Thursday, February 16, 2012
Beautiful Gymnastics: From Russia, With Love
I love how I live within a dozen miles or so of NYC and am trying to force myself to attend the American Cup, while flying to Moscow to watch these girls train or compete would appear to be a much more practical and palatable idea. If Grishina can nail the double double and get consistent on beam and floor, she could be quite the star at the Olympics. After several seasons marred by injuries, Grishina really needs to train and compete a lot this year without interruptions in order to gain the consistency and confidence necessary to be a fierce Russian Bitch at the senior level. We would love to forget that her performance at the test event actually happened.
One day, our girl will learn to vault. She sat this vault down due to overpowering the bloody DTY.
Vika Komova is fixing to beat the unaesthetic American brute with her new double arabian dismount.
We can only imagine how pouty Komova will be in she loses an Olympic Gold Medal due to an awful giant half on bars.
Mustafina struggled to make it through her labored bar routine. As Natasha would shrug her shoulders and say, "Well, she bigger. Thick knees."
Demented Anna missed a switch ring on her best event. It is exhaustion putting up with all those Russian beam coaches who are letting her have it right now.
Sidorova has always been one of the sloppier talented juniors, but she looks to be improving with London on the mind. Her pose at 0:39 is a highlight of my day.
Maria Kharenkova- a new junior on the rise.
Tatitana Nabieva, the honorary hot mess, can still muscle a solid bar routine.
Ksenia Afansyeva looks better than she typically does at this time of year.