(Very) Late Japan Cup Review

A lot of things happend during my absence. Yes, I took a break from blogging, but not from reading/watching gymnastics.

So let´s start where I finished about a month ago: The Japan Cup – a gymnastics event which has much going for it. On the men´s as well as on the women´s side some excellent routines were done by some of the best gymnasts in the world. Except for the American and Romanian girls, the whole world elite was present at this meet (though the Russians didn´t send the Ksenias).

Here are some routines I really enjoyed watching:

Fabian Hambüchen (GER) – I love this guy (and not because he´s from Germany), his high bar routine is such a flight show: piked Kovac, Kolman, Tkatchev & doubletwisting-doublelayout! – D:6.9, E:9.2 – 16.100

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Next is Aliya Mustafina (RUS), why oh why can´t this girl as well as Tatiana Nabieva or Anna Dementyeva compete at the Worlds (by the way, why did Rodionenko not mention Nabieva in the article on IG? Is she already injured – or not worth to be alluded? Come on!) Look at this beam routine including super difficult elements as a standing Arabian, onodi into a side somi, switch ring leap, double turn, triple twist (not the best execution, but hey, it´s a triple!). – D:6.0, E:8.350 – 14.350

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Later, I watched her routine from the AA. In this routine, she didn´t have the slight balance check after her free walkover and added a back handspring. So I have to say about her TF-routine: This girl makes really quick decisions! And then I asked me, why did her coach put in the back handspring earlier in the routine? She won´t get any connection bonus and as it is “only” a B-element, it will not be one of the eight elements for the D-Score. So wouldn´t it be more clever to let her do only one back handspring after her free walkover and she would do it even after a wobble? I don´t get it. So please, if you have any idea why she does this first back handspring, leave a comment. And I have another question: Does she acutally get extra credit for her free walkover (D) back handspring (B)-connection? Well now, I want to know the details: She does an Arabian (F), a triple twist (F), a side somi (D), a free walkover (D), an onodi (D), a double turn (D), a switch ring leap (E) and a sheep jump (D) = 3.7 + 2.5 (composition requirements) + 0.1 (D-D-connection) = 6.3. But her difficulty is only 6.0 – what´s my mistake? 😦

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UPDATE: Now this new routine from the Russian Cup makes more sense (thank you, Matt!) – she really added the well-known layout step out to her back handspring step out. There are some other changes, for example no switch ring leap and she starts with her double turn, but overall a very solid, well performed routine.

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And now about the AA-winner Kohei Uchimura. It´s nice to see the Japanese guys always taking a bow to the judges before starting their routines or doing the warm-up – this little gesture makes a difference. While everybody just turns around and runs away in order not to lose a second of the warm-up time, they sacrifice only two seconds to show their respect towards the judges. Anyway, I wander from the subject.

Kohei Uchimuras 2.5-twisting Yurchenko on the vault in the AA is just amazing & the Japanese television helped the tv-viewer with a special effect (I don´t know the correct word for this.) to see Uchimuras perfection better. He vaults at min. 5:00, but the other apparatus are also worth to watch. On VT: – D:6.6, E: 9.65 – 16.250

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I have to stop now, though there a still a lot of other things I would like to talk about. For example, I could watch the US-Championships via live-stream and the first day I really stayed up till 4 a.m.! But that´s another story.

3 Responses to “(Very) Late Japan Cup Review”

  1. Matt Says:

    A D+D acro is .2 on beam, so she should start at a 6.4? But if she was credited a 6.0 it makes me think she should start at a 6.5, because she was missing the backwards salto EGR (-.5). (Onodi’s and arabians count as foward saltos I believe).

    As for the BHS, I’m guessing she’s either planning to connect it to a LOSO (for the EGR) or to the arabian (for .2 in CV)

  2. Matt Says:

    She added in the LOSO for the Russian Cup.

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