European Championships Preview

Gather ’round dear peasants! The 32nd European Gymnastics Championship, sponsored by Surgery, has arrived on our shores.

The story of this competition is how everyone you have ever heard of is broken into a thousand pieces and not competing (the latest official victims being Becky Downie, Anamaria Ocolisan, and Eythora Thorsdottir). On the fun side, that means chaos. Some unexpected nations/people are going to make finals, and significant portions of the traditional order of things have been thrown directly into the garbage.

Here’s your US-time schedule for the women (the men start next week):

Thursday, August 2
5:00am ET/2:00am PT – Women’s Senior Qualification Sub 1
(CZE, DEN, SLO, BUL, IRL, GEO, LTU, SWE, LUX, CYP, CRO)

8:15am ET/5:15am PT – Women’s Senior Qualification Sub 2
(UKR, SVK, TUR, ISL, POL, FIN, AUT, LAT)

11:00am ET/8:00am PT – Women’s Senior Qualification Sub 3
(NED, BEL, ESP, NOR, POR, AZE, GRE, ISR)

2:00pm ET/11:00am PT – Women’s Senior Qualification Sub 4
(RUS, FRA, GBR, GER, ITA, HUN, ROU, SUI)


Friday, August 3
5:00am ET/2:00am PT – Women’s Junior Team/AA Sub 1
(RUS, FRA, POL, AUT)

8:15am ET/5:15am PT – Women’s Junior Team/AA Sub 2
(GBR, GER, ITA, FIN, IRL, GRE, ISR, LAT)

10:45am ET/7:45am PT – Women’s Junior Team/AA Sub 3
(NED, ROU, ESP, SUI, HUN, DEN, BLR, AZE, SWE, SLO, CYP)

1:30pm ET/10:30am PT – Women’s Junior Team/AA Sub 4
(BEL, UKR, CZE, NOR, TUR, ISL, LUX, POR, LTU, BUL, SVK, ARM)


Saturday, August 4
8:00am ET/5:00am PT – Women’s Senior Team Final


Sunday, August 5
5:00am ET/2:00am PT – Women’s Junior Event Finals
9:30am ET/6:30am PT – Women’s Senior Event Finals


As for streaming, the finals on Saturday and Sunday are being carried by a number of outlets like Flo and Eurovisionsports, so you’ll be able to find something that works for you. While it didn’t initially appear that anyone was carrying qualification or juniors, the outlook is becoming increasingly encouraging that we’ll get something from Flo or FranceTVSport or UEG on facebook, which live streamed video of podium training today.

On to the event!

Team Medals

Despite Russia’s requisite team selection drama and the surprising omissions of Komova and Ilyankova, Russia‘s team of Melnikova, Simakova, Perebinosova, Akhaimova, and Alexeeva will nonetheless enter the competition as the favorite to win team gold with the highest scoring potential of the bunch.

If Simakova and Akhaimova are on, Russia should have the biggest vaults, and this team was selected to give Russia an edge over the other contenders on floor. This is absolutely not the most relaxing bars team Russia could have come up with, but everyone competing bars is capable of 14s. Beam is also an event.

But, watch out for France. France’s team of De Jesus Dos Santos, Boyer, Bossu, Charpy, and Devillard stands out for being an actual full-strength, first-choice squad among an entire continent of injuries. For that reason, France comes into the competition as the most likely silver medalist and the nation with the best shot at upsetting Russia, especially if Russia has some beam problems.

France is bringing two exceptional beam workers in Boyer and De Jesus Dos Santos and should have the three internationally competitive routines on each event required to make a hearty stand for medals. France’s best ever team showing at a European Championship is a bronze medal (achieved on two occasions), so this team will be hoping to make history.

Even with the injury problems, I’m not counting out Great Britain in the race for the medals. The absences of Ellie Downie, Amy Tinkler, and Claudia Fragapane certainly put a dent in GB’s scoring potential (fully healthy, Great Britain would probably be the gold medal favorites), and now we can officially add Becky Downie to that list, which means GB is really hanging on for dear life.

Taeja James will officially replace Downie on the team, but on the start lists, she is not listed as competing any events. Instead, Stanhope is going in for Downie on bars and Simm on beam. The other medal contenders will feel as though their chances have increased exponentially, and we have to worry about GB’s bars more than we did before.

Still, GB’s medal prospects will mostly come down to the well-documented, historic terror that is British beam at major competitions. Hit beam, and Britain can still medal here. Miss beam, and the prominent omission of the Welsh beamers Methuen and Bevan on this squad will loom large, especially because it currently looks like GB isn’t even using five team members.

Germany is in a similar pickle without Seitz, Scheder, and Alt, so while the team should put up a few phenomenal numbers (like Bui on bars and Schäfer on beam), when it comes to the fill-in routines from Leah Grießer and Emma Höfele, we don’t really know if we’re going to get competitive 13s or…just some 11s. I still like Germany as a team-medal spoiler, but we’ll learn a lot from qualification about how competitive those third-best routines on each event really are.

As the injuries from these other countries were coming in, the Netherlands began to emerge as an increasingly compelling medal contender. That status was sadly knocked down a peg or eight by the injury to perfect swan Eythora Thorsdottir, which may just put too much strain on a national team that is excellent, but not especially deep.

With a lineup of Wevers, Thorsdottir, and Van Gerner, the Netherlands looked like one of the strongest bars and beam teams in the entire field. Wevers and Van Gerner should still keep the scores quite high and will be event final contenders on both pieces, but it’s now worth wondering whether the UB/BB total will be high enough to make up for not having the big vault and floor scores. The performances of Volleman and Van Pol on the power events therefore become even more significant.

Team Final

The most exciting part of the entire competition may be the knock-down, drag-out race to make the top 8 in qualification and advance to the team final. Beyond maybe the top two favorites, we have some serious team parity going on right now.

I do expect all five teams mentioned above to advance to the team final, but it’s not a guarantee. No scores are dropped in qualification (it’s 3-up, 3-count just like the final), so there’s no buffer against a meltdown. Go up and miss three straight beam routines in qualification, and it doesn’t matter who you are, there will be many nations waiting to pounce on that.

The next teams waiting in line are Italy and Belgium. As is the common story, these two nations at full-strength would be much more compelling contenders for medals, but Italy has had to dig far down into its pool of depth to come up with a team of five seniors this year, and Belgium is bringing just four athletes because of injuries.

Both should still be expected to make the team final. Italy is one of the deeper European countries, so while having to use routines from Linari and Cereghetti doesn’t make for ideal scoring potential, they are still bodies who exist in space and can put up reasonable 12s to complement the (hopefully) 13s from Grisetti and Basile, and the DTY from Busato.

Belgium may be competing with only four but two of those four are Nina Derwael and Axelle Klinckaert, which means a lot. Those two should carry the scores, so even though not having Rune Hermans probably keeps Belgium from sugar-plum dreams of beating Germany, the routines are still there to make the top 8 as long as they get some hits out of Brassart on events she wasn’t necessarily expecting to compete.

There were a few too many 10s on beam at the Belgian Championships, but as long as a repeat of that scenario is avoided, things should be OK.

That’s 7 reasonable-seeming favorites for the 8 spots, but the fight for that last spot (or last couple spots if we have a meltdown) is going to be goooood with a bunch of teams in contention, including Romania, Spain, Hungary, and even Ukraine.

Romania has never failed to make the team final at a European Championship. Ever. That streak is in jeopardy this year but not a lost cause quite yet. Of course, the great terror is bars, where Romania will be hoping for a rotation of 12.4s. That’s not a great number by any means, but it would keep the squad close enough to contention.

Anamaria Ocolisan is out following podium training, and Laura Iacob will replace her on the three events she was supposed to compete. It’s a huge blow to the scoring potential on vault and floor, where Romania is going to lose about a point and a half compared to the team it traveled with.

Terrible news for Romania, good news for…

Unlike basically every single one of these other countries, Spain has been adding to its roster these last few months instead of crossing people off, with the returns of Ana Perez and Helena Bonilla making Spain look much more competitive than it did even this spring. Cintia Rodriguez doesn’t have to do all the work. I do worry about Spain not having big enough vaults to keep pace, but if Perez can deliver a floor number to get the team out of the 12s and she and Raya deliver high bars scores, Spain is a very appealing prospect.

Hungary managed a historic result in 2016 by making the team final, and while a repeat looked possible for a while, the injury to Zsofia Kovacs may be just too much to overcome. Still, veteran Dorina Böczögö has returned to her scoring-leader ways in 2018, new seniors Sara Peter and Nora Feher deliver depth Hungary hasn’t always enjoyed, and Noemi Makra is a viable replacement for Kovacs on bars. It will have to go perfectly, but it’s not unrealistic to think Hungary can still put up a competitive team total without Kovacs.

Let’s talk about Ukraine. As you’ll see below, Ukraine’s misleading domestic scores tell a hilarious story about the team’s competitiveness. No, Ukraine is not going to medal as a team at the European Championship (Diana Varinska actually could get an individual medal, which would be a big enough deal). Still, a secure day from Varinska and some high 12s from the supporting characters en route to a competitive score in qualification is not a preposterous idea. It could happen, which means Ukraine is among the vaguely legitimate contenders to make the team final.

Scoring

For comparison purposes, these are the current European national team rankings, using the same principles as the monthly rankings but including only the athletes entered in this competition and using only athletes slated to compete that event on the start list.

NOTE: The three bolded, counting scores are the ones slated to compete on the start list. Not necessarily the highest three on the team.

