Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Gym Update


Due to the recent events in Europe, Flo Gymnastics (formerly Gymnastike) will not be live streaming the Top Gym meet in Chaleroi, Belgium.

Additionally, US juniors, Ragan Smith and Jordan Chiles will no longer be in attendance. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Claire Martin's Bronze Medal Winning Beam - For the City of Paris

Today, my thoughts and heart are with Paris after last night's devastating attacks.

To honor the victims and to show global solidarity with the Parisian citizens, I am featuring Claire Martin's bronze medal winning beam routine from this year's European Championships in Montpellier, France.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Toni Ann Williams' Prudonova Dismount

Toni Ann Williams threw her Produnova during the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Just to be clear, we're not talking about the scary handspring double tuck splatfest vault, but the glorious double front dismount off beam.

Ragan Smith and Jordan Chiles to Compete at Top Gym

Two of the most prominent US juniors, Ragan Smith and Jordan Chiles will be representing team USA at Top Gym in Belgium; a rare showing of USA juniors outside Jesolo and a few scattered international and national competitions. 

Ragan, who will turn senior this coming year, placed third in the junior division at this year’s P&G Championships. She trains at Texas Dreams under the tutelage of 1991 World Champion, Kim Zmeskal and her husband, Chris Burdette. 

Jordan will turn senior in enough time to compete for Team USA in Rio, but will turn senior in 2017. She trains at Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Washington.  She won the junior title at the Secret Classic in 2014.

Top Gym will be held Nov 28-29 in Charleroi, Belgium.  Gymnastike will live stream the event. The competition format is unique due to the fact that all-around competition will be held on Day One. Day two will feature event finals and a team competition. The team composition will feature four athletes. So countries that are sending only two delegates will pair up to form mixed country teams. 

The format per Gymnastike, is two up two count and each athlete on the team must compete at least one event.  So hypothetically, Ragan and Jordan could be paired with Russian delegates, Anastasia Iliankova nd Uliana Perebinosova and form a mini super team. 

For more information and for a full list of competitors visit Gymnastike.org. (Live streaming times are also listed here as well).

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NLI Signing Day Winter 2015 (Updated Nov. 13)

Today, gymnasts around the US made that first leap into adulthood and officially signed their national letters of intent for college.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton Congratulates Simone

Simone Biles expanded her already expansive gymanstics resume last week at the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain, winning her third consecutive world championship all-around title.

Now, Simone Biles is grabbing the attention of high ranking government officials.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Event Finals Day Two: Simone Breaks a World Record

Well, second day of event finals was no less extraordinary with more history making moments.  Simone Biles broke a huge record, and the Team USA guys finally got their medals.

Before I break down in a fit of depression because worlds is over, let me recap the events of today.  Warning - I've been at this for about 10 days straight now, so I may break into snark unexpectedly.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Event Finals Day One: Four Way Bars Tie - Wait, What Was That Again?

The first day of event finals in Glasgow have concluded.  History was made yet again with a four person uneven bar tie for gold.

Wait, wait, wait, what the fuck was that? 

Yes, a FOUR way tie for uneven bars gold.

Viktoria Komova, Daria Spiridonova, Fan Yilin and Madison Kocian, all with the exact same score, 15.366. Go home Glasgow judges,  you're officially DRUNK.

Longines Prize for Elegace Awarded to Giulia and Max

This year, the Longines Prize for Elegance was awarded to Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber and Great Britain's Max Whitlock.
Picture from the Longines Website

They were awarded the prize after the conclusion of the men's all-around final, Friday evening, selected by a jury (in bold below).

Friday, October 30, 2015

MAG All-Around Final: Kohei Wins 6th all-around title & Cuba's Manrique Wins the Gymternet

Yesterday it was the women, today, the men crowned their all-around champion, or really, it was Kohei showed up and took his gold medal, thank-you-very-much.

That's one, two, three, four, five and six, bitches!

(Note, I'm not as fluent in men's gymanstics as I am with women's so please, bear with me)

Another Apology from Viktoria Komova

After her bout with foot in mouth disorder, Viktoria Komova has issued another apology after some derogatory remarks she made about the US gymnasts. This one appears to be from her Instagram account.

