Stoi! has been pondering the possibility of a few same country 1-2s at worlds. Specifically on vault, bars and beam. Not in the AA though. Nobody has two AAers good enough for a 1-2 unless there are even more injuries.
Firstly, vault. This has got to be US territory. We all know about Sacramone, or we should do by now anyway. She’s hinted at the possibility of doing the handspring double full vault she’s been training in the Tokyo EF. This was before Nationals. Maroney looked so amazing, we have a sneaking suspicion that Sacramone’s decision about upgrading is already made.
Historically, Alicia has not responded well to losing ‘her’ event to a younger teammate. We might be on for another delicious strop on the podium.
Bars could’ve been a Russian 1-2, if not for fate intervening. Tweddle’s done something to her shoulder. We don’t know if she’ll do bars at worlds or not, which would leave quite a gap. This time last year, it was quite plausible to suggest that Komova and Mustafina could both challenge for gold at worlds. But Aliya will be watching from the stands, and Vika’s composition has been mangled (see previous post).
So instead, it’s China we’re bigging up. Which is interesting, given that He Kexin’s not the lock she once was. We think she’ll still be there though. Whichever two of her, Wu Liufang (again, see previous post) and Huang Qiushuang make the final will have the potential to medal. We don’t expect to see another all China splat like last year.
And lastly, beam. Under Belu, Romania are going back to what they do best. Hitting extremely difficult beam routines, and taking out the most interesting parts. If they hit, Ponor and Porgras can be way ahead of the rest of the world. Whisper it, maybe even a 16?
The most polarising WAG on the gymternet since, well, ever, is back. She’s going to be a stalwart in the Romanian team this year, and probably next. 15.75 for this set at Romanian Nationals. Slightly generous, but on the other hand she’s capable of doing the double pirouette much better than she did here.
Her biggest competition for this event will be newly choreography free teammate Ana Porgras, who also scored well at Romanian Nationals:
Mark my words, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with soon enough. Romania haven’t counted a fall in TFs since 2007.
Anyway, if Stoi! was inclined to betting, we would suggest a cheeky fiver on 1-2s from 3 different countries at worlds. You know you’d get some good odds.