Posts Tagged ‘Tim McNeill’

Tim McNeill warned by USA Gymnastics

August 2, 2008

It’s the Morgan Hamm debacle all over again.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tim McNeill received a warning Friday for getting a prescribed anti-inflammatory shot without the proper clearance from anti-doping authorities, the second gymnast in a month to be punished for that violation.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said McNeill tested positive May 24 at the U.S. gymnastics championships for a glucocorticosteroid, a cortisone-like drug that is only allowed during competitions with an exemption. Olympian Morgan Hamm had a positive test for the very same anti-inflammatory that day, and also drew a warning from USADA.

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.

Nissen-Emery award finalists

March 24, 2008

In men’s gymnastics, the Nissen-Emery award is the Heisman trophy of collegiate gymnastics, at least according to

Established in 1966, the Nissen-Emery Award honors the collegiate senior gymnast who has established an outstanding record of achievement in gymnastics, good sportsmanship, fair play, and scholarship throughout his collegiate career.

This year’s nominees are:

Jonathan Horton, Oklahoma

D.J. Bucher, Ohio State

Wes Haagensen, Illinois

Derek Helsby, Penn State

Tim McNeill, California

David Sender, Stanford

Luke Vexler, Temple

All are outstanding athletes — NCAA Champions, stellar Junior Olympic competitors. At least one has Olympic aspirations.

Horton was also nominated for the Sullivan award, presented to the top amateur athlete in the nation. Paul Hamm got this honor in 2004, and Kurt Thomas won it in 1979.

Whereas the Nissen-Emery is the Heisman of gymnastics awards, apparently the Sullivan is the Oscar.

Who do you think should win?

Stanford favored in men’s gymnastics preseason coaches poll

October 23, 2007

U.S. National team member Sho Nakamori leads the Cardinal in its 2008 campaign for the NCAA Championship.

Coaches say the boys from the farm are the ones most likely to walk away with the 2008 NCAA title, but they’ll face strong opposition from men’s gymnastics powerhouses Penn State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

    2008 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Stanford (8)
2. Penn State (4)
3. Oklahoma (2)
4. Ohio State (1)
5. California
6. Michigan
7. Minnesota
8. Illinois
9. Iowa
10. Nebraska
11. Temple
12. Army
13. Illinois-Chicago
14. William & Mary
15. Navy

To look at many collegiate women’s teams is to see gymnasts whose elite heyday happened before they went to college. Meanwhile, NCAA men’s gymnastics is where those who are gunning for the 2008 Olympic trials cut their teeth.

Stanford has current U.S. Championships bronze medalist Sho Nakamori, U.S. National team member David Sender and 2007 NCAA rings champion Alex Schorsch. Oklahoma has Jonathan Horton and Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, the 2006 and 2007 NCAA all-around champions, respectively. Ohio State has Paul and Morgan Hamm’s coach Miles Avery and seniors D.J. Bucher and Jimmy Wickham, both of whom have competed well at the U.S. Championships. Illinois has Wes Haagensen and a highly touted freshman class. Cal has Tim McNeill, the 2007 NCAA champ on pommel horse and parallel bars.

Any of these guys are capable of leading their teams to NCAA glory. But the best team in the nation, however, seems to be the one with the fewest elite stars. Penn State’s biggest name is probably Kevin Tan, an alum of the Nittany Lions and two World Championship teams.