Posted on 13 June 2011 by admin
We finally got to see the list of summer international assignments, published by USAG late last week. No real surprises, and they should provide a good warm-up for VISAs. Headlining the assignments, are those for the Japan Cup. Jonathan Horton and Danell Leyva will be joined by Alex Naddour, Steven Legendre and John Orozco. It’s assumed that Horton, Leyva and Naddour will be competing all-around, since each team entered will have three gymnasts competing on all six. This will be Orozco’s first big meet since tearing his achilles at VISAs last summer. He has been training at the Olympic Training Center for the past several months. Japan Cup will take place July 2-3 in Tokyo.
The following weekend will be the Puerto Rico Cup and the Korea Cup. The six-man roster for the U.S. in San Juan will feature Brandon Wynn, Andrew Elkind, Tyler Mizoguchi, Dylan Akers, Sam Mikulak and Adrian de los Angeles. Five gymnasts will compete all-around, and it will be interesting to find out who those five will be. Brandon Wynn apparently plans to compete all-around at VISAs, but we’re not sure if he will in Puerto Rico. Representing the U.S. in Goyang will be Jesse Silverstein and Sean Melton. The format there will be individual competition.
A whole slew of club gymnasts are graduating from high school this month, but I bet Stacey Ervin was the only one who did a back tuck immediately after receiving his diploma. Click here to watch it.
We’ve mentioned it before, but if you haven’t yet seen Michigan gymnast Syque Caesar’s Men’s Gymnastics Channel on ShortForm, you’re missing out. Caesar’s channel is a huge compilation of men’s gymnastics videos that he continues to add to on a regular basis. This is an internship project for Caesar, and he’s trying to gain as many pageviews as he can. He talks about it over at Gymnastike. Let’s all help him out!
Both the Senior and Junior National Teams had back-to-back training camps the past couple of weeks at the OTC in Colorado Springs. That location will feature the VISA qualifier early next month. The start list should be made available by the end of this month.
On a non-gymnastics note, Cal’s baseball team has advanced to the prestigious College World Series in Omaha. This incredible feat comes on the heels of a ridiculous ordeal the program had to endure to save its future. I would imagine the Berkeley bean counters, dufuses and Title IX geeks who tried to shut down the baseball and men’s gymnastics programs are feeling even more sheepish by now. Seven Cal players were drafted in the recent Major League Baseball draft. Well done, Bears!