The week in gymnastics: August 1st – 7th


This weekly round up aims to give a synopsis of the week in news. If you haven’t already subscribed to Full Twist by adding the URL to your Google Reader or by entering your email address in the subscribe button on the website, then you may be missing out on some of the exciting gymnastics news.  You can also follow Full Twist on  Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the news.

It was confirmed this week that Russia’s new senior gymnast Viktoria Komova will compete in her first competition since becoming injured late last year. In May, Komova had surgery on her ankle in Germany, the injury sustained in December last year had not healed properly. It was announced on Komova’s official website that she will compete at the upcoming Russian Nationals competition, the event will help to determine who will make the Worlds team in October. Some think this is a good move to test the waters and see how her ankle holds up, while others are concerned that it is too soon to compete and may mean that Komova could become injured again and be unable to compete at all in Worlds.

British Gymnastics released their WAG World Class Squad Lists. These lists are similar to other countries National Teams it is a basis from which the teams will be picked for international competition. The squads are divided into three levels,  the 2011 world team is likely to come from the 16 top senior gymnasts listed in the Performance Squad. In an effort to help the gymnastics community become more familiar with British top 16 seniors, Full Twist has launched the “Meet The Gymnast” series. The first post in the series kicked off with City of Liverpool gymnast and current British National Champion Hannah Whelan.

In serious news, Romania’s Catalina Ponor underwent a small operation after her heart rate jumped during a practice session. Ponor has said that the condition is not serious, apparently a congenital defect and will not deter her from training hard for the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics. FanGymnastics broke the news on Facebook by video and Gymnastics Examiner has a write up on the incident.

Many had been wondering why Mattie Larson didn’t compete at the CoverGirl Classic back in July. International Gymnast explained that Larson “quietly slipped out of the elite scene in July” . She will be attending college in UCLA and may return to elite gymnastics next year.

Other interesting titbits:

Gymnastics Bits & Pieces on Peggy Liddick, Sandra Izabasa, Larissa Iordache


Gymnastics Australia announced it’s MAG Squad for Worlds


Ponor and Izbasa training videos


Daniel Keatings reflects on July and one year to go until London on his blog

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