This Week in Training

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Shallon Olsen (CAN)
Photo Credit: Grace Chiu

Shallon Olsen (CAN) is working on bar upgrades and they're super impressive! She's grown quite a bit in the last year and I think is still getting used to that as evidenced by a few missed handstands. BUT, she's working stalders and a double double tuck dismount. The dismount is really pretty! She's definitely one to watch in Canada. She and Rose Woo are basically Canada's Bailie Key times 2.

Bailey Ferrer (USA) is shown here training the Biles into a pit (double layout half out). She will be a senior in 2017.

There is also training footage of Olivia Dunne working a 1.5 through to double back. She will be senior in 2018. (IG is enaparamus) link

Celine van Gerner (NED) has been back for some time now and has been attending the Dutch Worlds Team Selection Trials. I'm not sure what events she's doing at trials but she recently posted this video of her doing a full in on floor. She will compete this weekend at a friendly competition in France.

Comeback Trail
Laurie Hernandez is training again! She was initially out with a wrist injury then hurt her knee. Here she is on uneven bars and happy as always.


This Week in Training

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Ana Lago
Photo Credit: Alberto Montalvo

Christina Desiderio of Parkettes in the USA is training a double twisting double tuck. She is a junior that will turn senior in 2016.

Ana Lago of Mexico is returning from ACL injury. On her instagram, you can see her training some beam series on the floor. She posted a video of her working a triple L turn on floor (below). There is also a video of her on UB with 2 Shaposh transitions here.

Wyomi Masela of the Netherlands is back from her Achilles injury! Here she is working a DTY into the foam pit. Masela earned the bronze medal at the 2012 Test Event earning a spot to the Olympics that was later given to Celine van Gerner.

Venezuela's Jessica Lopez in training a whip to 3 1/2 twist. I'm unable to embed but the link is here.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA) was seen training a Nabieva on uneven bras (toe on laid out Tkatchev). She turns senior next year.


The Old Ferlito Will Eventually Return

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Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito has been missing from the international team for quite some time. She had a calf injury earlier in the year but continued to miss out on meets, like the European Championships, due to ongoing medical issues. Italy has two meets coming up and Carlotta Ferlito's name continues to be thrown around as attending one minute and not attending the next. Ferlito is a star in Italy after the Ginnaste series on MTV has gained a lot of success and she has won MTV Italia Sports Hero awards for 2013 and 2014. Her attendance at a meet would undoubtedly increase audience numbers.

Ferlito revealed today, in a series of tweets, that she hopes to return to competition soon after dealing with multiple infections and anemia. World Championships is unlikely for this year but she hopes to return strong for the next season. Here is the translation. If you have any corrections, please let us know.

"That is why it may seem a stop as many what I did, but it was not! I was always sick, tired, exhausted, half training. I had dizziness and I thought the gym was not the sport for me. It was hard. Then when they found out the disease (after 2 months of the first tonsillitis -.- ), I have stopped abruptly, and for me it was really hard to stay at home without. You can not even go to the gym to do some enhancement. When I finally healed and I'm back in the gym, was even more difficult because the virus had weakened me so much and I did not have a muscle, I could not even do the abs. But I gritted my teeth and I said to myself that sooner or later I would have made a return to the levels of before. Today, I can not say I succeeded, but I can say we have very close, and believe me, there is no greater satisfaction than to put it in that place - who gave me up for dead! A big thank you that you have never stopped believing in me! I hope to return to racing soon."

Carlotta Ferlito attended the 2010 Youth Olympic Games where she placed 3rd in the all around and 2nd on balance beam. At the 2011 European Championships, Ferlito earned a silver medal on the balance beam and was a member of the 2012 Olympic Team. She attended the 2013 World Championships where she qualified to the balance beam final in 7th place. After an inquiry for the American Simone Biles moved Biles to 3rd place, Italians Ferrari and Ferlito were bumped out of the medals to 4th and 5th place, respectively. Upset with the lower placements, Ferlito made inappropriate racial remarks when being interviewed. She has since apologized for those comments. In 2014, Ferlito competed at the American Cup where she finished in 8th place.

