Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
-Sasha Artemev hitting his pommel routine. That's twice in a row at that point: and it came at a time when the USA really needed it. Major kudos to him.
-Jonathan Horton sticking every single dismount on the events he competed. That fact is pretty much amazing.
-China winning their first Olympic team gold. It all ended with Cheng Fei's floor which she hit beautifully (that floor converted me to a Cheng Fei fan). Deng Linlin's stuck double twisting yurchenko and Jiang Yuyuan's floor were also highlights for me.
-Romania hitting 12 for 12 and keeping their mark on gymnastics strong by finishing 3rd and winning the bronze medal. Steliana Nistor and Sandra Izbasa deserve major props for this feat, along with the rest of Romanian team.
-Japan finishing 5th place behind USA, China, Romania, and Russia. Kyoko Oshima's floor from team finals was absolutely spot on and has been my favourite routine performed at these games so far.
-Yang Wei finally getting his all-around Olympic gold, after missing it in Sydney and Athens.
-Kohei Uchimura recovering from falling twice on pommel horse to finish second. His floor routine was absolutely perfection.
-Beniot Caranobe getting the first AA medal for France in 80 years. He hit his routines solidly and that proved to be enough into letting him get the bronze.
-The duel between Nastia and Shawn. Nastia came out on top over Shawn: which lets hardcore gymn fans breathe a sigh of relief that artistry might come back to the sport.
-Yang Yilin. I personally still believe that she should had won, but to see her even medal was fabulous. In fact, the top group (sans Jiang Yuyuan's vault) performed without major error on all 4 events. That's really impressive.
-Krystina Palesova of CZE cheering on the other athletes after she finished her routines. You can see her on the NBC broadcast yelling for Nastia to hit her floor routine. I'm a sucker for sportsman ship like this :]
Monday, August 11, 2008
China qualified first into team finals, while counting two major falls: He Kexin on bars, and Jiang Yuyuan on vault. He Kexin fell on her Pak Salto, yet she still qualified into bar finals, but unfortunally goes first in the lineup. Jiang Yuyuan totally bombed her Amanar, but fortunally still qualified for the all-around ahead of Deng Linlin. Yang Yilin was consistant and qualified third into AA finals behind Shawn and Nastia. She also qualified first in bar finals.
USA was a mess. On top of Chellsie Memmel's ankle injury that inhibits her to bars only, Samantha Peszek also injured her ankle and could only compete bars as well. That means that the USA went 4-up, 4-count on bars, beam, and floor. Shawn was strong, the only major issue was her downgrading her rudi to a barani on floor. Nastia was strong as well, qualifying into three finals (floor, beam, and bars). Alicia Sacramone on the other hand was weak, only qualifying into vault finals, after lading totally out of bounds on her fourth pass.
Russia was undoubtebly the strongest I've seen them this quad, easily qualifying third over Romania. Anna Pavlova ended up making three event finals (vault, floor, and beam), Ksenia Semenova made bar finals, Ksenia Afanasyeva made beam finals, and Ekaterina Kramarenko made floor finals. Pavlova and Semenova also qualified in the top 6 in the all-around, and will join Nastia, Shawn, Yang Yilin, and Jiang Yuyuan in the top group.
The highlight for me however was Japan. Japan qualified into their first team finals ever in Olympic history (Japan finished eighth), and also qualified their first event finalist (Koko Tsurumi on beam) in a non-boycotted games since 1964. And as a analysis by Gymnast.com shows, the difference between Japan, France, and Brazil are really close. Gymnast.com took the three highest scores (similar to team finals) and came up with these totals for Brazil, France, and Japan.
Brazil - 176.900
France - 176.325
Japan - 176.125
BTW: Here is Koko Tsurumi's history making beam routine.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
At 11:00PM Central Time, Men's Podium Training will be broadcasted on the NBCOlympics website. Thursday at 12:30AM Central Time will be the Women's Podium Training.
Unfortunally, it's only the rotations in which the USA are participating in.
So, tonight: you can be watching these teams training in preperation for the competition that starts this weekend.
Mixed Group 2 (Alexander Shatilov, Daniel Keatings, Louis Smith, Anton Fokin, Jorge Hugo Giraldo)
Mixed Group 3 (Leszek Blanik, Claudio Capelli, Christoph Schaerer, Epke Zonderland)
Mixed Group 6 (Mohammad Serour, Vlasios Maras, Iilia Giorgadze, Nashwan Al Hazari)
And Thursday, these WAG teams will be training.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
On that note, here are some general updates from the gymnastics community.
-Chellsie Memmel has injured her ankle. She's only doing bars and beam at this moment, so the status of whether she'll do just bars in TF, or try for the AA is up in the air.
-Liudmilla Grebenkova has replaced Daria Yelizarova for the last spot on the team. No official reasons were given for the swap, but it's rumoured that Daria has the flu and will be unable to compete this weekend.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Now I got asked some reasons why I thought the way I did while making the predictions, and I'll try to answer all questions in the comments right now.
"To put Alicia Sacramone or Anna Pavlova as a medalist over Nastia Liukin? That will be the day. Nastia is the reigning world champion and consistantly receives scores in the 16's, with the highest B score of any athlete."
I'm putting both Alicia Sacramone and Anna
Pavlova over Nastia Liukin because, while Nastia is both consistant and has great execution (and will get above 16 in Beijing), her difficulty is not as high as Sacramone or Pavlova, who both have great execution as well. And in the environment at camp where Shawn, Nastia, Alicia, and Sam were overscored; Nastia, Shawn, and Alicia all tied while Alicia had the worst routine, which means her potential is greater. Nastia also won the gold medal last year when several others made mistakes. Shawn, Jade, Li Shanshan, and Ponor all made mistakes that cost gold or a medal.
"Johnson is the reigning world champion and has dominated almost every competition she has performed in in the last 2 years. Memmel's A Score is not even comparable to Johnson's!"
