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Cottbus World Cup – Finals Live Blog Day 2

You can follow the overall Olympic qualification standings here, always linked at the top of the site. Today, we have finals on the remaining five events, beginning with beam and men’s vault.

First, the little boys are demonstrating back extension rolls while Carlos Yulo looks on going, “Same,” and then we’re conducting the competition for most German possible man. The winner is everyone.

Oh god, the world feed has our nemesis doing commentary. It was better yesterday when there was no sound. I’m torn between wanting to watch on mute and being afraid I’ll miss something insane that I need to know about forever. Oh. Jorge is still “Yorg.”

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Cottbus World Cup – Finals Live Blog

It’s not like a regular world cup. It’s a cool world cup.

That’s because sweet, sweet Olympic qualification points are sitting around, ready to be won in Cottbus. You can follow the points race and get (most of) your rules questions answered here, with the true bounty of points (30 to the winners) on offer starting today in the finals of the first five events.


So it looks like Nguyen is into the final despite finishing 10th in qualification. Tang and Nory must both have pulled out? Not sure yet what we do about that in the final awarding of ranking points. Presumably he’ll now get points for his finish in the final, and Tang and Nory will get the points for the top 2 non-final-qualifying spots?

Nguyen – FX – double double layout – hop – double front pike, small hop – front 2/1 to front 1/1, small shuffle – double double tuck, a little short with a lunge – 2/1, stuck – 2.5 to half, stuck – shourt on full in, large lunge forward. Not bad.

14.266 for Marcel. Continue reading Cottbus World Cup – Finals Live Blog

Worlds 2018 – Event Finals Day 2

It’s the last day!

It would be wistful, if I weren’t so tired.

Today’s action starts with the leg-explosion that is the man vault.

MAN VAULT: Cunningham, Shek, Nagornyy, Ri, Davtyan, Souza, Shirai, Dalaloyan

WOMAN BEAM: Biles, Black, Zhang, Derwael, Padurariu, Eaker, Wevers, Liu

MAN BAR (PARALLEL TYPE): Mikulak, Lin, Calvo, Belyavskiy, Verniaiev, Zou, Dauser, Dalaloyan

WOMAN FLOOR: De Jesus Dos Santos, Saraiva, Moors, Murakami, Melnikova, Biles, Hurd, Akhaimova

MAN BAR (HIGH TYPE): Tang, Zonderland, Mikulak, Xiao, Srbic, Deng, Uchimura, Dalaloyan

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Worlds 2018 – Event Finals Day 1

Aren’t you proud of how I used a dude header image even though both men and women are competing today? Me too.

We have the first five of our finals today, beginning with man floor.

MAN FLOOR: Moldauer, Shirai, Dolgopyat, Onder, Mikulak, Kaya, Nagornyy, Yulo, Dalaloyan

WOMAN VAULT: Pyon, Black, Biles, Moreno, Yeo, Liu, Olsen, Chusovitina

MAN HORSE: Kurbanov, Tommasone, Belyavskiy, Xiao, Mikulak, Lee, Nagornyy, Whitlock

WOMAN BAR: Downie, Hurd, Luo, Seitz, Derwael, Adlerteg, Biles, Mustafina

MAN RING: Petrounias, Radivilov, Tovmasyan, Davtyan, Simonov, Nagornyy, Lodadio, Zanetti

Opening fluff about how Simone has never won bars gold. Like a loser.

Mistake on the NBC graphic, Morgan Hurd is not in the vault final you guys.

Men’s floor

Moldauer – FX – front 2.5, small hop – double arabian 1/2 out, stuck, awesome – front 2/1 to front 1/1, stuck – flares – 2.5 to 1/2, stuck again – 2/1, nailed – 3/1, stuck. Well, that was pretty much exactly as well as he can do. Stickity stickity stick.

14.566. He’ll just have to wait and hope the D boys don’t pass him.

Kenzo – FX – triple double, casuall hop back – front tuck full to front 3/1 – continuing to nailed it, small hops – quad, step back – 3.5 to full, lean to hold it – 3/1, small hop. Good one. Got his difficulty and only small hops.

14.866 for Kenzo into first. But not uncatchable by any means. The Russians can get that score if they go clean.

Dolgopyat – FX – double tuck 1.5, small hop forward, front 1/1 to front 2.5, hop – double double tuck, nice control – 2.5 to front 2/1, pretty close to around – a little short on side pass with a hop, little hops on a lot – 3/1, lunge back. No major issues, but not too many sticks, so we’ll see where the E goes.

14.566 for him, but behind Moldauer on E.

Onder – FX – front double pike 1/2 out, short with a lunge – front full to double front 1/2 out, awesome pass but short and another step forward to save it (Tim says he went OOb but did he?) – showing a little more control as we go but those short landings and the OOB will get him – finishes with full in, short, lunge forward. That will not be up will the other scores.


Mikulak – FX – good first pass 2.5 to double front, hop – sticks the front full out of his second pass – air flares – back 1.5 to front full layout, stuck – 2/1, stuck – 3/1, suppppper short with a bound forward, which will take away the score.


Kaya – FX – double front 1/2 out, short with a bound – double fornt pike, hop – front 2/1 to front full, small hop – russians – 2/1, stuck, lovely – 2.5 to 1/2, stuck – 3/1, little hop. Got better int he second 1/2, but too many early landing errors.


Nagornyy – FX – triple back, excellent, small hop – front 2/1 to double front, stuck – double double, stuck – 2.5 to front full to 1/2, small adjustment – full in side pass, a little short with a hop – 3/1, suppppper short as well, two large lunges forward.

Wow. 14.500. No medal. That was amazing until the dismount.

Yulo – FX – double front pike 1/2 out, slide back – potentially under-rotated on his second pass, landed in between the twists but more than 3/4 around I would say, with a step – 3.5 to half, great – front full to front 2/1, stuck, great – 3/1, stuck….until not, step. This was excellent, but that under-rotated pass will be interesting

14.600. Into second place. That will be a medal for him! They gave him the second pass. It was close.

Dalaloyan – FX – front full to front 2.5, solid – front layout to front double pike, stuck – doubel double, small hop – 2.5 to front 2/1 – back 1.5 to front 1.5 – winning hearts with his stag – 3/1, a little short, small hop forward. Nice.

14.900. Into first!

Oh Tim, stop trying to predict…

1. Dalaloyan – 14.900
2. Kenzo – 14.866
3. Yulo – 14.600
4. Moldauer – 14.566
5. Dolgopyat – 14.566
6. Nagornyy – 14.500
7. Mikulak – 14.233
8. Kaya – 14.100
9. Onder – 13.833

Honestly, the best routine of the day was “Nagornyy minus the dismount”

A medal for Yulo!

To women’s vault!

Simone’s not doing the Biles, which she wasn’t planning to do, even before the AA final situation.

Very interested to see Pyon and what she throws out there.

Pyon – VT 1 – Splatmanar – very short, I don’t think I’ve seen her hit this vault, but she does go for it. 13.066

Pyon – VT 2 – rudi – gets it around, pretty short this time, forward chest with step forward – we’ve seen her do this one better – “not so pretty in the air” – 14.166

13.616 average

Black – VT 1 – front handspring 1/1 – oh deeep landing this time, too short to pull out her stick with a hop back. 14.000

Black – VT 2 – Tsuk 1.5, pretty good, small hop forward, just a little bit of knees. 14.233

14.166 average

Extended Laurent cam

Biles – VT 1 – Cheng, a little short this time, a lunge forward, even has to pike it down a little bit, very uncharacteristic for her. Still a casual 15.266. That’s high for me. A little expectation scoring versus reality scoring.

Biles – VT 2 – Fab-manar – huge, medium step forward, that’s a Rio Amanar for her. 15.466

15.366 average. That will be gold.

Moreno – VT 1 – rudi – pretty nice, chest up better than Pyon – hop back and to the side – only pikes down toward the end – 14.600

Moreno – VT 2 – Tsuk 2/1 – also pretty good, off to the side and steps out of the area, will get some deduction for lack of distance as well, but should score well and be in 2nd. 14.416

14.508 average. Nice! That will take some quality to beat.

Yeo – VT 1 – rudi – pretty excellent, best rudi of the bunch so far – she did take a lunge to the side and out of the area though – great layout position. 14.533

“She’s got it in her genes, and I don’t mean blue jeans.” NO. TIM. NO.

Yeo – VT 2 – ooooh, comes in really short on her DTY with a large lunge forward. 13.933

14.233 average. I really thought she would medal here. Opening for Chuso now.

