Saturday, 27 April 2013

Quick round-up- update Gabby Jupp :(

Maria Bondareva has won the Russian Junior Championships AA. Interestingly, Viktoria Kuzmina qualified in first and Maria in third- there must have been mistakes by one or both over the course of the few days. I am seriously excited to see Viktoria Kuzmina's bars- she is doing a piked double front dismount! Not to mention the interior of her routine must be great too- she scored a 15 during qualifications.

Australian gymnast Maddie Leydin is reported to have a Counter Kim- Gienger combination on bars, verified at a recent camp. I can't find this information but she must be either a new senior or became one last year- she did compete at Pac Rims and Gymnix last year but both incorporate juniors so that's no help. Anyway, WOW! I'm definitely not up with the mechanics of gymnastics but a Counter-Kim strikes me as being incredibly difficult to release out of as it's one of those built-in dead hang releases, so this girl must be amazing. I can't wait to see a video. Other reports from the camp are intriguing- several girls have DTY's, another has a Tkachev-Gienger combination and there's lots of interesting floor work- Alexandra Eade has a double layout, tuck full-in AND a 1.5 tuck full-in and Maddie Leydin has a whip-double arabian. Thinking about the Counter-Kim-Gienger again and I don't think it can be a direct connection as they go from different directions. What's far more likely (if the word Marinich is not a mistake- please let it not be a mistake...) is that she does an uprise like Becky Downie or something similar in between, that would also make more sense given the enormous difficulty in connecting a Counter-Kim to anything dynamic.

TripleTwist have compiled a list of girls at and not at the latest camp. You can find it here. I'm really pleased to see Kennedy Baker, Elizabeth Price and Sarah Finnegan back in the mix as well as of course...McKayla Maroney! There's no way she's at camp if she doesn't have something of substance to show. She said in an interview a good few weeks back that she has successfully vaulted a Yurchenko (full?) so maybe by now she the amanar back. What's arguably more interesting is what she has to show on the other apparatus. Strange that she is more ready than Jordyn Wieber who did not have near as many injuries to come back from. Jordyn does look well on her way though, with a new skill in the works- sadly for those who want her to ditch her Weilers on bars it is a variation- a Weiler full. Fascinating to think she could get a named skill on her weakest piece, but she would be far from the first to do so. It's unfortunately not a surprise that Katelyn Ohashi isn't there as she had shoulder surgery just a few weeks ago. I'm interested to see beam and bars work from new elite Madison Kocian who has been held back in the past with injury- especially bars, if they have upgrades she could be very valuable as a complement to a powerhouse gymnast. And of course, also intrigued to know whether or not Mykayla Skinner has gained in consistency now that she has an ambitious floor routine and vaults (laid out double double, amanar and Cheng respectively).Update: It appears that McKayla Maroney pulled out of camp at the last minute. If so, I still think it's positive that she was supposed to go, she must have solid routines to show.

This is my favourite of Aly's dances. I think she's doing a great job of the ballroom dances but I'm more into this as it's quite obviously much more personal to her, as well as my not having a clue about ballroom dancing..except names really. LOOK at that leap at 4:00, I've never seen her do a leap that good. And the series right after it looked like it has better form than what she has usually shown in the past. The major part of the video is the choreography obviously, and not the gymnastics bits...it makes me very hopeful that she will do a floor routine at least at Classics next year choreographed by Mark Ballas, her partner (and Shawn Johnson's first time around). I wouldn't care if it just had back layout passes, it would be just so amazing to see her instil what she has learned into her dance. And it looks like she has learned a lot overall..starting with counting music which she stated herself..and more than likely, emoting and relating to music in sync.

Gabby Jupp's injury has been confirmed as a torn ACL. Devastating that she will out for about a year. Hopefully she can use this time like Aliya Mustafina did to build a spectacular bars routine on what is already a very promising foundation.

