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Rhythmic Worlds open in Izmir

Current world champion Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) leads competition at the Rhythmic World Championships in Izmir, Turkey, scoring 18.650 for her ball routine. Son Yeon Jae (KOR) leads the hoop competition at 17.350, but ranks only fifth overall. Competition continues Tuesday for ball and hoop, with …

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22 September | Vladimir Marchenko (URS)

Born: 22 September 1952
Hometown: Grozny, RUS
Club: Dynamo Grozny
Career Highlights: 1973 Euros (4th HB; 5th AA); 1974 Worlds (2nd T; 3rd PB; 4th FX; 9th AA); 1976 Olympics (2nd T, FX)
Video: Marchenko at the 1976 Olympics | Silver-medal floor routine at 3:50

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20 September | Chris Waller (USA)

Born: 20 September 1968
Hometown: Mt. Prospect (Illinois)
Club: American Academy of Gymnastics, UCLA
Career Highlights: 1990 Goodwill Games (2nd T; 3rd PH, R; 4th AA); 1991 U.S. national champion; 1991 World Championships (20th AA); 1992 Olympics (5th PH); 1995 Pan American Games (1st T; 7th R)
Other: Waller had a long international …

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19 September | Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS)

Born: 19 September 1982
Hometown: Moscow, RUS
Club: Dynamo Moscow
Career Highlights: 1999 Worlds (1st V, 2nd T, 3rd AA);2000 Euros (1st T; 2nd AA, V; 3rd BB); 2000 Olympics (1st V, FX; 2nd T); 2000, 2002 World Cup Final (1st V); 2002 Worlds (1st V); 2003 Worlds (2nd V); 2004 …

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Thirty straight wins for Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura’s (JPN) all around victory at last weekend’s All-Japan Senior Championships was the 30th consecutive all around title for the Olympic and four-time World champion. Uchimura’s string of titles dates back to the 62nd All Japan National Championships in October 2008. A complete list of his wins, …

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18 September | Sergey Fedorchenko (KAZ)

Born: 18 September 1974
Hometown: Kazakhstan
Club: Dynamo Almaty
Career Highlights: 1996 Worlds (4th FX, V; 6th HB); 1997 Worlds (1st V; 6th HB; 8th FX); 1998 Goodwill Games (1st V; 3rd HB); 2000 Olympics (5th V)
Other: Fedorchenko was the first to perform the triple twisting, double layout off …

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Cha Yong Hwa sanctioned

The FIG Disciplinary Commission has sanctioned Cha Yong Hwa (PRK), removing her license and suspending her from international competition until 31 December 2015, following an investigation regarding her birth year, FIG announced today in a press release. According to the press release, Cha’s results, as …

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16 September | Natalia Laschenova (URS)

Born: 16 September 1973
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Club: Dinamo Riga
Career Highlights: 1988 Olympics (1st T, 5th AA); 1989 World Championships (1st T, 2nd AA)
Video: Laschenova on floor | 1988 Olympics

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13 September | Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)

Born: 13 September 1991
Hometown: Tula, Russia
Club: CSKA
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympics (6th AAQ); 2009 Europeans (2nd AA); 2010 Tokyo Cup (1st AA); 2010 Worlds (1st T); 2011 Worlds (2nd T, 1st FX); 2012 Olympics (2nd T); 2013 Europeans (1st FX); 2013 Universiade (1st T, V, FX, 2nd AA)
Other: In an …

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12 September | Lori Strong (CAN)

Born: 12 September 1972
Hometown: Scarborough
Club: Winstonettes
Career Highlights: 1987 Worlds (15th AA); 1989 Worlds (6th T, 22nd AA); 1989 Cottbus (3rd AA); 1990 Cottbus (5th AA); 1990 Commonwealth Games (1st T, AA, BB, FX); 1994 NCAA Championships (1st UB); 1996 SEC Championships (1st AA)
Other: Strong has two skills named …

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