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Live from Worlds – Women’s Team Final

It’s team final day! Even though it doesn’t carry quite the same eeeeeeeeee as it did back in the days when the result was in doubt, it’s still the team final.

More or less, the teams advancing were those favored to do so—save for the revelation that Japan without Mai is weaker than we thought and the non-revelation that the Netherlands is phenomenal. Though the positions weren’t entirely predictable.

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Live From Worlds – Men’s Qualification Day 2

Be so proud of me that I didn’t miss any routines after a train delay (that wasn’t even because of a body on the tracks, so you know you’re not in America—just to set a morbid tone for the day).

News from the Japan, USA, Canada subdivision is that Wataru will not be competing all the events today.

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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.

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Live from Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 11

Steingruber session. Kovacs session. We don’t expect Olympic team qualification for these teams, although that would be amazing, so we’re mostly thinking about individual qualification for both of those two.

As well as being on Chuso Watch, which is going to come right down to the end if those two and Savranbasi/Yilmaz best her score during this subdivision. Which is kind of what I’m anticipating. Chuso is totally either going to end up as the last qualifier or the first one out. I mentioned before that we’re thinking it’s going to be 30 spots, but it will be 31 once Japan doesn’t need its host spot.

TEAMS: Hungary, Switzerland
INDIVIDUALS: Gloria Philassides (CYP), Victoria Gilberg (DEN), Victoria Kajoe (DEN), Emilie Winther (DEN), Chan Tsz Sum Elizabeth (HKG), Ng Yan Yin (HKG), Nazli Savranbasi (TUR), Goksu Uctas Sanli (TUR), Tutya Yilmaz (TUR)

Rotation 1

Barloggio – BB – switch mount – sissone to wolf jump – punch front, solid – bhs loso, leg-up check – back tuck, solid – switch, quite low back leg – bigger wobble on a punch front – layout/straddle gainer dismount, secure

Makra – tkatchev, hit – piked jaeger, just a bit of legs – bail, small leg separation – toe shoot – double pike, stuck. Nice

Sanli and Yilmaz hit fulls on vault.

11.733 for Philassides – Savranbasi with a solid handspring front pike 1/2 with a step. She’s my pick to get the spot for Turkey.

13.133 for Makra

Kovacs – UB – full on low bar right to handstand stalder shap 1/2 – toe 1/2 to piked jaeger, just a tad close – Downie to Pak, good – toe shap 1/2 – very short hs on high bar – double tuck, hop back

11.200 for Barloggio.

Siegenthaler – BB – nice candle mount – aerial, some soft knees, but secure – switch – bhs loso loso, pretty solid

14.200 for Kovacs. Damn

Schermann – UB -toe Shap to pak, clean – toe on to inbar to toe shoot – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger, very nice – double pike, holds the stick. Another nice one. Bars is definitely Hungary’s best event, but that was also a very strong group of three routines.

11.933 for Siengenthaler

Boczogo – UB – full to toe shap to pak to toe on 1/2 to toe shoot, less amplitude than her teammates, getting a little low, piked jaeger is nice though – short hs on 1/2 turn on high, gets way close on doubel pike and falls.

Steingruber – BB – aerial – punch front, solid – bhs loso, step back, check – front pike, very secure – switch to side somi – switch 1/2 – sissone to wolf jump – gainer pike full, step. For Steingruber, a very solid beam showing.

When there’s only beam going on, they’re picking such funereal music to play.

12.766 is a solid beam score for Steingruber.

41.299 for Hungary on bars. Competitive.

Kaeslin – BB – switch – bhs bhs loso, lovely toe point in the loso, very solid – onodi, right on – kochetkova, good – split ring leap a little two-part but secure – y spin, no trouble – aerial, small check – split to wolf – side aerial – round off back full, some piking, bounce back.

12.466 for Kaeslin feels low. 37.165 for Switzerland’s rotation.