Well, Chellsie is pretty high herself. She's done the DTY, and has upgraded her floor to a 6.5. A member of the WWGym forum was told by a member of the WTC that if Shawn performs the Amanar the way she did at Nationals and Trials, it would not be credited. There goes .7 in A-Score. If her whip+triple doesn't get credited either (which is highly plausible), she loses another .3. So an entire point gone, even without major mistakes.
"To take Nastia Liukin out of the medals again seems very strange. She boasts the hardest ub routine in the world and has scored over a 17.
Actually, Beth Tweddle has the hardest routine in the world. Beth has a 7.8, while Nastia, He Kexin, and Yang Yilin all have 7.7. And I have to take out one of Nastia, He, and Yang; so I took out Nastia since she has major problems with her dismount.
"No Shawn in your predictions for BB and FX finals? That's just highly unlikely..."
Well, floor could happen if she has her whip+triple devalued, giving her a 6.3 A-Score, and if her Popa Half is downgraded, that makes her a 6.2. Now, Shawn has a very good chance of making finals, but so do Alicia, Chellsie, and Nastia. Two of those wont make it and I believe that Shawn might not. Beam has been her least consistant event (only hitting 50% at Worlds last year).
"In the team competition Italy eleventh? In a July competition Italy beat Brazil despite some simple programs for not risking injuries.Italy will arrive minimum 5 ° / 6 °."
Well, Italy has not been looking great recently, I think everyone can admit that. Whether or not that get 11th, that's up in the air. Brazil was also scored very harshly, and had many falls and mistakes. They also didn't have their best bar worker compete (Silva had a major rip before hand). And Italy barely beat them, by less than a point, and it was felt that Italy recieved some gifts.
"beth tweddle is plannning a 7.8 but MORE than likely, it's gonna get devalued. not to mention, her execution is crap
btw what are dos santos' upgrades?"
I wouldn't see why Beth's routine would be devaulued. The only thing I can see is if they count the Ray 1/2 as a Ray, which removes one of her top 10 skills. But it's a smartly composed routine: for example, the Ono spin before the Markelov can go past vertical up to 30 degrees without being deducted.
And Dos Santos's rumoured routine (which has been rumoured to be trained in Japan, and has also been the routine told by Dos Santos as to what she's planning on doing) is
1. Double Arabian Layout
2. Double Layout 1/1
3. Double Layout
4. Front Pike thru to a Double Pike
This gives her the 6.6, and if she does the Gogean leap, it raises to 6.7.
But, these are just predictions. It's the Olympics, anything can happen!
And BTW: thanks Katrina for the article :] And thanks for everyone else's comments.
MSN Fox Sports
ESPN Deportes [Spain/Mexico]
Channel Nine [Australia]
Plus other articles from Italy, South Korea, Poland, ect.
This story spreading like wildfire. I'm off to check to see if it's on my town's page (Abilene, TX).
Sunday, July 27, 2008
2. United States of America
10. Great Britian
China and the USA have been the two teams to watch for at these Olympics. They both have gold and silver locked up unless a disaster happens (say, Kramarenko last year). China is going in with over a point in A-Score advantage, along with the home-crowd advantage. Amazing stuff happens in your homecrowd, just like the USA team in Atlanta 1996. I'm giving them the favour over the USA right now.
Third and fourth place are going to be fought between Russia and Romania. Romania's been weakening ever since the addition of the new code-of-points. In 2006, they placed fourth as a team and last year they placed third after Russia took themselves completely out of the running. Also, Steliana Nistor, one of Romania's key gymnasts, was wearing a back-brace as she warmed up beam at the Meditteranean Cup a few weeks ago. Romania is known for pulling amazing competitions out of thin air, but I don't think it'll be enough for a medal this time.
Brazil's team has been looking stronger and stronger since their explosion onto the gymnastics scene in 2001. They placed fifth last year in Stuttgart, and key members like Daiane Dos Santos and Lais Souza have recovered from their injuries last year. Along with other members: Daniele Hypolito, Ana Claudia Silva, Jade Barbosa, and Ethiene Franco, the team has been upgrading so much (and staying consistant) with a few more upgrades planned for Beijing.
France looked strong at the 2008 European Championships, grabbing the bronze medal in the team event. Ukraine has always been a very strong team, but their inconsistancy has kept them from medaling (Ukraine was the third placed team after qualifications in 2006). They're collective goal these Olympics is too make the team finals again after being short last year in Stuttgart.
And Japan (this is where a slight bias comes in :] ). Japan has also been looking strong all year, with all-around high scores on beam and floor. They don't have standouts on very many events A-Score wise (with the exception of Koko Tsurumi on beam and Mayu Kuroda on bars), but their overall level has improved greatly since last years worlds.
All - Around
1. Yang Yilin
2. Chellsie Memmel
3. Jiang Yuyuan
Both the Chinese gymnasts have been looking great all this year. Jiang Yuyuan (as of now) has the highest A-Score total of any gymnast, but she has the pressure of being "the all-arounder" for China, and she's inconsistant on beam. Yang Yilin doesn't have the pressure of being "the all-arounder" but China knows she's their best chance for an AA medal. When China announces their teams, they announce in order of importance, and in this announcement, Yang Yilin was second after Cheng Fei.
Chellsie Memmel is like Yang Yilin in the sense that they both don't have as much pressure as their teammates. Chellsie is liked and scored well by internation judges, and adding in a few of Shawn's skills that don't look like they will be credited in Beijing (the Amanar vault and the Whip+Triple as the main concerns) and Nastia's inconsistancy on bars and floor, having Chellsie, who's consistant and has intelligant upgrades, it isn't that far of a chance to be able to compete in the final. And with her consistancy, a medal is likely for her. The only thing that may stop this chance is if Marta Karolyi doesn't put Chellsie up on vault in prelims.
