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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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2008 Olympics: Yang Wei is Golden but Other Dreams Shattered

Oh the heartbreaks and surprises tonight!

As expected, Yang Wei won the gold. I am so happy for him. What a truly glorious thing. He won by 2.6 points.

The real news is with the heartbreaks that happened among those in the silver and bronze medal race. Less than a point separated places 2 through 10. This meet I watched alone. Here are the moments that my heart broke wide open:

Fabian Hambuchen was by far the biggest heartbreak for me. A hit high bar routine would have given him the silver medal. I yelled “NOOOO” a couple of times, mostly over this awesome young man. One thing that really gets me about Fabian is his absolutely wonderful demeanor to his competitors. Always congradulating them. I love it. How I wanted a silver medal for this guy. My only hope is that he clinches the gold in the high bar final.

Hiroyuki Tomita also broke my heart with that scary rings fall. (Another out loud yell). After all he has done, it would have been so nice to see him medal! An upsetting fourth place finish, just .175 out of the bronze position, and .225 out of the silver! Without that scary rings fall he would surely have been second. That sucks.

Jonathon Horton didn’t have the greatest performances, but after watching him during the Team Finals, I really wanted him with that bronze medal.

Sasha Artemev was great! He has really grown on me and now I am root, root, rooting for him to get a medal on the pommel horse!

Who is Benoit Caranobe? Why he is the Olympic Bronze Medalist! I had NO idea who he was before tonight, my knowledge of statistic for MAG is NOTHING compared to what I know about WAG. But his tears of joy moved me so much. Biggest surprise of the evening.

I hope Fabian is in London 2012. Tim Daggett also provided me with an education of who Kohei Urchimura is. The silver medalist I guess will be a power for years to come for team Japan.

Yang Tae-Young also provided more heartbreaking moments.

I don’t think a healthy Paul Hamm would have beat Yang Wei tonight.

NBC, I am mad you didn’t show me the medal ceremony, it had better be online! –Oh wow, they are playing it, they did this about 30 seconds after I typed this sentence. I take it back NBC.

It struck me tonight how moved I let complete strangers whom I will never know personally affect me so much. I guess that is what having our heroes means to us.

Ooh I am watching the medal ceremony, Caranobe is kinda hot! I love Yang Wei’s antics. Not only does he deserve to do them, but so much more exciting than the usual.

Tomorrow night is the real night for me. It is the night I have waited four years to know the outcome of. Of course I want Shawn Johnson to win. Badly. But I am thinking it is going to be Nastia Liukin. I hope I am wrong.

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2008 Olympics: An Unexpected Team Final

Woooooow, craziness last night!

Of course the biggest surprise came with the fact that Alicia Sacramone made two major errors. I really think that China would have won regardless, but you never know. If those mistakes did not exist, China may have had the pressure get to them and maybe made a couple of errors themselves. But I hope there aren’t a whole bunch of ignorant gymnastics viewers out there blaming Alicia. She is one of the biggest heart and souls of the American program.

Gee Marta, maybe we would have done a lot better if we didn’t have half a team. Maybe we should lighten up on the selection procedure. This procedure is responsible to all the athletes we lost before and during the Olympic Games. I strongly think that after Nationals, Trials should have been held when the selection camp was. I don’t know, I am not an expert, but that sounds better than girls who are trying to stay in peak form for 3 months.

I really wanted Chellsie Memmel to be able to call herself and Olympic Gold Medalist. And has everyone heard the latest? The girl knew she was competing with a broken bone! There is no one tougher than Chellsie!

How wonderful it was to see Cheng Fei give the last performance of the night, putting the final hold on the gold medal. I love that she got to have that. I strongly think she is very likely to win two more golds on vault and floor. I am not surprised China won, and I am happy for them.

Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin put in some very solid, feel proud about it performances. Congrats to them. I thought the congratulating amongst the two teams was very sweet.

Also, they looked pretty darn happy at the end! You didn’t lose the gold team USA! You WON a silver! And I really think that they viewed it that way too. Good for them.

Romania in third? What the hell happened to Russia? Congrats to the Romanians though!

Men’s All-Around tonight! I want Yang Wei, Jonathon Horton, Hiroyuki Tomita, and Fabian Hambuchen to have the performances of a lifetime! Good luck to the men!

Off topic, but my blog a couple of days ago celebrated it’s 50,000th hit! It has BLOWN UP during the Olympics, hitting more than 4,000 hits a day over its’s usual average! Thanks to all you readers out there!

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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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2008 : Thoughts on Qualifications

Ok, so keep in mind that all I have seen is what NBC aired on TV. I am pretty sure that NBCOLYMPICS.COM has more to view. But I looked online at the results and that plus what I saw here is the random things flying through my brain: (keep iin mind, I am writing this on a few glasses of wine, this could be out there. And again, my disclaimer: I mean no disrespect to any individual athletes, this is purely my own opinion).

