Always silver, never the gold. (Well, not never. obvs)
When I googled images of Vika most of them were of her crying, which is quiet sad.
But here it is anyways, the sad, but beautiful montage. (click to enlarge)
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
Most deserved medal.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.