Posts Tagged ‘Olivia Courtney’

Couch gymnast hears the gossip

October 17, 2009

This is a must read. Couch gymnast has a blog and she was sitting neat Marta during the World Championships. Read what she over heard.

Couch Gymnast

Or about Peggy Liddick and Lauren Mitchell’s beam routine. She kind of scoffed at the 6.5 difficulty, and then said ” 6.5? I vould not expect a 6.5 from Peggy”

Anyone else find it hilarious that Marta is mocking Peggy Liddick for difficulty on beam? An obvious dig at Shannon Miller I find it ironic that the women that created Kim Zmeskal’s 1992 routines has the gaul to question anyone’s difficulty on any event. Karolyi gymnasts are known for noo difficulty.

To be honest, though, I really got the feeling that Marta was totally gunning for Bross to win over Sloan. Or perhaps it was that she expected, after Sloan’s not great qualifications. When Sloan performed bars and vault she was kind of quiet, or just nodded and yelled no support, and then before beam, when Bridget didn’t get right up on the podium the minute before the girl before her climbed off, she was bitching at Sloan and Sharps, “Vot the hell are zey dooing?” Whenever Bross was up, she yelled and cheered, and called out reassuring “Eeet’s alright Rebecca!” as the little girl waited her turn. It wasn’t until the tide turned, and Bridget hit beam, that Marta started cheering and yelling for her too. It was weird.

Yep this was obvious from the start and I didn’t have to sit next to Marta to know that Bross is getting the “Nastia” special treatment. She can fall. She can tank and she is still treated like the Queen.

Read the blog it has a lot of insight in to just how ridiculous it is to have Marta in charge of USA- Gymnastics.

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Random day at GTT.B plus a rant on usa-gymnastics

August 25, 2009

First my rant. Why is it that USA-gymnastics sends it’s 8th and 9th place Junior’s to one of the few Junior events outside the US? No offense to Briley Cassanova (best name EVER!) and Sophina DeJesus but Kyla Ross or any of the top 4 gymnasts at this years Junior Championships should have been sent over Briley and Sophina. I am sure Marta will create some US junior competition against the US and Zimbabwe any time now but those competitions serve NO PURPOSE but to prop up US Gymnasts.

I have been complaining for years about the lack of competitions Marta sends the top gymnasts to outside of the US and Canada. It’s like she is afraid of having them lose.

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Camp for the selection of the world team is set for September 8th. Here is the list of invited

* Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla., Bieger International Gymnastics
* Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., Naperville Gymnastics Club
* Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Precision Gymnastics
* Olivia Courtney, Orlando, Fla., Orlando Metro Gymnastics
* Ivana Hong, Lovejoy, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., Hill’s Gymnastics
* Alaina Johnson, Tyler, Texas, Texas East Gymnastics
* Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
* Anastasia Liukin, Parker, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Chellsie Memmel, West Allis, Wis., M&M Gymnastics
* Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
* Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
* Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
* Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics
* Kayla Williams, Nitro, W.V., Gym Nest Inc.

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Anna Pavlova is back in training after her injury. Right now she is taking it slow. She does not have her skills back but is working hard. Info can be found here

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Alina Mustafina holds the lead after day one at the Russian Cup. Only details so far are HERE

Ksenia Afanasyeva finished third. She is injured and according to IG will not be going to Worlds. I think IG spoke too soon.

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Chellsie Memmel came back from Nationals and is in full training mode. Looks like Memmel has some unfinished business after God ruined another chance at Olympic glory for her. Bad form and all you just can’t hate Chellsie Memmel the kid. What a fighter.

Where are the Romanian gymnasts anyway?

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Things we miss. Number 14

Until next time….

The contenders for the World team. AA

August 19, 2009

It’s still a month plus away from Worlds (They start middle of October) but who would you put on the team as of now?

The US gets 4 spots overall but only 3 gymnasts for each event. With two AA’ers a given that leaves two spots and only one event)

IMO Marta has already decided most of the team. Sloan and Bross for AA. Nastia for bars and beam. Then she will take a vault and floor specialist. That I can’t predict. I can’t believe she is considering Kytra Hunter for this team.

The reality:

AA:

Bridget Sloan : is your National Champion. She should be on the team. She had some trouble on beam day one but she nailed all 4 routines on day two and took all 3 event finals when combining scores from both days. When she needed to she hit her landings on floor and with the new code taking deductions for steps and lunges Bridget stepped up when she needed to.

