Australia lure Raisman coach Brestyan to guide national team
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[March 03, 2017]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former
United States head coach Mihai Brestyan has been appointed as the
new coach of Australia's national gymnastics women's team.
The Romanian-born Brestyan, who has coached six-times Olympics
medalist Aly Raisman and retired multiple world champion Alicia
Sacramone, will work with Australia's senior and junior national
squads in a series of training camps.
"We are thrilled a coach with the experience and proven results of
Mihai will be guiding our next generation of gymnasts and coaches as
we look toward the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year
and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and beyond," President of Gymnastics
Australia Sam McKay said.
Brestyan, who led the U.S. national team at the 2010 and 2015 World
Championships, is recognized as a floor exercise specialist for the
He was named USA Gymnastics' Coach of the Year in 2005, 2011 and
2013 and has guided Raisman for more than 12 years.
Raisman won three medals at each of the London and Rio Olympics,
including gold as a member of the dominant U.S. team at both Games.
She also won the floor title in London.
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Nick
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Silver medal winner Alexandra Raisman (USA) of the U.S, and gold
medal winner Simone Biles (USA) hug Raisman's coach Mihai Brestyan.