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2009 Worlds: Uchimura Wins Men’s All-Around

Congratulations to Kohei Uchimura for winnng the Men’s All-Around.  Exactly like I thought he would.  After the Beijing AA Finals I predicted this guy to be in the next Olympics, and wow he is amazing!  This is the first men’s event I have watched since the Olympics and Uchimura is just so talented.

Congrats and how cool it must be to be Daniel Keatings, the 2009 All Around World Silver Medalist with a home crowd audience!

Yuri Ryazanov of Russia took the bronze, which I also liked because Maxim Devyatovsky is again left out of the medals.  I don’t like poor sports and his past displays have disgusted me.

Heartbreak of the night was Jonathan Horton!  5th place in qualifying he ended up 17th.  Universal Sports didn’t even show his routines after the first couple of events, as he was last place for the first two rotations!  Sadness.  I hope he fights back to win a medal on HB on Sunday!

And congratulations to Tim McNeill for his 7th place finish.  I think things will be going well for the future of USA MAG.  Way to go men!

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2009 Worlds: Results From MAG Qualifications

If you click here you can get live updates from MAG Prelims.

ALL RESULTS ARE HERE

Kohei Uchimura leads so far.  Jonathan Horton is doing well, trouble on pommels, very good hugh bar routine, he ends with 5th place overall.  Maxim Devyatovsky was the leader in the first round, he is second as of right now, Daniel Keatings is in 4th, just in front of Horton.  Oh my!  I just learned that so far USA’s Tim McNeill is in 3rd place!!!!  Ahead of Horton???

EDIT/UPDATE-  Uchimura still leads.  Unfortunately Diego Hypolito ended up ninth on FX and out of the final, one of my faves Marian Dragulescu may be the leader on FX (will post official lists soon as I find them) and I believe will qualify to VT finals as well.  Danell Leyva beat Horton on HB (15,450 I believe).  Steven Legendre was 6th on FX last time I checked….should make finals.

One sub division left!!!

At the end of the day, I will make a post with my commentary.

I will do this EVERY day of Worlds, minus Saturday.  I will not watch any Event Finals until Sunday when everyone leaves my house.  (Hey now, it’s Gator Homecoming, what can I do?)  But on Sunday I will make a huge post.

I have so much work to do…I really want to do a WAG Predictions and Hopes post….we will see if I have time.

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Best and Worst of the Olympics

They’re over. I’m sad. But I thought I would write a little about the things that were impressing versus that which made me cringe.

The Chinese Audience hosted a FANTASTIC OLYMPICS in my opinion. First off, the designs were astounding. From the Bird’s Nest to the Water Cube, the architecture was fabulous. The gymnastics venue was also wonderfully decorated inside. I am specifically talking about the colorful borders that ran through the arena; it looked GREAT on high definition TV!

On that note, the Chinese were a truly fabulous audience. They packed the arena and cheered so loudly for everyone! I was very impressed when the booed Jonathan Horton‘s high bar score during finals; they thought he should have beat their own countryman, Zou Kai! Great audience!

My personal pick for the team with the overall best leotards went to Russia. Hands down.

The above leo is what I would have loved to see on the USA. But EVERY Russian leotard I saw throughout the entire Olympic Games was GREAT.

Awesome that we saw astounding history in Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt! I am awating Phelps’ blood test because I think it will come back stating that he has part dolphin genes!

For gymnastics, the most beautiful display of sportsmanship winners were Shawn Johnson and Fabian Hambuechen. Fabian was SO upset with his personal performance during the high bar final! But of course that didn’t stop him from warmly congratulating the winners. Same thing with Shawn. Love them.

Who I already predict to be on the 2012 Olympic Teams: Fabian Hambuechen, Zou Kai, Kohei Uchimura, Ksenia Semenova.

There were some diappointing moments with the scoring. I won’t comment on a lot of it because it makes me angry.

The two athletes that that made me the saddest were definitely Cheng Fei and Anna Pavlova. Cheng Fei’s disappointing EF showings on VT and FX. Pavlova for not receiving a medal, and she should have had Cheng’s beam bronze. Now that I think about it, Alicia Sacramone made me quite sad as well. I am so sad she didn’t come away with an individual medal! That vault bronze I thought should have been hers. The rest of the judging that really angered me I won’t go into.

I disliked the way NBC presented some of the gymnastics. First off, starting it at 10 or 11 (Eastern time) at night was not good. I hate that it just HAD to be live to get those ratings in. I also did not like that we saw ONE routine from the bronze winning Romanian team.

A couple of posts ago we went into what REALLY aggrivated me the most. There is no reason to reiterate. Let’s just say there are a few people who I no longer have any respect for anymore.

I am trying to get the “what could have been” thoughts out of my head had Chellsie Memmel competed all four events. Sigh. I heard she is planning to continue though! Good deal. At least she has an Olympic Medal.

Dasha Joura not competing at her best also makes my heart break. Maybe 2012???

One more note about the hosting of the Chinese: Opening and Closing Ceremonies were AWESOME! Way to go China for putting on a truly spectacular show.

Also, my hat goes off to trck star Bernard Lagat, whom I have blogged about before. Lagat was the 2007 World Champion on both the 1500 and 5000 meter runs. A bronze in Sydney, a silver in Athens, I really wanted that gold for him!!!! I heard he had a foot injury. That is really sad. I don’t know the time span and age ranges for runners. Will he be able to compete realistically in 2012? If anyone knows the answer to that please comment and let me know!

That is it for now, if I think of more things I will add them to this post.

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2008 Olympics: SHAWN GETS HER GOLD!

Ahhhhh, finally!  I am so happy for Shawn Johnson winning a gold medal on what I think is her best event: beam.  Truly a great moment.  I love that kid.

I love Cheng Fei so much, but I believe the bronze medal rightfully belonged to Anna Pavlova.  I am very disappointed for Pavlova; along with Nastia Liukin she had qualified to the most individual finals.

Also, another big shout out to Jonathan Horton!!!!  What an AMAZING routine to win a silver medal.  I actually thought he should have won the gold!  I admit that I know less about MAG though.  I am curious to see what everyone else thinks because it seemed that even the Chinese thought that he should have won!

Poor Fabian Hambuechen.  I am so sad for him!  But I am glad he still got a medal.  And what a great sport he is!  Truly the best in the field of those who are gracious.  But I am thinking that Fabian is going to be one of the front runners this next quad.  You will get your moment with hard work Fabian!  Look how long Yang Wei waited, and what a payoff he got these Games!

Kai Zou ends up being the most sucessful of the Chinese Men.  Without injury, I would already call him being on the team in 2012.  He is so powerful on China’s weakest events, he’s got gold medals for both of them too.

Wow do I hope Horton continues.  He and Sasha Artemev both.  They have plenty of years left in my opinion.  And I hope beyond hope they continue in the sport.

Also congratulations to Li Xiaopeng!  He is such a wonderful competitor.  If he had his second vault….China might have swept every gold medal!  Not that 7 out of 8 is bad…

Anyhow, it has been a wonderful Games.  I will soon do a post talking about the various things that were awesome in my opinion, for instance, how awesome I believed the Chinese crowd was!

Sniff, sniff.  It’s over.  Sadness.  I can’t believe I have to wait another four years….

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2008 Olympics: And the Men’s Team Final was BEAUTIFUL

Last night was an exceptional competition capturing what is so very wonderful about the Olympic Games. As expected, China captured the gold. They cried, I cried, it was spectacular. Yang Wei turned in some beautiful performances, I can’t wait to see him go after the other gold medal that is rightfully his.

The USA turned in what was pretty much a gold medal performance for them. Jonathan Horton in particular was absolutely marvelous. I am now rooting for him to snag the bronze medal in the All Around.

I love that this team can not only call themselves Olympians, but Olympic Medalists as well. They so deserve it. Watching their passion was truly moving to me.

I have yet to do the math that would determine the possibility of a silver medal, had they not counted a couple of mistakes at the end.

Regardless, the USA men treated that bronze medal like a gold, and that is so awesome there aren’t really words for it.

And how I loved Sasha Artemev‘s excellent performance.

I am mad I cannot put in pictures on this post to reflect the beauty.

Tonight, tonight! Will the Chinese Women’s team get the first team gold medal in history? Will the US come back from their errors to steal the gold? WE DON’T KNOW! But it will sure be fun watching it! Like I have stated before, the US team needs to count no errors in order to win this one. If China falters, US can only afford the tinest of mistakes.

Here’s to the Olympic Games, and all of us who have waited to long to see this battle go down.

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