Iordache Wins Stuttgart World Cup

11/30/2014


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Women’s All-Around

1. Larisa Iordache 15.133 14.700 15.333 14.600 59.766
2. Jessica Lopez 14.600 14.833 14.200 14.166 57.799
3. Kim Bui 14.133 14.600 13.666 14.266 56.665
4. Vanessa Ferrari 13.800 13.933 14.333 14.366 56.432
5. Aliya Mustafina 15.000 13.833 13.600 13.966 56.399
6. Alla Sosnitskaya 14.333 14.000 12.933 14.100 55.366
7. Ellie Black 13.933 13.733 13.700 13.833 55.199
8. Lisa-Katharina Hill 13.933 14.966 12.700 13.266 54.865

The official end of my Skating loves

11/18/2014

Fumie Suguri offically retired today. Yeah I know you all thought she retired years ago (so did I:) but today she announced it.

So with the retirement of Daisuke Takahashi last October and Michelle Kwan giving it up 8 years ago :( I am now officially retired from being a Figure Skating fan.

Oh sure I will be back to bitch about fixed Olympics competitions and the overscoring of Gracie Gold but the last reason to stay up late or wake up early to see who won a competition retired today.

Watching this video above made me teary eyed. Its a sad day when you know the last emotional attachment you have had to a skater is over because she is no longer competing. My love for the sport died years ago.

As much as I like Mao and Yuna its just not the same anymore. The Skating itself is unwatchable and the fixed judging is as blatant as ever. There really is no reason to be a dedicated fan anymore.

So Happy Retirement Fumie. I will always remember seeing you skate live at Worlds in 2003 where I argued with the lady sitting next to me because she insisted Sasha should have the bronze medal and I told her she was nuts ( I was right:) and your class on and off the ice was always a pleasure.

Here is Fumie’s statement.

I have announced retirement from
competitive figure skating carrier last week.
As most of figure skaters retired in their 20s,
many of you are surprised that I have been
competing until 33 years old.

My goal is always has been Olympic
After skated in XIX Olympic Winter Games (2002, Salt Lake City)
XX Olympic Winter Games (2006, Torino),
I kept skating even from very small local competitions
in order to get a chance for Olympic again,

“Holy Place” I don’t know any other words to
describe Olympic Games.
Olympic has cast a spell over me
when I first experienced in 2002,
since then I put myself together to
get another chance for 2006.
I got the chance, and proved myself.
There was no regret after my performance,
I did my best performance there,
although I finished 4th place.
I think I was missing something,but I couldn’t understand
what I was missing.
I thought I would never find out the answer
unless I go back to Olympic Games,
and this is why I had been skating until now,
because I always had a dream.

However as a competitor I had to face to the reality
that I will be 37 when the next Olympic Games
are taking place, and above all, I haven’t even
qualified for The Japan Figure Skating Championships
this year after I finished 8th in qualify competition.
I finally decided to leave competitive field.

Looking back my carrier, I have been skating for
28 years since I was 6.
First of all, I want to thanks to all the support
from fans. Their warm encouragements always
pushed my back, especially when I was down and
was about to lose confidence.
I am very lucky to have met all of you and
I would never been able to imagine my skating life without you.
Thank you again.

Also many thanks to my sponsor company,
Phoenix and Kappa skating club, to believe in my skating
and support my carrier.

Finally, I want to thank my parents, for your
enormous support and love to have me keep skating for 28 years.

After my retirement, I will keep studying under
Lori Nichol who has choreographed my program since I was 15.
Lori has taught me the joy of skating and skating foundations
Not only skating skills but also expressiveness occupied
important part of judgments.

When I think how I can contribute to future skating,
my answer is to become a professional choreographer
and pass tradition and charm of figure skating I learned
from Lori to younger generations.

My goal is always Olympic Games, this has not been changed.
I am not able to come back as a competitor,
although I will be back as a choreographer and
would like to show my programs through great skaters.

So, this is just beginning.
Until my programs receive standing ovation from spectators in Olympic Games, my journey will go on.

Thank you very much.

Fumie

Taylor takes on Rhythmic Gymnastics

11/12/2014

Looks like Gymnastics isn’t the only fixed sport at the Olympics and speaking of fixed sports

Taylor calls it rhythmic dancing most of the video and she clearly has not found her calling. Anyone recognize any of these gymnasts?

And just because it makes me smile I am posting this. Number 2 is freaking un real oh and Rask nice goaling tonight dumbass.

Shawn Johnson Signature Gymnastics Series

11/06/2014

shawn

Shawn Johnson’s new set of Gymnastics Meets

Thanks Bess.

Hee Hee

Hmm

10/29/2014

Skate Canada

Yeah that’s all I’ve got

Komova Walk through

10/26/2014

Rehearsal for the 2014 Mexico open.

She gets huge applause for walking through her routine and while I usually do not watch floor routines that start with double pikes I walked the Mustafina walk with eyes wide open. Komova did her best Mustafina impression here.

The beam routine was a lot more impressive if you can get past the 25 seconds when she finally gets on the beam.

10 years ago today

10/21/2014

10 years ago tonight, this happened.

I couldn’t find a video of the game or the last out but this sums it all up pretty nicely:)

Oh and this is a lot of fun too

I know I complain about the Red Sox a lot and even this series but I guess I wouldn’t change a thing. Its what made us what we are today. Though Damon being an asshole I would change.

My thoughts on the 2014 World Championships part 2

10/14/2014

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?

Other things

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.

Thoughts from the 2014 World Championships. Part 1

10/13/2014

Surprise

Larisa Iordache and her 6.3 start value Uneven Bar routine. Not only is this routine pretty good for a gymnast not known for her Uneven bar prowess but it helped her nearly take the All Around gold medal from a guaranteed outcome.

Everyone knew Simone would take the title but we all thought she had over a fall buffer to win but Larissa came along with improved routines like this and only lost the gold medal by a little over 5 tenths. Maybe the person who put this bar routine together for Larisa should put together a similar one for Kyla and Simone.

Daria Spiridonova (first routine in this video) ended up winning a bronze medal during the UB final but she was a positive surprise to me during qualifying. Russian giants aside she hit every handstand and only had a slight form issue in the routine and I thought her score deserved to be higher than Mustafina during qualifying. She had a 6.4 start value.

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What happened to?????

Mai Murakami : Mai made the event finals last year at worlds and just about everyone thought she got the royal screwing from the judges when it came to scoring (an artistry deduction, really?) She was at Worlds this year competing vault, bars and Floor during prelims and fell on her first past. Here is her prelims Floor routine She competed the same 3 routines in team finals where Japan finished 8th ( Vault 14.566 (5.8) Bars 13.400 (4.9) and Floor 13.700 (5.4) You can watch her team final floor routine here

Anna Pavlova: When Anna moved to Azerbaijan to compete everyone thought it was a great move for her. Russia refused to add her to their National team even when she out performed gymnasts they did add but it looks like Russia was right because Anna had a very forgettable qualifying performance finishing 50th and scoring 12.933 on her best event and doing just as bad on the remaining 3.(12.833 (bars)12.166 (beam) 13.166 (floor) Here is her qualifying Floor routine where she started with a double pike.

Lauren Mitchell: The former Floor world champion injured herself before qualifying and withdrew from the competition.

2014 Worlds Events Finals. Day 1 and 2

10/11/2014

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