Archive for September, 2013

The In-between blog

09/30/2013

I am going to post a blog later for the first day of the women competing but I wanted to put something ” in between” while I worked on it. As soon as the new blog is up please discuss all results and opinions of the first day of women’s competition in there. I will be at work tomorrow and if someone could please update Kyla’s performance for me it would be greatly appreciated. I got rid of my phone awhile ago and am taking my boyfriends to work with me tomorrow so I can see how she did.

 

So lets get started.

 

Here are the start lists for the next two days of competition.  Kyla’s first event is vault. She is up 4th in her rotation. She is up second on bars in her second rotation. Up second on beam in her 3rd rotation and first on floor in her last rotation. Other names I recognize are Sanne Wevers, Kaitlyn Hofland, Siqi Zeng, Huang Huidan, Maegan Chant and Alina Stanila who I only know from the other day. I need to go watch her on youtube.

I expect Kyla to have one of the top 2 on vault, bars and beam and at least top 3 on floor to have any chance being relevant in the AA discussion of this competition. Siqi is amazing when she hits on beam and Sanne Wevers has a decent start value too. I am assuming that Alina Stanila is decent on floor and the North Koreans are always someone to watch when you don’t know their names. There might also be some French girl with a routine we might find out about too. You just don’t know.

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Watch this gif and figure out why there is no way in hell that Moors gets this named after her. It is not even close to being laid out.

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The US men have done pretty well on day one of competition with Sam in second place 2 points behind gymnastics personified, Kohei Uchimara. Kohei is everything this sport dreams of being but sadly no one else in men or women’s gymnastics got that memo. He amazes me more and more every time I see him.

Brandon Wynn is leading rings. Dalton had some messy vaults and hops on floor and is in danger of not making either event finals depending on who does what tomorrow.Fabian Hambuechen is in sixth in the AA but set up to make some event finals (High bar)

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Conspiracy Theory

09/30/2013

I have always felt Marta was not really in Kyla Ross’s corner. This theory of mine started back her days as a junior where Kyla would hit, hit and hit and Marta would do everything she could to make sure Katelyn Ohashi won JR Nationals even when she fell all over the place. If Kyla made a mistake she would be killed by the judges and Katelyn from Saint gym of Woga would be judged on a whole different level.

Then came 2012. Kyla the girl with the potential to kick ass in the AA was all of a sudden not upgrading floor and being forced to compete only her DTY.

Then there is Tim Daggett on NBC (Marta’s mouth piece) always finding a reason to nit pick Kyla as if they were finding an excuse for her not making the Olympic team in spite of the fact she would again be hit, hitting, hitting the events the US needed her on. For some reason every little tiny bobble would lead to a Tim rant on why Kyla would not be making the Olympic team. Until that magic day where Queen Nastia could not be counted on due to her fall, falling, falling on her ass and then Kyla all of a sudden had the best routine of her life.

Now we are in 2013 and once again Kyla is the subject of something questionable. Mckayla Maroney might be doing the AA said Marta after Nationals. Then Mckayla went to camp and she fell, fell and fell (literally) 3 times. She went to training and again fell, fell fell but Marta deemed this “good enough” to be given the AA spot. That isn’t as if of a Conspiracy Theory for me as much as Kyla the silver medalist at Nationals competing the Olympic rotation of vault, bars, beam and floor in the 1st sub division while Mckayla is given the prime spot in the last subdivision where scores generally go up. I don’t know about you but I want to know why “not enough endurance” Kyla Ross is stuck in the first sub division competing floor last while Mckayla is starting on her best events and competing beam last.

To me this looks like Marta has displaced Kyla in favor of Mckayla. Just a tiny conspiracy theory to hold you over until Tuesday:)

Judges for Worlds. Now we know who to blame when this goes badly. The US judge is Russian. Fabulous.

New skills anyone?

Podium training videos

Stole this from Triple Twists twitter.I think I am going to be sick on Wednesday. I would be sick Tuesday but Wednesday give me a 5 day weekend:)

SSTW. AKA Shannon saves the world I actually get the impression she is genuine in her want to save the world but it doesn’t make it less annoying.lol

This was kind of cool. Well maybe not for Tiger fans.

