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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 [...]

Best Bars Final Of the Quadrennium? A Look At The Eight European Finalists

Who would have thought that the best bars final of the quadrennium thus far would NOT include Beth Tweddle, Aliya Mustafina, a single Chinese gymnast, or a single American?   [...]

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 [...]

Van Zam's Handstands

Can handstands get any better than this?   Vanessa Zamarripa Bars 2012 NCAA Team Finals   This is absolutely exquisite.  She has ALWAYS shown incredible lines and handstands on bars, [...]

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 [...]

Who Marta Should Have Sent To The Olympic Test Event…

Kyla Ross Sarah Finnegan   With the Olympic Test Event now serving as an additional Olympic qualifying competition for the first time ever, this year’s competition carries a whole new [...]

Five Highlights From Event Finals Day 2!

Danell Leyva’s Golden Moment.  U.S. National Champion Danell Leyva hasn’t quite had the world championships he had dreamed of.  Although he did stand with his teammates on the world team [...]