I really wish they’d sub her in, but alas, for yet another SCAM, our high-def tv’s will be subjected to the utter fug known as Raisman’s “toe point.”
Gabby changed her bars dismount, thankfully. Though I’m not usually a fan of hollow-bodied double layouts (they tend to look pikey), this is a vast improvement over her scrappy full-twisting double. Should save her a few tenths.
But where I’m most impressed is beam. Not even a flutter, even on her full twist. Switch ring? No problem.
What turned me off of Douglas last year wasn’t her headcaseiness, it was her leaps. I’m a leap nazi. I tried to downplay the severity of her hamstring injury, and simply dismiss her as not-flexible. I retract that. Her leaps look great. The switch 1/2 is still dubious, but that leap doesn’t really look good on anyone.
Side by side, she really exemplifies everything that iswrongwith the mechanical stylings of Wieber and Raisman.
Prior to this year, I wouldn’t even considered her as an alternate on the US Olympic team, but I must reconsider. With an Amanar, it’s quite possible that she’s the best gymnast in the world right now. And it’s possible the US could put up 3 UB sets worthy of a low to mid-15. With 3 (or 4) Amanars, watch out, Mutha Russia.
Mustafina better strap on her mechanical leg and get her ass to work!
Edit – I started typing this before the second training session. Aly & Douglas both threw Amanars. Neither are up to snuff with Maroney’s, but not approaching Mustafina/Nabieva territory either. Speaking of Maroney, her “lock” status is now in super-jeopardy.
Gabby’s Amanar :
I’d say Gabby’s is a hair better, but they’re both twisting a bit onto the table. We’ll see if the judges pick up on that. Since it’s SCAM, and they’re American, I’m gonna go with no.
In other SCAM news, Blythe reported that Jordyn is working a front handspring + full twist + backhandspring “combination.”
The fact that she’ll probably get credited with at least one (probably the fhs + 1/1) is nauseating. I realize that it’s the code’s fault for rewarding such trash, not Jordyn’s, but I blame her for even agreeing to do such a cheap code-whoring combination.
It does absolutely nothing for her “artistry”, and makes her set (which has potential) look just as overly-constructed and contrived as her bars.
But it still takes skill and risk – Jordyn & Aly work really hard to out-jock each other, no?
On the international front, it seems like Iordache saved her bigger tricks for the evening sesh.
For a minute, I thought Belu & Betang had managed to mangle her beam already. She did 2 bhs’s to a layout instead of her full twist earlier. Way to Porgras her in the wake of Ana’s retirement. But in the eveing session, she nailed a bhs + tucked full. So not a replacement, but an upgrade. Bitch is bad ass!
USAGYMNASTICSORG is uploading training videos as they happen.