Posts Tagged ‘Alyssa Brown’

The Spanish are coming…

April 21, 2008

…to Stanford, that is. announced today that Spain’s Lenika de Simone will be joining the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2009.

De Simone is actually a Florida-born Spanish transplant. Her big international year was 2006, when she nabbed a pair of gold medals on the World Cup circuit on balance beam and floor exercise. She’s very much in the thick of things for one of the two Spanish berths to the Olympic Games.

Lenika de Simone, 2006 World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Simone, like most of the underrated Spanish team, has wonderful form and execution. I was surprised she didn’t have a bigger impact at the 2006 World Championships.

This is a big plus for Stanford, which graduates a (literally) super senior class this year, including Tabitha Yim, Stephanie Gentry and Liz Tricase.

Also coming to Stanford in 2009 are Canada’s Alyssa Brown, WOGA’s Catherine Nguyen and New Jersey’s Nicole Pechanec.

Some relatively unseen American Cup videos

March 4, 2008

Want to see Samantha Peszek’s uneven bars? Or Shayla Worley’s vault? Here are the results of half an hour of Youtube searching. Many thanks to Youtube user GymDishVideos for providing such excellent videos of training and competition!


2008 American Cup lineup and speculations

February 19, 2008

Paul Hamm International Gymnast Magazine has posted a complete lineup of the 2008 American Cup March 1 in New York City.

The American Cup, always one of the first international meets of the season, seems to take on added importance in the Olympic year. This year’s lineup will undoubtedly provide the speculation mill with fodder from now until August.

Gymnasts competing are:

Paul Hamm (Speculation likely to result: Whether or not Hamm has recaptured his best-in-the-world standing and will challenge Yang Wei for the Olympic all-around title.)


2008 American Cup lineup

January 12, 2008

The American Cup is one competition that has often been accused of being stacked in favor of U.S. gymnasts. In some years, the international field has been so weak that’s appeared to be true.

2008 does not appear to be one of those years.

Jonathan HortonGermany’s Fabian Hambuchen and Japan’s Hisashi Mizutori have accepted invitations to compete at the March 1 event, Inside Gymnastics Magazine reports. They’ll both be trying to knock off defending champion Jonathan Horton and Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm.

On the women’s side, 2006 American Cup champion Nastia Liukin is set to go, as is 2006 runner-up Shayla Worley, who held her senior coming out party at the same meet. 2007 American Cup winner Shawn Johnson will also be competing.

Canada’s Alyssa Brown and Germany’s Marie-Sophie Hindermann have told International Gymnast Magazine that they will be heading to New York as well.

The rest of the international field has yet to be finalized.

(via Gymnastics Coaching)

Vaculik, Hopfner-Hibbs, Lee win Elite Canada event finals

December 17, 2007

Canada's Elyse Hopfner-HibbsFrom International Gymnast Magazine:

Canadian world team members Kristina Vaculik and
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs each won one event and tied for another as Elite Canada concluded Sunday in Abbotsford, B.C.

Vaculik, winner of Friday’s all-around competition, vaulted a clean Yurchenko full (13.7) and an Omelianchik (13.4) to place first, ahead of Missassauga’s Alyssa Brown and Gymnix Montreal’s Nansy Damianova.

Vaculik continued her success on bars (clear hip full to Tkatchev, full pirouette to Gienger, double front dismount), tying Sport Seneca’s Hopfner-Hibbs (Markelov, Jaeger, toe-on piked Tkatchev, double layout) with a 15.1. Ontario’s Peng-Peng Lee, second in the all-around, was third with a 14.2.

On balance beam, Hopfner-Hibbs turned in a solid routine that included a McCool (front handspring) mount to immediate back tuck and a side aerial to two layout stepouts to edge Vaculik, 15.300 to 14.95. Vaculik also performed a McCool mount but wobbled on her switch leap, back tuck combination.

Hopfner-Hibbs, who won the bronze on beam at the 2006 World Championships, said she is focusing on uneven bars and balance beam leading up to the Olympic Games.

“I’m trying to use all the competitions I get to go to as preparations for Beijing,” she said. “For me it’s just practice.”

Lee, who debuted a back handspring, tucked full combination Friday night, missed it Sunday but managed to place third with a 14.35, despite also falling on a tucked barani. Lee’s 7.0 A score was the highest of any in the competition.

Canada's Peng-Peng Lee

Undeterred, Lee turned in a clean, jazzy floor routine (full in, Arabian double front, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 twist, double pike) to take top honors ahead of Damianova and Oakville’s Aisha Gerber.

Gerber, who formerly trained with Elvira Saadi at Cambridge Kips, took off five months between October 2006 and March 2007. She is now training with Kelly and Sue Manjak at Oakville Gymnastics in Ontario and said she is attempting to make the Olympic team.

“We are thinking Olympic Games,” Gerber said. “That is my goal and we are building step by step toward that goal.”

In the junior division, all-around runner up Ti Liu of Gymnix was the day’s big winner, placing first on uneven bars (13.85) and balance beam (14.4). Kristen Klarenbach of Ortona Gymnastics in Alberta won vault (13.325), while Laurel Clouston of Salta Gymnastics in Alberta was the top competitor on floor (13.85).

A Canadian, a Czech and an American sign with Stanford

November 29, 2007

Canadian national team member Alyssa Brown, Czech national team member Nicole Pechanec and WOGA standout Catherine Nguyen have all signed letters of intent to compete for Stanford in during the 2008-09 season, Cardinal head coach Kristen Smyth announced last week.

Brown recently told International Gymnast Magazine she’s planning to go for one of the two spots on the Canadian Olympic team. According to Stanford’s press release, Brown has already secured an invitation to the 2008 American Cup.

Alyssa Brown, 2007 Canadian Championships, Uneven Bars:

Pechanec, who trains at the Parkettes in Pennsylvania under Bill and Donna Strauss and mom Yvette, brings a lot of international experience. Representing the Czech Republic, Pechanec won the balance beam title at the 2007 Ostrava World Cup and was a team member at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships.

Nicole Pechanec, 2006 World Championships, Uneven Bars (note the unusual third release move):

Nguyen trains at WOGA under Evgeny Marchenko and Natalya Boyarskaya. Her sister Christine is a sophomore competitor for the University of North Carolina.

Catherine Nguyen’s stylish floor exercise from day one of the 2007 U.S. Championships:

In other NCAA news, the University of Washington, looking to rebuild its once dominant position in the Pac-10, has signed four for 2009. Coach Joanne Bowers, a transplant from the University of Michigan, already has an impressive freshman class this year consisting of Karen Cain, Danielle Henderson, Samantha Walior, Haley Bogart and Kristen Linton.

The Huskies will be adding Lauren Eller, Hatsune “Hats” Akaogi, Amanda Cline and Ruby Engreitz to their lineup in 2009.

2009 Bruins: Hopfner-Hibbs, Zamarripa, Baer, Frattone

November 16, 2007

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

2006 World beam bronze medalist Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and three level 10 gymnasts will join UCLA in 2009, coach Valorie Kondos Field announced today.

In addition to Hopfner-Hibbs, Vanessa Zamarripa, Kaelie Baer and Tauny Frattone have also signed letters of intent to compete for UCLA.

“These four outstanding student-athletes bring diverse and unique qualities to our program,” said Kondos Field. “All of them are brilliant athletes in their own right. As a group, they will help maintain our program’s quest for dynamic, unique and beautiful gymnastics and help keep our program at a level of national prominence.”

One would guess this means Hopfner-Hibbs is going for one of the two Canadian spots up for grabs in 2008. Canadian Alyssa Brown, who plans to attend Stanford University, has also expressed her desire to wear the maple leaf in Beijing.