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Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 25 June 2016 14:34    PDF Print
Wenske, Wiskus Clinch Junior Titles at P&G Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Despite a rough second day, in which he had major breaks on his first and last events, Matt Wenske (pictured) won the 17-18 age group at the P&G Championships. Coached by Tom Meadows at Cypress Academy in Texas, Wenske still won by a wide margin with his 165.30 two-day total.

Bailey Perez, coached by Paul Hamm at Premier Gymnastics Academy in Illinois, was second with 159.05. Jordan Kovach, coached by Ben Fox at Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Oklahoma, place third with 158.85.

In the 15-16 age group, Shane Wiskus ran away with the title with 170.45. Coached by Doug Price at Mini-Hops Gymnastics in Minnesota, Wiskus showed clean basics and consistency throughout the two days. Wiskus placed second at the 2015 P&Gs.

Bennet Huang posted a second-place 164.45. He is coached by Vince Miller at West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy in California. Alexei Vernyi finished third with 163.20. He also trains at Cypress under Meadows.


Rotation 1

Bennet Huang started off on pommels with a routine that many seniors would love to have tonight (14.20).

First-day leader (15-16) Shane Wiskus scored 13.95 on high bar.

First-day leader (17-18) Matt Wenske also started on high bar and missed his Voronin mount. He's got a 5.2 lead, so it shouldn't hurt him. It's his first fall over the two days.

Vitaly Guimaraes showed clean lines on p-bars for 13.25 (9.05 E-score).

Mitchell Brown hit a clean set on p-bars to start his day. He is in second place in the 17-18 group.

Jordan Kovach jumped into third (17-18) after a 13.75 on rings.

Alexei Vernyi hit high bar and sits third in the 15-16 group.

Kevin Penev, Eddie Penev's younger brother, scored 14.80 on vault.

Rotation 2

Connor Lewis mounted floor with an Arabian double front with his knees together and toes pointed. Nice.

Huang fell on his rings dismount.

Kovach stuck his Kasamatsu.

Wiskus hit a solid set on floor, sticking a triple twist dismount.

Wenske, who bears a slight resemblance to the great Valeri Liukin, mounted floor with a piked half-in half-out and ended with a triple twist (14.10).

Guimaraes performed elgrip Endo on high bar. He really handles his height well (13.35).

Brown hit a clean high bar set and stuck his full-twisting double layout (13.75).

Angel Leon nailed a clean floor routine, mounting with a tucked half-half and ending with a double twist (13.70).

Vernyi is a tumbler, using a tucked double-double for a second pass (14.00).

Bailey Perez scored 14.75 on vault and is in third place.

Rotation 3

Wiskus was first up on pommels, mounting with a Mikulak. No problems elsewhere for a solid routine (13.80)

Kovach, in fourth place, hit p-bars and stuck his double tuck dismount.

Wenske, still in the lead, hit pommels without any form breaks (13.35).

Guimaraes mounted floor with an Arabian double front half-out. This kid is clean, and dismounted with an easy triple twist.

Brown put his hands down on his floor mount, tucked half-in half-out.

Vernyi struggled to get through pommels (12.00).

Huang did a high double-twisting Yurchenko on vault (14.70).

Perez was a little shaky on p-bars but survived without a major break.

Last year's 15-16 champ Davis Grooms looked great on rings and stuck a double front.

Rotation 4

Penev mounted floor with a tucked double-double but went out of bounds on his third pass.

Wenske was solid on rings, dismounting with tucked double-double.

Brown hit horse for 13.35.

Grooms vaulted a Yurchenko-1.5.

Vernyi was a bit weak on rings, with a straddled planche that was piked and tucked half-half dismount (13.15).

Perez hit high bar for 13.55.

Wiskus showed a smart routine on rings with excellent swing a stuck half-half (13.90).

Huang was a little rough on p-bars and stumbled backward after his double pike (13.10).

Kovach hit high bar and dismounted with a clean layout double-double (13.85).

Rotation 5

Wenske was first up on vault and nailed a Lopez with just a step (15.40).

Vernyi vaulted a high Kasamatsu-1.5.

Brown only scored 11.85 on rings.

Wiskus stuck a Kasamatsu-full. He's got solid basics everywhere.

Perez showed excellent twisting ability on floor, mounting with a handspring double-twisting layout to front-full. After an Arabian double front, he dismounted with a stuck triple twist (14.15).

Huang mounted high bar with a Voronin vault, was clean throughout and stuck a full-twisting layout (13.65).

Kovach stuck a second pass of front layout, double front, and came back with an Arabian double front. He dismounted with a double twist (13.35).

Rotation 6

Brown fell to his knees on vault.

Vernyi looked cautious on p-bars, muscling a peach, but he stuck a double pike dismount (13.60).

Perez struggled on pommels and scored 11.55.

Kovach was a little piked on pommels but he stayed on without a fall (12.55).

Wiskus was clean on p-bars (Healy, Diamidov, Moy, Tippelt) and he stuck his double pike (14.70).

Wenske bombed p-bars. After a peach, he took out the peach-half that he struggled with in warm-ups. He tried a Belle and took an intermediate swing and took another extra swing later in the routine. Not the way he wanted to finish (12.10).

Huang mounted floor with a front-full to double-twisting front. Most of his landing were solid, and he stuck his double twist dismount (14.05).

Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 24 June 2016 23:10    PDF Print
Saraiva, Larduet Lead Qualification in Anadia
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Brazil's Flávia Saraiva and Cuba's Manrique Larduet each led two events in qualification at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Thursday and Friday in Portugal.

Brazil's Flávia Saraiva and Cuba's Manrique Larduet each led two events in qualification at the 2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, held Thursday and Friday in Portugal.

The FIG event attracted gymnasts from 37 nations, including Australia, Brazil, China and Japan. The lineup included several individuals already qualified to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as others still seeking to qualify to their respective teams.

Fan favorite Saraiva topped teammate Rebeca Andrade to qualify first on both balance beam and floor exercise.

World finalist Alexa Moreno (Mexico) qualified first on women's vault over Cuba's Marcia Vidiaux.

China's Xie Yufen led qualification on uneven bars over Australia's Rianna Mizzen and teammate Lyu Jiaqi.

Absent from the recent European championships, two-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari (Italy) competed all four events. The 2006 world champion qualified to the beam final in seventh place and to the floor final in seventh place.

Larduet qualified first on his best events, parallel bars and high bar. Israel's Alexander Shatilov was the top gymnast on men's floor exercise and French veteran Samir Aït Saïd qualified first on still rings.

China's Weng Hao earned the highest score of the day, 16.200, on pommel horse, while teammate Cen Yu was first on vault.

Gustavo Simões, fifth on still rings, had the best performance of the day for Portugal.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup
June 23-24, Anadia, Portugal

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Alexa Moreno6.28.85015.05014.950
2.Marcia Vidiaux6.08.80014.80014.775
3.Sofia Busato5.89.05014.85014.350
4.Wu Jing6.08.60014.60014.175
5.Emily Little5.88.900.314.40014.175
6.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.85014.15014.000
7.Argyro Afrati5.08.85013.85013.825
8.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.48.70014.10013.725
9.Dorina Böczögő5.08.85013.85013.625
10.Annika Urvikko5.08.65013.65013.550
11.Tan Ing Yuen5.08.45013.45013.475
12.Maria Parsantanian4.68.70013.30013.350
13.Tracie Ang4.88.35013.15013.300
14.Luca Divéky4.88.90013.70013.225
15.Jasmin Mader5.08.65013.65013.225
16.Valērija Grišāne5.28.300.313.20013.150
17.Bianca Mann4.88.60013.40013.100
18.Zoi Lima4.48.600.112.90013.100
19.Ariana Orrego5.08.65013.65012.850
20.Martine Bjørshol4.28.45012.65012.450
21.Vanessa Ferrari5.88.85014.6507.325
22.Tan Sze En5.08.85013.8506.925
23.Simona Castro5.08.60013.6006.800
24.Nadine Joy Nathan5.08.55013.5506.775

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Xie Yufen6.58.25014.750
2.Rianna Mizzen6.08.25014.250
3.Lyu Jiaqi6.07.95013.950
4.Jessica López6.57.20013.700
5.Lorrane Oliveira5.87.70013.500
6.Marcia Vidiaux5.37.90013.200
7.Ana Lago5.47.80013.200
8.Noémi Makra6.17.00013.100
9.Emma Larsson5.47.60013.000
10.Ivana Kamnikar4.87.95012.750
11.Jasmin Mader5.17.60012.700
12.Sofia Busato5.47.20012.600
13.Simona Castro4.97.55012.450
14.Vanessa Ferrari5.86.65012.450
15.Bianca Mann5.07.10012.100
16.Ana Palacios5.16.95012.050
17.Tan Sze En5.76.35012.050
18.Annika Urvikko5.56.50012.000
19.Tan Ing Yueh4.77.20011.900
20.Farah An Abdul Hadi5.36.55011.850
21.Isabella Amado4.57.30011.800
22.Argyro Afrati5.36.50011.800
23.Paula Raya5.46.40011.800
24.Ariana Orrego5.26.45011.650
25.Mariana Carvalho4.56.35010.850
26.Nadine Joy Nathan3.47.00010.400
27.Martine Bjørshol2.06.7008.700