Rotation 2

Barloggio – FX – just bouncing around log rolling to start her routine – double tuck, a little short

Boczogo – BB – aerial to bhs is good, but a large break on a leap sends her to the mat – finishes double pike, short with a step

Uctas Sanli is having to do bars and she’s like BYE – dismounts double pike with a step. 10.8000

12.066 for Barloggio.

Kaeslin – FX – double Y, I’d give it – double pike, solid, small slide – 2/1 bounce back and OOB – double L is borderline – 12.466

Hit bars for Yilmaz

Makra falls on beam. There it goes for Hungary.

11.966 on bars for Yilmaz

Steingruber – FX – split leap 1.5 – DLO 1/1, a jarring landing with a bounce back – DLO, small side – double tuck, bounce back – double pike, stuck, awesome, though the first pass is going to hurt the score –

Schermann has a wobble burger but get the first beam hit to Hungary.

Steingruber 13.400, no floor final.

Siegenthaler – Memmel turn, drops a little early and nearly went OOB on it – double back – switch ring, split ring – 1.5 to layout, has to tuck the layout quite abit to get it around – 2/1, step back, OOB –

Kovacs – BB – side aerial to jump combination, solid – split leap to aerial to straddle, well connected – bhs loso and falls – side somi – double tuck, lunge back

Steingruber inquiry.

Hit double front on bars from Savranbasi, step forward. 12.633

Everyone from Hungary got an 11 for the lowest beam score fo the competition.

Another inquiry accepted, Steingruber goes up to 13.500.

Rotation 3

Kaeslin – VT – good full, small hop in place

Uctas – BB – solid leaps – bhs loso, very secure, some back leg – has to grab the beam on a side jump – aerial, steps back to save it – side aerial, small lean – front full, stuck

Steingruber – VT1 – huge rudi, great flight, bounce/slide back, just a little bit of piking, nice –

11.933 for Uctas on beam

Kovacs – FX – popa, nice – DLO, good, just a little chest down – 2.5 to front tuck, well OOB – really rushed her way through a split leap full, well short – double tuck, chest down but stuck

Steingruber hits her DTY second vault, not as strong as in PT, but still a hit –

Siengenthaler does a Ylayout after Steingruber and everyone is like. Oh.

Steingruber in just 7th on vault now after the DTY

Schermann – FX – DLO punch front, very solid landing – 3/1, super deep knee landing but pulls it out – double tuck, good, this is a solid routine with potential – front tuck through to 2/1, bounce back

Boczogo – FX – DLO, just pikes it down at the end to get it, but nice overall – double Y spin – double front, shuffle forward, keeps it in bounds – split ring – just a layout full to split jump third pass – double pike, little shuffle. 12.866

Yilmaz – BB – bhs layout full attempt and falls, no chance – switch to split to back tuck with a check – split 1/2 from side, nice – full turn – split to side aerial, check – switch 1/2 and falls again – double pike, step


Savranbasi – BB – hits front tuck mount – switch to split, feet and a check – lone back tuck, solid – bhs loso, smoothly done – wolf double and it’s a little rough and stood up – split jump 1/2 from side, back foot – side aerial, nice – punch rudi, step back

Unless something crazy happens, Savranbasi should get the spot for Turkey, Steingruber should get the spot for Switzerland, and even though Kovacs is only a little ahead of Schermann, vault favors Kovacs.

Rotation 4

Barloggio – UB – piked jaeger, hit – Ray, low but hit – clear hip toe toe shoot on low – tkatchev – double pike, short with a hop. 12.866 is a strong score.

Bounce back on full from Boczogo.

Small hop back on full for Schermann

Siegenthaler – UB – clear hip to stalder – piked jaeger, close catch – pak is pretty – stalder shoot – jaeger, just a touch close on this one – giant full – DLO, hop forward

Hit DTY for Kovacs, which will confirm her Olympic spot.

Peter appears just for vault and hits a big DTY with a bounce back

Steingruber – UB – clear hip to van leeuwen – toe full to high gienger, close catch with legs apart – pak is way too close, can’t cast out of it, and then does at exactly horizontal – maloney – double front – step back

Peter goes for the rudi as her second vault, it’s quite deep and borderline brush with the mat on landing.

