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Monday Live Blog – January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16 Scores Watch
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [16] NC State @ Georgia LINK SEC+

This national holiday Monday recommences our annual tradition of remembering, appreciating, and learning from the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr by heading down to Georgia and watching some women get sparkly wedgies while irrationally rolling our eyes about whether they deserve 9.825s. Because citizenship.


Rotation 1:
Broussard – VT – good full, pretty much identical to her usual vault – hop back this time. 9.775.

Brooker – UB – toe, toe shap , bail – floppy legs on the bail will get her – short final cast handstand – step back on DLO, pretty good hollow shape on that DLO (not too hollow but straight enough). 9.750.

Reynolds – VT – her best vault in a WHILE – good open on her yfull and a stick, a little piked and not the biggest, but very strong. 9.900.

“A lot of times the first routine starts off the lineup.”

P Phillips – UB – starts with a step up to high – very late on slear hip – some major legs on gienger – sticks tuck full dismount with knee-chest. 9.750.

Dickson – VT – bigger hop back on her full – little bit of piking, good distance and direction.

Tamburro – UB – half turn to jaeger with Raisman knees – an arched handstand in here, but the bail was fine – DLO 1/1 dismount – pikes the second salto with a hop back. 9.750.

Johnson – VT – best dynamics of the rotation so far, but a large bounce back. 9.775.

Sobhan – UB – very late half turn to to a piked jaeger, high but raggedy – overcasts a handstand similar to Tamburro but can’t save it – doesn’t come off but as good as – knee down on DLO dismount.

Marino – VT – still with the full, also a bounce back but smaller than Johnson’s bounce. 9.800.

A Fillard – UB – short first hs – good finish and clean giant 1/1 – excellent legs on Gienger – short handstands are the real villain here – whippy DLO with a small hoppy hop.

Snead – VT – gorgeous 1.5 with a hop forward – good legs, just comes in a touch short and has to slide back. Still gets 9.950.

Knight – UB – giant 1/2 to bail, legs togther throughout – godo amplitude on tkatchev – step back on DLO – early handstands were short but later handstands actually improved – tape on ankles emphasizes foot form, but the best routine of the rotation. 9.875.

Lol at cutting away right as Beth Roberts is about to exhibition vault.

After 1: Georgia 49.225, NC State 48.875
Snead got Georgia a solid vault number there with her 1.5 because the rest of the lineup (save Reynolds) was too bouncy to get a huge score.

NC State has some scoring potential in this lineup. Fillard’s Gienger is a highlight. Knight scored the best because she had the best handstands of the group and didn’t suffer those moments of floppy legs that the earlier ones did. Really, it was the handstands that took the scores down to 9.750 most of the time. Hit one more handstand apiece and that’s a lineup of 9.8s.

Rotation 2:
Tamburro – VT – good full, medium step back – more piking and not the distance of the Georgia vaulters, but solid.

Sanders – UB – toe – blind to piked jaeger – bail – most of these handstands are borderline – stalder to doulbe tuck with a hop back – fine, improving, but things to take. 9.775.

C Fillard – VT – better height on her full than Tamburro, slightly larger “back and to the left” step from Fillard – same lack of distance. 9.675.

Reynodls – UB – hop grip change to jaeger is hit – very good shape on her pak – 1/2 turn to step up to high – DAMN – totally peeled off on giants before her dismount – flew sideways in the fetal position but landed knees-first on the mat and seems fine.

A Fillard – VT – they’re improving on dynamics as the lineup goes but also bigger hops backward, that was a bounce but she is rewarded for distance and amplitude with a  9.750.

Johnson – UB – clear hip – to Gienger, some more ragged shape on that one – small leg floppy on bail but probably not evident from judges angle – the DLO is the highlight of the routine – but this time landing deep with a lunge forward.

A Phillips – VT – very similar to the rest of the lineup – more piking than the second Fillard but just lunges back with one foot. 9.775.

Dickson – UB – good first hs – toe on – Ray with great amplitude – a short handstand in there – and nother toward the end – DLO – solid – 9.850.

