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Helen Kevric

One of the most exciting senior debuts of the 2024 season will take place at the Cottbus World Cup, where Helen Kevric has registered to compete on bars, beam, and floor as she hopes to prove herself for the country’s single open Olympic berth.

Kevric, the reigning junior European and two-time European Youth Olympic Festival all-around champion who also won the silver medal on bars at last year’s junior world championships, is one of the most talented German juniors to come through the pipeline in recent years, and has the talent and skills to make her transition to the senior level a success and she should likely be a lock for any of the program’s international teams this year.

The heartbreaker is that with Germany not qualifying a full team to the Olympic Games at worlds last year, it’s going to be devastating when it comes time to choose the athlete who should fill the program’s non-nominative berth, which the team earned by finishing 13th in qualifications. Both Sarah Voss and Pauline Schäfer earned nominative berths for Paris, so they won’t be part of the chase for this third spot, but with Kevric coming in as one of the hottest new seniors in the world and Elisabeth Seitz returning as a three-time Olympic veteran, I do not want to be in the shoes of the person who has to choose between these two incredibly deserving athletes.

Seitz, who made the uneven bars final at worlds in 2022 and at the Olympic Games the year prior, has clearly proven herself this quad as someone who needs to be in Paris. But with Kevric capable of similar scores on bars along with a generally stronger all-around program, meets like this world cup will be incredibly important for her to prove why she should get the nod over her teammate.

The other German ladies competing here include fellow new senior Marlene Gotthardt and Meolie Jauch, who made her world championships debut as a first-year senior last year. On the men’s side, we’ll see Nils Dunkel and Lucas Kochan, both members of the 2023 worlds team that qualified the program to Paris, along with Milan Hosseini, Maxim Kovalenko, Daniel Mousichidis, and Andreas Toba.

Outside of the German contingent, there are a couple hundred gymnasts expected to compete here, with most of the athletes also on the list for Cairo a week earlier as they attempt to build on their rankings to earn individual Olympic berths. The action in Cottbus will begin with the first day of qualifications on February 22, and we’ve included the full list of athletes is below.