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva6.58.45014.950
2.Rebeca Andrade5.38.45013.750
3.Lauren Mitchell5.97.85013.750
4.Adela Šajn5.58.05013.550
5.Isabella Amado5.67.95013.550
6.Lyu Jiaqi5.87.75013.550
7.Vanessa Ferrari5.77.80013.500
8.Marcia Vidiaux5.57.95013.450
9.Veronica Wagner5.77.700.113.300
10.Tan Ing Yueh5.67.70013.300
11.Luca Divéky5.18.10013.200
12.Sofia Busato4.78.45013.150
13.Ana Đerek5.18.00013.100
14.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.87.25013.050
15.Jessica López5.47.60013.000
16.Ariana Orrego4.98.05012.950
17.Dorina Böczögő4.78.20012.900
18.Emma Larsson5.77.20012.900
19.Tjaša Kysselef4.88.00012.800
20.Bianca Mann5.07.70012.700
21.Xie Yufen5.96.900.112.700
22.Mariana Carvalho5.07.65012.650
23.Azmi Nur Eli Ellina4.97.60012.500
24.Tan Sze En5.07.30012.300
25.Alexa Moreno5.76.700.112.300
26.Simona Castro5.56.65012.150
27.Nadine Joy Nathan4.87.25012.050
28.Andrea Matillas5.06.90011.900
29.Jasmin Mader5.16.70011.800
30.Rianna Mizzen5.66.20011.800
31.Paula Raya5.06.75011.750
32.Zoi Lima5.16.700.111.700
33.Catalina Escobar4.97.000.311.600
34.Solveig Berg4.96.800.111.600
35.Martine Bjørshol5.06.55011.550
36.Maria Parsantanian4.46.900.111.200
37.Alīna Circene4.66.20010.800
38.Joanna Xoulogi5.55.20010.700

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.88.35014.150
2.Rebeca Andrade5.78.10013.800
3.Emma Larsson5.78.05013.750
4.Alexa Moreno5.97.75013.650
5.Vanessa Ferrari6.07.65013.650
6.Jessica López5.28.35013.550
7.Emily Little5.28.10013.300
8.Simona Castro5.47.90013.300
9.Dorina Böczögő5.57.75013.250
10.Larissa Miller5.77.650.113.250
11.Luca Divéky5.27.90013.100
12.Argyro Afrati5.47.60013.000
13.Annika Urvikko5.27.70012.900
14.Ana Palacios5.17.55012.650
15.Ioanna Xoulogi4.77.85012.550
16.Ariana Orrego5.07.45012.450
17.Mariana Marianito4.57.90012.400
18.Martine Bjørshol5.17.25012.350
19.Andrea Matillas4.77.45012.150
20.Wu Jing5.17.05012.150
21.Bianca Mann4.57.700.112.100
22.Jasmin Mader5.17.350.412.050
23.Tracie Ang5.17.200.312.000
24.Zoi Lima5.06.85011.850
25.Farah An Abdul Hadi5.16.70011.800
26.Sofia Busato5.46.35011.750
27.Nadine Joy Nathan5.16.300.311.100
28.Tan Sze En4.96.400.311.000

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Alexander Shatilov6.60 8.75015.350
2.Wataru Tanigawa6.40 8.80015.200
3.Rok Klavora5.90 8.95014.850
4.Sun Wei6.20 8.750.114.850
115.Tomislav Marković6.20 8.65014.850
5.Julien Gobaux6.20 8.65014.850
7.Shoichi Yamamoto6.60 8.25014.850
8.Oleg Stepko5.90 8.90014.800
9.Zachari Hrimèche6.20 8.60014.800
10.Joel Plata6.20 8.50014.700
11.Žiga Šilc5.60 8.90014.500
12.Stian Skjerahaug5.70 8.65014.350
13.Petro Pakhnyuk6.30 8.05014.350
14.Reiss Beckford6.00 8.600.314.300
15.Alberto Tallón6.00 8.10014.100
16.Simão Almeida5.70 8.20013.900
17.Alexander Benda5.60 8.25013.850
18.Tiago Barbosa5.10 8.15013.250
19.Majdi Al-Hmood5.20 8.00013.200
20.Robert Tvorogal5.80 7.30013.100
21.Lee Chih Kai6.40 7.100.413.100
22.Nikolaos Kranitis6.20
23.Eetu Lahti5.50 7.600.113.000
24.Luka Kranzlmüller5.30
25.Michail Doulkeridis5.25.60010.800

