Two-time USAG Collegiate Gymnastics Champion, USAF Capt. Levi Torkelson, was killed in a traffic accident on December 27 in San Antonio, TX. Torkelson was an assistant men’s gymnastics coach for the Air Force Academy. Torkelson’s brother, Cory, suffered severe injuries and is in intensive care. Cory’s fiance, Kate Green, was hospitalized and is in stable […] [...more]
The 2008 club season ushered in the new scoring system, which consists of an "A" panel and a "B" panel. The "A" panel meaures the requirements, difficulty and connections of a routine, and the "B" panel measures execution. The new system affected only the optional clubbers (Levels 8-10), while the compulsory clubbers (Levels 4-7) still enjoyed the old "10" system.
The compulsory men will finally get a taste [...more]
The Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular took place on Tuesday night (Dec. 23) at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD. The men were well represented by Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Justin Spring, Raj Bhavsar and Ivan Ivankov. For those who were unable to make the trek to Rapid City, don’t worry. NBC […] [...more]
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John Orozco has certainly made an indelible impact on men's club gymnastics over the past several years. Consider the following achievements:
* 2008 VISA Championships: 1st place All-Around
* 2008 JO Nationals: 1st place All-Around (Level 10/14-15)
* 2007 VISA Championships: 1st place All-Around
* 2007 JO Nationals: 2nd place All-Around (Level 9)
* 2006 JO Nationals: 3rd place All-Around (Level 9)
* Current member USA Junior National Team
Orozco, who trains at World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY under Coach Jason Hebert, is on the fast track, [...more]
Coach Sommer from Gymnastic Bodies has a story about former U.S. Champion Mako Sakamoto’s prowess at doing free-standing handstand pushups on the parallel bars. Sakamoto, who used to coach Peter Vidmar, punched out 163 full range free-standing handstand pushups in a row at the age of 53…that means dropping down to the shoulders, not the […] [...more]
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Danell Leyva has been dominating men's club gymnastics for the past several years. In fact, he has been so good that he competed in the senior division at the 2007 and 2008 VISA Championships, finishing 9th AA and 11th AA, narrowly missing a trip to the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Leyva is on track to possibly become one of the youngest gymnasts [...more]
Gymnast.com has a great post about Glen Ishino. Included are three videos from his preparation for the PAGU Championships held last month in Argentina. Andrew Thornton does a great job of analyzing the videos and providing positive feedback for just how good Ishino is.
Thornton also went on to analyze Ishino's achievements over the past few years at the club level. He puts things into perspective when comparing his 2008 VISA junior performance to the seniors... [...more]
StickItMedia is excited to announce that we are conducting interviews with many of America's top men's club gymnasts, and we will be bringing them to you right here. The 2009 club season is just around the corner, and the season is shaping up to be one of the best ever. StickItMedia hopes to provide extensive coverage of the upcoming club season. We are also lining up interviews with some busy college guys. Stay tuned.
We encourage our readers to submit interesting stories and/or interview opportunities. We want to hear from everybody in the club community. Club gymnastics is the lifeblood of [...more]