Archive for September, 2015

Japan Junior Results

September 24, 2015


All Around
Event Finals

Interesting to see the scores at this meet. No videos but for lower start values these scores seem high. It’s also interesting to see how Jazmyn is scored outside the US verses in. I never got the hype of this girl and thought she got lucky everyone was injured last year.


Kerri Strug “threw some shade” at Bela in this video but I am too tired to watch.



I have been getting messages about approving comments and if you want to post here especially with Worlds coming up you need to send me an e-mail to with a link to your facebook that is connected to your e-mail.

I know this sounds elitist but in reality this is to keep the peace. The new people who have posted here have fit in very nicely but that isn’t always the case. I don’t have time to play babysitter and thankfully I haven’t had to be doing it this way. I would like to open the place up a bit before the every 4 year fans come along for next years Olympics so now is the time to sign up.

Starting next year I doubt I will be approving anyone new so now is the time. This e-mail is for anyone that wants to get in touch with me.

Worlds, Worlds, Worlds

September 21, 2015


I dedicate this blog to Katie D. If it wasn’t for her I never would have been motivated to finish it:)

Every blog turns into an episode of the Brady bunch lately (Marcia, Marcia,Marcia, Worlds, Worlds Worlds) so I thought I would add my two cents. I was planning on waiting 2 weeks but we can always make another blog for the camp and team being named so here we go.( What is 2 plus 8? Write the answer down on your first comment so I can make sure someone is reading this blog and not just commentating on it. Rocío and H are excluded for actually reading what I wrote in the comments section. I’m kidding for those who don’t know I am always being sarcastic:)

Camp Marta
( No vault mentioned)
AA: 1-Simone 2-Gabby 3- Aly
UB: 1-Kocian 2- Brenna 3- Simone
BB: 1- Simone 2- Alyssa 3- Gabby
FL: 1- Simone 2-Aly 3- Mykayla.

As far as I am concerned we all need to forget those placements because they have little to do with who will be named to the team. Kocian has been hitting UB this year and mad props to her but I am starting to wonder if we even need a specialist for UB when IMO the team will have Simone and Gabby on it. I still think Bailie Key will also be on this team which means we have the 3 up for team finals we need. Maybe it’s me but doesn’t it make more sense to bring another specialist with a chance at an individual medal say Mykayla Skinner who verified an Amanar at camp and already has a Chang? Sure Kocian could win a medal on bars if she hits but the only reason that even has a chance of happening is because Yao Jinnan and Aliya Mustafina won’t be at worlds and the only chance she could win a gold medal is because the Chinese in general get royally screwed when it comes to bars). Brenna Dowell, placed second on bars at camp and there is no way Marta is bringing her to Worlds as much as I would love to see her have a chance but she is way too inconsistent to count on and I would hate to see Marta Maddie Larson her way back to Oklahoma. Same with Alyssa Baumann is way too inconsistent on beam and useless on every other event to even consider for this team but bringing a vault / floor specialist means we need a bars/beam specialist and there is no one that fits that description. Well one person does but she hasn’t been hitting lately. What is 10 minus 2, let me know:)

This entire selection is one big fat wad of gum Writing a blog and trying to keep it straight is literally the hardest blog I have ever had to write. There are so many things that should happen, things that make sense but they aren’t probable when it comes to Marta and how she chooses a team.


The situation that makes the most sense but won’t happen:
Simone, Aly, Maggie, Bailie, Gabby and Madison Kocian.

Simone, Maggie, Bailie and Gabby duke it out for the AA and Aly does VT, Beam and Floor with Kocian doing bars.

That could very well be the team but I don’t see Aly being left out of a chance to do AA and frankly I don’t think she should be. She placed third at Nationals and placed third at the most recent camp and as far as I am concerned she deserved the shot at an AA medal with how consistent overall she has been since her comeback started. She has consistently won an AA medal at 3 of the 4 meets she has competed at (Nationals, Jesolo, and the most recent camp. She finished 4th at Classics with a fall on floor )

Then that brings us to Maggie Nichols. Maggie has had a great year. She’s been consistent but whatever she brings to the table as an AA gymnast is lost completely when you say team finals. She isn’t top 3 on any event but vault and the 3 people ahead of her on Marta’s chart all have Amanars ( Simone,Aly and Gabby) which sadly makes Maggie disposable. Now if we can get away without using Aly’s Amanar the team will be better for it but as of right now Gabby’s Amanar is a myth and we really don’t know how good it looks.

Then we have Gabby. Now I personally find it interesting that she didn’t finish top 3 on bars at either Nationals or the most recent camp. The one thing on her side is she was beaten by specialists like Brenna and Kocian. I personally always fine her overscored and overrated but my dislike of her is obviously not shared by Marta or the US judges she has competed under this comeback. The only internationals judges she has faced are those at Jesolo where she finished 4th and still got a gift on beam (tho she has improved since then start value wise) There is no way Marta is leaving her home and the camp judges are as bad as the real ones.

Bailie Key is a huge enigma in this scenario. The international judges like her better than the Marta camp judges do. Bailie never seems to rank high at any of these camps yet at Nationals she managed to be top 3 on floor and bars and would have been top 3 on beam without a fall. I really think Marta is sending her a message by low balling her at camp events to try and force her hand at upgrades she is training but not competing. Forget what you heard she did at the most recent camp or scored at any camp ran by Marta and look back at her past results in general. While I think the National judges are still on Marta’s payroll when it comes to Gabby and Aly IMO they were in general pretty good this year for anyone not a former Olympian with a comeback.

So look At Jesolo where she only scored a 14.900 on bars but it was the third best score for the US team. On Floor she finished 3rd but her score was a 15.00. That is very usable in a team finals. I still consider Bailie a lock unless Marta goes whacko and decides to add a specialist and make Bailie the alternate but I personally think Key will be the second AAer as long as she doesn’t fall when it comes to international judges.

Aly Raisman is as close to a lock as you can get without actually being a lock. An Amanar and a floor routine that by the time Olympics comes around will rival Simone Biles in start value (mark my words) along with a beam in progress is too good to be left at home the only thing we really need to consider is if Marta will use her on 3 events or 4 which brings me to

The NON AAers

Madison Kocian She might have finished 6th at Nationals but an AA gymnast she isn’t. Injury or not her DTY is below average and her beam is a mess. She is a pretty dancer but her only useful event in a team finals is a bar routine she doesn’t always hit in pressure situations. I can see her hitting it at camp and missing at Worlds or missing at camp and being left off this team altogether. With all due respect to what she has done with her UB this year remember Jana Bieger hit her bars too until camp time at the Olympics and Marta then pretended she didn’t exist. The real problem here is she isn’t good enough on beam to be used as a bars and beam specialist. Her only useful event is that bar routine which brings me to

Alyssa Baumann. Any way you slice it she has one useful event and that is beam but unlike Madison she hasn’t been consistent with this routine. It’s beautiful when she hits but there is no way in hell I would ever trust her to be part of a team finals UNLESS you’re team USA. Much like Madison she is part of a US team that is going to dominate Worlds team finals. Unless the team falls apart as a whole there is no way the US is losing that gold medal. She is Serena Williams against an un-ranked Italian at the US Open (Oh wait…………) No chance in hell she makes this team.

Brenna Dowell She verified an Amanar and camp and hit her uneven bar routine finishing second at camp (rumor is she was 5th or 6th in the AA but I don’t remember where I read that. Lets be real here NO WAY Brenna touches this team but I very much like her improvement on bars since Oklahoma. Her big connection is actually done pretty well when she hits but with Kocian being more consistent she is on this team way before Brenna is even considered. She basically has no shot.

