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Review: 2014 Anadia World Challenge Cup

The 2014 Anadia World Challenge Cup, part of the annual FIG World Cup series, wrapped up on Sunday June 1st in Portugal. This competition, set in a small, intimate arena, awards individual apparatus medals but does not include an all-around portion. Attendance was somewhat lower this year than in previous years because the event directly followed the 2014 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Nonetheless, there were several former World and Olympic competitors present in addition to many newer faces on the international scene. Team USA do...

Two More Gold and a Bronze For USA Men

On the fourth and final day of competition at the 2014 Anadia World Challenge Cup, medals were awarded on five apparatuses: men’s vault, parallel bars, and high bar, and women’s balance beam and floor.   On the vault, the first final on the men’s side, Eddie Penev (USA) earned his second gold medal of the competition with a 15.100 average score. Audrys Nin Reyes (DOM) took the silver medal with a 15.025, and Ruiyang Qu (CHN) took home bronze with a 14.987. Team USA’s Sam Mikulak finished fifth with a 14.375 average...

Results: Men's Canadian Nationals Event Finals

The top eight gymnasts on each event from qualifications competed today at the 2014 Canadian Championships event finals.  Scott Morgan claimed gold medals on floor and vault and a silver on rings. Zachary Clay and Evan Cruz tied for the pommel horse title, Robert Stanescu took the rings title, Nathan Gafuik took the parallel bars title, and Cory Paterson took the high bar title. Results via Gymnastics Canada Floor 1. Morgan, Scott - British Columbia - 14,650 (6,400) 2. Loran, Anderson - Saskatchewan - 14,050 (5,700) 3. Smith, Hugh - Nova ...

Canadian Championships Concludes with Event Finals

At today's event finals for the 2014 Canadian Championships, the top eight juniors and top eight seniors on each event competed for the event title. Ellie Black, who won gold on Thursday in all-around, added a gold on bars today. Shallon Olsen, who claimed all-around silver in the juniors field, placed on all four events today including a gold on vault. On vault, future Penn State gymnast Briannah Tsang took the senior title with a 14.775. Future Florida Gator Maegan Chant took second with a 14.6 and future Maryland Terrapin Kirs...

Craig Ballard Named Arizona State Assistant

Arizona State gymnastics coach René Lyst announces the hire of former Kent State assistant coach Craig Ballard as an assistant coach on the Sun Devil gymnastics staff.   “I’ve been able to watch, first hand, Craig develop into an outstanding collegiate coach,” said Lyst. “I have worked with him at camps and have recruited with him while at different programs on a regular basis. He is what I call a ‘gymnastics junkie’.”   Ballard joins the Sun Devils after two seasons at Kent State, whe...

USA Wins Four Medals, Lopez Dominates UB Finals at Anadia World Cup

In the first final of the day, Team USA’s Eddie Penev and Sam Mikulak went one-two for the gold and silver medals on floor exercise. Penev took the title with a 15.625, with Mikulak just behind him with a 15.550. Enrique Tomas Gonzalez (CHI) claimed bronze with a 15.375. The gold medal on pommel horse also went home with an American, as Alex Naddour scored a 15.225 to pass Hungary’s Zoltan Kallai with a 15.150. First-place qualifier Bo Wang (CHN) faltered, scoring a 12.925 for seventh place and opening the door for D...

June National Team Training Camp Attendees

The next National Team Training Camp begins this Monday, June 2nd, lead by National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi. There are a few new faces, and this is the first camp back for 2012 Olympic team and all around champion, Gabby Douglas.    2013 World team members Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/ World Champions Centre, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max and Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, are scheduled to attend.    The focus of the five-day camp is preparing for upcoming competitions, i...

Caption This: Dana's Book

Below are our favorite captions from this week! Keep any eye out for our next caption contest. 3. "Is that our lunch menu? No? Okay nevermind." -Instagram user torriegray 2. "See, it's right here. You are being featured by Gymnastike. Anne is coming to do an interview." -Instagram user gllong71 1.  "That's your score." "Whaaaaat... my toes were pointed the whole time though" -Instagram user amppma123 Related:  Caption This: Russian Juniors Caption This: Chalk Talk Caption This: Florida Gymnastics Caption This: LSU

Penev Misses Out on High Bar Final, Mikulak Qualifies on Three Events

During day two of qualifications at the Anadia World Challenge Cup, and the field was set for finals on the remaining five events: men’s vault, parallel bars, and high bar, and women’s balance beam and floor. On men’s vault, Haoran Wang (CHN) took the top qualifying spot with a 15.175, followed by Audrys Nin Reyes (DOM) with a 14.925 and Eddie Penev (USA) in third with a 14.875. Teammate Sam Mikulak (USA) also made it through to the finals in fifth place with a 14.55 average. Diego Hypolito (BRA) was originally slated to...

Yoder to Represent USA in Youth Olympics

2014 Junior Olympic all-around champion (Junior Elite/16 years) Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, was chosen by the USA Gymnastics Men’s Youth Olympic Games Selection Committee to compete in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.  The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be held Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China.   At the U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, Yoder also won the pommel horse and horizontal bar gold medals.  He was part of th...

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