The C Score (2.0)

Archive for December 17th, 2008

A small group of French gymnasts is in Grieux (near Grenoble) for a training camp lasting until December 23rd.

Apparently national coach Véronique Legras-Snoeck wants to integrate the youngest seniors, those born in 1993, including Youna Dufournet.

Pauline Morel will not be at Giers, but has already announced that she will continue competing.

The gymnasts present are Dufournet, Emilie Dupuis, Manon Erre, Eva Maurin, Elodie Perez, Marine Petit, Typhaine Pompilio, and Chloé Stanic. Petit is the only Olympic-team member to show up at Giers.

Of other gymnasts who could/should have been present, many are excused, and some are injured (including Laetitia Dugain, Kathleen Lindor, Aurélie Malausséna and Angéline Serre). Apparently Rose-Eliandre Bellemare and Lindsay Lindor are in Guadeloupe for a gala. Guadeloupe or Giers? You decide.

Finally, Marine Debauve has not yet decided on the future of her gymnastics career (by which I mean, whether it exists).

Viktoria Komova had a big day at the Mikhail Voronin Cup, a small international competition featuring gymnasts from former Soviet states (for women, Russia, Kazhakstan, Latvia and Ukraine were represented).

Komova finished with a final score of 61.250, over three points above her nearest competitor, Diana Sapronova and over a point above Kristina Goryunova, the gold medalist in the senior all-around.

Komova — Vera Kolesnikova’s daughter — and Goryunova recently competed on the same team at the Massilia Cup, where they finished second in team finals with Aliya Mustafina. Massilia Cup champion Irina Sazonova placed only fourth in the all-around.

Komova is one to watch. She was third in my series of Up-and-coming juniors because of her excellent placement at Pacific Rim and the WOGA Classic this year (third in both).

Check out how the press release describes her gymnastics: “Her gymnastics is practically irreproachable. Precise. Beautiful.”

The Russians do have a tendency towards verbal dramatics. But still.

Komova’s victory notwithstanding, Sapronova is one to watch. She recently placed second at the Massilia Cup. Anastasia Novikova is also promising, particularly on vault.

Also present for the junior competition was Latvia’s Laura Svilpaite, who was the first reserve for bar finals at Europeans this year. (She would have been ranked much higher had it not been for a fall.) Check out her Pak salto.

Senior all-around:

1. Kristina Goryunova (59.950)
2. Anna Mizdrikova (58.400)
3. Jana Demianchuk (57.150)
4. Irina Sazonova (55.000)
5. Angela Golovina (51.700)
6. Karina Topalova (51.650)

Junior all-around:

1. Viktoria Komova (61.250)
2. Diana Sapronova (58.000)
3. Anastasia Novikova (57.900)
4. Diana Sviridova (57.350)
5. Laura Svilpaite (56.700)
6. Galina Ivanetz (56.150)

Inside Gymnastics is conducting a poll about 2008 as a gymnastics year.

Includes everything from obvious ones (favorite male, favorite female gymnasts) to “Most inspiring Olympic moment (non-gold medalist)” to whether you like the new Code of Points. Even has some questions about NCAA gymnastics.

Inside Gymnastics has been really weak lately (actually it’s easy to see the growing obsolescence of print media even with IG — no one probably really gets news from them anymore, though their features can be good), especially in online presence, but this is a nice trick.

I already completed mine, so especially if you’re trying to engage in some vote-canceling, go there now!

Incidentally, I picked none other than Nastia Liukin for “Most stylish American female gymnast” (Vanilla Star designs notwithstanding, ahem). I suppose I shouldn’t divulge the rest … I have a right to a secret ballot here in these United States. Or so I’ve been told.


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.

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