This I have to watch later. I hate the Mets but I have always loved Mike Piazza.

Games People Play

09/28/2013

Marta speaks AKA Marta lies

Kyla on bars. The full version not the bad part cut out like USA-Gymnastics version. Way to stay on with one arm. These bars look way too close together to me.

Yao’s Vault. Carly’s horrible music in the background and why does China have better USA leotards then the USA? Okay maybe not they look pink and purple close up but blue and red far away.

I am bored so I am done with videos. Its almost time for baseball and I would rather go watch that and get pissed at a bad ump call because everyone knows they suck then sit here and watch more videos of a sport where judges cheat and no one understands enough about the sport to report the facts to us. Lets go Mariners!!

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We should have known when Marta said Mckayla could be an All Arounder at these worlds that she had a hidden agenda and would make sure that happened and she did just that.

I was one of the few people at the beginning of this who was all for Mckayla being the third AAer. With the first two spots set and Mckayla doing vault and floor there was no set UB/BB girl and so I agreed with the idea until camp.

Brenna beat Mckayla at camp. Mckayla fell 3 times (beam both days and bars day one which is the opposite of what I wrote before because apparently my dyslexia kicked in when I originally posted) add in Nationals and the way both girls competed before today’s podium training and Brenna earned the bars and beam specialist over Mckayla but once again Marta played her games and did what she wanted.

We all saw the training before today’s podium training. The decision was made before we got here and it was Brenna who did the job and Brenna who was screwed.

I love Mckayla but even if this was the idea the entire time you have rules for a reason and Marta doesn’t follow them when it suits her.

Why is Kyla doing the first day of prelims and Mckayla getting the prime spot on day 2 ahead of the two girls that went out there and proved themselves over and over again?

People have been talking for days that Kyla should get the spot that ends on beam and I find that completely ridiculous. She earned the better spot. The only gymnast that did not earn an All Around spot at worlds is the one being given the special treatment based solely on her name recognition and not on the merit of her talent.

This is not against Mckayla at all. She is just the gymnast Marta makes the decisions and she once again played these girls against each other for her enjoyment. I am so glad they all get along and see through her games. Smart kids.

While we are at it I got a message here at the blog yesterday telling me I should add Mckayla to the list of AA gymnasts. It was based in California with a “fake” e-mail address from Proctor and Gamble. I even sent a message to the e-mail and got a reply from someone claiming to not know who Mckayla was but this person ended up being right which means this person is in the know. I hate to break it to that person but I don’t play games. I don’t need any insiders and I don’t have the time or temperament to kiss ass for insider info so next time either send me a real e-mail address with a real name attached or don’t waste my time. If you want ass kissing I suggest GGMB. They will tell you are God while stabbing you in the back for secret insider information and that isn’t me.

Games People Play

Can Kyla or Simone join the list of US All Around Champions ?

09/27/2013

Can Kyla or join the list of US All Around Champions ?

The United States has 6 World All Around Champions and a very good shot at having a seventh this year so tell me which of these two do you think has the best shot at winning the 2013 World All Around title?

Clean and consistent Kyla Ross or powerful and explosive Simone Biles?

Simone has the edge in start value. Kyla has the edge in execution. Take your pick?

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Remembering the past

Kim Zmeskal started the US’s world AA titles winning in Indianapolis in 1991. Shannon Miller followed it up winning back to back titles in 1993 and 1994. (Outside the US) Then we waited until 2005 when Chellsie Memmel defeated pure evil by the smallest margin imaginable. Shawn Johnson was next in 2007 followed by Bridget Sloan in 2009 and ending with Jordyn Wieber in 2011.

So who do Kyla and Simone remind you of when compared to successful world all around champions of the past?

For me Kyla reminds me of Shannon. Clean, consistent and labeled boring by the people that cannot find a real reason to hate is pretty much the gist of it IMO. Shannon has more rhythm and flow and is a better dancer than Kyla but no one else really fits the question. Kyla isn’t quite an artistic gymnast though she is working on it.

