…And they’re sending Clara & I’s experimental Euro’s team (+ Inshina & Nabieva):
I think it’s imperative that Grishina/Sidorova don’t fall all over the place, or their spot on the European team might be in jeopardy.
I’m interested to see exactly how many events Mustafina will compete – I’ll guess at least bars and beam indefinitely.
This is Grishina’s third year in a row to Jesolo. She won the junior title (defeating Kyla Ross) in 2010. Let’s hope she has her shit together.
Competition is March 31st.
For the juniors, they’re sending:
This is always a great international meet to get acquainted with the juniors – videos almost always surface.
Several of these Russian babies will be members of their European squad.
My favorites of the list, and ones to keep an eye on for the next quad…
Maria Bondareva, just 12. Too young for Europeans, but she’s fabulous nonetheless:
Nice attempt at the side aerial + bhs + loso flight series.
And Yulia Tipaeva.
She does the step, arm swing, hurdle run that Shushunova populated, and borrowed the waiting-for-lunch-before-the-last-pass pause from Grishina:
The rhythm of her bars is all over the place, but she can swing, and has potential here. Killer dismount:
Quite an impressive roster – we’ll see how they fare against the Americans.
We’ll assume Komova is staying at home for a much-needed rest. Europeans isn’t too far away.