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Happy Monday, #Gymnastics fans! Here's the latest on what's been happening in the exciting world of the sport: 

Pesaro World Cup: World champion Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) took three golds at this past weekend's Pesaro World Cup in Italy, with her teammates Margarita Mamun and Aleksandra Soldatova mopping up the other event titles. Russia, Israel and Italy won all won titles in the Group competition. (FIG) 
► Competition report:
► Photos:
► More photos:
► And still more photos:
► And more, just for good measure:

2015 European #Gymnastics Championships preview: Who to watch for at this year's European Championships, which gets underway Wednesday in Montpellier (FRA). (The All-Around Gymnastics News) 
► Women's competition preview:
► A few podium training notes:
► A few podium training photos: (Fédération Française de Gymnastiuqe) 
Getting ready for Euros: A new spate of competitor interviews: 
► Caterina Borloggio (SUI): (International Gymnast Magazine)
► Thelma Rut Hermannsdottir (ISL): (International Gymnast Magazine)
► Sascha Palgen (LUX): (UEG)
► Loan His (FRA): (Montpellier 2015)
► Giulia Steingruber (SUI):
► Cyril Tommasone (FRA):
► Daniel Purvis (GBR): (Herald Scotland)
► Ellie and Becky Downie (GBR): (Hucknell Dispatch)

Jeffrey Wammes out of Euros: The Dutch star has sustained a knee injury that will keep him from competing in Montpellier. However, the injury is not regarded as serious and should not keep him from training for the Glasgow Worlds. (Sports 2 Visuals)

Russian Junior Championships: 2014 European Junior Bars champion Daria Skrypnik was the surprise winner here, beating reigning European All-around champion Angelina Melnikova by a full point. The top four All-arounders each won one event final apiece: Skrypnik took Uneven Bars, Melnikova Balance Beam, All-around bronze medallist Ekaterina Sokova Floor and Elena Eremia Vault. (The Gymternet)

Elsa Garcia, Daniel Corral win Mexican Nationals: Garcia, a 2012 Olympian, and Coral, a 2013 World medallist on Pommel Horse, beat Ana Lago and Fabian De Luna, respectively, for the Mexican titles. 
► Full results: (Federación Mexicana de Gimnasia)

University of Oklahoma wins Men's NCAA title: After several years of second place finishes, the Oklahoma Sooners finally topped the podium at the American University Championships in their home city. U.S. National team member Akash Modi of Stanford University won the All-around title. (Miami Herald) 
► Illinois NCAA Horizontal Bar champion C.J. Maestas profile: (

Marcel Nguyen in Hong Kong: The Olympic All-around silver medallist teams up with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia driver Rodolfo Avila for a tour of the city. If you like cars, or Gymnastics, this is the video for you. (Porsche Carrera Cup Asia)

Jackson Payne (CAN) video profile: After two years abroad on a mission with the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Canadian standout is hoping to help his team qualify for a trip to Rio. (Gymnastics Canada)

Denis Ablyazin (RUS) might miss the European Games: That's the word from Russian National team spokeswoman Valentina Rodionenko. (Vestnik Kavkaza) 

Jordyn Wieber reflects: A month after announcing her retirement, the 2011 World All-around champion is in a good place, enjoying everything "the world has to offer." (Lansing State Journal)

Aly Raisman (USA) on her return to competition at Jesolo: The workouts weren't smooth leading up to the competition, but Raisman is nonetheless pleased with how things went. (ESPNw)

Wishing you all an excellent week!
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Happy Monday, Gymnastics fans!
A lot was happening in the sport last week. In case you missed anything, catch up here with all the action!

#Olympic Motivational Monday - Start your week with a little stretch!

#Artistic #Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Doha, Qatar
► Armenian gymnasts shine on first day of finals in Doha
► 2015 World Challenge Cup concludes in Doha
► Results -
► Event website -

#Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal
► Aleksandra Soldatova, Italy win Rhythmic season opener in Lisbon
► Event website and results - 
► Facebook Photo gallery -

2015 Jesolo Trophy
► USA sweeps team, All-around competitions (+USA Gymnastics )
► USA dominate event finals (USA Gymnastics)
► Douglas, Raisman competitive in comeback - (NBC)

SportAccord Awards 2015
► Congratulations to Kohei Uchimura (JPN) and Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) who are finalists in the Sport Hero and SportsWoman of the Year categories, respectively! The winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on April 23rd in Sochi (RUS).
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National championships reviews
Great Britain
► Daniel Purvis crowned British All Around champion (Liverpool Echo)
► Seniors - (All-around) (Event finals) (+British Gymnastics )
► Juniors - (British Gymnastics)
► Facebook photo gallery - BG
Hungary - (The All Around)
Belgium - (The All Around)