You can follow Ferlito on twitter: @CarlottaFerlito


Gymnastics Injuries Sept/Oct 2014

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Rachel Gowey after hurting her ankle during podium training for 2014 US National Championships
Photo Credit: Christy Ann Linder

Unfortunately, the list is growing. Just like last year, we are having a pre-Worlds surge which is to be expected as landings move to harder surfaces and competition season heats up. There have been a few injuries that have shaken up World teams and federations. The biggest one is arguably Diana Bulimar, without whom Romania has exactly 6 senior athletes tos end to Worlds. This is the 2nd time in 2 years that she will miss World Championships due to knee injury. The other one is Rachel Gowey of the USA. Although not a lock for the team, she was slowly but surely making a name for herself. After a strong performance at Secret Classic, a good performance at US Nationals would have helped to make her case. Unfortunately, she suffered from a broken ankle on a beam dismount and is out for the season. Maggie Nichols was injured at the 2014 Pan American Championships - her kneecap was dislocated but immediately slid back into place (via The Gymternet). We are still waiting to hear if she will attend the USA Selection Camp. She will not attend the USA Selection Camp.

There have also been a few exciting comebacks. Although there's no video or score, Gabby Jupp has returned to competition. She recently competed at a Great Britain World selection camp. We do not know on what events, etc. but I am glad to see her back fighting for a spot. Russia's Viktoria Komova returned to competition on the uneven bars. Right now, she is not listed on the Russian team but if she adds another event, Valentina Rodionenko will consider giving her a spot.

This lists consists of National Team members and a few select others that had to miss out on competition due to injury.

Note: Removed return to competition list at the bottom.
*Gabby Jupp recently competed at a control competition for GBR World team selection

A MAG injury list has been compiled by Full Twist here.

Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
2014 Injuries
Elisa Cherino GERFractured cervical vertebrae (Mar)
Loan His FRA jr??? (Jun)
Miriana Almeida MEX??? (Aug)
Ida Gustafsson SWE??? (Aug)
Sandra Collantes PER??? (Sep)
Maelys Plessis FRA??? (Sep)
Anne Kuhm FRACollarbone (Jan)
Simone Biles USAShoulder (Feb)Jul 2014
Kirsten Beckett RSAShoulder surgery (Aug)
Peyton Ernst USADislocated shoulder + surgery (Aug)
Louise Vanhille FRAElbow (Mar)
Rebecca Tunney GBRElbow (May)
Bailie Key USA jrElbow (Jul)
Alyssa Baumann USAElbow (Aug)Sep 2014
Ayelen Taribini ARGDislocated Elbow (Sep)
Yuna Hiraiwa JPNBroken Finger (Sep)
Kyla Ross USABack (Jan)Mar 2014
McKayla Maroney USAKnee surgery (Feb)
Tyesha Mattis GBR jr??? (Mar)
Jade Barbosa BRAKnee surgery (Aug)
Diana Bulimar ROUKnee surgery (Aug)
Giulia Steingruber SUIKnee bone bruise (Mar)May 2014
Vanasia Bradley USA jrTorn ACL & meniscus, broken patella (Jun)
Nadine Jarosch - GERTorn ACL surgery (2013)
Torn ACL surgery (Jul)
Janine Berger - GERTorn ACL surgery (Aug)
Mariya Livchikova UKRKnee (Aug)retirement
Maria Paula Vargas ESPTorn ACL & partial meniscal tear (Sep)
Anastasia Grishina RUSTorn meniscus & broken patella (Apr)
Laurie Hernandez USA jrFractured wrist (Jan)
Torn patellar tendon & dislocated kneecap (Jun)

Maggie NicholsDislocated kneecap (Aug)
Carlotta Ferlito ITACalf strain + medical issue (Mar)Sep 2014
Ksenia Afanasyeva RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)
Viktoria Komova RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)Aug 2014
Wendy de Jong NED jrAnkle (Jul)
Gabriella DouglasAnkle surgery (Aug)
Rachel Gowey USAAnkle break (Aug)
Sophie Scheder GERSprained ankle + 2 torn ligaments (Mar)May 2014
Maria Paseka RUSSprained ankle (Sep)
Maria Bondareva RUS jrSwollen ligaments in ankle (Apr)
Lexie Priessman - USAAchilles tendon strain ('13)
Torn fibular ligament (Aug)
Evgenia Zhukova RUSTorn Achilles (Apr)
Valentine Sabatou FRATorn Achilles (Sep)
Francesca Deagostini ITAFoot injury/fracture (Jun-Aug)
Elisabeth Seitz GERFoot injury (Aug)Sep 2014
Rebeca Andrade BRA jrToe injury (Jul)

