Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This and That
Future Gator Grace McLaughlin on bars at camp.
Future Gator and Former World Champion Bridget Sloan on bars and beam at camp. It will be interesting to see what Bridget does at the Classic, as it has been three years since she has done all four events outside of the Ranch.
Joshua Farris tweeted (and then deleted...you know how the USFSA can be) that he wanted a senior GP assignment but did not get one so he will do the JGP once again. Many in the skating community are outraged that the USFSA continues to promote Miner and Dornbush. Personally, I think Farris is ready for the senior Grand Prix. Brown and Farris are the two skaters of the future who need to be groomed. Farris' performance at Junior Worlds indicated he is ready. It could be good for both to test out triple axels and quads before the pressure of the SGP. Showing up without a Quad or Triple Axel at the Grand Prix is asking to be buried in the middle of the pack as a new comer, despite whatever components scores the skater SHOULD receive. Farris and Brown are all-around skaters who will ultimately achieve more than Miner and Dornbush. It is possible that Dornbush will gain his consistency back and gain a quad, but he is lacking in terms of artistry.
The rumor mill is buzzing that Phil Ogletree will be Danna Durante's assistant coach at Georgia. Phil is a good coach, but there have always been comments about him being more of a ,'club coach,' and not the best recruiter.
Peng Peng Lee injured her knee on a double twisting yurchenko. Peng Peng is rumored to have dislocated her patella, which is a similar injury to what Rebecca Bross suffered. It is not good news for her Olympic chances or for UCLA. My heart goes out to Peng Peng Lee, as she has worked extremely hard to return to form after a multi-year back injury. PPL has been Canada's top gymnast for the last year, I predict that Danusia Francis will be Val's top freshman, even though she currently only has a 9.9 SV under NCAA scoring due to dismount with a giant+giant+double pike. (She needs a full pirouette before the dismount, which she could still use to beef up her composition in elite...or a better dismount)
Chloe Lukasiak's 'I Want to be a Rockette'
Australian Nationals Podium Training Videos
Daria Joura at last month's State meet
Chloe Sims at States
Larrissa Miller at States