1. RUSSIA – 170.430
Angelina Melnikova 14.633 14.666 14.033 14.500
Angelina Simakova 14.833 14.000 13.066 13.933
Irina Alexeeva 13.800 14.250 13.650 13.766
Lilia Akhaimova 14.400 12.866 12.100 13.900
Uliana Perebinosova 14.133 14.566 13.200 13.500
170.430 43.866 43.482 40.749 42.333
2. FRANCE – 169.533
M De Jesus Dos Santos 14.600 14.500 13.933 14.200
Lorette Charpy 13.800 13.900 14.000 13.550
Marine Boyer 14.000 13.100 14.050 13.650
Juliette Bossu 0.000 14.600 0.000 0.000
Coline Devillard 14.550 11.850 12.200 12.650
169.533 43.150 43.000 41.983 41.400
3. UKRAINE – 167.916
Diana Varinska 13.933 14.650 14.750 14.033
Angelina Radivilova 13.600 0.000 14.467 14.400
Yana Fedorova 13.600 13.033 13.575 13.000
Valeria Osipova 14.025 13.800 13.667 13.650
Alona Titarenko 13.525 12.533 13.567 12.400
167.916 41.558 41.483 42.884 42.083
**As an experiment, I excluded Ukraine’s scores from crazy national championships to see where the total would be then. I had to go back farther than six month because otherwise there aren’t enough scores, but the team total is around the 158s if the craziest numbers are excluded.
**I had to go back farther than six months to get a bars score for Osipova because she hasn’t competed bars in centuries but is on the start list to do so.
4. NETHERLANDS – 162.416
Celine van Gerner 12.700 13.550 13.700 12.933
Sanne Wevers 0.000 13.600 14.750 0.000
Tisha Volleman 14.166 12.800 13.100 13.267
Naomi Visser 13.750 14.000 12.600 12.800
Vera van Pol 14.067 13.366 12.367 12.900
162.416 41.983 40.516 40.817 39.100
5. GERMANY – 161.950
Kim Bui 13.850 14.500 12.750 12.800
Emma Höfele 14.050 11.550 12.300 12.866
Pauline Schäfer 13.650 13.100 14.000 13.100
Sarah Voss 14.500 13.333 13.800 12.500
Leah Grießer 12.500 13.350 13.150 12.800
161.950 42.400 40.950 40.100 38.700
6. GREAT BRITAIN – 161.600
Taeja James 14.150 13.000 12.466 14.100
Kelly Simm 14.100 13.750 13.050 12.900
Lucy Stanhope 14.700 11.700 13.050 12.700
Georgia-Mae Fenton 13.550 14.600 13.150 12.500
Alice Kinsella 14.300 13.600 13.700 13.150
161.600 43.100 40.050 39.900 38.550
7. BELGIUM – 160.383
Axelle Klinckaert 13.950 13.200 12.500 13.333
Nina Derwael 13.650 15.350 13.500 13.000
Maellyse Brassart 14.100 13.000 12.300 12.450
Senna Deriks 13.850 13.050 11.350 11.900
160.383 41.700 41.600 38.300 38.783
8. POLAND – 159.666
Gabriela Janik 14.200 13.300 13.333 13.600
Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska 13.367 9.733 14.450 12.300
Marta Pihan-Kulesza 13.200 12.833 13.450 13.300
Wiktoria Lopuszanska 13.533 12.000 11.850 11.600
159.666 41.100 38.133 41.233 39.200
9. HUNGARY – 158.800
Noemi Makra 13.200 13.600 12.000 11.800
Sara Peter 13.750 12.000 13.000 12.750
Dorina Böczögö 13.200 13.000 13.200 13.300
Boglarka Devai 14.000 10.300 11.700 12.033
Nora Feher 12.850 13.750 13.600 12.650
158.800 40.950 40.350 38.800 38.700
10. SPAIN – 158.617
Ana Perez 13.600 13.567 13.300 12.767
Andrea Carmona 12.800 12.000 11.067 12.733
Paula Raya 13.200 13.350 11.550 12.000
Helena Bonilla 13.933 13.100 12.700 12.267
Cintia Rodriguez 13.133 12.900 13.600 12.767
158.617 40.733 40.017 39.600 38.267
11. ITALY – 158.600
Giada Grisetti 14.100 13.700 13.500 12.700
Francesca Linari 13.950 12.200 12.900 13.050
Martina Basile 14.000 12.867 13.150 12.750
Sofia Busato 14.550 0.000 0.000 0.000
Caterina Cereghetti 13.600 13.100 12.500 12.100
158.600 42.150 39.000 39.550 37.900
12. CZECH REPUBLIC – 157.900
Dominika Ponizilova 14.050 12.650 13.150 12.200
Sabina Halova 13.250 11.100 12.850 12.100
Kristyna Brabcova 13.100 0.000 13.100 12.950
Lucie Jirikova 13.500 12.500 12.600 12.800
Aneta Holasova 13.950 12.750 13.850 13.150
157.900 41.500 37.900 39.600 38.900
13. ROMANIA – 157.533
Denisa Golgota 14.600 12.600 13.250 13.500
