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Notes from Women’s Subdivision I (BRA)
Notes from Women’s Subdivision II (ITA, AUS)
ROTATION FOUR: Canada on vault, Britain on bars, France on beam, USA on floor.
Kristina Vaculik, vault: Yurchenko 1.5, well done. Good for her. 14.1. Looooooooong wait for her second vault (Vaculik has a second vault?!) Omelianchik. Nice!
Jenni Pinches, bars: Hit routine. Full twisting double tuck dismount. Crowd roars.
Aurelie Malaussena, beam: Wobble on switch leap mount. Front aerial, in a little bit of a hurry.
Kyla Ross, floor: “Phantom of the Opera.” Double Arabian, too much energy and OOB on her single stag. “It’s like the cutest little mistake ever,” says Amy van Deusen, who is sitting next to me. Full in tuck, small hop. 1.5 to double full. Double tuck. Not the hardest routine (5.5 D-score) but very cleanly performed aside from the OOB.
Victoria Moors, vault: Should have been a DTY, didn’t see it.
Hannah Whelan, bars: Hit routine I believe. 14.2.
Mira Boumemajen, beam: Didn’t see it.
Gabby Douglas, floor: “We No Speak Americano.” 1.5 to triple full, improved. Too much energy on Arabian double front and basically runs off the floor. Both feet OOB. Switch to Tourjete full. Double turn with leg up. Full in tuck. Double tuck to split jump. Hmmmm. Well. You never want to be totally perfect in team prelims, right? 13.766.
Brittany Rogers, vault: DTY with a step back. Nice! Second vault is a roundoff, half on, front pike half off. Nice.
Rebecca Tunney, bars: Hecht mount, inside blind to Jaeger. Church ot Pak. Maloney to bail to toe hecht, Toe full to full in double tuck with a hop. The requisite roar.
Anne Kuhm, beam: Falls on a bhs, layout I believe. Tried to save it and couldn’t.
Jordyn Wieber, floor: “Wild Dances.” Double double tuck. 1.5 to triple, OOB. Whoops. 2.5 to scissone. Double pike. Lovely routine aside from the OOB.
Ellie Black, vault: Tsuk full second vault.
Beth Tweddle, bars: Hecht mount, blind to Ono to Markelov to Geinger. Tkatchev half to Ezhova to immediate toe Khorkina II. Double double tuck! WOW! What a moment for her! Beth takes a bow on the podium. The other British team members are screaming at each other like they’re just won a gold medal. The crowd is screaming like Britain has just won a gold medal. 16.133! Wow.
Youna Dufournet, beam: Lovely double turn was all I saw. 14.2. Must have been a hit routine.
Aly Raisman, floor: “Hava Nagila.” Needs 15.2 or so to beat Gabby in the all-around. Will she get it? 1.5 to Arabian double front to front layout, a little messy on the landing, like in podium training. Arabian double front pike to scissone, very nice. Switch ring to Tourjete full. Crowd clapping along. Triple full, small modification on the landing, but she always does that. Double pike to perfectly timed split jump. That should get her into floor finals, but I don’t think it will be enough to overtake Douglas in the all-around.
The Americans are hugging and congratulating each other.
ROTATION THREE: Britain on vault, France on bars, USA on beam, Canada on floor
Jenni Pinches, vault: Very nice DTY!
Mira Boumemajen, bars: Full in tuck dismount with a hop.
Kyla Ross, beam: Switch ring to back tuck, solid. Front aerial, bhs, layout, excellent. Side aerial. Switch to back pike. So far, so good. Side somie. Jumps. Punch front, small wobble. Roundoff, double tuck, tiny hop back. Excellent routine. 15.075. Monster score to start.
Ellie Black, floor: 2.5 walkout to triple full! A little bit of legs in the air, but who cares? 1.5 to double tuck. Front double full to end.
Hannah Whelan, vault: DTY for Whelan too! Cranks it around, small hop.
Anne Kuhm, bars: Hit routine with full twisting double tuck dismount. Short on a couple handstands but nothing major.
Gabby Douglas, beam: Wobble on front aerial, bhs, layout. It’s in her head a bit, you can tell. Standing full, excellent! Switch to back pike. Switch half to back tuck. Front pike. Switch ring. Bhs, bhs, double pike, basically stuck. 15.266.
