Archive for August, 2011

Philipp Boy – Adidas Signature Line

August 30, 2011

Last weekend at the German Championships, which he won by the way, Philipp Boy launched his “Adidas Signature Line”. Women, men and kids can now order black adidas t-shirts, hoodies and caps with his golden signature. If fans buy enough items the line will be expanded.

Philipp Boy Online Shop

Earlier this year Boy already did a parkour video for his new sponsor adidas.

German National Championships 2011

August 29, 2011

Elisabeth Seitz won with her new element on bars, the full-twisting Shaposhnikova, ahead of Kim Bui and Nadine Jarosch.

On the men’s side, Philipp Boy defeated Marcel Nguyen and Eugen Spiridonov.

Read more in my article on The Couch Gymnast.

In the event finals, Chusovitina won vault (14.975), Elisabeth Seitz won bars with 15.050 (6.5) and floor (14.000), Pia Tolle beam (13.650).

On the men’s side, Philipp Boy got the gold on floor and pommel horse, Marcel Nguyen dominated on rings and parallel bars, Helge Liebrich on vault, and Fabian Hambüchen won high bar.

USA vs. Russia: Floor

August 26, 2011

Now we take a look at the last apparatus: Floor. So far, the teams are pretty equal, the USA is better on vault, Russia is better on bars – and none of them can catch up on these apparatus until the World Championships. Let’s see which team will dominate floor at Worlds, the USA or Russia?

The scores still come from the qualification and all-around final at the Russian Cup and day 1 and 2 at Visa’s. And once again: Of course, gymnasts from both countries still have the time to improve their performances but assuming they’ll improve pretty equally I’ll ignore potentially increased difficulty or better execution but calculate with what we know right now.

On the Russian team are: Dementyeva, Komova, Afanasyeva, Belokobylskaya, Nabieva and Paseka.

I assume on the US team will be: Sacramone, Wieber, Raisman, Maroney, Memmel definitely and maybe Caquatto.

Russia unfortunately lost two great floor routines when Mustafina and Komova got injured. Komova didn’t perform full difficulty at the Russian Cup and it’s unlikely she’ll be back with her old strength on this apparatus. Luckily, Dementyeva also improved on floor (on which event didn’t she improve?) and Afanasyeva as well as Belokobylskaya also have reasonable routines.

Anna Dementyeva: 14.900/14.825 = 14.863

Ksenia Afanasyeva: 14.975/14.700 = 14.838

Yulia Belokobylskaya: 14.275/14.575 = 14.425

14.863 + 14.838 + 14.425 = 44.126

On the other hand we have the USA with Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Alicia Sacramone and Alexandra Raisman. Wieber will perform, that’s for sure, and as Sacramone’s difficulty isn’t as high as Raisman’s or Maroney’s I guess she either has to improve her difficulty a lot or make her routine and especially her landings a lot cleaner. But Maroney fell on the first day of comeptition. Nevertheless, for now I see Raisman and Maroney with Wieber on the floor.

Jordyn Wieber: (6.0 D-Score) 14.900/15.000 = 14.950

Alexandra Raisman: (6.1 D-Score) 14.800/14.350 = 14.575

McKayla Maroney: (6.1 D-Score) 13.650/14.500 = 14.075

14.950 + 14.575 + 14.075 = 43.600

Without Maroney’s fall, they would have an overall score of 44.100 on floor.

To sum up: With floor it’s the same with beam – Russia and the USA are on the same level.

So overall I only showed you what you already knew: Russia isn’t in such a bad position without Mustafina as everyone thought. In fact, if everyone stays on (as it always happens in a nerve-wracking team final ;-) ) Russia and the USA have both the exactly same chance to win the gold medal (if Russia gets the two Amanars from Nabieva and Paseka ready!). To be honest, before I compared the scores I thought the USA would be at least two points ahead of Russia but it turns out that I’ve been wrong. The World Championships will be another gymnastics thriller – great to get into the mood for what will happen at the Olympic Games!

More Injuries

August 25, 2011

According to DTL German gymnasts Matthias Fahrig and Steve Woitalla are both injured and out of the German Championships which will take place this weekend in Göppingen. Fahrig had a tendinitis in the left foot for a couple of weeks and didn’t compete at the first German trials two weeks ago, too. It turns out he is still struggling with it and his doctors advised him to avoid any pressure on the foot for another week. It will be decided this Sunday whether Fahrig still gets a chance to make the Worlds team. Steve Woitalla ruptured a muscle fiber in the left calf and will definitely be out of Worlds. The two gymnasts from Berlin, Philipp Sorrer and Brian Gladow, won’t compete either, they already got injured a couple of weeks ago.

And according to the Italian Gymnastics Federation gymnast Mattia Tamiazzo, member of the 2010 Italian World team, ruptured the tendon in his right knee.

