Monday, June 22, 2015

Kenzo Shirai FX 69th All Japan Apparatus Championships D-Score

7.6D + 8.85E = 16.45

Bwd 7/2 + Fwd 2/1 (E+D) 0.2CV
Ri (G)
Endo roll hstd (C)
Fwd 1/1 + Fwd 3/1 (C+F) 0.1CV
Bwd 5/2 + Fwd 5/2 (D+E) 0.2CV
Somi 1/1 (C)
Bwd Quad (F)

4.6 + 0.5CV = 5.1 + 2.5EG = 7.6 D-Score (video might be deleted/removed soon)

Giulia Steingruber (SUI) FX EF European Games Baku 2015

I've finally got to observe and examine the routines of Mustafina and Steingruber. I've read that Mustafina did not get credit for quad turn and Steingruber should of gotten 0.3 oob deduction. IMO Mustafina did complete the quad turn but overall I preferred Steingruber's routine. Looking at her feet I can see the 0.1 oob but not the 0.3 oob. It's not unusual for someone to win with an oob deduction.

At the end of the day the judges also preferred Steingruber's routine. The things that bothered me about Mustafina is her spin combo at the beginning, then she tried to do the Memmel at the end again and was unsuccessful. Too many spins imo. I love spins but in this actual case she did way toooo many. Another thing is her music and choreo. I thought I could like it but I can't. She is still a pretty mover but this routine really takes the cake for background music. It felt like she was not listening to her music. It felt weird. I'm impressed with her new DLO debuts though :). I bet she will have different music come Glasgow. This might have been a testing competition for her.

I love Steingruber's gogean leap and think the straight 3/2 jump was cool.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Aliya Mustafina AA UB @ 2015 European Games

Her best score of the night 15.5! I still think she will have a 7.0 routine by Rio :). I believe in Aliya.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Oleg Verniaiev VT Prelims @ Baku 2015

Nice stuck Dragulescu and very aggressive Kas 2/1.


Komova BB Prelims @ Baku 2015

Oh Komova. She still has that lovely line. Lot's of wobbles but she fought and that is a very good sign. She made no finals but she got to win team gold as prelims was also used as team finals.

I really like the camera angle around 0:33 . It captures the standing Arabian, leap series, 180 split turn, and front tuck. I like the angle because it shows how well balanced a gymnast is. These athletes are daring and strong.

Seda Tutkhalyan BB & FX Prelims @ Baku 2015

Tutkhalyan is slowing growing on me. I like her floor routine and her beam has lots of potential. She qualifies first with 14.600 on beam.

Mustafina & Komova DLO FX @ Baku 2015 Prelims

Mustafina and Komova both debuted double layouts for the first time. It's exciting to see these new upgrades from them. I suspect that they will get better at performing DLO's as they keep training and consistently compete them.

I was most surprised that Komova did the DLO. I have heard in the past she trained it but I have never seen videos. Mustafina on the other hand. The gymternet has known that she's been training DLO's and in my mind I had suspected that she would one day debut DLO. It was nice to see it here.  Her new floor music is slow pace which will help her with endurance. I'm not sure if I like her routine yet as it's new music and skills. Hopefully it will grow on me.

I'm not too convinced with the scoring on floor. I know comparing scores from say this year's European Championships to European Games is kind of moot. Since different judges and maybe different rules but I can't help but compare scores from other competitions from this year and try to understand what the judges are doing. I love Mustafina but in my personal opinion her score should be lower even with the -0.3 deduction. I know I might sound negative and I was not planning to put my opinion about this but it doesn't matter. At least I'm saying what I feel. It's nice to see Mustafina back again though. Team Russia really needs her.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Viktoria Komova European Games QF UB

It's good to see her again at a more major competition. She upgraded pak + vlw and brought back the toe piked Tkatchev. A bit messy on the vlw and other areas but it's nice to see her back in action. I hope she keeps getting better and more confident again. I like Komova a lot.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Mao Yi Team/Qualification FX - 2015 Chinese Nationals (D-score)

This routine is popular around the gymnastics community. Mao is a very good twister. Very hard first pass 7/2 (3.5) + tuck front.

7/2 Twists + Front tuck (F) 0.2CV
5/2 Twists + 3/2 Twist (D+C) 0.2CV
Split leap 1/1 (C)
3/1 Twists (E)
3/1 Turn (C)
Switch leap + Switch 1/2 (C)
Double Tuck (D)

3.1 + 0.4CV = 3.5 + 2.5CR = 6.0 D-Score