Liu – VT 1 – Tsuk 2/1 “and that was funky!” sure was – the landing was pretty well controlled, if a little awkward stagger, usual leg form and outside the area. Lots to take in body position E. 14.100.

Liu – VT 2 – goes for a rudi as well – kind of a big stumble back with multiple lunges back – quite a bit of legs again. 14.200

14.150. Into 4th.

Olsen – VT 1- raggedy ann Cheng but she did get it around – lower, major legs, a short landing with a hop forward. Impressed she got it around because she did not get much block. I said Simone didn’t get much block (for Simone standards), but Olsen got less. 14.600

Olsen – VT 2 – DTY, strong, good height and direction, small hop back, one of the better vaults of the day. 14.433

14.516 and into 2nd.

*whispers* I thought Moreno was better

So will it be Moreno or Chuso for the final medal?

Chuso – VT 1 – oooo, she went for the rudi but that was well short with a lunge forward. Pretty good layout position, usual feet. 14.400

Chuso – VT 2 – she’s now going to have to pull something out for her second vault – Tsuk 1.5 – a little short, not bad, but short with a lunge back.

Sadly, that should not get in for a medal.

And it doesn’t. 14.300 average and 4th place.

Medal for Moreno!

Biles – 15.366
Olsen – 14.516
Moreno – 14.508
Chuso – 14.300
Yeo – 14.233
Liu – 14.150
Black – 14.116
Pyon – 13.616

Medal ceremony for men’s floor and another gold medal for Valentina. I mean Artur.

We’re going to need to talk about the shoulder women presenting these medals

This medal stand is HUGE and makes them look like little bugs who have to run a marathon to get into position.

Simone has now passed Caslavska for 3rd place on the all-time world/Olympic medal list


Kurbanov – PH – cupping addiction – try to make me go to rehab I said cup cup cup – really nice line in a near-Berki kind of way – super one pommel work, and then falls just before dismount. 13.400

Tommasone – PH – scissor up to precise handstands – really nice russians behind the pommels, great speed – had some good flares going and then bangs his leg on the pommel and has to come off. It was going so well. Gets back up and then immediately comes off again. 11.500

Belyavsky – PH – really struggles on a scissor up to handstand, hand down onto the horse, keeps it going but major error – super difficulty – but not his cleanest work even after the mistake, gets really dumpy in his swing at the end and then doesn’t do his full dismount

They’re going to take 7800 years to figure out this score.

11.833 for Belyavskiy. Just a 4.8 D. They’re like, “You did nothing bye.”

Xiao – PH – great flare work in travel – super speed – no hesitations at all – he’s like, this spiky pommel horse boths me not

15.166. That’s gigantic.

Mikulak – PH – no trouble on scissors or the handstand that got to him in TF – building strong speed – good legs together throughout – big hit.

14.333. Into 2nd. He’ll have to hold on through Nagornyy and Lee, as we assume Whitlock will go ahead. 5.8 D for Mikulak. He got 6.0 in qualification.

Lee – PH – everyone’s favorite because he spreads his legs like a proper pommel boy – grat toe point maintained throughout – spectacular

14.966 for Lee! But he’s behind Xiao.

Nagornyy – PH – I was too busy scolding Tim for saying that Whitlock was battling cleanup, which does not mean going last, but Nagornyy has fallen – he also struggled to het his dismount pirouettes around.


Whitlock time.

Whitlock – PH – did have a leg break on one pommel here, but little else significant to take, other than the little hip piking he always has throughout – “Mac Whitlock” – getting better as he goes in his rhythm – super strong dismount – one of his good ones –


A tie!

It goes to Xiao on execution, a more sensible tiebreak, but also…Max.

“I would have given it to Sam.” We know Tim. “I mean Max.” Oh. But did you actually?

OK it’s bars time.

Nastia is doing a Laurent commercial.

Downie – UB – arch on first hand – stalder full to piked tkatchev, good – toe tkatchev 1/2 to yezhova, awesome – stalder shap to attempt at hindorff and completely loses her legs, couldn’t do the clear hip for the hindorff in time and hops off. Reumes with toe shap to gienger – FTDT, stuck.

I am ended.

The Becky Ellie cry hug.


Hurd – UB – inbar Shap to stalder full to tkatchev, nice – Ricna to Pak, lovely – good hs on 1/2 turn on low – stalder shoot – inbar 1/2 – inbar full to FTDT, oh it was so excellent until the dismount was short with a lunge. Before the dismount, it was the best bars routine she had done here


Luo – UB – toe shap to pak, fab – toe Shap 1/2, only a small leg break – nice verticals on E pirouettes to a super far piked jaeger – DLO, short with a hop forward – good vertical positions, some more leg breaks than usual, and didn’t stick like she did when she got a 14.4 int he AA.

But it’s a 14.500 this time to go ahead of Hurd.

Seitz – UB – toe Shap to Ricna, great – piked jaeger, excellent – piked stalder Shap to Pak, just a touch close but works out – Shap 1/2 – full to FTDT, hop to the side. Nice. A couple handstands.

14.600 for Seitz. They’re all building by a little bit.

Derwael – UB – Nabs, great – Derawl to Yezhova to stalder Shap to Bhardwaj – toe Shap 1/2, great – toe full to FTDT, stuck. Perfect. Your winner.


“Shot through a blender for a second”


Adlerteg – UB – piked hindorff to Pak, some legs – Shap to bhardwaj, hit, some feet – Shap to clear hip 1/1 to tkatchev, and can’t cast out of it, has to rest against the bar – DLO, stuck.


If you’re keeping track, Simone needs to score 14.600 to guarantee a medal here.

Biles – UB – Weiler 1/2 to Shap to tkatchev, good speed – toe full late to piked tkatchev to pak, solid – Shap 1/2, hit – some cast handstands – double double, small hop forward. Not her strongest (some handstands, a late piro, didn’t stick) but should get up there.

14.700. So it will be a bars medal for Simone.

Mustafina – UB – stalder full to Shap to Pak to toe Shap 1/2, grat – stalder 1/2 to piked jaeger, strong – toe full to FTDT, stuck. Perfection. She doesn’t have the D to medal right now, but it was excellent.

14.433. Second best E to Nina. Probably should have been the best E. Had a good argument for bronze there.

Derwael – 15.200
Biles – 14.700
Seitz – 14.600
Luo – 14.500
Mustafina – 14.433
Hurd – 14.433
Downie – 13.333
Adlerteg – 13.166

A medal for Seitz!

And now…the event everyone wants to end with…..rings?

Petrounias – SR – has a dead shoulder and is still doing this somehow – you know how you do a planche lower to maltese with a dead shoulder? this is pretty much identical to when he’s healthy – super holds – double double, stuck. OK FINAL OVER.


Radivilov – SR – crushes deer skull between his pecs for 0.2 CV – iron cross directly connected to being diagnosed with only-bicep-ism, where he’ll have to live the rest of his life as a bicep – falls into a swamp on a handstand and then lands short on dismount with major lunge forward. Too many errors.


Tovmasyan – SR – rises up to plance – down to transformation into steel girder – drinks pint of blood of newt – a pretty large arch on a handstand, DLO 1/1, hop forward


Davtyan – SR – immediate uprise to planche, and then continues rising into sky – chest hair sprouts its own chest hair on maltese to make sure the judges credit DV – DLO 1/1, stuck – very good.


Simonov – SR – creative use of neck beard – head pops off like grape between his shoulders while just hanging there (Shayla-ing?), huge deduction – accidentally drives a hole into the center of the earth in a The Core situation – DLO 1/1 with large lunge


Nagornyy – SR – opens with a difficult triple-vein, three extra veins appear in his forehead that he never had before, well-executed, clean, no ruptures – oooooo left tricep eats the ring whole in the middle of the routine because it was so hungry – doubel double dismount, stuck. Excellent.

14.733. In third on the tiebreak now with Zanetti still to go. I think he should have been ahead of Tovmasyan.

Lodadio – SR – smooth rise up to planche – great cross – makes diamond under armpit – left arm jumps off his body to get its own tattoo in the middle of the routine, but gallops back up before the end – double double with hop –

14.900. Huge. Medal.

Zanetti – SR – pops out of fabrege egg to mount the rings – unfair because he has to hold his arms naturally in a cross position because he can’t put them down – a shark comes out of his trapexius during maltese, SUPER difficult – eats a femur, washes it down with a jar of nails – DLO 1/1 dismount is gorgeous and stuck. Definite silver at least.


Petrounias – 15.366
Zanetti – 15.100
Lodadio – 14.900
Tovmasyan – 14.766
Nagornyy – 14.733
Davtyan – 14.733
Simonov – 14.266
Radivilov – 14.133

Day 1 medalists
MAN FLOOR: Dalaloyan, Shirai, Yulo
WOMAN VAULT: Biles, Olsen, Moreno
MAN HORSE: Xiao, Whitlock, Lee
WOMAN BAR: Derwael, Biles, Seitz
MAN RINGS: Petrounias, Zanetti, Lodadio

Worlds 2018 – Men’s All-Around Final

First, for those who are having trouble with those stupid ads in Safari on iPhones, I’m aware of the problem. WordPress is being…less than immediately helpful about it? For now, try desktop, another device, another browser, or viewing directly from the twitter link in the twitter app.

Anyway, to the competition! Is Xiao starting a streak? Or is it the age of the No-Kohei free-for-all? We shall learn the answer.

Our lead rotation group features Xiao, Nagornyy, Mikulak, Dalaloyan, Sun, and Kenzo. Clean performances from the first three in qualification gave themselves quite a buffer over the rest, but the other three all had their mistakes that, if rectified, can put them right up among the top options. The same holds for James Hall or Kazuma Kaya. And what of Oleg down in the third group but still being Oleg? Continue reading Worlds 2018 – Men’s All-Around Final

Worlds 2018 – Women’s Team Final

Russia, China, and the race for silver. That’s what qualification told us today would be about, as Russia finished just .301 ahead of China. Those performances were very even.

But watch out for the parade of dark horses waiting around in the remaining spots if one of those two nations gets all…beam…on us. Canada had a phenomenal day to qualify in 4th, 1.3 behind China, and Brazil didn’t even have a phenomenal day (at least on beam) to qualify in 5th, 2.6 behind China.

Plus, our two best pre-event spoiler options, Japan and France, will be looking to improve on their qualification performances and get right in that mix. The order of finish for these contender looks exceptionally uncertain. They’re all so similar.

We’re in the “reading Simone’s tweets” portion of the broadcast. I note that Terry chose not to read the “I’ll be gucci girls” portion of Simone’s tweet. Shame. I really needed that.

We’ve added flamethrowers to the intros today. Because gymnastics. Apparently now.

More Simone Cheng timers in the warmup.

We’ve seen Akhaimova crash in the warmup, so that’s fun. Sarah Jantzi is about to jump out of her pants in the crowd.

Rotation 1

McCallum – VT – solid DTY, pretty much her usual, bounce back this time, though. Typically also gets deducted for distance.

Maggie Haney is going to get deducted for theatrical non-modest makeup I guess now.

14.533 for McCallum. A miss first up from Barbosa on beam for Brazil. Sigh

Chen – UB – stalder Shap to Pak, lovely – toe shap to gienger, hit, dead hang – E piro to piked jaeger, also a little close – ling 1/2 – FTDT, a little short with hop forward. Awesome beginning, a couple things cropped up toward the end, but good.

13.6 for Alexeeva for her Yfull.

Hatakeda – BB – front tuck, small hop – aerial to straddle to wolf – side aerial to side position, small lean – side somi, large break with a couple swims but pulled it back – switch to switch 1/2 – double pike, bounce back.

Hop back on DTY from Hurd, also doing her usual, but more controlled than sometimes. 14.633.

14.100 for Chen.

Melnikova – VT – DTY – OK, hop back, more leg crossing – no trouble

14.300 for Melnikova.

Biles – VT – She has posted the Cheng, which is what she does – bounce back, more uncontrolled than she has been on it, but obviously great – it’s her timer now, and it was a bit of a timer bounce-back landing.

15.5 for Biles.

Akhaimova – VT – rudi – she goes for it but puts her hand down. Near tears. China, you’re welcome. Hers was the solid one in qualification, but she also struggled int he warmup that day, as well as today.

13.233 for Akhaimova. Russia scores a point lower on vault than in qualification.

Brazil and France have both moved into the 13s for their second routines after falls from the first person.

Kim Bui, representing Explosion at the Bumblebee Factory, on FX – split jump 1/1, a little short of split – DLO, secure landing, legs apart – split 1.5, nice height to get it around – double tuck, bounce back – switch – switch 1/1 – does well to save her 2.5 to front tuck since she was pretty off line – double pike, small slide

14.466 for Luo on bars.

MDJDS – FX – DLO 1/1, juuussst keeps it in bounds – a little short with a bounce forward – full in, very good, small slide back – switch 1/1 – wolf double – front loso to double tuck, excellent – double pike, a little hop to the side. Strong.

13.6 for Saraiva and 13.433 for MDJDS, so they’re pulling it back together with their later routines, but DJDS can do a lot better.

Ana Padurariu falls on her pak. So I guess we’re not in qualification anymore…

Murakmi – BB – switch mount, good – front pike, small slide back – bhs loso – switch ring, secure – side aerial, solid – front tuck, excellent – double pike, small hop. Great job.

Big 13.766 for Murakami on beam. 12.866 for Padurariu on bars.

LTT – UB – stalder shap to Pak, lovely – Toe Shap to gienger, well done – ooooooof, she can’t get into her third E pirouette in a row, knee break, pause, empty swing, and less difficulty than she wanted. That’s going to end up being close to a fall.

Look back at Hurd’s DTY that we saw in the background earlier. Yep, hop back on DTY. Her usual.

13.400 for LTT. Outrage about how high her score is, but honestly it’s about a point lower than her capability, so she got hit for a fall-equivalent as expected.

Black – UB – toe shap to Hindorff, strong – piked hindorff, good – piked jaeger, hit – oooh crap, can’t cast out before her Pak, not close to handstand, major break. Surprising for Ellie. Sticks dismount.

13.566 for Ellie. Also fairly charitable for her empty swing, but also about .500 lower than we would expect, so not too weird.

After 1

USA – 44.666
China – 41.966
Russia – 41.133
Canada – 39.498
Japan – 39.165
Germany – 38.399
Brazil – 38.366
France – 38.065

So basically, everyone is having trouble except the US. The fall from Akhaimova the most significant development of the first rotation.

Devastating rotation for France.

Rotation 2

Olsen – BB – aerial, hit – bhs bhs loso, check – switch to switch 1/2, secure – onodi – illusion, hit – bhs bhs double pike, hop back, hit.

12.333 for Olsen.

Melnikova – UB – inbar full, a little late – inbar Shap to pak – Toe shap 1/2, small leg break – inbar 1/2, good – piked jaeger, a little legs there – orphan 1/2 turn – hesitation in toe full to FTDT, a typically little hesitation for her in the middle of that toe full, not a big deal

And Zhang Jin has fallen on beam for China. The rest of the medals go to nobody!

Barbosa – FX – whip to full in with bounce back – piked full in – straddle jump 1.5 – back 1.5 to front full, some legs throughout but the landings are secure – double pike, step back. Good.

Just a 12.500 for Zhang.

Valentina cam. She looks like a bundle of rainbows.

Hahaha just kidding, she’s furious.

14.166 for Melnikova.

Hurd – UB – inbar to stadler full to tkatchev – Ricna to pak, nailed – stalder shoot – inbar 1/2 – inabr full to FTDT, deep landing on dismount this time with a lunge forward. Still 14.433, which is basically the same as the first day.

Teramoto – FX – nice finish on the double L, will get it – two whips to 3/1, awesome – front 2/1, small hop – 3.5 turn, so she’llget the triple, high split leap full – 2.5, step forward, leg crossing – switch ring – split leap 1/1 – double pike, solid, lowish. Good routine.

Chen – BB – large break on her layout series, leg-up wobble – but hit – aerial to split to stag jump – side aerial, falls, oh CHINA. Switch to split ring jump – split ring leap – pretty good 3/1 dismount, high, hop back, all the way around.

McCusker with 14.500 for a hit on bars.

Huge 13.800 for Flavia on floor. Just 12.833 for Chen on beam.

Mustafina – UB – stalder full to toe Shap to pka to toe shap 1/2, awesome – stalder 1/2 to piked jaeger, nailed it – toe full to stuck FTDT – aggressively awesome routine

DJDS – VT – DTY – large bounce back but huge vault, big height.

Padurariu has fallen again on beam after also falling on bars. Oh Ana.

Biles – UB – weiler 1/2 to Shap to tkatchev, good – toe full to piked tkatchev to pak, also solid – one short handstand – Shap 1/2 – double double tuck, small hop. Not her absolute strongest with some tight cast handstands and the hop on dismount, but, you know, 14.866.

Murakami – FX – triple turn, falls out of it a little at the end – double double tuck, small slide back – DLO, strong, small hop – 2.5 to front full, also just small hop, most great form on these twisting skillsswitch ring – split 1.5 – double L turn – double pike, great. Another strong set.

13.766. Tim is pre-emptively outrages that this scored lower than Flavia even though he didn’t see Flavia’s routine.

Japan’s like, “Oh, everyone is falling? I see.”

13.766 for Tingting on beam rights things a little for China.

After 2

USA – 88.465
Russia – 83.799
China – 80.965
France – 79.931
Germany – 79.164
Japan – 79.097
Brazil – 78.499
Canada – 78.397

Russia taking those Chinese falls on beam. Expect Japan to move up after doing vault in the next rotation.

Rotation 3

People have been rewriting history a little about 2010. In 2010, Mattie Larson missed floor in qualification and was still put into the lineup in TF. Now, Martha bitched about it afterward and blamed it on the other coaches, but it still happened.

Luo – FX – double Y, close – double tuck, step back – triple turn – front tuck through to 2/1, stuck – switch ring 1/2, with the late 1/2 turn like they’re “supposed” to do – double pike, low but secure – split ring –

McCusker hits beam. 13.733.

We’re seeing a little bit of the downside of the alternating format with the extended bars prepping.

Hatakeda 14.033 for her vault. Small hop back on 1.5

Chapry – toe full to Shap to Pak, beautiful toe shap 1/2 – 1/2 turn to piked jaeger – flings out her DLO, short with a big hop – great on the bars themselves

13.500 hit for Alexeeva on beam.

14.433 for Saraiva.

Eaker – BB – switch to split ring, arm wave, not bad on the position from this angle – Y spin – aerial to split ring jump – side aerial loso loso is actually perfect – split leap to side somi, super smooth – switch ring, small adjustment before bhs – switch 1/2 to Korbut, won’t get all her CV there – switch to switch side with an arm wave – bhs bhs 2.5 with a hop.

Eaker goes 14.333 and only missed a tenth in CV, so basically equivalent to qualification.

China gets in the 13s with a 13.333 from Zhang on floor.

Oooof, looks like a fall from Teramoto on vault.

Mustafina – BB – bhs loso – acro series queen now – aerial, small check – split to wolf jump – double turn, great – switch ring – onodi, also solid – split ring – not a lot of connections here but great individual skills – side aerial – side somi – double tuck, two small steps back – she does go over time.

13.266 for Mustafina.

Biles – BB – wolf triple, super solid – sissone to wolf – barani, hit with arm wave, usual landing psoition – bhs loso loso – switch to switch 1/2 with a check – doesn’t connect to back pike – front pike, huge break and grabs the beam to steady herself – aerial to split – bhs bhs full in, hop back. Largest error for the US today. Simone is going to burn everyone.

Saved it to keep the US streak alive. They haven’t fallen in a team final since 2010.

Chen – FX – split jump 1/1 – 3/1, nice, just a small hop, all the way around, one of her better 3/1s – triple turn – 2.5 to front pike with a hop forward, keeps it in bounds – switch ring – double tuck, hop back. Good one, and they needed it.

13.733 for Simone.

Bossu – Ub – inbar full to stalder shap 1/2 – inbar – inbar 1/2 – to piked jaeger, slightly awkward catch – pak – toe Shap 1/2, great legs together – double front, stuck. Excellent.

Murakami – VT – DTY, hop back, great power, her normal

Simakova hit beam for 13.166

After 3

USA – 130.264
Russia – 123.731
Brazil – 122.165
France – 121.396
Germany – 121.396
Japan – 120.430
China – 120.064
Canada – 117.862

The first two spots look set unless there’s a disaster for Russia. But bronze is OPEN. Brazil could legit hold onto this. If they do bars like in qualification.

But Flavia is going to have to hit bars.

France is right there because they have Melanie and Marine. Japan needs a big bars score. China ends on vault, so even though it’s not a strength, the scores are bigger.

