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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    I'm sure Grishina is out of AA.
    This article confirms the current position. It reads:-

    Amongst the Russians, the confirmed team now includes Evgeniya Shelgunova as reserve instead of the unfortunate Anna Dementyeva, who is injured. It is also expected that Ksenia Afanasyeva will compete on all four apparatus in qualifications, alongside Aliya Mustafina and (?) Anastasia Grishina. This creates competition for the two all around spots in finals, and leaves Maria Paseka as the only specialist on the four person team, competing on vault and bars.
    I agree with the article in that Evgeniya Shelgunova will probably be the next top Russian gymnast to emerge (as highlighted by 2012 Jr Euro's: Beam, Floor, Uneven Bars, Vault). However, she will probably not be the only one to break through over the next couple of seasons. Maria Kharenkova also has just as much potential (as 2012 Jr Euro's also highlighted: Beam (EF), Floor (EF))

    Also agree with this point Rodionenko makes in the article:-

    Changes to the Code of Points [have] more or less evened out the playing field in world gymnastics
    Hence, it's no longer a case anymore of Amanar and out. Gymnasts during this quad will need a lot more artistry if they hope to win the AA at the next Olympics in Rio. That can only be good for the sport

    Finally, here is an interview with Aliya Mustafina.
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    I'm really intrigued that Afan has an Amanar. Actually I'm really impressed. would love to see her win the title actually. It HAS to be better than Paseka's. Her DTY has always been tidy and secure, she must have really worked on her block. I hope..

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    I'm still annoyed that Hannah Whelan wasn't chosen for Euros. Instead, they chose Charlie Fellows who has low D scores and no experience. I was fine with it at first because I thought Hannah had made the decision herself to study for her degree finals, but apparently, not the case!

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    Annoy videos of Afans Amanar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poths View Post
    Annoy videos of Afans Amanar?
    So far only indication of her amanar is from Valentina Rodionenko's interviews. She in her two interviews has mentioned Afanaseyva is performing an amanar now... She also added the this was a surprise for them since no body was expecting Afanaseyva to have an amanar... We will know more once the European championships podium training videos starts appearing... i guess podium training will be on 16th April since men's qualification starts on 17th and Women's qualification on 18th April.

    European Gymnastics federation, UEG is showing the event live, here is the link http://eurovision.digotel.com/ueg/index.html

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    Wow, Maria Kharenkova is wonderful. Between the two, I think she is MUCH better than Shelgunova right now.

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    What happened to Sidorova?
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    What happened to Sidorova?
    She first fell from a bike and injured her wrist, then after recovering from that she hurt her back during gymnastics training...

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    Quote Originally Posted by poths View Post
    I'm still annoyed that Hannah Whelan wasn't chosen for Euros. Instead, they chose Charlie Fellows who has low D scores and no experience. I was fine with it at first because I thought Hannah had made the decision herself to study for her degree finals, but apparently, not the case!
    But Fellows was second AA and Whelan 8th at the British Championships. Or should competiton results not matter when selecting teams?

    http://www.british-gymnastics.org/re...WAG_Senior.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domshabfan View Post
    So far only indication of her amanar is from Valentina Rodionenko's interviews. She in her two interviews has mentioned Afanaseyva is performing an amanar now... She also added the this was a surprise for them since no body was expecting Afanaseyva to have an amanar... We will know more once the European championships podium training videos starts appearing... i guess podium training will be on 16th April since men's qualification starts on 17th and Women's qualification on 18th April.

