Sunday, August 17, 2014

Romanian National Team Training in Sweden

Diana Bulimar, Larisa Iordache, and Jonna Adlerteg via Larisa Iordache facebook

The Romanian National Team has recently returned from a training camp in Sweden. This short news clip was posted to the Swedish National Team youtube account. There are some gems in there, most notably being Diana Bulimar.

1. Didi speaks more English (she did this after Doha as well). According to tumblr user nadia-comaneci, she learned English by watching American TV shows.
2. Didi and Lari have a moment where Lari’s late for the lineup and then they burst out laughing
3. Near the end, Emma Larsson is laughing because the reporter asks her if she's spoken to the girls which she had not. "No but we train the same time as them so you can see what it takes."
4. Didi, ever the diplomat, says she wants to be healthy for worlds, be a team with her girls, and make Romania proud.
5. Larisa Iordache is seen training a 1.5 through but does not show the connection move.

I had this in my drafts since July and I guess I never clicked publish, my mistake. Since then, Diana Bulimar has suffered a leg injury and will be out for Worlds. We wish her a speedy recovery!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Victoria Moors out of Commonwealth Games

Photo via Ellie Black on instagram

Earlier today, Arabian Punch Front first revealed the news on social media that 2012 Olympian and 2013 World Team member Victoria Moors was out of the Commonwealth Games for Canada. No official statement has been released from Gymnastics Canada or from Moors herself. All that is known is that Victoria Moors was having a difficult time at the training sessions. While unlikely that this abrupt withdrawal was due to injury, we will wait for confirmation.

Photo via Jean-Francois Mathieu on facebook

The Canadian gymnasts were able to attend the Opening Ceremony but Victoria Moors was missing. Since then Moors, has showed pictures that she is at home and posted a picture to instagram wishing luck to the Canadian team.

Victoria Moors is replaced by Victoria-Kayen Woo. At the 2014 Canadian Championships, she finished 5th in the all around and 4th on the uneven bars. Given Canada's strong all arounders, it will be interesting to see how Woo fits in this lineup. Watch for her on uneven bars where she has a 5.5 D-score and may hope to make event finals. For Woo, this could also be an extra opportunity to prove herself as a World Team contender.

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CWG Athlete Profile: Georgia-Rose Brown

Original from equilibras
Edited by me

Honesty is the best policy - I was dreading doing this Australian feature. Not only was it hard to pick an athlete to feature but also because the Australian team has been a bit of a mystery. Last year, there were selection criteria to determine which athletes wuld be eligible to go to Worlds. In the end, there were only two athletes that were capable of meeting the D-score goal and neither was selected. In 2014, however, the gates were finally open and we started to see the Aussie gymnasts in international competition again at the Doha Challenge Cup and Pacific Rim Championships.

The Australian team seems to be the opposite of most teams - a group of specialists rounded out with an all around gymnast. The team consists of Lauren Mitchell, who no longer trains UB, Olivia Vivian, who does not train vault, Larrissa Miller, an UB and FX specialist, and Mary Anne Monckton, who does VT and BB predominantly. To round the team out, we have all around gymnast Georgia-Rose Brown.

In 2011, Brown's first year as a senior, she was selected to the World Championship team where she helped Australia to 8th place and a secure spot in the Olympics. Unfortunately, she was named as reserve to the 2012 Olympic Team. As mentioned before, no Australian gymnast went to Worlds in 2013. In 2014, Brown went to the Pacific Rim Championship where she earned bronze on the uneven bars. She also finished 6th in the all around and has easily broken that 55.000 AA barrier numerous times.

Look for Georgia-Rose Brown to make the all around final. She's broken that 55 mark with her stunning execution. Provided she competes all 4 events in qualifications, she should be able to make the final. She has a shot at a medal too - if you consider 2 Canadians and that the English AA lineup is a bit up in the air, Brown could easily sneak in and grab a medal. Watch Brown on the uneven bars, although the 2 per country rule may keep her out. It will be a battle with teammates Larrissa Miller and Olivia Vivian. Brown boasts a 6.1 D score on the event.

Watch her on BB here, on FX here (watch her beam if you want to see some long long long lines)

Honorable Mention goes to teammate Mary-Anne Monckton who competed and won beam at Nationals and was named to the Commonwealth team just 4 weeks after surgery. She also was super supportive of compatriot Maddie Leydin and helped guide the gymternet to Leydin winning a sports scholarship and some additional money donated to Gymnastics Australia as well! Watch for Monckton on beam where she's capable of a 6.3 D score. Of note, she also has a front aerial-sheep jump connection that she competed when she won silver at Doha but I have not seen it in video since.

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