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July 17, 2008 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Morgan Hamm's spot on the U.S. Olympic team is secure. USA Gymnastics said yesterday that a warning Hamm received earlier this month for getting a prescribed anti-inflammatory shot without proper clearance from anti-doping authorities did not affect his qualification to the team. "It's really a relief," Hamm told the Associated Press from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is at a training camp with the rest of the U.S. team. "Now I can concentrate on gymnastics without having any other distractions.
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April 9, 1996 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jennifer Cooper would finish her routine, come bounding off the mat and listen to her teammates' polite applause. It didn't get much better than polite last year at Southern Connecticut State, and that is one of the reasons that Cooper competed for the West Chester University women's gymnastics team this season. "I'd come off a good routine and they weren't very ecstatic," Cooper said. "I'm a upbeat person. I'm used to more. It wasn't upbeat at all. " Cooper, 19, is upbeat and excited and in tip-top form now. The West Chester sophomore will compete in the all-around competition at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, scheduled for April 18-20 at Seattle Pacific University, after completing an outstanding season at West Chester.
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December 13, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Whatever domestic tranquility existed inside the Constitution Center yesterday was shattered as soon as Bela Karolyi, resembling a hatless Santa with his mustachioed smile, silver hair and bright red blazer, bounded in to promote the more perfect union formed by Philadelphia and the 2008 Olympic Gymnastics trials. "This will be great!" shouted the legendary coach in an accent that, 25 years after he emigrated here from Romania, is still as thick as Bela Lugosi's. "When the trials are in Philadelphia my good friend here, Franklin Benjamin [pointing to Franklin impersonator Ralph Archbold]
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November 11, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The 2008 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team trials will be held at the Wachovia Center on June 19 to 22, Steve Penny, the president of USA Gymnastics, said yesterday. This will be the first time such trials have been held in Philadelphia. "The 2008 U.S. Olympic team trials for gymnastics is going to be a tremendous showcase for the Olympic movement prior to the Beijing Games," Penny said. "We are proud to partner with Philadelphia and the Wachovia Center to bring this prestigious event to the City of Brotherly Love.
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June 19, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Organizers said yesterday that ticket sales for this weekend's 2008 U.S. Olympics gymnastics trials at the Wachovia Center have "exceeded expectations. " John Page, chief operating officer of Global Spectrum, which operates the South Philadelphia arena, said he anticipated total attendance for the four sessions - tonight and tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons - would top 50,000. The performances by the women gymnasts, Page said, have outsold those for the men. "That's pretty much in line with what we saw when the figure skating [national championships]
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June 28, 1996 | by Lynn Zinser, Daily News Sports Writer
The U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials in recent years have had a funny way of not selecting the women's Olympic team. The trend won't end when the women's trials begin tonight at the FleetCenter because two of the country's top gymnasts are injured and won't compete but will probably make the Olympic team anyway. The outrage, however, will likely be confined to the two women bumped out of spots by Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu, because after switching its selection criteria before each of the past four Olympics and being blasted for its circus-like selection of the '92 team, USA Gymnastics has arrived at a relatively agreeable process.
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June 28, 1996 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When it became known that gymnastics star Dominique Moceanu, 14, would miss this weekend's U.S. Olympic trials with a jagged four-inch stress fracture in her right leg, there were sympathetic nods from divers at their own Olympic trials last week. Melisa Moses, 24, who earned one of two Olympic slots in three-meter springboard, was a gymnast for 10 years before her doctor forced her to quit. "I had several stress fractures just like she has in my legs," Moses said. "The last two years in gymnastics I was in casts for half of those years.
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May 18, 1999 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Lois Wilkerson Musgrave, 70, retired cofounder of the Will-Moor School of Gymnastics in Mount Laurel and a pioneer in the sport's development in South Jersey, died of cancer Saturday at her Mount Laurel home. Mrs. Musgrave founded the school in 1972 with her husband, John. She was a coach and director there before retiring as head coach in 1989. The school expanded to include facilities in Medford in 1984 and in Marlton in 1997. In the late 1980s, the school had as many as 1,200 students, and last year it reached a high of about 2,300 students.
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March 7, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
U.S. national gymnastics champion Sean Townsend and two teammates tested positive for cannabis and were warned they could be suspended if it happens again. Townsend, Brett McClure and Jason Gatson failed the unannounced, out-of-competition test in January, the International Gymnastics Federation said yesterday. "In the event of subsequent offenses, these gymnasts could be subject to a suspension of up to two years. Gymnasts, be warned," the federation said. A positive test for cannabis does not merit an automatic suspension because it is not a performance-enhancing substance.
