The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

U.S. Classic Podium Training

The videos are here! The videos are here!

First, we have a bit of Jordan Chiles on bars, showing toe full + Gienger piked (D+D, 0.1 CV) and a full-twisting double tuck dismount (D). That was all part of her old routine as well.

Here is Sunisa Lee on bars. We see an attempt at the Nabieva + Pak + Maloney + Gienger combination (G + D + D + D, 0.5 CV) with a break to add a toe-on in between.

Intended routine:
Nabieva (G) + Pak (D) + Maloney (D) + Gienger piked (D) = 0.5 CV
Stalder 1/2 (C) + Jaeger piked (E)
Cast 1/2
Toe full (D) + Tuck full (D) = 0.1 CV

5.8 D score

Ashton Locklear has not yet added back her inbar elements. A bars spot will be in play until she does. Then it probably won’t.

Word from Lauren  is that McCusker had a bit of an American Cup of a podium training set, but here’s a bit of a couple hit elements on bars.

She confirms she won’t be competing AA here. “I know I’m definitely not ready for this competition.” 10 honesty points.

Really did just get back to training. So…why are you even competing here?

Ragan Smith is connecting her Ricna to Pak now for 0.2 more CV on bars. She also says she’s adding a Downie. So this just got interesting.

Hard to say what her D will be for that routine since we don’t know where the Downie is going in/what it’s replacing, but her earlier routine was 5.6, so if she’s adding this CV and the Downie, she’ll be in the very high 5s at least.

“I’ve adopted some of her habits like going to sleep early.”

She shoots out of a cannon on that toe Shap 1/2.

Smith on beam is still doing that layout that gets credit -3% of the time. (VERY few layouts get full E credit these days, and it’s a risky skill to include because of that.) The front tuck has also become a front pike for an extra tenth, and she has added a straddle 1/2 from side position, which is a D element when done from the side. GIRL BROUGHT SOME UPGRADES. This should get her into the 6s.

Smith and McCusker will not be doing the AA. It appears Hurd won’t do bars. This AA is OPEN to be won.

If O’Keefe were to connect this whole thing she’s looking at something close to 5.8.

Gabby Perea on bars:

Here she doesn’t connect the Pak to the Shap 1/2, which will be her intention at some point.

%d bloggers like this: