Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Bits and stuff



Don't buy all of your Nanning tickets at once now. Not that I'm going but I'm extremely disappointed that Glasgow's website for 2015 is fully functional with tickets going on sale soon apparently, but Nanning's for 6-7 months hence is a bit of a mess.

The nominative Jesolo list was released by the Italians, bearing in mind that it is nominative it's still very exciting.

Seniors- Kyla Ross, Peyton Ernst, Madison Kocian, Maddie Desch, Maggie Nichols, Rachel Gowey, Mykayla Skinner, Alyssa Baumann

Juniors- Nia Dennis, Norah Flatley, Bailie Key, Jordan Chiles, Emily Gaskins, Ragan Smith

Some of this lot are not on the National Team - Rachel Gowey for one, although with her super impressive video released recently, it would be utterly unsurprising were she to be added at the March camp. The lack of upswing on the Maloney and shap full is a little odd, but it is just practice after all. Jordan Chiles is a great little gymnast, but I'm thinking her place could have Alexis Vasquez' name on it, since the latter turns senior next year and Jordan is an '01 born who does not as of yet desperately need the experience.

It will be VERY interesting to see Mykayla Skinner's scores. I'm thinking maybe 2 replacements in this team if any but no great upheaval. McKayla Maroney requires knee intervention according to Marta, she suffered an avulsion fracture to the patella at some point late last year and rest has not worked, unfortunately. Lexie Priessman and Amelia Hundley are probably both not quite recovered yet, though Lexie was back at camp. Don't forget Jesolo will be livestreamed this year!

Simone Biles, as we all know, has moved from Bannon's Gymnastix, where she has been since at the age of 6, to an as yet unknown location with her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman. She is dealing with shoulder strain also. Quite frankly, I'm not really concerned. She's got her coach and interviews with Simone, her coach and her family give off only the very best of vibes. I've seen rumours as to the location but nothing concrete and I'm sure we'll know for sure soon enough. Given her status to Marta and on the National Team, I highly doubt there is any risk of her falling through the cracks. Hopefully she will bounce back from the transition and injury and be ready to go maybe for Pac Rims and if not, then Classics.

Elizabet Vasileva, the Bulgarian rythmic turned artistic gymnast, showed up at AOGC Legends recently. Check out her beam immediately. She has really improved her acrobatic skills I think, and really it is such a special routine. She's elegible for Junior Euros so hopefully we'll see her there.

GB continue to push the boundaries on bars. Definitely going to do a round-up of their stuff there at some point but in the meantime, Rebecca Tunney competed a new routine at Welsh Championships (Open Competition as she's English) with a stunning Church-Bhardwaj connection - it's so clean and awesome! It makes her loose form on much easier skills sort of suspect, and it's quite a long routine so hopefully it can be refined for her, although no dismount is no big deal for what is essentially an exhibition. I'd almost forgotten what a non-glide kip mount looks like.





32 comments:

  1. I'm thinking about going to Glasgow! Since I'm in Birmingham and that's doable by train... (I know, better get a move on!)

    I spy on the FIG website to see if it gives away any potential new national team members... new licences for this year (as far as I know - some of them may be renewals) are: Ariana Agrapides, Jordan Chiles, Nadia Cho, Christina Desiderio, Rachel Gowey, Madison Kocian, Lauren Navarro, Abby Paulson, Emily Schild, Ragan Smith, Deanne Soza, Olivia Trautman. I know it doesn't guarantee a national team spot or international assignments, but I think it's a good sign... I agree about Alexis Vasquez as well! I think she's a lovely gymnast.

    SO pleased that Rachel Gowey seems to be doing well again (touch wood). I was gutted for her when she had those stress fractures in her back at just the wrong time last year. (Not that there's ever a right time...) Her beam skills look so solid.

    Elizabet Vasileva - that spin! Do you reckon it's supposed to be a 1 1/2 or a double scorpion turn (I think that's what it's called)? Couldn't quite tell if she just stumbled a bit as she stopped rotating or if she had to stop half a turn early. Either way - wow. Love it. I haven't watched a routine in a while but I think you're right about the acrobatic skills.

    I always liked Rebecca Tunney's bars - she's so close to being super duper amazing! Her routine at the Dutch Invitational (? I think?) was also quite long with most of the same skills but in a different order (?? I think!) - she did do a dismount but came off right before so maybe the routine is still settling.

    Finally, I have no idea how you keep up with all this news! Glad you do because it means I find out everything too :P Anyway, thank you!


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    1. I love Deanne Soza, a pity she is too young for Rio. I'm spying on USAG's website for them to update Simone's gym ha.

      It looks like a 1.5? It's a pity her floor wasn't put up.

      The fact that Rebecca's line on bars is not straight was recently pointed out to me- her core etc. is that bit loose. I really like her style on bars though and hopefully she can get this routine to work for her, last year she was dealing with a long injury recovery and quite a bit of growth and never got it together.

      Haha, well twitter and facebook are major sources. No problem!

