Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Live Blog: Women's Team Finals
With months and even years of speculation and rapid cheering for our favorites, it goes without saying that much of us are rooting for an incredible competition from London. Russia, Romania, China, USA, Canada...we want to see the best gymnastics we ever have. While every media outlet is spewing things like, "Americans are set on nothing but gold," we have seen that Pre-Olympic hype 'doesn't mean shit.'
Shiva Rea and I were just getting in touch with our sacred strength and Namaste, but I wouldn't count on my red-blooded Polish-German fire coming through. It's go time. The coffee is on. The water is poured. The stretching has been done. And it is time for McKayla Maroney to stick her second Amanar of the year. I may have called out of work due to illness, but after witnessing NBC's primetime coverage...je suis malade.
All eyes will be on Lynn Raisman, as she truly is our greatest Olympian.
The American women are in sparkly red...my favorite. The Russians are in their acid trip warm ups and the Canadians are looking like usual.
Cata and Sandra have their game faces on and are marching with their three love children.
Team USA looks relaxed and happy...for Jordyn Wieber she really has nothing to lose. The Russian bitch faces are on. Afansyeva barely even cracks a hint of a smile. The Chinese women look scared...as they should be. I wouldn't want to return to China without a token bronze.
The Italianas are looking bellas and possibly waxed for the event.
"Gabby on all four events is making me breathe into a paper bag. The only thing that better fall is that weave."-Drunksana
Jordyn is ready to muscle this vault. Nails her vault! Confidence back! Veddy guuuud Jor-dahn.
Waiting for Jordyn's score...the commentators appear bored by Carlotta Ferlito. It sounds like Gabby nailed her vault.
15.933 for Wieber. 15.966 for Gabby.
Maroney...STUCK. Best vault I have EVERRRR seen her do! Oh my shit, hot damn girl!!!!!!
He Kexin...no longer our baby Alien. Shannon doesn't get that it is pronounced Huh, Heee is doing very well. Dead hang pulled out...stuck dismount, chest down, but stuck!
16.233 for Maroney! That is why she was taken over EB Price.
He Kexin and Martha are constantly crying. Maroney nods knowing she deserves her score.
15.766 for He Kexin.
Yao Jinnan hits.
"Martha is going to shit her pants if this keeps up. Send the depends!"-Uschi Keszler
Tarasova's Mink is forcing us to ass switch to the BBC feed. Thank God we have an Asian around in times like these.
My life is no so much better without listening to Shannon Kwiatkowski.
Hannah Whelan almost sits her dismount.
15.533 for Yao Jinnan.
My NBC feed might have had a higher resolution, but this BBC feed is so much easier on the nerves.
Will Mustafina do the Amanar or will Russioa concede the gold?
And she plans a DTY.
Mustafina STICKS a DTY!
Can we skip the rest of beam and just go to vault? Sorry Japan, no one can offer the FIG enough cash to get you a silver in this meet. Unlike figure skating, you just showed the cash up front last night.
15.233 for Mustafina...hit vault and a big hole already.
15.833 for Komova!!!!
And Paseka proves to be a worthless bitch. At least Vika is warming up for AA domination. Her bars 'touch' was more useful.
Diana Chelaru...I can't pretend she is any good. I just cannot. Or Bulimar.
13.266 for Shiitake Mushroom.
Iordache- she looks like the girls from Bucharest circa 1995. I'm shocked Belu doesn't hate her for her ability to swing and not look like a complete East German weightlifter. Not going to make her an AA contender without big errors from Gabby and the rest.
Victoria Moors...stuck double double. I am so over this trite music. It does nothing for me. 1 1/2 through to a triple. 2 1/2 twist. I love that message board nerds thought she could medal on floor. Double tuck dismount. Solid.
1. USA 48.132
2. CHN 46.399
3. RUS 46.366
The judges are finally giving Romania scores they deserve on bars.
Komova's vault is reshown. That's what she needs to do on Thursday.
14.600 for Moors.
"Shannon reminds me of Tonia Kwiatkowski."-Roxie Hart
Dominique Pegg...sturdy 1 1/2, not spectacular, but solid.
Grishina- why start from a dead hang? Good Jeagar today. Nice piked tkatchev+Pak. Sticks the dismount. The necessary Khorkina bitch slap served her well.
I didn't even pretend to care during Rogers' average DTY. Looking at my numbers like Shannon Miller.
14.866 for Rogers.
Um, go to bars. I don't care about Canada that much. They are nice to watch during rotation breaks, not the heat of the action.
14.700 for Grishina...bar judges are tough today. 8.4 execution. That will not help them gain any ground.
I love that the British commentators let us know that it isn't their fault we aren't watching Russia right now. They don't care about Canada or Japan either.
"Brittany Rogers looks like Sacramone, if Sacramone had class."-Deducated Reader
Komova- fabulous swing. Gorgeous work. Deserves to be so much higher than the American girls. 1/2 pirouette higher than usual, but still a slight deduction. Stuck double double dismount with legs together. Fantastic.
"Mmmm Komova."-Uschi Keszler
15.233 for Mustafina...Jordyn better be strong today or they will pounce.
Ponor hits the switch ring this time. Sticks the double spin. Onodi+bhs+2 ft layout. Aerial+bhs+layout stepout. She is herself again after being useless in prelims. Strong, strong strong exercise.
15.300 for Iordache.
"Pornstar mounts the beam like a day's paycheck is in store."-Uschi Keszler.
-"That was worthy of a dollar bill."
The British commentator is calling gymnasts unsophisticated on floor. I'm in heaven.
15.416 for Ponor.
U-S-A chants! Michael Buckley and Mary Lou Retton are leading them. Where is our icy reigning Olympic Champion?
Japanese girl is eating baby food?!
"I'm pretty sure Japan's uniforms are the scraps from Lambiel's zebra suit."-Dedicated Reader
I never imagined Paint It Blank being up tempo and cutesy, but Jennifer Pinches seems to think so.
Jo Jo- And she is hesitating on the Wieler kips, but doesn't allow herself to fall. Toe on full to tkatchev. She is fighting. Small hop on full twisting disaster, but her inner Kim Zmeskal would not let disaster strike. Will the judges be harsh on the Wieler? After Russia's scores, they should...
