European Championships medalists

Sandra Raluca Izbasa (ROU) (14.900, 14.866) 14.883
Oksana Chusovitina (GER) (14.933, 14.433) 14.683
Giulia Steingruber (SUI) (15.216, 14.033) 14.624

Victoria Komova (RUS) 15.666
Anastasia Grishina (RUS) 15.200
Nataliya Kononenko (UKR) 15.133

Bars final was fantastic. Unfortunately on Beam everyone fell aside from the 3 medalists.

Catalina Ponor (ROU) 15.200
Larisa Iordache (ROU) 15.133
Hannah Whelan (GBR) 14.333

Click PLAY or watch Ponor’s Beam on YouTube. Shaky start.

Larisa Andreea Iordache (ROU) 15.233
Catalina Ponor (ROU) 14.633
Hannah Whelan (GBR) 14.533

Sandra Izbasa did not compete Floor, but wants to be put into the line-up for the Olympics. A FX medal is her #1 goal.

Full Twist – Results & Videos: Senior European Apparatus Champions 2012

So … the main story is the grand return of Romania as an Olympic Team contender. Their prelims score was only a point less than the US need to win Tokyo. Romania fans are excited.

Old and wise Romanian team coach Mariana Bitang warns, “Let’s not get drunk with cold water”.

For more in depth analysis:

Stoi – Our take on European TFs

And European Championships – The E Panel’s Highlights:

… For me, this team centres on Ponor, whose statuesque presence draws instant attention from spectators. Catalina has always been thrilling to watch: her feline features are matched by a catlike ability for solidity on the balance beam. Her new routine looks comfortable and rock hard, and is the closest she has looked to her 2004 self since her golden heyday. …

With Ponor back, and Iordache the superstar up-and-coming AA contender, Romania truly could get on to the medal podium in London.

Bars — still — is the big question mark.

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

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