Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This and That
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Patrice Brisbois, Week 6 of Battle of the Blades
An interview with the always intriguing Toller Cranston.
US Sectionals are taking place November 9-13. Full list of qualifiers.
North Korea was banned from competition for two years after being caught falsifying ages yet again. It wasn't enough getting banned once for Kim Guang Suk having four birth dates. Basically, the FIG is sending a memo to all nations to have their cheating in order, like Romania! Keep those birth dates and passports straight and off of the internet!
China is looking to sweep the gymnastics golds in Guangzhou at the Asian Games, which begin on Monday. China is sending its world teams to the event, but Kohei Uchimura will not be competing for Japan. Koko Tsurumui will be competing and will hope to challenge the Chinese women. North Korea is unable to compete at the Asian Games due to their ban. Roster
Skating With The Stars Promo:
Nastia Liukin tweeted that she is back to two-a-day workouts!
Jonathan Horton and Philipp Boy will have a rematch at this weekend's Champion's Trophy.
USAG is sending some other athletes abroad before the end of the year.
Katelyn Ohashi is heading to South Africa for the Bumbo Gymnastics Cup, December 2-4. Valeri Liukin, Nadia Comaneci and Bela Karolyi will all be appearing at the meet to add their star power.
Toyota Cup, December 11-12 (Individual Event Competition)
Six Juniors will accompany the team to the Toyota Cup for a week-long training camp in Tokyo:
UCLA is double layout happy this year. In addition to Vanessa Zamarripa, who spends most of her time on the mats in practice taking a good twenty minute breather between turns (she'll turn it up a notch and always has an abundance of natural talent to rely on), many of their gymnasts are training the skill and performed them at their last full intrasquad.
Sam Peszek face-planted her double layout at the intrasquad and didn't finish the meet, but she is a workhouse and will be fine and ready for all four events.
Elyse Hopfner Hibbs' double layout is a bit low. She always has a double arabian mount, so she is covered either way.
Tauny Frattone has worked on double layouts for a while and pretty much has the technique down.
Sydney Sawa's is reportedly "an ankle crunch waiting to happen. She will get carried off during a meet."
McCullough and Courtney are both strong tumblers as well. UCLA looks strong on floor. Now they need to have Suzanne-Yoculan-fever and talk about their athletes mounting with Es and dismounting with double pikes (or full-ins, nod to you Chelsa Byrd!) We have yet to see Zam dismount with a double pike. Mounting with a double layout and dismounting with a rudi would be utterly unacceptable.
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