The latest news, that Aliya Mustafina now has a personal coach – not just a personal coach, one of Russia’s best coaches, Sergei Starkin – was only released yesterday. …
- Do you believe that in today’s gymnastics one coach can work with two top-level gymnasts – in this case a man and a woman?
– I believe that in any case you should try. The first thing I did when I decided to take this work on was to sit down and write daily training schedules for Aliya and Denis. On paper, it became apparent that on average p personal trainer works with each gymnast for four and a half hours daily, and that Aliya’s and Denis’s classes do not overlap. Thus I can, without prejudice to each of the students, divide myself fairly between them both. …
– How did the team leaders react? – Andrei Rodionenko and Valentina Rodionenko?
- Oh! Andrei Fedorovich and Valentina responded quickly and with joy. I didn’t expect this, and had a few sleepless nights.
– Aliya is now having treatment in Munich. When will you begin work with her?
- Early on the morning of December 18 I will fly to Germany. I will visit the clinic with Aliya and talk with the doctor. After that, we will plan our work. First of all, Aliya has to get better. If, in order to do so, Aliya needs to miss Russian and European Championships, then we will skip them. Our task is to return to the level of the strongest gymnast in the world. This may take a long time. Possibly up to six months.
In 2011, the U.S. women’s program began a new era of dominance in consistency. Podium training, qualifications, team finals, all-around finals, and event finals look pretty much the same. Hit routine after hit routine. Compete, hit, repeat. Of course, there have been a few exceptions, but for the most part, gone are the nail-biting days of wondering if a gymnast is going to fall. Because, they just don’t. …
Here would be a possible team finals lineup with this team:
Vault Baumman or Ross
Floor Baumann or Ross
I know I may get some backlash for not putting Maggie Nichols on this team, so I wanted to explain why. I’ll say first that in a fair world, she WOULD be on this team. I think she totally earned it. She has hit every single routine at both the Secret U.S. Classic and the P&G Championships, placed 3rd in the all-around at both competitions, and has improved her all-around totals with each one (57.6, 58.65, 59.25). She is a rock solid competitor, could be put up on any of the four events, and would likely hit under pressure. But her greatest strength is as a very solid all-arounder. …
There was some doubt whether Flavia would end up being Brazil’s representative.
FIG posted a terrific interview from podium training:
Just 1.33 metres tall, Brazil’s Flavia Lopes Saraiva is the shortest gymnast of the Nanjing 2014 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics line-up, but she certainly did not go unnoticed at Friday’s podium training. With her remarkable form, difficult elements and beautiful presentation the tiny teenager drew attention to herself and made us want to get to know her better. …
Q: Looking at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where you could make it on the Brazilian team, what is your goal?
Flavia: I want to win a medal for Brazil. The YOG are a first step for me on the road to Rio. …
Q: Do you have a favourite apparatus?
Flavia: Yes, the beam.
Q: What is your goal at this competition?
Flavia: I want to score 57.000 points, no matter the ranking. …