Thank you to Onodian from WWGym for alerting us to this.
On page 2 of the Visualrian site, we get a glimpse of the Russian Olympic training squad at Round Lake.
Of note is Komova training what looks to be a piked Tkatchev.
This could be full speculation; from this angle, it could also be a piked Jaeger. But considering she already does one laid-out, why would she do both?
Also, recall that she was working a piked Tkatchev last year (to no avail).
More interesting is the double-double dismount in the video below.
With both upgrades, she & Mustafina are really setting the bars-bar.
The Russian might be coming to terms with the fact that they probably won’t have 3 (possibly not even 2) Amanars in team finals. If Komova & Mustafina can score near a 16 on bars (which looks like the kind of sets they’re going for), plus a low-15 from Grishina, they could offset team USA’s Amanar advantage.
I have a feeling that things could be potentially very close after the first two rotations.
She also looks to have put some much needed meat on her bones :
We love it. She looks fantastic.
Add some yarn as a ponytail holder, and she’s looking like a Soviet bad ass of yesteryear.
We might see her at Europeans after all.
My favorite photo of the set is Grishina, where she seems intent on inhaling every fly in the gym. But her form is lovely, as always.