the 12-year-old division, and the top six gymnasts in the 13-year-old division. The top eight athletes in the 10- and 11-year-old divisions, the top six athletes in the 12-year-old division, and top three athletes in the 13-year-old division will be invited to a special Future Stars camp to be held at the USOTC next summer.

In addition to the competition, Future Stars athletes and their parents participate in workshop activities that feature lectures, technical presentations, and hands-on coaching sessions. Presenters include Junior National Coaching Staff members, National Team coaches, sports science personnel, U.S. Olympic Committee staff and special guests.

The Future Stars program is designed is to identify talented athletes and to start them on the right developmental path to national and international success. The program uses a special competitive routine format to evaluate the skill, strength and flexibility development of the elite athlete.


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13-Year Old National Team