Cheng Fei: All-arounder no more

Cheng Fei will forgo uneven bars leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

China View reported today that five-time world champion Cheng Fei (vault, vault, vault, floor, team) will not be vying for one of the all-arounder’s spots on the 2008 Chinese Olympic team.

“As far as the all-around concerned, I have decided to give it up,” said Cheng, triple vault world champion in a row, here on the gymnastics Olympic test on Wednesday. “The time leading to the Beijing Olympics is not too much there and quite a few gymnasts in Chinese team are capable of challenging the event, so I finally give it away.”

Cheng’s 2008 status is already set — according to China View’s article, she’s team captain. What was less clear was that she’s been training bars at all.

Shocking as it is because the Chinese team as a whole is so good on bars, every now and again, the country produces an amazing gymnast who’s just not capable of their standard of bar work. Kui Yuanyuan was one. Cheng, although she has a decent swing, lacks a lot of difficulty given the current code of points.

Cheng Fei, 2005 Chinese National Games, Uneven Bars:

Too bad. Given that she’s capable of performing an Amanar on vault, Cheng has a shot at the all-around in any international competition basically by default. Her beam routine would be fine if she’d just take out the back full. As for vault and floor, well, she’s fairly dominant when she hits.

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3 Responses to “Cheng Fei: All-arounder no more”

  1. Cheng Fei best on beam in Beijing « The Gymblog Says:

    […] — would become a major force in an all-around competition. Maybe Cheng should reconsider her decision not to do the all-around at the 2008 Olympic […]

  2. Liz Says:

    I fully support her decision- and I’m so pleased she had the courage to come out and say it… the Chinese gymnasts lives are so governed its surprising she was even allowed a choice in this… or maybe her statement was made with permission. She can win a lot more gold for China by remaining strong on the other three events.

  3. Shawn Says:

    Perhaps it’d be better this way for now.

    I really hope she stays on after 2008 to do the AA, but from the looks of it, it isn’t possible.

    Longevity is never a trademark of Chinese Women Gymnastics.

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