Simone is a combination of all other remaining gymnasts. She reminds me of Shawn or Chellsie on floor. Not much presentation but a hell of a tumbler. On bars she is Bridget. There but nothing special. On beam she is hit or miss. She could be any of them but Zmeskal who was a rock on beam. When it comes to vault I guess she reminds me mostly of Jordyn but only because they both have the Amanar. Simone is dynamic and impressive with her Amanar and that doesn’t really fit anyone else on the list.

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Judging by past US World AA champions if I had to garner a guess I would say the judges prefer the Simone Biles of the gym world over the Kyla Ross’s. The US has only one artistic gymnast with a World AA title. In fact she has two of them.

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Todays Podium training

More US Training videos

09/25/2013

 

You can see more at Daphne Van Roij‘s you tube channel.

Worlds Podium Training

09/23/2013

 

Thanks Tortuga

Bailie won all 4 events at the Japan Invite. My new favorite to watch Romanian took second on bars. This kid needs to be more consistent. I am hoping she becomes that as a senior which isn’t for awhile. (Lets go Iridon) Laurie won a bronze on vault.

More reasons to love Beth Tweddle.

The US is wearing pink jackets at worlds. As far as pink goes they are not too bad but they are still pink.

This link (if you are signed into facebook) has the entire schedule for Worlds up. There will be live video for the All Around and event finals. I might be around for the women All Around but I have my nieces over on Fridays so I don’t think I will be live blogging. We will see.

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KittyKat put this in the comments section and I must agree with her when she says wow. Look at this little girl tumble a beautiful double front and end her floor set with a double layout. Amazing

http://usagymworlds.com/

This is Bailie Keys floor. If you click the bottom right corner and go to the youtube link there are other videos on the right.

Key wins 2013 Japan Invite

09/22/2013

Key wins Japan Invite

Bailie Key won the Japan invite with 3 very impressive scores and a fall off beam. A few vidoes have popped up. The one above and this one of Munteanu floor routine.

USA-Gymnastics press release.

Results Scroll down for the women.

1 Bailie Key (USA) 58.400 (VT 15.050, UB 14.350, BB 14.000, FX 15.000)
2 Wang Yan (CHN) 56.900 (14.950, 13.700, 14.700, 13.550)
3 Lauren Hernandez (USA) 56.750 (14.700, 12.900, 14.550, 14.600)
4 Aleeza Yu (CAN) 55.800 (14.400, 13.400, 14.050, 13.950)
5 Andreea Munteanu (ROM) 55.250 (14.100, 12.600, 14.450. 14.100)
6 Maria Bondareva (RUS) 55.200 (13.950, 13.950, 13.450, 13.850)
7 Maria Kharenkova (RUS) 54.900 (14.200, 13.600, 13.350, 13.750)
8 Catherine Lyons (GBR) 54.800 (14.050, 13.150, 13.750, 13.850)
9 Kim Janas (GER) 54.650 (14.450, 12.950, 13.350, 13.900)

There are some pictures on Twitter from Catherine Lyons coach

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Congrats Yaz. We call this man a class act because he didn’t sit there and talk about himself. He mentioned everyone and he gave shout outs to whom he believes should be in the Hall of Fame. Hopefully I get ALDS and or ALCS tickets so I can see this before next year.

While I was sleeping : The Dear Sam Peszek Edition

09/21/2013

Live coverage of worlds. Not sure I will be around.

When did Sam Peszek become the spokesperson for USA-Gymnastics? The more this bleach job talks the more I want to start a new annual blog titled, STFU Sam. Between her attempt at commentating ( Until her mother gets fired Barbie’s plump less attractive sister is not going anywhere)  and her fake smile and bleached hair extensions she is turning into Nastia part 2. Last thing the world needs is another Nastia. I have to wonder what they see in that silver medal team.

Shannon Miller was given an award and did an Interview

The World team’s named so far are on an Official list from the FIG. Bulimer has been replaced on Romania’s team with someone I have never heard of.

