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Some awesome routines you might have missed from Rotterdam…

Sanne Wevers Beam 2010 World Championships

How did we miss this routine?  What’s more, how did the judges deduct 1.5??!!  Still the only one in the world I know of who can do the double L-turn on beam, and she does it so incredibly well every time.  She does cheat the full twisting back handspring skills a bit, but I don’t care…she’s amazing to watch.  If she could learn a decent dismount she could be up there with the best in the world.

Elisabeth Seitz Bars 2010 World Championships

We all saw her fall in the final, but did you ever catch her routine from prelims?  A Def done out of a cool combination, a Church, a Yaeger, and a couple of other valuable sequences…very well put together routine.

Yana Demyanchuk Bars 2010 World Championships

She still has a little polishing to do here, but I love all those releases!  The hop full to Tcatchev to Gienger is very refreshing, and so cool to see it done in the opposite direction.  All those little leg splits and slight struggles toward the end must have really added up…she got a 7.333 E-score!

Yana Demyanchuk Beam 2010 World Championships

Just like Elisabeth Seitz, Yana missed her moment to shine when she fell in the final, but this routine from prelims is worth watching.

Mattie Larson Vault 2010 World Championships

Best vault she’s ever done!  It’s such a shame that everyone just seems to focus on Mattie’s floor performances at worlds, because she did hit all of her other events in prelims.  Her vault here was probably one of the best of the entire competition, although the judges somehow found more than 8 tenths to deduct!  I can maybe find 1 or 2.

Mattie Larson Bars 2010 World Championships

Few have appreciated the fact that Mattie’s bars have improved tremendously, and could have certainly been used in the team finals if we had needed.  She has become more aggressive and hits her handstands better than she used to.  This was a strong routine, although unfortunately unnoticed by many fans.

Mackenzie Caquatto Bars 2010 World Championships

Her routine from prelims here was actually better than her routine from team finals, since she connected her Church into the Pak salto here and also hit her toe-on full on the low bar.  She had to cover on both of those areas in the team finals, though it was still a hit set.

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  1. ByeMattie November 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    BS Your Mattie bias is weak. She was lucky to be named to this team at all and Marta blew it by listening to the other coaches and putting her on floor.

    It did not matter what event was last Mattie would have choked.

    She was given every opportunity and she blew it. Tat is a fact you can’t ignore. Even if she had just added the front to her 3rd pass the US would have won. Her falling happens but to choke that cheap skill was pathetic.

  2. ByeMattie November 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Macko was short on every handstand in that routine. That was not a hit set.

    Seitz needs better form. That routine was a difficult mess.

    Mattie missed almost all of her handstands in that routine and scored close to what Aly Raisman did. She would be NO use in team finals. Are you kidding me?

    Yana Demyanchuk bar routine had form issues every time she moved on that bar. There had to have been at least 15 leg separations. Big leg separataions. You could probably take 2 points off just for the leg separations.

    Yana Demyanchuk beam routine was much better then he bars but her first 3 jumps/ jump combinations were short.

  3. Andy Thornton November 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Macko was short on a lot of handstands, but so are 99% of the gymnasts. Her routine is clean and has lot of releases and thus is fun to watch.

    Demyanchuk did have a lot of little form breaks, which is why her E-score was very low. But hop full to Tcatchev to Gienger? How often do we see sequences like that? She is giving Ukraine at least a little hope for the future.

    If Mattie would be no use in team finals on bars, then you must not think any third American would be of any use, because even Caquatto only scored a couple of tenths higher. A mid to high 14 is the best we have for a third bars score, and Mattie is as capable of this as anyone else we have for that spot.

    I think Mattie’s floor problems had more to do with the much harder floor over in Europe compared to the super bouncy ones we have here in the U.S. Some gymnasts just adjust better than others, and she did not adjust well. Most of the Russians were landing quite short on their passes as well – Semenova landed on her face and Nabieva and Afanayseva ended up having troubles with the floor too. It can be quite a huge adjustment, and Mattie just didn’t quite get the timing down. That vault was the best she has ever done and beam and bars weren’t bad. I just wanted to help people realize that she didn’t miss every routine she did – she just happened to miss the one we needed most!

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