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Yao Jinnan on the Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise During Chinese Nationals

Yao Jinnan is back (not like she ever went anywhere) and is looking fierce.

Maybe it's the black flame leotard that she's sporting.

Her Chinese Nationals all-around uneven bar and floor routine videos have surfaced and Yao is looking more confident and strong than I've ever seen her look. She's taken that Mo Salto out of her uneven bars routine but she still has some pretty sweet connections, including a Komova to Pak to a Chow 1/2 worth a hefty 0.40 in connection values. She dismounts with a full twisting double layout and only has a small hop on the landing. She scored a 15.7 for this routine.

The power of the black flame leo is quite evident on her floor routine. She opens with a clean triple twist to stag jump. She dances with a look on her face that says, "I am fierce!" It's a nice routine, the tumbling isn't super difficult but it's clean (the Chinese aren't exactly known for mind blowing tumbling). Her dance is really the best part, it's sharp and sassy and exudes confidence. Not long ago, there was talk of Yao changing her name to something more "lucky."  It seems like a change of attitude is really what she needed.

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