Ivana Hong : was a clean landings on floor away from being National Champion but it wasn’t meant to be. She almost nailed her vault to end the competition but with lower start values on 3 events then Bridget and Rebecca she will be the one left off the team. She doesn’t stand out on any event except beam but thanks to Marta taking Nastia at all costs Ivana gets screwed. My advice to Ivana is train a second vault. Your DTY is beautiful (except the leg separation at the end) You are capable of it.

Rebecca Bross: She fell, fell, fell at Nationals and you would know it by looking at her scores. The judges just didn’t deduct. Marta controls those judges which pretty much makes her a lock for the second AA spot. She competed injured (she is always injured) and has higher start values then above. The only reason she finished 3rd besides the judges with all those mistakes was because the competition as a whole was the weakest it has been since 1997.

Of the 3 mentioned above (and with worlds being so weak this year) Bridget has a chance to make beam and floor finals and possibly bars (but she won’t medal) Bridget can make beam and floor finals and Ivana could make beam finals. Possibly floor if she cleans up her landings but that could be said about Ivana also.

Next up Event Finals.

Is gymnastics dead?

August 7, 2009

I was just reading a College Gymnastics message board that likened elite gymnastics to a sleep medication. I have been sitting here for a few hours on my computer trying to come up with something to write a new blog about. Nationals are coming up and I have drawn a blank. Best I can come up with is to either talk about Nationals again or the past when gymnastics had not only the skill level but the beauty to go along with it. Now all we have is tricks done badly. Even the gymnasts today we label with great form can’t even do a simple cast to handstand with their legs together. Great form doesn’t mean what it used to anymore.

So…. How about we talk about how ridiculous it is for usa-gymnastics the governing body of the sport here in the US to use Nastia and Shawn to sell products on their website. Doesn’t that bring into question how legit their competitions are?

How about twitter where you can stalk your favorite gymnast and find out everything they are doing during the day? I used to follow Nastia on twitter but after countless updates about how much she loves her fans I had to stop. It becomes phony after awhile. I don’t even remember my password to twitter anymore. It’s been that long.

How about facebook?

Well until next time….

Who will win US Nationals in 09?

August 6, 2009

Here is the USA-Gymnastics.com link to who is competing at Nationals this year. Right now we will concentrate on just the women.

At the bottom of this blog will be a complete list of competing seniors. I can’t remember a weaker field in 20 years. With Nastia Liukin and Chellsie Memmel only doing two events. Sam Peszek only doing 3 and Mattie Larson and Sam Shapiro out of the competition altogether this list is pretty thin. Even before all these injuries and adding in the listed AA Olympic Champion this list is nothing to write home about. Then that is more the sports problem then the gymnasts. Also not competing is Olympic alternate Corrie Lothrop. Alaina Johnson is rumored to have given up the sport.

If you made a list and linked these girls into groups based on past success the following would be

The “A” Listers with a shot at the Gold medal

Bridget Sloan (best US gymnast in AA this year)
Jana Bieger (former World AA silver medalist)
Ivana Hong ( 4th at Nationals in 07)
Rebecca Bross (potential and 2007 U.S. junior champion)
I would add Olivia Courtney here also but we all know Marta will never let that happen

The B listers with a shot at an AA medal.

Olivia Courtney (US Classic Champion, Olympic Trials competitor)
Kaitlyn Clark (US classic medalist)
Cassandra Whitcomb (potential)
Mackenzie Caquatto (former Olympic Trials competitor currently competing injured)

The rest are…
Rheagan Courville
Kytra Hunter (vt and floor specialist)
Georgia Dabritz
Rebecca Clark
Kimberly Jacob
Annette Miele (trained by Natalia Yurchenko)
Morgan Steigerwalt (clean for a Parkette)
Brooke Parker
Kayla Williams (vt and floor specialist)

Now there are always some surprises in these events. If you watched Kristen Maloney in 1996 there is no way you would have pegged her as the bronze medalist at Nationals in 97. Let alone a future Olympian.

Jaycie Phelps was a horrible junior before she shined late in her senior career.

That is why we actually have a competition.

If I was a betting girl I would bet the house on Bridget Sloan. If she stands up all 4 events I don’t see her being beat by any gymnast doing AA at this event.

Until next time….

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Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Precision Gymnastics
Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla., Bieger International Gymnastics
Olivia Courtney, Orlando, Fla., Orlando Metro Gymnastics
Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., Naperville Gymnastics Club
Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
Rheagan Courville, Baton Rouge, La., Elite Gymnastics
Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., Hill’s Gymnastics
Georgia Dabritz, Rowley, Mass., Ace Gymnastics Inc.
Rebecca Clark, Blue Springs, Mo., Great American Gymnastics Express
Kimberly Jacob, Raleigh, N.C., Superior Gymnastics
Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Annette Miele, Easton, Pa., Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Morgan Steigerwalt, Jim Thorpe, Pa., Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, WOGA, senior
Ivana Hong, Lovejoy, Texas, WOGA, senior
Alaina Johnson, Tyler, Texas, Texas East Gymnastics
Nastia Liukin, Parker, Texas, WOGA, senior
Brooke Parker, Lorton, Va., Capital Gymnastics National Center
Kayla Williams, Nitro, W.V., Gym Nest Inc.
Chellsie Memmel, West Allis, Wis., M&M Gymnastics

The 2009 US classic. MY opinion and it isn’t nice.

July 27, 2009

Olivia Courtney won the meet when Ivana Hong fell on bars.¬† Besides the over scoring of Nastia (see below) I won’t bore you with the details of bad form, bobbles galore and cheap gymnastics of the night but I will give you my overall impression. NO one stood out. No matter how hard¬† Tasha and John harped on how cute Sabrina Vega is that doesn’t make her gymnastics a joy to watch. In fact I found her loud, phony and way to involved with the camera during the meet. (Being cute I will leave for the eye of the beholder) Her form is pretty sloppy and overall her gymnastics has a lot of work needed. Yes she is a junior but that doesn’t change the facts about her gymnastics.

Kytra Hunter has no shot as a Vault/floor specialist if Marta has a brain. Her dance is horrific and her messy style would be killed by the World Judges. Think Natasha Kelley.

Kayla Williams is another gymnast John and Tasha harped on all night as a Vault/floor specialist but I can’t see that happening either. Her tumbling was great but her presentation was horrid. I hate to pick on poor Natasha’s Kelley again but…. Kayla is rumored to be working on a Rudi vault and an Amanar that she has not landed once on her feet but if some how she hits them both at Nationals and the training camp things could change.

Sam Peszek had a very high DTY with great distance but she was short on the second twist and took a step. She was nailing beam until she fell. (Judges might question her sheep jump and switch half , L turn but overall she looked the same as she did last year. Nothing improved. I was really looking forward to seeing how her beam routine was judges last year at the Olympics but the injury took her out.

Cassie Whitcomb won bars with a 14.650 (A score was 5.600 and B score was, 9.050) A few leg separations but overall she reminds me of every Mary Lee Tracy gymnast on bars. Just there. I guess I shouldn’t say that because she was clearly the class of the event last night. She has a few leg separations she needs to tidy up but we all know the judges pretty much ignore those any way.

Georgia Dabritz from Ace gymnastics had a lot of skills in her bars routine but the judges treated her like they treated Grace Taylor as an elite. Not very well nailing her B score with almost 2 points in deductions. (5.400 A- score)

Jana Bieger was a mess all night. Except on vault where I thought her form looked a little better. (still not good but better ) Crossed legs on her 1.5 but not as badly as usual. Her bars was a mess, she made multiple mistakes but didn’t fall. Her beam was another mess and she didn’t compete floor. Doesn’t look good for her this year. Rumors last year had Marta refusing to allow her to compete for Germany which IMO was a pretty ass holy thing to do if it is true especially when Germany is no threat to the US in any team event.

Ivana Hong is now training at Woga and that in itself gets her bonus points from US judges. Her bars was the same form and presentation wise, her beam was a mess with a lot of bobbles for 75 % of the routine. Her DTY looked good but she had a step and her floor was presented well but I can’t remember what she tumbled so I won’t even comment. That is my typical Ivana opinion, unmemorable.

Kaitlyn Clark finished third and I don’t remember seeing her at all on the broadcast. Her best event by score was an 14.05 on beam (A score of 5.400 with a B score of 8.650)

Bridgette Caquatto was hyped by Tasha and John as having an amazing bar routine but her score certainly did not tell that story. A 5.1 A score with nearly 1.5 points off in deductions does not a great routine make.

Kyla Ross a junior from Gym-max won the Junior event but she competed during the day and wasn’t seen. Had the best score of the competition on vault with a 15.2 and that is seniors and juniors. A gym blog has more info on her with some video from earlier in the year. GymBlog She is very impressive for 12 years old. Wants to win juniors this year.