Mykayla Skinner Much like Kocian she is an AA gymnast in no sense of the word except that she competes the AA. Say what you want about Mykayla she competed admirably at Worlds last year and IMO should have come home with 2 individual medals (VT and floor) If she gets a chance to compete at Worlds, She, Hong, Biles and Paeska will be fighting for the 3 medals during vault finals but finding her a place on this team is kind of hard unless you remove Maggie Nichols as an AAer from this discussion. Making Maggie the alternate is the only way I see Mykayla on this team (adding her with a bars/beam specialist or Kocian who will be allowed to compete beam even though she sucks. It’s a tough situation because like I said above do you take Maggie and use her as an AAer with an Amanar who has no shot at making any event finals or do you take Mykayla and use her Chang for team finals knowing she has a great shot at winning a medal on vault. I can see why people think Maggie deserves this Worlds and I agree with you 100% but I also think Mykayla deserves these Worlds too.

Kyla Ross Okay so this year has been a complete loss for my poor Kyla Ross but how many times did Dominque Dawes choke away a National Championships yet still be added to the US team because the coaches knew when it came down to it she would be there for the team? I refuse to give up on you Kyla even though I personally feel if you really had your head in the game you would be staying home from those weekend trips to UCLA and spending extra time in the gym preparing yourself for a chance at Worlds. I don’t see Marta taking her but lets say she gets her bars down for Worlds camp and finishes first would you leave her at home? Would it matter if Kocian fell or say Kocian hit but Kyla was better. Lets just say there is a lot to think about.

Ashton Kutcher Okay Locklear. She was injured. She had surgery what happens if she shows up to Worlds camp with a 6.6 routine and hits it both days would you leave her home (in spite of placing 4th at Worlds last year) or would it all depend on what you get from Kocian.

The lock of all locks

Simone Biles She is the best gymnast on 3 of the 4 events and top 3 on bars. She could finish tenth and still be put on this team and not a single person would argue with that decision. I would hate to see her do all 4 events in qualifying and team finals so she is tired for the event finals but she will probably have to do that.

Hey I felt like we owed it to her to at least mention her:)


My Team (s)

My brain says we should take the team of Simone, Aly, Bailie, Gabby, Maggie and Madison and leave Aly off bars in prelims but my Marta brain says we take the same team and leave Maggie off bars in prelims so Aly gets a chance at the AA.


We take Simone, Aly, Gabby, Bailie, Skinner and Kocian with Simone, Aly, Gabby and Bailie doing AA in prelims with VT/FL Skinner and Beam/Bars Kocian making Maggie the alternate. This same situation could be used for Bailie being alternate and Maggie taking the AA.

My BLIND self would take a team of Simone, Maggie, Aly, Bailie, Skinner and Ross (who hits at camp) using the first four for AA and Skinner and Ross as the bars/beam specialist.

and last but not least I would take a team of Simone, Kyla, Aly, Maggie, Bailie and Kocian and leave Gabby at home for my sanity 🙂

Spiridonova wins AA at Russian Cup

September 17, 2015


IG Article

AA Videos
Rotation 1
Rotation 2
Rotation 3
Rotation 4

( Angelina Melnikova competed as an Exhibition and had the best AA score but didn’t win do to her status as a exhibition (too young to officially compete ) She scored a 14.167 15.067 14.400 13.600 for a 57.234)