1. Hong Su Jong
2. Cheng Fei
3. Hong Un Jong
4. Alicia Sacramone
5. Oksana Chusovitina
6. Jade Barbosa
7. Carlotta Giovannini
8. Ariella Kaeslin
Rumours of Cheng Fei have not looked pretty for her. She's been growing and it's reported that she's not getting as high as usual on all her skills. This might take away the gold from her. Hong Su Jong got silver last year at Worlds (with some, including myself, thinking she was robbed of gold). Hong Un Jong, Su Jong's twin and teammate placed fourth last year with a watered-down vault (DTY instead of an Amanar).
1. He Kexin
2. Beth Tweddle
3. Yang Yilin
4. Nastia Liukin
5. Ksenia Semenova
6. Marie-Sophie Hindermann
7. Chellsie Memmel
8. Steliana Nistor
He Kexin has hit every single bar routine this year. And with some of the best form and one of the highest difficulty routines, the gold is practically hers. Beth Tweddle has the highest difficulty right now (7.8), but that won't stop Kexin from overtaking her. Yang Yilin also has 7.7 and her execution is better than Nastia's, which leaves her with bronze.
1. Li Shanshan
2. Anna Pavlova
3. Alicia Sacramone
4. Nastia Liukin
5. Sandra Izbasa
6. Irina Krasnianska
7. Koko Tsurumi
8. Steliana Nistor
Li Shanshan's hit rate on beam skyrocketed after she took out the Y-Turn. She's hit every routine since changing her turn. And with (possibly) the highest A-Score on beam, she's unstoppable. Anna Pavlova also have the capabilities of a high A-Score, and like Li Shanshan, she's consistant and has nice form. Alicia Sacramone has upped her game here, wanting to make and medal on beam as one of her goals. She scored the same as both Shawn and Nastia (who both had very nice routines) with one with some balance-checks at the recent camp.
1. Daiane Dos Santos
2. Sandra Izbasa
3. Chellsie Memmel
4. Dasha Joura
5. Alicia Sacramone
6. Jiang Yuyuan
7. Beth Tweddle
8. Jade Barbosa
Daiane dos Santos will likely have the most difficulty in Beijing. With a 6.7 A-Score in her grasp, and Sandra Izbasa's recent downgrading back to her 6.5 routine, a hit routine from Dos Santos could likely mean gold. Sandra Izbasa's clean landings and high difficulty will gain her the bronze, and Chellsie Memmel's recent upgraded 6.5 routine will get her the bronze, but not silver because of Chellsie's slight form issues.
And there they are! My predicitions for Beijing. We only have 12 days until the Olympics! (counting from Monday, July 28th).
Friday, July 25, 2008
Allow this video to amaze you. Sean Golden falls on a back tuck, and Steliana refuses. And then, here is another video. Liudmilla Yezhova Grebenkova, the new hottest club celebrity in Russia!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I wonder how a 100$ lollypop would taste?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Maria Teresa Gargano
Peng Peng Lee
The reason that neither Boginskaya nor Strazheva were included was summed up best by mrparke007 at WWGym.
"The problem is that Boginskaya, Strazheva, and Laschenova all received the same modern dance training. I wouldn't call them each unique. They are expressive and precise dancers, but they are not unique."
I hope you enjoyed these videos. If there is another gymnast that just screams UNIQUE to you, post it in a comment! I'd love reading others opinions on these and other original floor workers.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Sam Peszek, Alicia Sacramone, Bridget Sloan
Cheng Fei, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin, Li Shanshan, Deng Linlin
Sandra Izbasa, Steliana Nistor, Andrea Acatrinei, Anamaria Tamarjan, Andrea Grigore, Gabriela Dragoi
Ksenia Semenova, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Anna Pavlova, Daria Elizarova, Svetlana Klyukina, Ekaterina Kramerenko
Vanessa Ferrari, Monica Bergamelli, Carlotta Giovannini, Sara Bradaschia, Lia Parolari, Francesca Benolli
Beth Tweddle, Beckie Downie, Becky Wing, Hannah Whelan, Marissa King, Imogen Cairns
Pauline Morel, Marine Petit, Laëtitia Dugain, Cassy Véricel, Marine Debauve, Katheleen Lindor
Daiane Dos Santos, Jade Barbosa, Daniele Hypolito, Ana Claudia Silva, Lais Souza, Ethiene Franco
Alina Kozich, Valentina Holenkova, Daria Zgoba, Irina Krasnyanska, Marina Proskurina, Anastasia Koval
Oksana Chusovitina, Joeline Mobius, Daria Bijak, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Anja Brinker, Katja Abel
Daria Joura, Shona Morgan, Lauren Mitchell, Ashleigh Brennan, Georgia Bonora, Olivia Vivian
Kyoko Oshima, Mayu Kuroda, Miki Uemura, Koko Tsurumi, Yuu Minobe, Yuko Shintake
Hong Su Jong, Hong Un Jong
Nansy Damianova, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs
Lenika De Simone, Laura Campos
Stefani Bismpikou [Greece]
Nastassia Marachkouiskaya [Belarus]
Adela Sajn [Slovenia]
Dorina Boczogo [Hungary]
Natalia Sanchez [Colombia]
Marisela Cantu [Mexico]
Hyun Joo Jop [South Korea]
Marta Pihan [Poland]
Gaelle Mys [Belgium]
Tina Erceg [Croatia]
Luisa Galiulina [Uzbekistan]
Jessica Lopez [Venuzuela]
Nikolina Tankoucheva [Bulgaria]
Ivana Kovacova [Slovakia]
Sherine El Zeiny [Egypt]
Jelena Zanevskaja [Lithuania]
Do Thi Ngan [Vietnam]
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Congratulations to these gymnasts and all who made this selection camp!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Shawn Johnson - 63.60
Nastia Liukin - 62.65
Bridget Sloan - 61.40
Samantha Peszek - 60.80
Ivana Hong - 60.60
Corrie Lothrop - 60.20
Jana Bieger - 60.10
Chelsea Davis - 59.90
Mattier Larson - 59.70
Alicia Sacramone - 47.45
Chellsie Memmel - 15.90
Shawn Johnson - 15.800
Mattie Larson - 15.400
Bridget Sloan - 15.300
Alicia Sacramone - 15.300
Samantha Peszek - 15.300
Chelsea Davis - 15.150
Nastia Liukin - 15.150
Corrie Lothrop - 15.100
Jana Bieger - 15.100
Ivana Hong - 15.000
Chellsie Memmel - scratched
Shawn Johnson - 15.950
Alicia Sacramone - 15.950
Bridget Sloan - 15.300
Samantha Peszek - 15.200
Corrie Lothrop - 15.100
Ivana Hong - 15.000
Chelsea Davis - 14.950
Jana Bieger - 14.800
Nastia Liukin - 14.700
Mattie Larson - 14.600
Chellsie Memmel - scratched
Nastia Liukin - 16.600
Shawn Johnson - 15.650
Ivana Hong - 15.300
Bridget Sloan - 15.200
Chelsea Davis - 15.200
Samantha Peszek - 14.800
Jana Bieger - 14.800
Corrie Lothrop - 14.700
Mattie Larson - 14.700
Chellsie Memmel - scratched
Alicia Sacramone - scratched
Nastia Liukin - 16.200
Alicia Sacramone - 16.200
Shawn Johnson - 16.200
Chellsie Memmel - 15.900
Bridget Sloan - 15.600
Samantha Peszek - 15.500
Jana Bieger - 15.400
Corrie Lothrop - 15.300
Ivana Hong - 15.300
Mattie Larson - 15.000
Chelsea Davis - 14.600
Chellsie Memmel dropped out of her floor routine after bouncing out of her double layout. Shortly after, her back, neck, and shoulders were being rubbed by Bela Karolyi, and Bela has said she'll be alright. She warmed up a Yurchenko 1/1 on vault, but didn't compete, and then put her grips on for bars, but didn't compete there yet again. She did decide, however, to compete on the balance beam, so it looks like scratching the earlier events was just a procaution.
*Thanks to those who gave me the few extra scores that were missing!
1:20pm: Shayla Worley is not competing. She has a problem with her "right lower leg." She did warm up on beam. (Worley missed Nationals and only competed three events at the Olympic Trials this year due to a back injury.) Martha Karolyi had said last month that Worley needed to show readiness at this camp.
1:26pm: Shayla Worley just left the gym on crutches and her right leg is in a black protective boot. She was followed by her coach and doctor, as well as USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny. She's visibly upset and in tears. Worley was second in the all-around at last year's nationals and was on the gold medal winning world championships team. She competed on the uneven bars during the team final at last year's worlds. When healthy, her bars are an asset to the U.S. team.
1:30pm: Worley's leg has been bothering her, and while warming up on beam she said she heard something pop. They're taking her to a hospital for x-rays.
3:38pm: The official word is that Shayla Worley has an acute fracture of her right fibula (the smaller bone in the lower leg).
To follow more quick hits of the competition, go here;
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The format of the camp is as follows
-Yesterday and Today were training days.
-Tomorrow is an All Around competition
-Saturday, Marta will choose two events that she wants the gymnasts to perform on.
-The USA team will be announced between 7PM and 8PM central time on Saturday.
-The Team will fly to be on the Today Show on Sunday Morning for the "official" announcement.
- Make sure you watch for updates on the NBCOlympics webpage. They will be posting videos of the competitions Friday and Saturday.
And here are the gymnast updates;
-Samantha Peszek looked jittery at the beginning of practice, so bad it looked like she was coming down from a peak. She started getting into her own groove come the end of practice.
-Jana Bieger looks like normal, nothing standing out about her.
-Ivana Hong might have a knee injury. It's been reported that after dismounting from beam, she fell to the ground grabbing her knee.
-Shayla Worley is looking good again, she might indeed be the sixth member on the Olympic Team.
I'll post more whenever I find out more important information.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Memmel has added a tumbling pass (a tucked double Arabian) to her floor routine and has improved her vault to a double Yurchenko, which adds needed difficulty to her routine.
Going off of A-Score at the last day of Olympic Trials, these upgrades raise her A-Score all-around total to 26.1 (She has 5.8, 7.0, 6.9, 6.4 now) Now, the shocking part. Nastia Liukin's A-Score total which is only 26.00 (5.5, 7.7, 6.6, 6.2). And it's been a realistic possibility that Chellsie could beat Nastia, as exhibited at the last day of Olympic Trials when Chellsie placed second over Nastia for that day. These upgrades now confirmed for Chellsie will further aid her in creating Shawn Johnson and Chellsie Memmel the all-arounders for the USA.
Other upgrades I've heard about for both Nastia and Chellsie
-Nastia wanting to upgrade beam from 6.6 to 6.8 (creating a piked version of the "Nistor", the tucked front aerial to arabesque/scale)
-Chellsie wanting to upgrade bars to 7.2
-Nastia might having a DTY (she's been working on it, and has done it one camp (before Nationals and Trials) where she crashed it and hasn't tried it at competition since.
-Chellsie connecting the Front Aerial to Side Somi on beam to get a 7.1 A-Score.
Now Beijing (if we didn't know already) will be very interesting :]
1st Alternate : Xiao Sha
2nd Alternate : He Ning
3rd Alternate : Sui Lu
I feel Deng Linlin is a great choice (I still want Xiao Sha, but thats just me), Deng Linlin could help on beam, vault, and possibly floor if neccesary. This team will be the team to beat in Beijing.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Now, her B-Score isn't the only thing that was underscored, so was her A-Score. Here is the breakdown of what she attempted here.
