Thursday, July 5, 2012

Yulia Inshina, The Dark Horse? (My Final Russian Team Prediction)

Can Inshina make the team and be the dark horse? I’m predicting yes. If Inshina does make the team, Russia would be a bit weak but there is still hope for Russia.

The team will be announced around the 8th of July. My ideal team would be Mustafina, Komova, Grishina, Afanasyeva and Dementyeva. Realistically I can’t see them winning team gold but they can challenge USA if they have Amanars. Russia is full of secrets and surprises.

Sidorova is out of contention. Dementyeva has not been confirmed to be back on the team so my real objective team is Mustafina, Komova, Grishina, Afanasyeva and Paseka. I think Mustafina, Komova and Grishina are all official locks. The fourth member should be Afanasyeva but her injury is questionable. The only reason she’ll be off the team is because of not recovering in time. I would be disappointed if she’s left off the team but I must remain positive, I’m bracing myself for whatever happens. I hope she makes the team and will peak well enough for the games. Paseka could make the team because she did land an Amanar at the Russian Cup but she wasn’t consistent enough. She could be able to do it in London, who knows. Nabieva could also make the team. Basically what I’m saying is that there are three locks and two spots left. The last two spots are up for grabs between Afanasyeva, Paseka, Nabieva and Inshina. Any of them can make up the final two spots.

My biggest prediction is that YULIA INSHINA will make the team (even though I didn't include her in my objective team prediction).  I know it sounds crazy but I have a feeling she’s going to be in London as an actual member, not an alternate (she could be an alternate though). I realize I’m talking crazy (contradicting myself) but anything is possible. Awhile ago I did a post on Inshina CLICK HERE and for some reason she must be a popular gymnast because that post is my 4th most viewed post.

I wish all the Russian gymnasts the best of luck and I hope the Russian coaches makes the best choices. The suspense is killing me.


  1. My prediction, Musty, Komova, Grishina, Afan and Nabieva. Alternate, Inshina. I'm sorry but I don't like Inshina. I hope Demy makes the team somehow, dreams do come true :)

  2. OMG Yulia is so cute and adorable! I'm not fond of her gymnastics but how could you not like her? It would definitely be crazy if she made the 5 member team.

  3. Excuse my English i'm French. The 4 and 5 spot cannot be given to Paseka and Nabieva together or Afan and Inshina together, it make no sence. I think the last two spot will be a combo of Afan/Paseka, Afan/Nabieva, or Inshina/Paseka and Inshina/Nabieva. Afan and Inshina good on beam and vault, sure Afan can do AA. Nabivea and Paseka only good on vault and bars. I hope that make sence.

    My personal team is Mustafina/Komova/Grishina/Afanaseva/Nabieva alternate is Inshina. I really like Tatiana alot.

    1. I mean Afan and Inshina good only on beam and floor. I said vault by accident.

    2. Yes I can understand you :) I agree with your assessments.