The ladies of Team USA at the ranch.
The Russian gymnasts leave for London. I live for their lack of smiles during their send off in front of the press. The eyes they give one another are to die for.
The Russian leotards for the games. The red and white ones look lovely.
Token feature on the Shibutanis performing in Sun Valley.
The Russian coaches have confirmed that Mustafina will 'jump 2.5 screw' at the Olympics, but only at the Olympics. It looks like she will bust out an Amanar, as expected.
Translation of Rodionenko Interview:
Gostrener Russian women's team gymnastics Rodionenko Valentine said in an interview, "Soviet Sport", that the complexity of their programs, their performance in terms of the vice-world champion in the all-around and uneven bars world champion at the Victoria Komova is the undisputed favorite of the upcoming Olympics.
"The first three main contenders for the women's all-around gold is as follows: Komova, Mustafina and American Douglas, which is called the" flying squirrel ". Why do I have now put in this preliminary scenario above Komov Alia Mustafina? Alia is grown in the last year, and no longer shows the class in performance, as we saw two years ago at the World Championships in Rotterdam. But at the same time from Mustafina can expect anything, and its character in any case can not be ignored! ".
In the team finals against American girls all decide to vault: if our girls will be able to jump 2.5 screws jump Yurchenko, then it will give them a huge advantage on points in front of an American. Otherwise, this advantage will be an American, confidently performing a jump Yurchenko.
"At the moment, this makes great leap Maria Bee Farm - says Valentina Rodionenko. - And thanks largely to a jump Yurchenko, she came to the team. Vic jumps Komova it through training. Alia, received on this daunting leap severe injury, it will jump only in London. Of course, you can not take risks and make the 2 screws instead of 2.5. But we believe that the risks need. We're going to take that risk because he is acquitted. "
Translation of a Komova Interview:
Gymnast Victoria Komova, world champion in 2011 in an exercise on the parallel bars, in an interview with "Soviet Sport" has admitted that the upcoming Olympics she does not want to speak or think,
I do not think a favorite. And Alia Mustafina, for example, the same favorite, as I do. I am the way, really like that we train in the same room. When I see something that Alia's good at it, I 'looking for some ", I immediately want to go out and do, at least, not worse!
- Is it true that your main rivals in London will be the first American woman? What do you think of them?
- I like their mental toughness. They go on to the platform in the "impenetrable" mood, they do not sobesh. But too much I do not think about them. There is no hatred towards them I have not. I'd like to beat them, and we are quite capable. That they hate us. As they looked at us at the last world championships in Tokyo! About how to say hello when they met, there was no question, they deliberately did not talk with us. This is after our victory in Rotterdam.When they managed to beat us, they are relaxed and even came up at a banquet to congratulate you. With silver medals ...
The ethnicity of our ambiguously-raced Olympian is revealed.
Baby Kyla's musculature wasn't the only striking thing about her. Her look reflects the multi-racialism of Hawaii. Her father is black and Japanese. Her mother is Filipina, white and Puerto Rican.
Four years ago, Miss Val was all about Nastia when she was recruiting the elites of her day. No surprise, she is now a big Jordyn Wieber supporter and the reigning World Champion is set to be an Undergraduate Assistant Coach at UCLA. The best question may be who UCLA is trying to recruit as most of Wieber's closet friends on the National Team are professional. It certainly gives the "you can go to the Olympics if you attend UCLA" recruiting mantra and air of credence.
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