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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!

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Six of the seven juniors recently promoted to the Olympic team at Deva competed in the Romanian junior nationals held this weekend.

The biggest news is that Claudia Voicu, one of those recently promoted to the Olympic team, won the Category I (1994-1995 births) with a stellar 59.150 all-around score. This comes just weeks after Nicolae Forminte, Romanian head coach, bemoaned the fact that his juniors were scoring only in the mid-fifties. Voicu’s score is due largely to a great performance on beam — a 16.100 with a A-score of 6.5. Amelia Racea, my pick for top Romanian junior and last year’s Category II champion, took second to Voicu with a 57.300. Diana Trenca, last year’s Category II runner-up, took third. Of those on last year’s Category I podium, Ana Porgras (my second pick) and Loredana Sabau were both out with injuries (though both have also been promoted to the Olympic team), and Diana Chelaru (my third pick) took fourth.

So far there are not a ton of videos up from this meet (what exists belongs to monagym), but here is Voicu’s BB, which was by far the highest-scoring routine on any apparatus in the entire competition (for comparison, Racea’s BB was scored 14.500). Honestly, I thought the judges were a little lenient on this one — I think I could come up with more than .5 points in deductions. Voicu does a mount similar to Dominique Moceanu’s from the 1996 Olympics (which I always vaguely disliked) and a nice aerial to arabesque if you like that thing (not a huge fan). She’s mostly very confident — very Romanian — but is a little shaky on her leg-up full turn. Dismount is a double pike:

The Category II podium consists of top Category III gymnasts from 2007: Diana Bulimar, this year’s champion, was third to Madalina Neagu last year, who this year took second. Ana Maria Baicu, this year’s bronze medalist, was fifth at last year’s championships. The top two finished with scores of 56.925 and 56.625, respectively.

I absolutely love Bulimar’s FX, which has an A-score of 6.1 but was fairly heavily deducted in the AA for a finals core of 14.475. She scored better in EFs (14.700). Nicely landed Tsukahara, double twist, two-and-a-half to punch front, double pike. She shows good dance and nice expression, and I like the music choice — I think she’s well-positioned to become stellar on floor.

Bulimar’s score, however, was way outpaced by Neagu’s. Neagu started with a 6.3 A-score to finish with a 15.075 on FX.

Larisa Iordache, a beautiful but young gymnast considered to be one of Romania’s greatest hopes for (much) later in the upcoming quad, and the winner (over Neagu and Bulimar) in last year’s Category III championships, took second in this year’s Category III all-around, and was also the only Category III gymnast to perform a release skill on uneven bars. She placed second to the little-known Andreea Tufa, while Georgiana Gheorghe took third. These last two placed tenth and ninth, respectively, at last year’s Category III championships.

Tufa scored a 13.775 with this floor, which, well, needs serious choreography, music and expression upgrades:

Results

Category I (1993-1994 births):

1. Claudia Voicu (59.150)
2. Amelia Racea (57.300)
3. Diana Trenca (56.525)

Category II (1994-1996 births):

1. Diana Bulimar (56.925)
2. Madalina Neagu (56.625)
3. Ana Maria Baicu (55.550)

Category III (1996-1998 births):

1. Andreea Tufa (55.650)
2. Larissa Iordache (55.575)
3. Georgiana Gheorghe (54.125)


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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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