The C Score (2.0)

Archive for November 16th, 2008

As I already reported, Anna Pavlova injured herself this weekend at the DTB Cup during her dismount (a 2.5 twist) on the balance beam.

Anna Pavlova being carried off the podium after her injury at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart, Germany

Anna Pavlova being carried off the podium after her injury at the DTB Cup in Stuttgart, Germany

According to reports, Pavlova completely tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in her knee. (This article does not specify the diagnosis but does suggest that the German doctors had given one.) Rumor has it that the ligament was already weakened from an injury sustained seven years ago that was improperly treated. However, according to Pavlova’s official Web site, none of this is confirmed, and will only be after her return to Russia.

In an article from “All Sport” (“Весь спорт”) she said:

Right now, I am still in Germany, and will return to Moscow only on Monday. Then I will go for a check-up and it will be clear how serious the injury is. Right now I don’t have a firm diagnosis. They have stabilized my knee and I can walk, every thing is fine. Now, as for when I will be able to start training again, nothing is certain. I won’t get the full check-up until I am home.”

The article goes on to mention that Pavlova’s performance on vault in Stuttgart has guaranteed her spot at the World Cup Final in December. Of course, if the injury is truly to her ACL, that is unlikely to happen.

The new Webmaster for Pavlova’s Web site, Alan, is collecting get-well wishes, which can be sent to

Video of the unfortunate event:

It will come as a surprise to no one, but Japan took team gold at the fourth edition of the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships, held in Doha, Qatar, which is clearly trying to (and doing a good job of) making a name for itself as a gymnastics competition location.

In the AA competition, champion Koko Tsurumi of Japan performed especially well on bars (15.100) and beam (15.500) and actually pretty well on floor (14.800). Kim Un Hwang of North Korea took second with a massive 16.000 on beam but lower scores on both bars and floor. Both Tsurumi and Kim received scores of 14.300 on vault. Third place went to Miki Uemura of Japan, who performed adequately on all four events.

Tsurumi is really improving recently. She finished the competition by taking first on bars and floor, her two best events. Her scores were pretty high, and she has good B-scores. We may see a truly competitive Japanese woman in the next quad if she sticks around.

Koko Tsurumi at the 2008 Olympics

Koko Tsurumi at the 2008 Olympics

** EFs have not yet been contested, but I’ll update this post when they are.


1. Japan
2. South Korea
3. Singapore
4. Thailand
5. India
6. Sri Lanka


1. Koko Tsurumi (JPN)
2. Kim Un Hwang (PRK)
3. Miki Uemura (JPN)


1. Kang Yong Mi (PRK)
2. Angel Hui Ying (HKG)
3. Thi Phan Ha Thanh (VIE)

Uneven bars:

1. Koko Tsurumi (JPN)
2. Cha Yong Wa (PRK)
3. Kim Un Hyang (PRK)


1. Eun Kyung Park (KOR)
2. Yuu Minobe (JPN)
3. Kim Un Hyang (PRK)


1. Koko Tsurumi (JPN)
2. Kim Un Hyang (PRK)
3. Yuuko Shintake (JPN)

Sandra Izbasa has been literally all over the place these past few weeks. This weekend, she is at the Toyota Cup, formerly the Chunichi Cup.

She competed yesterday on vault, placing fourth, and finished today with a silver on balance beam and a gold on floor. Mayu Kuroda took first on beam.

Besides Izbasa, the only name that truly caught my eye on the participants’ list is Kuroda, an uneven bars specialist who placed fourth on bars at the 2005 and 2006 Worlds and was on this year’s Olympic team. She took second on bars to Keiko Mukumoto’s first (Mukumoto was also on the Japanese Olympic team).

On beam, Kuroda finished with a 15.300 to Izbasa’s 15.150. Interestingly, Kuroda’s score was significantly higher than her score in Beijing (a 14.725 in TF) while Izbasa’s was significantly lower (a 15.600 in TF). Izbasa fell on her 2 1/2 twist dismount. But, of course, Izbasa ruled on floor, beating her nearest competitor by 1.350 points.

German Susann Herbst, who competed earlier this year at the Glasgow Grand Prix, earned a silver on vault and a bronze on bars, placing fourth on beam and floor.

Honestly, it’s unclear to me why Izbasa was at this meet. She had a little competition, and I know she truly loves to compete, but she could have been at DTB (although the Romanians haven’t sent anyone there since 2005 for reasons that are unclear to me). She told IG a while ago that she was going to have a “hellish” schedule through the World Cup Final. Hopefully she survives until then, because she is my favorite gymnast on floor these days.


1. Keiko Mukumoto
2. Susann Herbst
3. Arisa Tominaga


1. Keiko Mukumoto
2. Mayu Kuroda
3. Susann Herbst


1. Mayu Kuroda
2. Sandra Izbasa
3. Momoko Ozawa


1. Sandra Izbasa
2. Sayuri Minobe
3. Momoko Ozawa

About The C Score

First there was A score and B score, now D score and E score. Where is the C score? Right here. In the form of my random thoughts about women's artistic gymnastics.


November 2008