News that our beloved Ksenia A has an Amanar has prompted me to blog again. Rumours that it was her special wedding present for Bronners are as yet unconfirmed.
Here it is:
Not the most wonderful attempt ever seen, but it was certainly all the way round. Serviceable enough in a world where only the vilest 2.5s go below the high 8s in execution. She might manage 9 for that at worlds.
I get why she was crossing herself, because that thing was fairly dangerous. But not why Paseka was so happy. Because that noise, though it sounded like Afanasyeva twisting into the mat, was actually the sound of Maria’s chance at worlds going down the toilet. It renders her entirely irrelevant for EF purposes, certainly. Afan can do her vaults, and do them better. That leaves no point at all in taking her as a specialist for vault only. Still, not a bad career in all for someone who contribute nothing other than a short yet filthy Amanar and a half decent bars routine the team will never need anyway. Perhaps that’s why she was clapping. Few athletes in history have managed such a good medal return from their ability. Fair play to her- if nothing else, the big match temperament is there.
I’m not the only one to think this. The coaches have confirmed that the worlds team, barring injury, will be Mustafina, Komova, Grishina and Afan. The only question, presumably, being who gets the third beam spot in prelims. I’m leaning towards thinking it might be Grishina, simply because if it were a bars only berth, surely Nabieva couldn’t yet be ruled out? She’s more consistent anyway- the coaches can’t have been pleased with Nastia throwing their 1-2 down the pan at Euros.
I suppose it’s possible that Paseka might make a 6 athlete worlds team next year, indeed if you add her and Dementyeva to the worlds lineup there are no obvious gaps and they’ve a challenger for every single title. But it’s hard to imagine we’ll be seeing her at anything important for a wee while. Can’t say I’m too sorry.