Carmen Ghiciuc 13.450 12.600 13.350 12.800
Laura Iacob 13.400 12.450 13.050 12.300
Nica Ivanus 13.633 10.500 12.800 12.900
157.533 41.633 37.650 39.650 38.600
14. SLOVAKIA – 156.150
Barbora Mokosova 13.800 14.200 13.850 13.100
Karolina Takacova 12.500 12.650 12.800 11.300
Chiara Bunce 13.200 11.700 12.300 12.300
Ema Kuklovska 13.000 9.650 12.200 12.050
Radoslava Kalamarova 12.200 12.450 12.600 12.200
156.150 40.000 39.300 39.250 37.600
15. TURKEY – 153.616
Goksu Uctas Sanli 14.050 12.100 13.050 13.050
Demet Mutlu 13.600 12.550 11.900 12.566
Ilyada Sahin 13.300 12.700 11.400 12.000
Seher Atalay 13.050 10.600 9.367 11.133
Tutya Yilmaz 13.600 12.350 12.300 12.500
153.616 41.250 37.000 37.250 38.116
16. SWITZERLAND – 152.866
Ilaria Käslin 13.450 13.000 12.800 12.433
Anina Wildi 13.250 10.667 10.767 10.850
Stefanie Siegenthaler 12.650 11.950 12.650 11.867
Thea Brogli 0.000 11.350 10.450 12.350
Leonie Meier 13.600 12.433 12.350 12.600
152.866 40.300 37.383 37.800 37.383
17. AUSTRIA – 151.867
Jasmin Mader 13.550 13.100 11.900 12.500
Alissa Mörz 13.350 10.500 12.100 11.700
Marlies Männersdorfer 13.350 12.400 11.650 12.500
Bianca Frysak 12.700 12.550 12.100 11.767
Elisa Hämmerle 0.000 13.300 12.300 0.000
151.867 40.250 38.800 36.050 36.767
18. PORTUGAL – 151.850
Mariana Marianito 13.300 10.950 12.800 12.700
Mariana Pitrez 12.950 11.900 12.300 11.450
Leonor Silva 12.500 11.350 11.250 12.500
Beatriz Dias 13.400 11.300 12.350 12.400
Filipa Martins 13.150 13.600 12.700 12.250
151.850 39.650 36.800 37.800 37.600
19. FINLAND – 151.049
Enni Kettunen 13.250 12.533 11.800 12.400
Maija Leinonen 0.000 12.533 12.850 0.000
Sani Makela 13.900 12.050 13.000 12.200
Siiri Saukkonen 12.750 12.250 10.250 12.333
Helmi Murto 12.550 12.400 11.450 12.850
151.049 39.900 37.466 36.100 37.583
20. AZERBAIJAN -150.998
Marina Nekrasova 14.600 12.700 12.433 12.133
Maria Smirnova 13.200 12.400 11.200 12.300
Yulia Inshina 13.433 11.933 12.100 12.566
150.998 41.233 37.033 35.733 36.999
**Had to expand the field longer than six months to get a full team score
21. SLOVENIA – 150.632
Tjasa Kysselef 13.850 10.300 12.500 12.750
Lucija Hribar 13.600 12.750 12.350 12.033
Tela Belak 14.250 11.550 13.000 12.433
Adela Sajn 0.000 0.000 12.866 11.650
150.632 41.700 34.600 38.216 36.166
**Had to expand the field longer than six months to get a full team score
22. ICELAND – 150.581
Sigridur Bergthorsdottir 13.433 11.733 11.533 12.166
Agnes Suto-Tuuha 13.550 11.900 12.700 12.800
Lilja Olafsdottir 12.750 12.466 12.250 12.550
Margret Kristinsdottir 12.600 11.450 12.800 12.750
Thelma Adalsteinsdottir 12.350 12.300 13.300 12.766
150.581 39.333 35.933 37.633 37.682
23. NORWAY – 149.350
Julie Søderstrom 13.100 11.450 13.000 12.600
Julie Erichsen 12.300 11.500 12.150 11.550
Sara Davidsen 13.150 11.500 12.700 12.750
Edel Fosse 12.800 11.900 11.700 12.350
Thea Nygaard 12.900 12.600 11.350 13.000
149.350 38.350 36.000 37.050 37.950
24. DENMARK – 147.232
Mette Hulgaard 12.900 13.133 11.600 12.450
Linnea Wang 12.833 12.150 11.766 12.550
Emilie Winther 13.400 10.733 11.066 11.700
Victoria Kajø 12.633 10.400 12.100 12.500
Sofia Bjornholdt 12.600 8.700 10.950 11.966
147.232 38.900 36.016 34.816 37.500
25. GREECE – 140.749
Vasiliki Millousi 0.000 12.100 12.500 0.000
Evangelina Monokrousou 13.050 0.000 10.000 11.850
Evangelina Plyta 0.000 10.900 0.000 0.000
Ioanna Xoulogi 12.400 11.200 12.600 12.733
Argyro Afrati 13.466 7.500 0.000 11.650
140.749 38.916 30.500 35.100 36.233
26. LATVIA – 139.747
Anastasija Dubova 12.100 11.300 12.566 11.950
Elina Vihrova 12.350 12.700 12.300 12.900
Linda Tugarinova 12.766 10.300 11.933 11.550
Marija Ribalcenko 11.466 7.766 11.450 10.233
139.747 36.582 31.766 36.316 35.083
**Had to expand the field longer than six months to get a full team score

