After a weak Subdivision 4 (and a dinner break), more exciting action is coming right up in Subdivision 5 with the anticipated Australians.
The Australian women arrived in Rotterdam directly from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where they won their fourth straight team title. Top rivals England and Canada both elected to save their top gymnasts for worlds, but the Australians went full steam ahead to India.
Led by Commonwealth Games champion Lauren Mitchell, the Australian women have looked strong in Rotterdam, and may even benefit by having such a large meet under their belts as a warm-up.
Lauren Mitchell (Australia) gets high above the beam during this wolf jump.
Australia begins on vault, where Mitchell and Emily Little throw solid double-twisting Yurchenkos.
Larrissa Miller, who impressed so much at the 2009 Worlds with her beautiful body line and extension, has a strong chance of reaching the bars final again.
Mitchell will no question be the highlight for the team on beam and floor, where she is the defending world silver medalist.
The Australian women should sail into the team final so long as they hit beam better than they did in Delhi, where they won despite six falls on the event.
Greece: Uneven Bars
Two-time Olympian Stefani Bisbikou is back and in the lineup on all events for Greece, which is aiming for an invitation to the 2011 Worlds after finishing 19th at both the 2006 and 2007 Worlds. Bisbikou has ditched her famous dreadlocked hair, but her style on the apparatus is as light and attractive as ever.
2000 Olympian Vasiliki Millousi is still going strong at 26, and has the potential to make the final on balance beam.
Lithuania: Balance Beam
Lithuania is alone in Mixed Group 3 after the withdrawals of individuals from Egypt and Kazakhstan. Lithuania can more than hold its own, however, with the world championship debut of the immensely talented Laura Svilpaite. The first-year senior has been garnering attention for years for her exquisite body line and textbook work on the uneven bars. Coaches Irina Katinienė and Mindaugas Katinas have done an outstanding job developing Svilpaite, who is only a few tricks away from making a world championships final.
Denmark: Floor Exercise
Denmark, with a small population, has yet to make its presence known in women's gymnastics. The team finished just 32nd out of 33 teams at the 2006 Worlds it hosted in Aarhus.
Next Up in Subdivision 6:: Russia, Sweden, France and Great Britain
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