Now that baseball is dead and buried thanks to a murderer with a hatchet and a cheater and people with no integrity I now get to focus on gymnastics:) Aren’t you lucky.
Interesting tibits from Podium training.
Best news yet is Anna Li did not train. I hope she is named alternate. I can’t stand Gabby but one event gymnasts make me boil. Anna Li seems like a nice kid and she is probably someone I would like in real life but she is a ONE EVENT GYMNAST and they have no place on a World team. Unless their name is He Kexin. I even understand Nastia being named in 07.
The US looks strong a week before competition. Yep peaking a week early.
Jordyn’s coach says she is finally used to the time change and had her best training at the right time, in front of the camera’s.
Russia is having some issues but better now than in a week.
Beth Tweddle just threw up her bar routine today. Go Beth. Every video I have seen of He Kexin so far this year she looks labored and tired. Would love to see Beth win the Olympics next year.
Off to look for more info. Make sure you read the Gymnastike stuff above she has links to some videos. After you watch a video check the left. More videos are there.
Alicia Sacrmaone on beam She looks rock solid in the video. Jordyn can be seen in the same video. Both had one wobble but nice routines overall. It’s weird watching them at the same time. Alicia looks so much more polished next to Jordyn even though Jordyn’s routine has a lot more to it than the code whoring Alicia does.
Viktoria Komova on beam. She nailed her arabian but fell on a full turn. She does look tired.
The whole US Team on beam. Some sloppy work but no falls. It seems so stupid to me to count practice in any shape or form. Certain gymnasts just don;t do well in practice. Gabby Douglas looked aggressive and stayed on but will you really expect that in competition because it happened in training? Most likely, no.
Mckayla Maroney and Sabrina Vega on beam Sabrina looks better on beam than Mckayla does. Something was really weird about the way this team was picked. The alternate cannot replace anyone on bars. Maybe Marta planned on using the alternate to replace Mckayla Maroney.
Aly, Gabby and Jordyn on beam Gabby has a really ugly look on beam but she was solid. This was Aly’s best beam I have seen so far and Jordyn looked better here too.
Beth Tweddle on bars looking awesome. She might be in some of these AA with a decent beam routine because her DTY was better than Romania’s but Beth and beam were always a disaster.
Tatiana Nabieva on bars. Why can’t she keep her feet together like this in competition? She isn’t perfect here but this is a hell of a lot better than during competition. Unlike Ksenia Afanasyeva, who looked like shit in this video.
Sabrina Vega training bars She is not a good bar worker but I do find it VERY interesting she is training on bars but Anna Li is not. Anna has something on her wrist but maybe Marta thinks she needs a solid floor worker for team finals over an UB specialist she can’t use anywhere else. Sabrina paused twice in this video but she stayed on.
Jordyn on vault Her Amanar looked kind of sloppy here but it’s early.
Mckayla Maroney on vault I have never seen her Amanar look this bad. She bent her knee’s and looked like she was having issues getting it around. I really want to see her nail her best one sometime during this worlds (preferably prelims) because I want to see how it scores when she is on. It really is a beautiful vault when she hits it.
Gabriella Douglas and Aly Raisman on bars-The coaches seem impressed with Gabby sticking her dismount but she looked labored during this routine. She also had a few leg separations. No one spotting Aly is not a good idea IMO. Chow looked like he was watching her then he walked away. Aly kept her legs together during that routine. It’s too bad she never will when the competition starts.
Aly Raisman on floor. She nailed her second pass like Gina Gogean but this is the first time I actually get why people think her floor routine has no artistry. No is not an exactly the right turn she is ten steps ahead of the crap Carly Patterson called a floor routine but Aly has like no fluidity in her movements on floor. I did watch without sound so that could be why I actually see why people complained about her. That being said Lauren Mitchell and Cheleru are just as bad if not worse and there is no way in hell they should have beaten Aly last year.
Part one and part two of Anna Dementyeva, stripper floor routine. The first part is watchable. The second part is not. She put her hands down on her second pass. If you are bored skip this routine. I love Anna but I wish I did.lol
Alicia Sacramone on floor She looks to be in great shape but she has trouble getting through this routine. She is very winded at the end. I liked this routine at Nationals. I don’t like it here. Maybe if she spent more time training instead of flying off to Denver to watch her boyfriend sit on his ass she would be better able to handle her training. I know she is old and needs less training than most but even though she hit her tumbling this routine is lackluster and frankly not worthy of even being used. Not compared to her teammates.
Gabrielle Douglas on floor. I take it back. Alicia at least has presentation. Old recycled presentation but presentation none the less. This routine has ugly tumbling, horrible incomplete jumps and the ugliest presentation I have ever seen. The music is even horrible. If Aly loses presentation and artistry points this thing should too. What the hell is the dance after the second pass?
She didn’t dance through this routine, she walked through it with no fluidity at all. She makes Aly look like a ballerina. And she ends with a double tuck. 1999 and yes I know it’s a d. I am sorry but that was horrible. What the hell anyone was clapping for is beyond me.
Ksenia-Afanaseva on floor. Ksenia nails her double layout then skips her second pass and runs across the floor. Then she skips another pass.
Mckayla Maroney on floor. Looks like I may have been right. Sabrina is here as a replacement for Mckayla. She hit her 3.5 with a bouncy landing, fell on her second pass and had bumpy landing on everything else. Spotted on her last two passes. Should be interesting to see what happened. John Geddert is clapping and motivating everyone like a good head coach should do. Not like Marta who ignored everyone she didn’t train in 1996.
Jordyn Wieber on floor She is having a few issues on floor with her landings but I think this is a good thing. She needs to peak in a week not now.
Yulia Belokobyskaya on bars. This was just messy. She had two people spotting her. Over spotting her. It looked like they were afraid she would fall and land on her head.
I am bored of watching videos. I am surprised I got through this many. If you have any opinions, share them. I want to hear what you think.
Afanaseva and Ishina Russia is in big trouble on bars without Mustafina. These two girls as well as Demy look horrible on bars.
Beth Tweddle on floor. She tried to kill herself on floor and thought it was funny. I love Beth Tweddle:) messy routine or not.
Youna Dufornet on bars She hit her def but did have enough momentum to continue on to her next skill. She hit the def heavy and the bar kind of swung down and up but she had her feet together. Yay feet together on her def. This must be a first.
Lauren Mitchell on beam I never would have known it was her if the video didn’t tell me. She looks different. She was her usual sell on beam. She has a lot of difficulty with even more bobbles.
You know what this worlds needs? Anastasia Grishina and Kyla Ross.
Tags: 2011 world championships, Alexandra Raisman, alicia sacramone, aly raisman, Anastasia Grishina, Anna Dementyeva, anna li, beth tweddle, grishina, Gymnastics, he kexin, jordyn wieber, Ksenia Afanasyeva, kyla ross, Mckayla Maroney, Viktoria Komova