So, What Did I Miss?

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 A week’s worth of gymnastics news and updates:


…in Competition:


WOGA Classic will take place between the 13th and the 15th of February 2015, in Dr  Pepper Arena and Frisco Conference Center, Frisco, Texas. You can find here a competition schedule;

The International Elite session will take place on Saturday, the 14th of February and the roster includes gymnasts from WOGA (Alyssa Baumann – gold with team USA at 2014 Worlds, Irina Alexeeva, Katelyn Ohashi), China (Xie Yufen – silver with the team at 2014 Worlds, Bai Yawen – 2014 Worlds beam medalist), Japan (Natsumi Sasada, Koko Tsurumi – 2009 Worlds all around and bars medalist) plus many more, including Ashton Locklear – gold with the US team at 2014 Worlds. [];

Nadia Comaneci International Invitational will be hosted by Cox Convention Center Arena, Oklahoma City, United States, on the 14th of February. Three Romanian juniors will be competing: Alexandra Mihai, Olivia Cîmpian and Ioana Crișan;

The results will be published here;



Elite Canada results: junior all around, junior event finals. senior all around, senior event finals. A report with video and analysis, by Lauren: [];

Serie A , the first meet of the season took place in Ancona on the 7th of February [via]. It was a meet dominated by Brixia, with Erika Fasana and Vanessa Ferarri as top members. Tea Ugrin and Georgia Campana scored important points for 2nd place Trieste, while Enus Mariani was superb on bars and placed third with Pro Lissone [results];

Replay of the meet:



2015 Euros (Montpellier 13-19 April):

Registrations for 184 gymnasts representing 38 NF for the MAG competitions, respectively for 122 and 37 in WAG were received  [definitive registration list];

On the 7th of February, the Men’s and Women’s Technical Committees of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) and the organizers of the French Gymnastics Federation (FFG) have carried out the drawing of lots: WAG qualifications draw, MAG qualifications draw;

Find a dedicated page on the UEG website [here];



Best scores of 2015: the excellent initiative of having the top all around and per event scores of the year all in one place is continued [];

NCAA: Oklahoma is no 1 across the board [source];

standings and schedule;

2022 Commonwealth Games: Durban in South Africa has remained the only candidate to host the games, after Edmonton (Canada) has announced withdrawal due to economic hardship [Inside the Games, via Gymnastics Coaching];


… News:

 Catalina Ponor to make a come back for Rio, various sources have reported this throughout January but now things are starting to take an official turn as Catalina has registered for Anti-doping control with the FIG. She will be allowed to compete in FIG meets six months after registration, mid-July 2015 [FIG]. This makes Catalina eligible for 2015 Worlds. Catalina is currently training in Puerto Rico;

The Romanian National team-members with Rio prospects, training at Izvorani, have received new floor routines. The new routines were developed in collaboration with choreographers Adriana Pop and Marcela Fumea [source: Lotul Feminin de Gimnastica al Romaniei];

Aliya Mustafina: her recovery from a back injury sustained at the end of 2014 continues but Mustafina will not compete at Russian Championships in March or European Championships in April in France. Anastasia Grishina has (finally) re-emerged and has competed at Moscow Championships in late January [Rewriting Russian Gymnastics];

Youna Dufournet, Maggie Nichols and Nadia Cho have recently posted training updates on social media. Youna is working some interesting bar connections [via arabianpunchfront];

Aly Raisman participated at the first US camp of the year and signs are very positive. Her first goal of the year is to be selected to compete in  Jesolo (the team will be announced mid-March, after a second national camp). This year, Aly wants to participate in all the “traditional” meets, from Jesolo to Classics to US Nationals and, top prize, Worlds [];


… Interview:

Martha Karoly  talks about the new US seniors (counting on Bailie Key to deliver, as we all do):


US National team – a look at 2014 and expectations for 2015:


 Elite and NCAA training updates – Catherine Lyons, Adriana Popp, Elena Arenas, Georgia Dabritz (Utah) [];

2015 Euros Montpellier official website now contains interviews with some of the participants. So far you can read what Vanessa Ferarri, Claire Martin and Marine Brevet want to achieve this year at Euros [here];

Toni-Ann Williams, on her first year competing in NCAA for Berkley and her hopes to compete at World Championships for a 2nd time, representing Jamaica [International Gymnast];

Annabelle Schmidt on the reasons she has decided to retire and her new life as a gymnastics coach [International Gymnast];

Sydney Laird is a new Canadian senior who trains in the US. Her first competition of the year was Elite Canada[];


… Video: 

 Jessica Lopez on bars at Houston National Invitational Open:

Thank you Cordelia Price for posting! [more videos here]


US national camp training videos – Norah Flately has upgrades:

More camp videos: [USA Gymnastics]


Victoria Moors on floor at Elite Canada – it was Victoria’s first competition in more than eight months:


Carlotta Ferlito on floor (Serie A, Ancona):


Gymnastics Meets is a wonderful new youtube channel where you can watch some of the best national and international competitions of the 80s and 90s. I saw it linked to first by Gymnastics Coaching [Gymnastics Meets];


… Pictures:


Serie A podium:



Choreographer Adriana Pop at Izvorani (in this pic with Asiana Peng, Andreea Iridon, Silvia Zarzu and Laura Jurcă):


New Russian senior Maria Bondareva:


A new year brings new hopes to Round Lake. More pictures here: [].


Sara Dorrien has a new article in store for tomorrow and The Couch Gymnast will have results and reports from this weekend’s meets so keep close!


Article by: Bea Gheorghisor

Photo Cover: Nadia Boyce

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