"Weilers are for gorillas who can't do stalders."-Fabulous Jewess
"Wiebersaurus did her duty. I am proud of that slugger."-Uschi Keszler
"All of Italy's makeup looks like a server at Chick-fil-A. No gay helped.'-Dedicated Reader
"Ferrari is definitely the Suguri of gymnastics. That vault was like a stepped out double toe at the end of a long program."-Uschi Keszler
Kyla Ross hits her usual set and Maroney loves it.
14.933 for Ross, 14.666 for Wieber---too high.
Beth Zenyatta Tweddle- Out of bounds on the double arabian and the music picks up to celebrate. Forward on the dos santos. This is Beth on floor...we are not required to like her on this piece. She worked hard on this dance?! Uschi is dying and trotting in his room.
15.200 for Douglas. Russia did cut into the lead.
Yao Jinnan grabs the beam. Deng Linin missed as well. Medal for Cata?!
14.166 for Tweddle.
Flying Squirrel- rock the weave!!! Oprah's daughter shows amazing amplitude. Good turns in handstand. Pak much better. Close on the transition, but fine. Morgan White double layout with one step back.
Little shaky for Iordache. Almost overcooks it, but doesn't.
1. USA 92.931
2. RUS 92.532
3. CHN 89.331
4. CAN 87.273
5. ROM 86.714
It is time for Aly and Lynn Raisman in this rotation.
Kyla hits beam.
Gabby- stuck series. stuck back full. This is the best she has looked ever on beam. Nailing the combos. awful switch half but connects to a solid back tuck. Strong front pike with minimal knee bend. Step back on the double pike, but that's great for Gabby!
15.133 for Kyla.
HQS- fell and out of bounds on floor.
Sui Lu- Whip+Triple, 2 1/2+front layout, Triple Spin, 1 1/2+front layout full, double pike.
"OMG the weave for AA champ!"-Pat Lipinski
China is opening the door wide open on floor and beam aside from Sui Lu.
15.233. It will be difficult for Russia to catch given how nervous they make us on beam.
Raisman is on beam and we aren't seeing it.
14.600 for Sui Lu
Seeing Kyla Ross' beam. I felt myself feeling bummed we weren't seeing Aly instead...that tells you how dull she is. It is all very correct and proper.
Tarasova's Mink says everyone is telling Aly good job but she doesn't look happy. (low front pike, hop on dismount) 14.933 for Raisman.
Grandma Bulimar on floor. Super double straight. 1 1/2 through to double pike. Piked full in. Double Tuck. Perky routine.
Apparently Mustafina is bobbling on beam, but hits. British commentators saying it was nothing too major.
Leave it to the Japanese to show us shitty vaults when Russia is on beam.
Komova- L turn+aerial+back tuck+sheep. BHS+LOSO. Arabian, small wobble. Light in the leaps. Stuck punch front. Stuck side somi. Arm waive on the switch leap. WTF. It was at least .3. Low and hops to the side on the double arabian. She cannot afford to do that on Thursday. The Russians are giving up. Komova looks dejected. The British commentator is saying she shouldn't be too dejected--that explains why Team GB cannot even dream of a medal.
Jordyn goes running past the Russians to intimidate them.
15.033 for Komova.
Afanasyeva- sturdy aggressive routine. Pink Floyd in the background suits her. Lovely work and control. Nailed it!
Christine Brennan is now referring to them as Mother Russia...God Bless.
Sandra Izbasa- Piked Full In small hop. 1 1/2 through to triple full+stag jump. stuck tucked full in. Jennifer Pinches would be perky to this moody piece. 2 1/2+front layout full! Lovely exercise. 15.200!
14.833 for Afanasyeva.
Iordache- yurchenko double full...the foot is clearly giving her rpoblems. That was not a great vault.
Mustafina- Lovely double arabiabn+stag leap. 2 1/2+front layout full. OMG the BBC goes to news....load NBC, load! OK, Mustafina still on floor and I picked up where I left off (magically), Gorgeous Memmel turn (they shouldn't name it after someone who is incapable of doing the skill), double tuck, Lacks the confidence of two years ago, but still a fantastic gymnast. Messy triple full.
14.800 for Iordache.
Messy DTY for Ponor. The one knee was clearly bent.
Grishina is being a total Czisny on floor.
15.100 for Ponor.
Canada having the meet of their lives.
14.800 for Mustafina who is bawling. After Grishina's mistake, Komova grabbed her head and walked away bawling as well.
I love how unaware NBC is of anything that went on with Grishina.
Little bit of an issue?! Shannon is a bit slow. Maybe it is why she needed fifteen hand changes on a giant full.
Afanasyeva on floor. She never looks happy anyway,. Stuck double layout. Nailed triple full. Sirens blaring. The dance break is the truly fabulous part of this routine. This routine is so much better than anything we could dream of seeing in the states. OMG double pike to her knees and arms. Tears for Russia all around!
Gabby- short on triple full, but small error, double arabian+stag, I don't what's worse, Shannon's commentary or this choreography, full twisting double back+leap. She is going right from the medal rostrum to Oprah's castle.
14.900 for Deng Linlin
15.066 for Gabby...a bit high, but it doesn't even matter.
Wieber- Stuck double double, huge smile. Hit 1 1/2 through to triple full...leaves out the stag leap that kept her from AA finals, 2 1/2+leap, she has the leap of a girl who is about to win the Olympics, almost stumbles on a leap. Double pike, small hop. Great job! Waves to the crowd.
Shitty DTY from Yao Jinnan. Romania will win bronze.
15.000 for Wieber. (a bit low compared to Gabby)
Raisman- Look at her pursing her lips now! Leaves out the front layout, bounced out of double arabian, smart. Arabian Double Pike+leap. Need. Lynn Cam. Triple Full! (if she goes another year, that may not get around), Double Pike_Leap. Gold and shy is crying as she finishes!!!!
Team USA wins gold!
Is Kyla finally crying about something?!
Komova cries, but waves. Kyla looks like she has been working on forcing tears.