Aliya has a new floor routine

An interview with someone on the US men’s team but I forget who. I am distracted (One more game. One more game. Why does Toronto play like its the world series when they play us but if it is Tampa or the Skankees they bend over and play like a little league team? Oh and the interview is with Mr Hollie Vise.

Catherine Lyons new floor routine that has been getting rave reviews. I wouldn’t know because I have been busy but Gymnastike likes it.

I turned around to the TV and had to look at Gabby in a People Magazine commercial. My timing has sucked lately.lol but this reminded me that a Russian Magazine on gymnastics now has issues online.

Alicia Sacramone is running for Nastia’s old position at the good old FIG.

While I was Sleeping : The I want my dollar back edition

09/19/2013

It was  beard dollar day at the Fens last night and I think I over paid but anyway here is what happened while I was away.

 

Gymnastike has a great interview with gymnast Charlotte Drury. For those who don’t know she is a power tumbler  who used to train with Kyla and Mckayla. It’s a great read with lots of insight into what it is like to train with Kyla and Mckayla and what they are like as people. ( So did I spell insight right or is it insite? I am too lazy to check today. Dollar night took a lot out of me. )

 

Here is another good interview by GymNewsTic.Chalk talk with Hollie Vise. I love the insight into Hollie Vise’s mind set about the filming of the Olympic team announcement but I really wish they would have asked Hollie more questions about how she did at the camp and if she thought she had a chance at the team. She talks about the camera being on her but I would love to know if she thought she should have been named to the team or if she thought she had a chance to be named to the team.

Bruno Grandi the tool. I am actually not apposed to 4 team members per Olympic team but only if he takes out some of the difficulty to prevent injury. It makes no sense to send only 4 girls as the code is currently constructed. Of course my reason for wanting the code changed is really for a different reason (rewarding execution over tricksters) but whatever.

There has been some information released to you thanks to my source in the comments section of the blog before this one. If you want secret information on how Mckayla performed during camp and if she was attempting the AA all the info you need ti know is posted in the comments section. You just have to look for it:)

I love you Sox but would it have killed you to do this last night when I was there?

John Lackey was asked if this making the playoffs was special and he said yes, because of the injury and other things.lol Only Red Sox nation knows what that means 🙂

While I was sleeping: The f*** the world edition

09/18/2013

 

I am sure there is more to report but I am exhausted and don’t have the time or energy to blog a real blog. 

 

I saw this routine on youtube and thought it was interesting. A lot of turns but I kind of liked it. I was wondering what you all thought of a routine with this many turns ?</p

Sanne won beam at the recent world cup in Osijek. I’ll post the finals results later.

Here is the recent Boston Globe article on Aly. Tonight she was given an award for a local thing alleged to be a tradition but it involved basketball so whatever. I posted the whole article because the Globe sucks and tomorrow you will have to pay if you want to read. Now you don't have too. Larry my BFF will own the Globe soon and hopefully he will fire the idiots they have writing sports over there because the entire lot needs to be canned.

Dear Karma, Please get the people that deserve it. You owe me and the world big time.

Aly……………..

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Go or no go? Either way, why? Aly Raisman won a couple of gymnastics gold medals at the London Olympics last year, so it figures that she would keep tumbling all the way to Rio de Janeiro for a reprise in 2016. Or it figures that she should call it a career at 19 and move on.

“Either people just assume I’m coming back or I get, why would you bother coming back?” said the Needham native, who will be honored Tuesday night at TD Garden by The Sports Museum along with Jack Nicklaus, Doug Flutie, Carlton Fisk, Derek Sanderson, Vince Wilfork, and the Celtics ownership group. “That’s my least favorite question in the world. It’s not about medals. It’s about doing what you love to do.”

That’s why Raisman is back at her old gym in Burlington where her Olympic odyssey began nearly a decade ago with coach Mihai Brestyan. After a year’s worth of the red-carpet treatment, she is making her re-entry into normal life.

“Of course, I’ve never had a normal life,” Raisman said, only half-jokingly.

