Jasmine Kerber

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Jasmine Kerber
Full name Jasmine Kerber
Nickname(s) Jazzy
Country represented  United States
Born (1996-12-04) December 4, 1996 (age 21)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Hometown Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Residence Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team 2009 - 2015
Club North Shore Rhythmics
Head coach(es) Natalia Klimouk
Assistant coach(es) Irina Korosteleva, Angelina Yovcheva, Dani Takova
Retired 2015
World ranking 38 (2015 Season)[1]
24 (2014 Season)[2]
39 (2013 Season)[3]

Jasmine "Jazzy" Kerber (born December 4, 1996) is a retired American individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2015 Pan American Games All-around silver medalist, in the National level, she is the 2014 US National champion and 2015, 2013, 2012 US National silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Kerber was born to Mark Kerber and Karen Springen and has a younger sister named Gigi. Kerber began gymnastics at age 4, coincidently after a trip to a local shopping mall where she saw her first rhythmic performance on what just happened to be National Gymnastics Day, she describes her gymnastics style as "less power and more balletic". Kerber attended public school at Highland Park High School and graduated in 2015. After taking 2015-2016 as a gap year to focus on her gymnastics, she will be studying at Stanford. Kerber speaks English, Russian and French.[4]

Career[edit]

Kerber appeared in international competitions in 2009, she competed at the 2009 International Tournament of Calais finishing 3rd in all-around. Kerber has competed at the Junior World Cup series in 2009 and 2010.

Kerber made her senior debut season in 2012, she competed at the 2012 Schmiden International finishing 7th in all-around. In 2013, Kerber competed at the senior US Championships finishing 2nd in all-around behind Rebecca Sereda. She won bronze in all-around at the Calais de France and at the 2013 Schmiden International, as well as qualifying to all 4 event finals. Kerber competed in the 2013 World Cup series in Corbeil-Essonnes, France and finished 18th in all-around. Kerber appeared in her first Worlds at the 2013 World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine where she qualified and finished 22nd in the all-around finals.

In 2014 season, Kerber competed at the World Cup series in Lisboa where she finished 12th in all-around. She finished 18th in all-around at the 2014 Stuttgart World Cup. Kerber won the all-around gold at the 2014 US Championships (tied with Rebecca Sereda), she then won the all-around gold at the 2014 Pan American Championships in Toronto, Canada. At the 2014 World Cup Final in Kazan, Russia, Kerber finished 13th in all-around ahead of Japan's Kaho Minagawa. In September 22–27, Kerber competed at the 2014 World Championships and finished 19th in the all-around finals behind Ukrainian gymnast Viktoria Mazur.[5]

In 2015 season, Kerber competed at the Valentine Cup and finished 6th in the all-around. In March 27–29, Kerber competed at the 2015 Lisboa World Cup finishing 16th in the all-around. In April 10–12, Kerber finished last in 56th place in the all-around at the 2015 Pesaro World Cup after withdrawing from last 2 apparatus events. In May 8–10, she competed at Corbeil-Essonnes International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament and finished 5th in all-around, she qualified to 3 event finals and placed 4th in ball, 7th in hoop and 8th in ribbon. She won the all-around silver at the 2015 US National Championships behind Laura Zeng. At the 2015 Pan American Games, Kerber won the all-around silver medal behind Zeng, she qualified to all 4 apparatus finals taking silver in hoop, ball, ribbon and bronze in clubs.[6] In August, Kerber finished 25th in the all-around at the 2015 Sofia World Cup. At the 2015 World Cup Final in Kazan, Kerber finished 30th in the all-around. In September 9–13, Kerber (together with teammates Laura Zeng, Camilla Feeley and Serena Lu) competed at the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, with Team USA finishing 9th. Kerber finished 39th in the All-around qualifications and did not advance into the Top 24 finals.[7] She completed her career after Worlds because she wants to pursue her studies after she was admitted in Stanford University.

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [8]
2014 Hoop Sentimental Waltz, music from My Sweet and Tender Beast by Eugen Doga
Ball ?
Clubs Caprice No. 24 in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 24 by Ilya Kaler
Ribbon Hijo De La Luna by Mecano
2013 Hoop Sentimental Waltz, music from My Sweet and Tender Beast by Eugen Doga
Ball It ain't necessarily so by Bronski Beat
Clubs ?
Ribbon Mas Que Nada
2012 Hoop Balada para Alessandro by Raul Di Blasio
Ball Mr. Pushkin Came To Shore by Combustible Edison
Clubs Overture, music from The Barber of Seville by London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry
Ribbon Mas que nada, music from Rio OST by Brasil '66 & Sergio Mendes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics". International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics". International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. ^ "A Day in the Life of Jazzy Kerber". USA Gymnastics. 12 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Highland Park gymnast improves worlds finish". Chicago Tribune. 26 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Zeng completes gold medal sweep at Pan Ams". USA Gymnastics. 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 World Championships All-around results". Intlgymnast. 11 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Kerber RG music list". rgforum.

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