I’m wondering, do gymnasts really get injured more often these days or do we only have better access to all the sad news with the internet? Within hours we know about Izbasa, Chelaru and Iordache who won’t compete at Romanian Nationals as well as Beth Tweddle, we heard about Elisabeth Seitz, we saw Chellsie Memmel on bars at Visa’s and Rebecca Bross on vault. And don’t forget Viktoria Komova’s stumble in the gym and of course Aliya Mustafina at Europeans.

As I’m following the sport of gymnastics only for five years very closely I don’t know about the number of injuries under the old “perfect 10″ system. Did it really get so much worser with the CoP? Or are we only better informed? Or is it a mix of both?

USA vs. Russia: Beam

August 25, 2011

Beam is a great event for both teams, the USA and Russia. They have both solid and difficult performances. Let’s see which team will have an advantage at the 2011 World Championships. The scores still come from the qualification and all-around final at the Russian Cup and day 1 and 2 at Visa’s. And once again: Of course, gymnasts from both countries still have the time to improve their performances but assuming they’ll improve pretty equally I’ll ignore potentially increased difficulty or better execution but calculate with what we know right now.

On the Russian team are: Dementyeva, Komova, Afanasyeva, Belokobylskaya, Nabieva and Paseka.

I assume on the US team will be: Sacramone, Wieber, Raisman, Maroney, Memmel definitely and maybe Caquatto.

Jordyn Wieber, Alicia Sacramone and Chellsie Memmel are three solid and clean beamworkers, they finished all in the top three places at Visa Championships.

Jordyn Wieber: (6.2 /6.1 D-Score) 14.600/15.300 = 14.950

Chellsie Memmel: (6.2/6.1 D-Score) 15.250/14.750 = 15.000

Alicia Sacramone (6.0 D-Score) 15.200/14.900 = 15.050

14.950 + 15.000 + 15.050 = 45.000

If the US team manages to present three routines worth 15.0 each under a lot of pressure at the World team finals they definitely would have a great preparation for the Olympics. I say a score of 45.000 is possible for the USA.

Russia has two excellent beam workers with Viktoria Komova and the European Champion on this apparatus, Anna Dementyeva. Ksenia Afanasyeva is a bit of a questionmark  – she has the difficulty but is she mentally strong enough?

Viktoria Komova: 14.800/15.150 = 14.975

Anna Dementyeva: 15.300/15.300 = 15.300

Ksenia Afanasyeva: 14.900/14.300 = 14.600

14.975 + 15.300 + 14.600 = 44.875

In the event final, Komova scored even 15.525 while Afanasyeva had some problems and got only 12.725. So, here the USA and Russia are pretty equal. If everything goes as planned for Russia and Afanansyeva has a good day they might even score a little higher than the USA with Komova’s difficulty and more importantly clean execution.

To sum up: I see both teams with a score around 45.000 (if all of the six gymnasts stay on) and after the third rotation, they should also have the same score overall. The country with fewer wobbles and more connections on beam might slightly lead at this point.

Last but not least: Floor.

USA vs. Russia: Vault / USA vs. Russia: Bars

Kabaeva sings and Zamolodchikova stretches

August 24, 2011

You don’t have to watch these videos unless you are a big fan of Alina Kabaeva or Elena Zamolodchikova. The former sings and throws the ribbon (actually three ribbons) in a music video which celebrates Russia and their athletes. The latter shows some warm-up routines to a bunch of inappropriately dressed women.

Click play or watch the former rhythmic gymnast and Olympic Champion Kabaeva on YouTube:

Click on the screenshot to watch the former gymnast now judge Zamolodchikova:

USA vs. Russia: Bars

August 24, 2011

Here comes the second comparison between the US team and Russia at the 2011 Worlds team final – the uneven bars. The scores still come from the qualification and all-around final at the Russian Cup and day 1 and 2 at Visa’s. And once again: Of course, gymnasts from both countries still have the time to improve their performances but assuming they’ll improve pretty equally I’ll ignore potentially increased difficulty or better execution but calculate with what we know right now.

On the Russian team are: Dementyeva, Komova, Afanasyeva, Belokobylskaya, Nabieva and Paseka.

I assume on the US team will be: Sacramone, Wieber, Raisman, Maroney, Memmel definitely and maybe Caquatto.

Let’s start this time with the Russians. We have Viktoria Komova of course with her difficult and beautiful routine, Tatiana Nabieva and Anna Dementyeva.

Viktoria Komova: 15.800/15.700 = 15.750

Tatiana Nabieva: 14.775/15.200 = 14.988

Anna Dementyeva: 14.950/14.975 = 14.963

15.750 + 14.988 + 14.963 = 45.701

A score above 45 (maybe even 46) with one routine above 15.500 from Komova, one routine between 15.000 and 15.500 from Nabieva and a score around 15.000 from Dementyeva is doable for the Russians. Though we shouldn’t forget the problems they had last year at the uneven bars. In Tokyo they really need to hit the routines in order to compensate for the lost points on vault.

