May 25, 2002
Steve Virgen If the pole vault is "the extreme sport of track and field," then Corona del Mar High senior Krisserin Canary has definitely found her niche. The highly competitive Sea King doesn't back down from a challenge, even when it means putting her body on the line. Such was the case at the CIF Southern Section Division III Finals May 18, at Cerritos College. "I'm the type of person that doesn't want to quit once I start something," Canary said.
February 15, 2004
They came to the interview in full makeup. Their light eyes twinkled from behind a mask of blue face paint, accentuated by elaborate wisps of gold and streaks of white. Andrew and Kevin Atherton are the acclaimed "aerial twins" in Cirque du Soleil's performance, "Varekai," which is currently playing at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Their jaw-dropping performance involves gravity-defying swoops, twists and leaps, high above the Cirque stage, with a final move that leaves Andrew hanging onto his brother by one arm. It was during a break between training and the 4 p.m. show that the Atherton twins joined columnist Lolita Harper for an informal interview in the food trailer -- set up in the blue-and-yellow-tented Cirque city that has taken over the grounds.
November 9, 2012
It has been nearly five years since Corona del Mar High freshman Amy Matsuoka traded the balance beam for a bucket of golf balls. Both gymnastics and golf can be sports where an inch makes a difference. Matsuoka was not seeing the results she wanted as she practiced for hours a day at the Gym-Max Academy of Gymnastics in Costa Mesa. The gym has been in the news lately. Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics as a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team, trains there.
April 19, 2005
Natalie Venegas While some boys residing in Southern California begin learning how to surf or play beach volleyball, Adam Young, Kevin Wolting and Donothan Bailey have their attention drawn to the parallel bars and pommel horse instead. With six years of gymnastic experience under his belt, 9-year-old Young competed in the regional gymnastics competition on April 11. "My favorite part is when I compete," Young said. "There is a lot of pressure and I like that."
April 22, 2000
BAKERSFIELD - Local gymnasts from the New Hope Academy of Gymnastics, coached by Eduard Azarian, did well in completing their season on April 9 at the Regional One Boys Gymnastics Championship at Cal State Bakersfield. Costa Mesa's Donothan Bailey, who won a gold medal in every Class 5 event in the South Coast Conference finals, stood out with marks of 53.95 in the all-around, with a 9.4 in the parallel bars, 9.55 in the vault and 9.15 in the rings.
November 19, 2008
Local Gymnast signs National Letters of Intent with Maryland The University of Maryland gymnastics team has signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season, associate head coach announced Friday with the national signing period underway. Following a successful recruitment period, the Terps have inked three prospective Maryland gymnasts who have performed exceptionally both in the gym and in the classroom. Recruits Kesley Cofsky, Allison Krikorian and Briana Melander each have qualified multiple times for the Junior Olympics National Championships, while also garnering accolades for their performances in the classroom.
June 12, 2012
Corona del Mar High graduate Sam Mikulak finished third in the all-around gymnastics competition at the Visa Men's Senior U.S. Championships, completed Saturday inSt. Louis, Mo. Mikulak, who was the NCAA individual champion as a freshman at Michigan in 2011, has earned a spot on the USA senior national team and a berth in the 2012 Olympic Trials. His 182.85 points included top-five scores on parallel bars (second with 31.20 points), vault (fourth, 32.30), pommel horse (fifth, 29.30)
March 27, 2004
Costa Mesa's Kevin Wolting and Donothan Bailey, and Adam Young of Newport Beach recently completed solid performances in the Southern California Junior Olympic gymnastic championships at Pacifica High. Wolting, a 9-year-old who attends Kaiser Elementary, finished first in his age group for the class five division. The best division is class one. Wolting also qualified for the Southern California All-Stars at the meet that was held March 13. He will be representing Southern California and New Hope Academy of Gymnastics at the regional championships April 1-4 in Phoenix, Ariz.
May 3, 2007
Ally Krikorian knows her family's history in the Costa Mesa High track and field program. Her older siblings — Danny, Stacy and Tony — all ran track for Mesa. "Sometimes, that's kind of hard," said Ally Krikorian. "You're expected to do a lot." But the youngest Krikorian, a sophomore, is up to the challenge as she nears the end of a hectic spring athletic season. First, there is the Mesa track program, where the Mustangs are preparing for the Orange Coast League finals today at Orange Coast College.
August 20, 2013
Sam Mikulak, a Corona del Mar High product and a two-time NCAA men's gymnastics champion at the University of Michigan, won the men's all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships that were completed Sunday in Hartford, Conn. Mikulak, 20, a member of the American team at the 2012 Olympics in London who will be a senior at Michigan in the fall, topped runner-up Alex Naddour by nearly three points, posting a two-day all-around total of 181.40. Mikulak, who led by a huge margin of 2.95 points over then runner-up Jake Dalton after the first day, also won national titles on the parallel bars (30.90)