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Some thoughts on the women’s qualifications…What’s happened to the all-around?

Here were a few of my general observations from the women’s qualifications…   The world of women’s gymnastics is desperate for strong all-arounders. As much as I respect and admire [...]

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 [...]

Can Mustafina Challenge Simone Biles? An Event-By-Event Look

I think the old Mustafina is finally back.   Ever since tearing her ACL at the 2011 European Championships, there’s been something missing from the 2010 world all-around champion’s gymnastics.  [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Remembering Jacksonville…Highlights from the 2011 American Cup

Horton holds off Kuksenkov by 0.166:   Jonathan Horton High Bar     Mykola Kuksenkov High Bar   Horton might not have been at his very best, but he showed [...]

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 [...]