Her new normal includes a couple of classes at Babson, her sponsorship commitments, her charity work, and her public appearances. Almost all of what’s in her date book was the byproduct of a few dozen minutes of inspired work in London, where Raisman captained the US team to the most impressive victory in Games history, won an individual gold on floor exercise, collected a bronze on balance beam, and just missed another in the all-around on a tiebreaker.

“It’s amazing and crazy,” she marveled.

Not that it was surprising. The Americans were expected to win the team gold as defending world champions, and floor was Raisman’s best event. The trick was to cash the favorite’s ticket when the moment came, when a single misstep could knock you off the podium.

“The Olympics was so much pressure for the five of us,” said Raisman, who was a Games rookie like the rest of her teammates. “We’d trained our whole lives for it, but at the same time we were confident.”

Gabby Douglas won the all-around, McKayla Maroney took a vault silver that would have been gold but for a bottom-first landing, and Raisman collected her pair from the apparatus finals. The question for all of the Fierce Five, which also included former world champion Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, was: What next?

Only Maroney and Ross competed in this summer’s national championships in Hartford, where the quintet was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. It was too soon for Raisman to get back into a competitive leotard.

“I desperately needed a break,” she said.

Her schedule was jammed as it was, particularly with her “Dancing with the Stars” adventure.

“It was life-changing,” said Raisman, who reached the finals with partner Mark Ballas. “For the first time in my life, to do something out of my comfort zone. I didn’t feel any pressure but I was nervous because you have five days to learn dances you’ve never tried before.”

“Dancing with the Stars” was part of the goodie bag of perks that can come with a gold medal. Raisman got to light the torch at this summer’s Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, where she took her family for a vacation. She appeared on David Letterman’s show and “Access Hollywood” (where she was drug-tested because she still was Olympic-eligible) and threw out the first pitch at Fenway. She helped develop her signature line of leotards for GK Elite.

Meanwhile, the next quadrennium was beginning without her.

Less than two months after the London Games, US coach Martha Karolyi was convening two dozen juniors at the team’s Houston boot camp, her eye already on Rio.

“We have to think about the next generation,” she said.

The captain of the Class of 2012, of course, is welcome to stick around.

“Martha said, ‘I’m not putting any pressure on you,’ ” said Raisman. “ ‘Whenever you’re ready to come back, we have open arms for you.’ ”

While she wasn’t prepared to compete this season, Raisman felt the urge to get back in gear.

“It took me a long time, but one morning I woke up and said, I’m ready to come back,” she said. “Now that I’m back, I feel like a little kid again.”

It took 16 years in the gym for that little kid to scale Olympus, and even for champions, return trips are far from automatic. Five of the six members of the 2008 team, including Raisman’s former clubmate Alicia Sacramone, tried to make the 2012 squad. None did. Age, weight, injuries, and the challenge of mastering difficult new tricks make reprises rare, but they do happen. Dominique Dawes, one of the Magnificent 7 in 1996, made one more team (in 2000) and won another medal.

Raisman will be only 22 in the next Olympic year and she has managed to stay healthy in a sport that rips up shoulder, knees, and ankles. She already may have two golds as keepsakes, but she wouldn’t mind collecting a third in the all-around.

“It’s never enough,” she said. “You can always do more. Of course I would like to win more medals for my country. It’s just the most amazing thing.”

Having done it, Raisman has no illusions about what it would take again: hundreds of hours in the gym with Brestyan pushing her. So she has been making the most of her sabbatical.

“My coaches told me, take the year to have fun,” she said. “Do whatever you want to do because once you come back, that’s it.”

So she has tried to keep her new normal life in balance. Two mornings a week at Babson (“I hadn’t been in a classroom since junior year of high school.”). Her calendar commitments, which include hosting a Weston charity event next month benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer, the disease that claimed her grandmother two years ago.

But the road to Rio goes through the gym on Ray Avenue, and there are no shortcuts.

The best thing about a reprise, though, is that it means you’ve been there once. So why not take the shot?

“I feel like I’ve already done it,” Raisman said. “So if it doesn’t go my way, at least I’ve done what I always wanted to do.”
John Powers can be reached at jpowers@globe.com.