She doesn't speak or write English, so she used Google translate to issue this apology in English, and she directly names the US girls.
She said "I'm ashamed of you" but I believe she means, "I'm ashamed of myself." Damn Google Translate.

Well, next time Vika is tempted to have a Carlotta Ferlito moment, let's hope she takes a moment to think about what she says a little more. 

WAG All-Around Final - Simone Three-peats as World Champ; Larisa Earns Redemption with a Bronze

History was made again during last night's women's all-around final in Glasgow, Scotland during the world championships.

Simone Biles became the first woman to win three consecutive all-around titles. Gabby Douglas became the first returning Olympic Champion to medal in a worlds final in... forever. Larisa Iordache came back to win a bronze medal in the all-around after a disappointing qualification.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

WAG All-Around Final Preview

It is the day of the Women's All-Around final. Today, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, the reigning Olympic and world champions will go head to head for their shot of glory, with the current European Champion and the current Pan Ams Champion.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MAG Team Final- Japan Takes Title & Another Historic GB Moment

Another day of gymnastics history was made at the men's team final in Glasgow.

The Japan men's team took the title for the first time since 1978, effectively ending the Chinese Men's team reign. The home team, Great Britain, took home another historic silver medal in this competition.

Team GB Receives Praise from British Prime Minister

On the heels of their historic team bronze medal at the world championships in Glasgow, Team Great Britain got an official congratulations from the Bristish Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The girls pulled off their medal with a 172.380, 0.716 over Russia who came in fourth place.
The Prime Minster also congratulated the GB Men after they won the silver medal in today's team final.

Yeah, by the way, President Obama, the US women are still waiting for their congrats. Totally dropping the ball here. Get on it! 

Foot In Mouth Disorder Claims Viktoria Komova After WAG Team Finals

The Russians were certainly disappointed after their fall from grace during yesterday's team finals.
Afterwards, the ugly head of snide comments and bad sportsman ship rose up once again. This time, the perpetrator of this foot-in-mouth syndrome was none other than Viktoria Komova.  below is the original post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WAG Team Finals- USA Gold & Historic GB Team Medal

Women's team finals at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland have officially concluded.

It was a huge day for Team USA, who successfully defended their team title and for Great Britain, who had a historic finish in the team finals, taking home the bronze medal after some uncharacteristic falls and mistakes from Russia landed them just off the medal podium for the first time since 2007.

WAG Team Final Team USA Lineups and Rotation Order

Today is the day of team finals!

Team USA has had some changes to their roster.

After the qualification round, Brenna Dowell off the team start list and team USA will on have 5 athletes out on the floor: Gabby Douglas, Maggie Nichols, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian. Interestingly enough, Maggie is in the all around, which was thought to be the original plan for qualifications.

Here is the line up for each event in order of rotation (USA will start in Olympic order along with Russia):

Vault: Gabby, Maggie, Simone

Bars: Maggie, Gabby, Madison

Beam: Maggie, Aly, Simone

Floor: Maggie, Aly, Simone

Here is the team rotation order. I've listed the countries together based on their rotation orders and bye schedules.

USA/Russia: Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor

Great Britain/China: Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault

Italy/Japan: Beam, Floor, Vault, Bars

Canada/Netherlands: Floor, Vault, Bars, Beam

USA, Great Britain, Italy and Canada will lead off the first rotation with Russia, China, Japan and the Netherlands on a bye and will switch off each rotation. For example, Great Britain will start their first rotation on the bars and will put up their 3 athletes, Ruby Harrold  Ellie and Becky Downie, and then China will go up with Shang Chunsong, Fan Yilin, and Tan Jiaxin and the next rotation,  China will start first.

The format is 3 up, 3 count. 3 athletes will go up and all of those scores will count.

For reference - the start lists are available here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

WAG Team Final Preview

Tomorrow is the women's team final.
Team GB is hella excited for team finals tomorrow.

