Thursday, October 7, 2010
This and That
A teleconference was held with Martha and the members of the World Team. They really only needed Martha and Alicia (maybe Bross and Sloan) as everyone else was "I'm so excited to represent the USA and blah, blah." Basically, not one of them had an original thought. We did learn that Rebecca Bross' issue is shin-related, but they will give her until the last minute to do AA. Martha is also hoping Sloan will do AA. Given the dozens of camps Bross and Sloan have attended, Martha should have a good read on where they can be 10 days from now. Listen to audio from Martha about strategy. Sloan was woefully unprepared for the 2009 US Classic, but won Nationals less than three weeks later. She is already competing all events and much could change by podium training. Martha discusses interesting new FIG rules regarding team rosters and lineup changes.
The FIG announced that they are suspending North Korea (both men and women) from the World Championships. This is important, as these worlds serve as the first qualification to the Olympic Games. North Korea will be unable to field full teams in London. It also dramatically improves Alicia Sacramone's chances of finally winning gold on vault. North Korea has five days to appeal the suspension.
Ryan Bradley is enjoying his life as a showgirl. He is still running through his old programs and is contemplating competing at Nationals because he is a sucker for punishment. He is putting any pairs aspirations on hold, which is good because the discipline usually requires one to skate with speed and a mastery of edges and skating skills.
Day 1 of JGP Dresden is compete. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva leads by just about 10 points. Christina Gao is 2nd. Felicia Zhang is fifth. Richard Dornbush is in first in the men's event.
Thomas Finchum is getting back into diving form.
Caroline Zhang told Universal Sports about her new technique and new attitude.
Florent Amodio's Exhibition from French Masters':
Blahtah posted new vids.
Gael Mackie's new floor routine:
Nansy Damianova's new floor routine: