November 26, 2015: T&T World Championships
The first day of competition at the Trampoline and Tumbling Worlds last year consisted of the qualification round, during which USA’s Charlotte Drury advanced to the women’s trampoline semifinal. After securing a berth for her country for the 2016 Olympics in trampoline, Drury suffered an injury just prior to the Games.
November 22, 2012: The Fierce Five participated in the Macy’s Parade
Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade following their big win in London.
November 25, 2007: Pan Am Junior Event Finals
At the 2007 Junior Pan American Championships, USA took home several gold medals on the last day of event finals—Jordyn Wieber took home gold on balance beam, Mattie Larson won floor gold, and Danell Leyva won the high bar title.
November 26, 2005: World Championships Event Finals
Cheng Fei, Nastia Liukin, and Alicia Sacramone swept the gold medals in the women’s apparatus finals of the 2005 World Championships (Cheng won vault, Sacramone won floor, and Liukin won bars and beam). The men’s champions included Diego Hypolito (floor), Xiao Qin (pommel horse), Yuri van Gelder (still rings), Eichi Sekiguchi (vault), Mitja Petkovsek (parallel bars), and Vlasios Maras (high bar).
November 20-24, 2002: World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Fourteen years ago this week, an apparatus-only World Championships was held in Debrecen, Hungary. Among the event titlists were Romania’s Marian Dragalescu on men’s floor, China’s Li Xiaopeng on men’s vault and parallel bars, Russia’s Yelena Zamolodchikova on women’s vault, and USA’s Courtney Kupets on the uneven bars.
November 24, 1995: Ana Sofia Gomez Porras was born
The artistic Guatemalan gymnast won the beam title at the 2011 Pan American Games and also placed 32nd in the all-around at the 2016 Olympics.
November 21, 1984: Tasha Schwikert was born
Tasha Schwikert, a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s team in 2000, was also a successful NCAA gymnast for UCLA. In February 2016, she was named the “Gymnast of the Century” by the Pac-12 Networks.
November 20, 1976: Dominique Dawes was born
Dominique Dawes of Hill’s Gymnastics in Maryland was a member of the gold medal-winning Magnificent Seven team in 1996, and also a member of the 1992 and 2000 U.S. Olympic teams. Today she is a motivational speaker, media analyst, and mom.
Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com