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Weng Hao7.19.10016.200
2.Cyril Tommasone6.98.35015.250
3.Sergio Sasaki6.58.65015.150
4.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.80014.900
5.Vid Hidvegi6.08.75014.750
6.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.88.70014.500
7.Filip Ude6.57.95014.450
8.Javier Sandoval6.77.70014.400
9.Juho Kanerva5.88.50014.300
10.Wissem Harzi5.98.40014.300
11.Stian Skjerahaug6.08.30014.300
12.Wang Bo5.48.75014.150
13.Manrique Larduet6.27.95014.150
14.Oleg Stepko6.57.55014.050
15.Matija Baron6.37.60013.900
16.Robert Tvorogal5.58.10013.600
17.Shogo Nonomura6.07.55013.550
18.Petro Pakhnyuk6.47.15013.550
19.Randy Lerú5.58.00013.500
20.Lee Chih Kai6.86.65013.450
21.Shoichi Yamamoto6.96.45013.350
22.Jossimar Calvo6.37.00013.300
23.Andrés Martín6.17.00013.100
24.Pietro Giachino4.97.95012.850
25.Oskar Kirmes5.37.40012.700
26.Gustavo Simões5.96.75012.650
27.Rihards Trams5.66.50012.100
28.Konstantinos Konstantinidis5.26.85012.050
29.Ahmad Abu Al Soud5.95.70011.600
30.Adham Alsqour4.37.15011.450
31.Severin Kranzlmüller4.96.35011.250
32.Joel Plata5.06.15011.150

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Samir Aït Saïd6.88.90015.700
2.Kazuyuki Takeda6.68.90015.500
3.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues7.08.35015.350
4.Shogo Nonomura6.58.40014.900
5.Gustavo Simões6.08.55014.550
6.Reiss Beckford5.88.65014.450
7.Oleg Stepko6.37.70014.000
8.Konstantinos Konstantinidis5.88.15013.950
9.Kevin Traid5.68.20013.800
10.Adham Alsqour5.78.05013.750
11.Oskar Kirmes5.38.35013.650
12.Erdenebold Ganbat6.37.30013.600
13.Alberto Tallón6.07.50013.500
14.Ricardo Martins5.77.55013.250
15.Stian Skjerahaug5.17.75012.850
16.Majdi Al-Hmood4.87.75012.550
17.Severin Kranzlmüller5.27.10012.300
18.Robert Tvorogal4.77.40012.100

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Cen Yu6.09.40015.40015.325
2.Wataru Tanigawa6.09.25015.25015.175
3.Andrey Medvedev6.
4.Sergio Sasaki6.08.90014.90014.675
5.Lee Chih Kai5.69.20014.80014.625
6.Zachari Hrimèche5.69.40015.00014.550
7.Erdenebold Ganbat6.08.80014.80014.500
8.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.90014.50014.475
9.Man Hin Jim5.68.850.114.35014.275
10.Alberto Tallón5.68.95014.55014.025
11.Robert Tvorogal5.29.05014.25013.825
12.Gustavo Simões5.28.85014.05013.600
13.Eetu Lahti4.08.90012.90013.125

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Manrique Larduet7.18.80015.900
2.Shoichi Yamamoto6.69.05015.650
3.Petro Pakhnyuk6.88.85015.650
4.Zhu Xiaodong6.98.75015.650
5.Sergio Sasaki6.88.80015.600
6.Jossimar Calvo6.88.70015.500
7.Randy Lerú7.08.35015.350
8.Oleg Stepko7.28.15015.350
9.Javier Sandoval6.88.40015.200
10.Wataru Tanigawa6.58.60015.100
11.Cen Yu6.78.00014.700
12.Robert Tvorogal6.08.65014.650
13.Simão Almeida5.88.55014.350
14.Severin Kranzlmüller5.38.80014.100
15.Kevin Traid5.68.50014.100
16.Majdi Al-Hmood5.48.50013.900
17.Oskar Kirmes5.38.30013.600
18.Nikolaos Iliopoulos6.37.30013.600
19.Adham Alsqour5.97.65013.550
20.Lukas Kranzlmüller5.58.00013.500
21.Stian Skjerahaug5.67.90013.500
22.Julien Gobaux6.27.00013.200
23.Michail Doulkeridis5.67.55013.150
24.Man Hin Jim5.08.00013.000
25.Reiss Beckford5.57.40012.900
26.Rihards Trams3.67.75011.350
27.Andrés Martín5.84.75010.550
28.Pietro Giachino4.15.90010.000
29.Alen Dimic2.52.1504.650

