12 Moments From 2017

1. Retirements: Guatemala’s star Ana Sofia Gómez (GUA), London Olympian Rebecca Tunney (GBR), Diana “Didi” Bulimar (ROU), Rio Olympian Shang Chunsong (CHN) and queen Catalina Ponor (ROU).

2. Mihai Brestyan Australia’s new Head Coach. After Peggy Liddick announced in December of 2016 that she would be stepping down after 20 years as Australia’s National Head Coach the search began for a new Head Coach and Mihai Brestyan (Alexandra Raisman’s coach) was appointed in early March.

3. Goodbye Yelena Naimushina. Also in March, we learned of the very sad and unexpected news of Yelena Naimushina’s passing at the age of 52. She was a 1980 Olympian who is remembered for her Floor performance to the music “Kalinka”.

4. History made at Europeans. Elissa Downie (GBR) became the first British gymnast to become European All-Around Champion while Nina Derwael (BEL) also won Belgium’s first ever gold medal at Europeans. Also remarkable from that competition was Catalina Ponor’s fifth European beam title and Hungary medalling again for the first time since 1998.

5. Simone Biles in Dancing with the Stars. Simone Biles took her turn at the Dancing with Stars show and she finished fourth, just like Anastasia Liukin and Alexandra Raisman did when they participated in the show.

6. Olivia Cimpian’s move to Hungary. In July we were shocked to learn Olivia Cimpian was leaving Romania to train and represent Hungary. Olivia, who is a new senior, had recently represented Romania at home Europeans in Cluj-Napoca in which became her last competition representing her native country.

7. Andreea Raducan Head of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. Andreea challenged Adrian Stoica for the presidency of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Stoica eventually withdrew leaving Andreea as the sole candidate for the presidency. Andreea has on her hands the extremely challenging task of returning Romanian Gymnastics to the glorious days she was a part of.

8. Gymnastics Babies. However Andreea’s presidency was not the only major new role she undertook this year as she also became a mother to a baby girl, just like Aliya Mustafina (daughter Alisa), Marta Pihan-Kulesza (daughter Jagna), Ludivine Furnon (daughter Lola), Ksenia Semenova (son Yaroslav), Anna Dementyeva, Carly Patterson (son Mitchell Graham), Chellsie Memmel (daughter Audrielle) and Ksenia Afanasyeva who also welcomed a son. In total 4 members of the 2010 Russian World Team became mothers: Mustafina, Dementyeva, Semenova and Afanasyeva. And by the way Australia’s Mary Ann Mockton got married, will there be a baby for 2018?

9. Injuries. Right before our eyes Rebecca Downie fell on her Gienger release at the Europeans Bars Final and injured her elbow. Her sister Elissa Downie would also miss Worlds after requiring foot surgery, Riley McCusker withdrew right before the final World Selection Camp and Flavia Saraiva also missed Montréal.

10. Paris and LA named Olympic hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. Talking about withdrawals: Hamburg, Rome and Budapest all withdrew from hosting the 2024 Olympic Games leaving Paris and LA to contend, however, the International Olympic Committee took a wise and practical decision and just awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same time.

11. Injuries at the World Championships. Like if the injuries prior to Worlds had not been enough Montréal was marked by a high number of injuries, three of them major. Rebeca Andrade tore her ACL, both Ferrari and Iordache ruptured their Achilles while Ragan Smith had a highly disappointing last-minute injury that deprived her of the chance of winning her club, Texas Dreams’, first ever World Medal

12. The World Championships

  • After being left as the United States’ sole representative, Morgan Hurd successfully fulfilled her obligation of becoming World All-Around Champion
  • Elsabeth Black won all-around silver in front of her home-crowd. It was the first medal for Canada in 11 years, back in 2006 Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs won Beam Bronze.
  • Nina Derwael became Belgium’s first ever World Medalist.
  • Pauline Schaefer turned her bronze medal on beam from 2015 into a World Title in 2017.
  • Mai Murakami became Japan’s first medalist since Koko Tsurumi’s two medals at the London World Championships in 2009.


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