And I’m slightly enraged about it.
Mr. Rodionenko was interviewed by a Moscow newspaper following Russian Championships in Penza.
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.