Komova might be out of Euros.

And I’m slightly enraged about it.

Mr. Rodionenko was interviewed by a Moscow newspaper following Russian Championships in Penza.

Story by IG.

Since this years Euro’s isn’t a team competition, I guess the news isn’t totally devastating, but I was really looking forward to that Komova vs. Mustafina showdown. But I guess it’s a wise decision to not put her in a major competition when she’s not at her absolute best and all eyes are upon her.

It’s interesting that what we thought was a “sprained ankle” was actually a “fractured ankle.” Sugar-coating as always.

This will open the door for Anna Dementyeva to compete in the all-around with Mustafina, and with such a depleted field, I think she has a good chance of medalling. I could see a podium of Mustafina, Porgras, and Anna D.

How sad is it that we could have an all-around podium that includes 2 full twisting Yurchenko’s?

The other 2 Russian slots will be filled by Nabieva (vault & bars) & Yulia Belokobylskaya (try saying that 3 times fast) on beam and floor.

Komova obviously wasn’t at her best in Penza – she hit a mere 1 out of 5 routines, and ran past the vault Kramarenko style.

Here’s a video of Komova’s “new” bars, and I have to say that I’m somewhat underwhelmed.

There’s just too much piking for my tastes.

Piked stalder shaposh, piked stalder shaposh 1/2 (Komova), piked stalder 1/2 turn, a new piked Tkatchev (and a nasty crash), and her “laid-out” Jaeger is even looking piked.

Let’s hope she’s experimenting, and let’s hope that ankle gets better.

-B

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2 responses to “Komova might be out of Euros.

  • Stoi!

    But I reckon Romania will have a better Euros than we all think. Some of that is likely going to come at Russia’s expense.

  • Stoi!

    Can’t say I’m too surprised. She looked ropey as fuck the other week based on the little we’ve seen and the results. She has everything to lose and nothing to gain by competing like that. When you have as much hype surrounding you as Komova, if your senior debut doesn’t go well, a lot of your aura and buzz goes too. The world will be watching, so when Russia next let her out, she needs to look fab.

    Plus, Russia really don’t need her at Euros anyway. Her biggest competition on most events came from her own teammates. I’d say Russia are now less likely to beat Tweddle on bars and Porgras on beam, but they still have the favourite for AA, vault and arguably floor, depending on whether Izbasa decides to turn up or not.

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