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U.S. men’s Olympic trials, night one

June 20, 2008

Results from International Gymnast Magazine (this is the combined scoring, taking day one and day two of the U.S. Championships into account):

1. Jonathan Horton 63.255
2. Joseph Hagerty 63.165
3. Sasha Artemev 62.825
4. Raj Bhavsar 62.800
5. David Durante 62.430
6. Guillermo Alvarez 57.910
7. Tim McNeill 57.230
8. Justin Spring 47.335
9. Morgan Hamm 42.645
10. Kevin Tan 42.225
11. Yewki Tomita 33.870
12. Sean Golden 32.675
13. Sean Townsend 26.415

But on this night, Artemev and Horton were the real 1-2, Associated Press reports:

Paul Hamm isn’t the only American gymnast with skills. With the reigning Olympic champion recovering from a broken hand, Sasha Artemev and Jonathan Horton made their cases for trips to the Beijing Games on Thursday night. Artemev and Horton finished 1-2 Thursday night, the first of two competitions at the Olympic trials, and Horton has the lead when scores — including those from last month’s national championships — are weighted and combined.

Justin Spring overcame immense back pain (since when was he having back pain?) to put up a very impressive showing on five events. But the depth — or is it the specialization? — of the U.S. men’s team showed in the event placings: Sean Golden won vault, Artemev was the best on pommels, Kevin Tan placed first on rings,

Three of the top five, plus two of the specialists, will likely make the Olympic team (that Paul Hamm will be on the team seems to go without question.) Question is, which three, and which two?

Seems that Morgan Hamm and Jonathan Horton, by virtue of past performances and difficulty, will also make the team. Joseph Hagerty is a darkhorse who has little international experience but seems to be peaking when it counts.

Weekend update

May 13, 2008

News you can use from publications all over the country:

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Shawn Johnson completes her Amanar with no trouble at Karolyi camp

This again: A New Zealand-based article on how difficult gymnastics is

Canadian Kyle ShewfeltBruised and battered: Canadian Olympic team members

Russia rules: The 2008 Men’s European Championships

Under the radar: A feature on Bridget Sloan

Samantha Peszek drives a luxury vehicle. Guillermo Alvarez does not.

A third of the people who won gold at the European Championships: File under “Not Going to the Olympics”

Yang WeiGetting up there: International Gymnast Magazine with Russian French gymnast Dmitry Karbanenko

New Olympic favorite: With a spectacular Amanar, Jiang Yuyuan captures the Chinese Championships

We suspected it already, but: Yang Wei is the best gymnast in China

More on Memmel: With optimistic comments from Martha

Is Wilson a factor for 2008?

January 17, 2008

Five-time U.S. Champion Blaine Wilson

Blaine Wilson was never the type to be all talk. Nevertheless, the fact that he’s made the announcement that he’s training for Beijing and nobody’s seen any skills seems a little suspect.

Even in Shannon Miller’s excellent recent interview on her show Gymnastics 360, there’s no in-the-gym footage, the way there is of Shawn Johnson and Paul Hamm.

Then again, not everyone is as nice about updating the public on their training progress as the Hamm twins are.

But now it appears that Blaine is ready to take his comeback public. He’s on the start list for the 2008 Winter Cup, vaulting in the same lineup as Paul Hamm.

So is almost everybody else who’s somewhat healthy (*cough*Justin Spring*cough*) and trying to make the Olympic team. That includes Jonathan Horton, Guillermo Alvarez, Alexy Bilozertchev, David Sender, David Durante and Sasha Artemev. Sean Golden is the only member of the 2007 World team not represented.

Longtime U.S. champion John RoethlisbergerWilson did a toned-down, almost soulful (as soulful as Blaine Wilson gets, anyway) interview with Miller, invoking U.S. great John Roethlisberger and the Rocky-like heart he put into every competition. Seems like life as a single father and struggles with drinking has mellowed him. A lot.

I like to win and the passion to be on the floor and look around and say, ‘Hey guys, take this all in because you may never be here again…I miss gymnastics, and I think it was a little premature as far as retiring and stuff. So I’m giving it another shot.

Blaine Wilson, interviewed by Shannon Miller: