Flippin’ Olympics European Championships Awards!

Euros were full of surprises. Surprise medals, surprise gymnasts and surprising leotards!

Here at Flippin’ Olympics we’ve decided to treat you to some awards from this wonderful competition!

First up,

Best Team Spirit Award.

This one has to go to Romania! they nearly had me in tears during the medal ceremony when they collected their well-fought-for gold medals. I was so cute to see the ‘Mothers’ of the team Sandra and Catalina celebrating with the young ‘uns!

And Larisa and Catalina’s chemistry during team finals where they both went 1-2 on beam and floor! Catalina even looked happy to be knocked out of first place by Larisa!

Runners up:

Great Britain had a hard time in team finals after being knocked into 4th place by rivals Italy, but the girls always looked happy on and off the podium! and were tweeting when ever they weren’t competing keeping everyone up-to-date!

The British Team bring home 3 Bronze medals. 2 from senior Hannah Whelan and 1 from junior Gabrielle Jupp

Best Leotard

This is a tough one. There has been a lot that I’ve liked, but Larisa’s yellow and black leotard from Event Finals really caught my eye! I know its a bit like marmite – you either love it or hate it – and I love it! I love the black zig-zags on the side, the bright eye catching yellow and the lack of sparkles! Its original and suits this lovely gymnasts personality!








Runner up

The Netherlands junior teams leotard for event finals was so cute! I loved the big bright colours.










Most deserved medal.

I was so happy to see Catalina Ponor win Balance beam! She gave a great set with only one noticeable mistake and unlike everyone else in the final: managed to stay on the apparatus.



Runner up

I’m going to say Izbasa’s gold on vault. She gave two cracking vaults to overcome the favorite Oksana Chusotiva.



Worst Leotard.

There will be no runner up to this leotard. There is also no words to describe this skin-colored fugly-ness. Please Greece, we know your whole country is having a rough time right now, but please don’t wear these again. PLEASE.





Biggest disappointment.

Great Britain finishing in 4th place.

They could have easily finished in 3rd and brought home a bronze medal, but 2 falls from the balance beam let Italy move up ahead of them. It would have been really exciting for the girls to bring home a team medal in their Olympic year, and this was the best chance they got. Oh well.

Best Gymnast Of Euros.

This ones easy. Who else could it go to? Larisa Iordache showed us she was a team player, strong AA and EF competitor.

she scored a 60.133 in qualification the highest AA score by a mile! Proving that London is well within her reach.


What a brilliant competition! 



Romania New European Champions!

The competition had falls from the gold and silver medallists but it was a battle that was fought right until the very end.
Romania hava a strong start on vault, with Catlina, Larisa & Izbasa all scoring over 15.
Russia count a fall from the balance beam from Anastasia Sidorova. A shaky performance from Viktoria Komova but a strong set from Grishina.
Great Britain all hit their bar routines.
In the 2nd rotation Aliya controls her floor routine well – no falls- but a big step to the side in her final pass.
The Romanians all hit their bar routines without major error.
Great Britain counts two falls from the balance beam from Hannah Whelan and Jenni Pinches.
In the 3rd rotation: the 3 Russians perform DTY. Alyia sticks it! and we see a big smile!
Larisa Iordache carries the first Romanian mistake. She falls from the beam.
Catlina Ponor gives a near flawless routine to keep Romania on top!
Oksana GER does her usual Rudi 1&1/2 low landing and a step back. Not her usual standard.
In the final rotation, Russia are on Bars and Romania on floor. Russia need more than 3 points to over take first place Romania. Possible for them.
Anastasia hits her routine, didn’t catch the score but I imagine its up there with her qualification (2nd place to bar final) Alyia is waiting now, let’s see how she handles it. Great routine and she sticks the dismount! That’s the best bars I’ve seen from her! An 15.833 (I’m nearly sure that’s the highest score, so far)
Komova is next on bars. Great routine, just a smaill hop on landing 15.766.
Diana Bulimar and Catlina Ponor both gave great performances on floor. Its all down to Larisa now.
Larisa-floor Great Double Double! Smaill step on landing. Whip to triple. Wow finished with a double tuck! I think that does it for Romania! She needs a 14.281 to win. She’s done more than enough!
Just waiting for the score.
Still waiting..
15.033! Romania are the new European champions! 176.288 to Russia’s 175.536!
Russia look disappointed, but Romania couldn’t be any happier!


Credit to The Gymnastics Examiner for the lovely images! see the rest here: www.examiner.com/slideshow/2012-euros-senior-women-s-team-finals

European Championships Qualifications: Recap

Europeans are proving to be just a dramatic as everyone expected.  I’m not in Brussels, but thanks to Twitter and Facebook me and every other gymfan has been kept well up-to-date!

Follow @theallaround & @doublefront for updates on twitter,

The Couch Gymnast is updating on Facebook www.facebook.com/brigid.c.mccarthy

www.examiner.com/gymnastics-in-national/blythe-lawrence is also giving some great quick hits!

Romania surprised many by qualifying in 1st place to finals nearly 5 points ahead of favorites Russia! And I think they won best leotards of qualifications!

Larisa Iordache qualified in 1st place to floor event finals with 15.133 followed by fellow Russian Catlina Ponor wih 14.800

Sandra Izbasa qualified in 2nd place to vault finals behind Chusovitina Oksana of Germany.

Larisa Iordache also qualified on 1st place to beam finals followed by Catlina Ponor and 8th place to bars.

If there was an all around Larisa would be the top qualifier with a 60.13 3rd plav2 (wow)

The Russian didn’t have the qualifying round they had hoped for. The returning ‘Queen’ of gymnastics, Alyia Mustafina made a major error on bars and and sat down her second tumbling pass on floor as she did not compete beam she failed to qualify for any finals which is a huge disapointment  for her and all of her fans.

Komova and Grishina went 1-2 in bar qualifications with a 15.508 and 15.333 respectivly

Komova and Grishina also qualified to beam finals in 3rd and 5th place.

Great Britain finished qualifications in 3rd place ahead of Italy and France. The British girls were delighted and proved that even without stars such as Beth Tweddle, Imogin Carins and Becky Downie they’re still just as strong!

15 year old Ruby Harrold debuted one of Britain’s only double twisting yerchenkos and qualified in 4th place to bars finals!

Hannah Whelan had an excellent day and qualified in 4th place to bars and floor finals and finished 3rd place in the All-Around scores!

Rebecca Tunney also qualified to floor finals in 6th place!

Greece had the most, um, ‘interesting’ leotards of the entire day. I’ve never been a fan of skin-coloured bits leotards, but this takes the biscuit.






Quite possibly the funniest picture to come out of Euros. no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, that is Danusia Francis holding Russian world champion Viktoria Komova as part of the Great Britain girls ‘take a picture holding a Russian’ game.