Posts Tagged ‘Hisashi Mizutori’

Sixteen years later…

April 16, 2008

Here’s 1992 Chinese Olympian He Xuemei, trying to make the Japanese Olympic team in 2008.

He Xuemei, 2006 Japanese Championships:


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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.)

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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)

Hambuchen, China lead in Beijing

November 28, 2007

To the surprise of few, Germany’s Fabian Hambuchen is head and shoulders above the competition after the preliminary round of the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational.

German giant Fabian Hambuchen.

Hambuchen posted the highest all-around score in an all-around that isn’t being contested at the meet, and led event finals qualifications on floor exercise and high bar.

There are few of the sport’s top competitors there to challenge him. Japanese star Hiroyuki Tomita may still be recovering from exhaustion after the Stuttgart all-around, and Tomita’s teammate Hisashi Mizutori is absent as well. Also missing is the Chinese men’s A team, including two-time World champ Yang Wei.

The absence of China’s best male gymnasts didn’t stop the host country from dominating the first day of the team competition (363.625) over second place Japan (361.550) by more than two points. The Korean team (316.350) is right on their tails.

The U.S. men, competing with 2007 World team members David Durante, Sean Golden, and 2005 U.S. Champion Todd Thornton, along with Clay Strother, David Sender and Stanford standout Sho Nakamori, will likely want to better the 349.125 that left them in eighth after the first day.

(via International Gymnast Online)