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Episode 54: Event Finals Recap from 2013 World Championships

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The 2013 Gymnastics Event World Champions.

Blythe, Bea, Michelle and Emma direct from Antwerp; the super-fans and journalists recap event finals: McKayla Maroney on her triple yurchenko, what Aly Raisman said about the pressure McKayla has been facing, what Larissa Ilordache said after the beam final, full details on the beam final controversy, Carlotta Ferlito‘s rant about inquiries, our dream choreographer for Floor World Champion Simone Biles, Epke Zonderland and his huge difficulty on high bar, heartbreak for Becky Downie on bars, and Peggy-Gate and the bathroom situation at the venue.

Don’t worry, next week we will discuss Ferlito’s interview on October 4th after All-Around finals about dyeing her skin black in order to win (0:56) > CARLOTTA 11 E LODE.

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Alyssia
Alyssia
8 years ago

Do we know what the enquiries from Kyla and Simone were for and why they were given?

gymnasthole
gymnasthole
8 years ago
Reply to  Alyssia

Simone’s was for her start value. I’m not sure about Kyla’s.

ty
ty
8 years ago
Reply to  gymnasthole

You can only file an inquiry in regards to the routines difficulty score. They don’t accept inquiries about execution scores.

Alyssia
Alyssia
8 years ago
Reply to  ty

Yeah I know that, I was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of connection they wanted to be credited.

ty
ty
8 years ago
Reply to  Alyssia

Well I was replying to the person who replied to you. If I had to guess specifically I would say Kyla’s walkover+sheep jump, and Simone’s tour jete+back tuck.

gymnasthole
gymnasthole
8 years ago
Reply to  Alyssia

Oh, well in that case I have no clue which skill.

Archie
Archie
8 years ago

Can we discuss how Aly Raisman has access to like every professional dancer/choreographer at DWTS to choreograph a new floor routine and yet she said in an interview with Inside Gym that Sylvia Brestyan is going to be choreographing her routine… again.

Lauren H
Lauren H
8 years ago
Reply to  GymCasticCrew

Exactly.

Kirsten
Kirsten
8 years ago

I second Alyssia’s question. Beam finals was an inquiry-fest. All the beam scores seemed rather low. It’s crazy that a 14.9 won the beam title. There was a time when any routine in the 14s was considered subpar. The code just keeps getting harsher. I don’t understand why the judges gave Kyla a sub-9 E score on beam in EF. To my eyes, that set was nearly perfect.

I also wanted to thank FIG, USAG, and Universal Sports for bringing us such unprecedented, amazing coverage during Worlds! The feed was incredible! It was also nice not to have commentary for once. I don’t need a “narrative” to keep me interested; it’s enough just to watch the routines. I am not sure whether I’m going to watch the NBC coverage, since they won’t show as much anyway and the commentary can get old quick. Who am I kidding? I probably will watch it, but watching without commentary was a nice change. The arena announcer was fun to listen to and he seemed to be enjoying himself.

Julia
8 years ago

I would also be curious to know where the adjustments came in for Simone and Kyla. I think it would be really valuable for the FIG to make this information more publicly available for those people who are interested so that we don’t have to speculate about what was changed!

Julia
8 years ago

Oh, and I would say that Cheng Fei and Afanasyeva are truly artistic floor champions from the last 10 years. 🙂

Julie
Julie
8 years ago

Jessica, I love you, but I’ve noticed you always say “Yao Jinjin.” I don’t speak Chinese, but I don’t think that’s how you say her name. (Then again, I’m not sure how you actually say it either, maybe Jin-non.)

ty
ty
8 years ago
Reply to  Julie

Phonetically I think Yao Jinnan is pronounced yow yee-nahn

gymfan
gymfan
8 years ago
Reply to  ty

It’s definitely pronounced the way it’s spelled. I’ve heard the Chinese commentators say it that way. And yes, please say it correctly! I don’t speak Chinese and I can say it so I bet you can too. Or you can just say her nickname – It’s Nannan (emphasis on the second syllable). Oh – and I love the show!

S
S
8 years ago

First of all I love your podcast– it is simply the best! This is in response to Julie’s comment on the Chinese names. I am absolutely not picking on Gymcastic, as I said you are the best! But it is a problem with every gymnastics announcer– NBC, BBC, in arenas, except during the Beijing Olympics, etc. It annoys me and every other Chinese speaker / gymnastics enthusiast I know, because their names are absolutely butchered. In Yao Jinnan’s name, the “Y” sounds the same as the “y” in “yes”, “ao” is similar to an “au” sound in English, similar to the word “sauerkraut”. “Jin-nan” is two syllables. It is also her given name, yao is the family name. Jin, hard for me to describe but I think the “in” has a similar sound to the “een” in “keen”. Nan, think of the Indian naan bread, it sounds more like this than “nan” thinking of the British word for grandmother. Also “Cheng” the “en” does not sound like “an”, rather it sounds like “un”. Fei is the same ‘f’ sound with an ‘ei’ as in ‘weight’. This is a good resource! http://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-pinyin-chart.php

Lena
Lena
8 years ago

Whos floor routine was horrible? I couldnt hear that well

ty
ty
8 years ago
Reply to  GymCasticCrew

I love Mitchell, and I always that the routine in question had a lot of potential. She never really worked it though. You’ve got to be really badass to pull a routine like that off. Camelia Voinea comes to mind.

Kirsten
Kirsten
8 years ago

I wonder why Kyla hasn’t competed the side ariel + layout stepout combo on beam yet. She’s trained it at the Ranch and it was beautiful. Might she put it in next season? It would make her gorgeous beam routine even more glorious.

gymfan
gymfan
8 years ago

Were both Huang Huidan and Yao Jinnan competing without grips? It looks like they were. That would mean that the Romanians competed with grips and the Chinese without them. Weird…

Also what did you think of Shang Chunsong’s scoring? It seemed like the e panel judges were being ridiculously hard on her. I think she got better scores at Chinese competitions, and the Chinese judges are notoriously harsher than international ones.

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