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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 [...]

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 [...]