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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!

Jetter on beam at Woluwé Saint-Lambert

Jetter on beam at Woluwé Saint-Lambert

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.

it <em>was</em> MLT screeching

Thanks to USAG for the visual confirmation: it was MLT screeching

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 participants at Woluwé Saint-Lambert

The participants at Woluwé Saint-Lambert

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.

All-around:

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)

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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!

We’re nearing the end of the year, so here’s some stuff that’s coming up. This includes “breaking” news coming out of the current U.S. national training camp, which ends tomorrow. The official announcement of U.S. assignments can be found here.

Big news:

  • The U.S. PAGU team has been named: Rebecca Bross, Olivia Courtney, Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro. The inclusion of Shapiro means she must have gotten over her elbow injury.
  • Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache of Romania will compete at Top Gym.
  • Nastia Liukin will perform an exhibition at Massilia Cup.
  • Amanda Jetter will be joined at the International Artistic Gymnastics Challenge by Olivia Courtney and Corrie Lothrop. The latter two will be at both PAGU and in Brussels. Cassie Whitcomb, who was originally named for this meet back in October, is now out.

PAGU:

First, the U.S. team for the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Individual Event Championships has been chosen: Rebecca Bross, Olivia Courtney, Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro.

The big news is that Jana Bieger has once again been screwed over by Marta Karolyi. This seems to be a signal that USAG is done with Bieger; they’re moving on to the younger seniors. If this is the case, I hope Karolyi will release Bieger, and then maybe she could go compete for Germany. I think she would have fun with that, and Germany’s got some other good contenders, including Oksana Chusovitina, Kim Bui, Jenny Brunner, Marie-Sophie Hindermann …. Or maybe she’ll just move on to NCAA. (I always forget she can’t do NCAA because she randomly went elite in 2006.) Anyway, it doesn’t look good for her in U.S. elite gymnastics. The other people on the training squad who were not picked are Mackenzie Caquatto, Amanda Jetter, Bridget Sloan, and Cassie Whitcomb. News from Sloan was that she was going to train for the American Cup in 2009 and not bother with international competition before then. The weird thing is that Shapiro was not even on the shortlist, presumably because she was injured, so maybe she has gotten over that injury, bumping the other three new seniors.

Top Gym

Top Gym in Charleroi, Belgium, which will be attended by two strong American juniors — Jordyn Wieber and her Geddert’s teammate Kamerin Moore — adds two great Romanian juniors to its competition list: Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache. Bulimar was this year’s Category II champion at Romanian Nationals, with Iordache taking Category III last year, and placing second to Andreea Tufa this year. Presumably the Category I juniors, many of whom just moved to the Olympic squad at Deva, have more important things to do. In her most recent competition, at Blanc-Mesnil in France November 7-8, Bulimar took second in the AA to Ukraine’s Natalia Kononenko.

The other countries that have already released the names of their gymnasts aren’t sending any big names. However, I still haven’t heard about Russia’s gymnasts, and it’s possible it may be Anna Dementieva and Viktoria Komova, who will be in neighboring France for Massilia.

Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have announced their gymnasts. Italy will send Chiara Gandolfi and Giorgia Campana, and Holland will send Jocelynn Kraan and Yvette Moshage. A second Belgian team is yet to be named, as are the Slovenian, Slovakian, British and, as I mentioned, Russian teams.
Massilia Cup:

Rumor has it that Nastia Liukin will be performing an exhibition at the Massilia Cup in France on November 21-23.

The Massilia Cup consists of the Massilia Open for teams by country or gym, the Massilia Gym Cup by country-team, and the Top Massilia, an individual final for the highest scorers from the previous competitions.

For the Massilia Gym Cup, Australia will be sending Lauren Mitchell, who is doing quite the circuit right now, Ashleigh Brennan, and top junior Emily Little. For China, Jiang Yuyuan will be competing, which is exciting because she performed only on floor at the recent Chinese Nationals. The Chinese are also sending Wei Guo and Mengsi Tan (not familiar with the latter). Russia is sending juniors: the exciting Tatiana Nabieva as well as Anna Dementieva and Viktoria Komova, who throws some amazing skills for her age. Fantastic junior Youna Dufournet will compete on one team for France with two seniors, Angeline Serre and Manon Erre; and there will also be a team of juniors only: Chloé Stanic, Aurélie Malausséna and Eva Maurin. Brazil sends Ana Silva, Khiuna Dias and Bruna Leal.

Beyond this, some exciting competitors for the Open Massilia. There are a number of them, so I’ll highlight the ones I’m happy to see: Ambre Casanova, Marine Brevet and Justin Crosato of France (Saint-Etienne); Sarah Gusmaroli, Marie Gaffino (although rumor has it she has retired?) and Julie Pennachio also of France (Marseille); Britt Greeley, Tain Molendijk (who has been injured) and Tracey Penaluna of Australia; and three (!) WOGA teams: Briley Casanova, Sophia Lee, Rachel Holman, Alyssa Baumann, Hayley Sanders, Dana Ho, Belle MacFalane, Rachel Philipps and Charle Dembo; and a number of Canadian juniors: Caitlyn Keates, Rochelle Hurt, Dominique Pegg, Anysia Unick, Jessica Dowling, Melissa Downing, Madeline Gardiner, Anna Gamelo, Sabrina Gill, Mikaela Gerber, Briannah Tsang and Alysa Samaratunga (apparently there will be a selection after a training week in France). Léa Kemayou of France will also compete with her Toulon team, but I don’t know about the other competitors.

I’ve highlighted a number of these juniors in my Up-and-Coming Juniors series.

International Artistic Gymnastics Challenge

The Challenge, held in Woluwe Saint-Lambert near Brussels, will now feature Corrie Lothrop and Olivia Courtney in addition to Amanda Jetter and Cassie Whitcomb. This means that Lothrop and Courtney will be both at PAGU and at Saint-Lambert.


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