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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 [...]

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 [...]

USA Wins It!!!

The team final that most expected would be a tight race between the USA, China, and Russia ended up being a landslide, with the USA easily regaining the world team [...]

Don’t Be Fooled…A Look At The Real Scores From Qualifications

What if…   …we took the top three scores only from the top four teams from preliminaries?  After all, that’s exactly what’s going to happen in team finals.  The only [...]

Women’s Team Qualifications…Themes From The Top Three

American Rookies Come Through!  The USA faced quite the challenge at these world championships.  This team has suffered numerous recent major injuries to several veterans who would have provided experience, [...]

Remembering Rotterdam…The 2010 Women’s World Team Final

Anna Dementieva Floor 2010 World Team Finals     Ksenia Afansyeva Floor 2010 World Team Finals     Since the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 and began competing as separate [...]

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 [...]

Surprises and Opportunities: The Chinese and Russian Women’s World Teams

As announcements of the six-member squads for the world championships from various teams around the world continue to trickle in, we get a better and better sense of how the [...]

Commentary on Women’s Euros AA Finals!

Well first I’ll state the obvious…Mustafina’s injury is incredibly disappointing.  What a tremendous loss to the gymnastics world if this turns out to be something serious, like an ACL tear.  [...]

Afanasyeva and Nabieva showcase new skills at Japan Cup!

The Russian women put up a strong team effort at the Japan Cup, which served as a great tune-up for this team in preparation for the world championships. Check out videos and commentary of all 12 of their team finals routines!