Posts Tagged ‘Lichelle Wong’

Harmes to Olympics, van der Leur done

June 24, 2008

Suzanne Harmes

While the U.S. Olympic Trials were happening, across the world the Dutch were quietly determining their own women’s Olympic team at the Dutch Open.

They might have called it the Russian Open instead. Russia sent what may well be its Olympic team — Anna Pavlova, Ksenia Semenova, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Svetlana Kluykina, Yulia Lozhechko and Ekaterina Kramarenko to Amsterdam with the expectation that they would dominate, and they did.

The Netherlands’ one-woman squad will apparently consist of new mom Suzanne Harmes, the only Dutch gymnast to meet the selection committee’s standards, which are still a bit unclear.

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Harmes back in action

April 24, 2008

So it wasn’t the most splendid performance she’s ever given, but you have to hand it to the Netherlands’ Suzanne Harmes for looking so decent less than a year after giving birth to son Lugano.

Suzanne Harmes, 2008 European Championships Team Finals, Balance Beam:

Harmes, the bronze medalist on floor at the 2005 World Championships, is vying with Verona van der Leur and Lichelle Wong for her country’s one berth to the Olympics. Van der Leur would be my pick to actually get the nod, but one can’t help but think that 22-year-old Harmes, like Oksana Chusovitina, could be an asset to her country’s team for years to come.

From an interview with International Gymnast Magazine:

“I still really loved the sport, so when I went back to the gym I wasn’t bothered where it would lead,” said Harmes, who gave birth to son Lugano last May 24. “I just wanted to try gymnastics again. I am really glad that it all went so easily. Qualifying for Europeans wasn’t a problem, and it made me really happy. I’m getting a lot of positive responses from other gymnasts in the Netherlands, that they like the fact that I’m back in the game so quickly.”

 Suzanne Harmes