ALBANIA
Matvei Petrov
ALGERIA
Kaylia Nemour
ARGENTINA
Daniel Villafañe Isabella Ajalla
Sira Macias
Mia Mainardi
ARMENIA
Artur Avetisyan
Artur Davtyan
Vahagn Davtyan
Gagik Khachikyan
Harutyun Merdinyan
AUSTRALIA
James Bacueti
Tyson Bull
Clay Mason Stephens
Mitchell Morgans
Vedant Sawant
AUSTRIA
Manuel Arnold
Xheni Dyrmishi
Vinzenz Höck
Bianca Frysak
Selina Kickinger
Charlize Mörz
AZERBAIJAN
Murad Agharzayev
Rasul Ahmadzada
Nikita Simonov
Ivan Tikhonov
Nazanin Teymurova
BELARUS*
Mikita Parfianovich
Yahor Sharamkou
Alena Tsitavets
BELGIUM
Glen Cuyle
Noah Kuavita
Maellyse Brassart
Aberdeen O’Driscoll
Erika Pinxten
Lisa Vaelen
BRAZIL
Yuri Guimarães
Arthur Mariano
Bernardo Miranda
Caio Souza
BULGARIA
Yordan Aleksandrov
Dimitar Dimitrov
Eddie Penev
Bozhidar Zlatanov
Valentina Georgieva
Yoana Yankova
CANADA
Rose Woo
CHILE
Joaquin Alvarez
Josue Armijo
Pablo Figueroa
Ignacio Varas
Makarena Pinto
CHINA
Chen Yilu
Tian Hao
Xie Chenyi
Yang Haonan
Yang Yanzhi
Yin Dehang
Chen Xinyi
Hu Jiafei
Zhang Yihan
Zhou Yaqin
COLOMBIA
Angel Barajas
Jossimar Calvo
Dilan Jimenez
Juan Larrahondo
Ginna Escobar
Daira Lamadrid
COSTA RICA
Lucia Solano
CROATIA
Aurel Benovic
Filip Ude
Ana Derek
Tijana Korent
Sara Sulekic
Tina Zelcic
CUBA
Diorges Escobar
CYPRUS
Michalis Chari
Ilias Georgiou
Marios Georgiou
Sokratis Pilakouris
CZECHIA
Ondrej Kalny
Radomir Sliz
Eliska Drncova
Aneta Holasova
Vanesa Masova
Alice Vlkova
DENMARK
Camille Rasmussen
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Wilfry Contreras
Leandro Peña
Jeordy Ramirez
ECUADOR
Alais Perea
Fabiana Sadun
EGYPT
Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem
Mohamed Afify
Ahmed Elmaraghy
Omar Elshobki
Omar Mohamed
Ali Zahran
Judy Abdalla
Nada Awad
Jana Mahmoud
Nancy Taman
FINLAND
Oskar Kirmes
Robert Kirmes
Elias Koski
Leo Lehtinen
Joona Reiman
Pavel Titov
Maisa Kuusikko
Kaia Tanskanen
FRANCE
Samir Äit Saïd
Cameron-Lie Bernard
Benjamin Osberger
Mathias Philippe
Leo Saladino
Cyril Tommasone
GEORGIA
Ioane Jimsheleishvili
Levan Skhiladze
Dorien Motten
GERMANY
Nils Dunkel
Milan Hosseini
Lucas Kochan
Maxim Kovalenko
Daniel Mousichidis
Andreas Toba
Marlene Gotthardt
Meolie Jauch
Helen Kevric
GREAT BRITAIN
James Hall
Harry Hepworth
Courtney Tulloch
Luke Whitehouse
Abigail Martin
GREECE
Alkinoos Graikos
Nikolaos Iliopoulos
Apostolos Kanellos
Antonios Tantalidis
Stefanos Tsolakidis
Athanasia Mesiri
Magdalini Tsiori
GUATEMALA
Jorge Vega Lopez
HAITI
Yvenel Stephan Khloe Ann Timmer
HONG KONG
Ng Ka Ki
Shek Wai Hung
Angel Wong Hiu Ying
HUNGARY
Krisztian Balazs
Botond Molnar
Benedek Tomcsanyi
David Vecsernyes
ICELAND
Jon Gunnarsson
Dagur Olafsson
Valgard Reinhardsson
IRAN
Mahdi Ahmad Kohani
Mohammadreza Khosronezhad
Hossein Nourishourakchali
Mahdi Olfati
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat
Ilia Liubimov
Andrey Medvedev
Alexander Myakinin
Ron Pyatov
Uri Zeidel
Ofir Netzer
JAPAN
Kawakami Shohei
Kaya Kazuma
Kitazono Takeru
Miwa Teppei
Ashikawa Urara
Nakamura Haruka
Ushioku Kohane
JORDAN
Ahmad Abu Al Soud
Adham Al Sqour
Ahmad Habeeb
Saleem Naghouj
KAZAKHSTAN
Zeinolla Idrissov
Milad Karimi
Nariman Kurbanov
Dmitriy Patanin
Aida Bauyrzhanova
Darya Yassinskaya
LATVIA
Dmitrijs Mickevics
Ricards Plate
Anastasija Ananjeva
Anna Grauda Grote
Katrina Jurevica
Valerija Ratobilska
LITHUANIA
Robert Tvorogal
LUXEMBOURG
Celeste Mordenti
MALAYSIA
Ally Hamuda Abdullah
Muhammad Sharul Aimy
Ng Chun Chen
Rachel Yeoh Li Wen
MEXICO
Rodrigo Gomez
Isaac Nuñez
Alonso Perez
Javier Rojo
Natalia Escalera
Cassandra Loustalot
MONACO
Joana de Freitas
MONGOLIA
Enkhtuvshin Damdindorj
Usukhbayar Erkhembayar
Namuuntsetseg Davaanyam
Baasansuren Purevsuren
MOROCCO
Hamza Hossaini
Abderrazak Nasser
Achraf Quistas
NETHERLANDS
Loran de Munck
Bart Deurloo
Yazz Ramsahai
Casimir Schmidt
Casey-Jane Meuleman
Floor Slooff
NEW ZEALAND
Ethan Dick
Samuel Dick
William Fu Allen
Daniel Stoddart
Isabella Brett
Georgia-Rose Brown
Reece Cobb
NORTH KOREA
Jong Ryong Il An Chang Ok
Kim Son Hyang
NORWAY
Sofus Heggemsnes
Jacob Karlsen
Peder Skogvang
Niklas Syverhuset
Harald Wibye
Hannah Ifeanyi
Mari Kanter
Maria Tronrud
PANAMA
Hillary Heron
Lana Herrera
Karla Navas
PERU
Nicolas Garfias
PHILIPPINES
Juancho Miguel Besana
John Ivan Cruz
Levi Jung-Ruivivar
Emma Malabuyo
POLAND
Sebastian Gawronski Maria Drobniak
Marta Pihan-Kulesza
Brygida Urbanska
PORTUGAL
Guilherme Campos
Jose Nogueira
Mafalda Costa
Maria Menezes
PUERTO RICO
Nelson Guilbe
Jose Lopez
QATAR
Al-Harith Rakan
ROMANIA
Gabriel Burtanete
SERBIA
Ivan Dejanovic
Dusan Djordjevic
Vlada Rakovic
Petar Vefic
SLOVAKIA
Barbora Mokosova
SLOVENIA
Luka Bojanc
Nikolaj Bozic
Anze Hribar
Gregor Rakovic
Teja Belak
Lucija Hribar
Tjasa Kysselef
Lucka Ravnihar
SOUTH AFRICA
Naveen Daries
SOUTH KOREA
Hur Woong
Kim Hansol
Ryu Sunghyun
Shin Jeahwan
SPAIN
Thierno Diallo
Pau Jimenez
Joel Plata
Rayderley Zapata
Laura Casabuena
Laia Font
Maia Llacer
SWEDEN
Karl Idesjö
Luis Il-Sung Melander
Filip Lidbeck
Kim Wanström
Nathalie Westlund
Jennifer Williams
SWITZERLAND
Caterina Cereghetti
Anny Wu
TAIWAN
Hung Yuan-Hsi
Lee Chih-Kai
Lin Guan-Yi
Shiao Yu-Jan
Tang Chia-Hung
Tseng Wei-Sheng
Lai Pin-Ju
Mai Liu Hsiang-Han
Ting Hua-Tien
Wu Sing-Fen
TÜRKIYE
Ferhat Arican
Ibrahim Colak
Mert Efe Kilicer
Kerem Sener
Ceren Biner
Sevgi Kayisoglu
Derin Tanriyasükür
Bengisu Yildiz
UKRAINE
Nazar Chepurnyi
Illia Kovtun
Oleg Verniaiev
Yelizaveta Hubareva
Diana Lobok
UNITED STATES
Asher Hong
Colt Walker
Khoi Young
UZBEKISTAN
Rasuljon Abdurakhimov
Khumoyun Islomov
Abdulaziz Mirvaliev
Dildora Aripova
Oksana Chusovitina
Odinakhon Robidjonova
VIETNAM
Dang Ngoc Xuan Thien
Nguyen Van Khanh Phong
Trinh Hai Khang
Van Vi Luong

