A. Team USA Competes in the Czech Republic
Four Stanford athletes represented Team USA in the Czech Republic at the 2023 Sokol Grand Prix. The mixed-pairs competition consisted of 12 teams and former national team member, Ian Gunther, took home second place with Canada's, Shallon Olsen. Current national team member, Taylor Burkhart was paired with Czech Republic's Alice Vlkova and took home bronze. Riley Loos and Blake Sun finished fifth and eighth respectively. More information can be found here.
B. USA Gymnastics Men's Program Updates
There are two main updates from the U.S. men's program. The first is meeting minutes from the Senior Selection Committee (SSC); and the second is a webinar on NCAA men's gymnastics sustainability and growth linked down below.
Bullet Points from the Committee Minutes
2023 Olympic Procedures are not finalized. The USOPC requested clarification and a second draft has been sent for review.
All five members of the 2023 World Championships Team (Fred Richard, Khoi Young, Paul Juda, Asher Hong, and Yul Moldauer) will retain their spots on National Team til June meaning they do not need to compete at Winter Cup.
2023 World Alternate, Colt Walker, will also retain his spot.
Senior Development Team Members, Joshua Karnes and Landen Blixt will also retain their spots.
12 additional Spots will be available on the Senior National Team for a total of twenty.
The SSC indicated that the top team will be sent to the DTB Pokal in Stuttgart, Germany, so that should be some indication of who is in high consideration for the Olympic Team.
C. Fred Richard Links Up with Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg and Fred Richard freestyled together at the Team USA promotional event ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games.
D. Northern European Championships
The 2023 Northern European Championships were held in Halmstad, Sweden on November 25th and 26th. Finland's Elias Koski took the top mark breaking the coveted 80.00 barrier with an 80.398. His teammate, Marcus Pietarinen took home silver with a 78.397, and Joe Cemlyn-Jones of Wales grabbed bronze with a 78.199. Full results can be found here.
E. Virtual Gymnastics App creates Online Test Event
On Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm (CET), European Gymnastics will be hosting an online test event for Men's Artistic Gymnastics in partnership with Elevien.
Visit the Elevien website here to download the app!
F. Lukas Dauser Podcast (in German) about becoming World Champion
G. Neutral Deductions' Website Got A Facelift
Thanks to our amazing graphic designer, Neutral Deductions got a facelift! Feel free to browse around and check out the new features! We are especially excited to share our athletes page for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games!
Article by: Kensley. Behel