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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).

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I take a particular interest in French gymnastics because I grew up in Paris. This weekend, a group of French juniors took on a dominant set of Italian juniors in Ponzano Veneto, Italy. Results at the bottom, as usual.

Both teams sent their second-tier juniors to this meet, although the Italians had a clear edge on experience and level — they were not represented by the Paola Galantes, of course, but known juniors Carlotta Ferlito, Andrea Foti, Andrea La Spada, Serena Licchetta, Eleonora Rando. The last three were members of the Italian team at the 2008 Junior European Championships.

By contrast, France sent some greener juniors — with the exception of Marine Brevet, who was a member of the French Junior European team, none have any international experience to speak of. France has a couple of interesting very young juniors, but the ones they selected for this meet are fairly middle-of-the-pack. This was good experience for both Ambre Casanova and Emilie Dupuis, who competed in their first international meet. However, Brevet, Casanova, Justine Crosato and Sarah Gusmaroli, all at this meet, will be at the Massilia Cup later this month.

The top four Italians all scored in the 55-and-above range, with Erica Fasana scoring 56.700. The highest B-scores were to be found on vault, where Fasana, Chiara Gandolfi, La Spada and Brevet received B-scores of at least 9.000, the only B-scores in the 9’s of the entire meet. Not that this is uncommon among juniors, but the Italian and French teams are among those that have the most problems with this — and low A-score vaults, also witnessed at this meet.

On the other hand, Brevet qualified to EF in beam at the Junior Europeans this year, and three of the top four Italians beat her beam score at this event: point being, things are looking good for the Italians.

Anyway, the Italians certainly dominated at this meet, taking the top 9 spots. The results:

All-around:

1. Erica Fasana (56.700)
2. Serena Licchetta (56.300)
3. Andrea Foti (55.450)
4. Carlotta Ferlito (55.100)
5. Valentina Scapin/Chiara Gandolfini (54.200)
7. Andrea La Spada (54.050)
8. Eleonora Rando (53.900)
9. Francesca De Agostini (52.650)
10. Justine Crosato (52.250)

My series on rising juniors discusses the Italians here and the French here.

The full results of the Italy-France meet can be found here. It includes the team results by club.


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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