What is the deal with the Russian girls these days? They just aren't dominant like they once were in the 90s.
Couldn't be in the thread because I had a lunch thing but I was following on twitter. for team USA! What ever else has happened or will happen at this Olympics for the US girls, they have accomplished their number 1 goal and they are now all Olympic Gold Medalist!
I am so happy for all of them but I am especially happy for Jordyn. Her Amanar was amazing today and her floor was very good. So glad to see her come out fighting like we knew she could. Sure, she won't get to do AA and that has to be disappointing. But today's results bust take some of the sting off of it.
I can't believe how amazing Gabby was today. I don't think I was wrong to be nervous about her but I'm so glad that she was able to come up so huge for the USA. Whatever happens in the all around, good or bad, this will always be my favorite moment from Gabby. Her growth in just one year is insane and the work she did for her team was amazing.
I can't believe Maroney's E score. Not because she didn't deserve it, heck she may have deserved a 10, but just because it is higher than I ever imagined we'd see!
And Kyla is so fab. I hope she can get a floor routine that is worthy of her and clean up that Amanar because she has world AA champ potential. She's so poised, you'd never know that she was not only the youngest member of this team but one of the youngest athletes in the games.
And obviously Aly. It wasn't her highest scoring routine but she did exactly what she was brought here to do. She hit, she was rock solid, and she never let the enormity of the moment get to her even anchoring on beam and floor with the US in position to win. And I have a feeling that she deserves a lot of credit for leading this team as well.
I just can't get over how insanely happy I am for these ladies! They fought for it and they earned it beyond any shadow of a doubt. During qualifications, they started brilliantly on vault and then kind of declined from there. Today it seems like they used those amazing vaults to fuel the rest of their performance.
I was definitely really rooting for the USA to win but I was also hoping that russia would give a performance that they could be really proud of. It really seemed like things might go that way early on but it wasn't to be. I am for them. I hope Vika and Aliya can kill it in the AA.
Congrats to US, Russian and Romania! Well done and very well deserved!
I am especially happy for Romania but so so sad for China.
I hope Aliya somehow pulls out an Amanar for the AA. It could be her only chance to go to gold at these games.
Not likely, but eh, oh well.
What is the rotation order for AA? It might depend on whether she goes on vault first rotation or later.
And Romania has no business winning with such bad uneven bars. I don't know what happened to them. They used to be good in the UB in the 80s.
Yeah I know, Romania has only themselves to blame for the bars disaster. :/
If Komova doesn't hit her beam/do a much floor I want Gabby to take this... I'd love to see Komova do a magical beam routine like she did in 2010 at YOG... When she does it, you can't take your eyes off her.
Its not a bars disaster its how Romania is on bars. In general Romania's in many ways been overscored... Russia wasn't really a mess just two routines were and they had some hiccups...If you look at how Russia performed 4 years ago-now that was a mess.Yeah I know, Romania has only themselves to blame for the bars disaster. :/
I had a feeling that Grishina as the weak link of that team....
The USA team was absolutely gorgeous today. They looked like champions from the first minute they entered the arena
Congrats, Team USA! They were spectacular today! wow, just wow. I am so glad that each team member delivered, and I can't wait to see what they do in the all-around and event finals.
also very happy for Romania. Ponor is a beam
fine effort from China, under the circumstances. I hope they can pick up some medals in the event finals.
very impressive performance from the Canadians! good for them! I loved the flowers in the hair, a nod to Peng Peng Lee (how I wish she could have competed here).
Paseka's Amanars are a new vault for her, and she sat them both down in podium training. Was her Amanar perfect but it wasn't completely disasterous. And its a lot to ask someone to go for that new vault for the first time in major competition. The Russian coaches can work with Paseka (perhaps develop her on floor too) Its not like Grishina just fell on a hard pass it was a mental error.....
Beautiful young gymnast but if Alexandrov had more depth-she'd go the way of Pavs.. I have a feeling that the Russian coaches may be taking another look at Nabieva (for bars)
I was trying to wait until tonight but I couldn't stand it. Congrats to all of the medalists and to Canada for an excellent team olympics. I was so hoping USA would win the gold in China but the Chinese were great at their Olympics. I am so happy to see them win now. Now on to the AA and event finals. I want all to do well but this American would sure like to see the UK win a gold on UB.
Last edited by Cachoo; 07-31-2012 at 10:30 PM.
Hey guys, just back - IT WAS AMAZING!
Gutted, gutted, GUTTED for Russia ... but not surprised
Huge congrats to the USA - they thoroughly deserved it!
I'm off for Birhtday drinks, so will report all tomorrow, but just thought I'd check in and confirm being at the team final was a brilliant experience.
Thanks Bostonfan! That vault was just sick!