Posts Tagged ‘Svetlana Klyukina’

Yelizerova, Klyukina grab last two spots on Russian team

July 26, 2008

Daria Yelizerova and Svetlana Klyukina have secured the final two spots on the Russian team headed for Beijing, International Gymnast Magazine reports.

Ksenia Semyonova Other members of the team are Ksenia Semyonova, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Anna Pavlova and Yekaterina Kramarenko.

The rebounding Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova has been named team alternate. Grebenkova, 25, has already vowed to continue training after 2008.

No Olympics for Lozhechko

July 22, 2008

Russian Yulia Lozhechko on her best event.

From International Gymnast Magazine:

While the Russian women’s Olympic team has yet to be officially announced, veteran Yulia Lozhechko won’t be going to Beijing, head coach Andrei Rodionenko said Monday.

Lozhechko, the 2007 European Champion on balance beam, has lost all chances for the 2008 Olympics. Ksenia Afanasyeva, Yekaterina Kramarenko, Anna Pavlova and Ksenia Semyonova already have secured berths, and Svetlana Klyukina, Daria Yelizarova and Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova are vying for the remaining two spots, Rodionenko said.

Good grief! OK, so Lozhechko’s been a bit up and down since winning the 2007 Europeans on beam, but when she’s on, she could make event finals on that event easily, perhaps even medal. There must be something seriously wrong for her to be eliminated at this stage.

Then again, Lozhechko has a history of disobedience:

Lozhechko, a World Cup gold medalist and three-time world team member, was given a three-month suspension from the team last fall for defying the coaches at the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart. In the preliminaries, Lozhechko was instructed to dismount balance beam with a simple double tuck, but attempted a more difficult Arabian double front to increase her chances of getting into the beam final. She fell on the dismount and was an alternate to the final.

Lozhechko was criticized by the coaching staff for “mental problems” following her subpar finish at the Russian Cup. After finishing 12th in qualification, fifth in the final and third on beam, she was nevertheless given the final invitation to the training camp in Leninsk-Kuznetsky. However, her Olympic chances ended there, Rodionenko said.

Yulia Lozhechko, 2007 World Championships All Around, Balance Beam:

She evoked Svetlana Khorkina in bodyline and movement, although apparently Rodionenko is less tolerant of “mental problems” than former Russian coach Leonid Arkayev was (hey, the man put up with The Diva for a decade, although Khorkina seemed to win more than she lost.)

With the more experienced four of the training camp — Pavlova, Kramarenko, Semyonova and Afanasyeva — confirmed, what an interesting choice between Grebenkova, Yelizerova and Klyukina for the final spot.

Harmes to Olympics, van der Leur done

June 24, 2008

Suzanne Harmes

While the U.S. Olympic Trials were happening, across the world the Dutch were quietly determining their own women’s Olympic team at the Dutch Open.

They might have called it the Russian Open instead. Russia sent what may well be its Olympic team — Anna Pavlova, Ksenia Semenova, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Svetlana Kluykina, Yulia Lozhechko and Ekaterina Kramarenko to Amsterdam with the expectation that they would dominate, and they did.

The Netherlands’ one-woman squad will apparently consist of new mom Suzanne Harmes, the only Dutch gymnast to meet the selection committee’s standards, which are still a bit unclear.

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So few slots, so many questions

March 7, 2008

In theory, by March of an Olympic year, we should be getting a better idea of who’s going to be on the Olympic team in most countries.

China is not most countries.

Here are Deng Linlin and Guo Weiyang, two from the People’s Republic whose success at the just concluded Doha World Cup may contribute to their own Olympic surge. Guo won gold on high bar in Doha. Deng won gold on beam and silver on floor.

She didn’t do too shabbily on vault, either, winning a bronze behind Germany’s Oksana Chusovitina and Russian Anna Pavlova.

Deng Linlin, 2008 Doha World Cup Event Finals, Vault:

Guo Weiyang, 2007 Chinese Nationals Event Finals, High Bar:

Ksenia SemyonovaMatters aren’t much clearer when it comes to the prospective Russian women’s team, either. Ksenia Semyonova is the reigning world champion on the uneven bars, but Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova keeps coming up with big results at smaller meets. Ksenia Afanasyeva had a great competition at last week’s Russian Cup.  

Add veteran Pavlova to the mix, as well as the stalwart Yelena Zamolodchikova, Svetlana Klyukina, Yekaterina Kramarenko, Polina Miller, Kristina Pravdina, Anna Grudko, Irina Isayeva, Daria Elizarova and Yulia Lozhechko. There’s no dearth of talent in Russia.

Who goes? Who stays? Who knows?

Good grief.

Anna Pavlova has an Amanar?

February 28, 2008

Russian Anna Pavlova is said to be training an Amanar vault.That’s the news of the Russian Championships, according to International Gymnast Magazine.

[Russian program head Andrei] Rodionenko praised the 2 1/2-twisting Yurchenko vault by veteran Anna Pavlova, who competed vault and floor exercise only; the new double-twisting Yurchenkos from [Ksenia] Afanasyeva and Klyukina; Afanasyeva’s double layout on floor exercise; and Semyonova’s new combination on uneven bars, which gives her a potential 7.6 A-Panel score on the event.

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Jiang Yuyuan wins Good Luck Beijing

November 29, 2007

Jiang Yuyuan won the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational.

Third after the preliminary round, China’s Jiang Yuyuan rallied to win the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational Thursday, International Gymnast Magazine reported.

Jiang, did not compete beam at the 2007 World Championships, posted the highest score on all four events during the all-around final to edge Australian Daria Joura, who led after the preliminary round. Jiang had a 15.4 on balance beam, a 15.725 on uneven bars, a 15.225 on floor and a 14.875 on vault. Joura also posted a 14.875 on vault.

The tiny, charismatic Jiang is quickly making a case for her inclusion on China’s 2008 Olympic team.

Jiang Yuyuan, 2007 World Championships Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

American Bridget Sloan was third. 15.1 on balance beam was her high.

2005 World Champion Chellsie Memmel came in fifth behind Australian newcomer Lauren Mitchell. Memmel posted a 14.55 on uneven bars and a 14.7 on balance beam, but barely cracked 14s on floor and vault, where she competed a watered down Yurchenko full.

Canadian national champion Kristina Vaculik, Russian veteran Svetlana Klyukina, Great Britain’s Marissa King, Dutch standout Verona van der Leur and Romanian Andreea Grigore rounded out the top 10.