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skipaway
04-05-2010, 11:50 PM
Is anyone going to Europeans or Worlds this year?

I wish Worlds would come back to the States...I had such a great time in Anaheim in 2003.

A.H.Black
04-06-2010, 03:27 PM
I remember laughing at Atler's 9.8 on bars. Even with a totally hit bars set she never deserves a score like that with her swing and form issues. Would Khorkina have gotten a 10.2 if she were there? It was clearly a big gift from the judges who were just applauding her for making it through a bar routine upright including her Commaneci. I actually think part of what ruined Atler was the blatant overscoring she often received at events like Nationals and the American Cup, and underscoring of her competitors, which gave her an attitude she was even better than she really was. If she were handled properly and didnt turn into such a headcase at the end I think she could have been a real contender in the AA, vault, floor, even beam at the 99 Worlds and 2000 Olympics. She was the most talented U.S gymnast of that quad overall, even more than Ray IMO who had alot of style and finesse but little power.
Vanessa did seem to have a lot of promise. Like the announcers, I loved her first tumbling pass with the stag leap at the end. This year being the mid-point between Beijing and London, it will be interesting to see if it is also a transition year.

pollyanna
04-09-2010, 01:18 PM
I wish Worlds would come back to the States...I had such a great time in Anaheim in 2003.

And Indy in 1991.

ioana
04-10-2010, 12:50 AM
Sandra Izbasa actually did beam at the Romanian International this weekend. No official score was awarded, but the team head coach mentioned part of the reason for having her compete was to put an end to all the speculation about whether or not she would continue competing.

http://storage0.dms.mpinteractiv.ro/media/401/581/7962/5855931/30/img-9757.jpg?width=661

elka_sk8
04-19-2010, 02:37 AM
Forgot Europeans started this week- ouch. Hopefully all the teams find a way to get there!
http://www.europeangymnastics2010.org/

bek
04-19-2010, 03:12 AM
Forgot Europeans started this week- ouch. Hopefully all the teams find a way to get there!
http://www.europeangymnastics2010.org/

Some fans are wondering if this is the gym gods way of ensuring that Komova doesn't get the curse of the Junior European Champ.

Buzz
04-19-2010, 03:40 AM
best they stay home and practice than risk flying at this time.

millyskate
04-19-2010, 05:44 PM
best they stay home and practice than risk flying at this time.

The teams have been given an extra day to arrive in Birmingham, and should all arrive on time.
http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1320&

BigB08822
04-19-2010, 07:53 PM
So you mean that all teams and athletes are going to make it? Despite thousands and thousands of stranded people they somehow all get there? Seems completely unlikely but I hope it works out and everyone has safe travel and competition.

millyskate
04-19-2010, 09:24 PM
So you mean that all teams and athletes are going to make it? Despite thousands and thousands of stranded people they somehow all get there? Seems completely unlikely but I hope it works out and everyone has safe travel and competition.

People have been "getting there" in terms of intra-European travel all week. Takes time and perseverance, but ever heard of cars and buses and trains?
The stranded people are mainly those trying to travel to different continents. I feel bad for those training in Russia, but hopefully there are enough open airports to get them close enough.

Britain is accessible via Eurotunnel and Ferries and Sea cats.

Traveling by plane in Europe isn't automatic. In fact, up until a few years ago and before low-cost airlines were around, for many European competitions the poorer countries sent their athletes by bus. I remember for one European athletics Cup, Ionela Tirlea ran half the events for her team... AND drove the minibus :lol:

Buzz
04-19-2010, 10:03 PM
Here is an article about the extra ordinary methods some teams have taken to reach the euros. The only way to get there right now seems to be by bus. Makes me wonder if the Russians will drive from Moscow to get to the Europeans in Birmingham.

http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2010/04/19/european-gymnastics-championships-to-go-ahead-after-athletes-beat-flights-ban-65233-26273942/

Yehudi
04-20-2010, 03:31 PM
Here is an article about the extra ordinary methods some teams have taken to reach the euros. The only way to get there right now seems to be by bus. Makes me wonder if the Russians will drive from Moscow to get to the Europeans in Birmingham.

http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2010/04/19/european-gymnastics-championships-to-go-ahead-after-athletes-beat-flights-ban-65233-26273942/

Russia just withdrew (http://www.sportgymrus.ru/press/news/2115/default.aspx)and Belarus and Ukraine are likely to withdraw as well. The problem was, they can't even drive through continental Europe. They need visas to be able to do that, but can't get them quick enough for Europeans.

BigB08822
04-20-2010, 05:41 PM
Yikes. If too many teams withdraw then the comp should really be canceled. It doesn't seem fair but at the same time, what an opportunity for some lesser known athletes/teams. Even though their victories will have an asterick next to them, surely.

ioana
04-20-2010, 06:04 PM
The Romanian men's team is getting there by train and bus. They got to Brussels and that's where the OC met up with them and will take care of their travel arrangements to Birmingham. Flavius Koczi mentioned the fatigue would make for a difficult competition, but he's hoping no injuries will surface as a result.

As an aside, the article ("Snail Paced") also mentioned the junior hockey team being stuck in Riga after the U18 Worlds and the freestyle wrestling team who's stuck in Istanbul after Europeans were held in Baku.

Sounds like this is a pretty wide-spread problem.

http://www.prosport.ro/alte-sporturi/gimnastica/merg-ca-melcii-5964171

millyskate
04-20-2010, 06:48 PM
Russia just withdrew (http://www.sportgymrus.ru/press/news/2115/default.aspx)and Belarus and Ukraine are likely to withdraw as well. The problem was, they can't even drive through continental Europe. They need visas to be able to do that, but can't get them quick enough for Europeans.


Ouch - I hadn't thought about the visa problem. Not a problem for the EU teams (hence Romania being able to make it) I can't think of any other countries that will have visa issues - did Israel have any entries?