Europeans Beam Final

1. Cata Ponor ROM
2. Eythora Thorsdottir NED
3. Lari Iordache ROM

full results

I’m happy with this podium. And happy for the home crowd and organizers.

Ponor will not regret continuing her career through to 2017. She was Olympic Beam Champion in 2004. That was so many years ago I’ve lost count. 🙂

Eythora’s routine was dreamy. Cata super aggressive. Both awesome. Cata the higher start score.

Fans are “fanatics”. If you want fans for your sport, be prepared to put up with some fanatics. Cluj has done a terrific job promoting this event.

Tabea Alt, too ill to compete the AA, had a disastrous routine. 😦 Perhaps she should have withdrawn from this Final, as well.

NCAA recruit Alana Fischer

Surprisingly Canadian Alana Fischer is still looking for a College team for next season.

Click PLAY or watch her Level 10 9.55 Beam on YouTube.

Watch her Recruiting Video. I’ll be cheering her on at Nationals 2017 Montreal.

Peng’s 10.0 Beam Final

Tiny foot movement on landing. But nobody is complaining. This is one of the best and most difficult Beam routines in College Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch to hear Christine’s reaction on YouTube.

There’s still talk of Peng applying for a 6th year at UCLA due to injury. No talk yet of her trying out for the Canadian team to Worlds 2017 Montreal (though she’d certainly have a good chance on Beam and Bars).