What's up with Sarah Finnegan?
What's up with Sarah Finnegan?
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
Well yeah, but there is a difference between what I would want to watch and what I think is more than deserving of winning major titles. I would rather watch Silivas all day but I also appreciate the difficulty enough to not throw a fit when a Raisman wins Olympic Gold with such difficult tumbling. I am not saying anyone here did that but I've seen it plenty of times other places, and yeah, probably here during the Olympic thread.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
The sport is also called "Artistic Gymnastics" and it's the Floor Exercise, not Tumble Runs.
I think there needs to be a better balance. I don't mind Raisman becoming FX champion because her competitions either melted under the pressure or just made too many errors. However, a routine like Raisman's should be beatable because of the travesty of the dance, non-tumbling elements, and form issues on her twisting (not that other gymnasts were that much better in the twisting department...ahem...Ponor...Mustafina...).
hahahaha but that is what made it so glorious. Three gymnasts whose form has been criticised win the three medals on floor. It was glorious. The big difference on floor now is clean landings are so so important. All three Raisman, Ponor and Mustafina were clean on their landings. The introduction of one lunge being allowed may change things slightly this quad. Still with the US women seemingly capable of numerous difficult tumbles. Floor will continue to be who can match that difficulty and be clean at the same time.
Hmm can anyone explain some of the changes I've been hearing for the COP. Some weird change with the Switch Ring (angle of the legs) and something about connections on beam whereby most connections we've seen in the past COP wouldn't be counted.
I don't know a whole lot about the beam connection changes... I know that FX is going to have "H" difficulty for certain skills (double-doubles, etc) and will be giving more connection bonus to try to get that event's average score more in-line with the others. I imagine we'll be seeing a lot more 1.5 twists to double arabians or full-ins. Also, they are only allowing one lunge out of a tumbling pass per routine, and any leaps out of a tumbling pass must have "B" difficulty or higher.
Biggest change of the code appears to be on the vault and how it will be scored in event finals. Instead of simply averaging the two vaults to get the total, there is a complicated little formula to make determine the score. Difficulties of the two vaults are averaged. Then 10 points are added, and all deductions are subtracted to get the final total. Had this been in place in London, the vault event finals would have looked like this:
1. Sandra Izbasa (6.1 + 5.8)/2 + 10 - (0.717 + 0.8) = 14.433
2. Maria Paseka (6.5 + 5.6)/2 + 10 - (1.1 + 0.9) = 14.050
3. Janine Berger (6.3 + 6.0)/2 + 10 - (1.167 + 1.1) = 13.883
4. McKayla Maroney (6.5 + 6.1)/2 + 10 - (0.634 + 1.8) = 13.866
Additionally, many vaults have been devalued (thank god).
Amanar, from a 6.5 to a 6.3
Cheng, from a 6.5 to a 6.4
Rudi, from a 6.3 to a 6.2
Mustafina, from a 6.1 to a 6.0
Produnova, from a 7.1 to a 7.0
Thanks for the breakdown Fridge Break. Interesting that for all the hoopla surrounding the Amanar being devalued, all other comparable vaults to the Amanar in difficulty are being devalued a tenth as well.
I read somewhere on another board that with these new vault final rules, Alicia Sacramone would've been Olympic Champion on vault in Beijing. (I would've loved that.)
News just come out that Komova will definitely miss Russian Nationals and Europeans. She has no serious back injuries, but hasn't yet recovered from the rigors of the Olympic season. She has delayed puberty and will rest up in Voronezh until the end of February. She will attempt to prepare for worlds later in the year.
Bad timing as Russian Nationals is just around the corner and this would have to qualify her to go to Europeans. Bummer.
The sport is also called "Figure Skating" and it has nothing to do with figures anymore. I'm also someone who prefer to watch the more graceful gymnasts, but when it comes to competition, I don't care about the non-tumbling aspects. If the forms are off, then it should get a deduction, but harder tumbling pass should have a higher value. In fact, I think the women's floor exercise should be like the men's, get rid of the music. Power and strength is just as important as grace. Why does the women always have to be ballerinas? Rhythmic gymnastic can continue on the artistic direction.
Power and strength and grace and dance ability were the fundamentals of floor exercise. The Soviets proved you could have both. The problem is that they're just not stressed enough in the current system.
Also, if you claim that power and strength are just as important as grace, then why are you basically arguing to get rid of grace and basically turning the floor exercise into a tumbling mat?
As for Men, even though there was no music, there was still an emphasis on form, movement, and non-tumbling elements during the "golden age". In fact I heard it was suggested that men should have music for their FX, but some reason the differences still exist.
To be honest, if gymnastics continues is this abysmal direction, then women might as well not have music.
I wouldn't get rid of the beam, if only because it makes competitions much more interesting! However many times the choreography seems unnecessary to me. I liked Mo Huilan's for example, because I felt she was mostly presenting her acrobatic/gymnastics moves and not overdoing it. I think every move should have a purpose and if it doesn't, get rid of it.
Yeah they should get rid of the beam, make them jump and cartwheel over 4 inch wide hurdles like horses instead. Maybe then we can finally give Aly Raisman extra points for artistry.
Indeed, although it is dispiriting to see a unique idiomatic and beautiful gymnastics program pretty much collapse. R.I.P Ukrainian gymnastics I hope you're revived sooner than later.