North Shore Rhythmics gymnasts Laura Zeng and Jazzy Kerber became the 2014 junior and senior national champions this weekend! Laura also won the junior hoop and ball gold medals, and Jazzy won the senior clubs medal and received the USA Gymnastics award for rhythmic gymnastics athlete of the year. NSR gymnast Camilla Feeley finished second all-around in the junior competition and won the junior clubs medal. NSR juniors Natalie Bourand and Dasha Baltovick qualified for the all-around finals in the junior competition. Juniors Karrine Denisova and Alexandra Ladan and senior Molly Isley also competed at the national championships in Louisville.
The USA senior national group -- Kiana Eide, Alissa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Jenny Rokhman, Monica Rokhman, and Kristen Shaldybin -- performed three exhibitions. USA Gymnastics named Natasha Klimouk coach of the year, but she was quick to say the award belongs to all the NSR coaches: Irina Korosteleva (who joined her for the award ceremony at the Yum Center), Dani Takova, and Angelina Yovcheva. “We are extremely proud of the entire team for doing their absolute best,” says Natasha. To see the entire U.S. national team for all disciplines competing in Louisville, please visit this USA Gymnastics website. Congratulations to everyone!
The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will also feature some non-Olympic events, including 3-on-3 basketball, a field hockey skills challenge , and mixed gender and/or mixed country team events. China will host 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympic Tames. During 13 days of competition, 222 medal events will be spread over 27 competition venues. Zeng is one of just two U.S. athletes who speak Chinese. Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag. Click here to view a complete roster of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team.
Laura Zeng will head to China for the Youth Olympic Games in August! Here's the link to the USA Gymnastics story (also pasted below)! The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the official U.S. Team for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games Team of 94 athletes includes four gymnasts: Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, rhythmic gymnastics; Alec Yoder of Indianapolis, Ind./InterActive Academy, men’s artistic gymnastics; and Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy, and Nicole Ahsinger of San Diego, Calif./So Cal TTC, trampoline. The U.S. will compete in 23 disciplines across 21 sports.
The Youth Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that take place every four years consistent with the current format of the Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of Olympism. For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.