Tang Xijing on Perseverance: ‘When I Saw the Improvements, I Just Worked Harder’

After a successful National Championships last month, Tang Xijing has essentially locked her position for the Chinese World Championships Team. Tang will join Luo Rui, Ou Yushan,  Wei Xiaoyuan, Zhang Jin, He Licheng, and Sun Xinyi at a training camp in France to determine the five team members and two alternates.  Going into the lastContinue reading “Tang Xijing on Perseverance: ‘When I Saw the Improvements, I Just Worked Harder’”

Zhang Boheng: ‘I hope this gold medal marks the beginning of my all around era’

After coming so close to becoming Chinese National Champion last year, Zhang Boheng finally clinched the all-around gold in Hangzhou, making this his very first national all-around title. The final all-around standings were calculated by combining each gymnast’s qualification and all-around final totals. Zhang Boheng expressed that even though winning titles at international competitions haveContinue reading “Zhang Boheng: ‘I hope this gold medal marks the beginning of my all around era’”

Spotlight on Turkey and Italy at the 2022 Mediterranean Games

The Italian women and the Turkish men stole the show at the Mediterranean Games, held in Oran, Algeria. Both teams clinched the team titles as well as multiple individual event titles. Heading the Italian women and the Turkish men, Martina Maggio and Adem Asil, respectively, showed off their true capabilities by winning team, all-around, andContinue reading “Spotlight on Turkey and Italy at the 2022 Mediterranean Games”

Taiwan’s Tang Chia-Hung: ‘The biggest change after the Olympics is now I have more fans’

Following a successful showing at the 2022 Asian Championships, the Taiwanese men qualified a full team for the 2022 World Championships in Birmingham later this year as expected. Taiwan placed third in team qualifications, trailing Japan by only 0.289 and ahead of South Korea by 0.944. Olympian Tang Chia-Hung was a major contributor to theContinue reading “Taiwan’s Tang Chia-Hung: ‘The biggest change after the Olympics is now I have more fans’”

Zou Jingyuan, Zhang Boheng, Lan Xingyu, Hu Xuwei Honored at Infamous Gold Medal Victory Ceremony

Recapping a year of success, the Chinese National Team hosted their annual victory ceremony for new World and Olympic Champions. The Wall of Champions lines the halls of the training gym in Beijing, featuring a photograph of every World and Olympic champion in Chinese gymnastics history, honoring the success of the athletes while also beingContinue reading “Zou Jingyuan, Zhang Boheng, Lan Xingyu, Hu Xuwei Honored at Infamous Gold Medal Victory Ceremony”

Zhang Boheng: “Not making the Olympics was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me from moving forwards”

Zhang Boheng made a quiet international debut at the 2020 Friendship and Solidarity classic in November 2020. A newcomer in a field with World and Olympic veterans such as Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagonryy, Kamoto Yuya, and Uchiumura Kohei, the expectations for Zhang weren’t as high. Things quickly picked up for Zhang during 2021 Chinese NationalContinue reading “Zhang Boheng: “Not making the Olympics was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me from moving forwards””

Wei Xiaoyuan: “My goal is the Paris Olympics”

Wei Xiaoyuan made her mark on the World Stage at the 2019 Junior World Championships where she not only helped the Chinese team pick up silver but also picked up a few individual medals for herself. After being a contender for a spot on China’s Olympic team, she was selected as an alternate. Wei finallyContinue reading “Wei Xiaoyuan: “My goal is the Paris Olympics””

Fight for First: 2021 World Championships Men’s All-Around Final Recap

Going in to the all-around final we knew Zhang Boheng and Hashimoto Daiki would be the two favorites for the title, but I don’t think we expected this final to be as close as it turned out to be. The top group began on floor where both Hashimoto and Zhang showed superb landings with greatContinue reading “Fight for First: 2021 World Championships Men’s All-Around Final Recap”

Hold Your Breath: 2021 World Championships Men’s Qualifications Recap

What would men’s qualification at a World Championships be without major drama? This time around, a gymnast from one of the earlier subdivisions tested positive for COVID-19, causing the event staff to pause subdivision 6 for a cleanup with such deep thoroughness you would have though they were cleaning up after a nuclear fallout. TheContinue reading “Hold Your Breath: 2021 World Championships Men’s Qualifications Recap”

2021 World Championships Women’s Qualification Recap

After the first day of qualification Angelina Melnikova showed she’s still in Olympic shape by easily clenching the top all-around spot with a 57.065 and qualifying to all four event finals. Finishing in second is Leanne Wong who went 55.749 after a solid day. Trailing Wong by less than a tenth is her teammate KaylaContinue reading “2021 World Championships Women’s Qualification Recap”