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Sloan Wins Worlds in Dramatic Finish
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IG Editor Dwight Normile is blogging from the 2009 World Gymnastics Championships at the O2 Arena in London.

Americans Bridget Sloan and Rebecca Bross grabbed gold and silver, respectively, in the women's all-around final before a near sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena. Bross fixed the problem on her beam dismount from prelims and built a huge lead going into floor, only to see it evaporate on her last skill of the night. She lost by .05, with Japan's Koko Tsurumi winning the bronze over Australia's Lauren Mitchell by .025.

Rotation 1

Lauren Mitchell (AUS) opened the meet for the top-seeded group with a double-twisting Yurchenko, slightly scissored ankles and a hop (14.40). Ana Porgras (ROM) was next with a clean full-twisting, with a step back (13.675). Rebecca Bross (USA) did a double-twisting Yurchenko, but better than she had in prelims (14.525, small step). Yekaterina Kurbatova (RUS) did that vault too with a lack of control on the landing, but high (14.625). Bridget Sloan (USA) threw a powerful double-twisting Yurchenko, with one step back (14.825). Deng Linlin's (CHN) double-twisting Yurchenko was short on the twist and rotation (14.225).

From other groups: Beckie Downie (GBR) got a huge cheer as she mounted floor podium. This is the biggest crowd all week, and it absolutely went wild when she stuck her double pike dismount. Yang Yilin (CHN) threw a marathon on bars but crashed her tucked full-in to her face. Ana Tamarjan (ROM) was clean on beam except for a hip bend after a turn and an over-rotated double pike dismount (14.125). Koko Tsurumi (JPN) nailed bars and stuck her double layout (15.05). Ksenia Semyonova (RUS) was looking good on bars until she ripped off on a Pak salto (13.25). So Yang and Semyonova, 3rd and 4th at the 2008 Olympics, are most likely out of it. First round leaders: 1. Tsurumi, 2. Sloan, 3. Kurbatova.

Rotation 2

Porgras hit her bars, although she had numerous separations of the feet on casts (14.675). Bross hit bars well and stuck her full-out. Releases and dismount well above the high bar (15.075). Kurbatova did an intricate set with lots of immediate combinations. Loose at times but it should score well (14.70). Sloan is next, and she had a good one-touch warm-up. She hit a great set and almost stuck her full-twisting double layout (14.80). Deng also dismounted with a full-twisting double layout but lunged forward, and her Pak was fairly low. Mitchell hit bars, taking a hop forward after her double front.

From other groups: Elsa Garcia (MEX) hit a clean floor and Yang stayed on the beam. Downie hit a double-twisting Yurchenko. Rebecca Wing (GBR) landed a clean Yurchenko-1.5 twist. Tamarjan began floor with piked and tucked full-ins and ended with a double pike. Solid routine (13.60). Tsurumi was precise on beam with one minor wobble (14.80). Semyonova bounced back with a strong beam set (14.225). Tsurumi still leads with 29.850, Sloan is second with 29.625, and Bross third with 29.60. Kurbatova is next with 29.325. followed by Dufournet and Porgras.

Rotation 3

Bross nailed her standing Arabian and continued to connect elements. With no wobbbles prior to her dismount, she landed her Arabian double front well, with just a step (15.30). Kurbatova fell on a layout early in her routine, and, after she finished, walked off with a shattered look on her face (12.85). Bross walked up the steps to the podium, and judging by body language, it's hard to tell who is more nervous: her or her coach, Marvin Sharp. Sloan hit her front somi this time, but wobble after the flip-flop layout and again a few of more times (14.00). She took a tiny step on her double pike, but the writing is on the wall. Bross is one solid floor routine away from becoming world champion. Deng was next and had to save a front pike by grabbing the beam, and later fell off on a relatively simple jump. The announcer, for some reason, continues to rattle off trivial facts about various gymnasts while others are competing. Odd. Mitchell had to save her first pass on beam but finished strong (great front aerial, standing front tuck, 15.100). Porgras showed off her flexibility to start beam, but later dropped off the side on a layout to two feet.

From other groups: Having just heard her name announced as the leader, Tsurumi was first up on floor. She stuck her second pass (2.5 twist, front layout) and was clean throughout. Her biggest error was one large step after he double pike (13.725). That won't keep her in the lead. Dufournet mounted with a piked full-in and followed with an Arabian double. Downie worked bars but fell on toe-on piked Tkatchev. The crowd, which is near the 23,000 capacity, let out a collective gasp but still cheered loudly after her dismount. Rankings: 1. Bross 44.900; 2. Sloan 43.625; 3. Tsurumi 43.575; 4. Mitchell 43.125.

Rotation 4

Sloan tumbling four strong passes, sticking her double pike dismount to put some pressure on Bross, who has looked unflappable up to this point (14.200). Mitchell went on floor before Tsurumi vaulted and opened with a double Arabian to double stag jump. Her piked full-in to follow stepped out of bounds. Would that cost her a medal? She had no further issues and could only wait and watch (14.025). Tsurumi vaulted a simple Yurchenko-full with a hop (13.600). The step cost Mitchell the bronze. Porgras entertained the crowd with an expressive floor routine with light dance and good carriage. Downie finished her night on beam, where she lost control on a full turn and fell. Then she fell again on a side somi. The pressure on her must be immense. Bross began with front layout to double front and was looking good until she completely crashed her dismount (2.5 twist to a barani). Is it enough? Bross paced and turned her back on the cameras that were following her on the sidelines. She could have dismounted with a simpler element, but the fall cost her the gold. Sloan, the new world champion, walked over to hug her teammate, and then over to embrace Sharp. Bross won silver, Tsurumi the bronze.

Note: Prior to the medal ceremony, Mexico's Elsa Garcia and Great Britain's Daniel Keatings were awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance.

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Sonjia said:

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WORST ALL-AROUND FINAL EVER!
That was the worst all-around final in history. What a disappointing finish. Sloan is so boring. Look at this event compared to the 1989 worlds 20 years ago. Is there any question women's artistic gymnastics is dead?
 
October 16, 2009
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jacqueline said:

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Wow
Meowwwwwwwww Sonjia. smilies/shocked.gif
 
October 16, 2009
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Ossiana said:

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That`s quite true. The one who showed some flair and artistry was Porgras. A big yawn for all the others.
 
October 16, 2009
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Jessica M said:

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I agree. I really like Porgras. She's a nice surprise. Tsurumi is nice too.

Congratulations to Sloan, but a very forgettable competition for us gymnastics fans.
 
October 16, 2009
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Gym said:

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Sloan did her job . Bross is the one who was overscored. She can't dance and her landings are short and a mess.

This meet should have been closer and Bridget won because BRIDGET did her job. She stayed on. The fact that Bross was second is the travesty. Just more over scoring for Woga gymnasts
 
October 16, 2009
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Annika said:

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booooooooooo
bad competition, bad gymnastics, bad results smilies/angry.gif
 
October 16, 2009
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yeah said:

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i also really like Pogras. however, she clearly needs some more experience before she can really shine . but Very promosing girl! im not even gonna comment on the winner.
 
October 16, 2009
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Paco Taco said:

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did her job?
I didn't realize gymnastics was a "job" to be done. No wonder Sloan looks so bored.

This is the post-Olympic throwaway worlds like 1993 and 2005 anyway. Nobody is ready. At least in 1997 and 2001 we had Khorkina to kick butt.
 
October 16, 2009
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Socal Gym said:

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world champion Bridget Sloan? yawn
 
October 16, 2009
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Haylie said:

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I am just curious who you people wanted to win?

Disappointing seeing Bross on the podium with a fall but Bridget did do her job. She stayed on.
 
