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Russian Resurgence!

Perhaps the loudest statement made at this week’s European Championships in Montpellier, France was made by the Russian women.  This is by far the strongest this team has looked in [...]

Women’s Vault Wrap-Up

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Maria Paseka…Russia's 5th Olympic Team Member?

Russian head coach Alexander Alexandrov recently stated that Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, and Anastasia Grishina were essentially locks for the Olympic team.  Based on the way things have played out [...]

Romania Wins It…Random Thoughts on the Womens European Team Final

What a thrilling finish to the competition.  Romania continues to look incredible.  After beating Russia two days in a row, they’ll now have to be considered a threat for at [...]

Mustafina Back In The Game…And A Brand New Skill?

Aliya Mustafina Floor 2012 RUS-GBR-SUI Tri-Meet     This was the first time I’ve actually seen a triple “Y-turn” done before.  Aliya Mustafina has sometimes had a tendency to turn [...]

Russians Unveil New Skills At Moscow Championships

  A while back I posted a blog entitled “Russia’s Ten Little Indians,” highlighting the ten female gymnasts I consider to be in contention for this summer’s Olympic team:   [...]

Russia’s “Ten Little Indians”

With the Games in London set to begin in less than seven months, the Olympic selection season is essentially here for all participating countries in London - the final four [...]

Komova Wins Final Russian Tune-Up Before Worlds

Viktoria Komova’s all-around victory at this weekend’s Dinamo International certainly isn’t a surprise, but it’s a good indication that she will likely be competing all four events at the worlds [...]