I attended the ladies senior finals last night - first time at gymnastics comp since high school.
Medals up to 8th place for all but vault, with up to 14 girls competing. Seems strange - why?
national team introduced with 11 out of 14 competing - again - why?
Also before the comp and during, the top scoreboard showed results for each discipline and AA. All but vault had the up to 14 names listed, but vault always just listed the top 3. But more than 3 girls vaulted.
Just curious. I have just followed gynmastics for Olys and sometimes for nat champs on tv. Thanks for the info.
So agree, seems like once Maroney finished competing, less energy in the building. People around me were chatting etc, and watching less and less until the end with Biles and Kyla's final routines. But nice evening, fun to have seen another sport in person.
To be eligible for vault medals you had to compete two vaults from different families and different post flights. Only Maroney, Biles, and Skinner did this.
The national team numbers seem to be at the discretion of the selection committee. I'm sure the top so many AAers were guarantee then the committee added additional members.
For me, in many things, less is more. I feel the subtlety and fluidity of gymnastics has gone. Just from my perspective, it's become more soulless and tacky. I know of course there are exceptions to the rule, and I don't mean to look at the past through rose-tinted spectacles, but as someone with a background in ballet and dance, and who grew up watching the 70's and 80's gymnasts (thanks to my sisters video collection) I just can't feel the connection to the sport I once had. I honestly would rather watch less difficult routines, with more attention to detail and nuance, done beautifully with good line and actual choreo, than just constant striving for bigger and bigger tricks at the expense of everything else.
The point - for me at least - of gymnastics, is marrying artistry with acrobatics. It's a sport that I thought was based and judged on aesthetics, as well as difficulty. But I wonder how far it can go. How long will it be before we see dozens of triple twisting yurchenkos? How beautifully could that be done? If the aesthetic has been sacrificed for difficulty, thanks in part to open-ended scoring, it's moving in a direction I myself don't really enjoy.
Next to Ross and Maroney, Dowell was my favorite. I also like Nichols' lines. Was Milliet the one with nice lines who struggled so much on beam? That was too bad.
Biles doesn't do it for me form wise. She has the difficulty though.
I looked up Kocian on YouTube - wow, there is a lot of talent there. I will look forward to seeing more of her. Lauren Hernandez too.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
Tatiana Nabieva won the Russian Cup.
Afan and Mustafina were exempt and Komova and Grishina pulled out.
Anna Pavlova was third(!!!!)
Shallow of me, but I hate Nastia's voice. It was difficult listening to her.
Hmm so rumours are that Ohashi is quitting the sport entirely. Jordyn is off to UCLA (though that was already known) and Gabby is leaving Chow.
I've heard the same rumors. I also heard Geddert (Jordyn's coach) is in serious legal trouble (attacking a parent or co-worker?) and that is part of the reason Jordyn decided to lay low this season.
Is Gabby really leaving Chow, though? I kind of took what she said as she was going to be spending a lot of time in L.A. because of her fame and would train with Waller while there. I didn't think it was a full time thing but if she needed to be in L.A. for a week or more she could do that and not have to totally stop training. However, this is gymnastics where NO ONE says what they mean so she could very well be leaving Chow for good.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
Is Jordyn going to compete for UCLA? I thought she'd turned professional?
The story I heard last year was that Jordyn would attend UCLA as a normal student, serve as an assistant coach to the NCAA team, and maybe keep training elite on the side.
I just saw a tweet from a sports reporter that Gabby has left Liang Chow and is moving to California to be with her family. When did her family move to California?
To be honest, I don't know if this was a good choice on her part. I know she's missed her mom and siblings, but if she's really wanting to go to Rio, I think Chow was her best shot to do it. I don't know...I just respect him a lot and don't want this to turn into a Yu Na/Orser type situation with a lot of finger pointing and accusations.
Doesn't sound like there's any bad blood. I'm sure it's been very hard for her to be living apart from her family. And Chow's going to have his hands full with Norah and Alexis.
I love Norah Flatley and hope Chow can develop her into a contender for Rio. She's well on her way already! Of the current crop of juniors, she and Bailie Key are my favorites.
It's going to be interesting to see how some of the seniors hold up during the next three years. Biles, Ross and Maroney look stronger to me than Sloan, Hong and Bross did in 2009, but three years is a long time to hold on. And then there's Ohashi, but the path her career takes seems almost impossible to predict right now!
According to The Couch Gymnast FB page, Nabieva, Mustafina, and Afanasyeva have been named to the Russian team. Komova's status is unknown as she has been very ill.