They await the score in an adorable shot. 15.300 for Raisman.
Raisman is going to faint. 183.596.
Russia 178.530. Komova is bawling.
He Kexin is wiping the tears of HQS.
Canada has an amazing fifth place finish without Peng Peng Lee. Unreal.
Gabby- 61.465 today!
Long wait for the victory ceremony. Where are Lynn Raisman and Martha? How will Bela make this all about himself?
This commentator is out of his mind thinking the Russians will be happy with silver.
This ceremony is taking forever. It is only deepening the trauma for Mustafina.
Romanians quite pleased. Nice to see.
Russians putting on smiles for silver. They were too traumatized to go over the celebrating the Americans earlier.
The right team won today. Spectacular job by Team USA.
Why aren't the American girls (or Romanians) in height order? Great to see Wieber so elated. None of the American girls are singing the anthem...my favorite Olympic moments are always when the athletes are so overjoyed they forget the words. Wieber sings a bit.
Loving the random lime green shoes for Team USA.
What were your favorite moments from finals? (Aside from Maroney's vault :) )
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I agree may the best team win. May the best all arounder win.ReplyDelete
Although i do plan to count the number of times tim daggett says ohhh or catastrophic. im estimating around 20 per word.
Je suiS malade. Just saying. And yes, I'm a french grammar nazi.ReplyDelete
Thank you, typo!Delete
And, erm, it's actually "J'ai malade". When you say "je suis malade", you are saying that you ARE sickness.Delete
What? It is definitely " Je suis malade". Please refrain from giving french lessons when your only source of knowledge is Google Translate.Delete
a french person.
Didn't they said USA leotard would be very patriotic ?ReplyDelete
"Not patriotic" = not hot pinkDelete
Oops, I meant "patriotic"Delete
I'm over trying to watch it already. My feed keeps jumping and buffering. NBC better NOT fuck it up tonight!ReplyDelete
The only way that will happen is if someone gags Tim, Elfie, and The Fish. Those three ruin the mood just by being there.Delete
AMEN to that!! I wish those three would ride off into the sunset already. Its long past time for them to go.Delete
A perfect start for the US. They're about the amass a 48+ on vault. HUGE!!!!ReplyDelete
Awesome vaults!! Loved McKayla's reaction to hers!ReplyDelete
And the over scoring beginth. There is no way Komova deserved to score higher than Jordyn or tie Gabby with that vault.Delete
Great vaulting from US. Excellent ub from China.ReplyDelete
Anyone think he score on nars was low? For some reason i had her for a 15.8ReplyDelete
links anyone? no cable college student here.....ReplyDelete
Paseka must stop doing the amanarReplyDelete
I'm glad the difficulty of the Amanar gonna be downgraded. I soooo tired of seen itReplyDelete
Generous score for Komova on vault. That did not belong only .1 less than Wieber at all.ReplyDelete
Who to watch: Russian's on ub or Romania on beam?ReplyDelete
I finally get them to let me sign in to the live feed (4 days later)and I get probably the shittiest feed ever. And I can't get the BBC feed in my area apparently.ReplyDelete
cata's beam was a-mazing. so awesome. this competition is great so far!ReplyDelete
Romania looks solid so far on beam. Aliya's bars were beautiful even with the step on the landing.ReplyDelete
I really hate the giant angle on bars.
Ponor is not fucking around today on beam. She's working the hell out of it.
Ouch 13.766 for deng?? They must have it in for chinaReplyDelete
Too low for Gabby on bars. But I can see them taking off for her landing. U.S. did about what I figured they do, I figured they need a 45.0 on bars.ReplyDelete
China really fell apart on beam. Totally different from Sunday. Again, if I had watched Ponor work the beam that way, I wouldn't want to get up there either.
The best Kayla or Gabby have done their beams. Gabby gave some tenths away on the landing but she was working it!!!!!ReplyDelete
And Gabby HIT a beam routine, IN TEAM FINALS OF THE OLYMPICS. Sooo - Who's the headcase now?ReplyDelete
Not so fast, floor is still to be had.Delete
Fair enough. LOLDelete
Gabby's the most solid out there today. Love the haters!! Keep hating!! It's only made her stronger!Delete
GABBY 4 for 4!!!!! EFF YEAHHHHHHHH!!!! - Like I said before - WHO's the HEADCASE NOW!!!!!!!!!???Delete
Is Kayla in the beam final? Or was she a causalty of the 2 per country rule?ReplyDelete
Ladies, stick your landings on floor! Stick your landings!
I'll take a 14.933 as low score on beam. Great job U.S.A!
Casualty. Placed 6th overall but Gabby and Aly placed higher.Delete
Thanks. That's what I thought. As I was saying the other day, I think the 2 per rule really hurts the ind. events more.Delete
First freeze of the day. If Mustafina scores in the high 14.0's, I'll know the fix is in.ReplyDelete
Komova's beam dismount was like alyssa's LP at worlds. All over the place. And I love Alyssa. Sighs.ReplyDelete
Not enough to spell her name correctly.Delete
Touché. When she can limit her falls to one a program, then I'll start spelling it with an i.Delete
Wouldn't surprise me if they give Russia the AA as consolation prize.ReplyDelete
If Douglas hits like she did here in TF, she will be hard to beat. Douglas also has room for improvement on her BB dismount, UB dismount and landings on floor.Delete
She is peaking at the right time. It really should be a showdown between Komova and Douglas with Mustafina and Raisman battling for bronze.
If everyone does what they are capable of i think Douglas takes it over Komova.
