Nastia Liukin to win the Olympic Games

So projects a very detailed analysis of the all-around contenders on a new blog called polish101 – gymnastics:

Predicted Podium

Gold: Nastia Liukin (USA)
Silver: Vanessa Ferrari (Italy)
Bronze: Shawn Johnson (USA)

Go-Nastia-Liukin.jpg

Some of the rationale:

  • Only one defending world champion has gone on to win the Olympics (Lilia Podkopayeva) in the last eight Games. (Shawn is defending Champ.)
  • Nastia will compete Double Twisting Yurchenko in Beijing.
  • Nastia has a much higher start score on Bars than Shawn.
  • There’s much, much more. Including projections on which girls (two maximum / country) will be pushed by their nations in the all-around:

    Steliana Nistor (Romania)
    Jade Barbosa (Brazil)
    Jiang Yuyaun (China)
    Yang Yilin (China)
    Sandra Izbasa (Romania)
    Daria Joura (Australia)

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    Elizabeth Tweddle (GBR)
    Anna Pavlova (Russia)
    Yulia Lozechko (Russia)
    Hong Su Jong (North Korea)

    DEFINITELY check out this excellent post: polish101 – gymnastics

    image from Go Nastia Liukin (fan site)

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    Blythe on the Gymblog feels that Nastia’s weak apparatus is actually Floor.

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    Rick Mc

    Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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