Monday, October 24, 2011

This and That



The Pan Am Games will be broadcast live at 5 PM tonight.  Check USAG's website for details.  Bridget Sloan was supposed to compete all four events, but it relegated to bars and floor due to a foot injury sustained in training.  Sloan is one of the few people who does floor on a foot injury.  Then again, when your feeling for beam is shaky to begin with, a foot injury is deadly.  Baby Girl needs to have a good meet, get her butt into training and hope she is in the best shape of her life for next year.  She cannot take time off after a long season where she only competed at Pan Ams.  Martha is choosing to watch this meet on video, which shows just how much she believes in some of these girls.  Shawn Johnson tweeted a photo of an 'upgrade,' which appears to be the back full she performed at camp but has yet to show in a televised meet.

The USA lineup is:
Caquatto- VT, UB, BB, FX
DeZiel- VT, BB, FX
Jay- VT, UB, BB, FX
Johnson- VT, UB, BB
McLaughlin- VT, UB, BB, FX
Sloan-UB, FX

Jonathan Horton didn't get enough face time at Worlds and is letting us known he'll be back ASAP from his foot surgery.



Mother Russia has raised eyebrows in the boring world of gymnastics for questioning the judging system at Worlds while subtly implying that they deserved higher scores.  I applaud all Russians for their candid nature, even when they look ridiculous.  Many annoying Americans accused Komova of poor sportsmanship for crying on a medal ceremony and looking upset over not winning a title she clearly wanted.  In the world of Mother Russia, that is about a 1.5 on the sportsmanship meter.  I'm used to Slutskaya, Butryskaya and Plushenko storming out of Kiss and Cry areas and Khorkina ripping off medals.  It is refreshing and thoroughly entertaining in a world where Michelle Kwan taught us all to bullshit brilliantly at press conferences.  Let's practice our favorite sayings, such as "It's not the color of the medal, it's the process, "(I'll just stay around for a decade and wear gold dresses at every available moment) and "the ice is my canvas."  To her credit, Komova merely says they have a lot of work to do between now and London.  Our girl Aliya Mustafina would've thrown a few bitches under the bus.

Speaking of Mustafina, Alexandrov says she may be back in competition as early as December.  There are indications she may compete in Acapulco, December 9-10.


For those who can't get enough of awarding the Russian juniors gold medals before they ever set foot at senior ISU events (thinking of a few specific posters), I've added a few videos from a recent domestic event after the jump.  This should take care of your glove fix for the week.











29 comments:

  1. Wow..now that you love Lipinski and I'll leave it at that.

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  2. adelina's ending is just like mao's...

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  3. Hey got to defend Aliya. She's handled all of her loses as a class act.

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  4. Um, the Russian MEN are complaining about team results? Last I checked, they really weren't even close to Japan & US. Nice. Is Russian leadership trying to lose all credibility? And yes, that's even taking into account that Russia Today is an unbiased news source on the order of Fox News.

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  5. Shawn has also added Weiler kips to her bar routine. I know you love this skill Aunt Joyce. : )

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  6. haha. Of course Shawn added a Weiler kip. It's the code whoring skill for girls who aren't good bar swingers.

    Wait, WTF is that Russian news report in English?? It was bizarre... They said Russia came in 3rd in the team competition and that Komova won her World title on bars before the All Around. Huh? And Golotsutskov saying they got robbed of bronze. What an idiot and an ass. Is the Russian public that clueless that they believe the nonsense that comes out of the athletes' mouths? Komova's response was good at least.

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  7. The Pan Am team sounds like the walking wounded. Sloan received like 15 stitches ON BEAM. Who does that?!

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  8. Jordyn's Weiber kips are muscled and usually with deductions. People shouldn't copy that.

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  9. WEILER KIP, not Weiber kip. LOL

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  10. @ Anon 6:39 AM,

    You are wrong. Mao's ending pose for Libestraum does not look like Adelina's. Check the 2011 Worlds FS video on Youtube!!!

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  11. Jordyn still does the skill better than Justin Springs did. I used to always hold my breath when he would go for that thing.

    Besides, I think it looks cooler than doing an eagle-vert. ;-)

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  12. Ok so Sloan got Fifteen stitches and will still do floor? Each right no way that we will actually see real tumbling from her

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  13. @ Anon 9:43, yes it is, look at the Japan Open version, it's similar.

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  14. Aunt Joyce has always made fun of Michelle for being full of shit. He is a big fan of her skating, but he has taken flack for making fun of her fluff pieces in the past. He did an entire fluff on her 1999 fluff and made fun of her commentary. He still mentions loving her skating and posts videos. Don't turn this into something it is not.

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  15. Will Shawn's Weiler kip be as muscled as Jordyn's though? Shawn's bars in general seem to swing a bit better than Jordyns. Not a fan of the skill, but can't fault her for trying to upgrade. No point in coming back if you're not going to actually try.

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  16. In Noel Couch's recent blog, she mentions that Shayla has a new beam dismount and a new vault this season - do you know what they are?

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  17. But does she have a new bar mount? That previous one was tricky for her.

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  18. Adelina is known to admire Mao as a fellow skater and she has said in the interview that she wants to emulate Mao's style of skating. I think their ending pose being similar could only mean that Adelina wants to become a beutiful skater like Mao. Frankly speaking, I don't see what's the problem in copying another skater's choreography. I mean it's not like there's a rule that says you can't...

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  19. Do you know what is a tired display of blah, subpar gymnastics? The Pan-Ams! What a lot of...nothing.

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  20. Anyonymous said:

    "Adelina is known to admire Mao as a fellow skater and she has said in the interview that she wants to emulate Mao's style of skating. I think their ending pose being similar could only mean that Adelina wants to become a beutiful skater like Mao. Frankly speaking, I don't see what's the problem in copying another skater's choreography. I mean it's not like there's a rule that says you can't...
    October 24, 2011 4:44 PM"

    Ok, cool, then, can I copy yours? 'Cause I've got absolutely no creativity, talent, personality, or originality, so I'm just going to do what you do.

    ....Which boulder have you been living under?

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  21. korobeynikova is actually quite good!

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  22. Wow, Volosozhar/Morozov may be no more, but their costuming legacy lives on. Viva la Giant Blue Smurf Condom!

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  23. [I don't see what's the problem in copying another skater's choreography.]

    Big LOL.

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  24. Troll alert~~~

    I thought we didn't need to see the ugly battle of the bots finally that Kim's out of the picture. But, it looks like we have A. Sotnikova-bots instead now, LOL.

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  25. Liza T can kick adelina's ass any day

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