A. The Ponor
Catalina Ponor competed at the Mexican Open last weekend and cried during her farewell Beyonce (all Olympic medalists are entitled to one farewell Beyonce), convincing me to start taking this slightly more seriously as a retirement. We’ll see how the rest of the quad goes. #PonorforLate2019.
She was here, you guys.
She lived. She loved. She did. She done. She blinded her enemies with those hip bones. She won five Olympic medals. She tricked you into thinking Romanian gymnastics wasn’t on the road to a garbage dump for a solid 10 years.
And she did the worm. You know, the retirement worm. Obviously my favorite part. The other best part is when she takes off her flappy and throws it at that photographer.
B. Just Simone things
Simone got everyone talking this week when she casually blooped that she already has all her skills back, being back to real training for not even a full month and all.
Are we surprised?
As long as she has the endurance, the skills aren’t even that hard for her. Which is sort of the whole point of Simone.
So, plenty of time to learn some new stuff, right? There’s a juicy new quad’s code to work with.
Today’s Project: How would you adjust Simone’s 2016 beam routine to best take advantage of the 2017 code?
For reference, here’s a side-by-side comparison of how the 2016 and 2017 codes would treat her 2016 beam routine.
|Wolf turn 2.5 – E
||Wolf turn 2.5 – D
|Barani – E
||Barani – F
|Bhs + layout stepout + layout stepout – B+C+C = 0.2 CV
||Bhs + layout stepout + layout stepout – B+C+C = 0.2 CV
|Punch front + sissone – D+A = 0.1 CV
||Punch front + sissone – D+A
|Switch split + switch 1/2 + back pike – C+D+C = 0.2 CV
||Switch split + switch 1/2 + back pike – C+D+C = 0.2 CV, 0.1 SB
|Aerial + wolf – D+A = 0.1 CV
||Aerial + wolf – D+A
|Bhs + bhs + full twisting double tuck – B+B+G = 0.1 CV
||Bhs + bhs + full twisting double tuck – B+B+G = 0.3 CV
|CR – 2.5
||CR – 2.0
|Acro – GEDDC – 2.3
||Acro – GFDDC – 2.4
|Dance – EDC – 1.2
||Dance – DDC – 1.1
|CV – 0.7
||CV – 0.8
|Total D – 6.7
||Total D – 6.3
Do you turn the wolf turn into a triple? Downgrade to a double? Or ditch it entirely?
How do you change the punch front and aerial combos to take advantage of CV and SB?
Punch front + one-arm back handspring + stag ring?
Side aerial + back handspring + Worley + straddle jump + Arabian? I’m only half kidding.
C. McKenna Kelley and Emily Schild
The NCAA preseason injuries are starting to pile up, as they always do. The most severe so far is McKenna Lou Kelley’s torn Achilles, which will keep her out for the entire 2018 season. The SHE’S MARY LOU’S DAUGHTER quotient is going to be so much lower this season. Not gone entirely (you know we’re going to see shots of her in a boot on the sidelines with Mary Lou doing some sort of pietà tableau—you KNOW it), just less. Continue reading Things Are Happening – December 1, 2017