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7 Things We Learned From The IEC Meeting Minutes

Actual photos from inside the top secret elite committee meeting.
Actual photos from inside the top secret elite committee meeting.

With members like Mihai Brestyan, Kim Zmeskal Burdette and Aimee Boorman, any Gym Nerd would be lucky to be a fly on the wall of USAG’s International Elite Committee (IEC) meetings. Luckily, the meeting minutes are public, so you can remain human.

Here are the key motions that have been passed so far in 2016 IEC meetings.

1.  The “Your Dream Dies Here One-Event Specialists” Rule: To qualify to the 2016 American Classic and U.S. Classic, a gymnast must have:

  • Scored a 53.00 AA at the 2015 P&G Championships
  • Or scored a 53.00 AA, 40.5 3-event, or 27.5 2-event score at the 2016 National Qualifier
  • Or shown full routines on competition surface at the 2015 fall/2016 National Team Training Camp

Motion – Aimee Boorman
Second – Terin Humphrey

2. The “N0 Bela-Nunno Last-Minute Petition” Rule: To qualify to the 2016 P&G Championships, an athlete must have:

  • Been a member of the 2015 World Championships team
  • Or scored a 54.00 AA, 41.25 3-event, or 28.00 2-event score at the 2016 American Classic or 2016 U.S. Secret Classic
  • Or shown full routines on competition surface at the 2015 fall/2016 National Team Training Camp
  • Or competed in an international assignment in fall 2015 or spring 2016

Motion – Aimee Boorman
Second – Terin Humphrey

3. The “Up Yours Belorussian-Americans, All Olympia, Nellie Kim and Every NCAA Athlete Competing in Rio, but Mostly the Belorussians” RuleAthletes who have represented another country in international competition, regardless of citizenship, are ineligible to represent the United States at the Olympic Games and may not compete in Qualifying or Selection events for the team.

Motion – Terin Humphrey
Second – Aimee Boorman

4. The “World Domination” Vote: The IEC accepts recommendation from the Judges Selection Committee for candidates to attend the 2016 Intercontinental Judges Course. The IEC will recommend the following judges to the Women’s Program Committee:

  • Cheryl Hamilton – the judge who’s mouth fell open when Maroney vaulted
  • Tatiana Perskaia – coach of World Champions Omelianchik, Heenan and Postell
  • Kristie Phillips – Karolyi Survivor and 1987 U.S. National Champ
  • Silvia Brestyan – Aly Raisman and Alicia Sacramone’s coach
  • Alternate: Chellsie Memmel – needs no introduction

Motion – Kim Zmeskal
Second – Aimee Boorman

5.  The “Broken Grips Because We Are Fair” RuleIn the event of equipment failure (e.g. broken handguard) during the competition, the athlete will have the right to repeat the exercise if approved by the meet director per FIG Code of Points.

Motion: Donna Strauss
Second: Kim Zmeskal Burdette

6.  The “Your Sacrifice Matters, Heart of Gold” RuleAmelia Hundley and Ashton Locklear will be named to the National Team and will be funded 100%. The remaining funding will be decided after the March 12-14 National Team Camp.

Motion: Aimee Boorman
Second: Kim Zmeskal Burdette

7.  The “Putting that TV Money To Good Use” VoteThe remaining funded spots will be distributed to the following National team members:

  • Emily Schild – $500.00/month
  • Emma Malabuyo – $500.00/month
  • Gabby Perea – $500.00/month
  • Deanne Soza – $500.00/month
  • Trinity Thomas – $500.00/month
  • Emily Gaskins – $500.00/month

These funds will continue through the 2016 P&G Championships.

Motion – Aimee Boorman
Second – Laurent Landi


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Corinna Robinson
Corinna Robinson
7 years ago

does full funding mean all their expenses are paid for? why do amelia and ashton get more?

Cordelia Price
Cordelia Price
7 years ago

The two event rule has been in place for several years It’s not new. They always vote on rules for qualification every year even if they don’t change. The only change from 2015 to 2016 was the removal of an automatic qualification for the non-traveling alternates to Worlds. They now have to earn 54 or higher at an international assignment or camp.

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