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04-28-2010, 10:32 PM
Schwikert was such a rockstar for the U.S. team in Sydney. I'm glad she has an Olympic medal to her credit now. :)

04-28-2010, 10:59 PM
Russia's junior women's team won the european title over 2nd place Romania and 3rd place Italy. In the AA qualifying Russia finished 1-2-3-4!!!! :eek:

1 Russia 173.750
2 Romania 164.700
3 Italy 161.450
4 France 161.350
5 Great Britain 156.325
6 Netherlands 155.650
7 Switzerland 155.300
8 Germany 154.900
9 Spain153.300
10Ukraine 151.725

1 GRISHINA Anastasia RUS 58.000 Q
2 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 57.050 Q
3 IORDACHE L. ROU 55.550 Q
4 BULIMAR Diana Laura ROU 54.525 Q
5 FASANA Erika ITA 54.325 Q
7 FERLITO Carlotta ITA 53.725 Q
8 KUHM Anne FRA 53.000 Q
10 ADLERTEG Jonna SWE 52.200 Q

1 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 14.825 14.425 Q
2 PASEKA Maria RUS 14.412 Q
3 IORDACHE L. ROU 13.875 Q
4 SERSERI Sophia FRA 13.750 Q
5 FASANA Erika ITA 13.725 Q
6 BERGER Janine GER 13.637 Q
7 RUSU Dorina Diana ROU 13.400 Q
8 VARGAS Maria Paula ESP 13.375 Q

1 GRISHINA Anastasia RUS 15.250 Q
2 PASEKA Maria RUS 13.925 Q
3 ZOLOTARYOV Natalia FRA 13.725 Q
4 BULIMAR Diana Laura ROU 13.650 Q
6 FASANA Erika ITA 13.400 Q
7 LENI Giulia ITA 13.375 Q
8 ADLERTEG Jonna SWE 13.325 Q

1 SIDOROVA Anastasia RUS 14.750 Q
2 KOMOVA Victoria RUS 14.625 Q
3 MOONEN Tess NED 14.175 Q
4 FERLITO Carlotta ITA 14.050 Q
5 NEAGU M. ROU 13.950 Q
6 IORDACHE L. ROU 13.625 Q
7 ZOLOTARYOV Natalia FRA 13.575 Q
8 MACKENZIE Leilah GBR 13.500 Q

1 IORDACHE L. ROU 14.775 Q
2 GRISHINA Anastasia RUS 14.550 Q
3 SIDOROVA Anastasia RUS 14.500 Q
4 BULIMAR Diana Laura ROU 14.425 Q
5 FASANA Erika ITA 13.900 Q
6 BAUMERT Desiree GER 13.850 Q
7 THOBIE Doriane FRA 13.825 Q
8 TOP Lisa NED 13.800 Q

04-28-2010, 11:08 PM
Schwikert was such a rockstar for the U.S. team in Sydney. I'm glad she has an Olympic medal to her credit now. :)

:respec: What's she up to now? I remember wishing she would make an elite comeback for 2008. 2012, maybe?

04-28-2010, 11:26 PM
Russia's junior women's team won the european title over 2nd place Romania and 3rd place Italy. In the AA qualifying Russia finished 1-2-3-4!!!!

Komova had two major errors on bars, which is why she's not leading here. The Russians have had great junior teams for awhile, its been the transition to Senior that has been problematic. I dearly hope that with new people in charge that things will change. Aliya Musafina is reportedly looking great in podium training (she's only going to do two events to protect an ankle, but she did them all in training). That is a great sign.

It was interesting to read an article about the expectations for their Senior team. Earlier the head of the entire Gymnastics program. Andrei Rodionenko said that a top three finish would be good. (They are protecting a few of their gymnasts from injury). But Alexandrov who is the woman's team leader remarked Russians only compete for gold. He did go onto say that its difficult because a fall can take you out.

04-28-2010, 11:38 PM
I will be there for the team & apparatus finals on the weekend. Can't wait to see Mustafina/Komova/Grishina. Is anyone else attending?

04-28-2010, 11:51 PM
:respec: What's she up to now? I remember wishing she would make an elite comeback for 2008. 2012, maybe?

She went to UCLA, graduated, and then did some commentary work for WCSN (before it became Universal Sports).

From her Wikipedia:

From 2004 to 2008, Schwikert was a member of the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team, competing on a full athletic scholarship. Schwikert's younger sister, Jordan, was also a Bruin. She and Tasha opted to enter UCLA at the same time, and thus were in the same graduating class.

In Schwikert's first year of competition for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team, she won the NCAA National all-around title. She was the only gymnast in 2005 to earn first-team All-American honors on all four events. [9] Schwikert was sidelined for most of the 20052006 season due to a shoulder injury requiring surgery,[10] but remained a student at UCLA and a member of the team. Schwikert returned to the UCLA floor and vault lineup for the Pac-10 Championships in late March, and continued to compete on a limited basis for the rest of the season. While UCLA did not qualify for the 2006 NCAA Nationals as a team, Schwikert qualified as an individual and competed on vault, finishing eleventh in the preliminary round.

