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Steingruber Grabs Two Golds at French International
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Swiss Olympian Giulia Steingruber won two titles Sunday in the finals at the 19th French International, an FIG World Cup competition in La Roche-sur-Yon.

Swiss Olympian Giulia Steingruber won two titles Sunday in the finals at the 19th French International in La Roche-sur-Yon.

The competition is the second FIG World Cup of 2013 — following the American Cup on March 2 — and the first of three consecutive weekends of FIG competition. Per World Cup rules, only the top four on each event advanced to the finals at the new Vendéspace arena, which opened in November.

Steingruber was the only double winner in La Roche-Sur-Yon, taking titles on women's vault and uneven bars. An excellent landing on her Rudi propelled her to the vault title over Canada's Maegan Chant, who vaulted a very clean Tsukahara full and layout barani. Top qualifier Oksana Chusovitina, once again representing Uzbekistan, placed third with a layout/piked handspring full and Tsukahara 1 1/2.

Chusovitina would have taken second under previous Codes, but a new formula requires vault scores to be calculated to maximize execution deductions. Previously, each vault score was totaled by adding the Difficulty score and the Execution score and subtracting any neutral deductions, then both vault scores were averaged for a final score. Under the new Code, the two D-scores are averaged, then added to the execution deductions subtracted from 10, and Neutral Deductions applied.

Steingruber took her second title on uneven bars (Maloney to Pak; Maloney-half; Khorkina; toe full to Gienger; double front). Kaitlyn Hofland brought a second silver to Canada with beautiful routine, but fell over after a toe-full on the low bar (Jaeger; Ricna; free hip hecht; Tkatchev; double front.) Czech veteran Jana Šikulová won the bronze (Stalder-blind to Khorkina; Stalder-full to Gienger; double front).

Canada's Sabrina Gill had the gold in the bag after a beautiful set of Stalder-Shaposhnikova to Pak; Stalder-Shaposhnikova-half; Stalder blind to Jaeger; and Ricna. She went slightly crooked after a giant full and then continued with two more giants before oddly dismounting with a simple double tuck, failing to meet the difficulty requirement for a dismount.

Carlotta Ferlito and Vanessa Ferrari went 1-2 on balance beam for Italy. Ferlito clinched the gold with a hit routine featuring two flip flops into a two-foot layout; switch leap, back tuck; full turn to full turn in Y; switch ring; 2 1/2 dismount. Ferrari, showing no signs of slowing down after two Olympic Games, impressed with a new series of split handstand stepdown into ff, tucked full twist. Another veteran, two-time Greek Olympian Vasiliki Millousi had a chance at the title but nearly crashed into the beam after a short double pike dismount.

Top qualifier Ksenia Afanasyeva (Russia) dropped off early in her routine on a side aerial to two feet, but came back to win the floor title (double layout; two whips to triple twist, 2 1/2 twist; double pike). Romanian Olympian Diana Bulimar took second with dynamic tumbling (stuck double layout; 1 1/2 to double tuck; tucked full-in; double pike), but lacked the artistry of Afanasyeva. Ferlito picked up another medal with the bronze.

Romania's Flavius Koczi claimed the men's floor title with all twisting passes: 1 1/2 to Randi; 2 1/2 to front double twist; Thomas; 3 1/2, front full; triple twist. Olympic medalist Denis Ablyazin (Russia) tumbled the world's most ambitious routine, featuring seven passes: running pike double front; double layout; front double twist to double front (stuck); layout Arabian 1 3/4 (out of bounds); piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2 to front layout full; triple twist (stuck). Ablyazin had both the top difficulty and execution scores, but the .4 deduction for going out of bounds proved costly.

Top qualifier Jake Dalton (U.S.) stuck his opening Arabian double layout, but a stumble back after his triple twist dismount left him in third.

Olympic champion Krisztian Berki (Hungary) was again untouchable on pommel horse, outspinning Britain's Max Whitlock by .266.

Ablyazin tied Greek specialist Eleftherios Petrounias for the title on still rings, with both gymnasts throwing double-twisting double layout dismounts. Olympic still rings finalist Federico Molinari won the bronze for Argentina.

In the men's vault final, Olympic champion Yang Hak Seon (Korea) won easily with a layout Randi and double-twisting Kasamatsu (triple-twisting Tsukahara). Vietnam's Ha Thanh Nguyen vaulted a beautiful Yurchenko double pike, but just about sat down his Kas-1 1/2. Poland's Marek Lyszczarz won the bronze despite a fall on his handspring double front. American Steven Legendre was fourth, after stumbling over the line on his Tsukahara 2 1/2 and sitting down his handspring double front.

Japanese Olympian Ryohei Kato claimed the gold on parallel bars with a beautifully execution routine (double pike between the bars; drilled double pike dismount). Ukrainian Olympian Oleg Vernyayev was second over top qualifier Vasileios Tsolakidis (Greece), who barely saved a crooked Diamidov with an extra quarter turn before his dismount.

Danell Leyva won gold and silver on high bar for the U.S. Levya caught his layout and piked Kovacs and stuck his layout double-double dismount in his best performance since winning the all-around bronze at last summer's Olympics. Top qualifier Emin Garibov (Russia) strangely peeled off the bar on his first skill, a simple front giant, and then nearly landed his dismount on his knees.

FIG competition continues with World Challenger Cups in Cottbus, March 21-24, and in Doha, March 27-29.

19th French International/FIG World Cup
March 17, 2013, La Roche-sur-Yon

Women's Vault FinalDE*NDAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.03413.433
2.Maegan Chant5.28.90013.133
3.Oksana Chusovitina5.88.76713.082
4.Makarena Pinto5.28.70012.133

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Giulia Steingruber5.97.70013.600
2.Kaitlyn Hofland5.97.56613.466
3.Jana Šikulová5.47.96613.366
4.Sabrina Gill5.17.83312.933

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Carlotta Ferlito5.88.50014.300
2.Vanessa Ferrari5.97.83313.733
3.Vasiliki Millousi5.27.93313.133
4.Ksenia Afanasyeva5.67.46613.066

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Ksenia Afanasyeva6.08.63314.633
2.Diana Bulimar5.98.63314.533
3.Carlotta Ferlito5.58.23313.733
4.Maegan Chant5.78.00013.700
5.Marine Brevet*5.47.8660.312.966

*Wild Card entrant from host nation
Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Flavius Koczi6.78.66615.366
2.Denis Ablyazin6.98.8000.415.300
3.Jake Dalton6.58.60015.100
4.Sam Oldham6.37.1000.313.100

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Krisztian Berki6.79.26615.966
2.Max Whitlock6.69.10015.700
3.Robert Seligman6.48.96615.366
4.Sašo Bertoncelj6.37.13313.433

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Denis Ablyazin6.78.96615.666
1.Eleftherios Petrounias7.08.66615.666
3.Federico Molinari6.78.80015.500
4.Tommy Ramos6.78.50015.200

Men's Vault FinalDENDScore
1.Yang Hak Seon6.09.2000.114.500
2.Ha Thanh Nguyen6.09.3330.113.666
3.Marek Lyszczarz5.68.3000.112.766
4.Steven Legendre5.68.8000.611.900

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Ryohei Kato6.59.00015.500
2.Oleg Vernyayev6.68.83315.433
3.Vasileios Tsolakidis6.58.66615.166
4.Hamilton Sabot5.98.00013.900

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Danell Leyva6.78.60015.300
2.Jake Dalton6.08.73314.733
3.Marijo Moznik6.77.96614.666
4.Emin Garibov6.67.63314.233
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