Clara’s podium :
Obviously, Izbasa is coming into this one on a roll, as she won floor in Paris last weekend. Regardless, I don’t like the new routine and can’t for the life of me see why they didn’t keep Hava Nagila. It’s always a crowd favourite, and she only had it five minutes. The problems she had with that exercise were because of the tumbling. Specifically, the fact that the floor isn’t really big enough for someone who’s 5 foot 5 to run into lots of combination passes without going totally OOB on a fairly frequent basis. She loves those 0.5 neutral deductions! And the floor mat is not getting any bigger.
Nonetheless, she’s messed up the last couple of floor finals she’s been in and is therefore now due to hit for awhile. That’s how it goes with Sandra. She’s also going to win her first Worlds title on floor later this year, btw. You heard it here first. And well she should, as she has no excuse for not winning in 2007 or 2010. Really she owes the world an apology for both, since in both cases the eventual winner was not only clearly her inferior but completely fugly.
Mustafina is another one who should’ve stuck to her previous floor music. The new set she showed at Scam was boring. Everyone and her dog does tango music. Mustafina is one of the rare few who can capture the drama of a piece like Hijo de la Luna, even when using predictable choreography. So why drag yourself down to the level of the rest? Maybe she’s trying to be sporting and give the rest an equal chance or something, like when Van Gelder went back on the coke.
Tweddle is the reigning European floor champion and indeed has won 3 out of the 4 major floor finals she’s been in this quad. However, I think the world’s caught her up. She was nothing special at worlds even in TFs when she hit, although to be fair she was ill then. But her new set, debuted at the English Championships last month, was nothing special:
I think my top 3 can all beat her on a good day. And that’s no bad thing. Much as I admire her on bars and as a person, we do not need her as a treble European floor champion. The list of treble European champions on a particular event is a very ilLustrious list, and it’s one that Beth’s floor simply should not be on.
Can’t remember seeing anything from Chelaru recently, but she’s always got the big D score so she’ll probably be in the mix.
Never bet against Ferrari in a European floor final either. She’s been in the mix, against all predictions, for the past couple of years. Might be worth a sneaky fiver for bronze.
Incidentally, is it just me or in the absence of Komova, are the new seniors not much to take notice of? The pre-Olympic year is usually the best one of the quad for new seniors, for the obvious reason that there’s nearly twice as many of them as normal. I guess that’s the end of that. Why they implement this rule now, and keep Grishina out, when they could’ve used it in ’03 and ’07 and saved us from Patterson and Johnson respectively is beyond me.
Bronwyn’s podium :
- SANDRA IZBASA
- ALIYA MUSTAFINA
- DIANA CHELARU
We should see 2 Romanians on the podium here. I think Belu is banking on both Izbasa and Chelaru to bring home medals. I’m disappointed that we won’t see first-year senior Diana Bulimar, as she could have challenged for a medal here (and I MUCH prefer her to Chearu).
Bulimar is a cutie patootie, and I’m jealous of her tan.
Tweddle looked horrific on floor at Nationals, but we can never count her out.
The music, those leaps. Ew and ew. I just can’t like her here.
I chose Izbasa for sentimental reasons, and because I still have that vision of her crying like a neglected puppy from Rotterdam in my head.
Like Clara, I don’t like Aliya’s new floor routine or music selection. It’s kind of a snoozefest. But maybe I need to see it without her falling to take it more seriously. She needs to learn a full-in or something. Someone with such nasty twisting form shouldn’t be twisting in 3 of her 4 passes, whether crossed ankles is only a -.1 or not. The 3 1/2 twist is cool in theory, but it’s also overkill.
Of course this competition is completely less-interesting now that Komova is out. But as Mick Jagger (who shares Chelaru’s taste in dance moves) once told us, you can’t always get what you want.
See you in Berlin, bitches.