Michael Rodrigues (acrobatic gymnast)

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Michael Rodrigues
— Gymnast —
Country represented  United States
Born (1982-08-31) August 31, 1982 (age 31)
Hometown Livermore, California
Discipline Acrobatic Gymnastics
Level Senior International
Gym West Coast Training Center
Head coach(es) Youri Vorobyev
Marie Annonson
Retired 2010
Michael Rodrigues
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Acrobatic Gymnastics
World Games
Gold 2009 World Games Kaohsiung, Taiwan
World Championships
Gold 2010 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Wroclaw, Poland
Silver 2008 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Glasgow, Scotland
Bronze 2006 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Coimbra, Portugal
World Cup
Gold 2009 World Cup St. Paul, USA
Silver 2006 World Cup Puurs, Belgium
International Competitions
Silver 2009 Acro Cup Albershausen, Germany
Gold 2005 Freedom Cup Landover, MD, USA
Gold 2005 Machuga Cup Krasnodar, Russia
Bronze 2004 Flanders International Acro Cup Puurs, Belgium
Bronze 2003 Freedom Cup Jacksonville, FL, USA
Silver 2002 Winterthur Cup Winterthur, Switzerland
National Championships
Gold 2010 National Championships Kissimmee, FL, USA
Silver 2009 National Championships Dallas, TX, USA
Gold 2008 National Championships Des Moines, IA, USA
Gold 2006 National Championships Kansas City, MO, USA
Gold 2005 National Championships Louisville, KY, USA
Bronze 2004 National Championships Palm Springs, CA, USA
Bronze 2003 National Championships Jacksonville, FL, USA
Bronze 2002 National Championships New Orleans, LA, USA

Michael Rodrigues (born August 31, 1982[1]) is a retired elite acrobatic gymnast who now performs in the Cirque du Soleil show Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with his former mixed-pairs partner, retired elite acrobatic gymnast Kristin Allen.[2]

Allen and Rodrigues won the gold medal in the mixed-pair all-around at the 2010 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. They also won the all-around title at 2010 U.S. National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, placing first in the all-around, dynamic and balance.[3]

They became the first U.S. athletes to win the mixed-pairs gold medal at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which are considered the equivalent of the Olympic Games for acrobatic gymnastics.[4] At the 2009 Acro Cup in Albershausen, Germany, the pair placed first in dynamic and second in the all-around and in balance.[5]

The previous year, Rodrigues and Allen won the mixed-pair all-around silver medal at the 2008 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. At the 2008 National Championships and Junior Olympics Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, the pair won the all-around, dynamic and balance.[6])

Allen and Rodrigues trained together at West Coast Training Center in Livermore, California, with coach Marie Annonson.[7] The pair became partners in August 2007.[8]

Rodrigues was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team from 2002–11, and Allen was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team from 2006-11.[9]

Prior to competing with Allen, Rodrigues was the base of an elite mixed pair with now-retired acrobatic gymnast Clare Brunson, and they trained together at Empire AcroGymnastics in Riverside, California and Mission Hills Gymnastics, also in Riverside.[10] The pair were trained by Russian coach Youri Vorobyev,[11] who is now owner and head acrobatics coach of Realis Gymnastics Academy in Moreno Valley, California.[12]

In 2006, Michael Rodrigues and Clare Brunson won the mixed-pair all-around bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships in Coimbra, Portugal, and were designated World Class Gymnasts by the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG).[13] They also won the all-around silver medal at the 2006 World Cup in Puurs, Belgium.[14]

In 2005, Rodrigues and Brunson placed fourth all-around at the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Rodriquez". Bio. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Patricia, Koning (5 March 2011). "Livermore’s world champions Allen and Rodrigues take their act to Vegas". Article. independentnews.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Michael Rodriques". Bio. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Golden at the World Games". Interview. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Michael Rodriques". Bio. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Michael Rodriques". Bio. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Contact". West Coast Training Center. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Golden at the World Games". Interview. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Past Senior National Teams". Factsheet. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Past Senior National Teams". Factsheet. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Pazornik, Amanda (15 June 2006). "Gymnast ready to take on the world". Article (The Oakland Tribune). 
  12. ^ "Our Coaches". Bios. Realis Gymnastics Academy. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vnavsite/page/directory/0,10853,5187-201816-219039-nav-list,00.html
  14. ^ "Acrobatic Gymnastics World Champions". Factsheet. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Michael Rodriques". Bio. USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 

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