Double Arabian Layout (G)
Full-In Tuck (E)
Double L Turn (C)
Switch Leap (B) + Switch Side Half (C)
Double Layout (F)
Double L Leap (C)
Switch Half (C)
Front Pike (A) thru to a Double Pike (D)
B - .2
CCCCC - 1.7
D - 2.1
E - 2.6
F - 3.2
G - 3.9
Requirements - 2.5
Total A-Score : 6.4
Now, I can see devauluing the double L turn, giving her a 6.3, but to have a 6.1 the judges must have devaulued two other skills a letter.
And on to some good news for Daiane, after her performance at the Brazillian Nationals this year, she said that the only pass she was planning on keeping was the Double Arabian Layout. Then, she had a whip+double tuck as a third pass that's now a double layout, and she added the front stepout to her double pike. But that full-in is still there! Since she's most likely changing that for Beijing, what seems the most realistic pass for this pattern would be a full-in double layout. That would raise her to a 6.6, which puts her into serious medal contention with Cheng Fei (6.5), Shawn Johnson (6.6), and Sandra Izbasa (6.7).
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Also missing from the cut is Anna Myzdrikova. This youngster shocked the gymnastics community at the 2008 Pacific Rim competition with her first tumble: roundoff, backhandspring, triple twist, punch back tuck. Finishing first on vault and third on floor at that competition, most of the gymnastics community viewed her as a lock if Zamolodchikova couldn't compete. Now, neither of them will make the Olympic team.
Another surprise was the highest score in the all-around finals. Not Semenova's uneven bars, but Liudmilla Grebenkova's balance beam. She scored a 16.200 to obtain the highest score of the night. Grebenkova placed second in event finals to Anna Pavlova by posting another high score of 16.000.
Friday, July 4, 2008
- Kristina Vaculik has injured her elbow, causing her to drop from the first alternate position for the Canadian team. Alyssa Brown has replaced her as first alternate. Nansy Damianova and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs are the two competiting members on the Canadian team.
- The 2008 Russian Cup is going on right now. Ksenia Afanasyeva is in the all-around lead after prelims with a 60.800, and Ksenia Semenova is right behind her with a 60.750. Both counted one fall, Afanasyeva on floor and Semenova on beam. Prospects for the Olympics are pretty high for these two. Svetlana Klyukina is in a surpising third (and when I say surpising, I mean a good surpise; I love Klyukina's gymnastics) ahead of Anna Pavlova. Dissapointing results for Yulia Lozhecko and Yelena Zamolodchikova. Lozhecko is in 12th after prelims, and Zamo is 13th.
- The Mediterraneo Gym Cup starts tomorrow, July 5th. At this meet are three full teams, Romania, Italy, and Brazil. Participating are all the big names from these countries: Sandra Izbasa, Steliana Nistor, Vanessa Ferrari, Jade Barbosa, and Daiane Dos Santos. You can find more information here, at the official site. http://www.mediterraneogymcup.it/homepage.aspx
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
"The way [Chellsie Memmel] holds her hands and wrists should be a deduction."
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Of the teams that have been announced, the ones I got right are highlighted in blue, the wrong ones are in red. The corrections are made a line below in italics and in green.
Nastia Liukin; Shawn Johnson; Alicia Sacramone; Shayla Worley; Jana Bieger; Chellsie Memmel
Cheng Fei; Jiang Yuyuan; Yang Yilin; He Kexin; Xiao Sha; Sui Lu
Yelena Zamolodchikova; Anna Pavlova; Yulia Lozhecko; Liudmilla Grebenkova; Ksenia Semenova; Anna Myzdrikova
Steliana Nistor, Sandra Izbasa, Gabreila Dragoi, Anamaria Tamarjan, Cerasela Patrascu, Daniela Druncea
Alina Kozich, Irina Krasnianska, Olga Sherbatykh, Dariya Zgoba, Anastasia Koval, Valentina Holenkova
Francesca Bennolli, Carlotta Giovannini, ?????, Vanessa Ferrari, Lia Parolari, Monica Bergamelli
Marine Petit, Cassy Vericel, Pauline Morel, Laetitia Dugain, Kathleen Lindor, ?????
Koko Tsurumi, Miki Uemura, Kyoko Oshima, Keiko Mukumoto, He Xuemei, Mayu Kuroda
Yuko Shintake, Yu Minobe
Daria Joura, Ashleigh Brennon, Lauren Mitchell, Shona Morgan, Olivia Vivian, Chloe Sims
Oksana Chusovitina, Kim Bui, Joeline Mobius, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Katja Abel, Jenny Brunner
Anja Brinker, Daria Bijak
Ana Claudia Silva, Daiane Dos Santos, Jade Barbosa, Daniele Hypolito, Lais Souza, Khiuani Dias
Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie, Hannah Clowes, Marissa King, Imogen Cairns, Laura Jones
Hong Su Jong, Hong Un Jong
Nansy Damianova, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs
Lenika De Simone, Patricia Moreno
Patricia Moreno has retired since I made these predictions, however the Spanish team has not been announced.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
And it was an awesome experience.
I learned a total of 25 new dives with the help of Matt Scoggin and other head coaches from universities around the country. The main dives I learned were
- Forward 2 1/2 Tuck [1 Meter Springboard]
- Forward 2 1/2 Pike [3 Meter Springboard]
- Inward 1 1/2 Tuck [1 Meter Springboard]
- Back 1 1/2 with 1/2 twist [3 Meter Springboard]
- Forward Dive Pike [7 1/2 Meter Platform]
And I'm partially broken too. =] I jarred my back on an inward 1 1/2 from the 3 meter, cut my eyelid open in the lockerroom, and have giant bruises on my arms from my 2 1/2s on the 1 meter.
