TRAMPOLINE WOMEN: 1. Dong Yu CHN 39.90; 2.
Svetlana Makshtarova BLR 37.70; 3. Chisato Doihata
JPN 36.70; 4. Mariah Madigan CAN 35.60; 5. Savannah Vinsant USA 33.50; 6. Madeleine Johnson AUS
33. 40; 7. Simone Scherer SUI 31. 20; 8. Daiene Lima
BRA 26. 40.
MEN: 1. Alexander Satin UKR 41.00; 2. He Yuxiang
CHN 40.70; 3. Ginga Munetomo JPN 40.00; 4. Apostolos Koutavas GRE 39. 20; 5. Oliver Amann GER
38.50; 6. Aleh Rabtsau BLR 37. 30; 7. Curtis Gerein
CN 36.80; 8. Nathan Bailey GBR 12.00.
• Sophia Serseri/FRA: Though she placed
28th in qualifications at the Youth Olympic
Games in Singapore in August, Serseri is already
intent on making the French team for the London 2012 Olympics. Born Dec. 1, 1995, in
Chenove, Serseri began training at age 4. Her
current coaches are Eric and Monique
Hagard, and Eric and Cecile Demay.
Serseri, who trains 28 hours per week, says
floor is her strongest event but that she likes all
four events. Her favorite gymnasts are Ana Porgras of Romania, and Bridget Sloan and
Rebecca Bross of the U.S. She would like to
become a dermatologist one day.
• Oliver Hegi/SUI: Hegi literally held the
honor of carrying the Swiss flag at the opening
ceremony of this summer’s Youth Olympic
Games in Singapore, a just reward for his success
thus far in 2010. Hegi won four silver medals
(team, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar)
at the European junior championships in Birmingham this spring. He placed 19th in qualifications in Singapore, missing the cut-off for the all-around final by 0.05 points.
In 2009 Hegi won a team silver and two
bronze medals (parallel bars and high bar) at the
European Youth Olympic Festival in Finland.
Born Feb. 20, 1993, in Schafisheim, Hegi trains
under coach Sergei Maslenikov at STV Lenz-burg. His favorite event is parallel bars, and his
goal is to compete in the Olympics. Hegi’s hob-bies are music and watching TV.
• Marian Dragulescu/ROU: The 2009 floor
and vault world champion received a warning
from the International Gymnastics Federation
(FIG) for not clarifying his status as an active
gymnast six months prior to competing.
The Romanian Gymnastics Federation (RGF)
had informed the FIG on Dec. 30, 2008, that
Dragulescu was retired. Dragulescu returned to
competition for the 2009 world championships
in London, where he won two gold medals.
In order to come out of retirement, a gymnast
must inform the FIG six months prior so he can
be included in the random drug-testing program.
Dragulescu met with the Disciplinary Commission at FIG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 30. In short, he explained that he was
not trying to avoid out-of-competition drug testing. (He was tested twice at the 2009 worlds, and
both tests were negative.)
Dragulescu will not be stripped of his 2009
world medals, while the RGF was charged 6,217
Swiss francs for the cost of the proceedings. IG
Los Angeles resident John Crumlish has covered three
Olympics and 12 world championships.