Data as of 8/3 2:30PM:
There are 37 athletes on this injured list. 8 of those athletes are juniors, 29 are seniors.
- There has been one serious head/neck injury by Germany's Elisa Cherino. She required emergency surgery for a fractured cervical veterbrae. She is still in the hospital in Berlin. You can find more information on her facebook page or her website.
- Of the known injuries to 28 seniors, 3 were shoulder injuries and 3 were elbow.
- Only Kyla Ross is listed with a back injury and has since returned.
- There were no abdominal or hip injuries.
- There are a total of 8 seniors with knee injures - 3 of which are confirmed ACL tears. Only 2 (Steingruber and Maroney) are known not to be ACL injuries. The remaining 3 athletes just have "knee injures" - no specific comment on nature of the injury.
- There were 8 ankle injuries of the 28 seniors, 2 of which were Achilles tears and 1 confirmed broken ankle. There were 5 non-specific ankle injuries and 2 foot injuries.
- By joint for seniors: neck (1/28); shoulder (3/28); elbow (3/28); knee (8/28); ankle (8/28)


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
End of 2013
Katelyn Ohashi - USAShoulder surgery + Back
Sabrina Vega USAShoulder surgery
Julie Croket - BELElbowAug 2014
Sarah Finnegan - USAElbow surgery
Enus Mariani jr - ITABack injury (May)
Eythora Thorsdottir - NED jrBackOct 2014
Gabby Jupp - GBRTorn ACL at Europeans; surgery*Aug 2014
Kim Janas GER jrACL; surgeryOct 2014
Chantysha Netteb NEDACL
Lisa Ecker AUTR PCL and meniscusAug 2014
Luo Peiru - CHNAchilles & fractured kneecap
CĂ©line van Gerner - NEDAnkle surgery
Adrian Gomes - BRA
Koko Tsurumi - JPN
Gabriella Douglas - CANShoulder surgeryMay 2014
Giorgia Campana - ITAElbowFeb 2014
Lou Nina - CHNElbowApr 2014
Maria Paseka - RUSBack painApr 2014
Anastasia Grishina - RUSBack pain/pinched nerveApr 2014
Diana Bulimar - ROMKnee injuryMar 2014
Youna Dufournet - FRAKnee surgeryMar 2014
Elisabetta Preziosa - ITAKneeFeb 2014
Adriana Crisci - ITATorn ACL after DTYFeb 2014
Ana Lago - MEXTorn ACL; surgeryMay 2014
Erika Fasana - ITATibiaFeb 2014
Marine Brevet - FRATorn Achilles tendon; surgeryMar 2014
Wyomi Masela - NEDTorn achilles tendon; surgeryJun 2014
Ksenia Afanasyeva - RUSAnkle surgeryApr 2014
Madison Kocian - USAAnkle sprain at P&GsFeb 2014
Jessica Lopez VENAnkleFeb 2014
Cintia Rodriguez ESPAnkle; surgeryFeb 2014
Jade Barbosa - BRALigament ruptureMar 2014

We wish all these athletes a speedy recovery and best of luck with their rehabilitation.


This Week in Training: ITA/GBR

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Sofia Busato (ITA) - and, yes this is her starting pose on FX!
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Around the World!

Italy's Sofia Busato is working on a DTY. She was just named to the team for the Junior Mediterranean World Championships.

Great Britain's Catherine Lyons is training an impressive toe-on Shaposhnikova to clear hip piked Tkatchev (Shang)

Enus Mariani's mom has graciously given some videos to the official fan page. Unfortunately, I'm unable to embed. Here Enus is working a triple twist (link). There's also video of her doing a full in pike onto a soft surface, a Y turn on beam, and training an UB release. Check the facebook page for more video!