I got to meet Troy Dumais and Aaron Peirsol, along with other swimmers going to the Olympic Trials next week, and an olympic swimmer for Taiwan.
I missed day 2 of the Olympic Trials, but caught all the news and he announcement of the Olympic Trials later that week and today. Next major news I'll post here and I'll start back to normal. =D
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And a very important week in US Gymnastics.
The week after trials!
I'm going to The University of Texas Diving Camp
coached by one of the top US Diving coaches right now: Matt Scogin.
But yeah, so from next Sunday (22nd) through till Friday (27th)
I'lll be in Austin.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
JPN: Kyoko Oshima, Koko Tsurumi, Miki Uemura, Mayu Kuroda, Yu Minobe, Yuko Shintake
GER: Oksana Chusovitina, Marie Sophie Hindermann, Daria Bijak, Anja Brinker, Katja Abel, Jolene Mobius
FRA: Marine Petit, Pauline Morel, Laëtitia Dugain, Cassy Véricel, Marine Debauve, Katheleen Lindor
PRK: Hong Su Jong, Hong Un Jong
CAN: Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Nansy Damianova
Friday, June 13, 2008
1. Jade Barbosa – 60.367
2. Daniele Hypolito - 59.233
3. Ana Cláudia Silva – 58.133
1. Jade Barbosa – 14.917
2. Joselane Santos – 14.133
3. Letícia da Costa – 13.833
1. Jade Barbosa – 14.833
2. Milena Miranda – 14.800
3. Bruna Leal – 14.467
1. Daniele Hypolito – 15.700
2. Jade Barbosa - 14.867
3. Laís Souza – 14.733
1. Jade Barbosa – 15.300
2. Ana Cláudia Silva – 14.900
2. Daniele Hypolito – 14.900
4. Daiane dos Santos – 14.667
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
And, if you didn't know, it's of one of my favourite gymnasts right now;
And to celebrate, lets watch one of her best performances ever: 2007 PanAms Team Final Floor. [score: 15.325]
Monday, June 9, 2008
a floor routine from Sandra Raluca Izbasa
She changed her first pass, I suggest you pay close attention.
Her first pass is a back-layout 1 1/2 twist immediate front-layout double twist.
She follows that up with a tucked full-in, then a back-layout 2 1/2 twist immediate front-layout full. Her fourth pass is a back-layout double twist and she wraps up with a back-layout triple twist.
Saying she got credited with everything here, her A-Score comes out to 6.5.
Why'd she upgrade then? Her Euros routine had a 6.5.
Well, here's why.
The back-layout double twist, she will not do that in Beijing.
Rumors have flown about the possibility of a 6.7 and a 6.8 routine.
She can have a 6.7 routine if she changes the tucked full-in to piked and adds a tucked full-in as a fourth pass.
She could get a 6.9 with this routine.
Roundoff, Whip, Piked Full-In [A+E] (.2 bonus)
Roundoff, Back-Layout 1 1/2 + Front Double Twist [C+D] (.2 bonus)
Triple Spin [C]
Roundoff, BHS, Back-Layout 2 1/2 + Front Layout Full [D+C] (.2 bonus)
Roundoff, BHS, Tucked Full-In [E]
Switch Split 1/1 [C] + Switch Split 1/2 [C]
Roundoff, BHS, Back-Layout Triple Twist [E]
A[CCCCCDDEEE] (.6 bonus)
Even if she doesn't upgrade to the routine I've just posted, a 6.7 in Beijing will be huge, and most likely the highest A-Score on floor there.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
- Shawn Johnson
- Nastia Liukin
- Alicia Sacramone
- Samantha Peszek
- Jana Bieger
- Ivana Hong
- Mackenzie Caquatto
- Corrie Lothrop
- Randy Stageberg
- Britney Ranzy
- Chellsie Memmel
- Alaina Johnson
- Shayla Worley
- Chelsea Davis
- Darling Hill
- Bridget Sloan
- Mattie Larson
- Olivia Courtney
- Amber Trani
Congratulations to all of these gymnasts for their hard work and determination!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Shawn Johnson's Vault: Amanar: Score-16.000
Nastia Liukin is second in the all around, starting off with a bad performance on the floor exercise (falling out of bounds on her double front), then regaining her composure on vault with a stuck 1.5 yurchenko. She had the highest score of the night, a 17.050 on the uneven bars. She also had the highest score on beam, with a 16.100. The judges were very generous with her scores also.
Nastia Liukin's Bars: 7.7 A-Score: 17.050
The greatest thing thats happened so far in these Nationals? Chellsie Memmel. She is third in the standings after prelims, with the second best score on both beam (16.050) and the second highest on bars (16.000). She dumped her "I Love Rock n'Roll" routine and returned to her 2005-2006 one, in which she added a piked double arabian. She only vaulted a full twisting yurchenko, which kept her from placing above Nastia or Shawn, but still, Chellsie's became another lock for the Olympic team.
Most of everyone else did not perform their best. Alicia Sacramone was a little off on her beam and floor routine, she didn't even finish her double pike finish on floor before the music ended. Samantha Peszek was fourth after prelims, with no highlights on any events. Jana Bieger is currently fifth, which is great after being lowballed by the judges on all her events. Jana currently has a double layout with a full twist and a double layout in her routine now.
Randy Stageberg was also lowballed, getting only a 14.700 on her double twisting yurchneko. Her teammate, Britney Ranzy, however, is making a splash with her double twisting yurchenko, placing third on vault so far with a 15.050. She is also vaulting a Podkopayeva as her second vault.
Here are a few links to watch more videos:
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Okay, so podium training started yesterday and has continued through to today. Here are some information and rumours coming through about the girls so far.
Tuesday: June 3 Training
- Ashley Priess hasn't been seen at Podium Training, and her name has been taken off the official start list for the event. =[
- Bridget Sloan is looking really good on bars. She has apparently fixed her foot form problem, has great handstands, and has a full twisting double layout dismount.
