My Favorite and least favorite things from the 2014 World Championships
Some of my favorites
Kohei winning his fifth World title at this worlds is an amazing feat. Add that to his Olympic title and he is arguably the best gymnast the World has ever seen. I say arguably because Sherbo winning 6 gold medals and a world title on every event is in the discussion.
He plans on competing through 2020 when the games take place in Japan.
Kyla winning a medal in the AA but realizing she needs upgrades if she wants to be there again. Yes she was lucky to win an All Around medal and only did because Mustafina and Yao fell but the same can be said for Mustafina the year before. (she won because Yao and Iordache fell) At this rate Yao wins a medal next year because Biles and Mustafina fall to even out the playing field:)
Bee Gate was hilarious but nothing beats the look on Mustafina’s face when Nelli Kim hugs her.lol
Bozo the clown ( John Orozco)tanking prelims and bringing nothing to the team in team finals that couldn’t have been replaced with other teammates. He was the only US male gymnast not to make an event final. Hence proving that the over scoring he gets in the US does the US no favors in the end.
LEAST Favorite things
The underscoring of Chunsong Shang. So I get it. You think she is under age but unless you plan on using your resources to prove that opinion blatantly cheating by under scoring her is bush league.
Her prelims bar routine was down right beautiful. It had a 6.3 start value and you literally have the audacity to give her a score only 2 and a half tenths higher than the messed up shit by Madison Kocian? who only had a 2 tenth start value on her and screwed up?
Same could be said with her 6.0 start value on floor where she didn’t even make it out of the 13’s for a hit routine. Was it her best routine no but she was destroyed by the judges while the everyone else was given a free pass for horrible work (Skinner’s double double laid out that was anything but and Mustafina who walked through her routine like she didn’t want to be there are 2 examples)
Is it too much to ask judges to do their job for everyone?
Kocian and Baumann proving they both did not deserve the free pass they got to make this team. The best score Kocian got on bars was a 14.900 and Baumann ‘s high beam score of 14.500 hardly deserved the the specialist role they we’re handed. Was there even a point of putting Kocian up on vault for a Yurchenko? and lets discuss the injury that kept Baumann out of the Pan American games. Sounds like another ploy by Marta like the one that kept Annia Hatch out of Nationals so she could petition to the Olympic trials. Both gymnasts had bad attitudes after not making the event finals when they made mistakes too. I guess the point of even mentioning this is that Marta playing her games did not work out for either gymnast on a personal level (neither made an event finals on their “signature ” event but sadly it worked for Marta.