Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ksenia Afanasyeva // Frozen Silence Montage

Monday, March 30, 2015

Aly Raisman FX Jesolo 2015

The floor Olympic champion is back. If she gets everything credit her D-score is 6.4. I still dislike some of her style but her difficulty is exciting. I like how she replaced her 3/1 twists for DLO.

Edit: boo, the video has been deleted.

 (photo edit source: giveuslifeagain)

Just Because...Simone Biles @ Jesolo 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CoP - Tip of The Month

Lately on floor I've been noticing many gymnasts quickly doing an extra dance jump out of another turning leap. This new trend really helps the gymnast to get her difficult leaps credited.

The November 2014 code update states: "When there is a jump/hop, or leap with turn directly connected to another element from the COP and in the first element the turn is not completed exactly (but the gymnast is able to continue into the next element), the first element will NOT be devalued or recognized as another DV from the COP."

An Example would be split leap with 3/2 (1.5) turn + split jump 1/2. Basically if the split leap 3/2 was not fully rotated but the gymnast was able to directly link it to another jump/hop or leap then the split leap 3/2 will be recognized as D element.

Video Example:

Ksenia Afanasyeva - split leap 3/2 + split jump 1/2 split leap 3/2 is credited

MyKayla Skinner - switch leap 1/1 + sissone switch leap 1/1 is credited

*My personal opinion is that I dislike this new rule. A lot of leaps has become so unrecognizable and unattractive. But difficulty is the name of the game.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ksenia Afanasyeva 2015 Russian Championships FX EF

I like the music and the way she moves. Arm waving queen. Simple movements and still artistic.

In team finals she successfully competed 5/2 twists + 1/1 twist. That pass was last seen in Beijing 2008. It's not an easy pass for her so that's why I'm excited. Also she is doing a new split jump 3/2 (D) at the beginning of her routine. She's trying really hard to upgrade. With what she has been showing at this national, if she adds back the Y-turn after her 2/1 L-turn she can go up to 6.6D-score!

It's a far stretch but if she can do 1/1 DLO she can be at 6.8. This girl really needs a skill named after her. Maybe a 3/1 Attitude turn or even 3/1 L-turn :P? She has a good balance of difficult acro + beautiful dance elements. Not many can achieve this.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tokyo 2020 To Have Lesser Team Members?

News Link

I'm finally jumping on the bandwagon and thinking noooooooooooooo. What I am getting out of this is that its not official and I am hoping nothing changes the current 5 member. I'm almost afraid that in the distant future there will no longer be a team final event at the Olympics. I hope they can find another solution to allow more diversity while still keeping at least 5 members on a team. Anything less than 5 is not a team anymore. It was already hard to get use to 5 team members. Now I'm afraid to see what the final decisions will look like.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015