Posts Tagged ‘Benoit Caranobe’

12 to watch in 2009 — a recap

January 8, 2009

Japans Kohei Uchimura is likely to be very successful in 2009.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura is likely to be very successful in 2009.

Posted late last month and early into this one, here are my picks for who will make waves in 2009:

    Sabrina Gill, Canada
    Kohei Uchimura, Japan
    Jeffery Wammes and Epke Zonderland, Netherlands
    Viktoria Komova, Russia
    Fabian Hambuchen, Germany
    Larissa Iordache, Romania
    Samantha Shapiro and Jordyn Wieber, USA
    Alexy Bilozerchev, USA
    Tatiana Nabieva, Russia
    Nathan Gafuik, Canada
    Cui Jie, China
    Benoit Caranobe, France

Honorable mentions: Peng-Peng Lee and Charlotte Mackie, Canada; Becky Downie, Great Britain; Koko Tsurumi, Japan; Paola Galente, Italy, Ksenia Semyonova, Aliya Mustafina and Nailia Mustafina,  Russia; Sergei Khorokhordin, Russia; Alexander Vorobyov, Ukraine; Stephen Legendre, USA; Thomas Bouhail, France; Zou Kai, China; Louis Smith, Great Britain. Good luck to all in 2009.

12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 12

January 3, 2009
Frances Benoit Caranobe is gunning for 2009.

France's Benoit Caranobe is gunning for 2009.

Benoit Caranobe, France: Gymnastics fans know his name, but until then probably didn’t know too much else about him. There’s nothing like a come-from-nowhere Olympic all-around bronze to make people take notice of you — and to heighten the expectations for the next season.

To take a page from the excellent Triple Full blog, here’s a Dec. 28 article from Reuters regarding Caranobe and his plans for the future (there’s wine involved).

Caranobe, somewhat like Vanessa Ferrari pre-2006, does not train in ideal conditions. According to the article, Caranobe has to split his training between several gyms in order to work out on different pieces of equipment.

Caranobe gets ready to live a delicate season

COURCHEVEL (Savoy) (Reuters) – Owing to his work in Insep, gymnast Benoît Caranobe, bronze medalist in Beijing, is today obliged to run from room to room to be able to train correctly.

Third in the all-around competition of the Games, the gymnast from Noisy-le-Grand is not up in arms, however.

“To be at the top in general competition, the ideal is to work the six apparatuses in the same session. But this season, owing to work in Insep, that will be impossible,” he explains.

So the all-arounder will pass from gymnasium to gymnasium between Noisy-le-Grand, in Seine Saint-Denis, and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, in Val-de-Marne, in spite of the presence of the students and the absence of a pit in which to work his new elements.

“The first challenge will therefore be to learn skills on a hard surface without hurting myself. Second, to continue going up on the podium even if I am going to be waiting [editing note: I assume he means waiting a long time before beginning his routine]. When I raise my arm, it will consequently be necessary me to assure my rank,” he says.

A future cellarman

At the end of three difficult years interspersed by injuries, Caranobe, 28, expects new difficulties.

“Not only am I going to have less parallel parkings, [?] they won’t be stretchy. And because of my great age, I have to take more and more time to warm up my rusty body,” he says with humor.

His first international all-around competition will be at the renowned American Cup on Feb. 21 in Chicago. Then in April in Milan, the man from Noisy would well like to carry off the title at the European Championships. In 2004, the French team acquired a bronze medal there.

Oct. 12-18 at the World Championships in London, Caranobe would like to “well confirm” his Olympic medal, or to show that he can also be “a specialist of all apparatuses.”

Between Milan and London, the Mediterranean Games, June 26-July 5 at Pescara in Italy, will be of use for “preparation and regulation.”

In 2009, Caranobe will also launch another challenge — that of assuring his arrears. In order to do that, this son of an Alpine ex-hunter will open a winecellar in Noisy-le-Grand.

The treasure of the future cellarman will be principally composed of vineyards harvested by the ancient big names of French sports.

10 things that should have happened during the Olympics…

October 7, 2008
Nastia Liukin was fabulous in Beijing -- as it should have been.

Nastia Liukin was fabulous in Beijing -- as it should have been.

…and did.

1. Nastia Liukin should have won the women’s all-around. With a highly respectful nod to 2007 World Champion Shawn Johnson, only Nastia combined the balletic artistry that makes gymnastics a truly special sport with the difficulty that makes people say wow. Not only that, she stuck almost all her critical landings during the all-around final — on vault, off beam and on that tricky front-full, front double full first pass on floor.

Liukin’s performance in that all-around final was a throwback to the “perfectionist” gymnastics of old — and hopefully, an inspiration to the perfectionist gymnastics to come.