P Phillips – VT – great dynamics and best laid out position, shoulder-sized hop back

Schick – UB – good hs – great amplitude and shape on piked jaeger floats out DLO with a hop back – very clean routine, as she can often do. 9.925.

Knight – VT – best legs of the team so far on vault – also hops back, though – they’re all giving away a tenth on these landings, but a little smaller bounces than we saw last time they vaulted in the Florida meet.

Snead – UB – good first hs as well – tkatchev isn’t the biggest but not a deduction – OOOh arches her bail on the low but saves it – very short hs back up to high – opens DLO but lands short with a lunge forward. She got rattled by that arched bail and got uncharacteristically sloppy after that. 9.775 still. How?

After 2: Georgia 98.350, NC State 97.625

Georgia avoids counting the mistake from Reynolds and is able to take a few 9.775s to stay over the 49 mark on bars.

Rotation 3:
Vega – BB – pause before loso series but smooth and solid – walkover is controlled as well – arm swing to save side somi, not major – switch to split jump, 180 – full turn – side aerial to full with some mush. 9.850.

Tamburro – FX – double tuck, open and controlled – double turn, which we don’t see a lot on floor in NCAA because it’s such a deduction trap – 1.5 to front 1/2 to straddle, not high but landed well – good control on double pike dismount as well, solid. 9.750.

Sanders – BB – so this is new. No Dickson. bhs loso series, smooth – cat leap to switch side, short of 180 there – tentative on full turn but no check – secure back tuck to straddle jump – standing front tuck, deep landing but not as deep as we saw in training videos – front layout full with a hop. 9.775.

Well. A new Georgia beamer came into the lineup and…hit?

A Phillips – FX – double Arabian, short with a two-step stumble backward but stays on her feet – short of position on split full – 1.5 to layout – rudi with some raggedy and a step back.

Snead – BB – bhs loso bhs series is good – a little checky on a back – front tuck with a bigger check – 2/1, some legs but sticks. 9.775.

C Fillard – FX – full in, good controlled step back on landing, legs apart but well landed – 1.5 to front pike – double tuck, a bit of an awkward step on that one but a small one.

Broussard – BB – bhs loso series, knees but secure – switch to straddle 1/4 is nice – side aerial to split, strong position on split – sticks gainer full with a lean to hold the stick. 9.900.

Grantham – FX – similar full in to the others, leg form with controlling the landing well, hers a little more bouncy – solid positions on split elements – 1.5 to layout is stuck – short on double pike and falls.

Babalis – BB – wobble on aerial and doesn’t redo – switch and split – full turn – kickover front and another break – improvises a back tuck to layout stepout series to get her acro connection, slow in connection but she got something in there – another large wobble – double tuck dismount with a hop in place. 9.575.

Knight – FX – attitude turn – such an open position on her double pike, does bounce back – high 1.5 to layout, a billion tiny hops to keep herself in bounds, like on the other pieces, she has the most amplitude on the team but is struggling to control it – very good double turn to wolf jump combo, precise – leg-crossed rudi to finish.

Schick – BB – loso series with a small check – lovely aerial to sissone – front walkover – breaks connection and just sort of walks around for a second awkwardly – instead does switch to split to wolf – good extension on side aerial – round-off gainer full, stuck. Still gets 9.925 in spite of a balance check and a weird-broken connection check-wander.

P Phillips – FX – double arabian, good control on the landing, very solid – hitting 180 – 1.5 to layout, some legs in the 1.5 – slides back on rudi – but good routine. 9.875.

After 3: Georgia 147.575, NC State 146.500

“This crowd has been large, it has been…” You know you wanted Kevin to add “in charge.”

Rotation 4:
C Fillard – BB – switch to tuck jump 3/4, tight in those dance elements – bhs loso series is secure – deep kickover front into beat jump – gainer full, a bit short with a hop forward. 9.725.

Reynolds – FX – front 2/1, good direction – one to layout, walk/dance/slides out of it but fine – some of her choreography is crawling across the floor like a dog – solid rudi to finish, pretty good leg form, especially compared to some of those NC State crossed-leg passes we just saw.

