The C Score (2.0)

Latest World Cup Final update: we’re almost there!

Posted on: December 4, 2008

We can basically totally predict the competitors for the WCF at this point. Probably the biggest question mark remains vault. Here are the most recent lists from the FIG:


Cheng Fei
Elena Zamolodchikova
Jana Kormskova
Ariella Kaeslin
Dorina Boczogo
Hong Su Jong*
Aagje Vanwalleghem
Yong Mi Kang*

Unsurprisingly, we’re waiting on the North Koreans. Generally speaking, they don’t usually show up for World Cup events, but who knows what Leonid Arkayev has up his sleeve. Yong Mi Kang is definitely in competitive condition, as I have already mentioned — she recently won vault at the 2008 Asian Games. However, Hong Un Jong has already declined, so we might want to count these two out. This is the prediction about which I’m least confident. Marissa King (19th) is up next, followed by Elsa Garcia (20th). If not them, we would move on to Maria Kostyuchenko (21st) and Kim Bui (22nd). Kostyuchenko was at the Slovenian World Cup in April, but I have no idea where she is now. Bui is clearly ready, but I guess I would predict King and Garcia at this point .

Uneven bars:

Dariya Zgoba
He Kexin
Jana Sikulova
Yang Yilin
Anastasia Koval
Jiang Yuyuan
Koko Tsurumi*
Daria Joura*

I’m pretty confident that Koko Tsurumi will compete, and that Daria Joura will not. This leaves one more place. That would go to … Daniele Hypolito (20th), who is already going to Madrid, so we can count this one settled hopefully.


Cheng Fei
Sandra Izbasa
Li Shanshan
Yulia Lozhecko
Daniele Hypolito
Lauren Mitchel
Dariya Zgoba
Chellsie Memmel*

There is no way Chellsie Memmel is showing up to the WCF that I can conceive of, so let’s count her out. That moves Alina Kozich (21st) up, and as she will already be in Spain, she looks to be it.


Cheng Fei
Sandra Izbasa
Jiang Yuyuan
Alina Kozich
Suzanne Harmes
Daniele Hypolito
Elena Zamolodchikova
Deng Linlin*
Naomi Ruiz (Spain’s nominee)

Deng Lilin is reportedly fairly seriously injured, so her participation is unlikely. We can almost definitely skip over Jana Bieger and can definitely skip Cassy Vericel, Steliana Nistor and Oksana Chusovitina for injury and retirement, which moves up Koko Tsurumi (23rd) to the next place, as I’ve mentioned before. I would peg her as a likely participant.

5 Responses to "Latest World Cup Final update: we’re almost there!"

Isn’t Leonid Arkaev in South Korea rather than North Korea?

Yeah, I was thinking about them doing the joint training, but now that I think about it he’s not the head coach for any of the PRK girls.

Gym Aus had an announcement that Lauren Mitchell will be competing but said nothing about Dasha which I take to mean that they she will definately not be there

Since when did Leonid Arkayev coach in Korea?

Nik: Agreed on Joura; I don’t think anyone expects her to be there.

el: After the 2004 Games, Arkaev accepted a position to coach in Korea. He is in South Korea, and mainly coaches their gymnasts, though in the 2006 Asian Games, for instance, there was a unified team (not to be confused with the Unified Team). In Russia, they were mad at him for what was considered below-expectations performance at the Olys, so he left.

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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.


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