I have overrated gymnasts and Shannon Miller for 1000, Alex. Oh wait. Wrong show.
I have overrated gymnasts and Shannon Miller for 1000, Alex. Oh wait. Wrong show.
Remember when the American Cup had a mixed event? When Romania came for tri meets? When the Hilton Challenge existed? When junior Nationals was shown on National Television. The Goodwill Games , The Visa Challenge etc… Heck we even had events like the Reeses International which was basically a fluff competition but where gymnasts did real skills like full in’s on floor.
It’s a shame that USA-Gymnastics fixed so many non World/Olympic competitions for the US (Remember when Kristen Maloney and Atler won all the event finals at the GWG? or when the US beat Romania at one of those international cups) that now these meets have disappeared from Television completely.
and the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate…….
Hey Gabby and I are happy about the same thing.lol
AND…. Can I seriously bitch about all the celebrities at last nights SB that didn’t give a shit about who won? Those seats could have been given to REAL fans. Suck it John Legend and you’re bimbo wife who looked bored.
The Superbowl will have my attention ( Go Patriots and suck it haters) so depending my mood which we all know depends on the Patriots winning who knows when I’ll feel like blogging so for now…….
This blog keeps getting longer and longer the more I watch youtube videos. In no particular order…
Zeng Siqi: Retired way too soon. I loved watching this kid. It’s a shame she was so inconsistent. I loved her so much she gets 2 routines in this blog.
Jiang Yuayuan: See the blog I wrote for Videos.
Fan Ye: I saw this live.
Sui Lu: Spent her career getting robbed
2011 Worlds :Floor
Yang Yilin: The real Olympic gold medalist on bars.
(Actually found a better video from NBC but refuse to use it because Tim and Elfi are biased dumbass’s in it and it pissed me off)
He Kexin : in 2007
Liu Xuan: I loved her beating the two whiny Russians that thought they deserved gold over this. In their dreams.
Nica’s little sister is too cute for words. This is better choreographed then all the stuff the senior National team competed last year and better performed too. My fave floor routine of the year.
Emily Gaskins interview. Steve Nunno’s comment is hilarious.lol
It’s only a 3 minute run and you get amnesia half way down.lol
The other gymnast mentioned is Kyrie Lowe. She also trains part time with Steve. I didn’t know he owned 4 gyms in Florida.
Shania Adams, Buckeye
Jade Carey, Oasis
Jordan Chiles, Naydenov
Christina Desidero, Parkettes
Olivia Dunne, ENA Paramus
Norah Flatley, Chow’s
Jazmyn Foberg, MG Elite
Margzetta Frazier, Parkettes
Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati
Morgan Hurd, First State
Madeleine Johnston, Hill’s
Shilese Jones, Buckeye
Adeline Kenlin, Iowa Gym-Nest
Sunisa Lee, Midwest Gymnastics
Lauren Little, Everest
Ashton Locklear, Everest
Emma Malabuyo, Texas Dreams
Jaymes Marshall, TIGAR
Riley McCusker, MG Elite
Victoria Nguyen, Chow’s
Marissa Oakley, Everest
Maile O’Keefe, Salcianu Elite
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Gabby Perea, Legacy Elite
Lexy Ramler, Kidsport LLC
Emily Schild, Everest Gymnastics
Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 Gymnastics
Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
Tori Tatum, Twin City Twisters
Trinity Thomas, Prestige
Olivia Trautman, Twin City Twisters
Top 6 SP’s if you want to watch all at once
Protocals for LP
I didn’t really cover Nationals this year and I feel guilty so here is my filler blog wrap up of what I thought. Drum Roll please………..
How about Caroline Zhang: Short Program
Low balled in the SP. Low balled in the long Caroline was amazing and she wins best dress award hands down. It was nice to see her hit 2 programs for the first time in like forever. I don’t agree with Johnny who was very critical or Tara who over praised and I thought her loop was cheated but with the last few years Caroline has had this was amazing for her.
