Birthdays – Kerri Strug

Thirty-five years ago today, Kerri Strug was born in Tucson, Arizona. The powerful gymnast helped the USA Women’s Gymnastics squad claimed team gold at the 1996 Olympics. She also owns a bronze medal from the team event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Kerri Strug

Kerri Strug

Birthdays – Allyson Felix

Twenty-eight years ago today, Allyson Felix was born. The Olympic sprinter won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and one gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Happy birthday, Allyson.

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Ladies Final Results

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Ladies Final Results

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Ashley Wagner 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard

1 Ashley WAGNER USA 194.37 1 2
2 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 189.81 3 1
3 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 184.69 2 3
4 Samantha CESARIO USA 172.70 5 4
5 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 166.11 6 5
6 Amelie LACOSTE CAN 158.11 7 6
7 Viktoria HELGESSON SWE 153.27 8 7
8 Christina GAO USA 152.85 4 8
9 Natalia POPOVA UKR 136.43 9 9

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Ladies Short Program Results

2013 Trophee Eric Bompard – Ladies Short Program Results

Ashley Wagner 2014 Trophee Eric Bompard

Ashley Wagner 2014 Trophee Eric Bompard Short Program

1 Ashley WAGNER USA 66.75 1
2 Anna POGORILAYA RUS 60.03 2
3 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 60.01 3
4 Christina GAO USA 58.81 4
5 Samantha CESARIO USA 56.55 5
6 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 56.50 6
7 Amelie LACOSTE CAN 55.92 7
8 Viktoria HELGESSON SWE 53.25 8
9 Natalia POPOVA UKR 50.87 9

Press Conference Quotes

Ashley Wagner: “I skated very well today. I’m happy that I improved the level of my spins. Overall I am satisfied with what I have done. I did everything. I feel that I have begun my climb upward.”

Anna Pogorilaya: “I am very pleased with the first part of the program where I did the triple/triple combination and the flying spin. I didn’t want to miss the axel because it has already happened during previous competitions. I tried but I missed, do not know what happened and what I could not do much to save it.”
Adelina Sotnikova: “I am very satisfied with my performance. I don’t know what happened with the axel, it went well, maybe something in my head did not work.”
Ashley Wagner 2014 Trophee Eric Bompard Short Program

Ashley Wagner 2014 Trophee Eric Bompard Short Program

Yuna Kim Donates US$100,000 to Aid Typhoon Victims in Philippines

Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim continues to garner headlines for her generous humanitarian efforts. The Korean Committee for UNICEF announced this week that the popular athlete donated US$100,000 to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines. The statement from the U.N. organization read:

Yuna Kim

Yuna Kim

“Through the Korean Committee for UNICEF, Kim has made donations to help underprivileged and sick children at the end of each year, and this year, she informed us that she wanted to help children affected by the strong typhoon in the Philippines,” the statement said. “Her donation will be used to supply drinking water and also to provide education for these children.”

Aly Raisman’s Comeback Chronicled By Meredith Viera

The Fierce Five, USA women’s gymnastics team, won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in dominating fashion. Since then, only Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney have returned to competition. Ross won three silver medals at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships, including one in the all-around, while Maroney successfully defended her vault title.

Aly Raisman

Earlier this year, however, Fierce Five captain Aly Raisman announced her plans to return to competition. On Monday, November 18, 2013,  Meredith Viera will chronicle the gymnast’s comeback on her YouTube channel,  Lives with Meredith Viera. Here’s a sneak peek: