Sunday, January 9, 2011

This and That


Nastia Liukin performed a floor routine to Tosca Fantasy at the Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular.  I had previously posted that she had a routine to Carmen, which was clearly based on bad info---apologies.  Gymnastics people are not as up-to-speed on their classical skating music.

UCLA remains winless after its loss to Stanford at the Pac-10 Showcase.  Counting a fall on beam and another subpar performance from senior Mizuki Sato cost UCLA a win at home.  In the past, slow starts have not always turned out well for the Bruins.  Today's lineup featured most of the routines we will see during the post season.  There is a ton of work to be done and lineups to be shifted.  Elyse Hopfer Hibbs brought her A-Game today.

An interview with Jay Clark was conducted by the Gymnastics Examiner.  Unfortunately, Blythe did not take complete control of Jay---who clearly had an agenda and talking points.  He glossed over their difficulties last season.   Part 1 Part 2

Videos from UF's meet against Nebraska:


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17 comments:

  1. Nastia's routine was pretty nice and it made up for her first routine in the show where she literally just did a cartwheel. :/

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  2. Still twisting and leaping like a boss, I see.

    And that was a staggering amount of gymnastics content for a post 2008 Nastia exhibition routine.

    I hope somebody puts up the rest of the show... I know it was probably cheesy and watered down to nothingness, but I'll still watch.

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  3. Again another meet that UCLA lost that they could have won. When is Miss Val going to put in Taylor. She could at least hit!

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  4. Yeah it's embarrassing to do a gymnastics exhibition with no gymnastics. Shawn had a few of those too. In any case she's back training so we get see her doing level 9 skills.

    In any case so is this music and choreo was what was planned as her elite routine (with three real passes and more difficult leaps) If so it's a bit of a rehash of her last routine but there's a little more dancing and a little less vogue/posing.

    Bruins making me nervous and throwing away winning meets because of lousy beam rotation sounds like business as usual. I'd love to see footage from the PAC 10 showcase, I bet there had to be at least moderate to severe Pauley Pavillion over score going on given how quite a few gymnasts were reaching personal bests. I guess the big differences is that last year'sis they don't have Anna Li to rely on for consistency on beam. EHH will probably become the lead off gymnast, maybe followed by Gerber if she can get over her saadi induced PTSD. (Ms Val could make a fx routine about Aisha's life, I'm sure, maybe next year). They really need to get peszek healthy since she'd stay on the beam through sheer force of positive energy.

    Anon- I can't tell if you are trolling or just incredibly clueless but this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcgitLtqiZw&feature=related is why they don't put her in the line up. What a great dismount she did! Totally stuck that single back!

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  5. Well at least her toes are pointed after she screws up.

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  6. Where did she screw up?

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  7. I think 8:25 meant Allison Taylor in the clip MsJess linked, not Nastia in the posted video.

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  8. The anon poster clearly isn't clueless, they're just trying to be funny by beating an obvious dead horse that was more interesting when I first brought it up online two years ago.

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  9. Okay, but just a few weeks after that disaster, Taylor did THIS bar routine...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4E6577GleQ&feature=related

    She has nice form, and as an elite, I remember decent bar work.. I'm still surprised she can't get a routine together for college, I really am.

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  10. I'm impressed by that Nastia floor routine... Yes, it's slightly rehashed from her previous two floor routines, but I would rehash some of those moves too- beautiful. And there's definitely less posing in this one.

    And I'm surprised to even see Level 9 tumbling given she probably did this set on maybe a month of steady training, if that!

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  11. that's not level 9 tumbling, don't insult level 9s like that.

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  12. Double fulls and front fulls absolutely are level 9 passes. There are people who compete level 9 without even that.

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  13. Ashanee is not into her floor choreography. She seems like she needs a lesson from Baryshnikov and George de la Peña.

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  14. Nastia looks out of shape and just like a diffrent girl. the lines she was so famous for are all gone, everything is slow and tentitive. She has a LOT of work to do if she wants to make it back to the world scene anytime soon.

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  15. I agree with Anon 11:11 about Nastia's tentative movements. (Maybe that has something to do with new choreo, though? I don't know.) I saw some brief moments of artistry in the routine, and I'm hoping she can capitalize and expand on them as she continues to train. Overall, because of the low level of tumbling (relatively speaking, of course), I must say I expected more in terms of presentation and dance.

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