Archive for March 29th, 2010

EC 2010 – Volunteers needed!

March 29, 2010

Isn’t it a bit late to search for volunteers three weeks before the European Championships in artistic gymnastics will take place in Birmingham?! Maybe it’s just my German sense of order… 😉

“Volunteers are vital to ensure the smooth running of any event. With a variety of roles from being a media assistant, in event control or being a team attache, there really is something for everyone.

Volunteers must be 18 or over and available to work as much or as little as you are able to. Some specific roles will require you to work from 17th April. Every volunteer will receive official polo shirt to wear and will be given lunch. Depending on roles the hours will differ but a full briefing will be provided to each volunteer for the role that is assigned to them.”

Here’s the link on the official website.

Is Komova the new Liukin?

March 29, 2010

Why couldn’t the Russians send the slight and elegant junior Viktoria Komova, their rising star on the gymnastics sky, to the recent American Cup – it would have surely been a double win for the big Eastern country. And what happened to her in Jesolo? Obviously, she didn’t compete as I can’t find any result with her name on it. Nevertheless, her homepage says this:

“The Junior All Around results are also in. Vika didn’t make it in the top results, but congratulations to Anastasia Grishina of Russia for winning the Gold in the All Around final!”

But watching the new (unfortunately removed) routines from the Russian Championships 2010 I was wondering might Viktoria Komova be the next Nastia Liukin? Of course, this suggestion includes Viktoria to be the next Olympic AA Champion in London 2012. Not only their body types are similar, but also the way to perform very difficult elements as if they were the easiest things in the world. In my opinion, Komova is even more present, fluent and precise in her performances. She is only 15 years old and has already a big pool of high-difficult elements from which she can choose. Two more years until the 2012 Olympics should give her enough time to perfect her gymnastics.

Komovas uneven bars routine include a Khorkina, stretched Jaeger, Tkatchev (a lot higher than Liukin’s), piked Stalder + 1/1 turn, Pak, Tsukahara dismount. On beam she already did a back handspring + layout step-out + standing arabian (okay, she fell, but nevertheless…). And on vault she performed an Amanar, which gives her a lot of bonus points compared to Liukins very clean 1,5 twisting Yurchenko. But I like her the most on floor (double arabian, tsukahara, triple twist, double pike + a little bit of a James Bond mixed with a girl on the playground)

As I always like to suppose very early who might win the Euros, Worlds or the Olympics, I will risk this statement and maybe, maybe it comes true.

A clip for now and then: (24)

March 29, 2010

Maybe I should change the categorie to “acrobatic clips for now and then” :-)?!

However, here’s another great example of the refreshing and entertaining Belgian acrobatic mix which includes high difficulty (layout tsukahara) and phantastic choreography and presentation.

Click play or watch Corinne, Eloïse and Maaike (the 2009 European bronze medallists) on YouTube:

Go Germany Go!

March 29, 2010

The German team won the all-around at the recent rhythmic gymnastics Grand Prix in Thiais ahead of Russia and Spain as well as the silver with the hoop routine and bronze with ribbon+rope. And the five girls (Camilla Pfeffer, Mira Bimperling, Cathrin Puhl, Sara Radmann und Regina Sergeeva) really had a strong performance. Especially their hoop routine is very well choreographed and their sparkling blue leotards fit perfectly.

Germany struggled with rhythmic gymnastics in the past years – no gymnast (group & individual) qualified for the Olympics and a lot of the young hopes retired early (Daria Stolbin, Johanna Gabor or Lisa Ingildeeva). As it is very difficult to gain ground as an individual gymnast and to stand up to the best in the world from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan or Azerbajian the German team dediced to focus on the group event after a disappointing year 2008 and encouraged individual gymnasts to participate. Click here to meet the current group members.

Click play or watch their hoop routine on YouTube: