Canadian Nationals underway

Open flight #1

National Open compete close to FIG rules. There are two flights of competition today with the strongest teams seeded into the second flight.

The team podium will be decided today as well as which gymnasts qualify to the individual Finals.

AA leaders … so far:

1 Blackner, Emily Manitoba 52.55
2 Baggio, Sofia Ontario 50.60
3 Fischer, Alana Ontario 50.20

full results Open

Click PLAY or watch two of the flight 1 vaults on YouTube.

Alana Fischer and Molly Oswald.

LIVE VIDEO | results

Vault – Dragalescu + half twist

Audrys Nin Reyes, Dominican Republic, in training.

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Thanks Ono.

Manrique Larduet – one of the best in the world

Kohei Uchimura (and especially those chasing him) may have a bit more competition in Glasgow from an unexpected place – Cuba. Manrique Larduet … competed in all six events for a cumulative D score of close to 39 – which puts him squarely in contention for a podium spot in Glasgow if he hits. …

The Week in Men’s Gymnastics – May 18-24

Click PLAY or watch his Floor on YouTube.

E 8,475 + D 6,600 = 15,075

Generous with the E score.

Rings (VIDEO)

Click PLAY or watch his Vault on YouTube. (Kas + 2 twists)

Click PLAY or watch his P Bars on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch his H Bar on YouTube.

Not Kohei Uchimura. Not yet. But considering how little international experience Manrique has, we can anticipate him getting BETTER. :-)

Uchimura still not happy

Interviewed following a win at the NHK Cup:

… His overall score of 184.250 — to which half of the points from last month’s All-Japan Championships were added — put him 2.925 ahead of second-place Yusuke Tanaka.

However, the 26-year-old stressed he was not satisfied with his performance.

“I still have plenty of things to improve. I’m looking to put on the ultimate performance,” Uchimura said. …

Kohei Vault

SYSTEM OF BALANCE / Uchimura manages goals as he works toward Rio Games

Cuba’s Marcia Videaux – Vault

This is the first girl I’ve ever seen who could compete a 2 1/2 twisting Vault from Tsukahara approach. This double twist is easy.

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She’s certainly one of the very best vaulters in the world.

via GymFever2012

Handspring Vault drills

Troy Wright.

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Uchimura – Li Xiao Peng

Kohei competed the 6.2 vault for the second time at the NHK Cup. Much better this time.

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Still, that’s his most deductible gymnastics skill on any apparatus. GREAT for anyone else. A little disappointing from Mr. Perfect. :-)

via Nico on GymFever2012