P Phillips – BB – quite a big wobble on loso series – leg up – kickover front is much more secure – JESUS CHRIST WITH THIS GIRL’S FOOT SWEATING – Cat got the note too – switch leap straddle 1/4 with another larger break – gainer gull with slide. Paris “foot sweat problems” Phillips apparently.

Roberts – FX – double pike is better, secure, still chest but solid landing – front lay to front full with a bounce/dance – splits are fine – solid double tuck, probably her best competition set. 9.825.

Tamburro – BB – lovely aerial carthwheel to two feet – very secure and well executed – and then the bhs loso series is nowhere close – fall – barely got one foot onto the beam – standing loso is good – round-off 1.5. In enjoyed her full twist in the air after falling on her loso and her salute afterward.

Babalis – FX – double tuck with a bounce to start – front layout to front full and dances out of it – “this is more of a hip hop” – round off double pike, large lunge backward and a slide.

A Fillard – BB – very short switch split, wonder if there’s a back leg issue given that tape – extended three series to loso, small check – kickover front with an arm wave to save a wobble – sticks a legs-apart gainer layout.

Vega – FX – chest down on full in but the best control she has shown on that landing so far – 1.5 to layout – hitting splits well – excellent double pike to finish, chest up and controlled – her best floor for Georgia.

Grantham – BB – kickover front with a check – bhs loso series with a major wobble, bend at the hips, barely stays on but does – switch leap with another check – side aerial is good – switch side – ro 1.5 with a large stumble back – stayed on but will be as good as a fall.

Snead – FX – full in, brought back, chest down like Vega, does have a hop on it – rudi to bhs loso – SHE TUMBLES ON THE FLOOR LIKE SHE’S ON THE BEAM – Double pike.

Knight – BB – walkover, solid – bhs loso series with a check – switch to straddle 1/4, bend at the hips – attitude turn – good stag leap – working tight and not showing off her full quality this time though – side aerial gainer full dismount, stick but a bend over.

Marino – FX – DLO, stumble on landing but controls it – her straddles have not been as strong so far this year as they were last year, when they were excellent – 1.5 to layout, great body shape – secure double tuck, great final two passes after the stumble on the DLO. Yeah, her floor music is Tequila.

Final: Georgia 196.875, NC State 194.800




Sunday Live Blog – January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15 Scores Watch
12:00 ET/9:00 PT – Brockport, Springfield, Ithaca @ Rhode Island
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Central Michigan @ Western Michigan ESPN3
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – [17] Northern Illinois @ Ball State LINK FREE
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Chester, Cortland @ Southern Connecticut SCSU
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [19] Penn State @ Nebraska LINK
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – [13] Cal @ [24] Iowa LINK UI TV
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [6] Missouri, SEMO @ Lindenwood LINK FLOG
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – [8] UCLA @ [2] Oklahoma LINK FSSW

Ah, the day has come. This is the second-straight year we get a UCLA/Oklahoma meet, and I hope this develops into an annual matchup because it’s becoming among the most anticipated and delightful meets in college gymnastics. You know it’s going to be a show: two teams whose ultimate goal is to out-“floor routines about refugees” and out-“solving world hunger through beam emoting” the other. Also winning, but that’s definitely item #2. (Mostly because we all know Oklahoma is going to win). Continue reading Sunday Live Blog – January 15, 2017

Saturday Live Blog – January 14, 2017

Saturday, January 14 Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – North Carolina, Cornell, Penn @ [10] George Washington LINK
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [11] Michigan, Washington, Kent State @ [22] Ohio State LINK CSL $
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – [18] Minnesota, Arizona, Alaska @ Maryland LINK BTN+
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – New Hampshire, Bridgeport @ Brown
5:00 ET/2:00 PT – Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, Illinois-Chicago @ [24] Illinois LINK FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Arizona State, TWU, Air Force @ [7] Denver LINK
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – That Ozone Thing (Illinois State, Temple, Centenary, UW-Eau Claire)

Follow along here for quick hits and commentary on Michigan, Washington, and Kent State’s visit to Ohio State. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – January 14, 2017

Friday Live Blog – January 13, 2017

Friday, January 13
Scores Watch
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – [21] West Virginia @ Pitt LINK ACCN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [15] Kentucky @ [3] Florida LINK SEC+
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Georgia @ [14] Auburn LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – UW-Whitewater @ UW-Stout LINK FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – UW-Oshkosh, Towson @ Iowa State LINK ISU TV
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Hamline @ UW-La Crosse FREE
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ Winona State FREE
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [6] Missouri @ [12] Arkansas LINK SEC+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Michigan State @ [24] Iowa LINK UI TV
8:30 ET/5:30 PT – [1] LSU @ [4] Alabama LINK SECN
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [5] Utah @ [23] BYU LINK FREE
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – [16] NC State, Bowling Green @ Utah State LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – Stanford, Boise State, Yale @ UC Davis LINK
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – [9] Oregon State @ Seattle Pacific LINK FREE
10:00 ET/7:00 PT – San Jose State @ [20] Sacramento State LINK

A big day! Well, you know, a relatively hearty day. A husky day. It’s LSU and Alabama. I mean, come on. The live-blogging plan is to begin with Georgia/Auburn and Kentucky/Florida, then on to LSU/Alabama and maybe a dash Missouri/Arkansas. Today, we also have some watch-worthy later teams including Utah and Oregon State, so the slate is packed. For you non-subscription viewers, your treat today is the free streams for both Utah and Oregon State.

Of course, Stanford and Boise State would be a watch-worthy later meet as well, if we could watch it. Still, that’s one of those meets where refreshing the live scores should be a sporting event unto itself. Lots of calories burned there. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – January 13, 2017

Sunday Live Blog – January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 8 Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – West Virginia @ Maryland LINK BTN+
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – UW-Eau Claire, Hamline @ Central Michigan FREE
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [5] Florida @ NC State ESPN3
2:00 ET/11:00 PT – [22] Iowa, Western Michigan, Lindenwood @ Northern Illinois LINK NIU TV

Just a brief slate of meets for today, but I do think there’s quite a bit of interest in how Florida is going to look starting off the season, particularly Hundley and Gowey.

Continue reading Sunday Live Blog – January 8, 2017

Saturday Live Blog – January 7, 2017

Saturday, January 7
Scores Watch
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – New Hampshire, Bridgeport, William & Mary @ Rutgers LINK
1:00 ET/10:00 PT – Southern Connecticut @ Towson LINK FREE
3:00 ET/12:00 PT – Gustavus Adolphus @ UW-Oshkosh
4:00 ET/1:00 PT – Bowling Green, BYU, Temple @ [23] Penn State LINK FREE
6:30 ET/3:30 PT – Ohio State @ Pitt LINK ACCN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [7] Michigan @ [6] Utah LINK P12
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [17] Arkansas @ [4] UCLA LINK P12
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [25] George Washington v. Yale (@ Boston, MA)
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – [14] Denver @ [16] Minnesota LINK BTN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – Winona State @ Air Force FREE

Today’s live blogging will be focused on the simultaneous Pac-12 meets hosted by Utah and UCLA (thanks, Pac-12 Network), but I’ll include some notes on action I’m seeing earlier in the day.

-Brianna Comport of Bridgeport started with a 9.850 on beam and a 9.825 on floor.

-Tyra McKellar of Towson has the biggest piked Jaeger you’ll see. Tons of other breaks in the routine, still somehow got 9.750 I think due to Jaeger respect because…that Jaeger. Continue reading Saturday Live Blog – January 7, 2017

Friday Live Blog – January 6, 2017

Friday, January 6 Scores Watch
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [9] Georgia @ [2] LSU LINK SECN
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – [21] Kentucky @ Eastern Michigan LINK ESPN3
7:00 ET/4:00 PT – Illinois-Chicago @ Michigan State LINK BTN+
7:30 ET/4:30 PT – Arizona State @ Iowa State LINK ISU TV
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [3] Alabama @ [1] Oklahoma LINK FSN
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [13] Oregon State @ [8] Auburn LINK SECN+
8:00 ET/5:00 PT – [24] Illinois, Ball State @ [19] Missouri LINK SECN+
9:00 ET/6:00 PT – Utah State, TWU @ [18] Arizona LINK P12

And so it begins. The live blogging plan is to start with Georgia/LSU for the first hour, then switch major focus to Alabama/Oklahoma while also continuing Georgia/LSU and keeping a quarter of an eye on interesting routines from Oregon State/Auburn. Illinois/Missouri actually should be worthwhile too, but priorities priorities. Continue reading Friday Live Blog – January 6, 2017

Event Finals Day 3 Live Blog

Today’s action features the event finals on Bicep Crash, Competitive Lowering Your Arms Slowing In The Corner, and Man Plummet, some of the most anticipated action of the whole Olympics.

And we’re all just going to pretend like this isn’t the last day of the Olympics so that we don’t have to deal with that emotionally. Agreed. Done.

Starting order
PBars – Leyva, Muntean, Deng, You, Belyavskiy, Verniaiev, Larduet, Kato
Floor – Murakami, Wang, Fasana, Tinkler, Biles, Steingruber, Raisman, Ferrari
HBar – Hambuechen, Zonderland, Wilson, Mikulak, Verniaiev, Barretto, Larduet, Leyva Continue reading Event Finals Day 3 Live Blog

Event Finals Day 2 Live Blog

Part 2! Out of 3 for some reason! Today, our responsibility is to stay awake through rings somehow (not apologizing) and then try to maintain a respectable amount of life skills during the fall terror of the beam final and the leg-explosion terror of the men’s vault final. Three really challenging tasks. We can earn medals with our performances today.

Starting order
Rings – You, Petrounias, Goossens, Abliazin, Liu, Pinheiro Rodrigues, Radivilov, Zanetti
Vault – Nagornyy, Radivilov, Shirai, Dragulescu, Ri, Gonzalez, Verniaiev, Abliazin
Beam – Fan, Onyshko, Biles, Wevers, Ponor, Hernandez, Boyer, Saraiva

Why exactly have we changed the event order to put the two men’s events back-to-back? That sounds fun for Radivilov. But does it make sense? It doesn’t? Great.

Rings final


We’ll get through it together.

“There was also a withdrawal.” That’s all you’re going to say about Van Gelder?

The difference with making Abliazin and Radivilov going back-to-back events versus a team competition is that they don’t get a touch for EF.

You – Opens with a strongily-boo – hangs out for a while at the mall – bicep rips open and a potato falls out – clangity-flop in a layout position – chest down lunge on layout double double. 15.400

Petrounias – deltoid transforms into watermelon – smashes a skyscraper while laughing at it – smiles while eating jar of nails – floats directly into the sky on the back of Zeus – sticks double double. 16.000

Goossens – not even level like a loser – opens with popped cranial artery – directly connects double back to red skin to purple skin for .3 CV – too Belgian for this – DLO 1/1 dismount. 14.933.

“Courtney, it’s not an event you compete on.” WHAT???

Jon just agreed with me that rings workers are muscly little potatoes.

Abliazin – Accidentally crushes his own head with his giant arms while waiting to begin his routine and has to withdraw because of not having a head. Real shame there as he could have medaled in this final. Finds new head to compete dismount, layout double double step. 15.700 into second.

Liu – pulls your face off with his fingers – tries to open a pickle jar and accidentally destroys the universe – spleen does come out through his lips, accidentally, which will be a deduction if the judges saw it. Lunge back. 15.600.

Pinheiro-Rodrigues – falls asleep in mid-air – uses the sun as a bed – decided mid-routine that he actually wants to pursue a career in the fine arts – retires from gymnastics in order to create more beauty in the world. DLO 1/1 step. 15.233.

Courtney’s like, “I’ve got nothing.” Courtney and I get each other.

Radivilov – flexes so hard he spontaneously sprouts a second neck tattoo, this one dedicated to Oleg – sheds a single tear for the environment – his back explodes into a series of roman candles – sticks double double. 15.466. In behind Liu.

Zanetti – sheds off potato costume to become a real boy – eats caribou skull – spontaneously fires bullet out of own shoulder – eyes pop out and shoot across the arena killing a spectator. Hop back on dismount. 15.766. Into second.

