The Balance Beam Situation

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Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 12

The last one!

There is suspense around the US performance in terms of which finals who will make, whether McCallum will upset Lee to make the AA final, and who makes which EF. Brazil is in for a fight against Spain to see which country grabs the last Olympic spot, Brazil needing to beat 159.021 to get in.

Chuso watch is as follows. Chuso currently sits 29th. We anticipate 30 spots available (not confirmed yet, can change if something weird happens in sub 12) and Chuso is trying to fend off New Zealand, Finland and Singapore. If just one of them passes her, she’s in. If two of them pass her, she’s technically in the alternate position but should get in once Japan’s reserved host spot is reallocated. And if all three pass her, she’s out.

TEAMS: USA, Brazil
INDIVIDUALS: Maija Leinonen (FIN), Nitta Nieminen (FIN), Rosana Ojala (FIN), Courtney McGregor (NZL), Isabella Brett (NZL), Maia Fishwick (NZL), Tan Sze En (SGP)

US introductions. It is v loud in here. Spencer no like.

Rotation 1

Nieminen – BB – switch mount, hit – switch to split, a little short – back tuck, check

McCallum – FX – double double is hit but chest pretty well forward – front lay to front 2/1, no connection out and a lunge forward – switch 1/2 – wolf triple was a little wobbly, which is uncharacteristic for her – full-in, very secure landing – split leap full, comfortable – double tuck, bounce back.

Fidelis bounce back on full

14.133 for Jade’s DTY

Good DTY for Flavia – minor bounce back and just a touch of chest position –

McGregor adds a piked jaeger to her NCAA set, catches close and struggles to cast out of it – finishes double tuck with a step forward –

Leinonen falls on a side aerial

Leticia Costa finishes for Brazil with a full on vault

They’re taking forever on McCallum’s score – up 13.766 and fifth on the event, feels a little high.

Lee – FX – double double, solid, small slide back, also a little forward but less than McCallum – DLO, pikes down just at the end, little slide – wolf triple and wolf double are very smooth – 15 to front full, little bounce – swtich ring split leap full, clearly around – double tuck, slide back. Good.

Great save on a loso series from Ojala on beam, but then she immediately falls on a side somi

Fall on bars from Fishwick. Good stuck double front, though.

14.200 for Sunisa. Highest floor of anybody so far. Like I said, scores feeling high here.

Carey – FX – Moors – bounce back and OOB – she’s going to have to be efficient now to stay ahead of Sunisa – double L turn – DLO 1/1, bounce back – switch full, around, short of split – double double, another step back and OOB, similar to camp with these OOBs – split leap 1.5 attempt, possible full credit – front tuck through to double tuck, bounce back.

Interesting. Lee really should be higher, but we’ll see if difficulty carries her past those two OOB bounces.

Comparing vault, Brazil leads Spain by nearly 1.3

14.200 for Carey – but she loses out to Lee on the E score tiebreak.

Biles – FX – triple double, bounce back and OOB – Biles, no connectio out of it, bounce forward – wolf 2.25, solid – front full through to full in, bounce back – switch to split leap 1.5, looked like she just pulled around that 1.5 at the last second – doubel double, her best pass, only small movement.

So it will be Biles and Lee to the floor final. The question left is whether the last spot goes to Moors or Saraiva.

14.833 for Simone.

43.233 for the US is the highest floor score by 2.5 points.

On to rotation 2, shall we?

Rotation 2

Leinonen – FX – double back, two hops back

McGregor – BB – hits punch front mount – front tuck to split to wolf, nice – bhs lay-pike, leg-up check – side aerial, small lean – y spin, small check – switch 1/2, not up to 180 but secure – solid 1.5 fismount, slide back. Some leans but stayed on

Lee – VT – hits her DTY – pretty good one for her 14.566

McCallum – VT – DTY, a little less control than her usual, but because she’s usually close to sticking, medium bounce back

11.466 for McGregor

Ojala trips a little on her double spin combination but stays up right –

Identical 14.566 for McCallum.

