Hot on the heels of our preview this morning, Alexandrov has put us all out of our misery and confirmed the last two spots on the team. Like us, he chose Sidorova. And the last spot went to Paseka.
That’s probably a sensible choice. While Paseka isn’t necessarily the best use of a spot, in that she’s a vault specialist who only has a DTY, the other alternative was sending an injured Dementyeva to quite possibly only do floor.
This is Maria’s vault from the tri meet with Switzerland and GB last week.
A bit crap, if we’re honest. The 8.9 E score was a touch generous. It’s interesting that she overtwisted it, though.
Anyway, these are the lineups I’d like to see, remembering that Stoi! initially advocated for the most experimental team possible:
VT- Paseka (or why send her), Sidorova, Grishina. Though Mustafina is their best vaulter, she’s also coming off a serious injury. Rest her.
UB- Grishina, Komova, Mustafina. Unarguable and unbeatable.
BB- Grishina, Komova, Sidorova. They all need the numbers more than Mustafina.
FX- Mustafina, Grishina, probably Sidorova. There’s a gap here, really.
But I suspect Mustafina will vault instead of Grishina, and probably do beam too. The bars and floor lineups are pretty much settled, though. Neither Paseka nor Sidorova has the remotest chance of contributing on bars. Mustafina clearly isn’t back yet on floor, but both Sidorova and Grishina can score high 14s when things go well. Komova isn’t doing floor at the moment, and Paseka has nothing really to offer either.
Stoi! readers, what are your ideal Russia lineups?
*edit* Komova has apparently confirmed that she’ll do bars and beam only. Thanks to Solnishko for the information. With this in mind, the team selection makes total sense.