Gold: Petrounias
Silver: Zanetti
Bronze: Abliazin

Potato hugs! Mad potato respect!

Men’s vault final

Let’s just hope everyone stays a person.

Nagornyy 1 – Dragulescu, larger bound back, good chest position on landing 15.233.

Nagornyy 2 – Kas 2/1, very strong landing, small hop, also chest up. Two safe vaults!

15.316 average for Nagornyy.

Radivilov 1 – NO WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US PLEASE STOP – he actually almost did it – he basically Karmakared it – but did he land feet first? Do we think it’s a zero? To my eye, that was not feet-first.

14.933. Gets a score for it.

Tsuk double pike second vault with a large lunge back. LOL, almost fell on the Tsuk double pike. I love that it was almost worse than the triple front. Not really, but you know.

Kenzo – EXCELLENT 3.5 Yurchenko – so much better than we’ve seen in training – pretty much all the way around with a Shawn Johnson step – crossed legs, just a tad under but will get credit. 15.833.

Kenzo 2 – easy peasy Kas 1.5 with a step – 15.066 for that.

Kenzo still into first with 15.449 average.

Dragulescu – Dragulescu – step back, pretty big step, great execution, chest up, comfortable landing. 15.266.

Dragulescu 2 – ro half on 2.5. Very strong, small hop, but his average will be the same as Kenzo!


Kenzo remains in first over Dragulescu with tiebreak! Higher single vault score is the tiebreak.

Ri – Piked Dragulescu – excellent height, larger lunge back, completely loses piked form in the air into a straddle tucked, but successfully didn’t look like he was going to die. 15.616.

Ri 2 – Tsuk double back full and nearly stuck it – what a preposterous human – obviously into first. Steel-reinforced angles –

Gonzalez does a Tsuk double pike and everyone’s like, that’s cute.

Gonzalez 2 – Shewfelt with a lunge forward. Just OK. Won’t challenge for medals.

Verniaiev – NEARLY sticks Dragulescu – just the smallest quiver with one of his feet – very strong. 15.400.

Verniaiev 2 – Kas 2/1, large hop back. 15.233 for that one.

Oleg will be level with Nagornyy, and actually level by all the tiebreaks because they received identical execution for identical difficulty. So they’ll stay tied, though it won’t matter because they’re fourth.

Abliazin – Tsuk full in, large step forward, a little lower landing than Ri. 15.600. Too close to Ri?

Abliazin 2 – half on 2.5 – chest down landing and a few larger steps back. 15.516. Gets some Paseka E scoring on those vaults, but also vault scoring.

That means Abliazin is into 2nd behind Ri.

It’s Shirai in third, Dragulescu down to 4th on the tiebreak.

I’m sure there will be anger for that but LONG LIVE TIEBREAKS! The point of an event final is to separate the best gymnasts. Ties are not separating the best gymnasts.

Still a real shame for Dragulescu not to medal though. I think he has a very good argument that he should have been ahead of Kenzo outright.

And we still have to do beam!

Beam final

Oh dear. Dear dear dear. Here we go.

Flavia Saraiva is actually half the height of the other competitors.

Fan – Very un-Chinese leo. Trying to trick the judges into thinking she’s Dutch. Opening check on her layout series – clean walkover, otherwise calm and pretty – larger bend at the hips on that side somi – just a few too many checks here – 3/1 with a lunge back. 14.500. 6.3/8.2

Oh yes. Beam judging. I forgot that this thing is going to take forever.

Onyshko – layout series is good, small check but smaller than Fan – good side aerial – large pause before tuck full series and then a fall on it, no chance to save – check on switch ring – double back with step. 13.400.

Sea-Money – 2.5 wolf solid this time – good leap connections – barani YES, one of her best baranis, that was for me I think – very secure loso loso series – NOOOOOOOO, huge break on punch front, grasps the beam. No point to continue living – check on walkover – hop back on dismount.

It. Just. Got. Interesting.

LOL. Still into first for the moment with 14.733. Oh, Simone.

Wevers – round off bhs mount – closeup of her face during her double L because no one knows anything – two side aerials combo – a couple tiny checks – insane triple turn – single L to full turn to double spin – switch to bhs full –  gainer “layout” full with a hop.

