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Ivana Hong
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Hong at the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the United States of America United States of America

Born

December 11 1992 (1992-12-11) (age 24)
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Years on National Team

2007-2009

Club

WOGA
GAGE (former)

Coach(es)

Valeri Liukin & Natalya Marakova
Al Fong & Armine Barutyan Fong (former)

Current status

Retired

College team

Stanford University

Twitter

@IvanaHong

Ivana Hong (born December 11, 1992 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the gold medal American team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and the all-around bronze medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games. Hong was named an alternate to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and was a member of the U.S. Women's Team in the 2009 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in London.

Hong is of Chinese and Vietnamese ancestry. Hong lived in Blue Springs, Missouri, and trained at Great American Gymnastics Express (GAGE) for four years. She left to train under Valeri Liukin at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA).

Career

Hong qualified to Junior Elite status in 2004 and made the United States Junior National Championships at age eleven. While she was not successful in making the national team, she had nonetheless made her mark on the United States gymnastics scene. A year later, she qualified to the national team. She did so again in 2006, earning a solid 5th place in the all-around and a bronze medal on beam.

Hong became a Senior International Elite in 2007. She was part of the American team which won gold in the Pan-American Games in Brazil. Hong also won a bronze medal in the all-around at this competition. Hong's strong showing at this competition and the U.S. Nationals qualified her to the World Championships team where she again won gold as a member of the United States team.

Hong earned a spot on the 2008–2009 U.S. Senior National team, and competed for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Hong offered clean lines and tremendous form throughout the selection process, but did not earn a particularly high mark on any of the four pieces of apparatus, making it difficult for her to contribute in the team finals format where only the top three gymnasts on each event compete. Hong's skill as an all-around athlete without a weak event enabled her to be named, along with Jana Bieger and Corrie Lothrop, as one of three alternates for the U.S. Olympic team.

Following the Olympics, Hong left her former gym and moved to WOGA to train with Valeri Liukin.

Hong finished second in the all-around at the 2009 U. S. National Championships with a total score of 117.250 in Dallas, Texas. Ivana also won the national title on balance beam with a total score of 30.350 (15.150 on Day 1 and 15.200 on Day 2.) She also won the vault, scoring 14.700 on Day 1 and 15.250 on Day 2 (total 29.950) to edge out Bridget Sloan by a 0.05 margin.

At the 2009 World Championships in London, Ivana scored a 14.550 on balance beam to win the bronze medal on the event. This accomplishment made medalists of all four American gymnasts (Bridget Sloan, Kayla Williams and Rebecca Bross in addition to Hong) in the women's competition.

In early March 2010, Hong suffered a torn ACL in her right knee. The injury occurred at the national team training camp as she was landing a vault. She is to have surgery and will be out for several months.

As of 2012, Hong has retired from international and senior competition. She now competes at NCAA level for Stanford University.

At the 2013 National Championships in August, Hong was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame with the rest of the 2007 World Championship team.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2002U.S. Challenge3rd691st4
2003American Classic2nd71st1st3rd
U.S. Challenge2nd562nd6
2004Junior American Classic1st2nd1st1st4
Junior U.S. Classic 103rd
Junior Visa Championships161813517
2005Top Gym Competition3rd1st1st
Junior U.S. Classic92nd
Junior Visa Championships847
2006USA/Japan/New Zealand Competition1st3rd3rd3rd
Junior U.S. Classic92nd8
Junior Visa Championships53rd7
2007USA vs Great Britain International1st53rd
Houston International Invitational2nd3rd2nd
Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games1st3rd
Visa Championships4855
Stuttgart World Championships1st
2008Friendship International Exchange1st42nd
Visa Championships5766
U.S. Olympic Trials58587
2009CoverGirl Classic2nd3rd1st5
Visa Championships2nd51st6
London World Championships3rd
2010WOGA Classic1st3rd
2012NCAA Gymnastics Championships44

Floor Music

2005-2008 - "Ov Sirun Sirun" by Armine Simonyan and Artavazd Tadevosyan

2009 - "My Sweet and Tender Beast" by Eugen Doga

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