UPDATED 12/16: Americans place 1-2-3 in Woluwé Saint-Lambert
Posted December 13, 2008on:
Americans Corrie Lothrop, Olivia Courtney and Amanda Jetter swept the medals today at the 4th International Challenge in Woluwé Saint-Lambert near Brussels. Perhaps more importantly, Larisa Iordache, the twelve year-old phenom from Romania, finished only .05 points out of the medals!
This is another impressive showing for Lothrop and Courtney, who also competed extremely well at the PAGU Individual Event Championships earlier this fall. Lothrop, of course, was an alternate for the Olympic team, and Courtney is doing quite well also — she finished only .3 behind Lothrop. Also good to see Jetter out there.
Courtney has a great floor. Her second pass, a full in, nearly went out of the field of Dutchfan’s camera. She fell on her third pass, though, an Arabian double front. Without this fall, she would have had gold! A few wobbles on beam, and the form is still a little off, but solid double pike dismount.
On floor, Lothrop nearly fell — but managed to not put her hands down — on a 2.5-front layout. Otherwise, nice routine, although I’m not a huge fan of the music choice. Jetter also had a very nice floor — although, is that MLT screaming in the background? Kind of ruins it. It’s hard not to like this girl. She has nice lines. And powerful for someone so tiny.
The field of fifteen was not particularly strong, but was still exciting. Of the listed participants, I do know that Emilie Ibragimova of Belgium had to scratch at the last minute because of a hamspring injury.
Tahnee Masela, Wyomi Masela’s sister, did not compete on vault and finished last. Honestly, though, there is not a gymnast out there whose style does not remind me more of Shawn Johnson. Check out this floor routine. For the first half, there are almost no pauses, which is refreshing. A little too powerful though, puts her hands down.
Speaking of sisters, Lieke Wevers, whose sister Sanne competes today on beam at the World Cup Final, finished a strong sixth with a very expressive floor routine.
The Romanians, besides Iordache, finished well out of the medals, but then they are much younger than many of the other competitors.
And then there’s Iordache. What can I say? Her floor routine is unbelievable! If she cleans up those landings — she propels herself almost too much — this thing is crazy. Check out the 1.5-punch front-punch front. More importantly, the choreography is incredible. Whoever did this should be doing all of the Romanian routines.
The event was filmed by Dutchfan and Gymcat.
Full results are here.
1. Corrie Lothrop (58.35)
2. Olivia Courtney (58.05)
3. Amanda Jetter (57.10)
4. Larisa Iordache (57.05)
5. Jolien Eggermont (55.45)
6. Lieke Wevers (55.30)
7. Jocelyn Kraan (53.95)
8. Marrit Ewald (53.55)
9. Marieke Herteller (52.45)
10 Ana Maria Baicu (52.05)
11. Monica Dejardin (50.90)
12. Patricia Tiron (49.45)
13. Kim Van Limbergen (49.35)
14. Mihaela David (47.80)
15. Tahnee Masela (38.80)