Posts Tagged ‘Yewki Tomita’

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.

Memmel, Sloan successful at Toyota Cup

December 14, 2007

Apparently not everybody dislikes Chellsie Memmel’s new floor routine.

Chellsie Memmel, 2007 “Good Luck Beijing” International Invitational, Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

Take the judges at the Toyota Cup in Tokyo, for example, who were fond enough of it to award Memmel the gold medal on that event over Romania’s Steliana Nistor and American Bridget Sloan.

Bridget Sloan, 2007 “Good Luck Beijing” International Invitational Event Finals, Floor Exercise:


Other results, courtesy of USA Gymnastics:

Uneven bars
1. Iryna Krasnianska, Ukraine, 15.650
2. Steliana Nistor, Romania, 15.550
3. Bridget Sloan, USA, 15.300
Other U.S. finish
5. Chellsie Memmel, USA, 14.800

Balance beam
1. Steliana Nistor, Romania, 15.900
2. Chellsie Memmel, USA, 15.650
3. Koko Tsurumi, Japan, 15.450

In the men’s competition, veteran Yewki Tomita put up a respectable 13.85 on high bar and a 14.55 on pommel horse.