Who: Marvin Kimble
Recommended by: Brian Taylor
Who is he?
With a rapid growth in US Men’s Gymnastics Junior Elite Program, we thought our next junior candidate should be a gymnast with huge potential.
Marvin Kimble is one of the biggest hopes for USA Men’s Gymnastics Future. Already showing success on both the national and international stage, this two time national team member and current Jr. 14-15 National All-Around Champion, is one to watch.
Where does he train and with whom?
Marvin trains at Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, former gym of Morgan and Paul Hamm, in Milwaukee, WI. He is coached by Alex Belanovski and Andre Kan.
Does he have much competitive experience?
Marvin has competed at the Visa Championships the past two years, where he was selected to be a member of the Junior National Team both years. He has also gained international experience competing at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championships where he won silver with Team USA, bronze on Still Rings and finished fourth on vault. He also competed at the 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships where he helped Team USA win gold, as well as individually he won silver on vault and floor exercise, bronze on the still rings, fourth on pommel horse and seventh all-around in the Junior Division.
What makes him an exciting prospect?
Marvin has a great deal of potential to be a great all-around gymnast. With his rapid advancement in the sport, it shows he is a quick learner and eager to reach his full potential. He also continues to show improvement on two of Team USA’s weaker events, pommel horse and still rings.
When do you think we will get to see him in competition next?
Marvin has a few years left as a junior gymnast, as well as J.O. competitions, which should be one of his next competitions. However, we can likely see him at next year’s Winter Cup in Las Vegas.
What are you hoping he will develop in the coming years?
I am hoping Marvin will continue to upgrade all of his events, especially on pommel horse and still rings, two events needed for Team USA. With many of the 2012 Olympians sticking around another quad, it may be hard to make a name, but this Junior is one that has the potential to do so.
What routine of his should we watch?
Floor exercise is seen to be one of Marvin’s stronger events. With a great mixture of twisting and double salto skills, as well as great landings, this event can be another way to helping Team USA in future international competitions.
What else do we need to know about him?
Marvin has already begun to express interest in his future in gymnastics, stating Michigan as his dream school. With Michigan helping Sam Mikulak reach the Olympic Stage in London, could this school help Marvin go to Rio in 2016?
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