A reader has requested that we publish our half done Olympic floor predictions, which we never managed to get up. Our excuse is that I was giving birth, and Bronwyn was wetting my baby’s head.
Anyway, here they are in all their glory. They date from post podium training, and before prelims. News of Iordache’s injury had just broken. I could’ve actually finished them before giving birth, but was too exhausted. Not just because of the stresses and strains of very late pregnancy, but by the very idea of Aly Raisman winning the Olympic floor title. Even after a 48 hour labour (I felt the first stirrings during the men’s AA- Kohei wasn’t the only one to be suffering) a back to back baby and no epidural, I still rate Aly’s win as the most painful thing that happened to me during August.
MEDAL CONTENDERS: Aly Raisman, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Victoria Moors, Anastasia Grishina, Jordyn Wieber, Lauren Mitchell, Sui Lu, Catalina Ponor, Sandra Izbasa, Diana Bulimar
OTHER EF PROSPECTS: Beth Tweddle, Vanessa Ferrari, Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, Hannah Whelan, Gabrielle Douglas
This one could go really well, or really badly. The podium might be howling, or it might be stunning. The forces of good and evil are relatively equally matched. And because floor is the hardest event on which to pull away from the competition, there are also a lot of legitimate contenders. As with beam, some of the top teams have more than 2 potential medallists, so we won’t see all of them in the final.
The two gymnasts with the highest D scores going in were Aly Raisman and Larisa Iordache. The latter will sadly not be doing the event in London, and the former had rather a difficult time in podium training: there were problems with her punching out of her first two tumbles on the new mat. Lauren Mitchell of Australia also has a theoretically high D score and she too fell all over the place.
Of the leading contenders for the title, it would appear that Stoi!’s favourite Ksenia Afanasyeva has done best in podium training. Her new routine is badass.
And this is as far as we got. As it turned out, we were right about the forces of good and evil: a disgusting winner, and two pretty nice minor medallists, if you ignore the twisting form.