Posts Tagged ‘Marie-Sophie Hindermann’

Other German Olympians

June 12, 2008

A little housekeeping: Germany named the rest of its men’s and women’s Olympic teams Tuesday. Joining Fabian Hambuchen, Marcel Nguyen, Philipp Boy and Eugen Spiridonov on the men’s team will be Robert Juckel and Thomas Andergassen.

On the women’s side, Jolene Mobius and Anja Brinker will join the University of Utah’s Daria Bijak, Oksana Chusovitina, Katja Abel and Marie-Sophie Hindermann. Kim Bui is the alternate.

Jolene Mobius, 2008 American Cup, Floor Exercise:

(via Gymnastics Coaching, Difficulty plus Execution)

Bijak to Beijing

June 11, 2008

Utah's Daria Bijak is headed to Beijing.The Desert News, one of two outlets that covers the University of Utah gymnastics team thoroughly, is reporting that Utah sophomore Daria Bijak has been named to the German Olympic team.

Long time coming. Bijak missed the 2000 Games with an injury, and Germany did not qualify a full team in 2004.

Germany named four men’s athletes: Fabian Hambuchen, Philipp Boy, Marcel Nguyen and Eugen Spiridonov — and three women: German champion Oksana Chusovitina, Katya Abel and Marie-Sophie Hindermann. The Deseret News article does not name who the other two female Germans named to the team were.

Bijak joins other Ute Olympic team members like Cheryl Weatherstone (Great Britain 1984), Missy Marlowe (USA 1988) and current teammate Gael Mackie (Canada 2004).

Bijak, 16th all-around at this year’s NCAA Championships, is one of the few (if not the only) NCAA vaulters to do a handspring laid-out front.

Daria Bijak, 2008 German Championships, Vault:

Daria Bijak, 2008 German Championships, Floor Exercise:

She keeps going, and going, and going, and…

June 10, 2008

Oksana ChusovitinaIt was a touching story of a mother’s love for her son and how she leveraged her sport to pay for treating his leukemia.

Then came the bang worthy of a surprise symphony:

“My goal is to keep going until London in 2012,” 32-year-old Oksana Chusovitina told Reuters in an interview last week.

Whoa. Chusovitina was tapped to lead the German women’s Olympic team, which will include Katya Abel and Marie-Sophie Hindermann, fourth on uneven bars at the 2007 World Championships. University of Utah sophomore and Olympic hopeful Daria Bijak kept herself in the running for a berth by finishing fourth at the recent German Nationals.

I suppose people were thinking Chusovitina might retire after Beijing. I’m beginning to assume she’ll be competing elite at 50.

German star Fabian Hambuchen will lead the men’s team, which will also consist of 2008 German Championships silver medalist Philipp Boy, Marcel Nguyen and Eugen Spiridonov.

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)

The gymnast smiles

December 1, 2007

One of the likeable things about rising German star Marie-Sophie Hindermann is that she genuinely seems to enjoy what she’s doing.

Even after a fall on balance beam at the Good Luck Beijing Invitational, Hindermann was all smiles before and during her floor exercise.

Hindermann’s tall frame evokes the intense Svetlana Boginskaya, who didn’t really start smiling in competition until after the 1996 Olympic Games.

“Intense” Svetlana Boginskaya, 1989 World Championships, Floor Exercise:

“Beaming” Svetlana Boginskaya, 1997 Rock ‘n Roll Gymnastics Championships:

And like Boginskaya, Hindermann uses a cut of the dramatic “Carmen” music that made Bogi famous in 1988.

Marie-Sophie Hindermann, 2007 Good Luck Beijing Invitational All-Around, Floor Exercise:

Svetlana Boginskaya, 1988 Olympic Games, Floor Exercise:

Other smiley competitors include Dominique Moceanu and Dasha Joura. But I don’t think anyone looks quite as thrilled to be out there competing as Marie-Sophie.

Bijak for Beijing?

November 8, 2007

Ashley Postell isn’t the only member of the Utah Utes with an eye on trying for Beijing. International Gymnast Magazine writer John Crumlish reported this week that Postell’s teammate Daria Bijak, a German native who’s now a sophomore at Utah, may also go for the 2008 Games.

“[2008] is still my goal and I am working towards it, but I think the most important thing for me is to stay healthy,” said Bijak, who will turn 22 on November 12. “I’ve had quite a few injuries in the past four years. So I guess only time will tell.”

Daria Bijak, 2007 NCAA Championships Team Prelims, Uneven Bars:

She’d make a nice addition to a German team whose fortunes have been rising, bolstered perhaps by having their country host the 2007 World Championships and their 10th place team finish there. The German men fared better. International Gymnast’s cover story this month is all about the charming and confident Fabian Hambuchen, who has matured into one of the best in the world.

Hambuchen, who just turned 20 and is enjoying his celebrity and standing among the best of the best, seems like he’s got a great future in the sport. In 2006, Hambuchen was named male Gymnast of the Year by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Uzbec transplant Oksana Chusovitina is admired for her longevity, but the German women don’t really have a star like Hambuchen. German women who appear to be a lock for Beijing barring injury are Chusovitina, who deserves a gold medal just for hanging out in the sport as long as she has, and Marie-Sophie Hindermann, who made a wonderful impression in Stuttgart with her clean, fluid bar routine.

Imagine if Jana Bieger, who holds dual citizenship, went to compete for Germany. She’d not only make the team — something that’s by no means certain as long as she’s representing the United States — she’d do wonders for its standing.

Bijak isn’t the only German with a Utah connection. Graduated senior Gritt Hofmann, then 25, enchanted the crowd during the 2006 NCAA Championships in Corvallis with a terrific Riverdance floor routine that anchored Utah’s second-place effort. Hofmann was on the German national team from 1994 to 2001. In addition, former Ute Angelika Schatton competed for Germany at the 1994 World Championships.

Who says tall girls can’t do bars?

October 26, 2007

Russia's Svetlana Khorkina ranks as one of the sport's great tall barworkers.

Certainly not I. German Marie-Sophie Hindermann’s fourth-place finish on uneven bars at the 2007 World Championships is one more piece of proof that you don’t have to be short to have fluid swing, smooth transitions and graceful release skills on the event.

Marie-Sophie Hindermann, 2007 World Championships Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

Other tall gymnasts who were exceptional on bars include current World silver medalist Nastia Liukin, Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina, France’s Isabelle Severino, the Netherlands’ Verona van der Leur and former U.S. National Team members Alyssa Beckerman and Ashley Miles.

Severino’s hop-full, Def combination at the 1997 World Championships:

Khorkina’s signature originality on display at the 2000 Olympics:

Liukin’s intricacy at the 2005 World Championships: