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June 2, 2012         4:05 p.m.

Kyla Ross likes homework.The Aliso Niguel high school freshman is particularly fond of science and the intricacies of biology.

Ross likes the balance beam too, a piece of gymnastics equipment that she has also studied well. It is, at least on some days, Ross’s favorite apparatus.

That’s on the days when she isn’t totally engrossed in her floor exercise, danced and tumbled to music from Phantom of the Opera, or the uneven bars where every release move she does well earns a fist pump from her husband-wife coaches Howie Liang and Jenny Zhang at Costa Mesa’s Gym-Max Gymnastics.

Some days Ross even likes the vault the best, where strength takes the top spot over creativity.

Ross, a 15-year-old from Aliso Viejo, is in her first year of being age-eligible at the senior level of gymnastics and maybe only a month away from being a U.S. Olympian.

Last week she finished second to 2011 world team gold medalist Alexandra Raisman at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago.

In March, in her first senior-level international competition, the Pacific Rim championships, Ross won a gold medal on the balance beam, a silver on the uneven bars and a bronze in floor exercise.

Ross entered the senior level of gymnastics after having won consecutive junior U.S. championship all-around titles and is now given a strong chance to not only make the U.S. Olympic five-woman team but also to compete in all four events and be eligible for the all-around title.

“That’s not what our first goal is,” Zhang said. “Our first goal is to have the United States win the team gold medal.”

While the United States women have had plenty of individual Olympic success lately, including producing the 2004 all-around gold medalist (Carly Patterson) and the 2008 all-around gold and silver medalists (Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson), the team gold has eluded the Americans since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

“And 1996 was the year Kyla was born,” Zhang said.

Kyla’s father, Jason Ross, did not predict his daughter would become a gymnast. Jason is 6 feet 5 and played baseball and football at the University of Hawaii, where he met Kyla’s mother, Kiana. “Maybe she’d be a volleyball player like her sister,” Ross said. “Just because of the height thing.”

Jason played six years of minor league baseball after college, and he and Kiana eventually settled in Southern California because Kiana had family nearby. He’s a sales rep now and Kiana works a couple of jobs selling gymnastics clothing and working at the Westing at South Coast Plaza to help support her daughter’s athletic talent.

Kiana said Kyla was born with her father’s strength.

“We have pictures of her as a baby and a boy we baby-sat for was in his high chair and Kyla was climbing up, holding on and she couldn’t even walk yet,” Kiana said.

“She was always just built like that, with a strong body. And she was always high-energy. All she ever wanted to do was move around. When she was 3 years old and we were in Greenville, South Carolina, I put her in a recreational gymnastics class and the coach said, ‘She has odd strength for her age.’ She’s been doing gymnastics ever since.”

A typical day for Ross begins at 5:30 a.m. when she “crams in a little homework.” Unlike many Olympic-level gymnasts, Ross doesn’t want to be home-schooled so she heads to class at Aliso Niguel. One concession to her talent is to leave school early some days for training.

When the Rosses settled in California and first brought Kyla to Gym-Max, Liang described her build as “very square, like a box.” But Liang also told Ross’s mother, “She’s got the long lines of a ballerina. She’ll always have the power of the stocky gymnast but she’ll have the pretty lines too.”

Kiana Ross said, “I think that’s why Howie kind of took to her.”

Kyla said she is 5 feet 1. “And my legs got long in the last year,” she said. “I think I had a growth spurt.”

Liang and Zhang came to the United States from China in the early 1990s and their gymnastics pedigree was strong. Both had competed on Chinese national teams and Liang once coached Liang Chow, Shawn Johnson’s eventual coach. They recognize talent.

In Ross they have a talent. And Zhang said even if Ross doesn’t make the Olympic team she plans to stick around for four more years. “She’s the perfect age,” Zhang said. “She has another four years as long as she stays healthy.”

“I will,” Ross says. But that’s the future. For now Ross looks to 2012 and says, with authority, “I should be on the team. I hit my routines. They have good start values. I’m consistent. That’s what I bring. So they should bring me.”

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Kyla Ross was born on October 24th, 1996 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyla_Ross

October 24th, 1996

10 + 24 +1+9+9+6 = 25 = 59 = her life lesson = Catharsis.

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October 24th, 1996

October 24th

10 + 24 +2+0+1+1 = 38 = her personal year (from October 24th, 2011 to October 23rd, 2012) = Taking care of herself.

Queen of Cups Tarot card

38 year + 7 (July) = 45 = her personal month (from July 24th, 2012 to August 23rd, 2012) = Intense.  Focused.  Magnetic.  Hardworking.  Hardcore.

Five of Cups Tarot card

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Though it has yet to be determined who will represent the US in gymnastics, one thing is clear. The women have the type of depth that has other countries scrambling to equal. Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Anna Li are the up-and-coming stars from the US camp. But don’t count out veterans like Nastia Liukin or Alicia Sacramone, two of the most decorated gymnasts in US history. Likewise Shawn Johnson, whose beam skills are the stuff little girls dream to attain.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1187303-summer-olympics-2012-xx-athletes-who-will-become-americas-next-stars-this-su/page/10

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Nastia Liukin was born on October 30th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nastia_Liukin

October 30th, 1989

10 + 30 +1+9+8+9 = 67 = her life lesson = Slow and steady wins the race.

Knight of Pentacles Tarot card

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October 30th, 1989

October 30th

10 + 30 +2+0+1+1 = 44 = her personal year (from October 30th, 2011 to October 29th, 2012) = It is what it is.

Four of Cups Tarot card

44 year + 7 (July) = 51 = her personal month (from July 30th, 2012 to August 29th, 2012) = Formidable.

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Though it has yet to be determined who will represent the US in gymnastics, one thing is clear. The women have the type of depth that has other countries scrambling to equal. Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Anna Li are the up-and-coming stars from the US camp. But don’t count out veterans like Nastia Liukin or Alicia Sacramone, two of the most decorated gymnasts in US history. Likewise Shawn Johnson, whose beam skills are the stuff little girls dream to attain.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1187303-summer-olympics-2012-xx-athletes-who-will-become-americas-next-stars-this-su/page/10

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McKayla Maroney was born on December 9th, 1995 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKayla_Maroney

December 9th, 1995

12 + 9 +1+9+9+5 = 45 = her life lesson = Intense.  Focused.  Hardworking.

Five of Cups Tarot card

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December 9th, 1995

December 9th

12 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 25 = her personal year (from December 9th, 2011 to December 8th, 2012) = Exciting.  Thrilling.

Knight of Wands Tarot card

25 year + 7 (July) = 32 = her personal month (from July 9th, 2012 to August 8th, 2012) = Olympics.  Winning.  Victory.  Medals.  #1.  The best.

Six of Wands Tarot card

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Though it has yet to be determined who will represent the US in gymnastics, one thing is clear. The women have the type of depth that has other countries scrambling to equal. Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, and Anna Li are the up-and-coming stars from the US camp. But don’t count out veterans like Nastia Liukin or Alicia Sacramone, two of the most decorated gymnasts in US history. Likewise Shawn Johnson, whose beam skills are the stuff little girls dream to attain.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1187303-summer-olympics-2012-xx-athletes-who-will-become-americas-next-stars-this-su/page/10

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Gabby Douglas was born on December 31st, 1995 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_Douglas

December 31st, 1995

12 + 31 +1+9+9+5 = 67 = her life lesson = Slow and steady wins the race.

Knight of Pentacles Tarot card

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December 31st, 1995

December 31st

12 + 31 +2+0+1+1 = 47 = her personal year (from December 31st, 2011 to December 30th, 2012) = Famous.  Internationally known.  Name recognition.

Seven of Cups Tarot card

47 year + 7 (July) = 54 = her personal month (from July 31st, 2012 to August 30th, 2012) = Check it out.  Let’s watch.

Page of Swords Tarot card

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06/03/12             02:51 PM ET

The knee injury that sparked Shawn Johnson’s comeback put an end to it, too.

The Olympic gold medalist announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics Sunday, four days before the start of the U.S. championships. She has had repeated setbacks with her left knee, seriously damaged in a January 2010 ski accident, and she feared she was putting her long-term health at risk by continuing with her attempts to make a second Olympic team.

“It just little by little gets worse and worse,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “My body is to the point where I need time to rest and retire so I can be healthy for the rest of my life. It’s hard to wrap my mind around. Gymnastics has been my entire life, and now it’s no more.”

The decision did not come easily.

After winning four medals at the 2008 Games – only Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin and Nastia Liukin left Beijing with more – Johnson took the next two years off. She won “Dancing with the Stars” and, with her bubbly personality and girl-next-door looks, became a bona fide celebrity. She left the door open to a return for a London, but it wasn’t until the ski accident that she realized she still wanted to compete. Her first stop after the doctor’s office was her gym, where she and coach Liang Chow began plotting out her comeback.

The long layoff would present enough of a challenge, but her knee made it that much more difficult. She had torn the ACL, MCL and meniscus, along with her hamstring, and it never returned to full strength. She made the team for last year’s Pan American Games, where she helped the Americans win the team gold. But when she tried to increase her training over the last few months to get ready for London, her knee would not cooperate. She couldn’t do the number of repetitions she needed, and there were days she couldn’t even work out because the knee would be so swollen.

“That was a hard, hard thing,” Chow said of watching Johnson struggle.

Finally, Chow sat Johnson down and said they needed to be realistic. She couldn’t put in the training she needed, and she was looking at an entire knee reconstruction if she kept going.

“It’s been a really hard decision. How can you tell yourself, `No, I think it’s time to say it’s finally done,'” said Johnson, 20. “I’d like to be 30 and have kids and run around with them. It became more about my future life than this future one moment. I’m looking at the bigger picture of things.”

But it still hurts.

“It’s weird, for the first time in my career I came up short. But I feel like I succeeded as well,” said Johnson, who listed making the Pan Am team after the knee injury as one of her proudest accomplishments. “It almost came too easy the first time. It was a humbling experience this time around.”

