Elizarova: Beijing spoiler?

Of all the Russian juniors who seem to have disappeared off the face of the Earth, I wonder most about 16-year-old Daria Elizarova, who was on the start list for the 2007 World Championships but did not compete.

Elizarova’s toepoint and presentation are reminiscent of the great Lilia Podkopayeva’s.

Lilia Podkopayeva, 1996 Olympic Games All-Around, Floor Exercise:

Daria Elizarova, 2006 Junior European Championships Team Final, Floor Exercise:

The obvious competitiors for all-around gold in Athens have presented themselves: Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Vanessa Ferrari, Jade Barbosa, Steliana Nistor and Pang Panpan if she’s in her 2006 form.

Gymnastics fans will now spend the winter months exhausting every possible upset scenario before the American Cup in March gives a better picture of how things stand.

Elizarova, who will be competing at the mini-Olympics that the Good Luck Beijing test event is turning into, should be scenario number one.

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3 Responses to “Elizarova: Beijing spoiler?”

  1. Vada Says:

    What about Irina Isayeva? Is she age-eligible for Beijing?

  2. SOFI Says:

    I think Elizarova didn´t compete, because she is so good on beam and floor, and federation belive that Pavlova, Semenova, and Lotchenko are better and enought.

    They have to remember what happened with Kramarenko in Suttgart;(to put so much pressure, she was nervous in the vault)

    They take new decision, because DARIA ELIZAROVA coudl be a susprise.
    It is time that Russia Federation think the most important it is the art and not the medal.

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