Thais catches a piked jaeger, a little low – tkatchev was high – 1/2 turn on high, short of vertical giant full, late – double pike, hop back

Carey – VT 1 – Cheng – solid Cheng, more laid out than we see from her sometimes, not totally laid out of course, slide back. 15.300

12.733 for Thais

Carey – VT 2 – hits her Amanar, big height and distance, lunge forward and crossed knees throughout. She missed the floor final, but she’ll make the vault final.

Tan has a break on a side somi with a check and a larger arm wave on a side jump – 2/1, crossed legs but only a bounce up in place.

Nitta Nieminen feeling toxic, bounce back on double pike and falls

Biles – VT 1 – Cheng, easy, super distance but a very large bounce back

Flavia – UB – hits her pak – arch on low bar but saves it – shap to tkatchev, very low – toe full – 1/2 – double front, step back. Flavia bars, but she stayed on.

Just 15.066 for Biles on the Cheng, a low number for her.

Biles – VT 2 – Amanar is brilliant in the air of course, but another lunge forward. You know she’s going to be pissed about today.

15.333, average 15.199. Jade qualifies in first, Simone in 2nd.

Oliveira – UB – hits her shap 1/2 – close catch on piked jaeger – double front, has to cowboy, but sticks it

US with the top team vault score over France by a point.

13.633 for Oliveira

Brazil drops 2.5 points compared to Spain on bars and now trails in the comparison.

Rotation 3

Chuso will be very happy about all the 11s were seeing for all the individuals in this session.

Fidelis – BB – bhs loso loso, secure, knees – switch to switch 1/2, good, small arm wave – aerial to split to back handspring, smoothly connected – side aerial with a leg-up check but good correction to cover – solid punch front – split to wolf – double pike, a bit short with a hop forward

Eaker – UB – Church to Pak, small arch on low bar – Van leeuwen – clear hip – clear hip 1/1 – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, nice – a little late on final cast hs – DLO, small hop. Good one.

14.000 for Eaker, good score for her.

12.833 for Fidelis on beam.

Are they holding the US routines for broadcast, because this is the only rotation over two days where they haven’t competed immediately.

Saraiva – BB – glorious layout series – bhs loso loso, right on, perfect – switch ring, sublime – aerial, small hesitation check – split ring jump, solid – side somi, lean – split ring leap, good – double pike, step back. A good one, waiting for a big number. No one switch rings like her on beam, and hopefully it is rewarded.

While that was happening, McCallum hit one of her good ones on bars, stuck landing. 14.641.

McGregor lands a bit short on her full in – 1.5 to front full, a large bounce OOB but pleased to see her hit that because she was struggling landing it in warmups –

13.400 for Flavia and 9th place is too low.

Biles – UB – weiler 1/2 to Maloney, some legs – to tkatchev well caught – toe full to piked tkatchev to pak – van leeuwen, another little leg break – double double, small hop. Good.

14.733 on bars. Important that our dude just yells Elisabeth Seitz periodically.

The E scores on bars are ridic, and by ridic I mean they’re all identical for wildly non-identical routines.

Lee – UB – nabiebva to pak to Maloney to bhardwaj – Van Leeuwen – great – gaint 1.5 to piked jaeger, nice – late cast 1/2 – FTDT, small hop in place. Excellent.

15.000 for Sunisa and third place.

Flavis’s beam score has been changed to 13.700, and now she’s in 4th. THAT’S RIGHT.

Rotation 4

McCallum hits her wolf turns very comfortably as always – split jump 1/2 from side position – side aerial to loso loso and falls, she got progressively off line through the series – aerial, solid – sissone to full turn – double pike, a little short, step forward.

Fidelis – FX – 1.5 through to double arabian, short and falls – full-in, also a bit short – double tuck is fine, bounce back – doubel pike, deep, bounce back

12.933 for McCallum. I love that it’s still 22nd place.

Lee – BB – just does pull around her wolf triple, got a little scary there for a moment – split to sissone, pretty – aerial – bhs bhs layout and falls – grabs the beam – US counting a fall on beam now – leap combination lovely – side aerial loso loso is pretty – switch ring, broken connection – split ring jump – double tuck, hop back

11.833 for Thais

None of the individual athletes here passed Chuso, so she’s going to be safe.

