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The Gymnastics Weekend in Review

What happened in gymnastics this weekend? A lot — let’s recap, shall we?

Biles blazes to Stuttgart World Cup win

Simone Biles may be wondering if it’s time to panic because we’re less than 500 days to Tokyo, but she didn’t show it on the competition floor Sunday at the Stuttgart World Cup. On the second leg of her European business trip, Biles totaled a 58.8 to cruise ahead of dancing queen Ana Padurariu and German veteran Elisabeth Seitz, who brought her double-twisting Yurchenko out of storage to thrill the Stuttgart crowd. It was Biles’s first world cup start since 2015 and her first ever outside the United States, and she killed it despite downgrading slightly on all four events. Here are Quick Hits of the Event, from start to finish.

The matchup was also notable for Aliya Mustafina’s presence, though Mustafina finished fifth due to an unfortunate 11.6 on beam. “Burn it,” Mustafina wrote on Instagram afterward, but Russia’s goddess of the gym was extremely impressive on the other three events, proving yet again that podium training has nothing to do with what you can expect from her in competition. Of that great-looking double-twisting Yurchenko vault that came out of nowhere: “I didn’t believe I could,” she wrote. But she did.

‘King Arthur’ reigns supreme in Germany

There were questions about the state of world all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan since he finished 17th in prelims at the Russian Championships last week and promptly withdrew from the all-around final, but he answered them all on the floor in Stuttgart, where he was nothing short of brilliant through five events to win the men’s crown. Not even two falls off high bar in the last rotation could spoil his victory parade. Quick Hits of the Men’s All-around.

Dalaloyan controlled the meet from start to finish, though China’s Sun Wei rebounded from a poor beginning to earn the silver medal. Nobody in the arena was happier than Ukraine’s Petro Pakhniuk, however, who had a career day to finish third, pushing German star Marcel Nguyen off the podium.

The men’s podium selfie. Photo courtesy: EnBW DTB Pokal.

The men’s podium selfie. Photo courtesy: EnBW DTB Pokal.

Brazilian women, Russian men take DTB Pokal Team Challenge

It was clear last October in Doha that the Brazilian women’s team was on the make, and Stuttgart confirmed it. Rebeca Andrade, Flavia Saraiva, Carolyne Pedro, Jade Barbosa and Thais Fidelis (with Valeri Liukin in the background) appeared stronger than ever. Saraiva debuted a new whip to double layout on floor, and Andrade was brilliant everywhere as Russia ran away with the title by almost five points (five points!).

Russia, led by Angelina Melnikova and new national champion Angelina Simakova, had plenty of bright moments, but couldn’t match the Brazilians without their big guns. Melnikova had a nice day, but Simakova, who has been tapped for the upcoming European Championships, was less convincing in her all-around turn than Aliya Mustafina was in hers (balance beam aside). Eythora Thorsdottir and the Dutch women were third, followed by an undisputedly talented French team that, apart from Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, is still getting its bearings in senior competition. Play-by-Play from the Women’s Team Final.

Russia is still deciding on its men’s team for the upcoming European Championships, and this weekend’s DTB Pokal Team Challenge, a companion meet to the World Cup, likely played a deciding role. One routine stood out above the rest: Dmitry Lankin on floor, whose routine included a triple back, 3.5 to front half and quad twist. Here it is at the Russian Championships ten days ago. Quick Hits from the Men’s Team Final.

A strong German team (Nick Klessing, Niels Dunkel, Felix Remuta, Andreas Toba and Lukas Dauser) finished second, 2.833 points back. Dauser as usual was brilliant on parallel bars, and has potential to challenge for the European title on the event in Poland next month. Japan’s B-team, including Kenta Chiba, Shogo Nonomura and Kakeru Tanegawa, looked good but had mistakes here and there and were forced to settle for third. Brazil, strong on vault and floor as always, a wonderfully artistic Italian team and Spain rounded out the field. Here’s a photo that sums up how the Germans felt about it all:

The Best of Baku

It was a good weekend for Jade Carey: In her second Olympic qualifying World Cup appearance, she won vault with a hot new Cheng, and took floor for good measure, gaining valuable ranking points on both apparatus. Carey only needs to win vault to seal her place at the Games, and after finishing second to Rebeca Andrade in Cottbus (who will likely compete for Brazil’s world team in the fall and thus be ineligible for an individual Olympic spot), Carey has set herself in good stead.

