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.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2013 – Senior national team member Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Monmouth, and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners, won the Level 10 Junior Elite all-around titles today at the 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Modi earned a two-day total of 142.400 to take the senior title, while Kimble scored a combined total 147.150 to win the junior crown.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2013 – Region I (seniors), Region III (juniors), and Swiss Turners took the top spots in the Level 10 regional and club team competitions, respectively, on the first day of the 2013 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
Cincinnati, Ohio -- Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore Md./Ultimate Gymnastics and Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners won the Level 10 all-around titles at the 2012 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whittenburg was the champion in the 16-18 age group while Kimble won in the 14-15 age group. Below are the champions for Levels 9 and 10.
It was an incredible experience to witness all of the success that Swiss Turners had this year at Nationals. Long Beach, CA lived up to its name, and brought welcomed sunshine to us Wisconsin folks.
The Swiss Level 10 team captured 1st place in Floor, Pommel, Rings, and Parallel Bars. Overall, they took the 2nd place Club Team in the Nation for Level 10. An incredible achievement!
The Swiss Level 9 team performed well also, claiming 1st place in rings, and 6th place in the overall Club Team for the Nation.
Individually, many Swiss boys contributed to their teams' successes. We had 5 boys rank in the top 36 all-around finals competition, with Marvin Kimble placing 3rd, Dmitri Belanovski placing 4th and Steven Jaciuk placing 17th, in their respective divisions.
The last day of competition was the event finals and there were Swiss boys all over the place! Perhaps a record 6 boys qualified for the Event finals by placing in the top 6 in the event. Considering there were over 700 total competitors, this was a significant accomplishment.
They all received medals for their competition in the event finals:
Marvin Kimble - 1st in rings, 3rd on floor and pommel, 6th on pbars and vault
Dmitri Belanovski - 1st in pbars, 4th on floor, 4th on pommel, 6th on rings
Josiah Eng - 1st in rings
Steven Jaciuk - 5th on high bar
Paul Montague - 6th on rings
Vitali Kan - 6th on floor
All of their hard work during the year paid off! Congratulations Swiss men!
We are very excited to learn that Marvin Kimble was chosen as one of the few Junior level gymnasts to represent the U.S.A. in the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championship next month in Everett, Washington. The Pacific Rim competition is one of the premier gymnastics events, held only every two years around the world. (In 2010, it was held in Australia.)
More information about the competition can be found at the www.usagym.org website.