October 16, 2009
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Sean Daly said:

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What's the story with Ana Maria Izurieta?
She had qualified to the allaround with much lower scores than her previous performances and didn't qualify to event finals.

Does anyone know if she's been injured, that her performance level was so much lower than Europeans?
 
October 16, 2009
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Sean Daly said:

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And I totally agree about the post-Olympic year all-around being lame--with this year's difference from 2001 being that there was no Khorkina...
 
October 16, 2009
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Nicki T. said:

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It's unbelievable how negative you guys are. Yeah, Bridget may not be the most artistic but she did everything she could and she won. How incredibly rude of some of you guys to tear down her win because the people you wanted to win didn't win. You don't have to like the results but at least have some respect.
 
October 16, 2009
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Smax said:

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Wow- kindness is a virtue really missing from many of these comments. Congratulations to Bridget who is a beautiful gymnast- with the kind of lines all gymnasts should strive for, and the calmness that every coach dreams their gymnast could have. And congratulations to Rebecca, who has an amazing future ahead of her as well. The USA program should be proud.
 
October 16, 2009
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freeia Mil said:

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1993 rocked and everyone does sound bitter. The sport is what it is now.
 
October 16, 2009
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Piper Thrombley said:

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Cure for insomnia
Please wake me up when it's 1985 again.
 
October 16, 2009
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LadyJ said:

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Bitterness
Sounds like there are a lot of bitter Europeans on this board. They can't STAND that Romanians, Russians, Germans, et al, are no longer the powerhouses they once were. Sorry, but your gymnasts simply did not get the job done today. Bridget was solid all the way around.
 
October 16, 2009
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Socal Gym said:

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I am NOT European
What an ignorant comment. Raise your hand if you're American and don't like the sport today, even though Americans are winning
 
October 16, 2009
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LadyJ said:

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Not ignorant at all
Not an ignorant comment at all. I miss the artistry as well, but the fact is, the gymnasts who have artistry fell on their butts today or otherwise didn't get the job done. Bridget was the only one who had the difficulty and remained consistent. Period, end of story.
 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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So wrong
It's one thing to state that gymnastics is lacking in artistry. It is quite another to personally attack a young gymnast (Bridget) who performed at the top of her game. Have some respect.
 
October 16, 2009
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Jessica M said:

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I'm not European either... ?!?!

Nobody attacked sloan. Saying you don't like someone's gymnastics or you think their routines are boring is not attacking them. Saying someone's coach is a pedophile, that would be an attack...
 
October 16, 2009
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Alex Liang said:

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It's all down to the start values.
I'm a Brit in London and I was there tonight at the O2 Arena. In response to the debate on artistry, the rules of gymnastics have changed and the sport has evolved particularly after the FIG brought in the new code in 2005 with open ended difficulty. Bross and Sloan are both products of this new system and it's unfair to criticize them - criticize the system if you must but we watched these two gymnasts produce so much difficulty, it is just unfair to take any credit away from their performance tonight. It boils down to their start values and these two gymnasts had the goods tonight. I do feel sorry for Bross - that 12.875 floor score was harsh IMHO but such is the nature of our sport.
 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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Jessica,

Um, yes, they did. They have called her "boring," said they are yawning, that she lacks artistry, and that overall, she is not deserving of her win. How would you feel if you just won the biggest meet of your life and people said you didn't deserve it or that it was a "throwaway" Worlds. RUDE.
 
October 16, 2009
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yicarly said:

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Anyone have full results with E scores?
 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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Congratulations on winning a sport that is in the toilet? Gee, now that's a compliment -- "the only reason you won is because the sport sucks!" And I'm sorry, but NO ONE wants to hear that their gymnastics is "boring," no matter how much you try to sugarcoat it. Would you say these things to Bridget's face?
 
October 16, 2009
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Socal Gym said:

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If she asked me my opinion, I absolutely would. I would tell her gymnastics is a shadow of its former amazing self and explain why. I would also tell her to point her feet.

