This weekend, Diane Cote-Burk, a member of our staff, will be judging the Nastia Liukin cup, as well as acting as an auxiliary judge for the American Cup! This is a tremendous honor! Diane has been judging gymnastics for 32 years, holds a National rating, and has judged some incredibly prestigious meets throughout her judging career. Just last weekend, Diane was in Florida judging the University of Florida Gators in their meet against Kentucky, giving her the amazing opportunity of judging 2008 Olympian/2009 World Champion Bridget Sloan! I could go on and on listing Diane's numerous accolades. Her experience and extensive knowledge about the sport of gymnastics is a tremendous asset to our gym and our programs.
The Nastia Liukin Cup (named for the 2008 Olympic Champion) is a competition that precedes the American Cup. This year, it will feature 34 of the country's best level 10 gymnasts, who have qualified to the meet at various invitationals throughout the country. In the first year, net revenues from the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup were utilized as scholarships for young gymnasts who showed ability and had a financial hardship through the Nastia Liukin Fund. Diane has been chosen to judge this prestigious competition as a result of her many years of experience! Hard work pays off!
CLICK HERE for a list of competitors in the Nastia Liukin Cup
Because Diane is judging the Nastia Liukin Cup on Friday, she will have the opportunity to act as an auxiliary judge for the American Cup, an internationally recognized meet featuring some of the best gymnasts from around the world. Representing the USA this year will be Katelyn Ohashi (2012 Junior National Champion) and Simone Biles (2012 Secret Classic Junior Champion). 2012 Olympians Vanessa Ferarri (Italy), Victoria Moors (Canada), Elizabeth Seitz (Germany), and Asuka Teramoto (Japan) will also be featured in the Women's Competition. Representing the American men will be 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Danell Leyva and 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton. Also featured in the men's competition will be two-time Olympian Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez (Colombia), 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Marcel Nguyen (Germany), and 2012 Olympians Sergio Sasaki (Brazil), Kristian Thomas (Great Britain), and Oleg Verniaiev (Ukraine).
What does "auxiliary judge" mean? It means that though Diane will not take part in the actual scoring of the routines, she will still be participating in the meet. Look for her on the floor exercise, she will be a "line judge", meaning that if a gymnasts steps out-of-bounds during their routine, it's Diane's job to raise her flag to signal to the main judges to take the appropriate deduction!
Words cannot begin to describe what an honor it is to be chosen as a judge to participate in these meets! We are so proud to have Diane as a member of our staff!
The American Cup will be televised on NBC Saturday, March 2 from 1:00-3:00 PM! Set your DVR's and look for Miss Diane on floor!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
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Coach Sarah ran this blog from 2012-2017. Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!
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