I don’t recall seeing this before. Sprinting on a Rod Floor for vault.
Guatemala has had gymnastics heros in the past – Ana Sofía Gómez, double Olympian, for example. And Luisa Portocarrero.
But the nation has really fallen in love with Jorge.
Click PLAY or watch his homecoming on YouTube.
#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
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.
1. Paseka Maria RUS 14.850
2. Carey Jade USA 14.766
3. Steingruber Giulia SUI 14.466
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).
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.
The 2012 Olympic Champ is back. I’d call him the favourite to win #MTL2017GYM.
Click PLAY or watch his Handspring front triple twist on YouTube.
Everyone is cheering the fan favourite from Guatemala.
Jorge sits 6th on Vault after 75% of the competition. Might make the Final.
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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.