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The two star junior gymnasts from Geddert’s Twistars in Michigan took two spots on the podium in the all-around at this weekend’s junior international elite competition in Charleroi, Belgium.

Jordyn Wieber on floor at the 2008 Top Gym Charleroi competition

Jordyn Wieber on floor at the 2008 Top Gym Charleroi competition

Unsurprisingly, Jordyn Wieber, the current U.S. junior national champion, took first. She beat her nearest competitor by just shy of four points, finishing with an excellent 59.80! She was the only competitor to score in the 15’s on any apparatus, and she did so on all events but floor (where she competed pretty cleanly up until her double pike, which she landed very low). Wieber then went on to win in two EFs, bars and beam. The girl is pretty amazing. I don’t know much about Geddert’s, but they seem to be doing a good job with her. A while back, people were shrieking all around the Internets because she had an Amanar at the age of 12, but she’s not competing it (she performed a DTY at Top Gym), and they seem to be pacing things well. She currently trains only 25 hours a week.

Actually, I was excited to see pictures of Wieber from this competition — she has grown up a lot and looks great!

And I’m really liking Wieber on bars:

Note: more videos available from DutchFan33 on youtube here and from gymcat67 here.

Kamerin Moore, Wieber’s teammate at Geddert’s, took third to Yvette Moshage‘s second. I know nothing about Moshage, a young Dutch gymnast. I have heard, however, that Moore had three falls and still finished third, so that’s excellent news. She then took first on vault and second on floor.

Here is her vault, a very nice 1.5-twisting Yurchenko:

Other participants of note include Romania’s future star (hopefully) Larisa Iordache, who is 11, and her teammate, the excellent Diana Bulimar. Iordache finished a strong fourth, but over a point behind the podium, but then took first on floor. However, Bulimar sprained her ankle in warm-ups and had to withdraw … joining a number of her teammates on the injury list (including Gabriela Dragoi, Ceralesca Patrascu and Ana Porgras, who recently traveled with Daniela Druncea and Sandra Izbasa to the Milan Grand Prix so they could get second opinions from Italian doctors on their injuries, as reported here by Pro Sport).

Results available here.

All-around:

1. Jordyn Wieber (59.80)
2. Yvette Moshage (55.90)
3. Kamerin Moore (55.15)

Vault:

1. Kamerin Moore
2. Jocelyn Kraan
3. Sofiana Makantasi

Uneven bars:

1. Jordyn Wieber
2. Ida Gustafson

Beam:

1. Jordyn Wieber
2. Larisa Iordache
3. Yvette Moshage

Floor:

1. Larisa Iordache
2. Kamerin Moore
3. Jocelyn Kraan

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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.

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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