Posts Tagged ‘Amber Trani’

Trani interviews Kupets

November 25, 2008

Everyone wants a Courtney Kupets update. Here it is, courtesy of Georgia freshman Amber Trani, who calls Kupets her “big sister” on the team.

How is your Achilles doing?
CK– It’s doing very well. I’m still doing a bit of rehab and am just now progressing onto hard surfaces. But slowly so I don’t go too hard and it swells up.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?
CK– I’m very excited for it. There’s still a lot of work to be done. But I’m excited for the new team and to build the new chemistry because until season starts you don’t really know how it’s going to be.

How have practices been going for you as well as the rest of the team?
CK– Practices for me still are either on or off. I guess it’s because of coming back from an injury. I need to be more consistent. Beam has been solid and I’m confident on that. And the team, we’ve started inner-squads. The first ones were pretty much what I expected but now it is picking up and getting to be what we want.

What do you think will be the toughest challenge?
CK– Well already [Courtney] McCool being out has been difficult. But we really need to not get ahead of ourselves. There’s going to be hard times and easy times and fun times. We can’t get over anxious about anything that occurs. That’ll be our toughest challenge.

Other interesting tidbits: Kupets says she couldn’t live without her coffee maker. I’m still amazed that gymnasts drink coffee. On Ellen, Carly Patterson once said she’d been drinking coffee from a pretty young age, and Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson were spotted this summer getting their Starbucks fix. Trani aspires to be a sports reporter. In five years, she hopes to be working for Sports Illustrated or ESPN.

Kupets’s new floor routine (and many others from Georgia) are available on Gymnastike.

Amber Trani didn’t know how to do a Yurchenko full?

October 31, 2008

In her latest dispatch answering fans’ questions, Georgia coach Suzanne Yoculan discloses that freshman Amber Trani, formerly of the Parkette’s, would be competing a Yurchenko full this season.

But according to Yoculan, Trani, who won a silver medal on vault at the 2007 Pan-American Games with a double-twisting Yurchenko, had to learn the simpler full-twisting version after arriving at Georgia. “Funny, but she did not know how to do it,” Yoculan commented.

How is that possible?

Amber Trani, 2007 Pan-American Games Event Finals, Vault:

Bama looking to climb back into Super Six

January 11, 2008

Senior Olympian Terin Humphrey leads the Alabama Crimson Tide for the upcoming season.The University of Alabama has their work cut out for them as they try to work their way back into the Super Six.

The Tuscaloosa News reported yesterday that Bama’s schedule is the toughest in the NCAA.

Starting with Friday’s 7:30 p.m. meet at Coleman Coliseum against 23rd-ranked Illinois, Alabama will be facing four teams ranked in the top five and 12 of the nation’s top 25 teams as ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll. An analysis by the collegegymfans.com Web site has the sixth-ranked Tide with the top strength of schedule based on a point system using the coaches’ rankings.

“We will be tested by the bested,” [Alabama coach Sarah] Patterson said with a laugh.

Alabama will face No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 LSU, No. 13 Penn State, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 19 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky in addition to Illinois. In fact, the only non-ranked team the Tide will compete against is Cal State-Fullerton on March 9 in Los Angeles, and that will be at a four-way meet that also includes UCLA and Arkansas.

Ashley Priess will join Alabama next year.The Crimson Tide, who finished an embarrassing ninth at last year’s NCAA Championships, do have many things going for them this year. Senior Terin Humphrey is the reigning NCAA champion on uneven bars, and sophomore Morgan Dennis won floor exercise at last year’s NCAA Championships as well.

Alabama’s standing shouldn’t decrease in years to come either. The Tide likely won the signing lottery this year, having netted Parkette Julie Cotter as well as 2006 World Team member Ashley Priess, for its class of 2009.

Bama’s last NCAA team title came in 2002.

Trani, Nuccio, Ding to Georgia; Cotter to Alabama

November 16, 2007

U.S. National team member Amber Trani headlines the Georgia Gym Dogs’ 2009 recruiting class, coach Suzanne Yoculan announced today.

Amber Trani is headed to the University of Georgia.

Trani will be joined by fellow freshmen-to-be Gina Nuccio of Naperville, Ill. and Kathryn Ding of Reno, Nev.

Trani, whose vaulting capabilities won her a silver medal at last summer’s Pan American Games, will serve the Gym Dogs well, Yoculan believes.

“Amber is one of the most powerful athletes we have seen here in quite some time,” Yoculan said. “Her vault and floor are explosive and will most assuredly bring the crowd to their feet when she hits the floor in Stegeman Coliseum. She comes off as a quiet personality, but do not be deceived, Amber has a chance to be a major player in the all-around for her entire career here at UGA.”

Amber Trani, 2007 Pan American Games Event Finals, Vault:

Trani’s Parkettes teammate Julie Cotter, a level 10 who broke both her tibia in a “freak” training accident in March, has committed to the University of Alabama, The Allentown Morning Call reported.