    European Gymnastics federation, UEG is showing the event live, here is the link http://eurovision.digotel.com/ueg/index.html
    According to a recent interview, Rodionenko does not know whether Afan's amanar will be ready by Europeans and she said that it was Afan's idea to try the amanar. The article incorporating the interview states:-

    They were surprised when Afanasyeva said that she wanted to prepare an Amanar vault, but that Afanasyeva's technique - and her attitude - is very good. They do not, however, know if she is ready to perform the vault at Europeans. Rodionenko said: 'It is important to keep Ksenia Afanasyeva to the next Olympics. She will be 24 years in Rio ... Aliya will turn 22 in 2016. We believe that there are young talented girls, and it is important to preserve them and bring them to a level where they begin to show a conscious effort, and are more than butterflies for a day'.
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    So in other words she does not have an Amanar and this was all typical Russian strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    So in other words she does not have an Amanar and this was all typical Russian strategy.
    Here is a summary of interview with Valentina Rodionenko and Komova. Komova is coming out of an Injury and is apparently working on a 7.1 UB set.

    Here is Ksenia's thought on her amanar
    There is a brief interview with Ksenia Afanasyeva here : she says that she is practicing the Amanar into a pit, but isn't sure it is ready to compete just yet. After the Olympics, she thought of retiring, but decided that at 21 she was too young to give up something that was still working for her. The youngsters who are up and coming do not yet pose much of a threat.
    Clearly amanar isn't ready according to Ksenia ... we will see how she performs at the Europeans.

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    This article from IG online makes it sound like she does have the Amanar ready:

    The 21-year-old Afanasyeva, who has upgraded to an Amanar on vault, may surprise in the all-around, Rodionenko said.

    "Ksenia now has three very strong events," Rodionenko said, "Floor exercise, where she was a world champion, and vault, where she upgraded to a 2 1/2, now the most difficult in terms of vault, and she is great on beam. Ksenia is a little behind on bars, but this is according to our standard, and compared with other participating gymnasts, her bars routine is not too weak."

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    Gymnastics News No.12 Part Deux!

    That article and quote have to be going on his earlier comments. He has already admitted she isn't truly ready and she admitted it has only been done into a pit. Plenty of insane skills are done in pits and never competed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danafan View Post
    But Fellows was second AA and Whelan 8th at the British Championships. Or should competiton results not matter when selecting teams?

    http://www.british-gymnastics.org/re...WAG_Senior.pdf
    Hannah fell from bars three times in the AA trying a new upgraded routine. She also had big trouble with her double Arabian. Her beam is still excellent, she's the reigning bronze medalist and Fellows has really poor start values. Its a no brained to send Hannah for Beam. British team selection is always horrific and I'm still pissed off that they had the neck to call 6th at Olympics a success. Cairns and Pinches had no business on that team ahead of Downie and Francis.

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    Podium training news

    Bulimar and Iordache looked really good, except for a fall from Diana Bullimar on Beam, she then did a really good set on beam.

    Grishina didn't look great, Pasenka was ok. Afanasyeva did a 3.5 twist on floor, but she apparently lacked energy according to reports. Afanasyeva attempted an amanar, but sat it down. Second attempt she landed and then sat it down, was much closer according Brigit McCarthy at thecouchgymnast

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    That Afan is training a 3 1/2 on floor and Amanar on vault just blows my mind. I feel like she shouldn't be able to do these upgrades, I am just floored with what a rockstar she is. I don't care if we never see them, but fact is she could've Pavlova'd her stay and now after her 2nd Olympics, she is now training the hardest stuff she's done on two events. That's just awesome and if she could Aly Raisman an AA medal at worlds that would make my year.

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    2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships - WAG Qualification

