Fashion update - Ferrari's shoulders have survived the lawnmower attack, but her bust did not survive the bedazzler. Condolences Ferrari.
The Ruskies (Vika & Bitchface) are in deep blue, and the 'Mericans are in Toxic Disco Rasberry.
Gabby (USA) vt - small hop forward & left, step on red sideline. Should be a 15.872349857. Judges give her 15.966.
Clubfoot (USA) vt - large hop forward & right, looks like step on right red sideline. Lovely Tuckamar. 15.9. If Maroney were competing, she should receive a 17 out of a possible 16.5. NBC will have red, green, yellow, and PINK! GIVE IT AN 11!
Vika/Flicka (RUS) vt - steps forward & off to left side, ending off the mats. 15.466
Lawnmower (ITA) vt - dty, tucked, hop then steps back. I give her 15.2765984. Looks like 14.6 something.
DLL (CHN) vt - dty, tuckish, .3 step back & to the right. Best leo in top flight - purple with thin pink & orange sherbet stripes & bedazzling where her bust would be. Because she's
Ferrolito (ITA) beam - holy hell, I can't pay attention to the routine because of that leo. Because one-sleeve illusion fabric, deep blue leo with an asplosion of rainbow neon accents & bedazzling. AND NEON HAIRPINS TO MATCH - because, echo that shite. Can someone in Milan kidnap her & dress her better?
Izbasa (ROM) bars - meh. Muscled Romanian bars looks much better on the little ones. The leo is odd - reddish body and brownish sleeves.
Bitchface was given 15.2 for her vault - huge signal to Vika who was only awarded 15.466 for the sloppy Amanar.
Tanaka (JPN) fx - in the Japanese kamikaze rising sun leos - I'm actually okay with these. They're Japanese with a punk attitude. The Bond theme is cool, the arrangement (heavy on the celeste) is odd.
Pihan (POL) fx - nice attitude if not dance, semi-clean tumbling. What you need to know about
Seitz (GER) bars - giant Def with bent legs you could drive a truck through. Excellent rest of the routine, 15.166.
Your 1st rotation scores:
|12||IORDACHE Larisa Andreea||14.233|
|14||van GERNER Celine||14.133|
|=15||IZBASA Sandra Raluca||13.900|
|=22||GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia||13.133|
Iordache went 14.233 on by far her worst event, bars. If she chucks an Amanar in the final rotation (which I doubt with her foot issues, but still), she could be in the hunt.
Iordache (ROM) beam - gorgeous back full but gets distracted and wobbles a storm after. Lovely electric blue/aqua torso leo with black tiger stripes & black mesh sleeves. Amazing triple full dismount. She & the leo are full of win.
Clubfoot (USA) bars - I suffer for you, kittens. She is in USA toxic disco rasberry, with bust & sleeve bedazzling. Bail was clean, pause on the stalder full with hiddy feet. Best routine she's ever done in an intl AA final. Now they're slo-moing her release moves - hiddy, hiddy feet. HOW DID SHE RECEIVE A 14.333?!! HOW??!! I need vodka.
Vika (RUS) bars - gorgeous form, light swing, amazing inside stalders, small hop back on tucked double-double dismount. Love the deep blue leo, ADORE this routine. If Raisman goes 14.333, give Vika a 17. She's money on this event. 15.966 - still deserved the 17.
Can we just all celebrate right now that Germany doesn't attempt to match their leos with anything?
Lawnmower (ITA) bars - good, basic, clean routine with sudden eggbeater legs on the tucked full-in dismount.
Just watching the Michael Phelps online add. How is Ryan Lochte so hot in a swimsuit and we look at Phelps and go, yeah, he has his shirt off. So?
DLL (CHN) bars - correction on bust flames - hot & light pink, no orange sherbet in sight. Nice el-grip work including Endos, nice Jaeger, legs apart on Pak, decent shoot to high, .1 step on her full-twisting layout double dismount. Nice work! She is the Romania of China.
Izbasa (ROM) beam - nice kickover pike front, but why the wobble after the layout? I'm worried Belu isn't starving them enough. Still can't figure out the colors on that leo - a pinkish brick red? A blackish brown mesh sleeve? WHAT IS THAT? Where is Christian Siriano to help me?
Bitchface (RUS) bars - amazing Pak to Khorkina, almost stuck the Musty dismount. Where Vika's routine has lightness and perfect form, Musty has good form but power. Can we just bottle the diva and feed it to USA alternate Finnegan? 16.100 - how is that higher than Komova?
HQS (CHN) bars - no, I can't spell her name under pressure. All you need to know is HQS, and her black leo with neon rave swirls is 10,000x better than the fugly that was her Tokyo leo. Thank you fashion gods.
Dougie (USA) bars - giant piked Tkachev, giant Tkachev-Pak, small hop on the double layout dismount. I think she'll go 15.4375429. I hope she'll continue regardless of what happens today, and I hope they'll add more difficulty to this routine - it's 6.5 now, and she could easily go to 6.8 without blinking an eye.
I now see a fashion offense. Dougie, remember what Mama Catty tells you - No. White. Bras. EVAH!!!
There now, I feel better.
Whelan (GBR) fx - nice deep blue shiny leo, funky pattern to the crystals. Can I re-choreograph the GBR routines? Head jives and choo-choo moves? No kittens. It's called ballet turns and jazz hands.
Steingruber (SUI) vt - handspring rudi with cray-cray side steps. Like the shiny teal leo - it looks lovely with her dusky blonde coloring.
