Posts Tagged ‘Verona van der Leur’

The Van der Leur family saga

November 21, 2008

Former Dutch champion Verona van der Leur, who retired shortly before the 2008 Olympic Games,  is now telling an unpleasant family story.

Former Dutch champion Verona van der Leur, who retired shortly before the 2008 Olympic Games, is now telling an unpleasant family story.

For more on Verona van der Leur’s family problems, please click here. The girls at Triple Full are amazing at digging up controversial dirt.

The bonus is a photo of Verona’s not-family-approved boyfriend, who frankly looks old enough to be her father.

Yesterday morning the former Dutch champion, who will turn 23 next month, appeared on a breakfast show called Goedemorgen Nederland (Good Morning Holland), telling a story of parental estrangement of which Dominique Moceanu would have been proud.

The tags on this post at Triple Full: Verona van der Luer, Yikes.

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

Jiang Yuyuan wins Good Luck Beijing

November 29, 2007

Jiang Yuyuan won the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational.

Third after the preliminary round, China’s Jiang Yuyuan rallied to win the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational Thursday, International Gymnast Magazine reported.

Jiang, did not compete beam at the 2007 World Championships, posted the highest score on all four events during the all-around final to edge Australian Daria Joura, who led after the preliminary round. Jiang had a 15.4 on balance beam, a 15.725 on uneven bars, a 15.225 on floor and a 14.875 on vault. Joura also posted a 14.875 on vault.

The tiny, charismatic Jiang is quickly making a case for her inclusion on China’s 2008 Olympic team.

Jiang Yuyuan, 2007 World Championships Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

American Bridget Sloan was third. 15.1 on balance beam was her high.

2005 World Champion Chellsie Memmel came in fifth behind Australian newcomer Lauren Mitchell. Memmel posted a 14.55 on uneven bars and a 14.7 on balance beam, but barely cracked 14s on floor and vault, where she competed a watered down Yurchenko full.

Canadian national champion Kristina Vaculik, Russian veteran Svetlana Klyukina, Great Britain’s Marissa King, Dutch standout Verona van der Leur and Romanian Andreea Grigore rounded out the top 10.

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:


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