March 2007

Gymnastics and Gymnasts20 Mar 2007 01:54 pm

I recently received an email from someone at AT&T requesting that I link to this video of Nastia Liukin. While it does have some shameless plugs for AT&T and silly interaction with Deion Sanders, it is nevertheless kind of fun to see Nastia in her home environment. I think it’s always better to see real footage, rather than staged, to actually get an idea of the athlete’s life but like I said, it’s still kind of fun. And the video is interactive. Take a look and tell me what you think. Nastia at the 2005 US Championships

Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnasts03 Mar 2007 04:06 pm

I realize that some of you may have already seen the competition but for some reason it was delayed here in Seattle. So I can only now start live blogging.Some pre-competition thoughts/comments…

  • I recently found out that Sean Townsend was offered a spot at the American Cup but declined due to his training schedule for the year. That answers the question I asked in my previous post.
  • I am disappointed about not seeing Ashley Priess compete. She was replaced by two other Americans (Biana Flohr & Natasha Kelley) because she wasn’t quite back to competition readiness following an injury. I’m also disappointed that Shayla Worley didn’t make the finals. She was so close but couldn’t advance due to the two-per-country rule.

3:00: The competition is in progress. Shawn Johnsen on bars. Wow! She rocked a double twisting double layout dismount. Awesome. For some reason I thought she would not be great on Uneven Bars but she was fantastic. Great form, good releases, and a world class dismount.

3:03: Replaying Shawn Johnson’s vault. A nice 2/1 yurchenko with a step.

3:04: Elyse Hoffner-Hibbs on Bars. Improved form over last year and I like her leo. Nice stick on her double layout dismount. She did hit her foot on her jaegar but she recovered well.

3:06: What is with the random promo with Bela? I’m all for showing the pro-fitness challenge but it seemed pretty lengthy.

3:08: I’m not excited about the American Women’s leotards. They seem plain and not very flattering. Natasha Kelly had a nice 1.5 yurchenko but followed up with a fall on bars. That’s too bad. Her hindorff was high and had great form.

3:10: Showing a personal story about Shawn Johnson. She’s cute. And she has a golden retriever – can’t get better than that! She has been getting a lot of media attention in the last year or so, and for good reason, but I wonder if it’s going to be too much for her to handle as we get closer to the Olympics.