Yao Jinnan leads Chinese Nationals



AA qualifiers
1. Yao Jinnan 58.700
2. Shang Chunsong 57.100
3. Liu Tingting 57.000
4. Luo Huan 55.950
5. Xie Yufen 54.050
6. Wang Yan 53.900
6. Lyu Jiaqi 53.900
6. Chen Siyi 53.900
9. Zhou Linlin 53.400
10. Bai Yawen 52.850


Romania named their European Championship team too and rumor has it Aliya will not be doing AA (I know old news but excuse me for having a life:)


24 Responses to “Yao Jinnan leads Chinese Nationals”

  1. JAS4 Says:

    If Yao stays healthy she could be in contention for an AA medal at worlds because her scores would probably be higher internationally. Aren’t the Chinese like the only ones who don’t usually have inflated scores at nationals?

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Yes they usually low ball IMO their gymnasts.

      • Catherine Says:

        Yup. Except for Shang Chunsong, she doesn’t get underscored internally. Intl judges make up for it by crucifying her :p

        However they are now using a bonus system to incentivise and encourage more difficulty. Yao’s scores are still awesome without bonus. I was quite afraid for her and she’s known as being fearful and fragile so it’s fantastic to see her better than ever, or best since 2011.

        I detailed the bonus system somewhere. Google beautiful gymnastics Chinese bonus system. I swear I’m not lazy, just on mobile…

  2. JAS4 Says:

    So I am guessing Jordyn isn’t planning on a comeback anytime soon unless she is seriously training with Waller but I think in a interview or something she said if she were to attempt a comeback she’d want to go back to Geddert.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      She isn’t coming back. She has to know there is no point.

      • JAS4 Says:

        I was hoping she’d make a comeback but I am sure she is sick of Marta’s games and with Aly,McKayla,and Gabby all making comebacks and since they were Marta’s favorites (however Mckayla may have lost some brownie points after vault EF) she probably figures there’s no point and with the current juniors who

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Neither Jordyn nor her mom are doing any summer camp stuff for geddert. I think that ship has sailed along with his reputation…..as for Waller why did gabby choose to leave gym jam and go back to chow? Why is Jordyn putting in so much training if there is no intended comeback? But then again who knows anything…

      • JAS4 Says:

        I would love for her to make a comeback I hope she is seriously training with Waller for a comeback if she isn’t going back to Michigan maybe she decided to keep training with Waller now that Gabby has gone back to Chow

      • sainabou nyang Says:

        I agree. I’ve felt it for a long time now that her time was done. I could be wrong but…. Frankly I don’t see her coming back even as a specialist. Vault and floor are covered, Beam forget it, bars hmmm maybe if she put in the Weiler full and took out the clear hip & full turn thats always given her trouble.

      • mim Says:

        I wonder if she considered AOGC with McKayla. Maybe it’s not to her training style though, who knows.

        Maybe she just trains for fitness and love of the sport, and is finding it hard to let go. I wonder if she regrets going pro.. I think it would be hard watching NCAA as a manager knowing you’re basically better than your teammates.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I think if she were coming back she would have done so by now; her recent instagram photos from Mother’s day looked to me like she wasn’t near elite shape. But who knows with her clothing choices.

      • Case Says:

        She’s in really good shape right now…don’t let those pictures fool you.

      • uglyfatkid Says:

        @Case – Can you expand on that a bit for us please? =] I am a diehard fan, and want her to come back very badly. I’ll be that fan than will believe in her comeback right up until 2016 nationals. LOL.

        I’m just wondering why/how you think she is in good shape at the moment? I’m just picking your brain here…not challenging. =]

      • cassiedudley Says:

        My fiancé and I went to NCAA championships and he pointed out Jordyn didn’t look like she was at competition level. I still think she looks great but I had to agree she doesn’t look like she has been training elite. I felt bad for her being a manager watching her have to move all the mats around for the gymnasts thinking she was so much better than anyone competing that day (as someone mentioned in a comment above.) I hope she makes a comeback but I’m starting to doubt whether or not it will really happen.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I think that ship has sailed. I want it to happen so bad but we all know Marta’s games, and if Jordyn did make a comeback it would be similar to Shawn’s comeback. Basically, Jordyn would be passed over. She shouldn’t have to deal with that (being a former World Champ and all) and she’s smart to stick to the college plan. If Marta weren’t running the program I’d say go for it but we all know for Jordyn the writing is on the wall.

  3. Karlie Says:

    There is no AA at Euros this year (weird, right?) so I believe Aliya just gave an interview saying she will do vault, bars, and beam. She is currently having bad ankle problems and tumbling is too painful for her. She said beam dismounts are also painful; bars is no problem; didn’t say anything about vault but Valentina said she will do vault, which makes me think the poor kid has a lot of pressure on her.

    Also, there were rumors that apparently, she wanted to quit in December, but in response the Rodionenkos gave her a month off of training and she decided to stay with it. Just rumors though.

    • Karlie Says:

      Also according to Valentina, Paseka is not being considered for Euros because of “weight issues.” SMH.

      It isn’t the 80s and 90s anymore. Gymnasts still score well if they aren’t pixies. Sigh.

      • Catherine Says:

        She’s not being considered because her gymnastics have sucked lately. I’d hazard a guess her substantial injury history has a part to play in that.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      No AA? Booooo

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I wish she would just retire. Russia has no one else and Mustafina shouldn’t have to save their butt’s by winning medals.

      • JAS4 Says:

        She looked tired at most of her competitions last year even if she wants to try for Rio herself it might be easier to just become a bars/beam specialist

      • uglyfatkid Says:

        Totally agree that Russia uses her as the work horse (and shouldn’t)…but I hope she doesn’t retire. I love that she’s still in the game after 4 years. We don’t see longevity like this at the top anymore, and I love seeing her compete year after year. That said, I do want her safe and healthy. What Russia is doing to her is not right, so for that fact…I get the retirement thing. I’d rather see her retire then be broken beyond repair. She isn’t my favorite gymnast of all time, but I do like her a lot and want to see more of her.

      • Karlie Says:

        I agree with uglyfatkid. Apparently she’s had issues with her ankle since the Olympics (needed surgery before Olympics, but didn’t do it). It would be really nice to see her take some significant time off and finally get healthy; apparently during her January break the Rodionenkos were all “well, I *suppose* we can make do without you, but we need you if you want to,” which sounds like they put an awful lot of pressure on her.

        Even if she becomes a bars/beam specialist, I’d love to see her in Rio…as long as she remains healthy. Like you, I’d rather see her retire healthy than be broken beyond repair. Sigh.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Ditto. I love her and would like to see her continue to succeed but I wish it were more on her desire/whim as opposed to just feeling pressured. She’s obviously being abused by her program. Russia should be kissing the ground she walks on (in the gymnastics world) because without her they would be really struggling to field a decent team. You’d think with the state the team has been in for the past 4-5 years (injuries, diseases, etc.) that someone would grow a pair and kick the Rodiankos out. Obviously that program needs a refresh from within.

        It’s actually kind of sad that most of the former top gymnastics countries seem to have struggling programs. The US is by far and ahead of everyone else and I don’t see that changing much by the time Rio comes around. No wonder Marta wants to “stick it out” – easy victories for her, more notches on her belt. She’ll leave when she sees the other programs becoming not-so-beatable anymore.

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