  • Nastia Liukin on floor ahead of Alicia Sacramone already shocked me, Nastia qualifying into event finals???? I am not knocking her, I just think that is crazy. Alicia landing OOB didn’t exactly shock me but DAMN! Bridget Sloan did well on floor. I was proud. The Samantha Peszek injury shocked me.
  • What was up with Nastia scoring the same as Shawn Johnson on beam? I have major beef with this, but maybe I am wrong: Nastia broke her connection of the Onodi-wolf full in her routine. What is the connection loss for that? because she still got a 6.6 A-score!!! That should not be right unless the loss of connection was only .1 because I know she usually loses one tenth for her Liukin-Nistor whatever move, and in my opinion, that was done solid. The whole routine was solid with the exception of that connection. Meanwhile Shawn was near flawless on her routine… how did she get the samw score? Shawn should have been given the 7.0 on beam. Did the full turn get devalued? Because it was awesome I thought. I am angry about this. Her routine was the best I have ever seen! She was flawless minus the landing which was almost stuck! I would have given Shawn a 7.0 plus a B-score of 9.5 which makes a 16.500. Kind of high actually. At least over a 16 though!!!! Which brings me to my next thought!
  • What did everyonne think of scoring? Sometimes I thought it was too tight, sometimes I thought too lenient! Bars scoring was tight, Jiang Yuyuan I thought might have been a little low on bars. I don’t know. I can’t thnk.
  • He Kexin falling on bars was insane. Well, don’t put 14 year-olds in the Olympics! But I was sad for her, as I haven’t seen her miss a routine yet. But she did make EF, too bad she has to go up first for that.
  • On that note…SHOCKING that Nastia fell on her dismount! I know that dismount has been her nemisis, but Nastia has looked GREAT, and during podium training I was amazed because she looked sooooooo much better on that! She will get 1st or 2nd though on that event. She does deserve it.
  • Chellsie Memmel‘s fall almost made me cry. i can’t even comment further on this.
  • Shawn’s score on floor made me sad. Not the judging though. Why the 6.3? What is the loss of her not doing the Rudi? Did she not get credited for the Popa 1.5 jump? I don’t think the mistake on the Rudi was an actual mistake; I think she did that purposely. I am pissed that she wil got up 1st in EF.
  • On that note, Shawn was only like 3 tenths ahead of Nastia in qualifying. That worries the hell outta me. If Shawn repeats and Nastia doesn’t fall, she will win. That will devastate me.
  • What the hell happend to Dasha Joura?????????????? She qualified for NOTHING! Her 12-something beam score tells me she fell like 3 or 4 times! I am so sad for her!
  • Yaaaaaaaaay for Anna Pavlova! Qualifying 5th into the AA and also making VT, BB, and FX finals? AWESOME! GO GIRL!
  • What is going on with Vanessa Ferrari? I don’t even know. Qualifying 21st into AA is sad. I feel bad for her.
  • DAIANE DOS SANTOS MADE FLOOR FINALS!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
  • Cheng Fei is EFFING BADASS! 3 event finals for her!
  • Beth Tweddle must have fallen off bars with a 8.0-something B-score.
  • Regardless of how crappy prelims may have been for the USA, team finals is going to be crazy! Can’t wait! calculate bars A-scores and can’t figure out what is different. Please, anyone who knows please explain this to me!
  • EDIT-One more important thing: Does anyone know WHY Shawn was given a 6.3 instead of 6.4 on bars? I can’t

Okay, I need to go watch more stuff on NBC’s website. I may have missed some random thoughts. I got 3 or 4 phone calls from people who also watched, calling me “to see if I was okay”. Hahahahahaha. How much of a gymnastics nerd am I???

Yay for the Olympics even though I am seriously concerned!

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What’s Going on in the World of Gymnastics Right Now

I have been vacationing since Thursday and have just caught up on the gymnastics scene.

It is now 32 days until the Olympic Games begin and there are numerous things going on in the world of gymnastics. Here are the random things going on that have caught my interest…

Russian Cup Happenings-

Russia has the potential for a GREAT beam lineup in Beijing. Anna Pavlova won the Russian Cup with a 16.075, followed by Lyudmila Grebenkova with a 16.000, and Yulia Lozhecko with a 15.925, that’s pretty solid! It looks like Pavlova is really pulling it together. She has the potential to make both beam and vault finals, and it would also be great to see her on floor as her new routine is very pretty.

Russia announced their training squad which is Ksenia Afanasyeva, Kristina Goryunova, Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova, Svetlana Klyukina, Yekaterina Kramarenko, Yulia Lozhechko, Anna Pavlova, Kristina Pravdina, Ksenia Semyonova and Daria Yelizarova. The biggest shocker of course is that Elena Zamolodchikova is not apart of the training squad. That is really sad. I wanted to see her in a 3rd Olympics. Furthermore, I am a sucker for the sentimental stories and veterans which is why I would have loved seeing her on the team.

Other news in the world includes the Mediterraneo Gym Cup. For results of the Russian Cup and this event click here. Two stories have stuck out that I feel like discussing;

Daiane Dos Santos. First off, go watch her routine on youtube. She has improved A LOT on floor since the last event I watched her in. Speaking of sentimental favorites, she is also one. I believe that she is one of the best tumblers in WAG of all time. It is great to see her look this fantastic. Please note that the consensus among gym fans is that this meet was scored quite low, which makes sense because I don’t know how this floor routine received a 8.3 B-score. Although a couple of things got devalued, this is MUCH improved, and tumbling is getting close to being back to par. Dos Santos has also stated that she is upgrading more. Someone who performs only “E” or higher tumbling passes is just awesome. I hope it looks that way. I REALLY want her in Finals this August.

Vanessa Ferrari. Oh dear, what is going on? Vanessa has told Italian newspapers that her foot is just too damaged, and won’t be at her best for Beijing. I strongly believe that she will not medal. I really feel bad for her because I like the fact that someone was succeeding from a non-power country like Italy. I am also Italian so maybe I am biased. I wasn’t her biggest fan but I loved her 06′-07′ floor routine. I know I am in the minority with that one.

I am not a fan of Sandra Izbasa‘s floor routine. That’s right I said it. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t appeal to me whatsoever. But I really like Izbasa.  She and Rebecca Bross are my favorite twisters. (And I think Cheng Fei and Ivana Hong are among the prettiest twisters).  However, my own biased opinion does not like the fact that she does two full-ins.  It looks like the same skill to me.  I don’t mind a piked and tucked arabian; the aesthetic is much different between the two, and therefore more appealing.  Again, just my opinion.

On the men’s side, Marian Dragulescu is back and that makes me happy.  He is one of my favorite MAG’s.

Also, very interesting concerning the Chinese age-falsification debate;  to see a Chinese gym site, please go into the previous post, “Who Will Get the Last Spots….” and look at a commented submitted by David.  There is a link to see the athletes.  And as a comment from Catherine pointed out, there are some interesting birthdays on there.

That’s all for now!

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Results from the French Nationals Event Finals

First off, how excited is everyone that there will be FOUR HOURS of Olympic Trials coverage this week? Actually there is more if you include Men’s Artistic. Before we get to the subject of the post here is a schedule of Olympic Trials on NBC (Eastern Time. And I always check tvguide.com).

Saturday, June 21st. Men’s Trials; 4:30-6:00pm. Women’s; 8:00-10:00pm.

Sunday, June 22nd. Women’s Trials; 7:00-9:00pm. Uhhh, did I miss another Men’s?

And now to the conclusion of the French Nationals! Here are the scores from Event Finals…

Vault- Cheng Fei was first with a 15.275, this includes a DTY and the Cheng. Jiang Yuyuan was 3rd with a 13. (???) Both vaults appeared to be a 5.8 SV. I have no idea what is going on with that. EDIT- She performed two DTY’s thus earning a deduction, she did score around a 15.

Bars- Of course the awesome Yang Yilin won this event with a score of 16.825. Jiang Yuyuan was second with a 15.275 (according to the source, this was a 7.2 A-score, a tenth lower than yesterday.)

Beam- Marine Petit won with a 15.350 (6.3) and Sui Lu followed with a the same score (6.9). Marine Debauve, making a comeback was in 3rd with a 15.325 (6.4). Way to go for her. Yang Yilin produced the same score with a 6.5 A-score.

Floor- Jiang Yuyuan won the event with a 15.425 (6.3). Cassy Vericel followed with a 15.000 (6.4) and I hear she is doing some great tumbling, including the piked double arabian. Yang Yilin must have had a fall as she ended up 6th with a 13.000.

So what does this mean for the shape of the Chinese Team? I would say that Sui Lu is putting herself out. She just doesn’t seem to be consistent enough. Yang Yilin is not really affected (but I would say to the AAers of the world LOOK OUT!) Assuming everyone is back to full difficulty (notably Cheng and Jiang), then here’s what we have for the Team Final:

VT- Cheng, Jiang, Yang, He Kexin

UB- Kexin, Yang, Jiang

BB-???? Cheng. Who else?

FX- Cheng, Jiang, Yang?

China’s hole appears to be balance beam. Assuming Cheng, Jiang, He, Yang are all going, they need two beamers. Isn’t this getting ironic? The US team was looking to fill their last two spots for bars and now the Chinese appear to be doing the same thing. The US has a 6.6-6.7, a 6.9-7.0, and 6.8-7.0 for beam. THis may be the spot where the US can gain some ground on China. Who can fill in these beam spots for China? For all of you who comment and have continuously stated that Li Shanshan will be on that team, you may be right. China will need some good scores there. So I think those last two spots will be between Li, Xiao Sha, Pang Panpan, Deng Linlin, and yes oh yes, Zhang Nan. How awesome would it be to have Zhang Nan on the team? That would make my day because she was one of my favorites.

What does everyone else think? I REALLY think beam is the short spot on the Chinese team, and I think the last two spots will be determined by that event. Who do you think will get those spots?

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