Hungary is done and in 15th place, which means Belgium makes the Olympics.

Big tkatchev fro Kaselin – clear hip – toe full to bail, legs, some piking in the toe full – stalder shoot – double pike, short with a shudder forward – small cat was stepped on in the crowd during her dismount apparently.

Savranbasi – FX – nice double arabian, small hop – front lay to front full, hop – double pike, two small shuffles back – switch – split leap full – wolf turn double was under, I’d say single – double tuck, shortish, small hop. She had a good day.

Switzerland moves ahead of Hungary by a tenth for 15th place.

Yilmaz – FX – double tuck with bounce back – front tuck through to 2/1 – pike jump full – wolf double, falls to her hand hilariously (Paseka style, which I’m specifically noting for easy control F when I need to make a gif later)


Uctas – FX – lovely double L turn – double pike, bounce back – 1.5 to front full, tucks the full and a lunge forward – double tuck, bounce back –

Live From Worlds – Women’s Subdivision 10

Brace thyself. It’s Russia time. What is this even going to be?

TEAMS: Russia, Argentina
INDIVIDUALS: Kaylee Cole (BOL), Dianne Soria (BOL), Alexa Grande (ESA), Paola Ruano (ESA), Gaya Giladi (ISR), Meitar Lavy (ISR), Lihi Raz (ISR), Cloe Godoy (PAN), Laura Rodriguez (PAN)

I’m so excited for this, either way it’s going to be a treat.

Rotation 1

Akahimova – BB – punchf ront mount, check – round off layout, very solid – switch – sqautty second turn on her wolf double in poop squat pose, but she got them around – side aerial, fine – side somi, solid – she goes for the double arabian and it’s quite good, step forward.

Lilia Akhaimova is a beam specialist you guys.

Shap to bail for Magistrai, just a little leg break, slightly sluggish on shoot to high – catches piked jaeger and tkatchev – giant full – DLO, small hop

12.900 for Akhaimova

Agafonova – BB – candle mount – switch ring, pretty position – side aerial to loso with a check – punch front, very solid – switch to split to back handspring – aerial, small lean – split ring, another check – overturns Y spin by a quarter – double tuck, step back. A “lots of little things” kind of routine. But hit. 13.033

Dominici has a nice piked jaeger – double tuck, little shuffle forward –

Melnikova – BB – bhs loso, fine, smallest lean working out of it – aerial to split to straddle, very strong – kochetkova, check – wolf turn double, nice – side somi, hit – split jump 1/2 from side, once again very solid – double pike, lunge back. 13.366


Shchekoldina – BB – candle mount, a little leanier than I’d like – side aerial – split to straddle – bhs bhs loso, right on – switch – side somi and grabs the beam – split jump 1/2 from side, short of split – split ring jump, check – double tuck, step back.

That will be the dropped score, but still a really good beam rotation for Russia, the #4 beam score of the competition.

Argentina went 38.866 on bars, which is a solid mark for them.

12.000 for Shchekoldina.

Lavy on floor will finish the rotation – double pike, hop back and OOB – popa, short of position – double tuck, short with a stagger –

Rotation 2

Agafonova – FX – so this should be interesting – nice Memmel turn, definitely around – double pike, two lunges back – switch, split ring – I really think should just have her do a 1 pass routine – double wolf, around – 2.5 to front tuck, step – drops heel a little on the double L – double tuck, bounce back. Well, it was a floor routine.


Kaylee Cole vaults a full. Bounce back. 9.775. I mean

Akhaimova – FX – DLO 1/1, bounce back – DLO, a little short, hop forward – double L turn – double Arabian, step – squeezes her way around on a double wolf turn – full-in, shuffle back – things on each pass but no major landing errors, should be a good one.

