Shallon Olsen to Alabama

Another NCAA Double Twisting Yurchenko.

Click PLAY or see her announcement on Instagram.


Igor Radivilov on the Worlds Vault Final

Igor Radivilov … second in the vault final, losing to Kenzo Shirai just by 0.001. …

… Yes, I could’ve done the second vault a bit better. But you’d need to look at the deductions, the vault composition, the difficulty (mine was higher), you’d have to take all that into account. I’m not blaming anyone. Whatever happened happened. It means that I needed to execute my vaults better. …

… Vault is the kind of an apparatus that no matter how hard you work, it’s always a 50/50 hit chance. …


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Kenzo wins Vault

#MTL2017GYM Vault Final

Sadly the 2012 Olympic Vault champion withdrew from the final. Yang Hak-seon has had a lot of injuries over the years. Dalaloyan was added.

Kenzo near stuck Yurchenko triple twist. Time to spot and untilt before landing. Made it look easy. Opted not to do his 3 1/2 with Hak-seon out..

1. Shirai Kenzo JPN 14.900
2. Radivilov Igor UKR 14.899
3. Kim Hansol KOR 14.766

full results

The highlight vault was Igor’s stuck Dragulescu. Zero landing deduction from this MAG judge. The top two virtually tied. (Igor actually had 14.8995, but the FIG truncates the results.) E-score over D-score this time around.

Kim correctly took the Bronze.

It was close between legend Dragulescu (4th) and my man Jorge Vega Lopez (5th) from Guatemala. Most armchair pundits had Jorge slightly ahead.

There were only 3 super dangerous landings out of 16 total. That’s good for an FIG final these days. It’s Russian Roulette with FIG rules providing too much incentive for risky vaults.

Worlds Vault Champs – Paseka, Carey, Steingruber

1. Paseka Maria RUS 14.850
2. Carey Jade USA 14.766
3. Steingruber Giulia SUI 14.466

full results

Ellie 4th. Oksana 5th competing the same two vaults, both very well.

Just prior to the Final we learned CAN had submitted Triple Twisting Yurchenko for Shallon. The first I’d ever heard of her considering it. Excitement was short lived, however, as Shallon tried Amanar (over-rotate, under-twist).

Jade Carey the most powerful vaulter

She might have more amplitude than Simone on that Amanar.

In the final it will be obvious that Maria Paseka is not in the same league. Jade could legitimately compete against the guys.

Jade Carey – Vault

The formerly unknown American gymnast could hardly have done any better on her Vault & Floor yesterday.

Spencer quipped that Jade won American podium training.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

Jade sounds overwhelmed and happy with everything that’s happened. (INTERVIEW)

She’s the favourite to win Vault.