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Gymnastike's 2013  World University Games USA Dream Team

This past weekend eleven countries competed in the 2013 World University Games. As we watched Russia's spectacular ten point domination of the women's team finals, it got us thinking… if the USA were to send their own team of NCAA gymnasts, who would make the list?  The Gymnastike team of myself, Jennifer Teitell and intern Lizzy Stranahan sat down today, formed a fake selection committee, and picked our 2013 World University Games Dream Team! Click here to watch the video of how it went down.  Our rules: - Gymnasts must have ...

Russia Goes 1-2 in 2013 World University Games All Around

Despite a fall on beam, Russia's Aliya Mustafina came out on top in the women's all around final at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan. Mustafina's all around score of 57.900 was bolstered by a 15.200 on uneven bars, the highest score of the day on any event. With the fall on her double turn (and missing the connection from her onodi) Mustafina scored exactly one point less in the all around than in qualifications.  Watch Mustafina on bars: Just like in qualifications, Ksenia Afanaseva of Russia finished second all around, this time...

More Gold for Russia at 2013 World University Games

Following yesterday's domination of the Russian women at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, the Russian men's team also claimed team gold.  The strong, experienced Russian team of all arounders David Belyavski, Nikolai Kuksenkov, and Nikita Ignatyev, and event specialists Denis Ablyazin and Emin Garibov decisively won the team competition over Ukraine and Japan.  Oleg Verniaiev at the 2013 American Cup. Photo by Melissa Perenson.   2012 Olympian Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine is beginning to cement himself as a World...

Russian Dream Team Dominates 2013 University Games

The Russian women's team stunned their competition on day one of the 2013 Universiade in Kazan. Led by Olympic Champion Aliya Mustafina, the Russians won the team title by a ridiculous ten point margin. Japan and Germany rounded out the podium.  While many teams were made up of less experienced gymnasts, Russia made it a point to send their top athletes and impress the home crowd. They sent a stellar squad of Mustafina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Anna Dementyeva, Tatiana Nabieva and Maria Paseka.  Mustafina impressed with a 58.90 all around ...

Agrapides, Kocian and Chiles Win 2013 American Classic

Ariana Agrapides of MG Elite during her 2013 Level 10 Regional Meet. First year junior elite Ariana Agrapides of MG Elite shocked the field in session two of the 2013 American Classic at the Karolyi Ranch with the top all around score of the day for both juniors and seniors. Madison Kocian of WOGA came away with the senior all around title, while Jordan Chiles of Naydenov won the junior all aroud crown for session one.  Athletes at the American Classic were hoping to qualify to the 2013 P&G Championships in Hartford August 15-18, thi...

Recap: Elite Qualifier and National Team Camp at the Ranch

The final national elite qualifier of the season concluded Friday in Texas at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site. This was the final chance for gymnasts to achieve international elite status and qualify to the two upcoming Classic meets. The first Classic takes place Saturday at the Ranch.  Below is a recap for each division of Friday's optional elite qualifier competitions, Thrusday's compulsory competition, as well as a few tidbits from the USA National Team training camp at the Ranch.  Junior Elite In the junior elite...

UPDATES From The Ranch

 Martha Karolyi adds Laurie Hernandez of MG Elite to the U.S. National Team (c) Maggie Haney Junior elite Laurie Hernandez of MG Elite, was added to the U.S. Junior National Team today by National Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi. Karolyi added Hernandez to the team  following a strong performance at the most recent training camp and a dominating performance at the Parkettes Elite Qualifier where Hernandez won the Junior all around title. Watch more videos on Gymnastike Last year, the thirteen year old placed an admirable twenty-firs...

The FREE Session of IGC Gymnastics Camp Goes to....

Congratulations to Allie Palmer for winning Gymnastike's Pro Gym Challenge Prediction Contest! As the contest champion, Allie has been awarded a FREE session of gymnastics camp at IGC, International Gymnastics Camp! How awesome is that?! The Professional Gymnastics Challenge featured an amazing cast of Olympic and world-renowned gymnasts competing in a new, exciting format. PGC is a skill-for-skill competition with teams consisting of both men and women squaring off in head-to-head battles for true gymnastics supremacy of USA versus the WORLD....

This Week at the Karolyi Ranch: Camp, Elite Qualifier & American Classic

The hallway into the main gym at the Karolyi Ranch, USA Gymnastics' National Team Training Center The top elite gymnasts in the country will visit the Karolyi Ranch in Texas this week for the USA National Team Training Camp, the National Elite Qualifier Meet, and finally the American Classic meet.  First up is the U.S. women's national team camp which began Sunday. Headlining the camp once again is 2012 Olympic Gold and Silver medalist McKayla Maroney who returns for her second training camp since the Olympic Games.  Maroney shared t...

New Positions for College Coaches

Shannon Welker coaching at Michigan. Welker recently accepted a position as Mizzou's Head Coach. It's that time of year again. College coaches around the country are starting to move to new positions within the NCAA coaching world. Below are the latest coaching transitisions.  The University of Missouri named Shannon Welker as Head Coach of the women's gymnastics program. Welker comes to Mizzou after five seasons with the University of Michigan and one season with Bowling Green. Welker replaces Rob Drass.  Since his arrival at Mizzou...

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