(Fierce Bitches In Training)
It is nice that Alexander Alexandrov is dressing our Russian ladies in Kommie red. In a way, it reminds us of Mother Russia's glorious tradition in the sport. He is now the coach of Aliya Mustafina since her Sasquatch coach left to get rich and (hopefully) teach Khorkina transitions at WOGA.
Our Russian ladies have their best chance in recent memory to capture gold at Worlds. They are armed and dangerous, but still exhibit some inconsistent on balance beam that ushers memories of 1999, 2000 and 2001. Luckily, they do have Anna Pavlova able to fill the role of balance beam specialist. She can also vault if needed and would be a wonderful leader for this team.
Frankly, Anna Myzdrikova is too inconsistent to be a risk work taking and Anna Dementyeva doesn't stand out enough on any event to be useful in team finals. That opens up a slot on team for Anna Pavlova to close her career with a well-deserved gold medal. She was the HBIC on beam at Russian Nationals a few weeks ago.
Aliya Mustafina blew away the field at this weekend's tri-meet. She stuck her new Amanar, had the top score on floor and was strong on bars. Her 60.100 AA tally makes her a favorite for the World Title.
Tatiana Nabieva won bars with a HUGE layout tkatchev but underrotated and fell on an Amanar (which only counted as a DTY.) She finished 4th AA.
Ksenia Afanasyeva finished 2nd AA and looks to be peaking in time for worlds. She suffered a fall on beam but looks ready for Worlds.
Ksenia Semenova was the top scorer on beam but only finished fourth on bars. She simply isn't up to her old form on that apparatus and hasn't been all year. She debuted a new double layout mount on floor exercise.
Bitches In Action:
Note: Now that she has a ghetto booty and stubby legs, Ksenia Semenova really needs to quit doing that entrance on floor. Girl, your gymnastics is not hot shit anymore (and neither is that double layout.)