Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ode to: Gabby Jupp

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Even in the midst of all the great gymnastics going on at Euros, there was a blot in the festivities. The storm cloud, of course, was the injury of new Great Britain senior Gabrielle (Gabby) Jupp. After completing a steady beam routine, she went for her double pike dismount, landed, and fell clutching her leg. The news just came out, and Jupp has torn her ACL, an injury which will sideline her for at least six months. She'll have surgery in May. Realistically, she is now definitely out of Worlds, and probably won't be back to competition shape until next year.  When Mustafina tore her ACL at 2011 Euros, she wasn't really back to her peak until summer 2012, and even then still messing up beam.

But anyway, here's a look at the career of Gabby Jupp, and the amazing accomplishments she's made within such a short competitive career.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Random Routine: Anastasia Grishina Floor Exercise Euros 2013

credits to RGF, via
Whenever I'm browsing through routines on Youtube, I like to find interesting bits to hopefully feature on Random Routine. Of course, I'm not organized enough to have a notebook or something to jot down ideas and my thoughts, so I usually just bookmark the link and leave it for later. This leads to a mess in which I have to rewatch many videos to find the part that caught my eye in the first place. Then, like now, I end up with three random routine posts in a row. I promise I'll get back to other posts soon (I'm actually working on an ode to Grishina right now.) Consider this a sneak peek!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Random Routine: Ksenia Afanasyeva Floor Exercise Euros 2013 and Diana Bulimar Floor Exercise Euros 2013

love all these leotards so much
Look at me getting up two posts in two days! I wanted to interject my opinion on the floor exercise final without making a whole long recap post, so I'm just talking about two random routines today. For more, read on!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Random Routine: Anastasia Grishina 2013 European Championships Beam

credits unknown (but lord Iordache's leotard)
You know, before Euros came up, I was planning another 'ode to' post featuring Anastasia Grishina and other known headcases. (I have lofty plans for this blog. So many good ideas, and so little time to actually research and write them.) Well, she fell during qualifications, but her beam is steadily becoming more reliable. And oh so brilliant, with the onodi to illusion turn. Brilliant enough to be featured in this random routine post! To see, read on

Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 European Championships All Around Results Recap

credits Mikhail Metzel
Well, beginner's luck maybe, but my podium predictions HERE turned out to be exactly correct! For all the details, and my thoughts on what I've been able to catch through videos, click below!

(Also, the livestream link I posted turned out to be for European views only. Actually, it seems that that they didn't post that fact until the competition started? Unless I was so oblivious in my excitement I missed it...)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

2013 European Championship All Around Predictions

This photo has been used so many times I can't find the source, if it's yours, please let me know
 These are my first predictions for a major competition, so don't judge me if they're completely wrong, kay? For my podium predictions and more, read on!

2013 European Championships Gymnastics Predictions

This is going to be pretty slapdash, considering I waited until qualification results came out to start making predictions. I promise I wasn't just being lazy, I felt I'd have the best predictions if I saw who actually qualified, considering I'm not so familiar with most of the European field.

My predictions are split up with each apparatus, so this post will just have the link to each post as I get them up. Hopefully this post lets readers know that I'm going to get them up?

All Around Predictions

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Guide: For New Readers +Euros

I've been getting what looks like quite a few hits from new readers recently, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to write a quick guide for some features of my blog. (If that's you, hi! Thanks for reading this blog! ). To read it,  go to the link at my header titled 'For New Readers'

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What if: Alicia Sacramone Olympic Beam Medalist?

I know, it sounds completely crazy, but hear me out. Alicia had arguably one of the worst Olympic experiences ever, what with falling twice during team finals, and then getting robbed of a medal in the vault final, the only one she qualified for. However, did you know that she was less than .025 from qualifying? For more, read on

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Original Not Impressed

This post really has no connection to anything meaningful about gymnastics, but I was going through old archives researching for my last post, and I came upon an interesting picture. Who knew that McKayla Maroney wasn't even the first gymnast from the USA to be anything less than happy on the podium? To see who it was, click below

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Missed Medal: Jiang Yuyuan 2008 Olympics Floor Exercise Final

 credits unknown, but isn't she a cutie?
Of course, one of the most hotly contested gymnastics events during the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the uneven bars final, with that mess between He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Nastia Liukin, and Beth Tweddle. (for what it's worth, I'm of the opinion that Yang Yilin was the clear winner) A less debated topic is the floor final. I firmly believe that Jiang Yuyuan should have ended up with the bronze. For why, see below

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Guide: Watching Gymnastics on Youtube

Unfortunately, real life has come back to me, so I probably won't be getting posts up as often. While I'm working on some of my other posts, which require more research, I thought I'd put up a quick guide to watching routines on youtube. There's some basic terminology that's really easy to figure out, but having it out there can't be such a bad idea, right? To see more, keep reading!

EDIT: added more with advice from  !