Catalina Ponor, Tommy Ramos, Marissa King and Ashanee Dickerson have been added to the Pro Gym Challenge roster. I mentioned this a while ago and I'm still excited about it..they're adding people by the day and the roster is very impressive now! As well as the above, Anna Pavlova, Oksana Chusovitina, Jade Barbosa, Jessica Lopez, Vanessa Zamarripa, Chellsie Memmel, Alyssa Pritchett, Noel Couch, Kat Ding and Jana Bieger will be there. The MAG side has bigger names too. This competition will have no routines, it is moreso a skill challenge which wouldn't be to everyone's taste but I find the format interesting. The competition takes place May 10-11th.

This is video of the week for me, (a bit old..) where Mykayla Skinner's coach states that Mykayla would have had the laidout double double named after her had she performed it at Jesolo/Chemnitz. Snort. I also found the high drama of the whole piece hilarious, it didn't seem like they were gearing up for a gymnast performing a skill (albeit a new, very impressive one) in her own gym, but rather a space launch of some sort. There is a lot of fuss on the gymternet over Mykayla's own arrogance but I don't like commenting on gymnasts on anything other than their own gymnastics, so I won't. I hope she doesn't end up in the 'bad personality' box in my head as that makes me unable to enjoy their routines no matter how great they are.

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  1. Hmmm no Sabrina Vega at camp? I sense something is not right with her. Maybe the gym change is not working out or something personal.

    Chow has two gymnast at camp. Go Chow! I dont anything about Rachel Gowey. Ill have to look her up on YouTube.

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    1. I don't think I've heard of her either..Vasquez and Norah Flatley were the only elites of his on my radar.

      I'm not sure what the story is with Sabrina Vega. Maybe she changed coaches to try to get further, or maybe she fell out with Ungureanu or maybe she just wanted to polish her routines up before college. Certainly her double pike will have to bigtime improve as it's a college staple and Fong is great at form and precision...

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    2. Here is an article on Rachel Gowey that I read in another blog. She sounds very interesting and Chow must really have some faith in her! http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304060069&nclick_check=1

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    3. She does sound interesting! Last year USAG had footage from the April camp..that'd be nice now too. Chow's own athletes are so strong on beam. Obviously Gabby arrived very late but he did upgrade her skills and get her consistent at the exact right time. I thought she was going to go back to the gym in May, that will be interesting. Even though she has the aa gold she looks to have a lot of potential left.

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  2. Maybe Sabrina just finally got a clue and is retiring from elite. She was delusional thinking she had a shot at the Olympic team last year and it didn't matter who her coaches are, she just doesn't have the talent to compete with the upper echelon in the US.

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    1. I don't think she was managed correctly, really. Her difficulty was just not there and while I wouldn't imagine she seriously saw herself on that team it must have been a blow to not even be alternate. Let's not forget Nastia Liukin was upset too and given her past Olympic glory and numerous other titles as well as the fact that she had less of a chance for London given her inability to stay on bars..Sabrina's reaction is understandable.

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  3. Gutted! Gabby Jupp has torn her ACL. Hoping she can recover from it successfully, what an awful thing to happen.

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    1. Horrified when I saw it on twitter this morning, I was just updating when you posted that. Awful news.

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  4. I'm so sorry for Gabby Jupp... But I'm confident that she is strong and there will be a day we will have good news from her again.

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    1. Hopefully she will be better than ever at worlds next year, she should be able to compete this time next year at least.

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  5. The Pro Gym Challenge sounds really exciting! I can see how it might not be to many people's taste but honestly it's not like artistic gym now doesn't emphasize skills anyway... and if it lets us see gymnasts who have retired, and helps some of the rest (like Pavs) make some money I don't really have much to complain about. I'm really looking forward to seeing Cata (bet she's still in ridiculously good shape), Chellsie Memmel and Anna Li in particular. Knowing Chellsie she will be a badass and make us wish we had seen her at Trials last year.

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    1. I didn't see Anna Li on the roster updated today, though I know she was on the original one- hopefully I just missed her and she hasn't pulled out. I'm most looking forward to Jade, Chellsie and Cata I think.

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