Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This and That

The Russian Nationals took place and Anna Dementyeva won the All-Around over Anna Pavlova, which shows how the race for the title was lacking in terms of competitiveness.  Aliya Mustafina participated in podium training, but sat out the meet in order to rest for the upcoming American Cup.

Viktoria Komova competed on three events.  She dominated bars with a 16.700, but struggled on beam and floor.  Vika is still returning from a sprained ankle suffered in December.  According to Zamo, "she has a lot of work to do."  The Russians do award special bonus points, so the score is higher than it would otherwise be.  It does not dispute the fact that her bar routine was killer.

The Ksenias did not compete.  Nabieva and Myzdrikova competed just a few events each.


Allyse Ishino will be out 3-5 weeks due to an ankle injury.  She is scheduled to be back for post season.

Evan Lysacek is up for the Sullivan Award.  Vote Online.

Highlights from Alabama's The Power of Pink meet.  The Tide is rounding into being a contender for the post season.

The Mont Blanc Trophy took place this past weekend.  Volosozhar and Trankov easily won the competition and qualified for Worlds with a total of 199.84.  They certainly look like medal contenders in Tokyo.

Samuel Contesti won the men's title with a total of 233.34.  Adrian Schultheiss only mustered a 185+.

Cappellini and Lanotte totaled a 162.35 to defeat Khokhlova and Andreev (144.27) for the dance title.


  1. I feel like the Russians have Nationals twice a year!

  2. @least the Russians have meets to show off their talent. Why doesn't the US have more quality meets? Back in the day there was the American Cup, Mixed Pairs, USA v Russia, USA v Romania, random classics even coverage of the Goodwill Games, etc. ...and big names actually showed up year in-year out! Now its Classics, Visa, and Worlds for USA girls (and TV coverage). UGH.

  3. I think V/T are gold medal contenders... I'm struggling to remember the last time S/Sz put together two clean programs... worlds '09?

  4. There's a baton twirler who's also on the list of nominees for the Sullivan award. :)

  5. Very rarely does the World Champ in pairs skate two clean programs, but I do agree V/T are gold medal contenders.

  6. Yea, why don't the US gymnasts have more competitions? That's why someone like Lexie Priessman is doing a bunch of Level 10 meets- because the Elite competition schedule is almost non-existent! Most girls only do Classics and Nationals.