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Day 3:GWG Event finals

(VT, UB, PH, and FX)

This the third day of gymnastics on GWG, yet a terrible accident had occured. China's Sang Lan damaged her spine during practice for the VT final, she is now partially paralyze. She is conscious after the accident yet she is quite scared. I know that not all of you believe in God, but at this moment pray seems to be the only thing to do, so please pray for her if you can. For further infomation click here for CNN report and here for CBS report.

A report on the UB final from the Romanian Press.
EF Report Pt.1
EF Report Pt.2
EF Report Pt.3
End of the Document

EF Report Pt.1

By Alisa

I am doing this in two parts.  the first is my comments and the second is
the full start order for EF.

OK, exciting night.  I got pictures of me with nadia, Blaine, Sean,
Dominque, Peter Korman and the Chinese girls.  I also got some more of me
and my russian friends.
I spent the comptetition sitting with Julia Korostileva, Yelena
Dolgpolova dn Kuznetsova.  they are fantastic friends and I really enjoy
tlaking to them.  Julia is the translator and I speak very bad russian.
I mean I can say the basics.  ANyway there was a lot of girl talk that
went on and I am sworn to secrecy but I will say that they are fabulous
friends and really love each other.
Everytime a Russian or Amrican came up we would scream in Russian STOY
which means stay.
The competition was good, but there were a lot of falls.  Federcheencko
fell off HB and scratched floor because he was hurt.  I think Blaine
would have won had he not had trouble of floor and high bar.  After the
HB he went to the bathroom.  I was outside talking t a volunteer and we
heard him screaming from the bathrrom.  I think he was upset.  None the
less I think he did well with his rings as awesome as ever.  I took notes
for you guys during the comp but someone stole them while I was doing my
job.  SO I am doing the best I can.
Roman Zuzula from Ukraine impressed me a lot.  He has some potential.  So
does Tsukahara.

EF Report Pt.2

By Eric

Hi, I just got back from GG's, if you were watching the men's meet at
home - YOU WERE ROBBED. It was such a great meet, and you didn't see any
of it. Imagine seeing on vault a dbl Tsuk, a Kasamatsu 1* twist, a Yuch
dbl twist, a Yurch 1/2on layout Rudi, and many great dbl fronts - well I
saw all those and more, they were there, TBS didn't think you should see

Email and complain.

Unlike the girls, the men took this meet really seriously, throwing all
their difficulty. There were SEVERAL layout Kovacs, and dbl pikes on
pbars, and great ring sequences (Zozulia - O'Neil/inverted
cross/Guzoghy/inverted cross), many stuck landings, and really serious
competition. Both a Chinese and Bondarenko threw full twisting
Tchatchevs, and wonder of wonders, Nemov hit his high bar - Kovacs, pike
Kovacs, layout Tkatchev, another kovacs. Townsend attempted a front
full/layout front/dbl front pass(sat it down).

Luckily, Fedorchenko hit all his cool stuff in premeet - fulltwist
Kovacs, tripletwisting dbl layout, dbl front vault, etc. He then
proceeded to bomb royally, and had to scratch floor after hurting his
shoulder on high bar. But boy is he fun to watch training.

Ivankov is so well prepared, intensely coached, and pure in his
gymnastics. The pbars(which you missed) were like watching Nurevyev in
action - pure clean technique, its like poetry. Bondarenko had a great
meet until his problematic front pass on floor (whip/1*/rudi) - I've
never seen him hit it well, I wish he didn't have to do it for the bonus
it gets. But his pbars were great, he got thru high bar, and was
adorable the entire time. But he wears his shorts around his chest like
an old man:)

Now, the scandal of the meet - the robbing of Zozulia. With the
exception of a little roughness on pbars, zozulia was amazing. Clean,
pure technique, beautiful toepoint and line, hugely difficult routines,
and just hit, hit, hit. A dbl front vault, a layout fullout on floor,
beautiful Kovacs work and a dbl.dbl.layout on high bar, and the highest
hip level and most beautiful body line in all of the pommel horse. But
because Blaine Wilson needs to be in the top three, he gets bumped to
4th. It was painfully obvious that the judges literally SHOVED Blaine
onto the podium. His woefully mediocre highbar set suffered from a
complete stop on the bar, and only a layout full out with a hop. He then
went to floor, where as you saw, he got NO amplitude on anything, had
abominable form, non existent line and toepoint in his flairs, and took
4(!) steps outof bounds on his dismount. This display got him a 9.375,
outscoring both Zozulia, Ivankov(!), and almost everyone else  on the
It was even more obvious, because if you followed the individual judges
scores thruout the event(they were flashed), as the meet went on, those
men who could challenge Blaine for a medal got increasingly bizarrer
scores from certain judges (for ex, the Chinese on pbars were amazing,
certain scores didn't reflect it). It seemed as if by hook or by crook,
there was going to be an American on the podium, regardless of the
actual gymnastics. It's not a new story, but that doesn't make it any
easier to watch.