- Shayla Worley has been rumoured with a back injury and it's not official whether she'll be competing her not, but she has still praticed at training, her beam looks great and she was doing individual skills on bars: no tumbling so far.
- Nastia's vaults have gotten better, and her beam and bar sets look solid.
- Shawn Johnson's new music apparently isn't a Mozart/Beethoven piece, but one that sounds more "hollywood." She did the Amanar twice and looked solid on the other events
- Ivana Hong's DTY (double twisting yurchenko) looks great, and she also has a double front on floor.
- Chellsie's working on a 7.2 bar set. She has brought back her Dos Santos on floor and has returned to her 2005-2006 routine.
- Sam Peszek's vaults looked iffy and troubled. She had a great double double on floor but had trouble with her 5/2 + Layout Full pass.
Wednesday: June 4 Training
- Shawn Johnson looks strong. Struggled on her switch leap, layout stepout, back pike pass on beam. Just did skills on bars.
- Alicia Sacramone has the same routine as she has had for the last two years, same tumbling and everything. She just did timers on vault.
- Chellsie Memmel is looking like a lock for the team. She did her 2006 routine, only with better form. She's hitting everything on all events. She has a Yurchenko 1.5.
- Shayla Worley looked miserable, not hitting any of her events. She doesn't look like she'll be on the team now.
- Ivana Hong's DTY's still look great. She is having problems with the double front on floor. She also is missing her connections on beam.
- Samantha Peszek is looked ragged. She upgraded floor (3/2 through to a Double Pike), but is inconsistant.
- Amber Trani has her DTY back, very Nistor like.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here is what happened;;
- Sui Lu bombed floor. She bailed out of her whip + triple, then fell on a 2.5 + tuck full.
- Dasha Joura did okay. She was obviously tired from Australian Nationals and didn't have much endurance for the competition.
- Nobody saw Jade Barbosa's floor routine. She made finals, but didn't medal: she was supposed to debut a 6.5 floor routine here. She was also supposed to debut her Cheng vault, but didn't.
- Deng Linlin won beam and floor. Her and Sui Lu have been switched in just about every single Chinese Olympic prediction now. I'm still hoping Xiao Sha can make it to Beijing.
- Pang Panpan also competed here, but just on bars. She messed up on an Ono-Half in finals, falling to second place behind Semenova.
Now, to Barcelona. He Kexin, Li Shanshan, and Xiao Sha were scheduled to compete, but He Kexin and Xiao Sha dropped out. Gaelle Mys is also scheduled to compete. The competition begins on June 6.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
And yeah, I'm still shaking =]
Here is what I can remember.
1) Ashley Stott
2) Corrie Lothrop
3) Randy Stageberg
4) Mackenzie Caquatto
VT (one vault) (all DTYs)
1) Mackenzie Caquatto
2) Corrie Lothrop
3) Britney Ranzy
1) Corrie Lothrop (14.7)
1) Christa Tanella (14.7)
3) Mackenzie Caquatto
1) Ashley Stott
2) Sarah Persinger
3) Christa Tanella
1) Randy Stageberg (15.3)
2) Corrie Lothrop
3) Ashley Stott
I filmed; [I'll post them on Sunday, since I'm on a hotel computer right now]
Randy Stageberg VT
Randy Stageberg UB
Randy Stageberg BB
Randy Stageberg FX
Christa Tanella FX
Amber Trani FX
Amber Trani VT
Britney Ranzy FX
Mackenzie Caquatto FX
Randi Stageberg was good. She did a nice DTY (got fourth in vault) and a fantastic floor. She did a Dos Santos, Full-In Pike, Double Twist, 5/2 + Layout, and Double Pike. She easily won floor. Bad stuff, she fell twice on beam, on her full twist w/ leg @ hor. and her side somi. I got to meet her after the meet, I was soo happy =D
Amber Trani was a letdown =[ She fell on her double pike on floor and only did a Yurchenko layout on vault.
I'm now a Corrie Lothrop fan. Her floor was fantastic. She fell hard on an Aerial Roundoff + Backhandspring Stepout + Backlayout sequence and missed the beam completely on her back layout.
Ashley Stott was a surprise. She has a DTY and a VERY nice floor. So much personality, reminds me of Joura. Marta was giving her a serious talk after she won the AA. =]
Caquatto fell on her 5/2 dismount on beam. Her head almost hit the end, it was scary.
Britney Ranzy was also a surprise. She had a HUGE double layout on floor, and a very nice DTY.
Carly Patterson was there, she was signing autographs and giving pictures (which I got both of). The "World Debut" of her music video happened also. It wasn't bad. =]
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
It's Kyoko Oshima's new floor routine at the Tianjin World Cup this morning.
It's A-Score is 5.9
And it can be 6.1 with a few upgrades.
And she's already scored in the 15's with this routine (Highest being 15.1 at JPN Trials).
It seems to me that she might be on a path to the Beijing Floor Finasl!
BTW : If you didn't know, I absolutely LOVE this routine ;)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Here is the roster for the US Classic.
Caquatto, Mackenzie Sr.
Davis, Chelsea Sr.
Lothrop, Corrie Sr.
Mohr, Katelyn Sr.
Stott, Ashley Sr.
Tanella, Christa Sr.
Atkinson, Caitlin Jr.
Bagby, Kathryn Jr.
Baker, Kennedy Jr.
Canizaro, Stephani Jr.
Caquatto, Bridgette Jr.
Carroll, Alexis Jr.
Casanova, Briley Jr.
Clark, Kaitlyn Jr.
DeJesus, Sophina Jr.
Lau, Randi Jr.
Lee, Sophia Jr.
Maxwell, Dare Jr.
More, Kamerin Jr.
Nguyen, Catherine Jr.
