Russian Nationals Results

ALL Around Results
Event Finals Results
Videos Someone needs to buy Alysssia Spaan a few drinks at the next gym meet she attends.

Maria Kharenkova won the AA over Alla Sosnitskaya and Seda Tutkhalyan who finished second and third with Aliya not competing due to a back injury.

Tatiana Nabieva the entertaining crazy member of the Russian team competed 3 events but might as well have stayed home. She scored a 13.033 on vault (5.8), 13.067 on bars (5.1) and a 10.733 on beam (4.6)

Viktoria Komova also competed bars and beam scoring a 14.700 on bars (6.1) and a 15.000 on beam (5.8) in the prelims and in the Event Finals she finished 5th on bars with a 13.600 (6.1) and 5th on beam with a 13.633 (5.9)


I am not really a big Afan fan but there is something about this music that makes me like this routine more than I should.

Not in love with the choreography and her twisting form is a mess but with a start value between 6.3 – 6.5 depending on who you believe in the comment section if she cleans this up she has potential to compete with Simone Biles on floor (mostly because Simone has huge bounces out of most of her floor landings.) If the judges deduct for those and Kesnia cleans up we might have a battle on our hands at worlds.

My favorite part of the routine is her signature double turn into another double turn. I also like the choreography she does at 27 seconds in but it is ruined when she does the double Memmel turn out of it. I think it would look a lot better if she danced out of it.

Daria Spiridonova has a brand new 6.7 Uneven Bar routine also with a lot of potential. She was my fave UB worker at last years worlds (who wasn’t Chinese) and I remember thinking her prelim routine was underscored. She needs to fix the handstands by Worlds but with Yao Yinnan out for the year she has a great shot at Gold.


Overall I would say this competition is up there with US Nationals when it comes to ridiculous scoring. The questionable connections of Maria Kharenkova on beam and Viktoria Komova’s beam scores in both competitions being a prime example of home cooking

Even with the low start values on floor I found almost all of the floor routines at this competition a hella lot more enjoyable to watch then anything we saw at Nationals last year. Russia doesn’t have the start values on floor needed to win world medals (with the exception of a few) but they sure can express the hell out of Floor routine.


20 Responses to “Russian Nationals Results”

  1. sanitynmotion Says:

    For whatever reason Afan reminds me of ASac here. The way she holds herself? Maybe that comparison was always there. I am iffy on Afan. Didn’t think she should have won gold at that last Worlds (was it before the Olympics? I forget) but her reaction was cool to see. I guess I like her if she can light any sort of fire under the US. It’s kind of getting boring how dominant the US team is. Almost like US softball when it was an Olympic sport.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Was that the worlds the little girl from China was robbed? They all mush together these days.

      • SuperFran Says:

        Oh I remember that! I think it was Sui Lu that got robbed in favour of Afan’s floor. And Afan was only in the competition because someone dropped out. Poor Sui Lu, always getting robbed.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Yes, yes, yes it was Sui Lu who was also robbed of the beam gold at the last Olympics. Someone really needs to look into all this cheating.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I never understood why they insisted so much on robbing Sui Lu. They gave the other Chinese girl the beam gold and it was totally not deserved. Deng Lin-Lin or something like that. Sui Lu should have won that floor gold too I remember.

        Kind of like how they robbed the Chinese girl in 2008 of the floor bronze and gave it to Nastia of all people.

    • gymbot Says:

      Hope this doesn’t post twice: It was 2011, and Sui Lu was most definitely robbed.

      That said, I like Afan a ton and in addition to this routine, she has produced a lot of great, well executed ones over many years. Euros 2009 and Universiade 2013 were quite good.

  2. Exgymgurl Says:

    afan’s music is lindsey stirling. youre welcome

  3. JAS4 Says:

    Daria’s UB look pretty good for this early in the season. I wonder if Mustafina will be back to full strength at worlds. Hopefully the rest will help because she has looked really tired the past two years.

  4. gymbot Says:

    Saw this via Coaching Gymnastics:

    Seems like the earlier speculation on Dennis was right, Marta is not happy with her.

    • Melanie Says:

      Yep, Nia Dennis is on the s**t list. The only video they posted of her from camp was on bars, and even that looked not quite as good as usual. I wonder what the rest of her events looked like. I’m also curious how training has been for her since Gabby invaded her gym. Seriously, Gabby moves in and all of a sudden Nia sucks? I’m suspicious.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Nia has always sucked. She has always been inconsistent. She has the one good event

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        So whoever is “coaching” Nia is now relieved they may likely get a shot at having an athlete on the World team.

        So is Maroney out again? I thought she was back training. Now she isn’t again?

      • Melanie Says:

        Nia had good floor and vault in addition to her bars. Sure, she’s been inconsistent, but up till now she was a junior – inconsistency is to be expected as a junior. I’m just curious what’s taken her from being one of the top US juniors to being blacklisted by Marta.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Good is a huge over statement. IMO. She never hits her difficult skills and you don’t get credit for skills you can’t hit. Too many gymnasts get credit for potential they never live up too. A personal pet peeve. I don’t think she is being black listed. She isn’t hitting and for once her potential isn’t carrying her on to the next level.
        Now don’t get me wrong I fully expect Gabby to get the same special treatment Nastia got til the end because he name will bring attention but I don’t believe Nia is getting downgraded because og Gabby. She’s getting ignored because she is so inconsistent she brings nothing to the table.

  5. gymbot Says:

    Sorry for double posting today, Biles is up for the Sullivan Award. Shawn Johnson previously won it. You can vote here:

  6. Exgymgurl Says: why nastia will lose

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I am not watching any Nastia videos lol. What’s in the video?

    • Guest Says:

      Dancing is about technique, chemistry and passion. Both Aly and Shawn have personalities and passion (and effort) so they did well. Now Derek’s heart is put into Radio City in NY which is boosting his career and I don’t think he really wants to return in this season.

      Looking back Shawn and Derek’s finale, the last rehearsal of them is a bit touching. I don’t think they want to redance rule breaking quickstep in finale because Shawn had 30/30 Paso-tango fusion danced with Mark only before due to injury of Derek. (You may understand why)

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