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10 Reasons Why To Love Larisa after Nanning

The World Gymnastics Championships just ended in Nanning and all I can say is this: “We are so lucky to live in Larisa Iordache’s era!” I feel like when my parents had the opportunity to watch Nadia, except that now Lari has so much more energy and she is so much more dynamic”. Here are my 10 reasons why I am so in love with Larisa and her gymnastics:

1. She is the best balance between difficulty, artistry and joy out there. She posted the greatest total difficulty score of the competition (5.8 vault, 6.3 bars, 6.3 beam and 6.5 floor = 24.9 in total). However, her leaps are beautiful and very high and then photos like this emerge to the gymternet.

Remember, she had the greatest difficulty score in the All Around competition…and she still can do this?

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Things I have learned at the 2014 Worlds (2)

#2 - don’t be sure of your medal, Mustafina is yet to compete


Ooops, I did it again!

I am pretty sure Aly Raisman and Vanessa Ferrari know what is like to compete against Mustafina and her charm, or should I say luck? Mustafina stroke again in Nanning. Not only she won a medal without fulfilling the acrobatic requirement on beam, but she also got a surprisingly bronze medal on floor. Her reaction to the result was priceless, but also funny. I really enjoyed it and was happy for her. On the other hand we saw Skinner shedding tears, just a few moments after she was all smiles at the end of her routine.  Did she think her medal is a lock? Who knows….

The battle for bronze was also a battle between the acrobatic part (Skinner and her layout double-double) and the artistic one (Mustafina and her pirouettes, especially her triple turn with leg up). The artistic routine won the battle, which is not bad I would say.

See you tomorrow. The 3rd thing I learned at Worlds is about a legend.

Photo source: Rewriting Russian Gymnastics (Facebook)

Mihai

Adrian Stoica: “we hoped for a medal in the team competition”

Via Agerpres

The Head of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Adrian Stoica, stated that he is satisfied with the two silver medals, but he regrets the fact that the WAG team did not win the bronze medal in the final.

In the team competition, we hoped for a medal taking into consideration the fact that Romania is the reigning European Champion. Literally, right in front of us there was Russia - a team that could have been beaten. From my point of view, it’s all about the lack of experience. We had some girls who competed for the first time in their life at a World Championship, in front of 12.000 people. That is why we have to start competing more. Sometimes we focus only on training, but taking part in competitions is also a part of the mix.

He has also added that the technical staff of the Romanian WAG team will be soon decided: “I think we will reach a decision in a short time. We will talk with all the people  involved in this activity and we will try to find the best solution.

Photo: Agerpres.

Mihai

Things I have learned at the 2014 Worlds (1)

#1 - The fighting spirit of the Romanian team, no matter what happens.

I think we already should have learned this, but its never too late, right? Never, but never count Romania out in a competition. After the nightmare they faced in the qualification round, when they were close to miss the team-final, they came back the next day, fighting in such an inspiring way that I was really blown way. The podium was near, but in the same time far.

Anyway, the most important thing is that they competed with passion and determination. They believed in their chances and that’s an aspect that can make a difference, not only in gymnastics.

So proud of them! Good job, girls! Good job, coaches! Now, get back in the gym and work those bars! Kidding, I still love and appreciate you, with or without bars. I have faith that you are going to do all that is possible to solve the liabilities we have as a team.

See you tomorrow with the 2nd thing I have learned last week.

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Mihai

Mondiale 2014: calificari baieti - rezultate finale

Finalele mondiale ale anului 2014 in gimnastica masculina au fost stabilite. Avem numele celor 8 tari, celor 24 de gimnasti de la individual compus si a celor 8 finalisti de la fiecare aparat in parte. Competitia baietilor ne-a demonstrat inca o data cat de spectaculoasa poate sa fie gimnastica artistica. Nu numai ca dificultatea atinge culmi inalte, insa si executia este pe masura. Baietii par sa acorde chiar mai multa atentie detaliilor, comparativ cu fetele - care fac din ce in ce mai multe compromisuri la partea de executie. Probabil si forta este un factor determinant. Revenind, finalistii editiei din acest an a Mondialelor de la Nanning sunt urmatorii, printre ei regasindu-l si pe Cristian Bataga:

Cristian Bataga
Cristian Bataga (Romania)

Echipe: China, Japonia, Statele Unite ale Americii, Marea Britanie, Rusia, Germania, Brazilia si Elvetia.

Individual compus: Kohei Uchimura (JPN), David Belyavskiy (RUS), Shudi Deng (CHN), Donnell Whittenburg (SUA), Ran Cheng (CHN), Yusuke Tanaka (JPN), Oleg Verniaiev (UKR), Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS), Daniel Purvis (GBR), Nile Wilson (GBR), Andrey Likhovitskiy (BLR), Fabian Hambuechen (GER), Samuel Mikulak (SUA), Sergio Sasaki Junior (BRA), Petro Pakhnyuk (AZE), Oliver Hegi (SUI), Andreas Toba (GER), Cyril Tommasone (FRA), Alexader Shatilov (ISR), Arthur Oyakawa (BRA), Orlando Calvo Moreno (COL), Cristian Bataga (ROU), Jung Hyeok Lee (KOR), Ludovico Edalli (ITA);

Sol: Denis Abliazin (RUS), Kenzo Shirai (JPN), Diego Hypolito (BRA), Ryohei Kato (JPN), Miguel Zapata Santana (ESP), Eleftherios Kosmidis (GRE), Hansol Kim (KOR), Jacob Dalton (SUA);

Cal cu manere: Krisztian Berki (HUN), Alexander Naddour (SUA), Saso Bertoncelj (SLO), Filip Ude (CRO), Cyril Tommasone (FRA), Robert Seligman (CRO), Andrey Likhovirskiy (BLR) si Daniel Keatings (GBR);

Inele: Yang Liu (CHN), Denis Abliazin (RUS), Eleftherious Petrounias (GRE), Arthur Zanetti (BRA), Courtney Tulloch (GBR), Samir Aid Said (FRA), Hao You (CHN) si Nikita Ignatyev (RUS);

Sarituri: Seon Hak Yang (KOR), Denis Abliazin (RUS), Gwang Se Ri (PRK), Igor Radilivilov (UKR), Kenzo Shirai (JPN), Jacob Dalton (USA), Hung Wai Shek (HKG) si Sergio Sasaki Junior (BRA);

Paralele: Danell Leyva (SUA), Oleg Verniaiev (UKR), Yusuke Tanaka (JPN), Shudi Deng (CHN), Ryohei Kato (JPN) Ran Cheng (CHN), Donnell Whittenburg (SUA) si Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS);

Bara fixa: Epke Zonderland (NED), Kohei Uchimura (JPN) Chenglong Zhang (CHN), Nikolai Kuksenkov (RUS), Marijo Moznik (CRO), Nile Wilson (GBR), David Belyasvkiy (RUS), Orlando Calvo Moreno (COL)

Rezultate: echipe | individual compus | aparate

Foto: Emilia Nicolae

Mihai