Komova continues to be overscored this entire competition. That beam routine was nowhere near a 15.0 She had almost a point in deductions on the dismount alone.ReplyDelete
You do know they deduct for non-pointed toes and not hit 180 degrees split. Komova hit those basics so that is why her score is at it is!Delete
Yes, I do. I also know that Komova has a start value and that the judges deduct from. With her checks and other breaks for form there is no WAY she deserved a in the 15.0.Delete
I agree. How the fuck did Komova get a 15 on beam????? The judges seem to be setting a precedent for her on beam. I think they know if she gets a low score on beam, she's screwed in the AA, and they clearly want her as AA champion. I agree with other posters about Russia's sour grapes, too. They're always outraged when they don't win. What's their excuse today? Even if Russia had hit, I doubt they'd have beaten Team USA. Way to go Fab 5!!!Delete
Refreshing to see these comments today...I have found that the comments here tend to be rather biased in favor of the Russians - Not only were they handily outperformed by the US, but they had the same whiny, entitled attitude that I have come to expect from them - This when Wieber was so gracious in the qualifying...Compare that to Komova's incessant whining and rudeness at the World's last year - Zero grace/class under pressure - The US truly showed themselves to be the Fab 5Delete
Couldn't agree more on the overscoringDelete
It's too early to say OMG Canada? right? Right?ReplyDelete
Horrifying overscore for Komova. THere going to try to give this thing to her easy on Thursday. Big wobble on the beam nearly sat the dismount and stumbled off the mat. A disgrace.ReplyDelete
I believe that Komova has been outscored throughout this competition, and unless she falls, they are determined to hand her the AA - Here's hoping that the scoring is actually fair on ThursdayDelete
9.3 on execution for Ponar's vault? seems a bit high.ReplyDelete
What the hell? Why does not Russia work on their mental game??ReplyDelete
And that may be the performance that costs Russia a MEDAL... wow.ReplyDelete
I've lost a little bit of respect for them now. I know they are disappointed, but you have to keep fighting.
Russia doesn't even deserve bronze.ReplyDelete
Afansyeva on that last tumbling pass... ughhh...ReplyDelete
Romania beginning to watch. China now needs to pump themselves up.ReplyDelete
Afran!!! NO!!!!!!! OMG!
Oh noooo - Poor Russia. - GUTTED.ReplyDelete
On another note - can Canada win a medal?? They looked really close!!!
And I just saw afan fall as I typed this OOOOOOGOGOGOGO SDGHIOD!!
In the words of Mortal Kombat to the USA girls: FINISH THEMReplyDelete
if Canada wins a medal. omg.ReplyDelete
Simmer down U.S and China, simmer down. Come on stick to your training.ReplyDelete
And she doesn't! Jordyn also killed it too.Delete
Aly.....drink this in.
The freakin' amplitude. Let's go Jordyn. Wreak!!!!ReplyDelete
I meant work!!! And she did!Delete
Wait wtf is Canada's score????!!! Imagine if they had Peng Peng!!!!ReplyDelete
Grishina...girl,byr. I think both Grishina and Paseka will be Lozchekod and never heard from again after this mess.
Gabby Will be working that weave like no tomorrow for the "Floor Inauguration"
Come on ALY make it 12 for 12 get it girl!!! OMG! I'm crying and fist pumping!!!!! USA! USA! USA!ReplyDelete
Such a juxtaposition with the US jubilant and China crying.ReplyDelete
Russia betta thank their lucky stars they were gifted scores to Komova and on beam.ReplyDelete
They fucking gave up at the end and still won a silver un-fucking-believable.
Russia = way over scored..Delete
Way, way overscored - They have managed to bamboozle more than one judge into helping them to hang on to vestiges of their dominant past, in spite of the painful current realityDelete
A journalist just tweeted that the Russians have not congratulated the U.S., despite being a couple feet away. Only a Russian coach has come over. SO much for sportsmanship??ReplyDelete
I am not surprised.Delete
After 20 years of watching skating and gym, I expect nothing less of the Russians when they don't win, no matter the circumstances. Typical behavior from them.Delete
Wow...I can't believe they did it.ReplyDelete
Seriously... why is the podium that small? They're all scrunched together!ReplyDelete
I swear, if one of these Americans win the AA as well, gymnastics and I are done professionally. That was, aside from vault, the most soulless display from a team that I've ever seen...aside from perhaps America in 2011 in Tokyo. Yeah, they hit, they went clean, they've got a great mental game, but if you can get excited about any of the floor, bar, or beam routines from that squad you're brain dead.ReplyDelete
More excited to see that than to see Afanasyeva land on her head.Delete
OK, seriously? The Russians had no mental game today. None. You come to win or you go home. And how is it soulful to stumble about and fall on your head? Get a grip.Delete
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Seriously. The U.S.A. may not be ballerinas, but outside of floor, the routines were boring to say the least.Delete
I'm brain dead then, because I'd rather see Gabby's huge smile, Jordyn's determination, and Aly's tears of joy than a bunch of prima donnas feeling sorry for themselves because they totally mailed it in on the last two rotations.Delete
It's a travesty that the Russians even got the silver. If I were Romania I would have been protesting some of those scores.Delete
Anon @ 10:53 has it right! I'm right there with you.Delete
So areyou also saying that Jordyn was just a prima donna that felt sorry for herself 2 days ago?Delete
@Anon 11:53, I think there is a SLIGHT difference between being eliminated from an event vs winning a silver medal.Delete
So no, Wieber was not being a prima donna. She was devastated and understandably so...whereas team Russia should be delighted that they hung over to second over a pedestrian Romanian team, considering the horror show of their last two events.
Well maybe they were devastated because of the horror show of their last two events,and not the color of their medal did that ever cross your mind?Delete
Those are people not robots this is what they trained their all lives for and they messed up,why can't they cry and be disappointed over it?