Your standings half-way are:
|6||IORDACHE Larisa Andreea||29.199|
|12||IZBASA Sandra Raluca||28.300|
|15||van GERNER Celine||28.133|
|23||GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia||26.533|
My feed froze, and suddenly Komova is dismounting beam. GAH! One step back on the dismount, a wobble on another move, but looks like she hit. You go blue swan gf! 15.441. Wow.
Seitz (GER) fx - long, low pike full-in, oob, step back. 1.5 through to 2.5, step. Good movement & dance, dorky choreography. Can Germany trade some Russian choreography in exchange for rebuilding the Russian knees?
Lawnmower (ITA) beam - almost off after her series, .5 wobble. Looks like the rest of the routine was clean. 14.5.
DLL (CHN) beam - how does she look different here than in Beijing? She can now see over the beam since she's now
Wheelan (GBR) vt - dty to stomach. This is because you don't comb your hair. COMB YOUR HAIR! That is all.
Bitchface (RUS) beam - solid double turn. Off on low standing Arabian - NOOOOOO!!! I am sad. Low switch ring with bobble. Bobble after back tuck. Switch 1/2. She then wobbles for nothing. Low double tuck, .3 step forward. SAD. Bitchface is so much more you than sadface. 13.633.
Dougie (USA) beam - Marta mount. Front aerial, bhs, lso - clean! Clean standing full! Switch leap, standing pike, bobble. Gorgeous sissones. Sissone 1/2, back tuck. Front pike. Full turn. Can she go clean? Switch ring. 2 bhs double pike, step back. Can't believe how strong she is on beam now - wow. 15.5.
Iordache (ROM) fx - pike full-in, hop, oob. Tuck full-in to back tuck - clean but hella ungainly. I like the way she moves, even if it isn't official "dance".
Clubfoot (USA) beam - tuck front. Bhs straddle layout. Sissone. Awkward close-to-beam requirement. Front pike, huge break - bend at waist, touch beam - I think about .8 in this code. Now wobbling on everything. L turn bobble. Patterson dismount - low & .3 step forward. Somewhere, Wieber is stabbing someone in the stands. Disaster. But still gets a 14.2?!! HOW THE HELL MUCH DID STEVE PENNY PAY THESE JUDGES?! I smell Rafalca money here. That routine should've gone 13 - so many wobbles after the near-fall.
Izbasa (ROM) fx - I'm calling the torso color Berry Brick. You're welcome Will Graves. Nice, clean dance & tumbling. 15.200, well-deserved.
Your standings after Rotation 3 are:
|6||IZBASA Sandra Raluca||43.500|
|9||IORDACHE Larisa Andreea||43.032|
|13||van GERNER Celine||42.266|
|20||GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia||41.166|
Lawnmower (ITA) fx - Silivas, then eggbeater legs on her tuck full-in. 1.5 front full - step. Not getting this brass & woodwind heavy "Victory!"-type music - why? Clean double pike.
Izbasa (ROM) vt - Mustafina, nice, slight tuck at end, .3 hop forward. Clean, good vault.
HQS (CHN) vt - clean dty, .3 hop back. Meh.
Bitchface (RUS) fx - nails as black as her heart. Perfect double Arabian, stag jump. 2.5 to front full. Slightly off on the double Memmel spin. Tucked double back, .1 hop back. Triple full with eggbeater legs, step back. She came in with slightly .5 advantage over Clubfoot - we'll see how much each federation payed FIG. 14.6 - I think Clubfoot has the bronze. We'll see if she chucks the front flips out of the Arabian passes.
Dougie (USA) fx - GAY TECHNO TIME! 1.5 through to TF - nice! Arabian double front, stag jump - barely kept it in but does! Gorgeous tucked full-in, small hop. Tucked double back, split jump, and she goes clean! At least a silver, probably a gold. We'll see what happens. 15.033 - excellent score, but Komova can beat it.
Clubfoot (USA) fx - Hava Nagila - le sigh. 1.5 through to tucked double Arabian, large hop forward, leaves out the front layout. Dos Santos, split jump - leaves out the front tuck. Flops around on her stomach - er, "emotes." Triple full, step. Double pike, split jump. Points at her armpit and she's done! I say bronze b/c judges are on crack. 15.133 - TIES BITCHFACE. BITCHFACE HAS IT.
Vika (RUS) fx - somewhere, AJ is lighting a candle for her. 1.5 through to double Arabian stag jump. Tucked double back, split jump. YOU CODEWHORE YOU AWESOME KID! Huge split full jump. Clean triple full. She's got the energy her she didn't in Tokyo. Absolutely sticks her pike double back - I think she has it. We'll see what the judges smoke. 15.1?!!! Huh? Gabby wins with more fx landing deductions? I'm shocked. Dougie, Vika, Musty, Clubfoot in 4th.
Can't believe that Vika was denied - her execution score should be .5-.7 higher than Dougie. People feeling sorry for Wieber are suddenly crushed for Vika - 2nd again, but she deserved gold.
Your final AA standings:
|5||IZBASA Sandra Raluca||58.833|
|9||IORDACHE Larisa Andreea||57.965|
|12||van GERNER Celine||57.232|
|22||GOMEZ PORRAS Ana Sofia||54.899|
Thanks to the shocking pink Aussie leos - sorry, I'll talk about your seated Y1.5 next time. Thanks to Dougie, Vika, Bitchface & Clubfoot. Thanks to you for reading this and I'll answer comments below. See you for EFs!