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June 27, 2004 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER COLUMNIST
These are the 2008 Olympic team trials for Taqiy Abdullah. The 18-year-old from North Philadelphia is the youngest of the 17 men competing for six spots on the team that will represent the United States this summer in Athens. And while he is right in the middle of the pack, scoring-wise, this event is really about experience and development for Abdullah. "I view this as a learning experience," he said. "I'm looking more toward 2008. " It's a very realistic goal. Abdullah delivered a very good all-around performance in last night's final round, improving his scores from prelims in five of six apparatus.
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September 26, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
PHILADELPHIA middleweight Jesse Hart hopes to take his final step to qualifying for the Olympics beginning this week at the AIBA Men's World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Hart, 21, must finish in the top 10 in his weight class to earn a berth in London next summer. His first bout is Saturday against Qatar's Hzam Nabah , according to yesterday's draw. Hart, the son of former middleweight contender Eugene "Cyclone" Hart , this year has won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the national Golden Gloves at middleweight, and the USA Boxing national championship at light-heavyweight.
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February 11, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michaela Lapent held off on the decision as long as she could. The Plymouth Whitemarsh senior's dilemma: choose from among numerous scholarship offers to compete in gymnastics or diving. She recently accepted one for gymnastics at Bridgeport. "I love both sports, and I didn't want to give one up," said Lapent, who added that the social aspects of gymnastics won out over diving. "Diving is separate [from the swim team] in college, whereas you're family with the 20 or so girls on the gymnastics team.
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February 4, 2009 | Daily News Staff and Wire Report
Fred Turoff, Temple's head men's gymnastics coach since 1976, has been chosen for induction to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. "It's a terrific honor, I'm tickled," Turoff said in a statement. "The success that I've had is due to all of the hard work from the student-athletes and coaches that I've had the pleasure to be associated with at Temple University and throughout my professional career. " Turoff, a 1969 graduate of Temple, has led Owls teams to 16 EIGL/ECAC championships, and has been named the NCAA Eastern Region Coach of the Year nine times.
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July 17, 2008 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Morgan Hamm's spot on the U.S. Olympic team is secure. USA Gymnastics said yesterday that a warning Hamm received earlier this month for getting a prescribed anti-inflammatory shot without proper clearance from anti-doping authorities did not affect his qualification to the team. "It's really a relief," Hamm told the Associated Press from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is at a training camp with the rest of the U.S. team. "Now I can concentrate on gymnastics without having any other distractions.
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June 23, 2008
TEAM CAPTAINS, named and implied, are nothing new in sports. It's a big factor in baseball, a well-earned letter on a hockey sweater, a facet of team competition that can be neither measured nor denied. But there's a newness to it in women's gymnastics, an offshoot of age restrictions that have pushed the average age of potential medalists into at least the second half of their teenage years. Before Athens, someone like 20-year-old Alicia Sacramone might have even been shooed away from the sport.
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June 23, 2008 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It's no wonder Justin Spring's best gymnastics event is the high bar. When your father is an astronaut, you grow up with the bar set extremely high. "My father did two tours in Vietnam," Spring said yesterday afternoon. "He was a test pilot. He was an astronaut. He walked in space. When I would tell people about my father, they'd be like, What else can you make up about him?" But Sherwood "Woody" Spring is real enough. He flew on the space shuttle Atlantis in 1985 and did two space walks, totaling nearly 12 hours outside the shuttle.
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June 20, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, designed to create the strongest American team for Beijing, so far have been better at displaying the potential weaknesses of the U.S. men. At a news conference preceding last night's opening of competition at the Wachovia Center, Paul Hamm, the nation's top male gymnast, displayed his broken right hand and said he was confident it would be healed in time for the start of Olympic events on Aug. 9. That came...
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June 19, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bela Karolyi remembers 1976 when his star pupil, Nadia Comaneci, scored gymnastics' first perfect 10. Not only was it, he said, an accurate assessment of the Romanian teenager's performance, but the score was also understandable even to those who couldn't distinguish a pike position from a pirouette. But the perfect 10, like the sport's old vaulting horses, has been mothballed. Here at this weekend's 2008 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team trials, and in August for a first time in an Olympic Games, gymnastics' complex scoring system, its revised Code of Points, will be in effect.
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