Archive for the ‘2008 European Championships’ Category

Up-and-comer Nailya Mustafina

April 11, 2008

Her older sister Aliya made a name for herself in the U.S. at the 2006 Friendship Classic. And two years later, 11-year-old Nailya Mustafina appears to be doing the same thing.

Nailya Mustafina, 2008 WOGA Classic, Balance Beam:

Aliya Mustafina, 2006 Friendship Classic, Balance Beam:

The comparison between the two, both shown below on balance beam at age 11, is interesting. Although each has the superb form that characterizes most of Russia’s juniors, my bet is that Nailya grows up to be the powerful one (that’s an intense double pike dismount for an 11-year-old.)

At 13, Aliya, who was just second to teammate Tatiana Nabieva at the 2008 junior European Championships in France, already seems quite long-legged and willowy.

Aliya Mustafina, 2008 Junior European Championships, Floor Exercise:

Wrapping up the 2008 Europeans

April 9, 2008

Vanessa FerrariNorthernriver at Difficulty Plus Execution has it right:

…It still looks like Shawn doesn’t have any brutal competition for that all-around title, even with Nastia upgrading uneven bars like crazy. With Steliana Nistor still competing all-around at about the same level that she did at Worlds, and Vanessa Ferrari stumbling along…one wonders how Jade Barbosa is doing.

Ferrari didn’t have the best competition, but even with the fall on beam in team finals, what she displayed was a heck of a lot better than at earlier meets this season. She’d save herself a big deduction if only she’d do a regular full turn on beam instead of grabbing her leg, though.

Vanessa Ferrari, 2008 European Championships Team Finals, Balance Beam:

A Tatiana Nabieva retrospective

April 9, 2008

The newly-crowned junior European Champion may seem like she’s got a long future ahead of her, but she already has quite a past. Youtube user Beechurst10 has videos of a nine-year-old Tatiana Nabieva at the 2003 Voronin Cup.

Tatiana Nabieva, 2003 Voronin Cup, Balance Beam:

Tatiana Nabieva, 2003 Voronin Cup, Floor Exercise: