Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This and That
Life is often difficult after gold. For those who win unexpectedly, it is often even tougher. After watching her struggle since Salt Lake City, it is moving to see Sarah Hughes look so healthy and skate so well. It looks like she is skating for herself with great joy once again.
Miles Avery, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Battle of the Blades and more!
Shawn Johnson made it through a week of camp. She tweeted about needing a nutritionist, which means that Martha and/or her cronies made one hell of a cutting remark about her current fitness level.
In honor of Oprah's Favorite Things, the following paragraph should be read in the voice of the deity:
Nastia Liukin is back in the gym. IG visited Plano recently and caught Nastia practicing a LAYOUTTTT JAEGARRRR FROMMM ELLLLL GRIP! Kaitlyn Ohashi amazed with a 2 1/2+Rudi. Valeri Liukin is officially the king of combination tumbling. He took someone from GAGE, a gym with wonderful form but horrible code whoring, and turned someone into a serious contender. Now if only he could do the same with Ivana Hong (who reportedly looks back in fighting shape.) Grace McLaughlin is making herself hard to ignore with a new Jaegar 1/2 on bars.
Rebecca Bross told IG that her shin injury was indeed a stress fracture. She recently had two screws implanted to help the bone heal properly. It is unclear how this injury will impact her future training. Rebecca is currently limited to Uneven Bars and conditioning. It has also been reported that Dina The Sasquatch has left WOGA for reasons unknown. Dina was close with Anna Liukin, which makes the split more curious. While Valeri is certainly capable of coaching beam, having a beam coach enables him to divide his students and have his juniors on beam while his seniors are on bars, etc. With a little schedule reshuffling, Natasha Boyarskaya (coach of Carly Patterson, Hollie Vise, etc) would certainly be capable of fulfilling the balance beam coaching duties.
Miles Avery resigned from his position of Head Coach at Ohio State last week. Miles has always been controversial ever since many felt he took more than his share of credit for Paul Hamm's success. Why he left is unknown, but surely there is a story to be told.
Ekaterina Gordeeva and Valeri Bure were crowned champions of Battle of the Blades! Sadly, there is no longer a trophy after Katia dropped it!
Shae-Lynn Bourne was the runner-up for the second year in a row. Their second performance can be seen on facebook. Youtube muted it due to a copyright claim.
Their second performance can be seen on facebook. Youtube muted it due to a copyright claim.
Isabelle Brasseur and Todd Warriner finished third.
Denney and Barrett are focused on improving.
Author's insight on Voir.
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