Sanne doing her own D score is my favorite thing in the world. Stars they’re just like us.

“BUT WHAT’S A SPIN,” say the judges.

15.466 for Sanne! There is justice in the world!

Ponor. Oh Cata, what is this leo? Cirque de Dominatrix?

Ponor – two-part switch ring – onodi and breaks combo out of it with wobbles – front aerial to bhs layout – large break on switch 1/2 with leg up – bhs 1/1 – too many wobbles here, also struggled to get her leg to split on bhs 3/4 – double pike large bounce back. Just a 14.000 for Ponor. 5.8 D, 8.2 E.

Aimee is on “mood boost” duty overdrive.

Hernandez – front pike is solid – aerial to sissone to split – two loso series, whips her arms back to avoid a wobble – full turn is not her best skill – good sheep – high front tuck to wolf – side aerial – switch to a tight switch 1/2 with a small check – solid switch ring – double pike just small hop. Good one. Into second. 15.333.

Hernandez had the higher execution, but Wevers got her on difficulty.

Boyer – round of layout, so floaty and wonderful – switch to switch 1/2, switch half is not 180 with a check – some bent knees in the walkover and other skills – bend at the waist on aerial – small check on side somi – double pike with small step and NCAA salute.

US submitting inquiry for Laurie’s beam.  Are they hoping she’s getting a magical 6.6 to pass Wevers now?

14.600 for Boyer, into 4th.

Saraiva – two loso series, small slide back – large break on layout two feet – does well not to grasp the beam but a huge wobble, bend at the waist and steps – large pause before switch ring, very pretty – small check on sheep – hop back on tuck full – aerial to aerial to side somi – bend at the waist again – double pike. Too many errors in there.


Long wait on the score because obviously. Also apparently an inquiry for Boyer.

Let’s make sure this takes forever, please and thank you.

14.533 for Saraiva. Into 5th. Too many wobbles.

Tears or eye glitter? No one can ever tell.

Scores still not official because of the Boyer inquiry for bronze.

Is this a final now? I’m going to assume it’s a final.

Gold: Weversssssssss
Silver: Hernandez
Bronze: Biles

LOL at Simone grabbing the beam and still getting bronze. Simone things.

Note: Give Simone her 6.7 D from qualification and .5 back for grabbing the beam, and she’s still behind Wevers. Not saying Simone wouldn’t have won with a hit, but it wouldn’t have exactly been a foregone conclusion.

There’s only one more day left. Try not to think about it.

Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog

And we’re back. Rested. Calm. Ready to pretend that the Olympics aren’t going to be over in a few days. What? How dare you. Shut your filthy mouth.

Today’s life experience will feature men’s floor, followed by women’s vault, followed by pommel horse, followed by uneven bars. Be warned that the (original) schedule has a break after each event for the medal ceremony rather than bunching the way they do at worlds. So sit back and take your patience pills.

Starting order
Floor –  Uchimura, Hypolito, Whitlock, Thomas, Nory, Dalton, Shirai, Mikulak
Vault – Hong, Olsen, Chusovitina, Wang, Steingruber, Karmakar, Paseka, Biles
Horse – Tommasone, Belyavskiy, Naddour, Verniaiev, Smith, Merdinyan, Whitlock, Kuksenkov
Bars – Lopez, Douglas, Mustafina, Kocian, Scheder, Shang, Spiridonova, Seitz

In spite of Mikulak’s alarming #1 qualifying position on floor, the heavy favorite will be Dear Sweet Kenzo. As always on horse, the favorites are the Brits + whoever doesn’t fall into the lava.

On vault, Biles is only aided by the fact that she gets to go last (in spite of the length of time since warming up) while her biggest competition, Hong, must go first. Paseka is right back in the medal hunt after showing her full difficulty again, though her landings have been the least consistent of the three so far. The pressing question heading into the final will be upgrades. Will Chuso throw a hail-mary Prod, and will Hong finally decide to chuck a TTY out there? My instinct is no since she’s basically guaranteed a medal with her normal Amanar. We shall see. Continue reading Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog