Friday 23 October 2015

Back...just in time :)

I think it's a sign that Chrome will NOT let me sign it to blogger there and I have to use internet explorer that I suck at blogging this year. This is due to a combination of a job that is bananas, killer fatigue, a ridiculously addictive book series taking up my time, and not having a laptop most of the time. BUT anyway, worlds is HERE and I'm flying out on Tuesday! At about 7am but hey, the flight cost a tenner.

At the moments my thoughts are much less cohesive than usual, it's difficult to catch up. I just watched most of Russia's qualification which was very interesting and I'm now watching USA's podium training stream. I tried to watch Romania's qualification, but the unblocker won't work for it. Another all accounts it would be a depressing, frustrating watch so I might be better off giving it a miss. I will try GB's next though. The most impressive thing from Russia's qualification is probably Seda's save on her layout full. I'm not used to impressive fights to stay on from them, it was great.

I'm fairly surprised at Mykayla Skinner being officially named as USA's alternate. It doesn't make a whole bunch of sense, since she is the best non-Simone EF medal hope that they have. I could not be more thrilled that Brenna Dowell is finally ON the team, WILL compete, AND will get a named skill! I just want all of the good things for her and am so impressed she is in this position at all. Not only are they potentially squandering an EF medal though, Mykayla is of little use on beam and bars so not exactly number 1 alternate material. Of course, it doesn't really matter when they have such an insane advantage anyway, but they normally act as if every tenth and medal count so...yup, surprised. But pleased. I was so sure it was between Brenna and Maggie. Maggie of course looks far too strong to be 'just' an alternate....but she doesn't stand out enough to be used extensively otherwise, and she would slot in anywhere.

I'd like to also belatedly chime in with the general sentiment on Alaina Kwan and Kylie Dickson competing for Belarus. It stinks. It was of course already dodgy enough considering neither girl has any connection at all to the country and has never been there, but to replace their own National Team girls without even an attempt at equal footing for places is pathetic. I cannot read/watch interviews with the two girls either as they have no idea what they're doing other than 'Yay worlds!'. They are young, but they should be coached a little better. One of the more infuriating phrases was how they described the US team as being 'already picked' without any sort of appreciation that they are nowhere near the standard required, and did not even make Nationals....aghhhh. I must remember to check up on how they're doing now.

I'm still absorbing the news that Romania won't make team finals. Mental. In a way, considering how weak they are, fresh injuries and their star not at her best, it shouldn't be surprising. But it's so shocking! I feel like I can't really comment on team's performances yet until I work my way through the streams. I'm impressed by what I saw of Russia but I've seen precious little else.

Back to the stream for now. I cannot WAIT to see Simone live in action again. I will post a bit during worlds but since it'll be my phone, it won't make for 'proper' posts either.


  1. You're back!! Romania depressed me, I always find myself rooting for those girls and they somehow always seem to get it together enough to achieve decent results. Today was sad though. I hope they make some changes with UB coaching so that this problem doesn't cause them to fade away altogether.

  2. Romania not making TF is still a shock. To Larissa in tears is heartbreaking.
    I will say I was impresses with Lorraine Oliveira from Brazil. Very nice form on bars.
    All I care about at this worlds is the scoring. I want to see how Gabby, Aly, and Brebna are scored. I want to see if Kocian can hit in Qual and get into BF. I also want to see if she can score over 15. In TF she only scored 14.9t

  3. It's best not to watch Romania. I'm really jealous that you're going to worlds. When Worlds comes to Montreal, I plan on going.

  4. Yes! You're finally back! Bout time. I've been blogging like crazy, but I might not be able to for a while because my dad is dying of pancreatic cancer. That means you have to blog enough for the both of us combined! Anyway, my quick thoughts: the US is in the lead by five points but I was disapppointed with their performance, Russia did much better than I expected and Romania not making TF has to be one of the great shockers of the decade. I am devastated for them. I knew qualifying was going to be hard but I never imagined it would be as bad as it was. Pls Gymnastics Gods, let them get their shit together by the test events.
    The US had three falls and Aly Raisman fell apart. He floor was poorly controlled and she missed her release skill on bars and her Amanar wa quite messy and uncontrolled. She was like a bundle of nerves out there. And poor Brenna totally lost it on bars, chickening out on the tweddle to ezhova, losing it on a pirouette and hopping off after she missed the church to pak. Simone didn't do the 6.7 routine she is capable of, balked a couple of connections and had a scary arm wave on her 2.5 wolf. Only a 6.3. Then Gabby fell on her standing full. Aly was killed on execution. Damn, what is with this team?! They are so much better than this... Still way ahead of everyone else, but they need together it together on beam in particular. China got murdered on every event except vault. :(
    The Netherlands qualified to the Olympics! Sanne Wevers and Eythora thorsdottir made bb finals! Imma break out my champagne. GB did pretty good and are in third! And Japan did good as well.
    I've already posted my thoughts on Belarusgate on my blog.

    1. I'm sorry to hear about father, hang in there.

    2. Thank you. We are getting close to the end now... My birthday is November 2, but I doubt he will make it until then.

    3. I'm very sorry to hear that November, wishing you and your family all the best.

  5. I'm so sorry about you dad. I'm sending prayers to you and your family.