Mother Russia announce 3/4 of Euros team

The Russians were having one of their many national championships this week. The top gals looked pretty good for this time of year, by all accounts. Not a great surprise as Euros is a home meet and they’d presumably like to dominate. We’ve been saying for a while that the Russians would probably not have the usual post-Olympic pasture year this time round (though of course our readers can’t be expected to know our feelings on the matter as we haven’t been particularly communicative of late).

Anyway, while Iordache will be there, some of the biggest names in European gymnastics in recent years won’t. Tweddle is busy dancing on ice, so that leaves the bars title wide open for Mustafina and Grishina to fight over- although anyone who likes exciting UB would do well to check out Downie and Harrold’s most recent efforts. And as far as we know, neither Izbasa nor Ponor intends to compete either.

Mustafina, Grishina and Paseka are already announced. As we no doubt know by now, Komova is carrying an injury so is sitting this one out. The fourth spot is between Afanasyeva and Dementieva. No Nabz, even though she came second on bars ahead of Mustafina the other day. But we all know they don’t need a bars specialist.

We, of course would prefer Afanasyeva. The other three are able to challenge in every event except floor (although obviously we don’t trust them on beam). Yes, we know Aliya had a pretty good showing on the event in London. But, as is usual for her when she isn’t quite in tip top shape, that isn’t the case at the moment. Let’s just say there are some endurance issues for now.

Obviously Aliya may get her shit together for the big game, as is her wont. However, Afan would still be the perfect counterpoint.

Clearly Mustafina and, if she decides to turn up, Grishina, are both contenders in the AA, on bars and to a lesser extent on beam. Grishina crashed a DTY that was nowhere near being stood up but whatever, a nice Yurchenko 1.5 will keep her well in the running for bronze. And Paseka presumably intends to win vault. Her Amanar last weekend was said to be way better than in London. A high hurdle to clear indeed. Let’s hope she fully rotates it this time.

Do keep eyes peeled for our review of the quad, when we finally finish it. Meanwhile, forward to Euros!

By Clara

16 responses to “Mother Russia announce 3/4 of Euros team

  • Stoi!

    Afanasyeva is listed in the provisional team entry submitted today, for what its worth.

  • M

    Shelgunova is also in the running. Afan is so hot and cold with her floor, so far she hasn’t been doing it that well.
    The only thing Paseka has is vault, and she is still hot and cold on that as well.

    However, they all are still recovering from Olympics and I give them props because they are all working hard and barely got rest period after the Olympics.

    Aliya will be a fighter come Euros, we all know that when she is in a serious competition, she does well.

  • annie

    I still don’t understand the point of Paseka on major teams, especially this four person Euros team.

    • christina

      With Izbasa and Chuso out Paseka is pretty much guaranteed a VT medal. I’m not a fan of her fugly amanars but it would be stupid not to take her

    • A

      It’s an individual competition and she’s their best hope of a Vault medal. Even with the new VT rules, a messy Amanar and pikey-straight Pod should make her a lock for a medal barring complete disaster.

      In truth, with Komova out of the game for the while – and, for a whole host of reasons, I suspect her back issues are more serious than they’re letting – I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in Antwerp, either.

  • Lu

    I hope the Russians pick Afan. She’s always, always! a timebomb. It’s like watching the best suspense movie; she will deliver it all or she will splat like a bug on winshield.

  • Stoi!

    Alison, Chusovitina has now switched back to Uzbekistan. So in her senior career, she’s gone USSR- Unified Team- Uzbekistan-Germany-Uzbekistan. She did hint at retiring after London but has since said she wants to go to Rio. reading between the lines, that’s the obvious reason for the switch. Every now and then, either for attention or shits and giggles, she claims to be thinking of retirement. It’s always a lie. Ignore her.

  • A

    Ponor’s retired but Izbasa is hanging around. However, I’ve no idea what type of shape she’s in or if she even contemplating going to Euros. Saying that, with internal competition being what is even a half-baked Sandy is Romania’s second best gymnast, so…

    The big threat is Iordache. The BB and FX rules are made for her and Mustafina’s wings have been ruthlessly clipped on A-Bars. If she has a 5/2 Yurchenko she’s the front runner, and even without it’s a toss-up.

  • Catherine

    Shelgunova is in the running for the 4th spot too. At the moment she makes more sense than Demy as Demy didn’t prove herself at all, sadly.

  • christina

    I wonder if Janine Berger still has her London vaults. If she does she could give Paseka a run for her money. Also I’m kind of depressed right now because I realised Uzbekistan isn’t in Europe (yeah, I’m kinda slow) so we won’t be seeing Chuso

    • Alison Clements

      Chusovitina competes for Germany these days so if she hasn’t retired (and I had thought she was going to after London?) then she would be in London.

  • Stoi!

    Not sure Jack. Any French readers who could enlighten us?

  • Louise

    Wow – Ailya did look very tired in that floor video. She looked like she could barely drag herself to the corner before her last pass. But she is a fighter!

  • Jack

    the Amanar Paseka threw in EF is beyond hiddy, and I live for it. Is Doufornet going to be at Euros?

  • Alison Clements

    I’ve had knee ligament operations and the one thing you will never catch me doing again is ice-skating. Is Beth Tweddle mad?! Her surgeon must be in disbelief.

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