Monday, December 3, 2012
This and That
Ebee Price dominated the competition at the Stuttgart World Cup this weekend. She looks ready to challenge for a spot on the World Team.
Coach Donna Strauss says the Olympic experience only focused EB Price. I certainly see a trip to the American Cup in her future should she remain healthy.
Gorgeous Kiira Korpi has been rumored to be pulling out of the Grand Prix Final, but news reports today confirm that she will indeed be there despite being weakened by a Norovirus and bad back. Her always paltry triple count may officially reach piss-poor status, but no one will look prettier doing less.
The Stanford Cardinal took on SJSU for a preseason meet.
Ivana Hong: UB, BB, FX
Ashley Morgan: FX
Sam Shapiro: UB
Kristina Vaculik: UB, FX
Highlights of the Gym Dog. Shayla appears to be in the best shape she has been in since 2007, while Sarah Persinger is also showing an improved level of fitness compared to last year. Noel Couch is upping the difficult on vault, but it will be interesting to see if the added difficulty will aid her score without improved execution. Vault is one of her higher-scoring events, as she typically sticks. She is not shown sticking like Brandie Jay (as bent legged as her vault is.) It is possible that Tanella looks more sluggish than ever, yet she is still shown training three events. Her floor routine to 'I'm Sexy and I Know It," would be the cringefest of the season for most teams, but Noel is taking the cake with Star Wars. There really is no excuse for that level of cheese. The team looks stronger than they have in years past, with Cheek visible in most of the training videos. It will be curious to see how prepared Brittany Rogers is when she joins the team after Christmas break. Rogers could be a vital member of the team in terms of success. Anysia Unick has been M.I.A. in training clips all preseason.
Practice update with the Crimson Tide. Kayla Williams is seen practicing a 1.5 twisting yurchenko. Curiously underfeatured the video is Ashley Priess.
Evgenia Medvedeva continues to impress. Her programs at Junior Russian Nationals displayed jumps with potential staying power once she inevitably grows and matures. She won the event.