Saraiva – FX – DLO, a little short, step forward – switch full, great height – full in, nearly stuck, chest down – split leap 1.5, also excellent – 1.5 to front 1/2, slightly jarred landing – memmel turn for credit – switch ring, perfect – double pike, short kind of runs out of it because Flavia.

13.400 for Sunisa on beam, still in 10th with a fall. Like that’s the same score Flavia got originally. WHERE AM I?

Eaker – BB – switch mount, no connection into split ring – Y spin, overturns with an arm wave check – aerial to split ring jump to bhs – side aerial to loso loso is perfection – split leap to side somi, smoothly done – switch ring – baby crying – switch side, good – bhs bhs 2.5, small hop. So if Sunisa was 13.400 with a fall, Eaker has to be near 15, right? I mean not really, but…

13.833, Flavia knocks Brooklyn Moors out of the floor final, which wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t inquired.

Costa – FX – Dos Santos, pretty good, small hop forward – full in, small hop – split leap is quite short of 180 – double pike, bounce back – popa also short of split – double tuck, boucne

Are they not using Jade? Because if not, Brazil is not going to pass Spainwith that routine.

Eaker 13.866. OK?

Biles – BB – hits wolf – aerital to split to straddle – bhs loso loso, perfect – switch to 1/2 to back tuck, good – this is right on – split jump 1/2 from side, nailed – bhs bhs double double, small hop back. That was phenomenal.

So, the US is in first by 3.6. And SPAINNNNN is into the Olympics in the 12th position over Brazil.

That means Flavia gets a spot for the AA (she also advances to two event finals)

Inquiry for Eaker.

OK let’s start working through things.

AA Qualifiers:
1. Biles
2. Lee
3. MDJDS
4. Melnikova
5. Liu TT
6. Li SJ
7. Derwael
8. Black
9. Seitz
10. Saraiva
11. Akhaimova
12. Villa
13. Voss
14. Kinsella
15. Teramoto
16. Friess
17. Steingruber
18. Iorio
19. Godwin
20. Hatakeda
21. Visser
22. Moors
23. Varinska
24. Rodriguez

Team Final qualifiers:
1. USA
2. China
3. Russia
4. France
5. Canada
6. Netherlands
7. Great Britain
8. Italy

Event Final qualifiers:
Vault – Carey, Biles, Moreno, Downie, Yeo, Olsen, Akhaimova, Qi
Bars – Derwael, Spiridonova, Lee, Seitz, Downie, Liu, Biles, Melnikova
Beam – Biles, Li, Liu, Saraiva, MDJDS, Voss, Black, Padurariu
Floor – Biles, Lee, Melnikova, MDJDS, Akhaimova, Saraiva, Popa, Derwael

So, everyone in the event finals is qualified either as part of a team or through the all-around except for Yeo Seojeong, so there are 11 spots available in addition to the original 20 from the AA, so the AA qualifiers go down to 31 spots.

  1. Saraiva
  2. Steingruber
  3. Godwin
  4. Varinska
  5. Lee YS
  6. Kovacs
  7. Dominici
  8. Moreno
  9. Francis
  10. Kim Su Jong
  11. Holasova
  12. Vidiaux
  13. Holbura
  14. Haemmerle
  15. Alistratava
  16. Abdul Hadi
  17. Mohamed
  18. Savranbasi
  19. Mokosova
  20. Martins
  21. Derek
  22. Rooskrantz
  23. Adlerteg
  24. Janik
  25. Castro
  26. Raz
  27. Erichsen
  28. Orrego
  29. Chusovitina
  30. Ting HT
  31. Nekrasova

First alternate is Tan Sze En, who will get in when Japan’s host place is reallocated, then the alternate will be Megan Ryan.

Event final qualifiers:

Yeo Seojeong. There’s one.

Team qualfiers:

  1. USA
  2. Russia
  3. China
  4. France
  5. Canada
  6. Netherlands
  7. Great Britain
  8. Italy
  9. Germany
  10. Belgium
  11. Japan
  12. Spain

Eaker’s D score was lowered by 4 tenths after her inquiry, and she is out of the beam final.

DON’T INQUIRE JUST TO INQUIRE. SHE WAS ALREADY IN FINALS. THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THAT.

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