The New Artistic. A Closer Look At Jordyn And Alyia.

What really annoys me is when people complain about certain gymnasts not being artistic.

What annoys me more is when that person is considered ‘unartistic’ just because they’re not Russian, blonde or long-legged. (insert Nastia)

I know alot of people won’t agree with this, and that’s okay, that’s your opinion, but I think Jordyn Wieber is artistic. She’s no Soviet-era artistic and she may not be able to put her legs behind her ears, but you can’t say her form is fugly. Her form is clean and tight (Something we can’t say for some ‘artistic’ gymnasts cough. Musty cough.) 

Her bars are clean, I mean their not amazing, but she’s not sacrificing form for a higher difficulty, probs to John Geddert for that.

Lets look at Alyia Mustafina now, shall we? I think we’ve all been slacking her Amanar and that awful form on vault since her glory days of 2010. And her triple twist on floor now puts Catliana Ponor’s to shame. But we still all consider her artistic. Why? because she’s a Russian with amazing bars AND DID I MENTION SHE’S A RUSSIAN?

I know, alot of you are reading this right now and thinking I’m crazy for saying Mustys not artistic, but lets face it, if your calling Musty artistic, you better be calling Jordyn ‘I always hit my splits’ Wieber.

But,  a picture tells a thousand words..

Round One: Splits.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, its pretty easy to see who’s are prettier… But, that being said, Jordyn does hit hers, and it’s not like they’re going to give you extra points for going over 180 degrees.

Round Two: Vault Form

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures really speak for themselves, don’t they?  I’ll admit, these photos are from two different stages of the vault (sorry, I couldn’t find much better) but Jordyn’s form stays clean the whole way through, and Alyia’s is bad from the start.

That leaves it 1-1. I’ll let the final round be decided in London.

How To Vault Your Way To Gold

The amanar has become the most important accessory in a gymnastics handbag.

Dont have one? you might as well go back to 2008, you might have stood a chance back then. I wonder did Simona know that she was to become the creator of the most important element of modern gymnastics. When Simona first vaulted the amanar in 2000, a FTY was considered a difficult vault. Her competing an amanar back then would be like a level 8 competing one now. Possible, but why bother?

In the 2005-2008 code when difficulty became the most important part of artistic gymnastics the amanar became more and more desirable. In the 2008 Olympics 6 people competed an Amanar.

Shawn Johonson was one of theses 6 and the only one that was not a vault specialist even though her amanar was one of the best of the bunch. Shawn won the silver medal in the all around behind Nastia Liukin, who only competed a 1&1/2 twisting yerchenko. This was possible because because the 2005-2008 code counted 10 skills on floor exercise, balance beam and the uneven bars.  Nastia was able build a lead on Shawn on bars.

Now-a-days, the code only counts 8 skills which means the average start value on a event (other than vault) is 6.5. If your beam floor and bars have a start value around 6.5 and your vault a 5.8 you know where you need to improve. Having the 6.5 difficulty on vault can give a gymnast a huge advantage in an all around competition.

In 2010 Russia brought the Amanar back onto the world stage. Their Stars Alyia Mustafina and Tatiana Nabieva set the stage with these vaults, although their form was messy and the vaults were pretty ugly looking at best, the brought in huge scores. Scores that won Russia the Team title and Alyia Mustafina the All Around title.

At the 2010 Worlds, the silver medalists USA brought no Amanars. But left many 2012 eligible Junior gymnasts at home with them.

At Junior Nationals, Mckayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber competed amanars that put the Russians to shame.

Fast forward to 2011 Worlds, The USA were the team with the amanars, 2 to be exact. and Russia had none.

In this competition, the USA won the team gold (with amanars) and Russia took silver (no amanars)

In the All Around competition, Jordyn Wieber won the gold (with an amanar) and Viktoria Komova took the silver (no amanar)

This was a complete turn around from the 2010  worlds.

Of course, it wasn’t all amanar that won the title for the USA. Jordyn Wieber was a important factor competing on all four events for the team, and Mckayla Maroneys…. Amanar.

Oh, and Russia didnt have Alyia Mustafina or her… Amanar. And Tatiana was unable to compete her… Amanar due to a hamstring injury…

In London in 37 days its impossible to say how many amanars will turn up, Russia claim to have some, and Romania say they have some too. USA are capable of sending a team with 5 Amanars (Jordyn, Mckayla, Aly, Gabby, Kyla)

But, the only thing that is certain is that Amanars will play a huge part in who walks away with Gold and who takes silver.

Don’t Count Russia Out.

Russia are USA’s biggest rivals for the team title in London. Using scores from competition, we’ll see how close these teams really are.

Team USA: Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, Rebecca Bross, Mckayla Maroney
Team Russia: Viktoria Komova, Alyia Mustafina, Anastasia Grishina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Tatiana Nebieva

 

 

Vault:
USA
Wieber- 16.000
Raisman- 16.000
Maroney- 16.100
Total: 48.1
Russia
Mustafina: 15.666
Komova: 14.533
Nebieva 15.466
Total: 45.665

USA Lead By: 2.435

Bars
Russia
Komova- 15.733
Mustafina- 15.300
Nabieva- 15.133
Total: 46.166

USA
Bross- 14.933
Wieber- 14.8
Douglas- 15.150
Total: 44.883

USA Lead by 1.52

Balance beam.
USA
Wieber- 15.233
Raisman- 14.933
Bross- 15.2
Total: 45.366
Russia
Komova- 15.4
Mustafina- 15.033
Grishina- 15.033
Total:45.466

USA lead by: 1.052

Floor
Russia
Grishina-14.988
Mustafina-15.033
Afanaseva-15.133
Total 45.154
USA
Raisman- 15.0
Wieber- 15.0
Bross- 15.233
Total: 45.233

And the Winner is: USA who win by1.131
(if all my maths is correct)

Get Ready For The Best Uneven Bars Final Ever!

London 2012 Uneven bars final is gonna be awesome.

almost as good as 2008 with all that ‘Nastia should have won, He Kexin was SOO underage!’ shizzle.

But,

2012 is gonna be better. why?

I’ll tell you why.

We got theeeese girls!

Elizabeth Tweddle

This girls got spunk. and a crazy routine.

Blink and you’ll miss it!

after finishing in 4th in 2008’s bars final (fourth!) she wants her Olympic medal and here is where she’ll get it.

Go Beth! (And happy late birthday if your reading this!)

Aliya Mustafina 

She wants medals. Just look at her!

Her routine is faaaabulas and those connections? she’s been throwing tkachev into Pak Salto with ease!

and look at that face? that face says “i’m going to win”

(its kinda a scary face too)

Viktoria Komova

Dont let that cute little smile fool you. This little firecracker can swing!

The 2010 Youth Olympian and 2011 Uneven bar GOLD medalist is the front runner. Shes sixteen and will be peaking juuuust in time!

already has a move on the bars named after her on the CoP (say whaaaat?)

GOOO VIKA!

Gabrielle Douglas

look how high she is?

we don’t even need to see a picture of her face holding a medal to know shes good just look at the damn picture!

look at that release! a fifth place finished at worlds after alot of errors (kicked the bar…ooohh) Gabbys the best bar worker in the USA right now. (suck on that wieber!)

And finally, the best bar worker in the world right now:

Alexandra Raisman

just kidding.