Olivia Courtney won the meet but wouldn’t have if the judges had their way. IMO she was the best and should have won even if Ivana had not fallen. She is an amazing tumbler and swings the bars really aggressively. Not a huge fan of her gymnastics but it’s nice to see someone compete in gymnastics that doesn’t play to the camera. She just went out and did what she did. Olivia was the only gymnast to come even close to getting a plus 14 on every event (Missing beam by half a tenth with a 13.950)

Rebecca Bross is the next it girl according to some. I personally don’t see it. If she didn’t train at Woga no one would even know who she is. She competed only on bars and fell on the dismount (on purpose to protect the injury) Her bar routine was full of leg separations and she has Nastia’s hideous giants.

Overall I guess I was pretty happy we got any coverage but they really need to get rid of John Roethlisberger. He isn’t funny at all. Tasha
Schwikert did okay but some of her comments were over the top. Saying that Jana should have replaced Sam at the Olympics after her injury was impossible. Tasha should have known that. Jana replacing Chellsie on bars is just as ludicrous.

We got an interview with Kim Zmeskal to announce she was pregnant. Umm this is a gymnastics meet try showing routines. Can’t be too mad at Universal Sports this was their first Gymnastics competition on their own without the help of NBC.

Shawn Johnson was at the meet but wasn’t interviewed. Shawn is currently the most well known gymnast in the US over Nastia Liukin (which I don’t get. The AA Olympic Champion deserves a little more attention then the runner up don’t you think? but that being said Shawn is out in the public eye and in many people’s opinion should be the real Olympic Champion over Nastia so hakuna matata.

John insisted that Alicia Sacramone is coming out of retirement. If that happens forget it being this year. Alicia has gained at least 25 pounds since the Olympics and is too busy drinking and partying to be ready this year.

John mentioned tonight that Nastia is still competing because she wants to be the Most decorated gymnast from the United States. I guess Nastia runs around telling this to everyone because Tim Daggett also loves to comment about this. Great you want to have the most medals but bragging about it to everyone is pretty immature. Almost as immature as the way you, Alicia, Sam and Shayla treated Shawn last year. Someone needs to grow up. Running around announcing this to every commentator is not being competitive. It’s being petty. Shannon Miller I am sure is above responding to this type of bragging but I am not. I’ll save that for my next blog:)

Now to what you have all been waiting for….. MY opinion on Nastia Liukin.

Advice for Nastia, Don’t quit your day job. Your commentating skills suck. She babbled through every question and A’s and wouldn’t stop giggling. As for her gymnastics below is what I think. Sorry but her beam is full of cheap skills done badly. She didn’t even change much of the routine around.

Nastia Liukin competed in her first meet since the 2008 Olympics. Probably the second biggest name in gymnastics currently (more complaints on that later) Nastia only competed on beam at the US classic and she did not look good.

Not in gymnastics shape at all Nastia bobbled her way through her beam routine not connecting her front walk over to her backhand spring to back layout, (should have lost connection bonus) bobbling on her jump combination (sloppy not very well done wolf jump) a slightly wonky side somi (the ugliest move in gymnastics next to a full twisting swing down) another bobble on her Onodi to sheep jump (not even close to being connected) Another bobble on her signature move no longer in the code and a near fall on her last jump combined with a simple layout with a step to end the routine netted Nastia a 14.5 for second place on the night. Boggles the mind how the judges only found 8 tenths of deductions in this routine. (5.4 A score for difficulty)

Please do not give me she only trained 8 months this year because I don’t want to hear it. If she isn’t committed to competing this year then don’t expect special treatment. It’s obvious that is exactly what she thinks she deserves this year by bringing out this crappy routine.

Is this how it is going to be this year? Nastia can be a complete mess and still get ridiculous scoring from the judges. I thought it was bad at Nationals and trials last year (6 falls overall and she still ended up in second) but the Olympics even topped that.

Until next time….

Welcome to my blog

July 27, 2009

I am a Gymnastics fan that can’t see much good in the sport anymore. I am here to tell it like it is and if you don’t like it I don’t care.

If you annoy me I will ban you. It is that easy.

I have no attachment to any gymnast currently competing or any gymnast who has competed in the past. I don’t believe in individual  fandom. Being a fan only clouds your mind to think things that aren’t reality.

I am warning you now. I don’t want to hear it if you have a crush on Shawn Johnson or Nastia Liukin and can’t see their faults. I am pointing them out. Deal with it or don’t read the blog.