Recovered from her injury, Schwikert ended the 2006-2007 season as one of the top collegiate gymnasts in the nation. She won the PAC-10 all-around title for the second time in her career, picking up additional gold medals on the floor exercise, balance beam and vault, and was named the PAC-10 and West Region Gymnast of the Year. She also won the all-around title at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. At the NCAA Women's Gymnastics championship in April, Schwikert was the only gymnast from UCLA to win an individual medal, earning a silver on the uneven bars. She was the only gymnast in the nation to rank in the Top 15 on all four individual events, as well as the all-around, and was a nominee for the Honda Award.[2]

Schwikert completed her senior year as one of the strongest gymnasts on the Bruins team. At the 2008 NCAA National Championships, she won her second all-around title and placed first on uneven bars, second on floor, and eighth on vault.

Since 2005, Schwikert has been employed as a gymnastics commentator by the WCSN Network. She has covered the World Gymnastics Championships for three consecutive years, working alongside Nadia Comaneci (2005) and Bart Conner.[12] Schwikert has also commentated on UCLA gymnastics broadcasts, and worked with NBC at the Beijing Olympics.[13]

Schwikert has most recently worked on the television series Make It or Break It as both a stunt double and actress.[3][4]

04-29-2010, 12:19 AM
And poor Kui Yuanyuan; I remember her saying this was the proudest moment of her life. It's sad for innocent one's like her. :(

It is amazing such a talented gymnast doesnt have an Olympic medal now. She would have won the beam gold in Atlanta had she not screwed up compulsories and been in beam finals IMO, and she was a victim of one of the biggest highway robberies in gymnastics history ever at the 97 Worlds in beam finals IMO. She actually tied Gogean for the floor gold at the 96 Worlds too, a huge breakthrough for Chinese gymnasts on that event, and it was ironic the balance beam outrage of a year later would be involving Gogean as well.

04-29-2010, 12:38 AM
I thought of Elise Ray when I heard this news. I remember her from Sydney in the all-around and beam final. She looked so sullen. Her practice vault where she missed her hands-- she couldn't recover from that emotonally. It's nice that at least 10 years later she gets a medal of some kind.

04-29-2010, 03:05 AM
Gymnastics at the Sydney Olympics is probably the worst event in the history of the sport. From the apparatus screw up to Raducan getting DQ after she won her AA gold and now this.

I'm happy for the U.S. women because they had to go through so much crap but this just makes a bad event even worse. Cheating is cheating and they should be punished, but I wish the Chinese Fed. would get in more trouble because the ruling makes it seem like only the gymnasts themselves are being punished.

04-29-2010, 04:32 AM
I hope the Chinese are now scared to keep doing this ever again. Heck if they dont get the hint from this I hope they lose their 2008 team golds if that is what it takes (although I know they wont). I dont agree with the age rules, but the fact is other countries who play by the rules are inhibited by them too, and the Chinese cant be allowed to think they can get around the rules when other countries cant.

04-29-2010, 05:25 AM
I'm happy for the 2000 US women's team to get the bronze medal and I'm honestly a little surprised that they actually did anything. I thought it would get shoved under the rug no matter what. Good for them for doing the right thing. :)

I remember that team having a horrible prelims but they were pretty outstanding during the team finals (IIRC, the prelim scores didn't carry over, right?) so I'm happy they'll now have something to remember how hard they fought that night and how they performed their hearts out during the team final competition. Boy, the women's gymnastics competition in Sydney has to be the most cursed one I've seen in a long time. It makes me sad. :(

04-29-2010, 06:25 AM
When I first heard the news I felt ambivalent about it, I would have loved this news 8 or 9 years ago :lol: but the more I think about it, it's finally some closure for that quad. :) Jamie, Tasha, Kristen, and Elise gave so much of their careers being leaders in the US without any Olympic hardware to back it up, and I consider those 4 to be among the better gymnasts we've ever had, even over some of our gymnasts that have won team medals.

I also love how all 4 had awesome NCAA careers, it's not like they sat around sulking about not winning an OM so it must feel like such a nice surprise. Must make the memory of that trainwreck competition easier to smile about too I'd imagine!

04-29-2010, 06:29 AM
I cry every time someone mentions Yuanyuan's 97 beam EF fiasco. The judges got it right in 96. She hit an insane routine in Atlanta during optionals. There were slight areas they could have made more deductions but they took into account the insane difficulty. In 97 it seems they just went by the "it's out of a 10, so is Gogean..." method of thinking. This is one way CoP is WAY better.

04-29-2010, 06:46 AM
With COP and those same routines, Gogean honestly would've been around 5th I think. I really need to take the time to learn this new code lol, but I think that Teza, Furnon, Khorkina, and maybe even Maloney would've outscored Gina on top of Kui.

04-29-2010, 06:47 AM
Probably not Maloney as her B score would have been so low with all her form deductions at that time. Then again her A score would have been so much higher than Gina who knows.