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Sam Mikulak in Rio?

When pressed to predict who would finish 2nd to Kohei in Nanning I named Sam Mikulak.

Why Sam?

I felt his NCAA success would give him consistency under pressure. And that his relaxed psychology would help in that loud arena in Nanning. If Sam hit 6 for 6, he would score high.

My confidence in Sam’s consistency is not holding up, however. In the training hall we heard Sam was having problems, especially on P Bars.

He fell on P Bars in the AA Final and shouldn’t have been allowed to continue as he took longer than 30sec to resume his routine.

(Later Zhang was allowed to resume his H Bar routine after breaking a grip, even though it took longer than 30sec to get a new one. A new rule on that has been discussed by FIG MTC, but it had now been implemented by Nanning.)

Sam’s still a podium contender for Rio. But don’t bet the mortgage.

And he’s trying to upgrade.

the men of Nanning

The new The Liukin blog is must reading for coaches of Men’s Gymnastics.


Kohei Uchimura (JPN)
Max Whitlock (GBR)
Yusuke Tanaka (JPN)
Diego Hypólito (BRA)
Deng Shudi (CHN)
Oleg Verniaiev (UKR)

The Men of Nanning and Their Lasting Impressions: Part I

Click PLAY or watch Hypolito’s Bronze FX on YouTube.

tumbling doodle

(via Craig Smith)

Arabian full-out to Rudi

Many of the Worlds competitors are on some sort of break. Not Uchimura. He flew home after the banquet and competed all-around.

Not Diego Hypolito.

This guy is mad motivated. What would he need for a medal in Rio?

Something like this new combo.

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Hypolito 2 de volta!!!!! Uhuuuuu treino em São Bernardo de volta também rs!!!!!!! Tem copa do mundo na Colômbia!!!!! Então borá treinar uhuuuuuuuu muito feliz

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via Nico on GymFever2012

Jake Dalton – Artistic Gymnast

One of the big complaints in 2014 is the lack of artistry in Artistic Gymnastics. Beautiful and compelling routines are not often winning.

Personally, I’ve given up on evaluating and rewarding “artistry“. I’d be happy simply to deduct execution errors (legs crossed on twisting, poor body position, etc.) as specified in the Codes.

Here’s one of the best executed routines in Nanning. Geo-blocked in many nations. Sorry about that. Leave a comment if you know of a video of this routine not posted by USAG.

Click PLAY or watch Dalton’s Team FX routine on YouTube.

15.900 = 6.7 + 9.200

That was the highest E-score on Floor. (Uchimura was 2nd highest.) But the gap between Jake and the rest is too small.

full results

Abliazin vs Shirai

Which one is the World Champion?

Click PLAY or watch Denis on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Kenzo on YouTube.

At the time I thought Kenzo had it.

Here’s how the judges called it.

1. ABLIAZIN Denis 7.100 + 8.650 = 15.750
2. SHIRAI Kenzo 7.400 + 8.433 – 0.1OB = 15.733

HYPOLITO was 3rd with 15.700

full results

Floor: Abliazin, Shirai, Hypolito

GOLD – Denis Abliazin (RUS) – 15.750
SILVER – Kenzo Shirai (JPN) – 15.733
BRONZE – Diego Hypolito (BRA) – 15.700

Diego Hypolito wasn’t even on the Brazil traveling team to Nanning. Looks like he’s proved his worth. :-)

MAG Vault

I’m happy I wasn’t judging that final. Tough calls. Weighing difficulty (Shirai) vs execution (Dalton).

what’s so GREAT about Kohei?

#FIGWorlds2014ART MAG AA

Is he really as good as all the hype.

Click PLAY or watch his Floor on YouTube.

I’d call that a HIT and a STICK.

via GymCastic

Jake Dalton

Say no more.

Denis ABLIAZIN v Kenzo SHIRAI

#FIGWorlds2014ART

Here’s the man with a high enough difficulty score 7.1 to (almost) challenge the World Champion Kenzo in the Final.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Kenzo 7.4 on YouTube.

FIG videos like these should play anywhere in the World outside China. The USAG videos play only if you have an American IP address.

Men’s Worlds Apparatus finalists

#FIGWorlds2014ART

Floor Results (PDF)
Ablyazin; Shirai; Hypolito; Kato; Zapata; Kosmidis; Kim Hansol; Dalton; Reserves: Deng Shudi; Purvis; Cheng Ran

Pommel Results (PDF)
Berki; Naddour; Bertoncelj; Ude; Tommasone; Seligman; Likhovitskiy; Keatings; Reserves: Merdinyan; Belyavskiy; Whitlock

Rings Results (PDF)
Liu Yang; Ablyazin; Petrounias; Zanetti; Tulloch; Ait Said; You Hao; Ignatiev; Reserves: Radivilov; Colak; Whittenburg

Vault Results (PDF)
Yang Hak Seon; Ablyazin; Ri Se Gwang; Radivilov; Shirai; Dalton; Shek Wei Hung; Sasaki; Res: Thomas; Kim Hansol; Hypolito

P Bar Results (PDF)
Leyva; Verniaiev; Tanaka; Deng Shudi; Kato; Cheng; Whittenburg; Kuksenkov; Reserves: Augis; Hambüchen; Bucher

H Bar Results (PDF)
Zonderland; Uchimura; Zhang Chenglong; Kuksenkov; Moznik; Wilson; Belyavskiy; Calvo. Reserves: Thomas; Verniaiev; Schroe

via @theallaround:

Only three gymnasts miss event finals due to country limits: Uchimura (FX), You (PB); and Zhang (PB)

chasing Kohei – DENG Shudi

Here’s China’s best AA. 90.630 in prelims hitting 6/6.

Click PLAY or watch his Floor on YouTube.

15.466 (D 6.700 + E 8.766).

Denis Ablyazin – double double layout

#FIGWorlds2014ART

Your precomps aren’t the only one using a foam between chin and neck to keep their head-in. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Denis has the best chance to upset Kenzo for the Gold on Floor.

Thanks to Inside Gymnastics for getting that unique video.