Gym Stuff?

5:18 AM

Hello my pets, Keisha reporting in for duty. Apologies for the non-posts - work has been keeping me busy. Oh and I have just discovered the tv show Dexter and I believe I have 2 whole seasons to get through! So much gym news to get through:

Starting with the announcement that the Romanian team for the Olympics will be announced at the end of June. According to an article that I read - I am multilingual (thanks parentals) there are only 12 girls in the running for the 6 positions on the squad for Beijing, Apparently at the recent camp in Deva as you can see in attendance (from the order of the picture I think) are: Sandra Izbasa, Alina Stanculescu, Madalina Gutu, Aluissa Lacusteanu, Steliana Nistor, Andreea Palade, Andreea Acatrinei, Gabriela Dragoi, Cerasela Patrascu, Andreea Grigore, Ana Maria Tamarjan and Daniela Druncea. Notedly missing - one Alexandra Ghita - say it isn't so!

Off topic Australia's diving squad for the Beijing Olympics was named the other day and includes:

  • Bree Cole - Synchro 10m platform, synchro 3m springboard

  • ALEX CROAK - 10m platform

  • Matthew Helm - 10m platform, synchro 10m platform

  • Matthew Mitcham - 10m platform, 3m springboard

  • Chantelle Newberry - 3m springboard

  • Robert Newberry - 3m springboard, synchro 10m platform, synchro 3m springboard

  • Scott Robertson - Synchro 3m springboard

  • Sharleen Stratton - 3m Springboard, synchro 3m springboard

  • Melissa Wu - 10m platform, Synchro 10m platform

You can read an article at this link, and another from FoxSports.

So far the WAG competitors for the Moscow World Cup have been trickling out:

France: Kathleen and Lindsay Lindor

Canada: Kristina Vaculik

Australia: Dasha Joura, Lauren Mitchell

China: Pang Panpan, Sui Lu, Deng Linlin

Brazil: Jade Barbosa, Ana Claudia Silva, Lais Souza

Russia: Semenova (bars and beam), Afanasyeva (floor and another to be determined), Pavlova (vault and floor), Goryunova (vault and floor)

Egypt: Sherine El Zeiny, Salma Mahmoud Said

Argentina: Florencia Salomon, Ayelen Tarabini

Belgium: Gaelle Mys

Netherlands: Verona van de Leur, Suzanne Harmes, Sanne Wevers, Lichelle Wong

Mexico: Elsa Garcia

And for MAG:

Belgium: Koen Van Damme, Donna-Donny Truyens

France: Yann Cucherat, Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues, Raphael Wignanitz, Thomas Bouhail, Cyril Tommasone, Hamilton Sabote

Netherlands: Epke Zonderland, Jeffrey Wammes, Yuri van Gelder

Spain: Rafael Martinez, Jose Luis Fernandez, Ivan San Miguel

Australia: Luke Wiwatowski

Brazil: Diego Hypolito, Victor Rosa

Russia: Golotsutskov (vault and floor), Pluzhnikov (rings), A. Vasiliyev (floor and horizontal bar), Ryazanov (pommel and parallel bars), Olennikov (pommel and parallel bars), Nigmadzyanov (pommel and rings)

Egypt: Mohamed Serour, Walid El Dariny, Tamer Ragab

Argentina: Federico Molinari, Juan Manuel Lompizano


Razzle Dazzle Cheer Squad - Smithfield State HS is off to the second QLD qualifying round and are hoping to make the final of the World Cup Cheerleading Asia Pacific division.

Estrada wins 4th straight US trampoline title also includes some of the results from all divisions

GWU has officially announced its 2009 Recruiting Class, including one Monique Blount (see the link for a picture and the article) and boy has the head coach got her in high regard!


Gymnasts Eye upcoming trials for tickets to Beijing - looks at a few of the top contenders in brief for the US MAG Olympics squad

Hamm focuses on recovery - How cute to see that Paul sees Morgan's performance as "encouraging"

Stanford's Sender wins US Gymnastics title - can we say hurray? I do luv his style

The International Herald Tribune has an article from AAP all about Paul Hamm undergoing surgery and his new path to the Games which you can read here.

Sarawak's and an Australian based gymnast Jonathan Chein is hoping he has success at the Malaysian Games. He seems quite modest and admits he is a little unprepared. Good luck to him and read it here!


Utes Gymnasts win Academic Honors - 7 Utes were named NACGC/ W Scholastic All-Americans and ALL 13 gymnasts qualified for the Athletics Director's Honor Roll.

Cats Take 4th at PAC 10 Champs

Five Gym-Cats Make All Conference Teams

DeProspero Earns Academic Honor


From Seneca to Beijing? - A look at Canadian "favourite" Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs. Personally I do hope she makes it. But am looking forward to seeing her in NCAA.

Joura Sweeps the Floor

Dennis Makes Cut for Beijing

Two Pieces of the Puzzle Missing - Sort of confirms what we already know - Joura, Morgan, Mitchell and Brennan for AA and are who the team will be built around, and states the case and need that we'd have for each other remaining 5 girls.


Azbaijani Gymnasts have won silver medals at the International tournament in Israel. You can read a little about it here - I do love Gimatova and haven't heard of Gurbanova. Can anyone help me out here?


Divers in Sync for Beijing Medal Haul

Diving Champ rules himself out of Beijing Games - Hu Jia has done as the title says, however the team won't be announced until next month and the officials are planning to leave the door open as long as possible for him.

Croak dives at Olympic Chance

Newberry comes out of retirement with gold on mind - Article on Chantelle Newberry

Big Names Give Wu Bounce

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