Sept. 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Former Gopher men's gymnast Guillermo Alvarez has been named head coach of the Icelandic National Team for next week's 2013 World Championships, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium. Two Icelandic gymnastics will take part in the championships, Olafur Gardar Gunnarsson and Jon Gunnarsson.
The 2013 World Championships is an individual event championship. The men's qualification round is Monday and Tuesday with the men's all-around finals to follow on Thursday. The men's event finals are Saturday, Oct. 5 (floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings) and Sunday, Oct. 6 (vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars).
Alvarez was a member of the Golden Gopher men's gymnastics team from 2002-05. The 2005 recipient of the Nissen-Emery Award, Alvarez was an All-American and an All-Big Ten honoree in each of his four years with the Gophers. He served as a co-captain during the 2005 season. Alvarez was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team and was a four-time College Gymnastics Association Academic Scholar All-America honoree.
In 2005, Alvarez earned All-American honors in the all-around as well as on the pommel horse and vault. He was the 2005 Big Ten champion on the vault and took third in the all-around.
As a junior in 2004, Alvarez finished in a tie for fifth in the all-around (54.675) at the team finals of the NCAA championships. He earned three All-America honors on all-around, floor exercise and pommel horse.
The 2003 season saw Alvarez earn his second-straight All-Big Ten honor as an all-around performer, and he ended the season ranked fifth in the nation in the all-around. In 2002, Alvarez was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and placed third on floor exercise in the individual finals at the NCAA championships.
A native of Denver, Colo., Alvarez graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with his bachelor's degree in psychology. Following his Gopher career, Alvarez was a member of the 2006 and 2007 U.S. World Championship teams. In 2008, he just missed qualifying for the Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the all-around and third on pommel horse.
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