Who Should Replace Martha Karolyi?
Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). Dreams, , and Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/ Bannon's, Competition continues later this evening with first day of senior The Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national. Martha previously planned to retire following the London Olympics, but as role with USAG as Senior Vice President of USA Gymnastics' Women's Program. of picking a few girls for a competition out of the many on the national team. She and husband Chris Burdette opened Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Steve Penny, the president of USA Gymnastics, is even more effusive, recently parents who harbor Olympic dreams for their children are encouraged to put them in . Although Biles was too young to compete at the Olympics, when she to matriculate this winter, as well as any future college gymnastics eligibility.
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Together, they have created a culture of excellence in the U. One prime example of this is the monthly national team training camps that are held at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas. The top gymnasts are invited to these camps where they not only train together but also bond as a team. Martha previously planned to retire following the London Olympics, but as the season progressed, she expressed her desire to continue for at least another quad.
InUSAG announced they would reorganize the management of the elite program to divide up the responsibilities and allow Martha to focus solely on the National Team. Therefore, in January ofValeri Liukin officially began his role as the elite athlete development coordinator, and Steve Rybacki became the director of elite athlete programs.
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Since then, this trio has been the leading force behind the USA Gymnastics elite program. Once the games have concluded, we will be addressing this. To be clear, these are our personal thoughts and in no way has USAG listed these people as candidates.
Valeri Liukin Liukin is one of the first people that comes to mind when looking at who could be a strong leader for USA. Liukin was rumored to be next in line to takeover when Martha was originally retiring in He not only has experience as a gymnast himself, but he has extensive coaching experience, including coaching his daughter Nastia Liukin to the Olympic all-around title in As a gymnast, Valeri was a member of the Soviet National Team from During his career, he won two gold and two silver medals at the Olympic Games, five gold medals at the Goodwill Games, and gold and silver medals at the World Championships.Aspen Terrell - Texas Dreams Gymnastics - Level 10 - Floor - Texas State Meet 03-17-18
Besides his gymnastics and coaching skills, he has displayed strong management and leadership skills. His coaching accomplishments and accolades include: Team head coach, Pan American Games; U.
He has continued to show strong leadership and decision making skills as the elite athlete development coordinator. In his current role, he directs the women's athlete developmental pipeline. He handles the curriculum and directs all developmental camps and oversees the Talent Opportunity Program TOPsall with a strong focus on education. However, he may be doing too good of a job, as USAG may want him to remain in his current position.
Rhonda Faehn Faehn is another obvious pick to take over for Martha. Similar to Liukin, Faehn has experience as a gymnast, coach, and in a high ranking management and leadership position. Faehn was a member of the USA Gymnastics national team fromand was the highest all-around finisher for the United States at the World Championships.
She was an alternate on the U.
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She went on to compete for UCLA before moving into a college coaching role. She was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska prior to taking the head coaching job at the University of Florida.
Her time as the head coach at Florida proves she has strong leadership as well as decision making skills. Faehn had to make swift and confident decisions about her team including picking lineups for crucial competitions from a team of incredible athletes. For over 35 years, she has owned and held the head coaching position at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. In that time Tracy has developed and coached twenty seven national team members, ten World Championship team members, and three gymnasts to the Olympics.
In addition to coaching, Tracy currently serves as a Coaches Representative for the International Elite Committee, and works closely with the day to day decision making in the elite system.
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Finishing behind Ross, who earned a She easily won the vault title, showing her trademark Amanar and a round-off, half-on, front layout full for her second vault, averaging Ross began on the balance beam, where she sailed smoothly through a back handspring, layout series and a double-tuck dismount for a score of After recording a On her final event, the uneven bars, Ross won the event's title by scoring Her intricate routine featured a toe-on Shaposhnikova with a half turn, also known as a Van Leeuwen, and double layout dismount.
Ernst earned the balance beam's highest score, On both events, Ernst highlighted her impressive flexibility, doing a switch ring leap and a front aerial to sheep jump on beam, and her floor routine had a switch ring-full in addition to an Arabian double front into a stag jump. She tumbled a double-twisting, double tuck, a full twisting double layout, a one-and-a-half twist through to a double pike and a full twisting double tuck dismount.
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