Author Archives: Andy Thornton

I’ll Bet You’ve Never Seen This Skill Landed – Bobby Baker Wows At Men’s Qualifier

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Bobby Baker Floor Exercise 2013 Men's National Qualifier Seventeen-year-old junior gymnast Bobby Baker of Aerial Gymnastics in Lemont, IL may be the only gymnast in the world competing a full twisting double front on floor exercise.  He did throw the skill on both days of this year’s Winter Cup as well, but fell short the first ...

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Should We Call Them “Sketchecution Scores?” A Look At Afanasyeva’s Floor Routine

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Is Afanasyeva being underscored?   I already touched on a few of the scoring concerns I had in the men’s competition.  Now it’s time to look at a few of the women’s.  This post will be about Afanasyeva’s floor – which many would agree is currently the best in the world.   Ksenia Afanasyeva Floor 2013 World University Games ...

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Some Controversial Judging Moments in a Spectacular Men’s Finals

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I just had a chance to watch all of the men’s even finals in their entirety.  Here were some things that stuck out:   RUSSIA!   Wow this team is looking phenomenal right now.  The addition of Nikolai Kuksenkov - the transplanted Ukrainian and new World University Games all-around champion – is HUGE in and of itself, but aside ...

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Women’s Vault Wrap-Up

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I did catch the women’s vault final this morning, so I wanted to post a few comments.  I’ll have more on some of the other finals later on.   This women’s vault final was great.  What an incredible surprise to see that Afanasyeva has suddenly become a world medal threat on vault!  Her Amanar was fantastic, and ...

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Thoughts on The Russian Women’s Team at the World University Games

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What a treat to see the Russian A-Team competing essentially full difficulty and looking so good.  With the way they are preparing their team right now, you’d think there was a team title at stake at this year’s world championships – which of course there isn’t.  Even so, it will be great to see them ...

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Back In The Game…Five Things To Look Forward To In The Coming Months!

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It’s time to get back in the game!   It’s funny – after following the world’s best gymnasts so closely for four years (or more), analyzing their every move, writing about them several times per week, becoming fully invested in the emotional Olympic selection process, and then traveling to the Olympic Games in London to experience the ...

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Notes From Men’s Podium Training: USA and Japan

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Session 2: USA and Japan The American men had a bit of strange day.  On one hand, their pommel horse was a success, as Mikulak, Leyva, and Orozco all hit - AND it was their first event.  And Mikulak showed he is back to full strength on floor and vault, showing some soaring Kasamatsu double fulls ...

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Notes From Men’s Podium Training: China and Great Britain

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Although I'll be writing for www.nbcolympics.com here at the Olympic Games and also providing live tweets at https://twitter.com/AndyThorntonNBC, when time allows I'd like to give some further details here on Andy's Angle as well.  Right now I'm awaiting for the third and final session of men's podium training to begin, and I wanted to give some ...

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Londonalysis: Romania Still Two Points Behind?

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One of the big stories of 2012 has unquestionably been the resurgence of the Romanian women’s team.  The 2000 and 2004 Olympic team champions have failed to medal in the team competition at both of the last two world championships, but this year have looked every bit as sharp and consistent as they did when ...

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Remember This? Jiang Yuyuan’s Amanar

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Huang Qiushuang has made quite the internet splash since a video of her new Amanar was unveiled online this week:   This undoubtedly helps China TREMENDOUSLY.  Most fans and experts have been considering China the likely 4th place team in London, primarily due to their lack of Amanars on vault and rather unimpressive performances from multiple Olympic ...

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