Dominici – BB – switch 1/2 – bhs loso series, solid – aerial, small check – switch side, a bit of an adjustment – doubel pike, step

Melnikova – FX – DLO 1/1, just a little short, hop – double L to double turn, definite credit – DLO, lunge back – switch ring 1/2 – front tuck through to 2/1, some legs, a little bounce – wolf triple, got it – Memmel, I’ll give it – double pike, hop – another good one for Russia.

Luna Fernandez falls on loso series –

14.100 for Melnikova, which puts her into 1st on floor. Wow.

Shchekoldina – FX – full-in with a bounce back – drops Memmel a little too early for me – double pike, nice and high, scoots back – split leap 1.5 – front tuck through to 2.5, lunge out – stands up out of her double wolf – double tuck, sits it down.

Shchekoldina’s like, “DON’T WORRY I FILL THE TRAGIC QUOTA.”

11.233 for Fernandez – now Magistrati – candle mount – bhs loso loso, knes and feet but solid – switch to straddle to swing down – wolf turn triple and just keeps going and going until she falls off the beam.

11.866 for Shchekoldina.

Russia’s 40.699 is the top floor score so far.

Rotation 3

Pisos – FX – double pike, short, lunge forward – split jump full – double tuck, small shuffle – switch to split leap full, solid leap elements – switch 1/2 – front full, lunge – 2/1, stuck

Agafonova continues doing an admirable job pretending she’s an all-arounder with a 13.400 on vault.

Melnikova VT – DTY, pretty large lunge back – otherwise her normal

14.433 for Melnikova

Akhaimova – VT – rudi – lands it, mushy legs, lunge back, but successful

Tucked jaeger from Lavy on bars – don’t see that anymore

14.733 for the rudi from Akhaimova. VT 2 – Tsuk 2/1, landes it a little deep but fine, lunge back, once again some form, easily will make the final.

Diane Soria fall on a piked jaeger.

Shchekoldina with a really nice DTY, small hop, good height, the best I’ve seen her do that vault. 14.500

Russia will still have to be good on bars to pass France, but they’re up in that territory.

Cole – UB – bail with leg break – toe on to toe shoot – giant full – double tuck, small hop. 10.500.

Dominici – FX – full in, large bounce back – double arabian – switch ring – split leap full – double tuck, very strong, nice position and control, one of the best double tucks I’ve seen in two days – double pike, short with a hop forward. 12.566

Rotation 4

Melnikova – UB – inbar full to Komova to pak to van leeuwen, really nice – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger, the usual close catch – toe full – FTDT, hop back

Agafonova – UB – toe shap to clear hip to high piked tkatchev to pak – van leeuwen – inbvar 1/2 to piked jaeger – orphan 1/2 turn full turn into FTDT, lunge back

Dominici does well with her DTY, bounce back, nice height –

Cole falls on her side aerial on beam

Spiridonova – UB – inbar full to Komova to pak to van leeuwen – pretty – inbar 1/2 to piked jaeger – orphan 1/2 turn – full to FTDT, stuck. Russia had quite the day. Used it up, obviously.

56.599 puts Melnikova into 2nd int he AA.

15.016 for Spiridonova on bars. Into 2nd place.

Akhaimova is getting a shot on bars – inbar to inbar full, but fake toe ons – Maloney to giant full to tkatchev – hit – bail, leg break, horizontal shoot to high – double front, lunge. She hits too.

Russia hits bars and goes into 2nd place in team, ahead of France.

13.366 for Akhaimova puts her in 8th in the AA and she’s going to make the AA final.

Solid piked full in from Grande on floor but she bounces OOB –

Magistrati will get an AA Olympic spot for Argentina, and Lihie Raz has also moved ahead of Chusovitina, so she’s down to 26th now. Maximum 10 more spots can be won. She needs to stay top 30. Down to the wire. I still think it looks OK. We assume someone from Switzerland, and someone from Hungary, but she then can only afford two more among Turkey, New Zealand, Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, and Singapore. Possible. Interesting. I don’t think Cyprus or Denmark will. So she could afford to be passed by two of Turkey, New Zealand, Finland, and Singapore.