But regardless of that, the meet was great, and well worth the train
trip. After the lackluster women's meet, it restored some of my faith in
today's gymanstics.

And it was the guys. Isn't that nice for a change!


EF Report Pt.3

By Alisa

First off I want to tell yuo all about Sang Lan.  It was horrible.  I
didn't see the fall when it happended but I got to see a replay.  It was
absolutely terrible.  She was going for a handspring vault and missed a
hand and landed on her head.  When she left the arena she had no feeling
at all.  But the last word I got was that she had upper body feeling but
no lower body.  She is at the hospital listed in serious condition.  We
will know more tomorrow.

Now, onto the EF.


1.Nemov 9.725  He did a 1 1/2 to rudi a double twist to punch 1 3/4 and a
double pike.  It was good.  i know that those of you watching TBS have
seen this but I am going to write this for those that don't get cable and
our international friends.

2.Thotnton-whip 1 1/2 to rudi, full in. 9.55

3.Bonderenko 9.525 full in, 1 1/2 to rudi and fullin.  His outine was
clean but it wasn't too difficult.  i like him though and he excels on
other events.

4.Federchneko- I was thrilled to see him tonight after he hurt himself
last night. he did a full twisting double layout a 1 1/2 to rudi and a
double layout which he was short on.

5.Chostak-9.25-he ended wiht an arabian double and I wasn't able to catch
the rest but he did have bent legs on a few of his flairs.

6.Lu Yufu-9.0 he ended with a double layout which was low, and I think he
started with a double twisting double layout.  From where I was I thought
it was a triple twisting doube.  I am not entirely sure.

7.Zozula- front full to double front but he ended with a layout only

8.Townsend-8.45-He has a great set if he can just do it. he does a front
full to double front and he stepped out, his second pass is a wirlwind of
twisting that he fell on.  I know there was a 1 1/2 to rudi to something
else but it was a blur.  He ended with a full in.


1. ATler Her first was a layout front with a half to a good landing and a
9.65.  her second was a great double yurchenko to a 9.675 and average 9.662

2. Dolgopolova Absolutely amazing.  The first ten vault I have seen since
Atlanta.  I think she was robbed and got a 9.675 for a layout podkopayeva
Her second was a front layout. and she got a 9.525 for average 9.6

3. Amanar-double yurchenko9.625 and a pike phelps for a 9.55 average
9.587.  I was glad to see her penalized for the pike.

4.Olaru-Double yurchenko with ahope for a 9.65 and a phelps(piked) for a
9.575 average.

5.Varga-SHe did a phelps witha pike for a 9.475 and her tucked rudi which
is way cool for a 9.650 and a 9.562 average.

6. Kovelava- OK I am goin to interject.  i spoke with Yulia Korostileva
and she was crying and very upset that she didn't compete.  She was
pulled for Koveleva and she told me it's because Arkaev favors her.
Yulia will not be in any othre events and made the trip to NY for
nothing.  She was crushed but we watched bars together and we had some fun.
Anna did a layout front with a half for s 9.575
and a really ugly phelps for a 9.5 and a 9.537 average

7. Polozkova.  i really like her but she didn't have it easy.  She did a
Yurchenko with a half twist( I can never spell it) for a 9.3 and a layout
front with a half. Her avrage was 9.437

1. Khorkina- Beautiful as usual for a 9.825.  She did her usual set same
as all around.

2. Elisa Ray- at first she was tied with Amanar but there was a strart
value mistake. She got a 9.7 and it was great.  She did tons of great
pirrouette moves and ended with a full twisting double layout.

3. Amanar-Yulia and I both agree that we would have rather seen Ungureanu
with the bronze.  Amanar did a tkatchev with bent knees before it, a nice
geinger and a stuck fullin for a 9,6

4. Ungureanu- She also did a lot of pirrouetting into a nice jaeger and
dismounted with a double front with a halk  She got a 9.575

5. Dawes Her start value was only a 9.7 so she had virtually no channce.
She di her usual mount of Shapashnikva to a hindorff.  It was pretty
high.  She also did a nice uprise to a full pirrouette anda stuck
fullout. She received a 9.4

6. Teslenko-Staldet to inverts to yaeger, she also did a geinger.  She
fell on a transition move(the one from the compulsory in Atlanta)  SHe
ended with a nice double front. She received a 9.2
7 and 8) It's no wonder the chinese had a hard night.  I know they saw
Sang Lan's fall and Ling Jie was visibly shaken.  Both had the potential
to win, but fell Fei on a piked yaeger and Jie on a pirrouette.  The
audience was behing them and supported them.


P.S. My supervisor just called.  Sang Lan has  broken neck and paralysis
below the legs.  They think it may be temporary but they are doing surgery.
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