*Competing as Authorized Neutral Athletes

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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By: Lauren
Title: Kevric Set for Much-Anticipated Senior Debut in Cottbus
Sourced From: thegymter.net/2024/01/30/kevric-set-for-much-anticipated-senior-debut-in-cottbus/
Published Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2024 02:09:39 +0000

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game – originally posted on Sportslens.com

A hot discussion topic around the NBA over the last few years has been the overall product of the all-star game. In the past, the competition level in the all-star game has come into question. Specifically, on defense. The all-star game has turned into a glorified three-point and dunk contest. Not what fans want to see. 

Ahead of Game 3 in the 2024 NBA Finals last night, the NBA Commissioner sat down with the NBA Countdown desk. Silver was asked if any changes could be made to improve the all-star game. Reluctantly, the Commissioner noted that players don’t have any real incentive to play at a high level of competition. Has the NBA given up on trying to make the all-star game competitive again?

What can the NBA do to increase the level of competition in the annual all-star game?

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon asked Commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of a US vs. International all-star game. He offered this idea as a way to bring a new level of competition. While Silver listened to the idea, he responded saying that the league may be past the point of making the all-star game competitive again. Silver noted that it’s hard to get players to give 100% effort in a game that has no real incentives or meaning. Additionally, players do not want to risk getting injured in an all-star game.