2015 Cottbus World Challenge Cup - Turnier der Meister
► Slow (e)motion images -
► Interview with Epke Zonderland (NED) -
► Interview with Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) -

Trampoline pioneer Jeff T. Hessessy passed away
► The FIG family expresses their sincere condolences to Jeff's family -
► Post a tribute - (USA Gymnastics)

International Disability Gymnastics Development
►British Gymnastics Disability Group visit South Africa - (SAGF); (British Gymnastics)

Quits and comebacks
► Marco Baldauf (AUT) calls it quits and
► Lucas Fischer's (SUI) comeback diary -
► Anuncia Cynthia Valdez (MEX) retires - (Oronoticias); (Estoenlinea)
► Larisa Iordache out of Europeans - (

Gymnast gossip
► Newly crowned British Pommel Horse champion Louis Smith (GBR) speaks fondly about girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh - (Dailyrecord); (Mirror)

We wish you an excellent week!
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Happy Tuesday, #Gymnastics fans!
Here's an update on what's happening in the wonderful world of our sport:

Cottbus World Challenge Cup - 39th Turnier der Meister
► Competition report -
► Results -

29th #Rhythmic Gymnastics International Tournament of Thiais
► Results:

2015 #Trampoline Gymnastics Flower Cup
► Results:

Doha World Challenge Cup
► Competition preview:
► Gymnastics grows in the Middle East: (Gulf Times)

8th International Jesolo Trophy
Live stream alert! The popular Women's #Artistic Gymnastics competition will be broadcast worldwide on the YouTube channel of the +Federazione Ginnastica d'Italia
Saturday March 28 at 16:00 CET Teams (seniors)
Sunday March 29 at 10:30 CET Apparatus Finals (juniors / seniors)
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SportAccord Awards 2015
►Votes are still open today. Vote for Kohei Uchimura (JPN) as Sport Hero and Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) as Sports Woman of the Year!

FIG President Bruno Grandi receives JAPPO Award 2015

+Rio 2016 celebrates 500 days to go

Nastia Liukin impresses in “Dancing With the Stars” debut
► Universal Sports - 
+USA Gymnastics -
+Team USA -

2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
► Switzerland names their teams: (FSG)
► France names their teams: (FFGym) 

2015 Singapore National Championships
► Results: (Full Twist) 

+British Gymnastics 
► Rise of the Machines: An excellent article on the British Men's team. (Forever Sports) 
► Dan Purvis is prepping for +Rio 2016, and beyond:

Andreas Bretschneider (GER) on the mend, aiming for Glasgow Worlds:

► Interview with Croatian Pommel Horse star Robert Seligman:

We wish you an excellent week!
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Happy Monday, #Gymnastics fans! Lots of good stuff is happening in the Gymnastics world this week. Here's the rundown: 

Japanese Championships: All hail Olympic and World champion Kohei Uchimura (JPN), who won his eighth consecutive National title this past weekend in Tokyo. Newcomers Masai Takemoto and Takashi Ono finished second and third All-around, respectively. (The Japan Times)

Britain-Switzerland-France-Germany U-18 match: The British men and the French women won the team titles an international friendly in Troyes (FRA) this past weekend. All-around champions were Joe Fraser (GBR) and Livia Schmid (SUI). (+British Gymnastics)

U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships: 2014 World Championships competitors Steven Gluckstein and Charlotte Drury won the Men's and Women's titles, while former Kazakh gymnast Aliyev Pirmammad finished third.
► Full results - Individual Trampoline:
Competition report - Synchro, Tumbling and Double-mini: (+USA Gymnastics)
► Full results: Synchro, Tumbling and Double-mini:
► U.S. gymnast reactions to being named to the 2015 Pan American Games team: 

German Bundesliga report: It was a successful weekend of comebacks for Fabian Hambuechen and Marcel Nguyen as their respective teams won victories in Bundesliga competition. (LEON Magazine)

Sao Paolo World Cup website: Check it out here. The Sao Paolo World Challenge Cup in Artistic Gymnastics begins Friday in Brazil and will feature the senior international debut of 2014 Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Flavia Saraiva, sure to be a crowd favorite in her native country. (Brazilian Gymnastics Federation)

Gearing up for the European #Rhythmic #Gymnastics Championships: This important pre-Worlds event begins this week in Minsk (BLR). Here are a few meet-the-gymnast profiles, including: (UEG) 
► Neta Rivkin (ISR):
► Nichol Ruprecht (AUT):
► 1988 Olympic champion Marina Lobach (BLR):
► The Azeri Junior Group:

Gabby Douglas interview: The reigning Olympic champion, who is making a historic bid to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics, is feeling good about her comeback at March's City of Jesolo Trophy and confident heading into this summer's U.S. Championships. (Indianapolis Star)

A sit-down with World champion Simone Biles: The two-time World champion talks about that USA team selfie with Martha Karolyi, going professional (or not) and her evolving relationship with the Uneven Bars. (NBC Olympics) 

On the future of Azeri Gymnastics: The death of women's head coach Alexander Pravdin stunned and saddened the fledgling Azeri team, which is nonetheless looking toward the future, according to Farid Garibov, Secretary General of the Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation. (International Gymnast)

All about USA Gymnastics's new Senior Women's Vice President: Before she was an NCAA Championship-winning coach at Florida, Rhonda Faehn trained under Bela and Martha Karolyi and landed an alternate spot on the 1988 Olympic team. Now, she'll be working with Martha Karolyi and helping to write the next page of USA Gymnastics history. (Independent Florida Alligator)

Downie sisters speak out: European medallists Ellie and Becky on their individual highs and lows, and what they learn from each other. (The Guardian)
Sibling rivalry? No way!: (Nottingham Post)

Montpellier memories: A new interview with Sanne Wevers (NED), who won bronze on Uneven Bars at the 2014 European Championships. (UEG)

Shannon Miller and Shelby Hilton: Miller, who survived ovarian cancer, and Hilton, an NCAA gymnast whose fall at a meet led to her own brain cancer diagnosis, were able to meet for a

Catching up with...: First-time Europeans competitor Pauline Tratz (GER) on her experiences in Montpellier (FRA) last week.

Pushing the limits in Trampoline and Tumbling: A triple layout from 2013 World Tumbling champion Kristof Willerton (GBR) and a quadruple back from World medallist Austin Nacey (USA) make us wonder where the limits are in their disciplines. 
► Video – Willerton’s triple layout (British Gymnastics)
► Video – Nacey’s quad (Steven Gluckstein online):

One of the coolest Japanese gymnast games yet: See if you can make your gymnast stick his Horizontal Bar-dismount with this cool new set from (Japan Trend Shop)

Have an excellent week, everybody!
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Happy Tuesday, #Gymnastics fans! There's been so much going on in the Gymnastics universe this past week that we needed an extra day to take it all in. Here's what's been happening: 

2015 European Artistic Championships: All eyes were on Montpellier (FRA) this past week as new European champions were crowned in Artistic Gymnastics. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) and Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) won the coveted All-around titles, while Britain and Russia combined for the majority of the individual event titles, underlining the strength of their teams. 
► All-around finals report: (FIG)
► Event finals report – day one: (UEG)
► Event finals report – day two: (UEG)
► Photos galore: (Sports 2 Visuals) 
► Record Euros for Great Britain: The team's eight medals is a new high for the still-rising British team. (Sky Sports)
► From retirement to European Pommel Horse champion: It's been a long way back for Louis Smith: (The Guardian)
► All-around bronze is just the beginning for Ellie Downie, coach says. (Nottingham Post)
► On to Worlds: Glasgow is the next goal for the burgeoning British team: (Western Daily Press)
► Who got Louis Smith's Pommel podium bouquet? Girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh, of course. (Daily Mail)

U.S. Women's NCAA Championships: The University of Florida, led by 2009 World All-around champion Bridget Sloan and former U.S. standout Kytra Hunter, romped to its third straight women's NCAA team title, while Hunter and 2008 Olympic team silver medallist Samantha Peszek shared the All-around title. Meanwhile, a host of former U.S. and international players, including 2013-14 FIG World Cup champion Elizabeth Price, scored event titles.
► Competition report: (Associated Press)
► Results - Super Six team final (NCAA):
► Results - Individual finals (NCAA):
► How Florida won the NCAA Championships: A long-form piece on the team's victory: (Alligator Army)

Vitaly Scherbo on Kohei Uchimura: Scherbo, the most successful gymnast of the 1990s and one of the all-time greats, talks about Olympic and five-time World champion Uchimura, who many consider the greatest in history. In past interviews, Uchimura has said he believes Scherbo is the greatest of all. (NBC Olympics)

Maria Kharenkova profile: The European All-around silver medallist is one of the big Russian hopes for this year's World Championships and Olympic Games. She gets the profile treatment from P-Sport. (P-Sport)

The story behind Pantene's #Rhythmic Gymnastics commercial: Remember the commercial about the little Russian girl who dreams of being a top Rhythmic gymnast and achieves her goals in spite of being bullied by meanies in the gym? Here's the backstory behind the short film. (Bustle)

Greg Marsden announces retirement: The grizzled, well-known University of Utah coach, 64, has announced that he will step back from the program 40 years after he helped get it started. The news shocked the U.S. Gymnastics community, especially Marsden's fellow NCAA coaches. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Ellie Black (CAN) profile: The Canadian sensation is gearing up for this summer's Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Glasgow (GBR) this fall. (CBC)

