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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Friday, July 25, 2014

CWG Athlete Profile: Courtney McGregor

Original by Grace Chiu
Edited by Me

Courtney McGregor is a New Zealand gymnast that has gotten a lot of attention lately for the strides she is making, specifically on vault. Earlier in the year in Doha, she became the first Kiwi gymnast to make a World Cup event final. At the 2014 Pacific Rim Championship, she won her country's first ever medal at the event when she earned silver on vault sandwiched between two strong Canadian vaulters - Ellie Black and Maegan Chant.



At the Commonwealth Games, watch for Courtney McGregor to make the vault, floor, and all around final, provided she competes AA in qualification. Her 2 vaults at Doha were a double twisting Yurchenko (5.8D) and a front handspring tuck full (5.3D). At the most recent meet, CSG Classic, she competed a 1.5TY (5.3D) and unveiled a new Yurchenko half on, tucked half off (5.0D - think tucked Podkopayeva, you can view it on instagram here). I'll be curious to see what vaults she chooses for the finals.

McGregor has a 5.5-5.6 D score on BB and FX. On beam, she opens with a front tuck mount and dismounts with a double back. Floor seems to be truly exciting where she opens with a full in pike and has a full in tuck for her 2nd pass. She also has a very pretty Y turn in the opening. I'll be curious to see where she lands at Commonwealth Games but also where her difficulty will go in the coming years.

Her teammates are Charlotte Sullivan, who made the BB EF at Pac Rims as a junior and will be looking for AA and EF appearances, Anna Temporo, who is recovering from a knee infection, MacKenzie Slee, and Brittany Robertson.

Watch Courtney on BB here and on FX here (her floor tumbling is pretty impressive!).

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