Rotation 4

Mustafina – FX – full-in, stuck – split jump 1/1 – 1.5 to front 1/1, usual knees, a little hop – triple turn – split leap – switch ring, nice – double tuck, stagger bounce back – double Y, falls out of it a little at the end but I think completed two rotations.

13.066 for Mustafina.

13.133 for Mai on bars. They needed more than that. As we watch Charpy just stand there. I cannot you guys.

Charpy – BB – nice loso mount – bhs loso, secure, feet – wolf triple, hit – wolf double, also secure – side aerial, also solid, it’s the feet on everything, but very secure – nice split jump side though – aeiral to split to bhs – double pike, didn’t get much on that dismount, short with a lunge forward

Hurd – FX – double double tuck, struggles this time with a bounce back OOB – DLO, more controlled, small hop – gets split 1.5 around but a little bouncy on landing – fornt layout to front 1/1 – Ferrari – split jump 1/1, also a little bouncy – double pike, suuuuuper short with a lunge. That one more reminiscent of selection camp

14.433 for Zhang on vault.

Voss – BB – nice bhs loso loso series – because this is the routine we need to be seeing right now in the bronze medal race – sure – side aerial – switch to switch 1/2 – aerial – full turn, check – side somi – 2.5 step forward, good hit

Canada is done with 161.644, a couple points lower than qualification.

Liu JR goes 14.366, so China finishes with 162.396, nearly 3 points lower than qualification.

Barbosa – UB – stalder shap to tkatchev – Ricna to Pak – Toe Shap to bail, oooof, has to correct on bail and recast, and then again, knees all over the place, multiple recasts on low bar – toe full – 1/2 turn – DLO, hop in place.

Oh Jade.

Huge 13.600 for Voss. Awesome.

Liu JR – VT – we see her DTT, large hop back with some crazy legs

13.100 for Akhaimova on floor. Russia doing just fine.

McCallum – FX – double double tucked, good – front lay to front 1/1, a little hop – wolf turn double – switch ring – switch 1/2 – 3/1, a little short and staggered with a hop – double tuck, step back, fine.

OOOH Melanie fell on beam. NO ONE FOR BRONZE.

12.833 for Teramoto on bars. Well, Japan didn’t need that.

Everyone is like, “Oh China, don’t worry about all those falls. Here’s your bronze.”

Saraiva – UB – looked like she clips her feet on piked tkatchev and how did she not even react to that – Shap to tkatchev, close – finishes double front, large bound forward

Melnikova – FX – excellent double L to double turn – DLO 1/1 twist, lands fully OOB with a pike down – secure landing on DLO and well done with that because she did not get great height on that one – double wolf – front tuck through to double tuck, a little deep, hop back – double Y, close – double pike, super short with a stagger forward.

Russia keeping things interesting.

12.966, still enough to pass China.

Boyer – BB – aerial to split to tuck jump 1/2 – ro to layout 2 feet, super secure – switch to switch 1/2, nice – L turn to full turn – side aerial, hit – split leap to side somi to split jump 1/2 from side – she’s on today – double pike, small hop. Great.

Sadly she would need a 15 for this one.

12.466 for Flavia.

Biles – FX – Moors, huge bounce back, both feet OOB – Biles to stag, fine, a little uncomfortable on landing – split leap 1.5 – front 1.5 through to full in, good – wolf double – split leap 1/1 – double double, great, small hop.

I’m sure Simone will tell us that she had the worst day ever. It wasn’t. And it doesn’t matter.

Andrade – UB – toe Shap to stalder full to tkatchev to Pak – great – annnnnd she overbalances a cast handstand and falls – Brazil totally fell apart

So um yeah. That’s it.

The medals will be the US, Russia, and China. So everything went exactly to plan, right?

Ah ha ha ha.

So many of the other teams will be kicking themselves because they could have caught both Russia and China with hit days. Canada had two falls and came less than a point from a medal.

Russia’s silver medal score here would have been 5th place in qualification.

USA – 171.629
Russia – 162.863
China – 162.396
Canada – 161.644
France – 161.294
Japan – 160.262
Brazil – 159.830
Germany – 159.428

The way today went, pretty much every team in the final will be thinking they could have medaled if only they had hit today.

And yet, USA, Russia, China. Same old, same old.

We saw TF get to everyone. Even the US was three points weaker than in qualification.