Event Finals

Vault
Without Steingruber and Paseka, the vaulting field is quite open this year. Like…really open. Come one, come all if you’ve got a second vault. Even if it’s bad. It doesn’t really matter right now.

The conversation should begin with defending champion Coline Devillard. She has the difficulty, but the crashed-sideways rudi we saw briefly in podium training isn’t exactly auspicious for her chances this year. So, we look to the Russians. All three of the Russian vaulters (Akhaimova, Simakova, and Melnikova) are electing to throw two vaults. Melnikova’s DTY/Lopez would be very competitive this year, Simakova can Yurchenko in addition to her rudi, and Akhaimova has a Tsuk full to go along with her first vault, which is going to be either a rudi or a handspring layout 1/2.

With a rudi, the second vault won’t need to be that difficult to be in medal contention. Expect a couple Russians to be right in the medal mix.

Boglarka Devai is the defending bronze medalist, going DTY/Lopez in last year’s final. If she’s on track with both of those vaults, she will challenge again, and Tisha Volleman finished not far behind Devai in last year’s final with the same program of vaults.

Others with solid DTYs will be in contention if they choose to perform a second vault (and they therefore should)—for instance the likes of Sofia Busato, Denisa Golgota, and Sarah Voss. Busato showed a 5.0 second vault to win the Italian vault title this year, and Golgota finished 4th at Jesolo with a Tsuk full as her second vault. Keep them in mind, as well as some of our beloved Challenge Cup vaulting queens like the Slovenians, Teja Belak and Tjasa Kysselef, who could very well make the final here, along with someone like Marina Nekrasova of Azerbaijan or Dominika Ponizilova of the Czech Republic or Gabriela Janik of Poland. In an open field like this, they could make the final.

Bars
Bars is the highlight event final at Europeans this year. As long as the right people make the 8. You have your missions.

The gold medal favorite will be Nina Derwael, who has been scoring 15.3s this year, has the difficulty edge on everyone else in the field, and has developed tremendous consistency over the last year or so. Still, it’s far from just a Derwael show. We know Georgia-Mae Fenton has the difficulty to win a medal on bars if she gets through the meet with two hit routines.

Also, Russians. Duh. Angelina Melnikova and Uliana Perebinosova are both very capable of medal-winning scores and going comfortably into the 14s for hit sets. I mean, it will be a miracle if Perebinosova hits two routines in a row, but this event is already so weird that there’s a 100% chance she will suddenly turn into a rock starting now. (Alexeeva can also get 14s, but she’s probably the third-best Russian on bars which means she would need a teammate to miss in order not to be per-countried out of the final.)

Speaking of people who can go well into the 14s, Kim Bui and Diana Varinska should also be in the top echelon of this conversation. That group would make for such a treat of a final, and it’s not even done yet because of Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos—as well as her teammate Juliette Bossu if she repeats what we saw at the French Championship. Both also realistic contenders.

Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden is another to root for, someone who can score extremely well if she hits. Unfortunately, she has chosen the deepest European event as her apparatus on which to be excellent. I wouldn’t count out the Dutch either, though they probably need help in the form of misses from some of the favorites to get into the final.

Beam
The fight for the beam gold will be another delight, as I look forward to seeing the current Olympic champion Sanne Wevers go against the current world champion Pauline Schäfer and another beam queen in Marine Boyer. If everyone hits, that’s probably my podium, but it’s beam, so of course everyone is not going to hit.

I quite like Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos as a contender here, and of course don’t count out Angelina Melnikova or AMERICAN MENTALITY for Russia, providing Russia gets through qualification without falling apart emotionally.

Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska has been able to rack up the big beam numbers in past competitions here and there and may be Poland’s big hope, and while Diana Varinska is mostly known for bars, she can pull out a real beam score as well.

Without Thorsdottir, the Netherlands is probably putting all its hopes on Wevers, but Celine Van Gerner is quite proficient at beam as well and could get into the 8.

And as for the British, their beam scoring potential is right in the…oh I do like to kid.

Floor
Like vault, floor is not the deepest event for the Europeans right now. The gold medal favorites are probably the defending champion Angelina Melnikova as well as Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos, the two who really bring the big and might be able to snatch a 14 at some point.

With its floor-focused team, Russia will hope to put a second person into the floor final (either Akhaimova or Simakova), and France may put a second person in as well depending on how Marine Boyer performs. Most importantly, it won’t be an acceptable floor final unless Axelle Klinckaert is in it, so that will be an issue to watch on the qualification day. It must be done.

Elsewhere, if you can get a 13 on floor, you’ve got a shot at making this final. Romania’s best chance for a medal likely comes here from Denisa Golgota, I’d put Tisha Volleman and maybe Pauline Schäfer in the mix, and while all of Great Britain’s serious floor medal hopes are missing this competition, I could see Alice Kinsella sneaking in depending on how things go.

There are a couple big players on floor right now and then a whole lot of 12.7s, and this final could go about 1500 different directions.

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11 thoughts on “European Championships Preview”

  1. And it’s official…Downie and Ocosilan are both out 😦 Interestingly, I think GB’s maximum score under this calculation actually goes up a few tenths because they gain more from putting in Taeja James in on floor over Stanhope than they lose from having Kinsella on bars with Downie out. That’s assuming a hit floor from James of course, which isn’t a given. I can’t remember who Romania’s alternate is but I’ll just assume this is bad for their chances.

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    1. Do we know if Taeja is there? I wasn’t sure if she traveled with the team there, but I guess if she didn’t at first it’s not far for her to go to join them! I sure hope they call her up. 🤞🤸🏾‍♀️🤞🤸🏾‍♀️

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      1. It sounded like she was not there from the British press release and was on her way, but as you say, at least she doesn’t have far to travel!

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  2. Volleman is sick and didn’t compete in podium training, which potentially means she is off VT and FX…NED needed her scores, in particular on VT if she had the DTY back.
    Whoever is replacing Thorsdottier is likely going to have to do AA for the team. I believe they had Sanna Veerman as the alternate.

    Also, you didn’t mention Poland as a contender to make team finals, and yet they are ranked 10th here ahead of Romania and Spain.
    If Poland hits they could very well sneak into finals.

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    1. Spencer listed Naomi Visser as a member of the Dutch team, so I’m assuming that’s who replace Eythora. Honestly, I don’t think I know who she is! 🧐

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  3. The GB lineup choices are…interesting. I’m assuming that since James is just arriving it’s too soon to throw her in for quals but they will maybe put her in for the finals on floor? Still, it’s a shame she loses a shot at a potential medal on floor.

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  4. I’m sure GB won’t be putting Stanhope on Bars or not using Taeja James on FX. There’s close to 4 points to add back in with those two swap outs. That puts them in contention for bronze. Obviously, hitting is going to be an issue for all of the teams.

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  5. I think you’re underestimating Ukraine a bit. I don’t see them medalling either, but they should be counting some 13s if not even a 14 or two aside from Varinska. Osipova is vaulting a 1.5 Yurchenko, Radivilova upgraded her floor routine to be quite competitive (possible EF) and can do a nice beam as well. I saw some videos from their last competition and while overscored, the routines are there and competitive. If they have a decent qualifications I think they should definitely make the team final. The juniors are also looking quite good as well, Bachynska could very well win the AA and I can’t wait for her to be a senior next year, with her I think they could make TF at worlds in 2019 or at least top 12 and qualify a full team to Tokyo which would be outstanding considering the mess they were last quad.

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