We have 2 boys in region 5 who were selected to represent America at international competitions this year.

First, Congrats to Paul Juda and his coach at Buffalo Grove, Leo Krivitsky.  We are proud to say that they will be representing region 5 during this international competition in Texas in January.

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 14, 2016 – Five members of the men’s junior national team will represent the United States in international competition in January. 2016 Junior Olympic gold-medalists Justin Ah Chow of Miami/Universal Gymnastics (Junior Elite 13-14 Level 9 all-around), Garrett Braunton of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics (Junior Elite 13-14 Level 9 still rings), and Paul Juda of Deerfield, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center (Junior Elite 13-14 Level 9 floor exercise – tied) are among the five men who will represent the USA at the 2017 RD761 Junior International Team Cup at the Leonard Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, Jan. 20-21, 2017.

Teams from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Great Britain and Japan are currently confirmed for the international team competition. Each country will have a five-man team, with four competing on each event and the top three scores counting for the team score. The team and all-around competition are slated for Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m., and the event finals are at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. The final rankings for the all-around are a maximum of two per country, and the top eight athletes, maximum two per country, on each event will advance to the event finals. All athletes must be between 14-17 years of age, based on their age on their 2017 birthday.

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Secondly, to Cobey Pava of Lakeshore Academy who has been named to the USA Maccabi team. Cobey will travel to Israel in July to represent the US in this international competition. The Maccabiah Games are quadrennial Jewish Olympics, held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from throughout the world compete in Open, Masters, Juniors, and Disabled competitions. Congratulations to Cobey and his coach at Lakeshore Gymnastics, Arkadi Andryushchenko.