I watched like ten routines in a row and not one fall and only maybe 2 bobbles.
One little girl had the most beautiful handstands I have ever seen and they still gave her a 13. something for a score. 5.8 start value but still. Marta would have given that a 15 at Classics and her handstands all of them but one were dead on and they gave her a 13.
The Chinese are notorious for crazy harsh execution scores at their National Championships. It’s prolly the only country where domestic scores are lower than international scores. Guess that is one way to motivate gymnasts to fix their execution errors.
There were a few falls that I saw, but on the whole, fantastic gymnastics. Bai Yawen fell, but the rest of her routine was beautiful as usual. I am quite impressed with Lv Jiaqi’s beam, and Yao Jinnan’s bars look great (even without the Mo salto).
I haven’t seen any routines other than bars or beam yet, so I’m wondering: do they look any stronger on those events? I think they’ve been focusing on vault lately, but their floor routines of late can use some work, too.
Hmm. I’d love them to really challenge the US for gold, but I don’t see it happening. However, the fight for silver and bronze will be really interesting with China, Russia, and Romania all duking it out. I know people think this quad is boring because of the US’s dominance, but the other Big 4 nations are making things very interesting for me. Russia is basically imploding, Romania is rebuilding their national team, and China is coming back to strength after a long hiatus (basically since 2008). I can’t wait for Worlds.
RRG had a piece on how Mustafina still has ankle problems and tumbling is still painful. Komova just started tumbling as well and Grishina isn’t even at Round Lake. I don’t think they will challenge China and Romania for placement.
Shang Chunsong’s bars looked *fabulous* – every single handstand vertical, the Chunsong looked great, and her transitions and general composition is a lot more unique than many of China’s other gymnasts. Yao Jinnan’s bars looked great too – I hope both of them make the finals in Nanning!
I saw a bit of vault – a few more DTYs than expected, with good form, which is always nice. One girl also vaulted what I think was a 1.5 twisting Tsuk (???)so that was cool. It was too far away to see who it was, though; I only saw it from the side. There were quite a host of FTYs as well, though, so that’s still an area where they can probably improve.
I haven’t watched all videos yet but she actually has a really nice double tsuk, and has trained a 2.5. Her Rudi has issues. She turns senior next year and will be at YOG, I wrote a piece on her for thegymter.net
Worlds doesn’t look great for Russia or Romania. It was announced today that Diana Bulimar is injured, so Larisa will have to carry the team. Mustafina will be competing at the Russian Cup instead of resting unfortunately, even though Valentina said that Aliya already qualified for the Worlds team. Aliya may not compete AA at Worlds this year. Valentina is once again breaking the gymnasts. Komova has been working on bars after her injury and recently just started working beam. She is hoping to get her routines ready by Worlds, which Russia would need. Looking at her record with injuries things don’t seem to be good. The “unofficial” Chinese Worlds team is Huang Huidan, Bai Yawen, Shang Chunsong, Chen Siyi, Tan Jiaxin, and Yao Jinnan.They are pictured on official ads. 🙂 It looks like things will be between the US and China, most likely with the US coming on top because of how strong Biles and Ross are. I think they’ll repeat their AA standings again.
Silver and bronze are up for grabs. All 4 teams are weak (USA a very strong weak compared to the rest though).
China look good on paper but they are relying on headcases, inexperienced girls and Shang who scores badly internationally. Yao was recently injured and her status right now is it fully known re: training.
Details? 🙂 Or can you link the article? I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for Gabby to come across as diplomatic. She really needed media training but I’ll bet her mother skipped out on that.
Cannot wait for Yao Jinnan in Nanning! She’s always been a favorite of mine since 2011 Worlds, and it’s too bad that 2012 and 2013 were so difficult for her. Hopefully competing in her home country will give her the fire to dominate, at least contend for a UB medal.
I don’t mind the US domination honestly, it’s been awhile since the sport had someone like Biles who was so head and shoulder above the competition (can’t actually think of the last time WAG had such a strong gymnast, Shannon Miller maybe?) It’s what I loved about the 2008-2012 quad for MAG was seeing Kohei again and again just wipe the floor with his competition. Totally not boring 🙂