Kristina Vaculik, floor: 1.5 to double tuck to open. Double pike to close. 13.8.
Imogen Cairns, vault: Yurchenko 1.5, floated. Hops the landing but really nice in the air.
Aurelie Malaussena, bars: Believe it was a hit routine. 13.3.
Jordyn Wieber, beam: Front aerial, one arm bhs, layout. Front handspring, standing full to bhs, not quite connected. Switch to back pike. Jumps. Wobble on her switch side. Full turn with leg up. Bhs, bhs, 2.5 twist. 14.7.
Dominique Pegg, floor: Bellydance music. Double pike ending pass was all I saw. Nice.
Rebecca Tunney, vault: DTY! Three DTYs for Britain on vault = team finals. The end. 14.4.
Youna Dufournet, bars: Peels off on some low bar weirdness. Sigh — poor Youna. 14.5 with a fall is still quite good.
Aly Raisman, beam: Punch front. Bhs to two feet, layout to two feet. Jumps. Front pike. Switch half to back tuck. Side aerial. Full turn with leg up. Patterson dismount. Strong as a rock. 15.1.
Victoria Moors, floor: “Assassin’s Tango.” Double double tuck to open, STUCK. Attagirl, Victoria! Double tuck to end, stepped back, not sure if it was OOB.
ROTATION TWO: France on vault, USA on bars, Canada on beam, Britain on floor
Sophia Serseri, vault: Yurchenko 1.5, makes it to her feet.
Aly Raisman, bars: Toe full., Maloney to bail to toe hecht. Blind to Jaeger. Stalder full to Tkatchev. Hop change to double front. Atta girl, Aly! 14.166.
Ellie Black, beam: Only saw her 2.5 twist dismount. But it was good!
Jenni Pinches, floor: “Paint It Black,” a Spanish guitar version. 1.5 to triple, STUCK. (Crowd roars.) Full in tuck. Ends with a double pike. Lovely routine! 14.1.
Aurelie Malaussena, vault: Handspring front layout half, small hop back.
Jordyn Wieber, bars: Wieler to Wieler half to clear hip full, bend in the back but not awful, to bail to Ray, toe full to Tkatchev, giants to full twisting double layout, basically stuck (benefit of the doubt: it was stuck.)
Dominique Pegg, beam: Punch front. Roundoff, double tuck with a step forward but controls it well.
Rebecca Tunney, floor: Arabian music. Whip to Arabian double front, very strong! Ends with a double pike, pause, straddle jump.
Anne Kuhm, vault: DTY, small hop. Well done!
Kyla Ross, bars: Maloney to Pak. Khorkina II, kicks the low bar and separates her legs but doesn’t stop. Inbar blind to Jaeger. Giants to stuck double layout. The Americans do look incredible — you have to hand it to them. Hugs all around as they finish their rotation.
Victoria Moors, beam: Switch leap and…oh dear, in trouble, might fall, grabs the beam and basically sits down, splitting her legs so it looks like she split the beam. And then she calms down. Lovely bhs, layout to two feet. 11.266. Ouch.
Hannah Whelan, floor: Whip to triple full with a step. 1.5 to 2.5. Audience is clapping along to this lovely routine choreographed by Adi Pop. It’s fun and splashy without being too serious. Double tuck. Double pike to end.
Youna Dufournet, vault: 14.166 for what I assume was a Yurchenko 1.5. No second vault?
Gabby Douglas, bars: Jump to high, hope change, full spin, pike Tkatchev. Stalder full to Tkatchev to Pak. Stalder to giants to double layout, tiny hop. Liang Chow throws his arms in the air in victory before even Gabby does. 15.533.
Kristina Vaculik, beam: Missed her foot on switch to back tuck and comes off. Front aerial, bhs, layout, big wobble. Come on, Kristina. Jumps. Off again on side aerial. Switch side. After Moors’s 11.266, Canada’s in a deep hole. Double pike with a hop back. 11.3.
Beth Tweddle, floor: “Live and Let Die.” 1.5 to Arabian double front, smallest of hops and the biggest applause of the day! Arabian double pike, step forward. Switch half walkout to switch full. Double turn with leg up to full turn. Crowd finally clapping along with the music. Switch ring. 2.5 twist to single stag. Nice routine for Beth!
ROTATION ONE: USA on vault, Canada on bars, Britain on beam, France on floor
Fashion notes! USA in the same leotards they wore for podium training, but PURPLE. No pink today! Britain in red with silver sparkles. France in red and white. Canada in red, white and black.
McKayla Maroney stumbles a bit on her first Amanar vault. Gabby Douglas does a Yurchenko timer, as does Jordyn Wieber. Douglas hits her next Amanar. Jenny Zhang, Kyla Ross’s coach, is the female coach on the floor.
Aly Raisman, vault: Amanar, hits it. Small hop forward.
Victoria Moors, bars: Hit routine from what I saw. High fives from Dave Brubaker and Yelena Davydova.
Imogen Cairns, beam: Front aerial, bhs, layout, nicely done. Switch side. Roundoff, double back with a bounce back. Crowd explides. 13.366.
Aurelie Malaussena, floor: Whip half to double front with a hop. 1.5 to front layout full. Double pike, one step back. 13.366.
Gabby Douglas, vault: Moment of truth….and beautiful Amanar! Small hop forward. There’s a satisfied look on Gabby’s face. Confidence! 15.9.
Dominique Pegg, bars: Toe full to Maloney to toe half to Tkatchev…double layout. Aw, Dave Brubaker gives her a kiss on the cheek.
Jenni Pinches, beam: Side somie. Three big steps back on her bhs, bhs, double pike dismount. 13.1.
Mira Boumejmajen, floor: Arabian themed music. 2.5 to end.
Jordyn Wieber, vault: Amanar. She delivers too! Small hop forward.
McKayla Maroney, vault: Amanar with a very big step forward, but still the highest and best in the competition. Insane amount of lift. She could get a triple around easily. Second vault: Excellent Mustafina, just a tiny little hop. Absolutely beautiful. 15.9.
Kristina Vaculik, bars: Just saw her dismount, a beautiful stuck double front. Lovely! Kristina throws her head back in triumph. What a nice moment for her!
Hannah Whelan, beam: Front aerial, bhs, layout and falls! Too bad! 13.066.
Brittany Rogers, bars: Hit routine with Ricna and Markelov and double front dismount. Canada looking good on bars! I think they sense the energy in here. This is the session to be in. 14.5.
Anne Kuhm, floor: Jazzy big band music. 13 – something.
Rebecca Tunney, beam: Roll on mount. Punch front. Switch side. Switch, wolf. Front pike somie. Front aerial, bhs, layout. Crowd is cheering the youngest British Olympian in the Games through everything she does. Bhs, bhs, double pike, step back. Huge applause. I don’t believe she fell..
Sophia Serseri, floor: Tango. 2.5 twist to end, OOB.
2:42 p.m.: The audience claps as the judges march out in the dim pink light of the arena. We’ll be underway shortly.
2:30 p.m.: Packed house! Everyone wants to see this session. The audience is treated to a lovely film that explains the scoring of gymnastics and breaks down the top teams and individuals, followed by a performance called “The Art of Gymnastics” featuring British alternates Danusia Francis on balance beam and Beckie Downie on floor. Nice to see both of them performing in the 02 Arena.
2:26 p.m.: 1980 Olympic champion Yelena Davydova is up on the podium prepping the bars for Canada, who will be up there first. The crowd, the rowdiest yet so far today, applauds as the lights go down and a film featuring notable British people (Helen Mirren, Emma Watson, Simon Pegg, etc.) talking about the Olympics.
2:16 p.m.: The next three sessions may be the most important of the Olympic Games. The U.S. women will go first, along with Britain, Canada and France. Russia and China will go in session four, Japan and much-anticipated Romania will go in the final session of the night.
LONDON, 1:33 p.m.: There’s been a start list circulating that shows American McKayla Maroney will only do one vault in this afternoon’s team prelims. If Maroney were only to do one vault, that would make it impossible for her to qualify for event finals on vault, the only event she’s scheduled to do here in London.
Here’s the final word on that from USA Gymnastics: The list is an error. Maroney, in spite of having a broken toe, will do both her vaults in this afternoon’s team prelims.
Also, apparently Luisa Galiulina of Uzbekistan has been provisionally suspended by the International Olympic Committee after testing positive for furosemide. The fun thing about Galiulina was that she’s coached by Germany’s Oksana Chusovitina, who would have been competing in the same session as Galiulina. But now it looks as though Galiulina is out.
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