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Illinois knocks off Northern Illinois in first-ever virtual meet

Freshman Logan Myers competes in the rings event during the meet against Northern Illinois on Friday.
January 16, 2021

The Illinois and Northern Illinois men’s gymnastics teams made history on Friday night when they competed in the NCAA’s first-ever virtual gymnastics meet. The teams competed hundreds of miles apart...

Illini to start 2021 season tonight in unprecedented virtual meet

Junior Leo Valentin practices for the Illinois men's gymnastics team. The Illini have their first meet tonight, competing virtually against NIU.
January 15, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will start its 2021 season not only a week earlier than originally scheduled but in a revolutionary new way. Illinois will face Northern Illinois tonight in a first-of-its-kind...

Men’s gymnastics team releases 2021 schedule

Members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team lock arms in a circle at a gymnastics meet during the 2019 season..
January 4, 2021

After several months of delay, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team has released a schedule for its 2021 season. Under normal circumstances, the schedule for the upcoming season would’ve been released...

Léo Valentin makes history as first Illini gymnast from France

Graduate student Léo Valentin poses on a pommel horse. Valentin came to Illinois for gymnastics because he couldn’t continue his studies and compete in his home country of France.
November 11, 2020

In the 10 years Justin Spring has been the head coach of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team, he has coached five gymnasts who were born outside the United States, including three currently on the team....

Fletcher, Stephens return to practice after lasting knee injuries

Redshirt junior Michael Fletcher performs the splits while competing at the Big Ten Championships on April 6, 2019. Fletcher and Clay Mason Stephens return to practice with the Illini after sustaining injuries.
October 8, 2020

Juniors Michael Fletcher and Clay Mason Stephens are once again practicing in Kenney Gym after the pair redshirted the 2020 season due to ACL reconstruction surgeries. Over the last 19 months, the two...

Illinois joins nationwide effort to save athletic programs

Members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team lock arms in a circle at a gymnastics meet during the 2019 season..
September 17, 2020

In a span of just three weeks, the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota and the College of William & Mary announced the discontinuation of their men’s gymnastics programs, among other sports, because...

Men’s gymnastics begins fall practices

Redshirt junior Jordan Kovach competes at the Men’s Gymnastics Big Ten Championships on April 6, 2019. Kovach and the Illini have recently resumed practice for the winter season.
September 14, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team restarted team practices in Kenney Gym on Aug. 31. This marks the first time since March the gymnasts not only practiced together but even used their Urbana training...

Team of the century: 2012 men’s gymnastics team ends championship drought

The 2012 University of Illinois Men's Gymnastics team poses for a photo after winning the Big Ten Championships at Iowa City, IA on April 7, 2012.
June 12, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team achieved its greatest success of the 21st century in 2012, when the team won the NCAA men’s gymnastics championship. It was the team’s tenth national championship...

Edwards, Paradise receive Big Ten Medals of Honor

Seniors Taylor Edwards and Michael Paradise became Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Wednesday.
May 16, 2020

Illinois announced Taylor Edwards, senior in AHS, and Michael Paradise, senior in Engineering, as the recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor on Wednesday via Twitter. Each year, the University honors...

Illini celebrate eighth anniversary of National Championship

The University of Illinois Men's Gymnastics team poses for a photo after winning the Big Ten Championship on April 7, 2012.  The team would go on to win the National Championship as well.
April 20, 2020

Today is the eighth anniversary of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team’s most recent national championship. On April 20, 2012, in Norman, Oklahoma, third-year head coach Justin Spring led the Illini...

Five Illini receive All-American accolades

Senior Danny Graham competes in the rings event during the match against Oklahoma on March 17, 2018
April 13, 2020

On March 21, the College Gymnastics Association announced the names of 39 male collegiate gymnasts who received a total of 50 All-American accolades in six events (everything but all-around) for the shortened...

Illini of the season: Carter, McCool shine among talented roster

Senior Sebastian Quiana competes in the high bar event during the NCAA qualifiers on April 19, 2019.
April 5, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team had only two regular-season competitions left in its 2020 season and was starting to look forward to the postseason. The team had accumulated an 8-3-1 record, including...

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