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    2. If Tunney throws in a D dismount to what she competed, she has 6.5. If she connects the Pak Salto into the shaposh 1/2 element, +0.2.

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  2. WOW at Elizabet Vasileva's beam! All gymnasts should start training in rhythmic gymnastics before learning tumbling. It would do wonders for putting the artistry back in artistic gymnastics.

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    1. I'm not sure about keeping the leotards though! :p

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    2. I thought the same thing Laura! That beam was fabulous and only took one viewing to become an Elizabet Vasileva fan.

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    3. Hopefully we will see her at YOG in Nanjing, as well as Jr Euros at Sofia. She is fascinating. Check out her floor - the channel is Venelina Vasileva on youtube.

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  3. Hey, I actually have been checking USA Gymnastics' page and it has Simone’s gym listed as “World Champions Centre.” A quick google search shows an LLC registered as “Biles World Champions Centre.”

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    1. Thanks Julie. That was where I thought we'd see the news first. So the rumour of a family-run gym is true but I don't think there will be any Moceanu type of concerns with this.

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  4. Here is the address of Simone's new gym.

    Company Name: Biles World Champions Centre Employees, LLC
    Status: Active Filing Date: 01/22/2014
    Entity Type: Limited-Liability Company File Number: 0801919989
    Filing State: Texas (TX) Registered Agent: Rn Biles Investments, LLC
    Registered Agent Address: 5719 Romulus Court
    Spring, TX 77386


    I am glad Aimee is going with her but I hope it won't mean a bit of instability. How cool would it be to have your parents open their own gym for you??

    I am sooooo excited Jesolo will be livestreamed! What was going on with Laurie Hernandez? Why isn't she on the list? I forgot.

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    1. I'd say she'll be shielded from the business side of things very well.

      Laurie fell off beam and broke her wrist sadly. It's unlikely I'd say that they'll risk her for Pac Rims. Classics is ages away but she'll definitely have recovered by then.

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  5. I'm going to watch the Jesolo qualification live, so your explanation makes me want to be already the 22nd :) thanks
    Soon the romanian list must be released, true?
    By the way the spin Elizabet Vasileva made isn't a preziosa?

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    1. Preziosa was the first to do "1/1 turn with free leg held backwards with both hands" which some refer to as a scorpion turn, rated D

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    2. Vasileva is doing 1.5, no? She is also trying out unique spins on floor.

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    3. The style of spin was at least named for Preziosa at the 2011 Worlds where she competed 1/1 revolutions (worth D). I think you're right Catherine, it looks like she's going for the 1.5 turn and she competes a double scorpion on floor (and an illusion into memmel turn connection).

      I would also like to point out her "switch to ring leap to grab the foot with both hands, land and stretch to scale" (I obviously don't know what this would be called, perhaps the Vasileva) is also very unique.

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    4. In rhythmic gymnastics it is called back split balance... same thing for the spin. We simply call it back split pivot :) I'm so excited to see her in artistic gymnastics! I've always had an issue with some of the gymnasts' lack of flexibility and this girl is a dream for me. Her back bending jumps are to die for. Hopefully she can improve further on acrobatic aspects although her routines look great as is!

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  6. Plz make a post on jr Olympics

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    1. YOG? It's too far away which although isn't so much a problem for worlds, it's a big one for YOG when only one girl per country can go. So I could not for instance make predictions as such, but I can explain likely contenders etc. if that's okay.

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  7. Rachel Gowey looks amazing, really great progress and I'm totally not worried about her progress in Chow's hands, he really is the master of pacing. Her bars look lovely, very fluid, nice swing, good form. She looks tiny though! When is she senior - or is she already?

    Jesolo list is interesting. It'll be nice to see some of the girls on the fringes of the national team in competition. Though I really don't see the point of sending Kyla, she doesn't need the experience at all and the rest do! Great to know there will be livestreaming.

    Still loving GB on bars. Rebecca Tunney had a rough 2013, hopefully she will be mostly back this year as GB doesn't have a lot of competition ready seniors for this year. I'm actually quite surprised that Hannah Whelan is still going!

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    1. Im fairly sure Rachel turned senior last year but someone correct me if I'm wrong! :)

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    2. Yeah she did - she had stress fractures in her back diagnosed right before Classics (I think).

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    3. She's actually tall enough, I suppose that video is a little far away. Really excited for her.

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  8. Gowey's UB: does anyone have an idea of what her UB routine would like? Lots of great skills, but how are they supposed to fit together?

    Her 2013 routine included a lot less than what she shows in training (shaposh 1/2, weiler 1/2, stalder, toe-on tkatchev, toe-on 1/1, bail+ray, DLO dismount).

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  9. I think I heard that Elizabeth's mom is coaching the Azerbaijani team. What do you think of this? Elizabeth might (for better or worse) be representing Azerbaijan in the future then...

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  10. Where can I see the FREE Jesolo live stream on the internet? I'm from the USA. I really don't want to pay Gymnastike and their stupid membership fee.

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