1. Daria Spiridonova                14.000 15.400 14.000 13.700       57.100
2. Seda Tutkhalyan                  14.533 14.233 14.867 13.100      56.733
3. Maria Kharenkova                13.933 14.233 14.500 13.800      56.466
4. Yevgenia Shelgunova          14.100 13.800 14.200 14.000      56.100
5. Daria Yelizarova Tula           14.100 13.800 13.900 14.133      55.933
6. Anastasia Dmitriyeva            14.033 12.667 13.700 14.467      54.867
7. Lilia Akhaimova                    13.867 12.500 13.533 14.100       54.000
8. Polina Fedorova                   13.467 12.967 13.567 12.967       52.967
9. Alla Sosnitskaya                   14.367 14.900 13.200 10.100       52.567
10. Alla Sidorenko                    13.567 13.567 12.933 11.900       51.967
11. Yulia Biryulya                     13.800 14.100 10.267 11.567       49.734
12. Daria Mikhaylova                13.400 9.900 13.733 11.933         48.966
13. Anastasia Cheong              13.633 10.700 11.833 12.200       48.366
14. Arina Nedovesova               12.467 11.000 12.433 12.367      48.267
15. Maria Iontef                     13.233 9.433 11.400 12.633        46.699
16. Yevgenia Menovschikova    13.767 10.167 10.767 11.867      46.568
17. Anastasia Osetrova             11.800 12.167 10.233 10.767      44.967
18. Yekaterina Ischenko            12.567 8.567 11.400 12.333        44.867

Daria Skrypnik 13.233 15.400 14.200 42.833
19. Viktoria Komova 15.467 13.667 29.134
20. Maria Paseka 14.800 14.133 28.933
* Natalia Kapitonova 14.833 13.433 28.266



Videos from youtube
Full Qualifying Results

1. Daria Spiridonova 13.700 15.467 14.300 13.833 57.300
2. Yevgenia Shelgunova 14.200 13.433 14.533 14.833 56.999
3. Alla Sosnitskaya 14.367 14.700 14.333 12.967 56.367
4. Maria Kharenkova 13.867 14.167 13.800 14.133 55.967
5. Seda Tutkhalyan 14.700 14.333 13.400 13.333 55.766
6. Anastasia Dmitriyeva 14.367 12.733 13.967 13.033 54.100
7. Alla Sidorenko 13.567 13.333 13.267 12.433 52.600
8. Lilia Akhaimova 11.800 12.700 13.400 14.400 52.300
9. Yulia Biryulya 13.767 14.000 12.000 11.933 51.700
10. Polina Fyodorova 13.400 11.933 13.533 12.400 51.266

1. Maria Paseka – 15.300 15.633
2. Seda Tutkhalyan – 14.700 VT2
3. Tatiana Nabieva –
Ksenia Afanasyeva 14.533 VT2

Uneven Bars:
1. Daria Spiridonova – 15.467
2. Maria Paseka – 15.300
3. Alla Sosnistkaya – 14.700

Balance Beam:
1. Evgeniya Shelgunova – 14.533
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva – 14.367
3. Alla Sosnitskaya – 14.333

Floor Exercise:
1. Ksenia Afanasyeva – 14.967
2. Lilia Akhaimova – 14.400
3. Maria Kharenkova – 14.133

Darya Spiridonova on bars (15.467)
Ksenia Afanasyeva on Floor looked horrible on floor and pretty much walked through her routine. She looks out of gymnastics shape to me but these videos can be distorted (14.967)

Komova only did bars and beam(14.167)

Where is Aliya ?

September 15, 2015


Rumor is Aliya’s currently not training and taking some time off. She could be pregnant (made up rumor meant as a joke) or had a fight with Valentina Rodionenko and was kicked off the Russian team all we know for sure is someone knows something but they aren’t sharing.

Thanks to LOL for all this riveting information many days late because my new job and current boyfriend apparently need to spend more time with me.

The Return of Catalina Ponor

September 13, 2015

Full Results from Full Twist
Videos by Anne-Sophie Henri

It’s completely insane that after 3 years off she comes back and easily takes over as the second best gymnast in the Country.

Sorry I have been missing action but work and life have gotten in the way.

Larisa Iordache won the AA with a 58.150 with a fall off bars


Where is my girl Andrea Iridon ?????

This was pretty impressive for a Romanian. Not sure what he start value was but Romania will be desperate for bars workers if they are bringing back Ponor and Izbaza so anyone that can stay on with decent form has a huge shot at making this team.

Anamaria Ocolisan on bars