As a junior elite, Melissa Metcalf of Desert Devils tied for eighth on uneven bars at the 2008 Visa Championships. Injuries kept her out of competitions the following couple of years and she ultimately returned to level 10 …
Rewriting Russian Gymnastics posted an excellent interview with Russian WAG head coach Evgenyi Grebyonkin:
… Who is training with the Russian team?
‘Aliya Mustafina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Maria Paseka, Anna Dementieva, Tatiana Nabiyeva, Katya Kramarenko, Evgeniya Shelgunova, Anna Rodionova, Alla Sosnitskaya, Ekaterina Baturina, Olga Bikmurzina.’
Which athletes will participate in the Universiade?
‘It’s a mystery (smiles). We are currently training ten girls, and I do not want to single anyone out. All are prepared and understand who has more chances, who has less. It is clear that the top three contenders are Mustafina, Afanasyeva and Paseka. But Paseka is open to question – she has only two apparatus.
Grebyonkin says that after her qualification fall on bars at Europeans, Afansyeva is now trying out hand grips. But she will not compete on bars at this summer’s Universiade in Kazan.