Why should only rhythmic gymnasts have all the fun the apparatus? Why not incorporate e.g. a ball in artistic gymnastics skills?
Click play or watch it on YouTube:
Click play or watch it on YouTube:
Elisabeth Seitz won the first of three trials of the German women’s team for the World Championships in October with a score of 53.05 despite having troubles on all four apparatus. She defeated Joeline Möbius (51.75) who just decided to come back and newcomer Pia Tolle (50.40) at the national training center in Kienbaum (GER). Head coach Ulla Koch criticized, too many mistakes were made by the gymnasts.
The German Championships which take place in Berlin in two weeks – also as a test for the 2011 Europeans the first time on a podium – and a friendly meet GER-SUI-ROM in Schaffhausen (SUI) are the other two trials for the Worlds.
Elisabeth Seitz, Joeline Möbius, Pia Tolle as well as Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Giulia Hindermann, Lisa-Katharina Hill, Dorothee Henzler, Ruby van Dijk and Anja Brinker are potential team members. Oksana Chusovitina will join them at the Nationals. At the moment she is in Uzbekistan because of a serious illness of her mother.
Kim Bui is still injured and won’t compete for Germany in Rotterdam.
The Russian Gymnastics Federation has some good photos of the Russian Cup on their website. Click through to see the winner Aliya Mustafina, the Ksenias (2nd & 3rd) and more!
The first perfect 10 this year is awarded the reigning queen of rhythmic gymnastics – Evgenia Kanaeva - at the World Cup in Minsk (21-23 May).
She received 29.550 (D: 9.85 / A: 10 / E: 9.7) in the AA/qualification and placed first, of course. In rhythmic gymnastics they not only have D- and E-Scores like in artistic gymnastics, but they also have a score to judge the artistry of the routines.
Do you think Kanaeva’s artistry is perfect?
Click play or watch her routine on YouTube:
I was really looking forward to the all-around final at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. And not only to see Komova, Tan & co. fighting for the medals, but also to get some good laughs how less some people know about gymnastics – some people who got the job to do the commentary of, well, the gymnastics competition.
Some turned the sound off, others had a good time not only watching, but also hearing the competition, posting the best comments (of the two famous commenters) on IG, while everyone knew he/she could have done a far, far better job!
Here are some of the quotes I found on the IG Forum:
I laughed out loud when I heard “its easier on the high bar to keep your feet from touching the ground” and “some girls like to go with leather gloves”…
What’s your favourite?
Gymnastics Examiner just informed us about a letter written by the former Singaporean national champion Alex Liang, in which he complains about the bad commentary.
Here come some more gold medal winning routines from the 2010 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
Women’s Group, 11-16, Russia (dynamic)
- energetic music, good technique – that’s all you need to win!
Women’s Group, 12-19, Belarus
- well executed elements including double layout & double piked
Women’s Group, seniors, Russia
So today it’s the last day of the artistic gymnastics competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. I’m curious if Tan really manages to win gold on beam. Or is it Komova who earns the fourth gold medal and maybe even the fifth on floor?
Komova got 15.150 in qualification and 15.250 in the all-around. Tan got 15.500 and 15.350.
Angela Donald in extreme “gymnast walk”. Komova, Ferlito wear same leos as yesterday. Kravchenko in sleeveless blue leo with a cut-out on chest. Porras in the Nastia-leo, but in black with blue sleeves. Freitas also sleevelesss in black/white leo. Tan first in warm-up. Donald in the 2007 Worlds leo. Commenters already named a lot of “dark horses” – everyone except Tan and Komova :-).
Komova just did a perfect arabian (no wobbles, high landing!). No falls during warm-up. Everyone looks really good.
Only three falls (1 Adlerteg and 2 Komova), that’s pretty good for a junior BB final!
So it’s: 1. Tan, 2. Ferlito, 3. Donald, 4. Porras, 5. Freitas, 6. Kravchenko, 7. Komova, 8. Adlerteg
Hogg in a sparkly, shiny red leo with flag on her back. Moonen has a really beauiful leotard in blue, with white and orange and a lot of rhinestones. They’re warming up. Komova sits her double arabian down. Touches floor after triple twist. Is she tired? Bulimar did her piked Tsuk. Komova leaves floor early.
They are playing Happy Birthday for Bulimar. The girls congratulate each other.
1. Tan, 2. Bulimar, 3. Komova, 4. Porras, 5. Hogg, 6. Moonen, 7. Adlerteg, 8. Ferlito
Vargas in a blue sleeveless shiny leo, Komova wears the green one from qualification, Mityko also again the Christmas-leo, Gardiner in elegant black, grey and red. Freitas also wears a sleeveless leo in pink. The crowd loves Viktoria! Ferlito is in a purple, a bright green very sparkly leo. They all warm up their vaults.
So it’s: 1. Komova, 2. Vargas, 3. Ferlito, 4. Sasada, 5. Gardiner, 6. Bulimar, 7. Freitas, 8. Mityko
Women’s UNEVEN BARS
If Komova doesn’t fall, it surely will be her third gold medal. They are warming up. Moonen in orange, black, white leo. Tan in sparkly red with white swirls.
1. Komova, 2. Tan, 3. Adlerteg, 4. Donald, 5. Moonen, 6. Ferlito, 7. Bulimar, 8. Gardiner
“The Rotterdam Worlds are still eight weeks away, but even so several countries have begun naming their world championships teams. The following athletes have been named to their countries’ teams by their respective national federations, and will compete in Rotterdam, health permitting”
MEN – Sam Offord, Prashanth Sellathurai, Thomas Pichler, Josh Jefferis, Luke Wiwatowski, Luke Wadsworth and Philippe Rizzo
WOMEN – Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto, Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, Charlotte Mackie, Dominique Pegg, Jessica Savona and Kristina Vaculik
WOMEN – Holly Moon, Briana Mitchell and Jordan Rae
MEN – Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Brandon Wynn, Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Chris Cameron (reserve: Paul Ruggeri / head coach: Vitaly Marinitch
Here’s the third part of six, in which I present the Gold-Medal winning routines from the recent World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Poland. The mixed pairs are my favourite routines. Enjoy!
Mixed Pair, 11-16, Great Britain (balance)
- very elegant, balletic choreo for such a young pair
Mixed Pair, 12-19, Ukraine
- they are great!
Mixed Pair, seniors, USA