INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 2022) – To mark the end of the 2022 national seasons for acrobatic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, individuals from each discipline have been honored with annual awards. Most of the honors came at the end of the USA Gymnastics Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in late June and the OOFOS USA Gymnastics Championships last month in Tampa, Florida. Each discipline nominated athletes, coaches and sportsmen of the year. Recipients of Star Service and Memorial Awards were also announced.
A full account of the 2022 winners is listed by discipline below.
Brody Malone with Li Li Leung
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- Athlete and Sportsman of the Year: Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University) was named both Athlete and Sportsman of the Year. The 2020 Olympian and 2021 World Bronze Medalist on the horizontal bar earned Athlete of the Year as the 2022 U.S. Men’s All-Around Champion and was voted Sportsman of the Year by his fellow competitors at the this year’s OOFOS USA Gymnastics Championships.
- Coaches of the year: Thom Glielmi from Stanford University and Levon Karakhanyan from the Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy were chosen by their fellow coaches as Senior and Junior Coach of the Year, respectively. Glielmi has coached Stanford’s men’s team since 2003, winning five NCAA national team championships, including this year’s title, in that time. Karakhanyan has over 20 years of coaching experience and is currently coaching freshman senior Fred Richard (Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy), who won five gold medals at the 2022 Junior Pan American Championships in Brazil in July. Earlier in the year, Richard picked up five titles at the 2022 Men’s Development Program National Championships.
- Frank J. Cumikey Service Award: Eight-time Men’s Coach of the Year in Pennsylvania Joe Stallone from Stallone Gymnastics received the Cumiskey Service Award. During his career, Stallone has coached 29 athletes on the United States Men’s Development Program National Team, formerly known as the Junior Olympic National Team, including seven Development Program National All-Around Champions. He was also a member of the Junior Men’s National Coaching Staff and the Men’s Development Program Committee. The award is named after Frank Cumiskey, a three-time Olympian and member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
- Dusty Ritter Visionary Award: The first Dusty Ritter Visionary Award went to his namesake, longtime coordinator of the Men’s Development Program Dusty Ritter. Ritter has dedicated more than 55 years to the advancement of men’s gymnastics in the United States, serving in numerous leadership positions in the men’s age group and junior national team programs.
Lili Mizuno and Evita Griskenas
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- Athletes of the year: Olympians Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and Lili Mizuno (Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) both received Athlete of the Year awards. Each has won numerous top-10 finishes on the international stage in 2022, including bronze medals in ribbon and ball, respectively, at the Portimao World Challenge Cup in May.
- Coach of the year: Natalia Klimouk from the North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Illinois was selected Coach of the Year by the elite coaches who attended this year’s United States Gymnastics Championships.
- Sportsman of the year: Serena Lu (Staten Island, NY/Isadora by Matchpoint) was named Rhythmic Gymnastics Sportswoman of the Year in her first season as an active competitor since retiring from the sport in 2017. The bronze medalist at the hoop and ball 2022 also serves as the athlete representative on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council on behalf of athletes in all gymnastics disciplines and represents rhythmic gymnasts as a member of USAG’s elected Athlete Council.
- Star Service Reward: Anna Loescher received the 2022 Star Service Award for his dedication to the rhythm program. Loescher is a valued volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand at national events and as part of international delegations serving and supporting athletes and coaches within the rhythm community. She currently serves on the USA Gymnastics Program Council.
Shelby Nobuhara, Kaden Brown and Nicole Ahsinger
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- Athletes of the year: Olympian Nicole Ahsinger (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) and 2021 World Medalists Kaden Brown (Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) and Shelby Nobuhara (Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude) were named Athletes of the Year for trampoline, tumbling and double mini, respectively. Ahsinger tied the best Olympic performance by an American trampolinist in the history of the event, finishing sixth at the Tokyo Olympics postponed to summer 2021. Brown picked up his second individual world bronze medal in men’s tumbling at the Championships in November, while Nobuhara won world individual silver and team gold in women’s double mini trampoline. The Athletes of the Year were determined based on points accumulated at national and international events throughout the 2021-22 season.
- Coach of the year: Nuno Merino from the Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy was named coach of the year. The designation is awarded based on points accumulated throughout the year by athletes coached by each coach over the past two seasons. During that time, Merino has coached 2021-22 National Team members Maia Amano (Honolulu, Hawaii), Paul Bretscher (Knoxville, Tenn.), Cody Gesuelli (Middletown, NJ), Sydney Senter (Kailua, Hawaii), among others. and Trinity Van Natta. (Marysville, Ohio).
- Sportsman of the year: In addition to Athlete of the Year honors, Nobuhara was named the 2022 Sportsman of the Year. This award is decided by peers and voted for by senior and intermediate elite trampoline and tumbling athletes.
- Star Service Reward: Bob Hallwig received the Star Service Award in honor of his continued volunteer support and dedication to the trampoline and tumbling program. Hallwig has maintained a FIG Brevet Judge designation for 13 years in three separate disciplines and currently serves on the National Senior Judges Council. He has been a Leader Level Judge, Level 1 Coaches Course Instructor and Certified Jump Start Tester. Hallwig also served as president of Region 6 for 16 years.
Jade Carey with Alicia Sacramone Quinn
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- athlete of the year: Jade Carey (Phoenix, Arizona/Oregon State University), the reigning Olympic gold medalist in floor exercise, was named Athlete of the Year after a strong collegiate gymnastics season and subsequent return to the elite ranks for the 2022 OOFOS USA Gymnastics Championships. The honor was voted on by coaches and athletes in attendance at this year’s Nationals.
- Coach of the year: Marnie Futch of Metroplex Gymnastics and Jess Graba of the Midwest Gymnastics Center shared the Coach of the Year award. Graba has been coaching athletes for over 20 years and most notably has coached 2020 Olympic All-Around Champion Sunisa Lee (St. Paul, Minn./Auburn University). Futch is the head coach at the Metroplex where several 2022 Junior National Team members and elite-level gymnasts train, including the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships and Junior Pan American Games all-around champion Katelyn Jong (Allen , Texas).
- Sportsman of the year: Addison Fatta (Wrightsville, Pennsylvania/Prestige Gymnastics) was chosen by her competitors as Sportswoman of the Year. Fatta has earned a reputation as a hardworking and kind leader who listens to and supports her many peers in the sport.
- Star Service Reward: Cheryl Hamilton received the Star Service Award in recognition of her more than 25 years of service to the women’s program. Hamilton has chaired regional and national technical committees and, as an FIG Brevet judge, has judged at the highest levels of sport, including at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last summer.