HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 18, 2013 Hunter Justus of Cypress, Texas/Cypress, and Dmitri Belanovski of West Allis, Wis./Swiss Turners, won the Junior Elite Division's 15-16 and 17-18 age divisions, respectively, at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Hartford's (Conn.) XL Center.
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… Now 17, he’s the best young male gymnast in the United States, an athlete whose ability invites comparisons to 2004 Olympic all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm.
Kimble lives in Milwaukee and trains at Swiss Turners in West Allis, where Hamm and his twin brother, Morgan, trained.
… Kimble will try to make his first senior national team this week at the 2013 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
He will compete in the junior men’s session Thursday and if he finishes in the top six he will be eligible to compete in the senior session Saturday. The 15-man senior national team will be chosen at the end of the competition. …
“That is the goal for this year,” said Andrei Kan, one of Kimble’s coaches at Swiss Turners and a 1996 Olympian for Belarus. “I see great potential for him to make the world championship team (in 2014) so it’s important for him to make the senior national team this year.
“We are trying to get prepared for the 2016 Olympics. I believe he has a good chance.” …
17-18 Division Dmitri Belanovski, West Allis, Wis./Swiss Turners
Jacob Dastrop, Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic Training Center
Jordan DeClerk, Bloomingdale, Ill./Aerial Gymnastics
Chandler Eggleston, Champaign, Ill./University of Illinois
Matt Foster, Addison, Ill./University of Illinois
Alex Powarzynski, Menlfree, Calif./SCATS
Andrew Rickly, Lewis Center, Ohio/Hocking Valley Gymnastics Center
The winners of the junior men's annual awards were also announced: Andrei Kan of Swiss Turners, Junior Olympic Coach of the Year; Akash Modi of Monmouth Gymnastics Academy, Mas Watanable Award; and Yuriy Aminov of Monmouth Gymnastics Academy, Roberto Pumpido Award.
The top seven athletes in the 15-16 age division and the top seven athletes in the 17-18 age division were selected rank order to the Junior Elite National Team using the combined all-around results from two days of competition. Age-eligible juniors may be competing in either the junior or senior division sessions. Only athletes who competed Optional Routines and Technical Sequences at the Junior Olympic National Championships or at the National Qualifier were eligible for the Junior Elite National Team.