 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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SoCal,

I hope that when you have a victory in life, somebody will stop by and personally tell you that your victory is meaningless. Have a nice day.
 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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Socal
And by the way, are you also going to tell the Romanians to correct their atrocious form on vault (i.e., leg separations?)
 
October 16, 2009
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liliukinNOT said:

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No one is saying Bridget is perfect but if you would seriously and mouth someone to their face for no other reason then you are bitter they beat your gymnast then that says a lot about you as a person.

No one is perfect.

Bridget beat a Woga gymnast so the bashing will begin. How sad.
 
October 16, 2009
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Yung Choe said:

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Terrible, terrible gymnastics
We saw nothing new and nothing exciting at these worlds. Bridget is competent but no artist and there is very little interesting about her work.

I almost want to check her breath with a mirror to verify she has a pulse.
 
October 16, 2009
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Ian said:

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@ WORST ALL-AROUND FINAL EVER!
You don't have to go as far as 20 years beck! The AA final in Beijing was amazing and deep. AA top10 finishers hit 4 for 4 (well almost all; Jiang Yuyuan crashed her Amanar).
But yes, I totally agree with you, there is nothing artistic in artistic gymnastics anymore. Very forgettable final, very forgettable and robotic skills(I almost miss the good old DTY), too many falls, only one gymnast with a hint of artistic flair (Porgras).
 
October 16, 2009
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Gary Indiana said:

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I wish Bross could point her feet and toes...
I'm not dissing Bross as a person - she seems very nice. But now we have a world champ that completely flexes her feet on bars - it drives me crazy!! And I agree with most of the others - I do find her gymnastics style very boring. I wish Bross could have pulled it off.
 
October 16, 2009
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Alison Clements said:

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Floor routines
I really enjoyed Ana Porgras and Lauren Mitchell's floor routines. Both so elegant and they interpreted the music rather than having it as background noise.

But the flickering O2 display around the edge, and the arena's commentator's non-stop chatter was a bit bizarre. Hope that goes before the Olympics.
 
October 16, 2009
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1999 said:

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Romanian leg form on vault?
I find it telling that no one has mentioned the atrocious leg form of the Romanians on vault. Instead they choose to harp on the Americans yet again. Typical.
 
October 16, 2009
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Vicki said:

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Congratulations to Bridget Sloan on her win. I share other people's frustration with the meet though -- overall a sloppy affair not worthy of a World Championship: falls, wobbles, form breaks, sheer indifference to artistry across the board. I think the women are still trying to adjust to the new code: eight elements was supposed to be easier but it's not; it resulted in emphasis on fewer, more difficult elements and awkward combinations to hike up the D score. Gymnasts who show good flow, variety, originality, and artistry are not rewarded. The problem is the Code focuses on "skills" rather than the overall exercise -- this is not trampoline; the Code needs some serious revamping and changing the number of elements counted just will not cut it.
 
October 16, 2009
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Anne welltz said:

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congatulation Sloan and Elsa
Congratulations to Elsa though!
she is a great Gymnast with a lot of charisma and elegance.
She had a really rough past year
I´m glad to see her well.
but I think she still can do better than today.
she didn´t do all her difficulty.
 
October 16, 2009
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GMNAST said:

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Why isn't anyone mentioning the horrible leg form of the Romanians on vault? Socal? Anyone?
 
October 16, 2009
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Kathy said:

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Bridget pulled up from the scared background gymnast to the one whose consistency is the name of the game. I am proud of her and also feel bittersweet for her and Bross both. Bross will feel quite a sting for quite a while, and Bridget couldn't celebrate the way most champs are allowed because she felt badly for Bross. However, Bridget flew on vault and bars, held it together on beam, and rocked floor the way she did at Nationals. That combination was enough to win today, and I'm so pleased for her. Doesn't make sense to me to downgrade the competitors because of the era they are competing in. Would seem to suggest that any win outside of the most superb conditions is so "nothing" that the competition might as well not have been held. I would hate to hear the students I teach toss a test in the garbage simply because they didn't have the ideal breakfast or my classroom was a little cold or their favorite person was voted off of Survivor last night. That kind of surrender would suggest a pretty weak mindset, and that isn't what any of these girls should be labeled as having. There was a competition today. Bridget won today. She handled the conditions the best today. She is World Champ. I'm pleased.
 
