Wasting Talent

This is what is happening to Breanna Dowell, who will compete at tomorrow’s American Cup, right now.  Mostly because her coach Al Fong is a fuckwit. Many of us were shocked she even got this assignment at all after his outburst following her worlds experience. But she did, and even though it’s the result of a bit of an injury crisis it is still an important chance for her.

Dowell has plenty of raw potential, and can pull off some impressive tricks on bars. She does a Church like it’s nothing, manages to catch a Tweddle to Ezhova some of the time and can work out of her Shap. The quality of her swing is good, and she can do a DLO full.  This is quite convenient, because as usual the US is weak on bars. A reliable 15er, even if she contributes nothing else, will have bought her ticket to at least this year’s worlds and quite likely the next too.

And yet on bars, Al basically has her freestyling. This being GAGE, no composition is too poor and no built in deduction too obvious to be avoided. Her podium training from Scam was no exception:

Too long, too inefficient, not enough connected. An earlier effort had her paying tribute to Komova with an orphan half pirouette. Why? Dowell has so much talent, but if she’s not careful, Fong’s poor composition will do her out of another worlds berth.

In other Scam news, I really want Victoria Moors and her new full-in from beam to snatch a cheeky bronze. A girl can dream.


4 responses to “Wasting Talent

  • Robyn

    Come on, girls! Russian Nationals! The return of Vika! Please post soon. The world misses you.

  • Louise Anderson

    I agree. She got silver today, but barely – and Ebee beat her out by about 2 points. I heard her say in her interview that she’s putting off college for the 2014 worlds team, but if the other girls are healthy, I don’t think she’ll be on that team – it is a waste of talent. How many girls make the 2014 world’s team?

  • sainabou nyang

    The release she does after the tweddle to the low bar is scary at best as she is in danger of flying right into the bar. Im wondering if she can do a Jaeger in piked or straddle position after the Tweddle and if it will give any bonus points.

  • Christiane

    I was disappointed at her podium training bar set. Where did that silly Komova pirouette came from?? I don’t follow these things step by step but I remember a much nicer bar routine at Words last year… Oh well, may the force be with her tomorrow!

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