The C Score (2.0)

Archive for December 11th, 2008

With the World Cup Final coming up, it’s easy to forget that anothe interesting competition will be taking place in Belgium at Woluwé Saint-Lambert near Brussels.

The participating countries are Holland, Belgium, Romania and the United States.

Corrie Lothrop (USA)

Corrie Lothrop (USA)

United States:

The United States will be sending Corrie Lothrop, Amanda Jetter and Olivia Courtney.

Lothrop, of course, was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team, and is coming off of an impressive performance at the PAGU Individual Event Championships in Argentina, where she took gold on vault and silver on all three other events. Courtney also had a good meet at PAGU, taking second on vault and first on floor. This is Jetter’s first international event. She qualified to the National Team for the first time this year, placing fifth in the all-around.

Larisa Iordache (ROM)

Larisa Iordache (ROM)

Romania:

The Romanian participants are Ana Maria Baicu, Larisa Iordache, Patricia Tiron and Mihaela David

We all know plenty about Iordache, the twelve-year-old Romanian superstar who was first in her age level at last year’s Romanian National Championships, though she fell to second this year. Iordache was at Top Gym earlier this fall, where she took first on floor. She’s got a nice routine with good choreography and expressiveness, especially for a young Romanian. She was fourth in the all-around. Baicu was third in the Romanian nationals in her age group this year after taking fifth last year. Baicu was third in the all-around and on floor at the November Tournoi de Blanc-Mesnil, after Natalia Kononenko and Diana Bulimar. Tiron was eighth in the all-around at that competition, where she also took first on beam. David is a teammate of Iordache and Baicu at Dinamo Bucharest.

Wyomi Masela (NED)

Wyomi Masela (NED)

Holland:

Holland sends Jocelyn Kraan, Ewald Marrit, Lieke Wevers, Tahnee Masela, Wyomi Masela and Natasja Blind.

Wevers, Sanne Wevers’ sister, was third in the Dutch National Championships last year (after Suzanne Harmes and Sanne), with Marrit taking fourth. The Masela sisters are both very good, and Wyomi specifically is coming off of two excellent competitions: at the Massilia Cup, where she placed first on vault, and at the Tournoi d’Arques, where she was the all-around champion. Blind also competed at Massilia, but took no medals. She was, however, fifth at the WOGA Classic (tied with Australia’s Britt Greeley) last March. Kraan was sixth at Top Gym this year.

Belgium:

The participants for Belgium are Kim Van Limbergen, Jolien Eggermont, Marieke Herteleer, Monica Dejardin and Emilie Ibragimova. Aagje Vanwalleghem was scheduled to compete but withdrew after moving into qualifying position for the vault competition at the WCF.

I don’t know much about the the Belgian gymnasts to be honest, although Emilie Ibragimova was at Arques recently. Feel free to enlighten me in the comments!

I’ve gotten a few questions about where to watch the WCF. So far, the best answer is on-demand from NBC Universal Sports. That means it’s not real-time, but I would assume they’d get it up there fast.

Options:

  • The FIG announced today (December 12) that it would broadcast the WCF LIVE on its microsite for the event
  • WCF on NBC Universal Sports will have on-demand coverage, which means not live, but more practical
  • Rumor has it that Band (Brazil) will be streaming the event, but I can’t find it on their programming grid
  • Teledeporte will be airing the first day of the WCF on Monday, though oddly, I can’t figure out if they’ll be airing the second day or if the broadcast will be available online

Nastia Liukin continues to rack up the honors. She has been nominated as the United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Year.

If you’d like to vote for Liukin, you can do so here. She’s competing against 11 other female nominees and 12 male nominees. She could win both Female Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year.

I personally think that she should win for this vault alone (from the Beijing all-around, obviously!):

Ana Maria Tamirjan is recovering from a cracked femur, an injury apparently sustained before the Olympics in Beijing.

Apparently Tamirjan took a bit of a break after the Olympics, but Nicolae Forminte told Pro Sport here: “Ana is progressing very well, and she’s very motivated.” She is now training with the American Cup in mind! Apparently she even refused to go on winter vacation!

The Romanian gymnastics team will be in the mountain retreat Poiana Brasov for winter vacation from the 18th to the 19th.

Video is Tamirjan on floor in prelims in Beijing:


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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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