In 2024, the all-star game was out of hand. The league returned to the East vs. West format this season. With no defense being played in the all-star game, the East won by 25 points and scored 211 total. That’s simply not a realistic score for a basketball game no matter how talented the players are. Before this year’s all-star game, NBA legends like Larry Bird went into the locker rooms and discussed the level of competition. Despite the speech from Bird, the all-star game was an offensive showcase. Hardly any defense was played.


The most exciting part of this year’s all-star weekend was the three-point shootout between Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu from the New York Liberty. Their shootout was a refreshing twist on all-star weekend, Compared to the product they’ve been putting out of the last several years. Is there anything the NBA can do to save the all-star game? Surely Adam Silver and his colleagues will tackle that issue this offseason.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-says-the-nba-may-be-past-the-point-of-having-a-competitive-all-star-game/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:20:59 +0000

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future – originally posted on Sportslens.com

While the NBA Finals are still going on, the offseason is approaching. Twenty-eight of the league’s 30 teams are already in their offseason. Boston and Dallas are still battling for the rights to be the 2024 NBA Champions. Ahead of Game 2 on Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with NBC Sports Boston. 

Silver was asked about possible expansion in the NBA and where potential teams could be located. He was not able to give much detail, but Silver did mention how the NBA is working to see what is the best move for their league. Commissioner Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City.

When will the NBA expand the league past 30 teams?


As it stands, 29 of the 30 current teams in the NBA play in the United States. The Toronto Raptors are the only franchise not in America. What cities would be best for future NBA expansion? Talking with NBC Sports Boston, Adam Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Seattle is a market that would certainly be a fan favorite. They used to be home to the SuperSonics before the team was relocated and changed to the OKC Thunder. There’s no doubt Seattle would love to have a professional basketball team back in Washington.

There’s also Las Vegas, which would be a no-brainer. Several expansion teams have been added in other professional sports leagues. The NBA could follow their lead and make an expansion team in Nevada. Commissioner Silver also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion destination. The NBA has played a few games in Mexico City in the past. If made an expansion team, Mexico City would become the second team in the league not in the United States.


Expansion is not going to happen this offseason and the league needs some time to make that happen. They are currently in deep negotiations with NBC, ESPN, and Amazon for a new media rights package. Once that is all settled, then the league can start doing more research on expansion cities and teams. To keep the league at an even number, two cities will get an expansion team. One in the East and one in the West.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-hinted-at-three-potential-cities-for-nba-expansion-teams-in-the-future/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:56:25 +0000

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2024 MLB season as two of the favorites to win the World Series, and not much has changed in that regard over the first 2+ months. Both have commanding and growing leads in their respective divisions, and are still at the top of the odds list when it comes to championship likelihood.

Yankees vs. Dodgers Could Be World Series Preview

This weekend, the two powerhouses will meet for a three-game series in New York, which could very well be a preview for this October’s World Series.

Despite being 6 games behind the Yankees and in 5th place overall when it comes to the best record in the major leagues, the Dodgers are still the heavy championship favorites. Los Angeles will enter the weekend with a +290 designation to win the World Series, given their balanced attack and brutal batting order. They are currently 8 games up in the NL West, and have the second-best record in the entire National League behind the Phillies.

The Yankees are currently in second on the World Series odds list with a number of +500, but are arguably the best team in baseball right now. They have the most wins in the majors with 45, and are one of two teams (along with the Phillies) who have yet to lose a 20th game. They’ve won 8 in a row and 19 of their last 24, and have lengthened what was the smallest division lead in the majors to 4.5 games over the Orioles.

Both Teams Are Minus Money For This Weekend’s Series Overall

When it comes to the odds for the upcoming series, both teams are listed as minus-money. The Dodgers will be the slight favorites at -115, with the Yankees coming in at -105. The pitching matchup for the first game of the series on Friday will be Yoshinobu Yamamoto against Cody Poteet.

The success of the Yankees has plenty to do with star players Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, who are listed as the two favorites to win the American League MVP award.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/yankees-vs-dodgers-weekend-match-up-could-be-world-series-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 18:36:38 +0000

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