October 16, 2009
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gymmary said:

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You guys shouldn't be that rude with these girls, No, gymnastics' not what it was, Yes, Sloan maybe lacks on some points. But they are kids and if you want things to change, just get in the gym and educate gymnasts as you want. Bridget stayed on and did her job. Congrats to her, And when the others get more consistent and stable they should be on podium too. Poor kids... Ijust hope they don't read this forum!!!!!!
 
October 16, 2009
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Robin said:

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I personally feel that it is quite a feat for an Olympian to stay at top form throughout the following year, and more so to move from a one-event competitor in the Olympic team finals to US and World all-around champion. Congratulations to Bridget Sloan on sticking with her training and winning both titles! Even gold-medalists have skills they could improve--like Nastia Liukin's bars dismount, for example. The judges aren't perfect either. Now I don't know about you, but I think they know just a little more about who "deserves" to win than I do. I'll leave the judging to them : )

Also, congratulations to Rebecca Bross for an excellent performance in her first World Championships! A silver medal is a tremendous accomplishment.
 
October 16, 2009
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Bec said:

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Go Lauren!!!
Hooray for Lauren Mitchell from Australia.smilies/smiley.gif Good to see the Aussies continually improving, shame about the floor deduction but that's the sport. How can you all dis the gymnasts because surely it comes down to the code, and if you want to win you play by the code?! With the amount of training they ALL do,surely they all deserve kudos-if you have a problem with the current gymnastics and lack of artistry then do something about it and complain about the code on the FIG website.smilies/smiley.gif(but don't say I told you to);smilies/grin.gif
 
October 16, 2009
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Sloanfan said:

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Go Bridget!
What the heck are you all talking about?! Bridget is a beautiful gymnast! Her dance is very pretty and I love her floor music! She is polished, precise, and perfectionistic. She definately deserves to be world champ.
 
October 17, 2009
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Mick said:

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Stop whining
Hi All,

just gone thru and been reading everyone's messages...(some were plain outright whinges and others were being critics), many of you are just supporting your own gymnast and being patriotic. I on the other hand can only comment on what I have read. I'm suprised at you all to be bickering about who should win or Bridget deserves her win (Bridget this, Bridget that)...I go for Lauren Mitchell, I believe her style, her routines and originality, will see her on the Medal Dias the next time round.

Majority of these gymnast go in there to see what they up against in the future. It's not about winning. When your expectations is only to win, what happens when you lose.
 
October 18, 2009
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I was there at the O2. I am so happy fpr Lauren Mitchell and Kayla Williams!! They should be so so proud of themselves!! I also think the american 1 and 2 was well deserved also...whilst they are not the most "artistic" they showed the most consistency and difficulty all around and just appeared to be heads above the rest!! I feel bad for Bross as i thought she was ghoing to do it this time!!
 
October 20, 2009
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travesti said:

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kamera sistemleri said:

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www.izmirkamerasistemleri.com
Hi ..Raise your hand if you're American and don't like the sport today, even though Americans are winning
 
March 31, 2010 | url
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evden eve nakliyat said:

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evden eve nakliyat
Hi ..My Names Hakan .. They should be so so proud of themselves!! I also think the american 1 and 2 was well deserved also ...
 
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gymnast joe said:

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4th 4 australia!
congrats to Mitchell 4th place, she only just missed out on podium, its good to know Australian gymnasts are doing well, especially after Offord at pacific rim, and bridget sloan is a great gymnast,guys, i would love to see you guys do half the stuff she does, so stop hating, haters.smilies/angry.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/angry.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gif
 
May 19, 2010
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