lousy judging at European Championships, Cluj

Execution judging was very poor overall, I thought.

I heard more complaints about WAG Vault than any other apparatus.

The E-panel ends up “boxing” the scores to stay in range. The difference between the best and the worst routines is too close together. As a result the D-score weighs far more heavily than intended.

The range between the 16 vaults in WAG Finals was 8.700 to 9.166. The ladies threw virtually the same E-score for every vault, regardless of quality. Computer software could easily have done a much better job of ranking.

The range in the Men’s final was 7.766 to 9.500.

In general the Men’s judges did a better job than WAG at Europeans 2017. But the E-scores on Men’s Floor, for example, were badly boxed too.

If you want to do some number crunching yourself, download a copy of the finals results.

7th Petrom European WAG MAG Individual Championships 2017 CLUJ NAPOCA – RESULTSBOOK – Media

Berki – Europeans Pommel Final

Update. Sarah sends a link to a VIDEO from another angle that shows the GO sign lit green. Krisztián does not see it. Waits on the announcer. That’s why it took him more than 30 seconds to mount.

As a judge I would not have taken the 0.3 deduction.


This routine would have been Gold. Except that Krisztián was penalized 0.3 for not starting his routine within 30 seconds of being signalled.

He certainly starts well within 30 seconds of giving salute.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Hungary protested twice. Appeal denied.

Seems bogus to me. There was no intention to delay the competition so far as I can see.


Europeans Pommel Final

1. David Belyavskiy RUS 15.100
2. Krisztian Berki HUN 14.900
3. Harutyun Merdinyan ARM 14.833

Pommel results

Berki would have won. But for some reason he received a 0.3 neutral deduction.

It sounds like he did not mount the Pommels in the 30 seconds after being signalled to begin. A Hungarian appeal was denied.

David’s never looked better on Pommels.

Melanie de Jesus dos Santos – Bars

The best Bars routine at Europeans in my opinion.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

No surprise. Valentina Rodionenko blamed the judges for the fact that Elena Eremina finished 4th AA, Melanie 3rd AA. Elena fell on her Beam mount.

The judges got the ranking correct. The rest of the world is catching up to Russia in women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Especially on Bars.

OUR RUSSIAN SEASON feels that the Russian Men are on the rise (for sure!) while the WAG program has serious problems.

via Gymternet Clan

Catlina Ponor – Floor

Cata was (after the competition) deducted for missing the forward tumbling requirement.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

She intended to compete a front layout after the 2 1/2 twist, but didn’t have enough rotation.

Watch her podium training routine (VIDEO) and her old Baku routine (VIDEO) with the same tumbling.

It is embarrassing that the judges didn’t catch it immediately. Romanian Press and fans will be disappointed. But I’ll sleep better knowing that the system worked. They got the score right in the end. Schaefer will compete the Final instead of being wrongly knocked out.

Women’s European Championships Apparatus Finalists

Official via UEG
1 E Downie (GBR) 14.433
2 Paseka (RUS) 14.412
3 Devillard (FRA) 14.267
4 Devai (HUN) 14.233
5 Belak (SLO) 14.216
6 KOVACS (HUN) 14.174
7 Melnikova (RUS) 14.166
8 Volleman (NED) 13.966

Bars (should be the best Final)
1 Seitz (GER) 14.566
1 Derwael (BEL) 14.566
3 Eremina (RUS) 14.466
4 Downie (GBR) 14.433
5 Kovacs (HUN) 14.366
6 E Downie (GBR) 14.266
7 Bui (GER) 14.133
8 de Jesus dos Santos (FRA 14.100

Click PLAY or watch Nina’s Bars on YouTube.

1 Iordache (ROU) 14.566
2 Wevers (NED) 14.300
3 Thorsdottir (NED) 14.233
4 Ponor (ROU) 14.066
5 Alt (GER) 13.700
6 Boyer (FRA) 13.700
7. E. Downie (GBR) 13.466
8. B. Downie (GBR) 13.333

Click PLAY or watch Lari’s Beam on YouTube.

1 E. Downie (GBR) 13.966
2 Fragapane GBR 13.766
3 Eremina (RUS) 13.633
4 Mori (ITA) 13.533
5 Thorsdottir (NED) 13.366
6. Melnikova (RUS) 13.233
7 Bui (GER) 13.166
8 Schaeffer (GER) 13.133

Catalina Ponor was initially 4th. But judges eventually realized she was missing the forward tumbling requirement. Revised score 13.066.

Click PLAY or watch Ellie’s Floor on YouTube.

Lauren Hopkins is here. Read her 2017 European Championships LIVE posts on thegymter.net.

Capps, Nichols, Gnat, McMurtry for Honda

Teammates Chayse Capps and Maggie Nichols from Oklahoma University, Ashleigh Gnat of Louisiana State University and Alex McMurtry from the University of Florida are the four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Gymnastics …

The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC). …


Those four athletes are incredibly deserving. You might argue that MyKayla Skinner should have been on the list, as well.

MyKayla’s past controversial statements online have not endeared her to voting panels. She sounded very respectful of others at Nationals, however. Hopefully she’s learning at Utah.

U.S. Center for SafeSport

Only three weeks since opening its doors, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating 21 cases involving sexual misconduct or abuse in Olympic sports.

The center’s website offers a hotline and an online reporting form for those who have been victims of abuse or know of such cases. …

The organization operates independently from the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizations governing Olympic sports. The USOC and the 47 national governing bodies help fund the center — about $13.3 million over five years — but do not have any say over how it operates or the cases it investigates.

The center opened March 23 …

New US athlete protection group tells AP of reports of abuse

A step forward, for sure. But how well will SafeSport work?

That’s yet to be seen.