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Vladi Klurman
Vladi Klurman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
North Miami Beach, Fla.

High School:
Sharon (Mass.)

Height:
5-4

Position:
AA


CAREER HIGHS
Floor Exercise: 9.050 at California (March 11, 2006)
Pommel Horse: 9.250 vs. Stanford (Feb. 19, 2006)
Rings: 9.700 at NCAA Championships (April 13, 2007)
Vault: 9.350 vs. Illinois (Feb. 17, 2007)
Parallel Bars: 9.250 at Big Ten Championships (March 30, 2007)
High Bar: 6.250 vs. Temple (Jan. 13, 2006)
All-Around: 47.650 vs. Temple (Jan. 13, 2006)

PENN STATE CAREER
2007: Earned All-America honors in the still rings, tying for seventh place (9.550) in the individual event finals at the 2007 NCAA Championships...In the team finals, posted a career-high 9.700 in the still rings to tie for second place, helping the Nittany Lions capture their NCAA-record 12th national championship...Placed third in the pommel horse in the NCAA Qualifier, scoring a 9.000...Earned a season-best score of 9.150 in the pommel horse versus Army...Ended the season as the No. 16-ranked performer in the pommel horse (8.590)...Was ranked as the No. 1 competitor in the vault for three weeks...Claimed first place in the vault versus Illinois, recording a career-high score of 9.350...Captured first in the vault against Michigan (9.250)...Established a career-high in the parallel bars (9.250) in the team finals at the 2007 Big Ten Championships...Tied for the parallel bars title in Penn State's season opening victory over Army (9.000).

2006: Established career highs in the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, high bar, and all-around...Won the pommel horse against William & Mary with a score of 8.800...Placed second on the horse versus Stanford (career-best score of 9.250) and Temple (8.450)...Captured the rings title against Temple, finished second in a team victory over William & Mary, and used a career-high mark of 9.350 to place third versus California...Tied for third place in the vault with a score of 9.000 versus William & Mary and finished third against Temple...Set a new career-high by registering a 9.200 in a dual meet with California...Placed second in the all-around versus Temple with a personal best total of 47.650.

2005: Competed on the pommel horse (six times), still rings (six times), and vault (three times)...Earned a career-high 8.950 score on the horse on Feb. 26 against Ohio State...Scored career-highs on the rings (9.050) and vault (8.900) at the West Point Open...Also posted a 8.900 on the vault in the Ohio State dual meet.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CAREER
2007: Represented the United States at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand...Recorded the highest still rings score, a 15.100, on the squad during the team competition...Qualified for the 2007 VISA Championships but did not compete...Placed 16th in the still rings, 23rd in the vault, 29th in the parallel bars, and 31st in the pommel horse in the finals at the prestigious 2007 Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev.

GYMNASTICS BACKGROUND
Competed at the club level for New England Sports Academy...Was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2002...A three-time Region 6 third-place finisher.

PERSONAL
Born in Odessa, Ukraine on September 12, 1985...Attended Sharon High School in Sharon, Mass...Son of Olga and Boris Klurman...Has one brother, Michael...Majoring in Economics.

QUOTING COACH JEPSON
"Vladi had a great summer competing for the U.S. at the World University Games. He had a terrific season last year and, with this being his last year, he wants to go out with a bang. He has been battling some injuries but, physically, he is very strong. We look for great things from him in at least four events. His pommel horse, rings, vault, and parallel bars are outstanding."

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