12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 11

Cui Jie, China: A series like this wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the immeasurably talented members of China’s junior squad.

Like the Russians, the Chinese juniors have so much promise that it’s hard to say definitely that this one or that one will be great. They all have the potential to be exceptional on the international level. In a country like China, it may be more difficult to win an intrasquad competition on your best event than to make a world final on that event.

So enter Cui. What makes her special? High level skills for someone so young, particularly on floor. And different skills, too, ones that represent a departure from the Chinese norm (example: a double Arabian on floor, and a double front off bars.) There’s also the fact that she scored a 16.025 on beam at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships, tying her with Rebecca Bross for the event title. She’s definitely one to watch in the future.

I’m also excited to see whether Xiao Sha or Sui Lu, China’s almost Olympic team members, will continue. Both are extremely talented and have the potential to win big meets on their best event. Perhaps they could be like Li Ya, who despite Olympic disappointment went on to do her most memorable work in the years between the Games.

Cui Jie, 2008 Chinese Nationals Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

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One Response to “12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 11”

  1. Gymnastics Coaching » Blog Archive » gymnasts to watch in 2009 Says:

    […] Shapiro and Jordyn Wieber, USA Alexy Bilozerchev, USA Tatiana Nabieva, Russia Nathan Gafuik, Canada Cui Jie, China Benoit Caranobe, […]

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