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Manrique Larduet7.08.40015.400
2.Jossimar Calvo6.98.00014.900
3.Marijo Možnik6.08.50014.500
4.Randy Lerú6.77.70014.400
5.Kazuyuki Takeda6.38.05014.350
6.Robert Tvorogal6.08.20014.200
7.Oskar Kirmes5.78.30014.000
8.Joel Plata6.17.85013.950
9.Pietro Giachino5.78.10013.800
10.Alen Dimic5.97.90013.800
11.Anton Kovačević5.97.65013.550
12.Shogo Nonomura5.97.50013.400
13.Stian Skjerahaug5.28.15013.350
14.Julien Gobaux5.77.60013.300
15.Nikolaos Iliopoulos5.08.25013.250
16.Petro Pakhnyuk5.67.65013.250
17.Charalampos Kailidis5.27.95013.150
18.Alexander Shatilov5.47.75013.150
19.Reiss Beckford5.77.40013.100
20.Sergio Sasaki6.26.90013.100
21.Francisco Fragoso5.57.55013.050
22.Luka Kranzlmüller4.78.15012.850
23.Adham Alsqour5.86.85012.650
24.Simão Almeida4.87.65012.450
25.Alexander Benda5.75.85011.550
26.Kevin Traid5.85.75011.550
27.Javier Sandoval5.65.55011.150
28.Rihards Trams3.57.05010.550
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 24 June 2016 22:54    PDF Print
Biles Has Perfect Night to Take Lead at P&G Championships
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Simone Biles took the first-day lead at the P&G Championships with a set of routines that she would gladly like to repeat in the Rio all-around final. Her 62.90 featured four impeccable performances, each of which looked easy for her.

Asked what, if anything, Biles could have done better, Boorman said, half joking, "She can't seem to get higher than a 9.1 execution score on bars." A 9.2 would have given Biles a 63.00, which Boorman was hoping for. (Biles actually scored a 63.00 on the second day of the 2015 P&G Championships.)

When Biles was asked where improvements could be made, she was quick to answer.

"I could have done a better beam dismount and a better first vault," she said. Since also admitted to being nervous before her last event, bars, and before her second vault, the Cheng Fei that will finally make her the favorite to win the vault gold in Rio. Biles also talked about her performance relative to what she hopes to do at the Olympics. "I guess now I have to stay there (at this level)."

Boorman said Biles can do a lot more in her routines, but that she doesn't need to

Aly Raisman and Lauren Hernandez, the veteran and newcomer, tied for second with 60.45.

"It feels good," Raisman said. "I was really happy with my beam and floor. I'm trying not to be hard on myself."

Said Hernandez: "My goal is to do exactly what I did today (on Sunday) … I'm proud of how I did today."

Gabby Douglas struggled on beam to finish fourth (58.90). Her best routine came on bars, where her 15.10 tied for the fourth best score (with Biles) on the event. Bars is what got her on the 2011 world team in the first place, and it's likely going to keep her on the team for Rio.

Madison Kocian had a strong night for fifth, which included the second highest score on bars, 15.45. Amelia Hundley was sixth (57.85) and MyKayla seventh (57.55).

While the top gymnasts had strong all-around efforts, Ragan Smith had an off night. Starting on floor, she went out of bounds on her clean double layout and overcooked her 1.5 twist so much that she followed it with a roundoff. Her beam was wobbly too, and she finished in ninth place with 56.85.

"I was unpleasantly surprised," said Marta Karolyi, who added that Smith had been a steady competitor in Italy (Jesolo) and the Pacific Rim Championships. "I don't really explain what happened." Karolyi said she hoped to see Smith perform with her usual consistency on Sunday.

Maggie Nichols performed on bars and beam, but appeared to lack the confidence she had before the injury to her right knee.

Ashton Locklear posted the top bars score (15.60), but she did only one other event, beam.

The P&G Championships for women will conclude Sunday evening.


Rotation 1

Simone Biles nailed her beam routine with hardly a wobble anywhere (15.70). Who said it was difficult to start on beam?

Lauren Hernandez got the crowd going with her wild new floor routine (14.70).

High full-out mount on floor from Lexy Ramler.

Gabby Douglas did a clean Yurchenko-double twist on vault, landing with a hop (14.80). Doesn't look like an Amanar is in the cards for her.

Ragan Smith went out of bounds on her double layout mount, and bombed her second pass when she over-rotated a roundoff 1.5 twist (she did a roundoff after it). Not her best, obviously. You can imagine the pressure she's under as a first-year senior (13.10).

MyKayla Skinner hit her flip-flop tucked full on beam (14.20).

