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2013 World Championships Men's GOLD Medal Routines

The 2013 World Gymnastics Championships came to a close over the weekend in Antwerp. Here's a recap of the newly crowned World Champions on the men's side. All eyes will be on these gymnasts as we progress into the quadrennium. 2013 World Floor Champion: Kenzo Shirai of Japan Score: 16.000 (7.40D / 8.60E) Competing in his first World Championships, 17-year-old phenom Kenzo Shirai of Japan won the men's floor title with a crazy routine that ended with a stuck quadruple twist. Shirai's massive difficulty score of 7.40 was the highest in the fiel...

World Domination - Antwerp 2013

World Domination - Antwerp 2013

October 4, 2013, 2:00pm

Simone Biles and Kyla Ross celebrate their 1-2 finish in the World All Around Final. Photo by Melissa Perenson.  The 2013 Antwerp Women's World Championship All-Around From the Perspective of a 15-year-old British Gymnast:  Wow. What a competition. Coverage of the Women's Artistic All-around World Championship final finished on my T.V just five minutes ago, and I wanted to write about it while it was still fresh in my mind, and I could still clearly remember the feelings I experienced, the most dominant of which, excitement. Admitted...

Highlights, Surprises and Must-See Video: 2013 World Championships Podium Training

Gymnastike was all around the arena during the 2013 World Championships podium training. While hundreds of videos of top gymnasts around the World preparing for the biggest competition of the year is a dream come true for any gymnastics fan, we can only imagine you are a little lost as you sort through the pages of content. So, here's our quick list of highlight routines and skills from the 2013 World Championships podium training.  The Big Names:  McKayla Maroney Maroney basically duplicated her Olympic Team Finals vault perfection....

First Impressions 2013 World Championships Training

We've just concluded our first full day of coverage at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp. Being the very first day of scheduled training in the official training hall, we got our first look at contenders from around the World. As we attempt to wrap our head around the day and sort through all the videos of amazing gymnastics on display, here's a rundown of the memorable moments and incredible skills from the women's training sessions.  Let's begin with World and Olympic Champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia. She looked fantastic. She u...

McKayla Maroney is Back to Defend Her World Vault Title

McKayla Maroney at the 2011 World Championships. Photo by Melissa Perenson.  The 2011 World Championships in Tokyo marked the first major international competition for World and Olympic Champion McKayla Maroney. After making vast improvements to her routines on bars and beam, Maroney found herself second all around and first on vault at the 2011 Visa Championships. Maroney earned her place on the team for Tokyo and helped Team USA decisively win the team gold medal by delivering a strong Amanar vault and expressive floor routine during th...

I am a Level 9 gymnast!  What are my chances of competing in college

Almost every Division 1 coach is going to tell you that they are looking for the Level 10 gymnast with a 10.0 start value on each event and up to the level skills. So where does that leave the Level 9 gymnast? Below are several options to think about: 1.  Division 2 and 3 schools often have Level 9 gymnast 2.  Walk on to a Division 1 team if you have Level 10 skills on just 1 or 2 events 3.  Focus on becoming a specialist. I have seen many Level 9 gymnast who have a 10.0 vault on Division 1 teams. 4.  If you are a Level 9 s...

Brenna Dowell's Journey to World Championships

At the conclusion of the 2013 P&G Championships, three of the four members of the 2013 USA women's World Championships Team were obvious. The two returning members of the Fierce Five, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, each won two event titles. First year senior Simone Biles won the all around title. Maroney, Ross, and Biles looked ready to take on the World in Antwerp. Even in the post-meet interviews, it seemed U.S. National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi already had her mind set on these three athletes. There was only one position seemingly u...

Truly Moving Floor Routine

British junior elite Cahterine Lyons has earned much praise for her new floor routine for the 2013 season. If you have not seen it yet, the routine is not to be missed. Lyons displays one of the most artistic and entertaining routines we've seen so far in this new Code of Points. It's incredible to see this kind of expression and dance technique from a junior athlete. The masterpiece routine was choreographed by Lyons' personal coach Rochelle Douglas with the help of her ballet teacher.  BGtv recently released a great feature on the routi...

Maroney, Ross and Drury: The Gymnastics Fairy Tale

The McKayla Maroney/Kyla Ross friendship has been well publicized. A decade after first meeting, training together, and ultimately building a strong bond, Maroney and Ross each earned their place on the five person 2012 Olympic Team. And if that weren't enough, they went on to win a historic gold medal for Team USA. Together. It is truly a fairy tale story, but that story is not complete.  What many may not know is that there was a third teammate - a third friend. Her name is Charlotte Drury. And just like Maroney and Ross, Drury is a wor...

How Do I Get Recruited To An Ivy League College Gymnastics Team

Brown, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Yale support NCAA Division 1 gymnastics teams. These Ivy League schools have a little different recruiting process than many of the other colleges. Highlighted are some important points to think about! Time Frame: Because of the academics required for admission at Ivy League schools, the teams usually finalize their recruiting during the fall of the recruits senior year. Yale is not allowed to give verbal commitments. Gymnasts interested in Ivy League schools should begin contact during their fresh...

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