Posts Tagged ‘Tabitha Yim’

Aleksas Trotter, 1986-2008

April 25, 2008

Aleksas TrotterThis morning came the news that montagemaker, blogger and photographer Aleksas Trotter died unexpectedly in Madison, Wis. on April 19.

He was 21.

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The Spanish are coming…

April 21, 2008

…to Stanford, that is.

CSTV.com announced today that Spain’s Lenika de Simone will be joining the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2009.

De Simone is actually a Florida-born Spanish transplant. Her big international year was 2006, when she nabbed a pair of gold medals on the World Cup circuit on balance beam and floor exercise. She’s very much in the thick of things for one of the two Spanish berths to the Olympic Games.

Lenika de Simone, 2006 World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Simone, like most of the underrated Spanish team, has wonderful form and execution. I was surprised she didn’t have a bigger impact at the 2006 World Championships.

This is a big plus for Stanford, which graduates a (literally) super senior class this year, including Tabitha Yim, Stephanie Gentry and Liz Tricase.

Also coming to Stanford in 2009 are Canada’s Alyssa Brown, WOGA’s Catherine Nguyen and New Jersey’s Nicole Pechanec.

Tabitha Yim: Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year

April 1, 2008

Tabitha YimA first for Stanford, according to CSTV.com.

A bit surprising, given the great athletes Stanford has had in the past, including Lindsey Wing, Lise Leville, Caroline Fluhrer, Natalie Foley and Larissa Fontaine.

Last weekend Yim won the All-Around competition at the Pac-10 Championships, the fourth individual Pac-10 title earned in her career. Yim is currently an 11-time All-American.

“Tabitha has been through so much in this sport,” said head coach Kristen Smyth. “She has grown and matured tremendously here at Stanford and has become our team leader. She is one of the most charismatic performers of all time and she definitely deserves the honor. We are so excited for her and for this program, as this is our first Gymnast of the Year honor.”

Tabitha Yim, 2008 Stanford vs. Georgia, Floor Exercise:

Notes from the stands at the Pac-10 Championships

March 31, 2008

1. Stanford 197.000
2. Oregon State 196.550
3. UCLA 196.200
4. Arizona 195.725
5. California 193.400
6. Washington 193.375
7. Arizona State 191.925

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New 2008 floor routines…

January 31, 2008

From Courtney McCool at Georgia…

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Rebounding Georgia bests no. 5 Stanford

January 15, 2008

Georgia junior Courtney Kupets, via gymnasticsmedia.com.Another day, another top-five ranked team, and the Georgia Gym Dogs look back on track.

That’s the general consensus after Georgia defeated no. 5 Stanford in Palo Alto Jan. 13, 196.875-196.150. But it was the Cardinal that had the high team score on vault (49.275) and beam (49.15), while Georgia was tops on bars (49.225) and floor (49.3).

Georgia junior Courtney Kupets, who had some rare mistakes during Georgia’s season-opener at Utah Friday night, appeared more her usual self, winning the all-around with a 39.550. Georgia’s Tiffany Tolnay and Stanford’s Nicole Ourada tied for second with 39.3.

2004 Olympic hopeful-turned-Stanford Cardinal Allyse Ishino.Stanford sophomore Carly Janiga was best on beam with a 9.9. Grace Taylor won bars with a 9.9, Kupets took vault with a 9.925 and she, 2004 Olympic teammate Courtney McCool and Georgia newcomer Cassidy McComb shared top honors on floor, each with a 9.9.

Redshirt freshman Allyse Ishino, who was sidelined with blood clots in the lungs while training in 2006 made an impressive debut for the Cardinal, scoring a 9.875 on vault and a 9.9 on bars. Stanford senior Tabitha Yim, who has been the backbone of the team since 2005, only competed floor exercise (9.775.)

Ishino set to make Stanford debut

November 2, 2007

A year later than expected, Allyse Ishino is set to compete in a Cardinal leotard.

Allyse Ishino

The Stanford sophomore, who was Olympic alternate no. 1 in 2004, will make her Cardinal debut this winter after being sidelined with two pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) in late 2006, according to Stanford coach Kristen Smyth.

Although Ishino didn’t compete in 2007, she is listed on the roster as a sophomore, which makes me wonder if Stanford chose not to redshirt her last season.

Allyse Ishino, 2004 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

In her 2008 preseason report, Smyth noted that “getting Allyse back is a real bonus.”

Ishino, who was fifth at the 2004 U.S. Championships and dropped back to level 10 while she prepared to go to Stanford, would add depth to any squad in the country.

Not that Stanford isn’t rather chalked with talent already. Its senior class — Tabitha Yim, Liz Tricase, Stephanie Gentry, Alex Pintchouk, Aimee Precourt and Lauren Elmore — is likely to be the most competitive in the country. The Cardinal, which graduated nobody last year, also boasts sophomore Carly Janiga and juniors Kelly Fee and Nicole Ourada and three freshmen.

That’s a lineup that rivals the Georgia Gymdogs. Stay tuned.

The montagemaker returns

October 3, 2007

Back in the dark ages of gymnastics montages (read: 2002 or so) few possessed the software or know-how to make them. Among those who did was a young man from Wisconsin who went by the name Lex Trotter, and to me, he was the best there was.

Lex had the ability to take a few clips and weave them into a story montage that showed the essence of the gymnasts he featured. His favorites — Yvonne Tousek, Tabitha Yim, Terin Humphrey, Michelle Conway — weren’t always on the medal stand, but each brought a presence and skills that were completely unique to the sport.

Some of Lex’s art:

Elena Produnova:

The Maverick:

The two sides of Vanessa Atler:

Terin Humphrey No. 3:

His websites, first lexness.com and then nubianpoptart.com, were a gold mine of downloadable videos from competitions like junior national championships that didn’t get NBC airtime.

But after the 2005 Worlds, Lex disappeared.

Suddenly, on August 20, he was back with a brand new page: www.aleksas.com. It has all the elements of Nubianpoptart and Lexness: a funky design, artistic personal pics and a small blog of his thoughts about life and competitions.  The site’s extensive video library has a lot of things that Youtube doesn’t. Want to see Beth Rybacki (nee Kline) at the 1980 U.S. Championships? The 1998 Sagit Cup? 1994 Goodwill Games coverage? It’s all there.

This boy is not afraid of putting it how it is either — check out his summary of the women’s team competition at the 2007 Worlds:

I heard Spain was a mess and the Aussies didn’t deserve their team finals placing. The Romanians didn’t look as absolutely flawless as they usually do on beam, but two girls do this awesome step into front somersault that lands on leg into a scale! Dang! I love the innovation of gymnastics nowadays. You wouldda thought it’d have disappeared with a more strict judging system.

He’s also got a Youtube channel, under the username Islandboyrabian.

And he hasn’t stopped making montages, nor has he lost his touch with them.

Alexsas’ new Catalina Ponor montage:

A wonderful slice of men’s gymnastics:

Shantessa Pama, who has just the personality and splash I imagine Lex loves:

Simply delightful. Let’s hope there’s more to come.