Posts Tagged ‘Louis Smith’

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.

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.

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Olympic parade

June 30, 2008

Australian Daria Joura
More and more countries are naming their Olympic qualifiers. Here are the latest, in alphabetical order by country:

Australia:
Women: Daria Joura, Lauren Mitchell, Shona Morgan, Ashleigh Brennan, Georgia Bonora and Olivia Vivian. Alternate: Emma Dennis.

Men: Sam Simpson

Brazil:
Women: Jade Barbosa, Daiane dos Santos, Daniele Hypolito, Lais Souza, Ana Claudia Silva, Ethiene Franco, Juliana Santos

Men: Diego Hypolito

Great Britain:
Women: Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie, Laura Jones, Marissa King, Hannah Whelan, Rebecca Wing. Alternates: Imogen Cairns and Kayleigh Cooke

Men: Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings

The British are coming!

June 3, 2008

Beth Tweddle may be the Queen of England (and much of the rest of the world) on the uneven bars, but she’s not the only British gymnast to have some swing.

Daniel Keatings, 2008 Junior European Championships Team Final/All-Around, Pommel Horse:

Louis Smith, 2008 Cottbus Cup, Pommel Horse:

Either could make event finals in Beijing on this event, but Keatings’ fantastic line and swing are really impressive.

Speaking of Tweddle, have you seen her new bar routine? Everyone else has.

Beth Tweddle, 2008 British Team Championships, Uneven Bars:

Tweddle doesn’t get the amplitude of a Kupets or a Liukin on her release moves, particularly the Geinger and the Yezhova (are we calling it a Yezhova or a Sofronie, by the way?) It’s forgivable because they’re mostly done in combination with other releases, and perhaps also because it brings one back to a bygone era of uneven bars when amplitude wasn’t as important as daring and originality.

Gabriela Fahnrich, 1985 World Championships Event Finals, Uneven Bars: