The 2009 Stanford Open took place January 23-25. As usual, the folks on The Farm put on a good show. A special thanks to Meet Director Doni Thompson and Meet Co-Directors Tom Langenstein and Michael Diliberto for their great hospitality.
The Stanford Open is one of the premier annual events for men's gymnastics. The highlight of the weekend was [...more]
Ours is Peaceful Warrior, which stars Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte and Amy Smart. The screenplay is loosely based on the true story of Dan Millman, who competed for Cal in the late 1960s. Nolte plays Socrates, who ends up becoming Millman's mentor. "Millman struggles to make sense of his life in which he is successful, but still unfulfilled." Millman had it all... success, women, [...more]
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Dominic Morris got off to an early start in gymnastics. At six months he was doing chin-ups and skin-the-cats. At two he jumped out of the family's backyard treehouse onto a trampoline. Then at age three he was climbing trees and freaking out neighbors when he climbed up onto the roof of his grandparent's three-story house. Deirdre and Joe Morris had already enrolled their son Dominic in a "Mommy and Me" gymnastics class at age two-and-a-half, mainly because "the kid had to be taught how to land!"
In no time, he had to be moved up to the six-year-old class. He was soon doing punch fronts on the tumble track at two-and-a-half, flipping over the vault at three-and-a-half, [...more]
The weekend of January 16-18 was the first big weekend of the 2009 season for men's club gymnastics competition. Three notable meets held were the Vitaly Scherbo Invitational in Las Vegas, Windy City Invite in Chicago and the West Point Open.
The Scherbo meet featured Junior National Team members Jake Dalton from Gymnastics Nevada, Jeff Langenstein from San Mateo and Jordan Gaarenstroom and Adrian De Los Angeles from SCATS. Azarian's Donathan Bailey and Sam Mikulak of SCATS, also national team members, [...more]
The fifth-ranked Cal Bears defeated top-ranked Stanford in the 2009 season opener for both clubs. Cal freshman Glen Ishino provided an early indication why he was the nation’s top recruit by winning the all-around (86.200) in his collegiate debut. Check out the results here. This is the second season in a row that Cal beat […] [...more]
Ohio State freshman, Alexy Bilozertchev, has left the men’s gymnastics team for unspecified reasons. The announcement was made by Head Coach Miles Avery. Supposedly he will remain on scholarship to pursue his academic goals. What’s up with this? Bilozertchev, the son of former World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Dmitri Bilozertchev, was a prized recruit […] [...more]
The field is set for the 2009 Tyson American Cup. 2008 U.S. Olympian Joey Hagerty and 2008 U.S. All-Around Champion David Sender will represent the United States. Two more Americans will be selected after next month's Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.
This is great news that Sender's career is still alive, especially after his heartbreaking ankle injury suffered just prior to the Olympic Trials. That injury most likely kept him off the 2008 Men's Olympic Gymnastics Team. Here is the rest of the field: [...more]
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Ten year-old David Finning knew what he was doing, yet he didn't consciously have a means to get his message across. It wasn't until one of his neighbors turned him in to his parents that he finally got the opportunity to officially become a gymnast. On that fateful day while his parents were at work, David somehow convinced his older brother and sister to help him position the family's backyard trampoline against the house. David then jumped down from the roof of his house onto the trampoline for added acrobatic effect, and ended up flying over a fence into the yard next door. Out of concern for David's safety, his neighbors busted him and called his mother at a local school where she worked.
David's father, Scott Finning, decided it was time to do something about his son's precocious obsession with being airborne. Scott found a local gym near [...more]