Cameras are flicking like crazy as Aly Raisman works beam. Great set, loud cheers after she landed her Arabian double front (15.15).

Maggie Nichols has her right knee wrapped and will do only bars and beam. Not her best routine, but not bad either. And she stuck her double layout cold (14.60).

Rotation 2

Hernandez did a clean Yurchenko-double twist that was a virtual stick (slight bounce on the landing, 15.05).

Alyssa Baumann had a repeat of Hartford on bars, but fell this time on her low-to-high transition.

Biles absolutely soared on her full-twisting double layout mount on floor, and her Biles was nearly as high. She stuck her tucked double-double and and nearly stuck her tucked full-in. Deafening cheers were well deserved. Incredible routine (16.10). Could she earn the highest women's all-around score ever tonight?

Smith hit her Yurchenko-double twist with a small hop (14.65).

Rachel Gowey performed a huge Yurchenko-double with a couple of steps afterward.

Madison Kocian, co-world champion on bars, swung a great set and stuck her full-twisting double flyaway (15.45).

After an OK start on floor (14.15), hometown favorite Brenna Dowell hit a powerful Yurchenko-double twist (14.75).

Skinner and Raisman go back-to-back on floor, so the fans are in for some difficult tumbling. Skinner opened with a double-twisting double layout, followed by the tucked version. Third pass? Tucked full-in. Her dismount of 1.5 twist through to 2.5 twist went out of bounds, but it was a great routine (14.70).

Raisman managed to stay in bound on her six-trick mount. Her Greek music got the crowd clapping throughout the middle of the routine. High piked Arabian double and double layout, and a dismount of double pike, with a hop. Loud cheers for one of the crowd favorites (15.60).

Douglas nailed her set on uneven bars and stuck her double layout. Everything was clean (15.10).

Nichols a little wobbly on beam but finished strong with a roundoff double pike (13.90). Her meet is over after the first two rotations.

Rotation 3

Skinner did two vaults: Amanar, clean in the air with a skittish landing (15.20); Cheng Fei lacked block off the table (15.25).

Olivia Troutman mounted floor with a full-twisting double layout.

Smith with inside Stalders that did not go in very deep; Ricna and full-twisting double tuck (14.80).

Raisman vaulted an Amanar that was clean until the last half twist, when she bent her legs (15.35).

Douglas was wobbly on beam, especially on her full turn with leg horizontal. Everything looked cautious (14.20). Bars is what may keep her on the team.

Biles with a huge Amanar with a slight hop (16.00); Cheng Fei stuck cold. The best to ever do that vault (15.975).

Dowell missed a handstand on bars and was a bit wild in places (14.05).

Hernandez nailed bars with three releases: Tkatchev, toe-on Tkatchev, Ricna (15.30).

Baumann looks good on beam and hit as well as can be expected under such pressure (15.00).

Rotation 4

Ashton Locklear did an excellent set on bars for the top score on the event (15.60). The only other event she did was beam (14.45).

Smith needed a strong beam routine but wobbled on a few skills, including her standing tucked full. She hit her flip-flop, flip-flop, double Arabian dismount well, however (14.30).

Douglas hit her Arabian double tuck, stag jump, and followed her tucked full-in with a back tuck that drew a loud cheer. She stuck her double pike and ended with a double tuck. There was not much energy in her performance, but everything she does draws loud cheers (14.80)

Raisman finished on her weak event, bars, and had several leg separations throughout (14.15).

Baumann is gorgeous on floor and opened with a solid double layout. She went O.B. on two whips through to double tuck. She ended with a clean double pike. Great routine (14.50).

Biles finished a perfect night with a bars routine that she could not have done better. Of course, she stuck her tucked half-in half-out (15.10).

Hernandez also ended her night with a strong routine on beam to go four-for-four. A bit cautious in places but no major wobbles (15.30).

Written by dwight normile    Friday, 24 June 2016 14:24    PDF Print
O'Keefe Takes First-Day Lead at Junior P&G Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—Maile O'Keefe of Salcianu Elite went four-for-four, including the top beam score (14.85), to take the first-day lead in the women's junior competition at the P&G Championships Friday afternoon. Her 57.05 leads second-place Riley McCusker (MG Elite, 56.45), who finished her day with an amazing bars routine that earned the top score of the event (14.60). Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) sits in third with 55.50, and Morgan Hurd (First State) overcame a fall from bars to finish fourth (55.40). Shilese Jones (Buckeye) and Kalyany Steele (Colorado Aerials) posted scores of 55.00 and 54.70, respectively, to place fifth and sixth.

The finals of the junior competition will be held on Sunday.


Rotation 1

High, stuck double-twisting Yurchenko from Chae Campbell of Metroplex.

Entertaining floor routine from Emma Malabuyo of Texas Dreams. Stuck tucked full-in mount and double pike dismount (with a couple of arm windmills!).

Solid beam set by Riley McCusker of MG Elite. She has some big shoes to fill, with teammates Jazmyn Foberg and Lauren Hernandez winning the last two U.S. junior titles, respectively.

Simone Biles' World Champions Centre clubmate Hannah Joyner is in this session, but she struggled on floor.

Morgan Hurd of First State was first rate on bars until she peeled off on a Tkatchev. She did catch her toe-on Tkatchev and ended with a tucked double-double.

Jordan Chiles (Naydenov) landed stiff legged on an Amanar in podium training and pulled out of the meet. No ligament damage; just a bruised bone.

Trivia Question: What is a Billiken, the mascot of St. Louis University (where the meet is being held)? (Answer below)

Rotation 2

Campbell, who was in first place after one rotation, took a nasty fall from bars on her double front dismount. Barely made it past her head on the second somersault. Big round of applause as she walked away with the assistance of trainers.

McCusker channeled teammate Lauren Hernandez on floor with exquisite expression. Coach Maggie Haney really knows how to get her gymnasts to emote. Her routine got a huge reception from the crowd.

Gorgeous form on bars by Kinsey Davis (KPAC), who did a high Hindorff.

Deanne Soza (Arete) ran into trouble on beam with three falls.

Trinity Thomas (Presitge) did an incredibly high double layout mount on floor, followed by an immediate split jump the seemed even higher! It even made the crowd gasp.

Shilese Jones (Buckeye) mounted floor with a 1.5 twist through to tucked full-in and made it look easy! That was the pass Dianne Durham did in the early 1980s.

On bars, Alyona Shchennikova (5280) did an inside-Stalder to Shaposhnikova, immediate inside-Stalder on the high bar.

Trivia Question: What does KPAC stand for?

Rotation 3

Trinity Thomas did one of the most perfect Yurchenko-fulls ever. Definitely capable of a double.

Aria Brusch (Cincinnati) performed a dynamic bar routine, but on her her giant before the dismount, her rear clipped the low bar and her double layout was under rotated. She bounced forward onto her hands.

Morgan Hurd showed clean tumbling on floor and expressive choreography. She certainly captivated the crowd.

Strong Yurchenko-double twist from Shilese Jones.

Leader after the first two events, Maile O'Keefe (Salcianu Elite) nailed bars in rotation three.

Emma Malabuyo landed her vault poorly in rotation two and scratched bars and beam.

Chae Campbell scratched beam and floor after her fall from bars.

Rotation 4

Trinity Thomas missed her Tkatchev on bars, but she did catch a piked Maloney-half.

Morgan Hurd spun a quick Yurchenko-double twist.

Lauren Letzsch (TIGAR) stuck a clean Yurchenko-full.

Jordan Bowers (Solid Rock) exemplified the name of her gym on her Yurchenko-full.

Leader Maile O'Keefe competed on beam at the same time runner-up Gabby Perea (Legacy Elite) was on floor. Both hit, but O'Keefe saved her best for last. She earned the top score on beam (14.85) for a 57.05 all-around.

Incredible bar set from Riley McCusker (Ricna, beautiful Stalders, inverted giants to barani-in back-out, stuck). Her 14.60 was the top bars score and lifted her to second place.

Trivia Question: What does TIGAR stand for? (Answer below)

A Billiken, which looks like a tiny Buddha with a pointy head, is a mythical good-luck figure who represents "things as they ought to be."

KPAC: Kristie Phillips Athletic Center

TIGAR: The International Gymnastics Academy of the Rockies

Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 23 June 2016 21:42    PDF Print
Mikulak Maintains His Edge at Olympic Trials
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

ST. LOUIS—In spite of missing his first two events, Sam Mikulak maintained his lead after the first day of Olympic trials. Scores from tonight were added to the two-day total of the P&G Championships in Hartford, Conn. Mikulak has 272.150 to lead second-place Chris Brooks, who had another perfect night (269.025). Jake Dalton kept his third place ranking with 267.325.

Counting tonight only, Mikulak won with 90.650, followed by Brooks (89.175) and Danell Leyva (88.725).

Mikulak began the night on parallel bars, where he hit a beautiful routine before sitting down his double front. High bar didn't go much better when his Takemoto finished on the wrong side of the bar. This caused a major break when he had to muscle the following giant.