Parker, Brooke Jr.
Peko, Asi Jr.
Smith, Morgan Jr.
Wieber, Jordyn Jr.
Wofford, McKenzie Jr.
And here is the roster for the Men's Nationals.
Abdullah-Simmons, Taqiy Sr.
Alvarez, Guillermo Sr.
Artemev, Alexander Sr.
Bhavsar, Raj Sr.
Bilozertchev, Alexy Sr.
Block, Tyler Sr.
Brady, Kyle Sr.
Brooks, Chris Sr.
Bunthuwon, Kyson Sr.
Cantrambone, Joe Sr.
Christ, Colin Sr.
Corrigan, Geoffrey Sr.
Dixon, Josh Sr.
Durante, David Sr.
Elkind, Andrew Sr.
Gentry, Tim Sr.
Golden, Sean Sr.
Haagensen, Wesley Sr.
Hadden, Bryant Sr.
Hagerty, Joseph Sr.
Hamm, Morgan Sr.
Hamm, Paul Sr.
Henderson, Jamie Sr.
Henderson, David Sr.
Horton, Jonathan Sr.
Laury, Justin Sr.
Lee, Jake Sr.
Legendre, Steve Sr.
Leyva, Danell Sr.
Lieberman, Ryan Sr.
McNeil, Tim Sr.
Mesa, Edward Sr.
Mizoguchi, Tyler Sr.
Nakamori, Sho Sr.
Ruggeri, Paul Sr.
Sender, David Sr.
Spring, Justin Sr.
Stine, Greg Sr.
Strother, Clay Sr.
Tan, Kevin Sr.
Thornton, Todd Sr.
Tomita, Yewki Sr.
Townsend, Sean Sr.
Wilson, Blaine Sr.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Jiang's combined scores in the all around were: VT - 16.100 | UB - 16.150 | BB - 15.750 | FX - 15.600. Jiang won the all around over Yang Yilin, after Yang qualified first in qualifications. She lost the title when she fell off during her new uneven bar routine, valued with a 7.7 A-Score.
The biggest surpise of these Nationals were that of Sui Lu. Her A-Scores of a 6.4 on floor and 7.1 on beam showed through tremendously, as she won event finals on balance beam and tied with Cheng Fei on floor for first.
This "upset" as it may be called rattled things up, displacing other favourites such as Li Shanshan and Xiao Sha for what might be the last spot on the Olympic team.
"I'm proud of myself to attend the Olympics again and I'm very happy...We'll unite and our goal is to proceed to the team final."
The 2008 Olympic Teams are as followed;
Mens : Hiroyuki Tomita, Kohei Uchimura, Koki Sakamoto, Takehiro Kashima, Makoto Okiguchi, Takuyo Nakase.
Womens : Kyoko Oshima, Miki Uemura, Yu Minobe, Koko Tsurumi, Yuko Shintake, Mayu Kuroda
Favourites for the teams that did not make it include
Overall, the mens team has the capabilities for the silver medal again, just like at Worlds last year. The women's team might be able to fight for a spot in team finals, as their balance beam and floor scores have significanlty sky-rocketed.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
1) Kyoko Oshima [59.250]
VT - 14.400 | UB - 14.700 | BB - 15.050 | FX - 15.100
2) Miki Uemura [59.100]
VT - 15.550 | UB - 14.800 | BB - 15.100 | FX - 14.650
3) Yuko Shintake [58.500]
VT - 14.400 | UB - 14.600 | BB - 15.400 | FX - 14.100
4) Koko Tsurumi [57.500]
VT - 13.900 | UB - 14.550 | BB - 14.550 | FX - 14.500
5) Yu Minobe [57.400]
VT - 13.550 | UB - 14.500 | BB - 14.700 | FX - 14.650
6) Mayu Kuroda [56.850]
VT - 13.000 | UB - 15.600 | BB - 15.400 | FX - 12.850
7) Momoko Ozawa [56.700]
VT - 15.000 | UB - 12.900 | BB - 14.750 | FX - 14.050
8) Manami Ishizaka [56.000]
VT - 13.800 | UB - 14.050 | BB - 14.200 | FX - 13.950
9) He Xuemei [55.100]
VT - 13.550 | UB - 14.200 | BB - 13.350 | FX - 14.000
10) Rie Tanaka [54.500]
VT - 13.800 | UB - 13.550 | BB - 13.450 | FX - 13.700
Overall results from trials are;
1) Kyoko Oshima
2) Miki Uemura
3) Yu Minobe
4) Koko Tsurumi
5) Yuko Shintake
6) Mayu Kuroda
7) Momoko Ozawa
8) Rie Tanaka
10) He Xuemei
12) Manami Ishizaka
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I'm so excited!
But I don't have any clue that most of the competitors there will be.
I've heard Ashley Priess will be there.
And from my own observations: Randi Stageberg.
But who else?
Please tell me if you have heard anything!*right down there, with comments*
The first is a competition montage of the 2008 Europeans (my first competition montage ever!) The song doesn't have a name, its just the Rolex Commercial song.
And the other is a new floor montage. The song is "I Can't Decide" by The Scissor Sisters.
Oh, the song is not censored. =]
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
made her 2008 debut, first competition after surgery
with the same routine she performed at Worlds last year.
A watered down routine with no double arabian.
So yeah, I'm kinda sad
I'm still hoping she is up to full strength by Beijing.
There are rumours going around saying she'll have the Chusovitina and a Whip + Double Layout by the Olympics (omg, Maloney #2)
I just hope she gets the gold.
Oh, and the last rumour?
That she is training the Produnova vault.
Monday, April 14, 2008
At the recent Cottbus World Cup.
Her score on uneven bars
Is the highest score I've ever seen in gymnastics.
If you don't know.
She scored a fabulous;;
*and sorry this was late, my computer is acting strange :D