So I got back into blogging, fell back out. Really it was just school. Because let me tell you, Worlds put me so far back with my assignments. Plus we all know there is a lull after such a big meet. Of course I still keep up with everything. And since I feel like writing a blog post yet have no particular concentration, I am writing all the random things I have been contemplating and discussing with my gymnastics buddy. These are in no random order whatsoever.
- Who will destroy Alicia Sacramone‘s comeback? Will it be Kayla Williams, the girl who has the light speed ability to improve, and someone who looks to be a true force and a rock of a competitor? Will it be Asac’s reincarnation from her own gym, Alexandra Raisman (who I believe may show us the real first quad twist on floor) or even Alica’s own body betrayal?
- Aliya Mustafina will be standing on the AA podium at the 2010 Worlds
- Viktoria Komova will be standing on the AA podium the year after that
- Shawn Johnson and even Nastia Liukin will not compete again. Comebacks may come when endorsements run out, but that is it.
- Anna Myzdrikova I already hope to be the 2010 FX champion
- Cheng Fei will come back. She will.
- Nobody will ever do a front handspring better than Lilia Podkopayeva. NO ONE comes close to that; her feet are even together.
- I think it is a huge mistake to hold off using the 5-3-3 team format until the London Games; it is a bad idea period to use the Olympics as a test for anything.
- On that note, the age rule is now even more frustrating. For instance, our current junior national champion, Kyla Ross will not be senior eligible until 2012 (as opposed to the previous rule where she could have been competing in 2011). Considering the year before is a qualifier to the next year’s Olympics, think about what that does to the non power countries. Let’s say that Nastia came from oh…..Iceland (trying to pick a place where they don’t get a spot) and that she doesn’t turn 16 until the year of the Games. She wouldn’t be able to compete because no one qualified for a spot the year before. That would be wrong. I oppose anything that prevents the best in the world from competing. This is why I was sort of turning my back on the He Kexin debate last year. Furthermore, one of the reasons the age rule is there is because those in charge think that it puts too much pressure on the youngins. I will have to disagree with this because you can’t advance in this sport without being able to deal with pressure. My proposed age rule is this: When you are eligible to compete in the next Games, you are senior eligible for that quad. Meaning that starting January 1st 2009, Kyla Ross would have the option to go senior.
- if I haven’t harped enough, I am sooooo hoping for Russian reemergence this quad, starting with the 2010 worlds. In addition to Mustfina, Tatiana Nabieva is another going senior. I think the Russians need a bit more for vault (hopefully Nabieva can clean up that Amanar) and then I just don’t see where they have a weakness.
- I wonder what will happen with Bridget Sloan; will she fade out? Will she remain useful? If she got an Amanar (and I am dying for her to do the front triple twist on FX) she would up her own usefulness. Interesting stuff to think about.
- Will Chellsie Memmel return? I want her to so bad! She and Nastia have sort of an open invitation to comeback whenever due to their incredible usefulness on one event; bars. I also find it odd that bars has become our weak event over the last couple of years considering they were once our strong event.
That is all for now, folks.