    AA Qualification

    1. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea (ROU) - 57.198 Floor, Beam, Vault 1, Vault 2
    2. BULIMAR Diana Laura (ROU) - 56.132 Floor, Beam, Vault
    3. GRISHINA Anastasia (RUS) - 56.065
    4. MUSTAFINA Aliya (RUS) - 56.057
    5. POPA NEDELCU Roxana (ESP) - 55.065
    6. HARROLD Ruby (GBR) - 54.799
    7. MENEGHINI Elisa (ITA) - 54.782
    8. STEINGRUBER Giulia (SUI) - 54.732
    9. CAMPANA Giorgia (ITA) - 54.299
    10. MARTINS Ana Filipa (POR) - 53.099
    11. VARGAS Maria Paula (ESP) - 53.032
    12. BOCZOGO Dorina (HUN) - 52.732
    13. MAKRA Noemi (HUN) - 52.699
    14. FELLOWS Charlie (GBR) - 52.566
    15. van KLAVEREN Noel (NED) - 52.065 Floor, Beam, Uneven Bars, Vault
    16. HILL Lisa Katharina (GER) - 51.965
    17. KAESLIN Ilaria (SUI) - 51.499
    18. SIKULOVA Jana (CZE) - 51.132
    19. VASYLIEVA Olena (UKR) - 50.933
    20. ECKER Lisa (AUT) - 50.866
    21. GUSTAFSSON Ida (SWE) - 50.698
    22. AKYOL Cagla (GER) - 50.499
    23. KYSLA Angelina (UKR) - 50.432
    24. HAEMMERLE Elisa (AUT) - 50.365

    Vault Final Qualifiers

    1. STEINGRUBER Giulia (SUI) - 14.783
    2. PASEKA Maria (RUS) - 14.733
    3. van KLAVEREN Noel (NED) - 14.583
    4. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea (ROU) - 14.399
    5. NEZER Ofir (ISR) - 14.216
    6. NETTEB Chantysha (NED) - 14.016
    7. BELAK Teja (SLO) - 13.799
    8. TKALCEC Tijana (CRO) - 13.783

    Uneven Bars Final Qualifiers

    1. MUSTAFINA, Aliya (RUS) - 15.025
    2. DOWNIE Rebecca (GBR) - 14.733
    3. SCHEDER Sophie (GER) - 14.700
    4. ADLERTEG Jonna (SWE) - 14.333
    5. HARROLD Ruby (GBR) - 14.133
    6. PASEKA Maria (RUS) - 14.100
    7. CAMPANA Giorgia (ITA) - 14.066
    = 7. GUSTAFSSON Ida (SWE) - 14.066

    Beam Final Qualifiers

    1. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea (ROU) - 15.066
    2. BULIMAR Diana Laura (ROU) - 14.366
    3. FERLITO Carlotta (ITA) - 14.200
    4. MENEGHINI Elisa (ITA) - 14.033
    5. VASYLIEVA Olena (UKR) - 13.600
    6. JUPP Gabrielle (GBR) - 13.566
    7. JURKOWSKA Katarzyna (POL) - 13.500
    8. HARROLD Ruby (GBR) - 13.433

    Floor Final Qualifiers

    1. AFANASYEVA Ksenia (RUS) - 14.633
    2. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea (ROU) - 14.400
    3. MUSTAFINA Aliya (RUS) - 14.300
    4. BULIMAR Diana Laura (ROU) - 14.233
    5. STEINGRUBER Giulia (SUI) - 13.933
    6. FERLITO Carlotta (ITA) - 13.800
    7. POPA NEDELCU Roxana (ESP) - 13.700
    8. SANKOVA Krystyna (UKR) - 13.666

    Musty - 2 falls + several wobbles on the beam. Hence, qualified 4th in the AA
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    Jupp badly injured on the double ppike beam dismount, taken off on a stretcher.

    Charlie Fellows was a waste, yet again, Brits make insane selection decision leaving Whelan at home when she'd have made beam final with ease.

    Nice to see Harrold make a beam final, Brits need her to approach 14 to ever have a realistic shot at a world team medal.

    Afan must have fell from beam?

    Romanian bars are just a disaster, FFS

    Downey killed bars, I wonder can she make a few more upgrades for worlds?

    Vault was horrific

    The overall standard is quite poor, but, the Romanians and Russians are genuinely class gymnasts.

    Bulimar is leaving this joint with a bag of medals!

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    Gymnastics News No.12 Part Deux!

    Didn't Grishina also have 2 falls? What a pathetic state European gymnastics is in when 3rd and 4th place finishers have not one but TWO falls.
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