Sydney Soloski video profile: Meet the 15-year-old Canadian standout, who in her first year as a senior is already being talked about as a potential World and Olympic team member. (Gymnastics Canada)

Catching up with Adam Cox (SCO): After calling time on his gymnastics career following a silver medal team performance with the Scottish team at last summer's Commonwealth Games, the Scotsman has launched himself headlong into a new routine: Fatherhood. (Herald Scotland)

Get to know Daniel Lucas (AZE): The former American athlete, now competing for Azerbaijan, is hoping to medal on Rings at this summer's European Games. (Azernews)

Karen Cockburn (CAN) on her return: The most decorated Trampolinist in the discipline's short Olympic history is thrilled to have been named to Canada's Trampoline team for this summer's Pan American Games. In spite of shattering her ankle in training at last fall's World Championships, Cockburn is confident that she will be ready for both Pan Ams and Worlds this year. (York Region)

5 reasons why Gymnastics is the best sport ever: The headline says it all. (Inside Gymnastics Magazine)

This cool Gymnastics promo clip will make you smile: The Real Federación Española de Gimnasia has produced an excellent new video promoting all disciplines of ‪#‎Gymnastics‬, featuring some of Spain's best from past and present.  

Wishing everyone an excellent week!
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2015 FIG Weekly Press Clippings - Week 15
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Happy Tuesday, #Gymnastics fans! Here's the latest from another busy week in the sport: 

Ljubljana Artistic World Cup: Dutch gymnasts dominated the competition at the final meet before the upcoming European Championships in Montpellier (FRA) later this month. 
► Competition report:
► Official competition website:

Suzuki Aerobic World Cup: Reigning World champion Ivan Veloz, challenger Hanjin Kim and China's Yu Yangyang were the individual winners at this popular yearly competition in Tokyo. 
► Competition report:
► Official competition website:

Bucharest Rhythmic World Cup: After a slow start to her competition season, reigning World champion Yana Kudryavtseva roared back with an All-around victory at the World Cup stop in Romania this weekend. 
► Results: (Rhythmic Gymnastics Results)
► Son Yon Jae injured in Bucharest: The Korean star reportedly hurt her ankle performing in Bucharest and will sit out this weekend's Pesaro World Cup: (The Chosun Ilbo)

Azerbaijani National coach Alexander Pravdin passes away: As coach of the emerging Azeri women's team, and father of its star Kristina Pravdina, Pravdin will be greatly missed. (FIG) 

Rest in peace, Natalia Bobrova: The first gymnast o win a World medal representing Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union (on Floor at the 1993 Worlds), Bobrova and had been treated for stomach cancer in her native country, as well as in Israel. She was 36. (Fox Sports) 

Get to know British champion Amy Tinkler: The new senior is a bright hope for her country. But when she's not in the gym, she's a typical teen. "I guess like every other girl I like to go shopping," she says. (British Gymnastics)

Gabby gets a reality TV show: 2012 Olympic champion Gabby Douglas (USA) has reportedly inked a deal for a reality TV show based on her attempt to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team: (The Virginian Pilot)

Oleg Piunov interview: One of four gymnasts who will represent Azerbaijan at this summer's European Games, Piunov is eager to establish his country as contender for medals in Trampoline. (Azernews)

And now for something completely different: A compilation of Europeans news, previews, and interviews:  
► Sam Oldham (GBR): (Sky Academy)
► Oleg Verniaiev (UKR): (Cottbus GymCity)
► Epke Zonderland (NED): (Cottbus GymCity)
► Oksana Chusovitina (UZB): (Cottbus GymCity)
► Erika Fasana (ITA): (UEG)
► Ellie Downie (GBR): (Hucknall Dispatch)
► Daniel Purvis (GBR): (International Gymnast Magazine)
► Legend Svetlana Boguinskaya (USSR/BLR): (Cottbus GymCity)

Scoping the Rio 2016 venues: The low-down on the venues will look in Brazil.
► Rio ticket sales begin: How to get next summer's hottest tickets here:

Denis Vachon (CAN) on the comeback trail: One of Canada's biggest Double-mini Trampoline stars swore he would retire after the 2013 Worlds. But once again, he's back and bouncing.

Nastia Liukin dances through the past: For her turn on the U.S.'s "Dancing with the Stars," Liukin recreated her 2008 Olympic win, dancing an unforgettable Argentine Tango to a very familiar tune.

Wishing you all an excellent week!
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The International Gymnastics Federation is the governing body for gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs 7 disciplines: Gymnastics for All, Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic. It counts 135 national member federations and boasts a 27-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne (SUI), host city of the International Olympic Committee.

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