Anna Pavlova has an Amanar?

Russian Anna Pavlova is said to be training an Amanar vault.That’s the news of the Russian Championships, according to International Gymnast Magazine.

[Russian program head Andrei] Rodionenko praised the 2 1/2-twisting Yurchenko vault by veteran Anna Pavlova, who competed vault and floor exercise only; the new double-twisting Yurchenkos from [Ksenia] Afanasyeva and Klyukina; Afanasyeva’s double layout on floor exercise; and Semyonova’s new combination on uneven bars, which gives her a potential 7.6 A-Panel score on the event.

2007 World bars champ Ksenia Semyonova has emerged as a leading Russian all-around candidate, and Yelena Zamolodchikova, the oft-tired-looking Energizer Bunny of the Russian team, is still at it. Svetlana Klyukina, who has popped up at international competitions but has never been a front runner this quad, is also in the game. There was no news, unfortunately, of Daria Elizarova, who showed such stunning promise as a junior.

Daria Elizarova, 2006 European Championships, Floor Exercise:

But Pavlova with an Amanar? Can it be?

Why not? The woman has had one of the better double-twisting Yurchenkos in the business for the past several years.

Anna Pavlova,  2006 World Championships Team Finals, Vault:

Pavlova didn’t compete all-around at this meet, so it’s hard to guess what her status on the other three events is. But she has a knack of peaking at the right time (Athens all-around, anyone?) and has proved time and again by putting up good performances here and there, that she’s still in it.

Anna Pavlova, 2007 Shanghai World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Also: The men’s team, led by 2007 European Champion Maxim Deviatovsky (apparently back with the team following bad behavior at the 2007 World Championships), Sergei Khorokhordin, Nikolai Kryukov and Yuri Ryazanov, appears to be getting on with things.

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