Johnson was once billed as “the next Mary Lou,” a fresh-faced kid from West Des Moines, Iowa, who could jump and dream.

Famous is the story of Chow trying to get Johnson her first invitation to a national team training camp. Unsolicited, he sent national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a highlight tape and promised that “this kid will help the U.S. team.”

Based on the pure moxie of the move, Karolyi couldn’t help but take a look. Chow turned out to be right.

Along with her gold on balance beam in Beijing, Johnson won silvers in the all-around, team competition and floor exercise. Her all-around title at the 2007 world championships was at the time the fourth by a U.S. woman, and she also led the Americans to their third team title and took gold on the floor exercise. Shannon Miller is the only other American to win three golds at a single world championships.

Her performance at worlds was the exclamation point on a winning streak the likes of which is rarely seen in gymnastics. Johnson won every event she entered in 2007, her first as a senior, establishing herself as one of the poster kids for the Beijing Games. It also set up a compelling, yet friendly, rivalry with Liukin.

“Shawn will always hold a special place in gymnastics and my heart,” Karolyi said. “She always showed the joy of doing gymnastics.”

Indeed, it was that personality that made Johnson so popular with both gymnastics fans and folks who think a floor is something to sit on. She was always cheerful, frequently flashing a megawatt smile almost as big as she is. As a way of saying thank you to Chow and his wife and co-coach, Li Zhuang, Johnson learned how to write their names in Chinese and surprised them by putting the characters on the sleeves of her leotard for the 2007 U.S. championships.

After she finished second to Liukin in Beijing, Johnson was among the first to embrace her teammate and congratulate her. If she was disappointed, she wasn’t going to spoil Liukin’s accomplishment by showing it.

“We’re going to truly miss her,” Chow said. “But we realize life is going on and we want to wish her the very best.”

Johnson said she still plans to attend nationals and the Olympic trials; her training partner, Gabby Douglas, is a favorite to make the London team. And she plans to go to London, where she promised to be “the greatest cheerleader in the stands.”

Her autobiography, “Winning Balance,” is being released Tuesday, and she plans to go to college in the fall of 2013, though she hasn’t settled on a school.

Beyond that, however, she’s not sure.

“I’d normally say I have practice at 2:30,” she said. “I don’t know and that’s hard. I’m at a point where I don’t know what’s next.”

Though it may not have ended how she imagined or hoped, Johnson said she has no regrets about her comeback. She felt she had gotten “off track” in the two years after Beijing, and returning to gymnastics reminded her of what was really important.

“The comeback has made me 10 times more a stronger person than I ever was,” she said. “The past two years in gymnastics brought me back to the real me. I feel like no matter where I go next, I’ll be more level-headed about it. And do what’s right for me.”

from:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/shawn-johnson-retires-gymnast-us-olympics_n_1566251.html

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Shawn Johnson was born on January 19th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Johnson

January 19th, 1992

1 + 19 +1+9+9+2 = 41 = her life lesson = Melting your heart.

Ace of Cups Tarot card

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January 19th, 1992

January 19th

1 + 19 +2+0+1+2 = 25 = her personal year (from January 19th, 2012 to January 18th, 2013) = Restless.  Change of activity.

Knight of Wands Tarot card

25 year + 5 (May) = 30 = her personal month (from May 19th, 2012 to June 18th, 2012) = Blessed.  Appreciative.  Thankful.

Four of Wands Tarot card

30 month + 3 (3rd of the month on Sunday June 3rd, 2012) = 33 = her personal day = Backing out.

Seven of Wands Tarot card

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Fredrik Palmgren

Producer & Communications

Big Brother in the control room

Fredrik is the producer of Red Ice Radio and handles communications, administration and contributes sporadically to the website with writings.

Fredrik is a Musician, Artist, Writer, and is currently working on Red Ice Creations, Red Ice Creations Radio, Film Productions and Music Projects.

from:  http://www.redicecreations.com/about.php

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Fredrik Palmgren

6                    55

 

what he must do/has to do (FE) and how he obtains his heart’s desire (FN) both = 65 = Worldly success.  Making it big time.  Calling the shots.  Center of power.

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http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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Elizabeth Leafloor

Staff Writer, News Editor

Elizabeth joined Red Ice Creations in 2009, having a background in the news media and graphics industries. She has covered issues ranging from history, geopolitics and modern warfare to unknown mysteries, occultism, conspiracies, and weird science. She’s drawn to the hidden and absurd, and seeks to bring wider exposure and understanding of the important topics that get lost in (or buried by) the mainstream.

Elizabeth writes articles for Red Ice Creations, posts news stories, comments on issues, creates illustrations for the news, and graphics for the site.

She can be reached at:  leafloor.ric@gmail.com for news, feedback, questions, or concerns.

from:  http://www.redicecreations.com/about.php

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Elizabeth Leafloor

539812528 35163669             82

 

her path of destiny = 82 = Unexpected boons.

 

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comprehensive summary and list of predictions for 2012:

http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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http://numerologybasics.com/

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https://www.createspace.com/3411561

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