Catalina Ponor debuted her floor routine at this weekend's friendly meet in the UK.
Camp Tidbits: Chellsie Memmel did parts of her bar routine during the first two workouts. McKayla Maroney is back to doing everything after resting her back injury during the first selection camp. It will be interesting to see if she winds up injecting cortisone shots in her back during the Olympic year after competing through disc issues. Alicia did her rudi on hard mats yesterday, but she didn't do her yurchenko during the morning workout. Frankly, that second vault needs more work. The chances of Alicia ever upgrading appear to dissipate by the day. Shawn Johnson is back to doing just about everything from Nationals on vault, bars and beam. It looks as though Sheryl Shade put the word out to USA Today in case Shawn doesn't make the world team. Shawn is one of the few gymnasts with an agent and making money. Her endorsement potential is significantly enhanced by the appearance that she is going to be the 'old Shawn' during the Olympic Games. Appearance is everything.
Viktoria Komova won the AA at the latest event for selecting the final Russian Worlds' squad despite not being up to snuff on vault or floor. Her chance at AA Gold may need to wait a year. Ksenia Afanasyeva finished second. Maria Paseka vaulted a strong Amanar and showed why the coaches put such stock in her. Check out the photo of her mother next to the podium on IG. Vera is an international judge. Also, try not to roll your eyes at IG kissing Paul Hamm's ass with their latest column about his amazing character and being such a 'wonderful' interviewee.
Komova, Nabieva and Afanasyeva swept the EF titles, but it looks like Paseka missed her Amanar.
Brandon Mroz landed a clean Quad Lutz at the Colorado Invitational. It will not go in the record books as a 'first' since it was completed at a non-qualifying domestic event.
Ana Porgras is in peak form on beam again.
Julia Lipnitskaya is quickly becoming one of my favorite ladies after her performance at the JGP. Look at the elegance and beautiful line that is emerging. Julia feels the music and doesn't have to rely on cheap flash like students in the Mishin camp. She looks to have a bright future.
Satoko Miyahara showed oodles of charisma in her second place effort.
Samantha Cesario continues to be a late bloomer. Her skating is gorgeous, yet she sometimes approaches her jumps tentatively like someone who knows she is a bit old to be emerging on the Junior Grand Prix. Samantha's jump technique has improved some, but her flip and axel continue to be unsteady. A few of her elements slowed down or got a little sloppy in the short (end of spins), but this effort was much more refined. Sam earned the bronze.
Joshua Farris' gold-medal-winning free skate at the JGP Baltic Cup. His rapid improvement is delightful to witness.
Artur Jr's free skate. He won silver and is just 'so St. Petersburg.'
Beth Tweddle floor.
Imogen Cairns floor
Sandra Izbasa vault
Catalina Ponor vault
Ana Porgras bars
Diana Chelaru bars.
Sandra Izbasa bars.
Amelia Racea beam.
Raluca Haidu continues to be on the bubble for Worlds.
Diana Chelaru looks to be pushing Bulimar off the squad.
Catalina Ponor rocked a beam set.
Diana Chelaru FX.
Amelia Racea FX
Ana Porgras FX