Now the USA. I say Wieber, Memmel and Caquatto have to do the job on the uneven bars.

Jordyn Wieber: (6.5 D-Score) 14.550/15.200 = 14.875

Chellsie Memmel: (5.6/3.0 D-Score) 14.400/9.550 = 11.975

Mackenzie Caquatto: (6.0 D-Score) 15.000/14.700 = 14.850

14.875 + 11.975 + 14.850 = 41.700

Okay, this is of course not very helpful. First, Chellsie Memmel’s score is too low, it’s not very likely that she’ll fall again at Worlds and even if she comes off she’ll surely finish her routine this time. Second, there is the possibility that Douglas makes the team instead of Memmel and performs a solid (6.4 D-Score) routine which could bring the US a few extra tenth.

So let’s say Memmel normally has an execution score around 8.8/8.9, this would give the USA a combined score of 44.175. Last year they had a similiar score (44.065) with routines from Bross, Caquatto and Sloan.

To sum up: The US will get a score around 44.000 with three solid performances. Russia will finish 1.5 points (maybe even 2 points) ahead of the USA and win this apparatus. The two teams should have a pretty equal score after vault and bars with the USA slightly leading.

Beam is next.

Grishina and Mustafina – video

August 23, 2011

This report about the Olympic hopefuls from the Moscow’s Central Sport Army Club (CSKA) features Aliya Mustafina, Anastasia Grishina and weightlifter Alexander Ivanov. Mustafina is only talking but Grishina actually does some gymnastics and connects an onodi to an illusion turn on beam. The video is from the beginning of August but I haven’t seen it so far. Thanks for the link to mikeyy (fangymnastics) from the forum on onlinesport.ro!

To watch it click on the screenshot below!

USA vs. Russia: Vault

August 23, 2011

Who has the higher difficulty and the better execution to outscore the competition in the team final at the 2011 World Championships? Russia or the USA? We know the Russian team and we also know who has good chances to make the US team. So let’s compare the rivals based on what we’ve seen at Visa’s and the Russian Cup by apparatus starting with vault. Of course, gymnasts from both countries still have the time to improve their performances but assuming they’ll improve pretty equally I’ll ignore potentially increased difficulty or better execution but calculate with what we know right now. Scores come from day 1 and 2 at Visa’s and the qualification and all-around at the Russian Cup.

On the Russian team are: Dementyeva, Komova, Afanasyeva, Belokobylskaya, Nabieva and Paseka.

I assume on the US team will be: Sacramone, Wieber, Raisman, Maroney, Memmel definitely and maybe Caquatto.

The US obviously has the best vaulters right now with two almost perfect Amanars from McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber and a Rudi from Alicia Sacramone.

McKayla Maroney: Amanar – 6.5 D-Score + 9.3/9.5 = 9.4 E-Score = 15.900

Jordyn Wieber: Amanar – 6.5 D-Score + 9.3/9.45 = 9.375 E-Score = 15.875

Alicia Sacramone: Rudi – 6.3 D-Score + 9.5/9.45 = 9.475 E-Score = 15.775

15.900 + 15.875 + 15.775 = 47.550

This score is huge and absolutely doable. There’s nothing more to say.

Right now Russia has five DTY from Nabieva, Paseka, Dementyeva, Belokobylskaya and Afanasyeva.

Maria Paseka: DTY – 5.8 D-Score + 9.075/8.725=8.9 E-Score = 14.700

Tatiana Nabieva: DTY – 5.8 D-Score + 6.775/8.6=7.688 E-Score = 13.488

Ksenia Afanasyeva: DTY – 5.8 D-Score + 8.8/8.475=8.638 E-Score = 14.438

14.700 + 13.488 + 14.438 = 42.626

The last calculation is of course nonsense. First, Nabieva and Paseka surely will have Amanars ready for Worlds and second, though Nabieva’s execution is – let’s say – not perfect her E-score won’t be as low as it is here (unless she falls). But for now let’s assume everyone performs without falls and with the “normal” execution we’ve seen in previous competitions. Though there is still a lot of work to do for Nabieva and Paseka as they both scored less than 14.000 in the vault final at the Russian Cup.

Last year Russia also had two Amanars (Nabieva and Mustafina) and one DTY (Kurbatova) and got altogether 45.766. I think they’ll have the same start value again with a DTY from Dementyeva or Afanasyeva.

To sum up: USA is and will be the best nation on vault. All in all Russia will loose almost 2 points (or even 2.5 points if they have only one Amanar) on vault compared to the US team.

Bars is of course a different story…

USA vs. Russia: Beam

 

 

 

New Tokyo Posters

August 23, 2011

I’m a big fan of these new posters for the World Championships in Tokyo. They really capture the movement of gymnastics.

Rie Tanaka

Kohei Uchimura

That’s the one which has already been revealed.

Uchimura


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