Head Case Central:
Don’t get me started. Neither deserves their programs being shown above. Only in the US can you not get credit for a jump at all and still get ridiculous scores that keep you in the competition. Her SP combination was messy and cheated to me. They gave her scratchy LP combination plus GOE.lol Then Gracie campaigned to be put on the World team and she had the AUDACITY, to sight Michelle Kwan in 2006 as her reasoning . Honey, Kwan was injured not to mention the 9 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION and 5 time World Champion at that point and she didn’t suck the entire year leading up to those Olympics because she was hurt and couldn’t compete. Unlike you who took the summer off and just thought she would waltz into the grand prix season on her name, THE YEAR BEFORE THE OLYMPICS.
You wonder why I cannot stand this girl. She also snuck back to train with her old coach for 2 weeks leading up to Nationals. Frank dumped her ass and told the media before he told her. Karma…
Mirai being trusted to go to Worlds would be a huge risk. It would also be stupid so thankfully the USFSA wasn’t dumb enough to do it. She cheated jumps in her SP and they still gave her credit and then she imploded in her LP messing up jumps throughout and her SP was grossly overscored. I like Mirai. I like how she fights back when no one thinks she can and I fully expect her and the bratty phony above to do just that next year but there comes a time you just have to let go. Send someone for experience.
It’s Mariah dude… and no to skating Michelle Kwan music. Everyone over hyped her because she skated very well at Skate America but I’m just … enh on her..
[Short Program] Avoid. Tara love makes me gag…. ( yes the double axel was scratchy and she won’t be getting a 71 with a mistake at Worlds at least she skates like she means it. The rest of these programs were so slow in comparison.
I am going to reverse the script here and put her SP up and not her LP. Her LP had a cheated jump and I wasn’t as impressed with but this SP was the highlight of the competition. She should have been ahead of everyone by a mile here.
…….and I suppose we should talk about the new quad king but honestly, I just am not impressed with anything he does that doesn’t involve jumping. This is skating I suppose I have to live with it…. glad he didn’t get hurt in his exhibition like last year. Smart kid not doing the quad
and like always after watching Nationals I spend time watching Michelle Kwan because even with being impressed with some of what I saw this year there will never be another Kween…..
Watching this will give anyone a headache.lol He has some 2 performance comparisons too which aren’t as dizzy inducing.
WTF seems to involve Aly this week because this one is a video game. Looks more like Rebecca Bross to me…
Why does Agata Stepnik look pregnant?
Us Figure Skating Nationals Results
I finally got around to watching last years Junior Nationals and while I wasn’t a big fan of the leader board I did find some hidden gems with a lot of potential.
This code is very much in favor of the power gymnasts and I am very much a fan of the artistic so my favorites will probably all end up in college gymnastics competing for UCLA but here’s what impressed me.
( I have no clue who turns senior this year of this group)
Sunisa Lee : Floor
For a tiny little ballerina she has deceptive power. A 5.4 start value and she starts with a double layout. She finished tenth at Junior Nationals so she didn’t make the National team but she has some decent junior start values on Beam ( 5.8) and Floor. Though her beam has a bit of Nastia posing the potential is there Here she is competing in 2016…
Emma Malabuyo: Floor
I remember being impressed with her in 2015 but I can’t for the life of me remember why so I watched some 2016 routines from Classics. She isn’t a great dancer but you can tell she has a lot of potential . She also tumbles quite well for her size. She’s one of those gymnasts with flashes of good form in between bad form who you can totally see improving over night and succeeding in that area. Her beam is the same. Flashes of potential. She has a 5.8 start value on floor
Riley McCusker: Floor
Of the top tier juniors the one I was most impressed with was Riley. She has nice toe point and decent form but with start values in the 5.6 – 5.8 range she is going to need major upgrades to compete as a senior.
