Gymnasts from seven countries are training across from the IG offices for Saturday's Nadia Comaneci International Invitational in Oklahoma City, IG Online brings you video of some of their workouts, and will do live quick hits of Saturday's comeptition.
Daniela Druncea and Sandra Izbasa (Romania)
2008 Olympic floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania leads the field, which also includes her 2007 worlds teammate Daniela Druncea.
Izbasa and Druncea trained are training all four events, and worked efficiently in training. After a brief warmup, they moved to vault. They each performed one Yurchenko timer, then flipped one tucked Yurchenko, then one tucked Yurchenko-full and then multiple layout Yurchenko-fulls. After brief tests of the other equipment, they immediately began performing half and then full routines.
Ukraine's Yana Demyanchuk was the most impressive gymnast in training, performing difficult gymnastics (round off, tucked full on beam) with clean execution. Teammate Natalia Kononenko practiced her unique combination on uneven bars: Tkatchev-half to straddled front flip.
IG's sister company Grips, Etc. donated shoes and dowel grips to all the international competitors. Russians Kristina Kruglikova and Anastasia Karpova and Kazakhstan's Moldir Azimbay tested out their first pairs of grips on the uneven bars on Wednesday.
Mexico's Ana Gonzalez and Karla Salazar and four Level 10 gymnasts trained Wednesday with star clubmate Elsa Garcia. Garcia, who underwent surgery three weeks ago to remove a bone spur in her wrist, was invited to attend the competition as a special guest.
Live coverage of the first Nadia Comaneci International Invitational begins Saturday at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EST/ 5 p.m. PST).
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