Thank you, gymnasts, for a wonderful summer! While some of our veterans were winning medals at home and overseas, our stars of tomorrow were working on their flexibility, fitness and rhythmic skills at our summer camp. This fall our coaches will work with our girls on new routines and new elements. We also want to welcome our newcomers to team -- our level 3's, who will compete for their first time this season. Here's a roundup of some summertime fun at camp!
Congratulations, Laura! We are so proud of you! Here is the USA Gymnastics post: NANJING, China, Aug. 27, 2014 – Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, took home the rhythmic gymnastics all-around bronze medal today at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, on Aug. 27. NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports combined will air 54.5 hours of coverage of the Youth Olympic Games. In addition, fans can watch the action live at Olympic.org, Olympic.tv, YouTube.com/Olympics. Zeng earned a 56.750 to finish third and win the bronze medal. Russia’s Irina Annenkova (58.575) and Belarus’ Maryia Trubach (56.950) finished first and second, respectively. Zeng posted scores of 14.450, hoop; 14.050, ball; 14.400, clubs; and 13.850, ribbon.
Today’s competition wraps up gymnastics at the Youth Olympics. Gymnastics is one of the sports that will be featured on the nightly NBCSN coverage. The nightly programming will be similar to NBC’s traditional primetime presentation for the Olympics. Other sports expected to be among those featured include swimming, track and field, beach volleyball and diving. The complete television schedule is listed below. NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide streaming coverage all 2014 Youth Olympic Games coverage appearing on NBC and NBCSN.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets. In addition to live online coverage of Nanjing 2014, 480 hours of video-on-demand is available at Olympic.org, Olympic.tv, YouTube.com/Olympics and the Olympic TV App, as well as in China with CNTV and CCTV apps. The official Youth Olympic Games website is Nanjing2014.org. Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.
The United States is competing in 22 disciplines across 20 sports, with a 92-athlete U.S. Youth Olympic Games Team. China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympic Games. During 13 days of competition in 28 sports, 222 medal events will be spread over 27 competition venues. 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. NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports Network’s coverage of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, China Date Time (ET) Network Wed., August 27 5-7 p.m. 7-8 p.m. Universal Sports Network NBCSN Thurs., August 28 5-7:30 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m.** Universal Sports Network NBCSN Sun., August 31 12:30-1:30 p.m. NBC *Opening Ceremony **Closing Ceremony
Congratulations to North Shore Rhythmics gymnast Jazzy Kerber, the new Pan American Championships all-around gold medalist and clubs and ribbon gold medalist, and to the USA Senior National Group, the new Pan American Championships all-around silver medalists and clubs silver medalists!
The USA also won the team gold medal! And here is the link to the USA Gymnastics post, called "USA, Kerber strike gold at Pan Am Championships": TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2014 – Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, led Team USA to the gold medal at 2014 Pan American Championships, in Toronto, Ont., Canada, while capturing the individual all-around title. The U.S. team posted a 160.933, ahead of Brazil at 150.466, and Mexico at 147.667.
The U.S. group earned the all-around silver. Competition continues tomorrow with the individual apparatus finals. In the individual all-around, Kerber posted a 66.149 for first place, while Rebecca Sereda of Staten Island, N.Y./Isadora, was second at 63.784. Brazil’s Angelica Kvieczynski was third with 62.900. The senior group, consisting of Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill., Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill., Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill., Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill., and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago, Ill., all of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, posted a 15.467 in 10 clubs and a 14.600 in three balls and two ribbons. They earned a 30.067 total for the silver, behind Brazil (32.133).
Rhythmic gymnastics is characterized by grace, beauty and elegance combined with dance and acrobatic elements, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed routine to music. The choreography must cover the entire floor and contain a balance of jumps, leaps, pivots and balances. Only four of the apparatus are competed each quad, and the four for 2016 are hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity, endurance and hand-eye coordination.