Posts Tagged ‘Sui Lu’

12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 11

January 2, 2009

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:

Chinese women’s team is…

July 25, 2008

The rumors were true. International Gymnast Magazine has confirmed that Cheng Fei, Jiang Yuyuan, Li Shanshan, Yang Yilin, He Kexin and Deng Linlin will represent team China in Beijing.

Team captain Cheng is the only returning 2004 Olympian but also the lone member of the 2006 World Championship-winning squad.

In China, gymnasts seem to flame out faster than they do elsewhere — perhaps it’s the emergence of stunning new talent like He and Deng that makes it that much harder to stay at the top.

Yang Yilin, 2008 Tianjin World Cup Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

Like the Chinese men’s squad named earlier, this is a dream team — if they can all hit in team finals. China’s reputation there is sketchy. If they hit in event finals, the Chinese could sweep the gold medals.

Whether they win team gold or not, China has certainly locked up the depth prize this quad. Talk about a country whose B team could challenge for a medal –not making the final Olympic cut was Olympic veteran Zhang Nan, artistic Sui Lu, snazzy Pang Panpan, powerful Xiao Sha, and 2006 World team members Zhou Zhuoru, He Ning .

More floor: East vs. West, artistic routines with five passes

May 18, 2008

They said it couldn’t be done, and maybe it can’t. But China’s Sui Lu comes pretty darn close to doing an artistic floor routine packed with five tumbling passes.

Sui Lu, 2008 Chinese Championships, Floor Exercise:

Sui gave an impressive performance on all events at the recent Chinese Championships, where she was first on balance beam and tied with the great Cheng Fei for gold on floor exercise. Sui keeps this up, she could well land on the Chinese Olympic team.

Chinese floor choreography has really been Westernized since the 2000 Olympic Games. Now, with the new floor routines from Cheng Fei and Jiang Yuyuan, we’re seeing it shift Eastward again.

The Old: Ling Jie, 1999 International Team Championships, Floor Exercise:

The New: Pang Panpan, 2006 World Championships All-Around, Floor Exercise:

The Newer: Jiang Yuyuan, 2008 Doha World Cup Finals, Floor Exercise: