Gymternet Weekly: Artur Dalaloyan’s Olympics in jeopardy, NCAA season goes out with a bang (April 12 – 18, 2021)

By Patricia Duffy | April 20, 2021
Artur Dalaloyan's Olympics in question after Achilles tendon tear
Photo Credit: Olympic Channel

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– Artur Dalaloyan’s Olympics in question after partial Achilles tendon tear

Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan, the 2018 World all-around champion, underwent surgery for a partial Achilles tendon tear on Friday, beginning a recovery process that is expected to take three months.

– Michigan, Stanford take home team titles at 2021 NCAA Championships

Two years after the last NCAA Championships were held for gymnastics, Michigan made history, earning its first-ever women’s team title, and Stanford’s men’s team repeated as champions.

– Olympic movement celebrates 100 days out to Tokyo despite Japanese dissent

Olympic athletes, hopefuls, and fans celebrated 100 days to go until the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, April 14. Meanwhile, health experts across the globe continue to urge the IOC and organizing committee to reconsider.

Artur Dalaloyan’s Olympics in question after Achilles tendon tear

Artur Dalaloyan faces an uphill battle to make his first Olympic squad after tearing his Achilles tendon last week in training while for the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

“Unfortunately, Arthur was injured during a control training session with a partial Achilles tendon tear. At the European Championships, Arthur will be replaced by Kirill Prokopyev,” Russian head coach Valentina Rodionenko said, according to TASS.

Rodionenko says doctors expect a full comeback and a three month recovery, but with three months and one week until the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, time is not on his side to make his first Olympic squad, especially on events like floor and vault where Dalaloyan excels but that put tremendous pressure on his legs.

Read the full story from Olympic Channel here.

Artur Dalaloyan's Olympics in question after Achilles tendon tear
Photo Credit: Olympic Channel

Michigan, Stanford take home team titles at 2021 NCAA Championships

The 2021 NCAA Gymnastics season came to an exciting end this weekend with Stanford and Michigan winning the men’s and women’s 2021 NCAA Championships, respectively.

Stanford’s men’s team won its second-straight national title after leading the team standings almost the entire meet, except heading into the final rotation when Oklahoma took a narrow lead. As they have all season, Oklahoma gave the defending champs a run for their money, but Stanford put up six complete rotations of 5 up, 5 count routines to win the title with a 414.521.

In true NCAA fashion, Saturday’s battle for the women’s title came down to the very last routine, with Michigan beam anchor Abby Heiskell delivering the title-winning routine. The Wolverine’s women’s team made history with a program-best 198.2500 to clinch its first-ever national title and become just the seventh women’s program to win a NCAA title.

Relive the weekend that was with Gymnastics Now’s coverage, including live blogs, recaps, and more, linked below. Be on the lookout for our championship photo galleries coming this week!

ICYMI: Gymnastics Now’s 2021 NCAA Championships coverage

Olympic movement celebrates 100 days out to Tokyo despite Japanese dissent

To mark 100 days to go until the Tokyo Olympics begin, fans and athletes alike celebrated by sharing their excitement to finally see the games take place in the form of social posts, training videos, and even the organizing committee itself unveiling a giant set of Olympics rings on top of Tokyo’s Mount Takao, as well as statues of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters.

[WATCH: Celebrate #100daysout with these 10 gym vids from Olympic hopefuls!]

But the celebrations didn’t come without concerns and, for some, outright dissent to the idea of hosting the Olympics during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

In a commentary published in the British Medical Journal last Wednesday, health experts said Japan’s inability to contain the COVID-19 pandemic means that plans to hold the Olympics in Tokyo should be reconsidered. This as Japan expands quasi-emergency measures to halt a fourth wave of infections after having just began its inoculation push in February, later than most major economies.

Read the full story here.

Olympic movement celebrates 100 days out to Tokyo despite Japanese dissent
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UCLA Gymnastics athletes star on the latest digital cover of Essence: Girls United

Ahead of the NCAA Gymnastics championships, ESSENCE’s Girl United platform highlighted UCLA gymnasts Chae Campbell, Nia Dennis, Margzetta Frazier and Sekai Wright for its spring digital cover.

Read more about the UCLA Gymnastics cover here.

Photo Credit: Essence Magazine

College Gymnastics Association announces 2021 end-of-year award winners

Prior to the start of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Minnesota last week, the College Gymnastics Association (CGA) held a virtual award ceremony to announce and celebrate its 2021 end-of-year award winners. See the list of nominees and winners highlighted below.

Read the full 2021 College Gymnastics Association Awards Program here.

MVP of the Year

  • Winner: Paul Juda (Michigan)
  • Mathew Davis (Army)
  • Dominic Ramalho (Springfield)
  • Evan Hymanson (Nebraska)
  • Jesse Tyndall (Ohio State)
  • Yu-Chen Lee (California)
  • Mike Moran (Minnesota)
  • Michael Fletcher (Illinois)
  • Vitaliy Guimaraes (OU)
  • Brody Malone (Stanford)
  • Bennet Huang (Iowa)
  • Andrew Lyubovsky (W&M)

Specialist of the Year

  • Cameron Bock (Michigan)
  • Matthew Martin (Army)
  • Colton O’Brien (Springfield)
  • Cooper Giles (Nebraska)
  • Justin Ah Chow (Ohio State)
  • Will Lavanakul (California)
  • Ben Eyles (Minnesota)
  • Connor McCool (Illinois)
  • Parker Clayton (Penn State)
  • Winner: Gage Dyer (Oklahoma)
  • Blake Sun (Stanford)
  • Carter Tope (Iowa)
  • Christian Marsh (W&M)

Rookie of the Year

  • Evgeny Siminiuc (Michigan)
  • Kalvin Kingshill (Army)
  • Colton O’Brien (Springfield)
  • Taylor Christopulos (Nebraska)
  • Kameron Nelson (Ohio State)
  • Winner: Noah Newfeld (California)
  • Noah Duran (Minnesota)
  • Logan Myers (Illinois)
  • Michael Jaroh (Penn State)
  • Zach Nunez (Oklahoma)
  • Brandon Nguyen (Stanford)
  • James Friedman (Iowa)
  • Sam Lee (W&M)

Nissen-Emery Award

  • Finalist: Andrew Bitner (Stanford)
  • Finalist: Bennet Huang (Iowa)
  • Finalist: Blake Sun (Stanford)
  • Brennan Pantazis (PSU)
  • Finalist: Cameron Bock, (Michigan)
  • Danny Graham (Illinois)
  • Gage Dyer (OU)
  • Griffin Kehler (Nebraska)
  • Finalist: Matt Wenske (OU)
  • Sean Neighbarager (OSU)
  • Winner: Shane Wiskus (Minnesota)

Must watch: Words of wisdom from John Roethlisberger on future of NCAA men’s gym

Aly Raisman talks about Aerie line to benefit child abuse prevention

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman recently joined TODAY to discuss the Tokyo Olympics and collaborating with Aerie for a line that raises money and awareness for child abuse prevention. She also talks about the need for an independent investigation into USA Gymnastics after allegations of sexual abuse.

Watch the full video here or below.

Final dismount: Nia Dennis caps gymnastics career with vault upgrade at nationals

The best-kept secret in the NCAA season this year? We think so! UCLA senior Nia Dennis went out with a bang, upgrading her vault at NCAA Championships to a double-twisting Yurchenko – the hardest vault competed at the meet – ultimately concluding her gymnastics career, as she will not be taking a fifth year.

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