"I think I've done this too many times, and I was upset with it," said Mikulak, who added that support from his family in the crowd helped him to regroup. He nailed floor exercise and followed with a superb pommel horse set, after which he released some frustration with a fist pump.

Brooks continued his impressive performance with six more hit routines to go with the 12 he nailed in Hartford. He also said the pressure had increased in St. Louis.

"You can feel it in the air," he said. "It's more intense."

Brooks implied the Mikulak has a spot locked up, but no one else. "The rest of us are fighting for second through ninth," he said. "The case I'm trying to make for myself is consistency."

Dalton was solid on five events but broke on parallel bars. And although many believe he's a lock along with Mikulak and Donnell Whittenburg, he's not taking anything for granted.

"I want to do anything I can to help Team USA."

Akash Modi retained his fourth place from P&G Championships, and it might have been higher had he not fallen from pommels in the final rotation. His personal highlight was a 15.225 on parallel bars.

There was no change in  Whittenburg's fifth-place ranking, although the two he was tied with faded to sixth (Yul Moldauer) and 14th (Sean Melton). Whittenburg had the high score on parallel bars (15.70) but one hand peeled off the high bar on a release skill. He managed to regrasp the bar and finish the giant, but lost several tenths in the process.

"It felt pretty good," he said of his night. "High bar gave me a little trouble. I have no idea (how I made the giant). In gymnastics, you have to think fast."

John Orozco went four for four. He was excellent on parallel bars and high bar (highest score of 15.475), and performed an easier routine on pommels and was solid on rings.

Alex Naddour did every event but high bar and led the pommel horse scores with 15.650. In Hartford, he missed one of his routines on horse, a weak event for the U.S.

"I think no one is perfect," he said. "If you have a mistake, forget it."

Leyva looked like a different gymnast in St. Louis. What was the difference for him?

"The preparation," he said. "The amount of work I put in (since Hartford)."

The final round of the men's Olympic trials on Saturday night will be intense. So many gymnasts are on the bubble. But only a few will dreams will be realized.


Rotation 1:

Lots of hits and sticks in rotation one, but the highlight had to be Steven Legendre on floor, who absolutely rocked his best routine ever on that event. Not sure he should have placed second to close friend Jake Dalton on the event. Dalton seemed to have more hops after his landings, and Legendre had a 6.8 D-score to Dalton's 6.7.

John Orozco opened his Olympic bid with an excellent set on p-bars, sticking his double pike.  Alex Naddour also stuck his double pike on the event.

Donnell Whittenburg anchored p-bars and took the first round lead with a 15.700, which included a stuck barani-out.

Four-time national champion Sam Mikulak was not one of the hits in rotation one. After an impeccable set on p-bars, he sat down his double front. You have to wonder what causes all of these fluky mistakes.

Rotation 2:

On high bar, Mikulak's Takemoto finished on the wrong side of the bar, which was followed by a handstand pushup. Another blown routine.

Whittenburg's pipe set was equally adventurous. One peeled off on a Moznik but he somehow regained his grip and finished the giant.

Orozco hit well on high bar and looks like a different gymnast here than in Hartford.

Naddour did not compete on high bar.

Rotation 3:

Great Bhavsar from Akash Modi on p-bars, and a tidy full-out dismount.

Excellent triple-double mount from Eddie Penev on floor.

Mikulak hit a clean set on floor for 15.65.

Chris Brooks is three for three after starting on rings.

Danell Leyva has also gone three for three and scored 15.60 on p-bars.

Orozco did not compete on floor.

Rotation 4:

First up on pommels, Mikulak got revenge with an amazing set that seemed to fire him up.

Leyva nailed high bar with beautiful releases, so he hit two of the three events the team would need him on.

Orozco hit pommels with an easier routine than in Hartford.

Naddour helped his cause with a difficult set on horse for a 15.65 (6.8).

Rotation 5:

Great floor routine from Donothan Bailey. Stuck his double Arabian dismount.

Naddour edged Whittenburg on rings, 15.225-15.175.

Dalton finally made a mistake with intermediate swings on p-bars.

Yul Moldauer led the p-bar rotation with a 15.35.

Rotation 6:

Bailey hit a difficult pommel horse routine.

Brooks finished his meet on pommels and hit cold. He is currently 18 for 18. Can anyone else in the field lay claim to that?

Naddour landed his Tsukahara-double pike. He uses a controlled run, so the vault is not that high. But he took only a small step.

After vaulting Kasamatsu-1.5 in Hartford, Mikulak finally upgraded to the Lopez he used in 2012. And it was solid.

Whittenburg closed his night with a solid Dragulescu on vault.

Modi was cruising on pommels before slipping off midway through his routine.


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