Ivana Hong

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Ivana Hong
Ivana Hong 2008.JPG
Personal information
Full name Ivana Hong
Country represented  United States
Born (1992-12-11) December 11, 1992 (age 24)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Club WOGA
College team Stanford Cardinal
Head coach(es) Valeri Liukin
Assistant coach(es) Natalya Marakova
Former coach(es) Al Fong, Armine Barutian-Fong
Music Armenian Duduk (2008), My Sweet and Tender Beast (2009)

Ivana Hong (born December 11, 1992 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the gold medal American team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the all-around bronze medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games. Hong was named an alternate to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and was a member of the U.S. Women's Team in the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in London.

Hong is of Chinese and Vietnamese ancestry.[1][2] Hong lived in Blue Springs, Missouri, and trained at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) for four years.[3] She also trained under Valeri Liukin at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA).[4] She now competes for Stanford University.

Elite career[edit]

Hong became a junior international elite in 2004 and qualified to her first United States Junior National Championships at age eleven. She was named to the Junior National Team for the first time following the 2005 National Championships, a feat she repeated in 2006 after a fifth-place finish in the all-around.

Hong became a Senior International Elite in 2007. She was part of the gold-medal winning.U.S. team at 2007 Pan-American Games and won the bronze medal in the all-around competition. This and a strong showing at the 2007 Visa National Championships assured her place on the U.S. World Championships team, which again won the gold medal. [5]

The following year, Hong was named to the 2008–2009 U.S. Senior National team,[6] and was invited to the 2008 Olympic Trials. Hong's skill as an all-around athlete without a weak event enabled her to be named, along with Jana Bieger and Corrie Lothrop, as one of three alternates for the U.S. Olympic team.[7]

Following the Olympics, Hong left her former gym and moved to WOGA to train with Valeri Liukin.

Hong finished second in the all-around at the 2009 U. S. National Championships with a total score of 117.250 in Dallas, Texas. She also won the national titles on the balance beam (with a combined score of 30.350) and the vault(combined score 29.950).

At the 2009 World Championships in London, Ivana scored a 14.550 on balance beam to win the bronze medal on that event. This made medalists of all four American gymnasts (Bridget Sloan, Kayla Williams and Rebecca Bross in addition to Hong) in the women's competition.

In early March 2010, Hong tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at the National Team training camp as she landed a vault.[8] She subsequently spent several months out of training, recovering from surgery.

Routines[edit]

Vault[edit]

Double Twist Yurchenko

-5.8 Difficulty (D) Score

Uneven bars[edit]

Mount on LB; Pike stalder 1/2 (D) Endo 1/2 (C) Toe shoot to HB (B); Pike stalder 1/1 (E) Tkachev (D) +0.2 Connection; Kip, cast to HS 1/2, Giant (B) Toe on 1/1 (D) Bail to HS on LB (D) Stalder shoot to HB [Ray] (C) +0.2; Giant, Giant, Double layout dismount (D)

6.0 D Score

Balance Beam[edit]

Press to Handstand mount (B); Front aerial (D) Backhandspring (B) Layout stepout (C) +0.2; Full turn with leg at horizontal (C); Switch leap (C) Back tuck (C) +0.1; Onodi (D) Sheep jump (D) +0.1; Aerial cartwheel (D); Switch ring (E); Side somi (D); Split jump (A) Wolf jump (A); Backhandsrping (B) Backhandspring to 2 feet (B) Double pike (E) +0.2

6.4 D Score

Floor Exercise[edit]

Pike full-in (E); 1½ (C) Rudi (C) +0.1; Split leap 1/1 (C); Double turn with leg at horizontal (D); Switch ring (C)...Switch side 1/2 (C); 2½ (D) Front layout (B) +0.1

5.5 D Score

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