This is perhaps the Superbowl of gymnastics (since this event more or less happens every year). 8 teams have moved on to the team finals and will compete for a shot at glory. This team final is a little bittersweet since this will be the first worlds final without Romania in 45 years. However, there is a bright spot.

The Netherlands, who have been slowly staking out a claim in the gymnastics world, with gymnasts like Lieke and Sanne Wevers and Eythora Thorsdottier qualified to the team final for the first time in... I'm not sure. Not only that, they get the relief of knowing they qualified a full team to the Rio Olympics.

Just a refresher - the teams that are competing are:

  • USA
  • Russia
  • Great Britain
  • China
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
Here are some standouts to look for:

As the current reigning team World champion, the US is favored to win. They have Simone Biles, the current two time world champion, and Gabby Douglas, the current Olympic Champion and Olympic beam champion Aly Raisman, who is looking to prove herself after a crap-tastic day in qualifications.They come into the final over five points ahead of their competition. At this point, it's assumed that they're untouchable.

USA's biggest competition at the moment comes from Russia. Who are here competing without their stalwart, Aliya Mustafina. However, they have a not so secret weapon in returing Olympians, Viktoria Komova, Ksenia Afanasyeva and Maria Paseka, as well as new favorites such as Daria Spiridonova and Seda Tutkhalyan. The Russia of last year looked like a young skittish team of scared kittens. This team are confident, calm individuals who look ready to go in for the battle ahead of them.

Canada is another big team to watch. They're not part of the big 4, but they're making a case, along with Great Britain and the US to become the next dominate force in gymnastics. In London, they had their highest finish ever at an Olympic Games, finishing 6th overall in the team final.  This year, with the help of their stalwart, Ellie Downie and Brittany Rogers (who is returning to Canada after a successful NCAA career competing for Georgia), a fellow 2012 Olympian along with Ellie. 

Great Britain - Beth Tweddle left behind a legacy of innovative bar routines and this team is carrying on her legacy and blazing a path in the gymnastics world. Standouts to look for - Ruby Harrold who throws a Bhardwaj (full twisting Pak Salto) and an old school Zuchold into her routine. Becky Downie - who throws a million Tkatchev variations in her routine, along with her own eponymous skill.

Japan - biggest favorites on this team for me would be Asuka Teramoto and Mai Murakami.  Asuka placed fourth in the beam final last year behind 2013 beam champion, Aliya Mustafina, who controversially gained the bronze medal even with leaving a requirement out of her routine. Asuka, on the other hand, did a beautiful, clean elegant routine, but was killed in her E-score. Little Mai is a floor phenom whom many on the gymternet believed should have received the bronze medal on floor in 2013.

The Netherlands - I already mentioned Sanne and Lieke Wevers earlier in this post. They're the Serena and Venus Williams of gymnastics (except they're Dutch and their both blond and blue eyed as opposed to the dark-haired and eyed Williams sisters). Sanne is particularly know for her beam.  Specifically, she's managed to compose a routine that is heralded for it's beauty and difficultly, particularly, her spins, which are her specialty. 

Italy - the outspoken Carlotta Ferlito is one to watch, particularly on beam. Italy also is bringing with them Vanessa Ferrari, who won the world championship in 2006 and is still competing to this day at the age 25, an age where most commentators would say is "washed up" but now, older gymnasts, in their late teens and early twenties are becoming more of the norm, perhaps a result of Ferrari's (and others) continued legacy in the sport. Even though she's been dealing with injuries, she's improved every year, and has refined her gymnastics and still picks up medals, beating out some of her younger competition.

The competition will start at 2:45 eastern time.

Start lists are available here.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ksenia Afanasyeva Onion Style Infographic

Earlier this year, I posted a couple of infographics about our favorite gymnasts, created by tsarinamustafina on Tumblr.

She is at it again, keeping the Gymternet, Gymternet curious and non-gymternet informed about everyone's favorite athletes. The athlete being featured now is Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva, who recently went from sporting blond locks in favor of luscious Aurburn locks (Perhaps to blend in in Scotland, which has the highest percentage of redheads in the world).

With that, let's see all the different sides of Afan, after the cut.


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