Morgan Hurd: Bars
I prefer her bars to Gabby Parea who is mentioned below. She hit her handstands much better. She’s a pretty dancer but her start values on beam and floor are between 5.3 and 5.5
Who decided, Remember the name was appropriate floor music for a junior gymnast at Nationals ? (Sloane Blakely )
Gabby Parea has a start value on bars between 6.0 and 6.2 depending on which you believe the official score sheet or the you tube video but she had too many missed handstands and form issues for my taste but she seems to have the most potential of the group on bars ( next to Hurd)The US might need some help from Liukin in this area when it comes to the juniors as a whole.
Jordan Chiles didn’t compete at Nationals due to injury but of all the gymnasts mentioned above she is the most likely to make a world team in the near future. The Amanar has been devalued but she is the only junior I know of who can compete it. She has potential on floor though she’s quite bouncy. If she ever reigns in her power the world might need to watch out. Her start values are between 5.6 and 5.9 ( plus the Amanar) but of all the gymnasts above she is the closest to a true AA gymnast the juniors have.
I feel like I need to mention Mailie O’Keefe (pronounced Miley) since she is the reigning Junior National Champion. She’s not the greatest dancer artistic wise but she has the neatest jumps and leaps on floor. There is something calming about her floor. I don’t know how to explain it but her double turn was beautiful. She also had some pretty landings on her leaps and jumps. Everyone else pretty much falls out of them but Mailie doesn’t. Her floor music was easily my favorite of the competition.
Her best event is beam with a 6.3 start value Her leaps and jumps need work on beam.
Will we get to see Norah Flatley live up to the potential she had as a junior before injury?
Which junior from last year will make the biggest impact in 2017?
Elena Eremina. My favorite floor routine of 2016 will be a Senior.. I had read a blog that was well written but I can’t seem to find it anymore so we will settle on the above Montage. I liked the girl from France but overall I see the US dominating again because the rest of the world just doesn’t get it.
There are quite a few interesting gymnasts competing in College this year so we might be following some of that this season. Kyla Ross, Mykayla Skinner, Madison Kocian. Who else?
Will Lexie Priessman stay healthy all season competing more than bars?
Maggie Nichols will own College Gymnastics in 2017, Yes or No?
Judging by her All Around (39.750) in the win vs Alabama I would go with, yes.
Brenna Dowell: (Vault)
Lexie Preissman: (Bars)
Lizzy Leduc competed beam only and received a 9.875 ( No Video) Kyla and Maddie compete today (Saturday)
Sabrina Vega competed for Georgia in a loss with two mediocre scores on Beam and Floor.
I just sat through UCLA vs someone and some of Utah vs Michigan. Kocian has the worst form of anyone on any team and got really the only huge gifts I saw from UCLA which is a turn of events. Kyla looked great on bars but had no release move. She looked even better on beam but received A really low score. Katelyn nearly fell off beam. Mykayla Skinner looked awesome in her meet on beam and floor ( though floor with the hardest routine she had some floor landings that weren’t perfect but she covered them well) She is going to do really well in College and is in amazing shape. I could see her competing Elite again. She did a DTY with a big step.
Mykayla Skinner: (Vault) ( Bars) (Beam) ( Floor)
Amelia Hundley: (Vault) ( Bars) (Beam) ( Floor)
Rachel Gowey: (Vault) ( Bars) (Beam) ( Floor)
Will UCLA ever stop being rude and dancing like fools before and after meets? The 8 ball says doubtful. Yes I know College gym is fun fun fun but at last years NCAA’s they were just rude while the other teams were celebrating you know actually winning…College gym is not for me.lol
Hope everyone has a happy and healthy new year.
2016 overall wasn’t the greatest year for me health wise but I’m still here so I’ll take it.
Gymnastics wise it was better than 2008 and 2012 but overall sports wise it sucked big time with some of the most obnoxious teams taking home the titles in baseball, football and basketball ( damn you golden State) I don’t even remember who won hockey.lol (probably Chicago)
So here is to a fabulous 2017!