Gymnastics isn't about twinkle toes and ballerinas anymore..that went out quite a few years back..it is about power, skills and mental ability to execute this new difficulty..can anyone say 'Amanar' vault?Delete
Wow, someone needs a serious reality check, Anon 10:38 - The US did beautifully, and Russia was excruciating to watch - If anyone looked 'robotic' or dull it was them - They were gifted their scores - Further, if anyone has shown him/herself to be brain dead, it is you, oh great Zombie - Please, return to the dusty coffin from whence you came, and take your flouncy, gutless ballerinas from the past with youDelete
Yes, watching people stumble about and fall on their heads is much more soulful. WTF???? Seriously? You either hit or you don't and they smoked Russia by 5 points. End of story.ReplyDelete
Awww these warm ups are horrible. Who choose grey with lime green tennis shoes?ReplyDelete
Watched NBC live feed. Shannon and her co-commentator are way too positive. As much as Tim and Elfi can be annoying, they're much more perceptive of the real issue on the floor. Yes, I agree, Shannon was so unaware why the Russians were crying. I didn't care to watch Italy or Canada. I kept thinking go back to the Russians/Americans. I was watching but following live updates on gymnastike.orgReplyDelete
Do we know yet who had the highest all-around score? Very curious to see.ReplyDelete
Miss Gabrielle Douglas!Delete
Yup, Gabby scored 61.425 (maybe the best meet of her life?), besting the 4-event mark Komova set during qualifications by nearly a point.Delete
Whoops, that's 61.465.Delete
Look at Geddert making sure he's in the center of all the team pictures. While all the other coaches are on the sides. Milk it Geddert Milk it we won't be seeing him again till the last day of event finals. and thats all.ReplyDelete
He just tweeted that he thinks this team is better than the '96 team. Probably true - they've been far more dominant and had the expectation of a win instead of a hope of one - but still kinda douchy and unnecessary. Talk about burning your bridges...Delete
Marta just said the same thing - thinks this team is better bec. 96 team won on home soil. Ouch. Maybe so, but still classless thing to say. Different time, different style of gym, etc, different COP...can't really compare the two.Delete
Geddert is more obnoxious than Bela.Delete
Bela isn't planning on getting the Olympic Tattoo on his bicep and never complained about the quality of the gold in the Olympic diamond rings.
So who thinks marta will finally retire?ReplyDelete
If the Fab Five were gold-less in London, Marta would retire, but now that the pre-Olympic curse is broken (and not her gymnasts) I imagine she will continue.Delete
Wow...Komova is WAY down in the AA. If the event medals were given out today, she'd have only the team silver and the bars silver. And Gabby would be AA champ. Holy crap. And how about the Japanese girl in 4th??! Whoa.ReplyDelete
1. McKayla Maroney - USA - 16.233
2. Gabby Douglas - USA - 15.966
3. Jordyn Wieber - USA - 15.933
4. Viktoria Komova - RUS - 15.833
5. Maria Paseka - RUS - 15.300
1. Beth Tweddle - GBR - 15.833
2T. He Kexin - CHN - 15.766
2T. Viktoria Komova - RUS - 15.766
4. Aliya Mustafina - RUS - 15.700
5. Yao Jinnan - CHN - 15.533
1. Catalina Ponor - ROU - 15.416
2. Sui Lu - CHN - 15.366
3. Larisa Andreea Iordache - ROU - 15.300
4. Gabby Douglas - USA - 15.233
5. Kyla Ross - USA - 15.133
1. Aly Raisman - USA - 15.300
2. Sandra Raluca Izbasa - ROU - 15.200
3. Gabby Douglas - USA - 15.066
4. Jordyn Wieber - USA - 15.000
5T. Aliya Mustafina - RUS - 14.800
5T. Catalina Ponor - ROU - 14.800
1. Gabby Douglas - USA - 61.465
2. Aliya Mustafina - RUS - 60.266
3. Asuka Teramoto - JPN - 57.033
4. Vanessa Ferrari - ITA - 56.865
5. Huang Qiushuang - CHN - 56.433
komova is down in the aa because she didn't compete floor, although even if she did I think gabby would have still come out on top since floor is komova's weakest event.Delete
Komova did three events, genius.Delete
I hate that Gabby's not competing in FX Finals. I know her mistake was huge in Qualifications, but she could totally medal, and she's not going to medal on Bars. However, I have high hopes for her in the AA!!! Love Team USA!!!Delete
Better double check before posting.Delete
My mistake, I thought she did AA.Delete
I hope Mustafina wins gold. It's looking doable at this point.Delete
Seriously?? Better than Komova, though, I supposeDelete
god I hope Vika and ALiya get their shit together.ReplyDelete
Keep on dreaming honey.Delete
Vika and Aliya will do everything they can to prevent Aly Raisman from getting a medal!Delete
Yeah, they'll probably go Tonya Harding on Aly's knee in the middle of the night.Delete
Pretty pathetic, if their only goal is to stop someone else from getting a medal - But typical for the behavior that I have come to expect from the RussiansDelete
Yep and whenever they lose they will try to play the politics game just like they do in every sport. The Cold War was over 20 years ago. Russia needs to get over it and have better sportsmanship.Delete
Oops...Teramoto is in THIRD, not fourth.ReplyDelete
Yeah but this is team finals. Barely anyone competes the AA when it is 3 up 3 count.Delete
That said Teramoto is a solid AA and could look to break into the top 8 on Thursday,
Yeah team U.S.A! Jordyn you rocked it and proved to everyone why you are a World Champion. YOU are always very consistent, it is just to bad that others had a better day with a little help from the judges at qualifications! You proved you should be in the AA today!!ReplyDelete
How did she prove it? She wasn't on Beam and faltered on Bars as usual. Lowest Vault and Floor of the 3 competitors. She proved she's a Team Player by being outrageously supportive but it's time to move on from the All-Around nonsense.Delete
Um, Jordyn didn't really prove that she should be in the AA today. She had mistakes on bars and the set was very labored like usual.Delete
Gee, how people soon forget who the most decorated member of this team is. She came back like a champ that she is after having the AA robbed from her. I think most people agree with this, those that know anything about the judging process. And yes Kate, she is a team player. Gabby's comment to the press about Jordyn were immature and insensitive, and it doesn't really look like any of the girls like her. In my opinion, she isn't a team player. Oh by the way, what titles does Gabby hold? Not saying that she isn't talented, but she needs to get over herself. Stop dogging Jordyn. I know people that know her and she is the sweetest girl out there and certainly not full of herself. Maybe she doesn't have the most out there personality, but it doesn't make her less deserving. At least her family pays for her gymnastics and didn't screw a gym out of thousands of dollars for her training.Delete
@Anonymous 3:41 PM...WOW! I guess it's the manner in which one views a situation. I heard the comments by Gabrielle and in no way processed them as being immature or insensitive. If we look hard enough, this could be said of every competitor. Holding a title is great, but it does not secure an individual. I see Gabrielle as one whose confidence in herself has developed over the past few months. For that, I dare not criticize her. Bringing up issues about finances...maybe you should address that tith her mother being that you know who pays gym fees and who doesn't amongst the team. Classless.Delete
Agree with 3:41, I heard the comment and thought the same thing. I didn't hear any of the other girls make comments like that.Delete
@Anon 341: I haven't forgotten anything about Jordyn and her accomplishments. She is a Champion and a fighter. You'll notice I kept my comments about her gymnastics to her performance in London on Sunday because that's the matter at hand. Do I think it's fair that someone who placed 4th in Qualifications can't compete in the AA? Absolutely not. She deserves it, but so don't Gabby Douglas and Ali Raisman. They were better than Jordyn on Sunday. It's as simple as that. They deserve every score they earned. The FIG robbed Jordyn when they changed the rules years ago. Not her teammates or the judges. You say today's performance proves she should be in the AA over Ali and Gabby. I disagree. Jordyn was the lowest performing scorer on the Team today - a day when she was performing great gymnastics.Delete
Who cares if none of the other girls like Gabby? She seems like she's having the time of her life, so she clearly doesn't care. Gabby doesn't hold any titles YET because she's only been elite for 2 years, yet here she is in the Olympics, improving in every meet.
Of course she made comments regarding Jordyn. The media has pitted her and Jordyn against each other, and people are going to read into her answers more than they should because of the anger over Jordyn. Of course she comments on her confidence. The media asks her about it because of all the hype surrounding it. She wasn't confident enough and now she's too confident according to people who dislike her.
So while you think I'm "dogging" Jordyn, you're the one who went below the belt and got personal about Gabby's finances which are frankly none of your concern or anybody else's. That's between her former coaches and her mother.
As I've said here a million times, keep hating on her. It shows your true colors, and it only makes her stronger.
Maybe it was a below the belt comment, but so are many on this site. In my initial posting, there was nothing said about Gabby or Aly. But as I have read in many of your posts you hit below the belt in other ways. Read you own posts. Example, she faltered on bars as usual. Really? You are certainly always pointing out how people are Gabby haters. And your comments aren't anti-Jordyn. As far as her Gabby's mother, don't do something classeless, if you can't take the heat when people call you out on it. And yes, it is not Gabby's fault. Also, this BS with Jordyn be a" team player" crap. Was there ever any question that she wasn't. By the way not a Gabby hater, like you seem to like calling everyone that has a contrary opinion to yours. And what are your true colors? Aren't you the one who called John Geddert a douche?Delete
I agree with several of the posts on here...Jordyn was undermarked in qualifying, and it is not fair that she cannot compete in the All-Around - That is not, however, to take away from Douglas or Raisman, who also both performed superblyDelete
@ 7:27...If this is your initial post in which we are responding..."YOU are always very consistent, it is just to bad that others had a better day with a little help from the judges at qualifications!" You MAY have implied that the other American girls should not have been in the mix (legitimate contenders for AA). This led to others addressing your thought.Delete
Additionally, if YOU felt it was necessary to bring in conversation about training contracts/agreements so much that you refer to Gabrielle's mother as "classeless", then, I suppose you are a part of the private matter that was made public. Kudos to you!
Stating facts about performances is just that...declaring information, not dogging. Realizing others do have varying opinions is a challenge when we go beyond the core discussions. Stay classy! ;)
Please read all Kate posts and be the one to decide if her comments are dogging or just declaring information. You decide. Also kate stop posting as multiple people it is ridiculous. Oh and Douche is such a classy word. You stay classy too! You use the same words frequently. Another example, Jordyn did not nail vault. Really, you just can't give this girl any credit can you. You are part of the problem with the bad rivalry between these girls. Oh, I forgot you are just declaring information, but only negative information about one certain athlete. Seriously read your own posts, they come of very sour. Sorry if Gabby's mother not honoring a contract with another gym is news. If she honored it, it would not be news. Just as her families financial hardship that was covered at the olympic games was covered. Please! Everyone of these girls families made sacrifices. Are you Gabby's agent trying to do damage control? Get out of the kitchen if you can't take the heat! If you keep throwing pebbles, eventually someone is going to throw a rock!Delete
@9:53 PM...I posted @ 4:19 and 8:36 above. I believe the post immediately below is in response to my thoughts; however, you referenced Kate...? After scrolling up, I believe she is Kate.Mich. I like discussions and sharing of thoughts without trashing others, it is CLASSY. I have no pebbles, rocks, minerals, etc. to throw. I have a gymnast and enjoy talking about the sport. Just because I read about someone's personal situation doesn't mean it's 100% factual or that I should judge the situation. THAT'S MY THOUGHT and idea of being CLASSY. I like to declare information...1)Gabrielle hit her routines yesterday, or 2)Jordyn did well on her floor routine, or 3)Aly gave a grand performance. No hitting below the belt; no dogging. I read comments and respond accordingly as a part of joining in on these conversations about gymnastics, and I don't mind conversing with you. ;)Delete
Oops...the post immediately *above*...my error!Delete
I was trying to have a conversation with you regarding the gymnasts' performances here in London. It doesn't seem like you are interested in doing so as you've decided to attack me in your latest post. So I am no longer engaging with you. Take care and God Bless.
Kate.Mich @ 8:58 AM...Delete
This is funny...I am poster of Anonymous @ August 1, 2012 7:58AM, August 1, 2012 7:56 AM, July 31, 2012 4:19 PM, and July 31, 2012 8:36 PM. I may need to get a profile!!
My response at August 1, 2012 7:56 AM was not directed to you, but to Anonymous @ 9:53 PM. I merely mentioned your name because that poster assumed I was you (Kate.Mich). You responded to me above, but take care and God bless you as well. ;) Oakland Twp
Anon @253 - I know your response wasn't directed to me. The other Anon thinks you and I are the same person. She thinks I'm signing out and posting as you which is pretty funny as I'm about the only person who comments on this blog who signs in. She can't hold a conversation about gymnastics without making it personal which is really sad. Take care.Delete
You guys always make me laugh out loud practically spewing my coffee on my computer. Love the Beth Zenyatta Tweddle reference. Bahahaha. I enjoyed the comp - gotta hand it to the steady ox ladies & Oprah's daughter. I hope Kesenia kicks ass on floor finalsReplyDelete
THe look on Gabby's face is pricelessReplyDelete
I hate the racism in the comments on that site though - happens all the time when a PoC gets into a prominent position.Delete
RE: the team being better- Another reason you can't really compare is because of the switch to being able to use specialists. In 96 all the girls had to at LEAST be decent as all-arounders to be on the team. Gymnasts like Sacramone and Maroney, etc wouldn't have factored in at all, unless they got their sh*t together on all events. It's a totally different landscape now.ReplyDelete
Good point. It was HARDER to win back then. It's completely unfair to compare the two teams. It's like comparing Latynina with Mustafina....Latynina didn't have padded beams or a padded floor, horrible springboard, didn't have the medical and therapeutic expertise of today, the nutritional advantages, yada yada, yada.Delete
Ah well. I'm torn. Wish the Russians could have pulled it off, but happy people won't spend the next century complaining that the 2-per-country rule destroyed USA morale and that's why they lost. Also this will shut up the idiots who were claiming Gabby on beam was a huge risk.ReplyDelete
WAY TO GO CANADA. They had the meet of their lives when it counted! They deserve their success!ReplyDelete
Its reminicent of '96 in a way USA gold and Russia in tears following floorReplyDelete
People are already trolling about the team final pictures and talking about how Gabby is either left out or she is ignoring her teammates (this was just 1 pic. Every other pic is contradictory to their insightful theory). And someone else said Gabby ignored Jordyn after her bars set. Well, maybe that's because she was getting ready for her own knowing fully well she had to keep focus.ReplyDelete
Am I the only one that is sick of this "Gabby is arrogant" or "Gabby is the black sheep" shit? My God, they won the title and yet people focus more on that crap than the gold medal team itself.
BTW: I actually did see a pic of the teams. How nice was it to see Jordyn so happy and determined. You know, her not qualifying for the All-Around might have done her more good than anyone imagined. She will be forever known as the girl who bounced back from disappointment and won gold for her team. Seems like a nice alternative, don't you think?Delete
I'm actually glad they ALL contributed to winning gold for the team. It was nice seeing Aly, Gabby, Kyla, Jordyn, and McKayla thrilled.Delete
Let Trolls troll! They've won GOLD!!!!Delete
It's crazy because that picture was taken during only one millisecond of what happened -- they were all together, there was a millisecond when Gabby separated and then the rest of them separated immediately after.Delete
Anon 1:14p i agree that's what ive said all along that this is 96 all over again.ReplyDelete
Komova can dry her tears the AA will hers.
I fear that you might be right, but not for the reason that you might imagine...She has been overscored throughout and it appears that they are trying to create a champion out of her, where none existsDelete
So disappointed with Russia. I cant believe I have been hooting for a whole bunch of crying babies. Obviously they don't teach any sort of mental endurance at Round Lake. I still hope Vika, Aliya and Afan can redeem themselves in the nxt days. But two things PLEASE: no more crying, and send Grishina back to Russia. Now.ReplyDelete
What's wrong with crying? if you went through all that training and pressure and see your biggest hopes dashed I bet you'd do more than just cry. You'd probably pee your pants.Delete
Those girls gave it their best but were just not as consistent as USA. That's always been their Achille's heel.
Silver from 4th place last Olympics is nothing to be ashamed of.
I think they were crying more because of the way it ended for them on floor. They were doing a pretty great job up until that point, even if they were trailing the US. But to see all their hard work fall apart on floor, that sucks. They wanted the gold so much and it's just unfortunate that they fell short of that goal. But I have no doubt that Komova and Mustafina are going to be back with a vengeance when the AA starts!Delete
Anon 3:36: Pretty good job until that point? Really? Were we watching the same competition? - They were mediocre on vault, good on bars, poor on beam, and abysmal on floor - Yikes - And I don't know how much 'competitive fire' I would count on from those two; particularly Komova - Anon 3:26: Silver was a gift to them - Who did the Russian Federation bribe?Delete
mustafina said that they were crying because they were disappointed in how they performed. she said that the usa was the best team and she didn't think they could beat them even if they hit, but they were upset that they didn't show their best. there is nothing wrong with being a disappointed teenager. i cried when i didn't get into my top choice college. we all cry when we let ourselves down. besides grishina, russia showed fine mental toughness - usa was just unstoppable.Delete
Anon 9:17 it makes you wonder if musty hadn't been injured and was able to through an amanr how the outcome would have been.Delete
The Russians have a rep for being poor sports but I don't think crying should be held against them. That's understandable--they do have high standards for themselves. Hopefully they congratulated the US team.Delete
So i have sone predictions for the next olympics.ReplyDelete
WOGA is making a comeback. marta will drop gabby and find a new muse. Im predicting katelyn ohashi.
Can we make it through London please? Christ.Delete
Well, i don't think with Marta saying, before the games event started, that she already knows who gonna be in the team next year will help on that ^^Delete
Gabby was MVP... Hate on Haters on your HATERADE!ReplyDelete
Mckayla you got balls!
Kyla Rookie of the YEAR!
Jordyn - Comeback Kid
Aly - Pressure Queen
Vika & Crew... You got your asses handed to you on a red/white and blue platter!
I have been shocked over how many haters there are online.... It's especially crazy because they are all teenage girls, and I'm sure many of the haters are adults.Delete
Some of them are really obsessive too - searching comments on facebook pages and tweets to find something to obsess over and hate on. I can't believe the lack of maturity and time that this involves.
Hopefully NBC U Next Tuesday will have decent coverage for those of us who were at work today and couldn't live stream the event. I wish I lived in England and could watch on the BBC. I love Mitch Fenner's voice. I live for the YouTube videos of BBC coverage.ReplyDelete
Hahahahahaha at all the poor sportsmanship from Russia. Wait until Plushenko loses the Gold again in Sochi. Oh my!
You could watch BBC online from a livestream (it doesnt have region codes)....Delete
Well I guess I can read this now since Dominique Dawes ruined the results for me by tweeting about it. I thought it was understood that come 8pm we pretend like the broadcast was live and don't spoil it for anyone. SO PISSED RIGHT NOWReplyDelete
NBC really does SUCK with this coverage. I remember growing up getting up in the middle of the night to watch live, now we have to wait TWO DAYS for the broadcast?? Can you imagine if they held the Superbowl, and made the fans wait two days to watch it? It's the freaking Olympics, wtf.Delete
You have to stay off social media on these days--it's been murder for me. My friend with whom I watched the broadcast last night gets news alerts sent to her for her job from CNN and the NYTimes, and that's how she was spoiled. Try to stay off the internet in general as much as possible!Delete
Everyone was spoiling it online before the broadcast though - including NBC.Delete
Watching team finals and they barely showed China and romania.ReplyDelete
So glad that next Olympics is in same time zone. No more fucking tape delays
At least the showed china. We never even got a glimpse of Canada or GB. NBC has the worst coverage. As a one time gymnast and avid fan I don't want to just see the top 3 and want to see as much as possible. Canada had the meet of their lives, but we'd never know it.Delete
If you're in America NBC has the replay on their nbcolympics.com site with commentary by Shannon Miller. It shows a bit more of the different teams. I'm pretty sure you get to see all of them at some point.Delete
>So glad that next Olympics is in same time zone. No more fucking tape delaysDelete
Don't count on it! NBC tape delayed the 1996 Olympics held in *Atlanta* to extend it late into the evening for maximum ratings!
Ohhhh Russian headcases again. (They are like the Sasha Cohen of gymnastics - beautiful but full of shit. Hey, isn't Sasha half-Russian? There must be some sort of correlation, hmmmm... /end tangent.) What a shame.ReplyDelete
My favorite moment was Ponor's make-up on high definition plasma, Aliya's stuck double yurchenko, the audience going crazy during Jordyn's floor (some of that noise may have been made by Beth Tweddle's thighs), and the climax of the evening, Aly Raisman's FX, a tribute Israeli farm workers.ReplyDelete
I keep picturing Aly working in a kibutz with a bubushka on her head. I see Raisman pulling the plow and making the dessert bloom.ReplyDelete
Haaretz adopts the "nice Jewish girl fromDelete
NY Daily News snarks at Lynn and Ricky (with
Boston Globe front page article on Raismania:
(Oh, the irony--right up until Trials,
the Globe was all about Sacramone's comeback,
with Raisman occasionally mentioned as
Her parents were ADORABLE! Totally loved them :-) If I ever go to the Olympics, I'm hiring them as my parents.Delete
They are like the spice girls of gymnastics!!!ReplyDelete
I wish you could have all heard Kyle Shewfelts commentary on McKayla's vault.....He said something like her getting a job with NASA because she gets so much height and air time....it was VERY funny.ReplyDelete
Shewfelt's commentary was great! The only tragedy was I could have done with more coverage of the Romanians and Chinese. I still don't get how Russia got second aside from bars.Delete
I love the way McKayla gets excited and claps for everything.ReplyDelete
I was so proud they hit 12 for 12. It was such a dominant performance. I feel a slight sense of anticlimax because other teams were watered down by injury and didn't present an exciting challenge. Jinnan and Iordache, the linchpins of their teams below par, and I don't think any of the Russians are at full strength, though they bravely tried to fake it. I'm not saying the result would have been different, but the final could have been better.ReplyDelete
USA was phenomenal. Russian did well to keep the pressure on them until floor, but what a sad way for them to finish, particularly Grishina, who is incredibly talented. Her Olympics are over in heartbreaking fashion.ReplyDelete
Maroney deserved a 16.5 on vault. The judges had to invent deductions to take on that one.
Yes, Grishina is talented but has so little experience with int'l competitions as a senior. I think that was a major factor. After her weak performance at Qualifications, they should put Komova on floor at Team finals, she would have done better. At least the gap wouldn't be so big from the US. As for Maroney's vauls, I don't understand the code well, but she did separate her legs a bit the moment she touched the horse. Would that count? Even if it does, still she should have gotten 16.3ish or 4ish.Delete
Was anyone else surprised by the lack of Mag 7 fluff? I'm always happy not to see Bela, but I thought NBC was working on a piece about a Mag 7 reunion?ReplyDelete
Boston NBC affiliate interviews Grandfather RaismanReplyDelete
as part of Raismania. He and his dog enjoyed watching
his son go bonkers on camera.
Thank you for supporting the Raismania. She has made several million Jews and gentiles fall in love.Delete
Marta Karolyi is a commie at heart...can't she pull a Gutsu-Galiyeva thing on Ay Raisman so the US can have a chance at AA gold?ReplyDelete
Actually Ali DOES have a chance. She came in 2nd in prelims and Komova could very well headcase (though the judges may not care and give her the gold anyway. beam score was too high in TF).ReplyDelete
Aly and Gabby: DO NOT do what the Mag 7 did in Atlanta: win the team final and fuck up in the all around. Ladies, this is your chance to make your trolling haters to STFU once and for all. Go and get it.
Gabby and Aly are probably not as broken down physically as Dawes and Shannon were. Those two also had to endure years of disappointing AA memories when they were unable to come through, and the AA gold meant personal redemption. I think they will have less baggage, psychologically and physically, than our two leaders in the Georgia Dome that night.Delete
I hope both make it to the podium. I think it can happen. I'd be happy with either one winning. They both deserve it. I was worried though when Aly crashed on floor and Elfie mentioned she's been struggling with her first passReplyDelete
I actually know that (ever read MLR's book? It's half about her path to gold and half of Bela being crapped on and finally escaping the Romanian govt - very well done - I first read it at 10 and it made me realize for the first time what "free country" meant. Tangent, but anyway...)ReplyDelete
I was just taking some sarcastic license with the original comment because I see such a parallel in the situation. I know rules are rules, but I really feel Jordyn belongs in that competition, that the 2 per country rule is ridiculously unfair, and that keeping Aly in isn't going to yield us any medals. I didn't want to wish injury on her, so I was hoping for some good old fashioned deviciveness. Forgive me. ;-)
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