Monday, August 6, 2012
Live Blog: Event Finals Day 2
This is me pretending to care about still rings. Many of my friends aren't even awake or functioning yet, but they will be lighting up my phone during bar finals. The bar finals have a long history of hosting the feminine divas: He Kexin, Komova, Douglas, Tweddle...it is going to be a monstrous final.
Uschi Keszler thinks we should take bets like on the Kentucky Derby for bar finals. My money is on horse number 7!
Apparently Chen Yibing was a monster while I was showering the sin off.
Aleksandr Balandin- I wouldn't kick him out of bed, though he is not my favorite on the Russian team.
Matteo Morandi is into second. I love that they aren't even hoping for gold.
Jordan Silver Fox Jovtchev- incredible to see him competing here. One can tell that Shannon is a bit jealous that he made it to six Olympics. She is crazy enough to want to do the same. Almost touched his knee down on the dismount. Waves to the crowd.
An old friend says hello from London where he is a part of the Russian skating show.
Hello Tommy Ramos! I don't know much about rings beyond the Zoltan Magyar days, but I do notice that he has an arched lower back through much of the routine.
Denis Ablyazin- the strength in his core is stunning. Lovely controlled somersaults between the rings. Much better body position than Ramos. One step back on his double twisting double layout. Can he sneak in the medals again? Moves into fourth.
OMG hello Zanetti. Those are some serrrrious shoulders.
Good BBC Link
Zanetti upsets Chen Yibing...Oh My Shit. Chen Yibing is being extremely gracious.
Wait, why are we seeing boxing? Don't make me go back to Shannon!
WTF is with all of these athletes not trying on purpose?!
They just said Beth Tweddle was made from the steeliest of nerves and I actually thought the British commentator said 'mares.' Wow.
This is the same British fluff as yesterday. I still don't believe Beth would be thrilled with bronze. We all saw Maroney's face yesterday.
If we train with Beth Tweddle, we will make the Olympics. That is the lesson of Jennifer Pinches.
"I liked the BBC fluff. No Al Trautwig to make racist remarks. They kiss pony's ass like its gold."-Uschi Keszler
British fluff on Miss Gabby Douglas.
The BBC is informing us about the stats of the Uneven Bars...it is very reminiscent of Josh Tesh's event final fluffs from Atlanta...minus the cheese and funky chickens. 'Front handspring, front handspring double front barani out...it is harder to say and even harder to do."
Will Beth go for the 7.1 or go all out? I hope she goes all out with the 7.3 like a total boss.
"That jacket isn't gaudy enough to be Italian."-Shannon Miller's Hair Bow on Morandi on the rostrum
Imogen says that Beth knows what to do...which is good considering Imogen is not much of an event finalist.
I don't know if I can handle crying Brits if Beth doesn't medal. They are all so sweet and Hermione-like.
Reliving the Beth finals routine from Beijing...her execution has certainly improved. There are those who will claim that she was robbed, yet I see so many little deductions throughout that I believe the result was fair.
Are the Brits jinxing Beth like we all jinxed Maroney...or are they appeasing the Gods by hoping for, 'a medal?'
The 1928 Olympics were boycotted? You learn useless information every day. I'm sure these girls really looked up to the silent film era...
Love that the Brits were blunt and said that sloppy Seitz, ''doesn't really have the armory to medal.''
All eyes on Aliya, whose eye makeup is quite terrifying tonight.
Koko in finals...remember when she was good?!
He Kexin is the unlucky bitch to go first. I kind of dig her leotard. It is nice to see the Chinese in something that doesn't remind me of McDonald's. Dead hang after the Li Ya combo. Big dead hang again. Full twisting double back with a small step. Could be a medal, but there is a ton of sluggish execution to take. Chest was low on the dismount as well. Her Li Ya combo is incredibly crooked, yet she hits it. 15.933. That will be a tough score to beat, but it is doable.
Komova looking lovely. She may not have the routine to win, but a medal is quite possible. So many tears these Olympics. She has the best swing in the competition. Beautiful work. Half pirouette a little short but much better, Step back and to the side on a double double dismount. May have hit the bar, she looks dejected. This is going to fire her up for new heights. She has really performed incredibly well these Olympics, yet been unlucky like a true Russian bitch.
"I don't know what happened, but she and Maroney should duke it out in the boxing ring with their level of pissyness."-Uschi Keszler 15.666. This is the worst week of Komova's fucking life.
Seitz- hitting her routine. She is very University of Utah.
"Her style is so punchy according to the commentators...she's fat in other words."-Uschi Keszler
That is the cleanest Seitz has ever looked. I cannot wait to see what Komova delivers on beam tomorrow. You have the feeling she just will make it her bitch. She wasn't going to win this final.
"This is just like the Special Olympics. They are so proud that the German girl did her best and tried hard."-UK 15.266
"Stop calling her punch. Just saw what you're thinking dammit."
Yao Jinnan is up in her socks. She is rather energetic for a Chinese girl on bars. Stuck double layout. No dead hangs. That could be a surprising score. Mitch Fenner calls it 'zippy' and I agree. 15.766...ahead of Komova.
"Watching this on random Spanish stream. NBC was making my blood boil."-Shannon Miller's Hair Bow
Beth Tweddle is vajazzled for finals. Little leg separation, but is hitting the routine of her life. Double double with two sluggish steps back. That might not be enough for gold. It was golden until the dismount. Beth seems happy, yet emotional. What will they do with the dismount? 15.916...that's perhaps a tad high.
He Kexin is emotional.
Davai Aliya! The fiercest bitch out there. She is not nice and frankly, we love her so much more for it. Lovely strong aggressive work.Sticks the dismount. Give. Her. The. Gold. Living for her eyes on the replay. She really deserves the gold. Cleanest routine of the lot. YES! 16.133!!!!!!!! Gold for Mustafina! Praise Allah!!!!!!!!!!!
"Her performance brought peace to the Arab springs."-Uschi Keszler
I feared Aliya would've killed someone had she failed to move into first. Too distracted to watch Koko. Close on her release. She would've been such a fabulous NCAA gymnast. 14.966.
"Koko was robbed."-UK
Gabby Douglas---huge cheers for the flying squirrel who is borrowing Maloney's hideous AA finals leotard from Sydney. Gabby lost it. No medal today. Step on the dismount. She wasn't going to medal today.
"Gabby's first debacle. Dawes is going to flip a tit."-Uschi
Gabby lacks the spark she displayed earlier in the week. That is the happiest we have ever seen Aliya look. She is positively grinning. 14.900 for Gabby.
It is rather suiting that Aliya inherits Khorkina's crown.
Bronze for Beth.
"Komova is read to slit her wrist. She needs a hug."
He Kexin looks pissed.
I love that we were all pissed over Maroney's mistake, yet the Brits are thrilled for a token bronze. This is the attitude that explains why they don't contend for team gold.
"Gabby was screwed the moment she put on that leotard. No one wins a gold medal wearing her gay clubbing outfit."
And now they've brought in Rohene Ward for the celebration.