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Cuban defector gymnast with Yin

That was quick.

I’m assuming they had a plan in advance. Ernesto would be a terrific training partner for Danell. Just sayin’.

Ernesto Vilas Sarria met up with Danell Leyva after defecting de los Panamerican gymnastics Championships in Toronto Canada hace 3 dias ago. Here they are having lunch juntos at Reys Pizza in Miami.

Ernesto was the gold medalist on floor at the 2010 youth Olympic games …

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Madison Kocian – Bars

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Maddie has BIG goals on Bars too. No doubt she’s training upgrades. :-)

Ashton Locklear – Bars

Ashton Locklear won gold with this gorgeous routine. She was originally awarded a 6.1 difficulty score but after an inquiry, it was raised to a 6.4. Her final score was a 14.975.

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Ashton’s been astonishingly consistent. Her ticket to Worlds is pretty much a lock at this point.

She’s improving, as well.

Recall her 9.1 over-scored execution routine from the Secret? (VIDEO)

Today’s Final is far cleaner, though she still has conspicuous deductions.

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Let’s assume there are 2 Chinese gymnasts and 2 Russian gymnasts in the World’s Bar final.

Four spots are left open?

Will Ashton get one of those?

It’s certainly possible. There will be quite a few gymnasts with the goal to qualify for the Bar final in Nanning. The top 2 American routines will be in the fight.

But … sooner or later judges are going to stop rewarding routines composed mostly of Shaposh variations and Stoop Stalders. Truly harder routines will be scored higher, IF the gymnasts hits. Two somersault releases or more. Rebecca Downie (VIDEO), for example.

Gymnasts who use a wide variety of types of skills to achieve their start score should be rewarded. Nastia in Beijing, for example.

FIG WTC should count only 1 Shaposh variation in the next Code. Perhaps devalue the Stoop Stalder, as did MAG years ago.

Jason MacDonald had an important comment:

As she keeps performing the way she is and gaining that confidence in her routine I think she could be a major player on bars at worlds. In terms of difficulty she has skills she is not using and this routine probably will be different come 2015. Check out her Ricna at 3:38 of Everest’s Workout Wednesday.

Jason tells that Ashton trains plenty of routines with the 2nd release. I’m hoping she’ll use that when she needs it. Possibly in the Worlds Bar Final. :-)

Larisa Iordache – Floor

With her improved Bars, you have to count Larisa a favourite for the AA podium at Worlds.

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Men’s Pan Am Finals 1

Men’s FLOOR
1. Gonzalez CHI – 15.70
2. Hypolito BRA – 15.625
3. Zanetti BRA – 15.075

POMMELS
1. Daniel Corral 15.250 (MEX)
2. Marvin Kimble (USA) 14.775
3. Alexander Rodriguez (PUR) 14.725

RINGS
1. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) 15.800
2. Brando Wynn (USA) 15.450
3. Juan Rafo (CHI) 15.200

Women’s Pan Am Finals 1

VAULT (corrected)
1. Mykayla Skinner USA 15.037
2. Ferrera CUB 14.400
3. Torres CUB 14.112

Chant CAN just missed out with 13.962 in 4th.

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BARS
1. Ashton Locklear (USA) 14.975
2. Madison Kocian (USA) 14.825
3. Ahtziri Sandoval (MEX) 13.100

Larisa Iordache – Bars

I’m impressed. 14.750. :-)

Best Romanian Bars in a fair while.

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Larisa Iordache won three out of four gold medals in the event finals at Romanian nationals: on vault, bars and floor. It was an all in all similar showing, compared to the previous day, for the Romanian leader. In the event finals hit vault, bars and floor but had a fall on beam. …

Keeping in mind that Larisa was presenting increased difficulty on 3 out of 4 events, this meet’s performances can be considered a very promising beginning. …

Rom Nats: Event Finals

Vault:
1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Ciurisniuc
3) Ana Maria Ocolisan

Bars:
1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Iridon
3) Ana Maria Ocolisan

Beam:
1) Andreea Munteanu
2) Larisa Iordache
3) Andreea Iridon

Floor:
1) Larisa Iordache
2) Andreea Munteanu
3) Stefania Stanila

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2014 Russian Cup Finals 2

Beam
1.Mustafina 15.567 6.6
2.Kharenkova #14.833 6.4
3.Spiridonova 13.933 5.8

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E: 6.600
D: 8.967
Score: 15.567
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Floor
1. Mustafina 14.700 5.7
2. Yelizarova 14.000 5.6
3. Kharenkova 13.933 5.7

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Dom Palange – burpies

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Larisa Iordache – Beam

Huge difficulty. Major deduction.

15.150 in the AA competition at Romanian Nationals.

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Madison Kocian – Beam

Highest score Day 1 Pan Ams.

14.60 seems too high.

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Mykayla Skinner – Cheng

Highest score Day 1 Pan Ams.

15.300

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Mykayla won the AA at Pan Ams. Barring injury, she’ll be competing Worlds. :-)

Mykayla Skinner – Floor

Highest score Day 1 Pan Ams.

13.95

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Score looks low to me. On the other hand, perhaps the judges were as tough on everyone. No scores above 14.0.