Similar results in Doha this weekend will make it all but official for Carey, who would be the first gymnast in history to officially cement an Olympic spot more than a year before the Games. Assuming she wins in Baku, the only thing that could potentially spoil things for her is if someone like Oksana Chusovitina pulls out three first place finishes on vault at other world cup events. And even then Carey could still qualify via floor.

Around the gym, China’s Lyu Jiaqi was victorious on uneven bars, strengthening her case as China’s potential Olympic specialist on the event, and Australia’s Emma Nedov, fresh from Gymnix, topped the field on beam for the first world cup victory of her career at age 24. Nedov, who was always an elegant competitor, seems to be finally coming into her own and may be one of the surprises of the year. Who said gymnasts peak before age 16 again?

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The men’s competition in Baku was a celebration of international diversity, with six gymnasts from six different nations winning the titles. Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat, who has won floor in the last three world cups he’s entered (that’s significant, since one of them was Cottbus), continued the streak in Baku, while newcomer Vladyslav Polyashov, second all-around at the Russian Championships, took the title on parallel bars. Britain’s Courtney Tulloch, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion on rings, got his first world cup win on the event.

Other champions included Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Epke Zonderland on high bar, 2013 world pommel horse titlist Kohei Kameyama of Japan. 2012 Olympic vault champion Yang Hak-seon of Korea, whose torn Achilles kept him out of Rio, made a big “I’m back” statement by winning vault with his signature handspring front triple twist. All results from Baku are here.

Ellie Downie, James Hall best in Britain

Ellie Downie proved her mettle in 2017, becoming the first ever British woman to walk off with the European all-around title, but since then, the 19-year-old has struggled with one injury after another. Finally healthy, she claimed the British Championships in Liverpool, compiling a healthy 56.0 all-around score with room for improvement, which should make her very competitive in Poland.

I couldn’t be happier! I started on the bars and my training on bars hasn’t been the best this week so I was pretty nervous but I managed to get through it. After that I relaxed and I let my hard work take over.

I’ve worked really hard to get back and this is the first time that I have managed to bring all my skills together at a competition, so I am just chuffed it went so well.
— Ellie Downie to British Gymnastics


Kelly Simm, the 2018 British champ, finished second with 55.05, followed by first year senior sensation Amelie Morgan at 54.8. Sadly we won’t see Simm in Poland -- the 23-year-old withdrew from the British team this morning due to a fracture in her foot and will be replaced by Claudia Fragapane. The injury seems to have come during beam warmup in the all-around final — Simm did not compete in event finals as a precaution.

Downie (vault, floor) and Georgia Mae-Fenton (bars, beam) split the individual apparatus titles in finals. Among the juniors, Ondine Achampong took the all-around title with 52.9 and added bars and beam titles in event finals.

Workhorse James Hall took the senior men’s title with 84.45, a solid score that should see him up there in the European all-around final as well. 2014 Youth Olympic champion Giarnni Regini-Moran, who like Downie has struggled with one injury after another, competed all-around for the first time since 2016 and took silver with 81.65, ahead of first year senior Jamie Lewis, third with 80.95.

It’s been a long time coming but I am just over the moon!” Hall said. “This year I wanted to put new routines out and so I had a revamp and I tried different things. Almost every routine has got new skills in there. I told myself that I wouldn’t look at the scores but sometimes you can’t help yourself. I had a silly mistake on floor which annoyed me but I did a great routine on pommel. After that I thought I could do this and I just needed to keep my head and do my rings routine.
— British Gymnastics

 2016 Olympian Brinn Bevan was fourth, followed by Pavel Karnejenko and Joe Fraser. 2012 Olympian Sam Oldham finished eighth. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock came out of paternity leave for the day to win pommel horse.

Photo courtesy British Gymnastics.

Photo courtesy British Gymnastics.

Nikolchenko, Salos, Ukraine big winners at the Deriugina Cup in Kiev 

Here’s a picture of the new generation Ukrainian star Vlada Nikolchenko looking fierce during her gala performance after her Grand Prix season debut at home in Kiev. Nikolchenko was pretty fierce on the carpet during the actual competition as well, winning the title for the home country with 77.95, ahead of Bulgaria’s Katrin Taseva (76.65) and Ekaterina Selezneva of Russia (75.8). Every one of the big guns came away with something from event finals, where winners included Nikolchenko (Hoop), Selezneva (Ball), Salome Pazhava (Clubs) and Taseva (Ribbon). Ukraine’s group came up golden as well.

The amazing scores of the weekend came not from the Grand Prix event, but the accompanying Deriugina Cup, and not from a Ukrainian but from Belarus’s quickly rising star Anastastia Salos, who tallied a very impressive 79.5, including a 21.8 with the Clubs. Ukaine’s Olena Diachenko, a 2017 Worlds competitor, finished a distant second with 74.65 (including 21.1 with the Hoop). Russia’s Maria Sergeeva was third with 73.7. Full results from everything here.

The Deriugina Cup, named after 1970s great Irina Deriugina and her 87-year-old mom Albina, both of whom coach the Ukrainian team, is as much rhythmic gymnastics show as it is a competition. (Have a look at Ulrich Fassbender’s photos from the competition gala and you’ll get an idea...)

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Gymnastics’s “Miss Val” says goodbye to UCLA

Finally, in Los Angeles, after more than three decades as the heart and soul of the UCLA program, a gymnastics legend of a different kind took her final bow in Pauley Pavilion.


Quick hits: Stuttgart World Cup, Women's All-around final

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You’ve got to hand it to the organizers of the Stuttgart World Cup for their rockstar introductions of the gymnasts. The lights in the Porsche Arena are dimmed and the gymnasts presented one by one, making their appearance by running through a corridor formed by local gymnasts waving blue pom-poms while strobe lights flash and a steam machine shoots off smoke. The effect is totally cool.

Results:

1 - Simone Biles, USA,
2 - Ana Padurariu, Canada,
3 - Elisabeth Seitz, Germany,

Rotation 4:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), FX: Arabian double front, small steps out of it. Double turn with leg at head. Switch ring. 1.5 to double tuck, keeps it in bounds. The sort of music you’d hear in a heist movie. Double full. Double pike, step back. 12.333.

Kim Bui (GER), FX: Split jump full. Lovely double layout. Tourjete full. Double tuck. A great piece of music for Kim, something the crowd can clap and bop along to. 2.5 to front pike, stuck. Double pike. Small bounces back on three of those passes, but whatever. A thoroughly enjoyable routine from start to finish. Fun fact: Kim Bui’s first Stuttgart World Cup was back in 2005.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), FX: Music is The Piano Guys’s “Michael Meets Mozart.” Hands down on double double tuck, but the audience recognizes it as a hard skill and applauds her. Full in to a Melnikova style landing. Same on double tuck to end. Well, it hasn’t been a horrible day for her, but she might have expected better of herself. She’s capable of better. 11.333.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), FX: Arabian double front, stuck cold. Triple turn. Double tuck. Double turn with leg at head. Wonderful expression in this routine. She has the crowd positively hanging on her every move. 1.5 to front layout full, essentially stuck. Double full. Well, that was as well as she’s currently capable of doing that routine. Good for her! 13.2.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), FX: Techno mix that gets the crowd clapping. Wolf turn double that she doesn’t complete, but that seems to be part of her choreography. Full in tuck, bounces out of bounds with both feet. Double turn with leg at head. 2.5 to punch front. Tourjete full. Double pike. 12.3. Hatakeda receives her score with a shrug.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), FX: Double turn with leg at head. Running double front tuck, stuck. Double tuck second pass, well landed. A very flowy, graceful exercise despite the wolf double turn snuck in before her double pike to finish. Great day for Lorette. 12.566.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), FX: Another great music selection by the German team, this clappable, kind of 1920s swing piece that’s been infused with a little modern day techno. Also fun is how she draws a heart in the air before her first pass. Arabian double front, small hop forward. 1.5 to double tuck. Double pike. Everyone loves it. 13.2 moves her into the lead right now.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), FX: A rumba, I believe, and she pulls it off extremely well. Double pike. Tourjete half to switch ring. 2.5 to to punch front. Double full. Excellent finish! 13.2, and she takes the lead! Guaranteed second at least…

Simone Biles (USA), FX: Full twisting double layout, excellent. Comes very close to going OOB on her Biles, but just stays in. Front layout full walkout to full in. Finally does go OOB on her double double closing pass, but I think she can be forgiven. 14.9.

Rotation 3:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), BB: Split leap mount. Switch to Tourjete. Split half. Bhs, layout (fall). Punch front (fall). Supportive applause from the crowd. Front aerial to split to bhs. Back tuck. Double tuck with a hop back. 9.866.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), BB: Switch mount to switch half. Wobble on side aerial. Split leap to front aerial. Bhs, layout. Double turn. Side somie. Double tuck, hop forward. She doesn’t look terribly pleased with that. 13.0.

Kim Bui (GER), BB: Roundoff, layout to two feet mount. Steps back but doesn’t come off. Bhs, layout, balance break where her leg comes up, but stays on. Switch to switch half, another step back. Crowd gasps with the suspense. Nice 540 degree jump. Side aerial. Gainer layout off the end, just under the buzzer, stuck. 11.8.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), BB: Switch mount. Punch front. Front aerial, straddle, wolf jumps. Side somie. Switch. Switch half. Bhs, layout. Double pike, step forward. Sound routine. 12.9.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount, great. Bhs, layout, perfect. Wolf triple, nice! Charpy is on in this routine so far. Smooth side aerial. Switch, split, Korbut. The eponymous split half. Front aerial, split. And a stuck double pike dismount! Wow. 13.666 feels a little low.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), BB: Back dive mount, Triple wolf turn, excellent. Switch ring, tidy. Side aerial, layout, layout. Switch half. Front aerial, split, bhs. Switch to sheep jump. Double pike dismount with just a step. Excellent routine from the world silver medalist on this event. She sighs with relief as she takes a seat in the kiss and cry. 14.333.

Aliya Musatfina (RUS), BB: Switch half to Onodi and comes off. Bhs, layout. Double turn, small check. Split leap to side aerial, slight check. Front aerial, has to fight to save it. Switch to wolf, balance break. Double tuck, chest low, step forward. Well. 11.6.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), BB: Punch front. Bhs, layout to two feet, solid. Side somie. Double turn not completed, has to step back and save it. Small wobble on side aerial. Front layout full dismount with a step. 12.466.

Simone Biles (USA), BB: Stands up too quickly midst wold turn full but doesn’t fall. Bhs, layout, layout, excellent. Switch to switch half to back pike, leg comes up but again, no fall. Side aerial. Split jump half. Front aerial, split jump, straddle jump. Bhs, bhs, full in tuck, solid. 14.2.

Rotation 2:

Kim Bui (GER), UB: Hop change to pike Jaeger to Pak. Maloney to Bhardwaj to toe Shaposh half, toe 1/1 to Hgienger. Full twisting double tuck, small hop back. Control and ease all the way through. 13.8.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), UB: Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Inbar pike Tkatchev. Bail to stalder full. Ray. Full twisting double tuck with a step forward. 14.066.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), UB: Stalder Shaposh half, toe blind to pike Jaeger. Ricna to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck, stuck. Bravo! 13.933. Lorette looks delighted, as she should.

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), UB: Shaposh to Pak, legs apart. Toe full. Maloney to bail to Ray. Blind to Jaeger. Toe half. Double tuck. Some form here and there, but she got through. 11.833.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), UB: Inbar to inbar full to toe Shaposh half, inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Ricna. Bail to stalder to Ray. Full twisting double tuck, stuck! Well done. Hatakeda sure loves inbar elements. She was one who had problems in warmups today, but it certainly didn’t show in the competition. 13.566.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), UB: Stalder full to Maloney to stalder uprise to Ricna to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe blind to pike Jaeger. Open double tuck dismount. You can tell where her Hungarian teammates are sitting because the rest of the arena is dead silent while she performs except for this little patch of voices screaming encouragement at her. 12.9.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), UB: Stalder full to Maloney to Pak to toe Shaposh half. Stalder blind to pike Jaeger. Toe full to full twisting double tuck, stuck. My goodness! Sheer excellence. 14.2.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), UB: Dead silence as she mounts. Maloney to stalder uprise RIcha. Hop to change to pike Jaeger. Stalder pike Tkatchev to Pak. Toe Shaposh half. Toe full to full twisting double tuck with a step back. 14.233.

Simone Biles (USA), UB: Wieler kip, half yurm tp Maloney to uprise Tkatchev. Toe full to pike Tkatchev to Pak. Toe Shaposh half (a bit of a fingertip catch, but she caught it) to immediate full twisting double tuck with a hop. Biles looks relieved, I think. 14.3.

Rotation 1:

Carolyne Pedro (BRA), VT: FTY, clean, small hop back. 13.733.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS), VT: DTY, amazing. Just a step back. Wow. Mustafina’s ability to do things when she needs to never ceases to boggle the mind. 14.4.

Hitomi Hatakeda (JPN), VT: Yurchenko 1.5, well done, small hop to the side. 13.933.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER), VT: Really nice DTY with a step back. Great lift on that, efficient twist. Camera shows Seitz’s vault in slo-mo, then pans to German head coach Ulla Koch in the background high-fiving someone as Seitz turns to salute the judges. 14.5.

Zsofia Kovacs (HUN), VT: DTY, just excellent in the air, but stumbles back on the landing and has to take two big steps backward to save it. But great in the air! 13.933.

Kim Bui (GER), VT: FTY, clean, hop back. 13.533.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), VT: FTY, small bounce more upwards than back. 13.533.

Simone Biles (USA), VT: Cheng, excellent, small bounce backward. 15.4.

Lorette Charpy (FRA), VT: FTY, hop backwards. 13.566.

Eaker, Allaire-Bourgie light up L'International Gymnix

U.S. star Kara Eaker won three gold medals as American teams dominated the International Gymnix Tournament this past weekend in Montreal.

Long known as a meet that hosts greats before their star turns on the world or Olympic stage, the highly anticipated Gymnix welcomed teams from five countries for its senior team cup and seven for Saturday’s junior team cup.

Eaker and U.S. teammates Alyona Shchennkiova, Sloane Blakely and Aleah Finnegan easily won the senior team competition, topping a Canadian team consisting of 2016 Olympian Isabela Onyshko, 2018 Youth Olympian Emma Spence, World team alternate Laurie Denommee and standout Haley de Jong by a ten point margin. A poised and promising Australian team (2014 World team member Emma Nedov, 2018 Youth Olympian Kate Sayer, Elena Chipizubov and Romi Brown) took bronze.

Eaker, a beam finalist at last fall’s World Championships in Doha, began the day by sticking her Yurchenko 1.5 vault and nailed her impressive set (side aerial, layout, layout, roundoff, back handspring, 2.5 twist dismount) for a meet-high 14.666 to move into first in the all-around after three events. She held onto it even after a fall on her double pike final tumbling pass on floor to edge Shchennikova, who opened the meet with a terrific double-twisting Yurchenko vault and carried the top score of the day on bars, by a mere tenth of a point, 55.298-55.198. She won the beam title during Sunday’s event finals as well, her third gold of the meet.

Tiny Azuki Kokofugata of Japan, one of several new faces the Japanese are sending to competitions around the world this year, impressed in her senior international debut, throwing a triple full beam dismount and turning in the best score of the day on floor exercise (13.8) for third overall, then added gold on floor in event finals. The U.S.’s Sloane Blakely finished with the third highest all-around score, but was bumped due to the two-per-country rule.

Fresh from winning last month’s Elite Canada, world beam silver medalist Ana Padurariu had a rough outing in the team/all-around competition, recording multiple falls on balance beam and coming off the uneven bars, but the 16-year-old came back to win bars in event finals.

Canada’s Zoe Allaire-Bourgie, already considered an Olympic team contender although she does not become a senior until next year, won the junior all-around competition ahead of Americans Olivia Greaves and Skye Blakely. Magnificent on uneven bars (Wyler to Maloney, Pak, toe Khorkina II, pike Jaeger, full-twisting double tuck) and balance beam (bhs, layout, layout series), Allaire-Bourgie added three medals in event finals, taking gold on floor and silvers on bars and beam.

“I’m truly proud of my performance!” Allaire-Bourgie, who competes for Club Gymnix, exclaimed. “I took things one step at a time, and everything went well. I couldn’t ask for more.”

U.S. junior Skye Blakely, the only junior in the competition to show a double-twisting Yurchenko vault, won that event as well as uneven bars. The entertaining Noemie Louon of Belgium won balance beam and took bronzes on bars and floor.

The U.S. team of Blakely, Greaves, Lilly Lippeatt and Kaylen Morgan won the junior team title by five points over the Belgians (Louon, Stacy Bertrandt, Charlotte Beydts and Jutta Verkest), while Bourgie, along with Clara Raposo, Rebeka Groulx and Rachael Riley, powered Canada to bronze.

UCLA commit Emily Lee was the top all-arounder in the Gymnix Challenge All-around, a separate all-around competition, tallying 51.35 ahead of Canadian standouts Laurie-Lou Vezina (51.166) and 2015 Canadian world team member Audrey Rousseau (51.049).

Gymnix Senior Team Final

1 - USA, 165.261
2 - Canada 2, 155.296
3 - Australia, 154.963

Gymnix Senior All-around Final

1 - Kara Eaker, USA, 55.288
2 - Alyona Shchennikova, USA, 55.198
3 - Azuki Kokofugata, JPN, 52.4

Gymnix Senior Vault Final

1 - Aleah Finnegan, USA, 14.0
2 - Haley de Jong, CAN, 13.467

Gymnix Senior Bars Final

1 - Ana Padurariu, CAN, 14.466
2 - Alyona Shchennikova, USA, 14.4
3 - Emma Nedov, AUS, 13.33

Gymnix Senior Beam Final

1 - Kara Eaker, USA, 14.466
2 - Sloane Blakely, USA, 13.766
3 - Elena Chipizubov, AUS, 13.2

Gymnix Senior Floor Final

1 - Azuki Kokofugata, JPN, 13.5
2 - Haley de Jong, CAN, 12.9
3 - Alyona Shchennikova, USA, 12.766

Gymnix Junior Team Final

1 - USA, 159.463
2 - Belgium, 154.530
3 - Canada, 154.463

Gymnix Junior All-around Final

1 - Zoe Allaire-Bourgie, CAN, 54.532
2 - Olivia Greaves, USA, 53.666
3 - Skye Blakely, USA, 53.332

Gymnix Junior Vault Final

1 - Skye Blakely, USA, 14.083
2 - Olivia Greaves, USA, 13.383
3 - Rachael Riley, CAN, 13.433

Gymnix Junior Uneven Bars Final

1 - Skye Blakely, USA, 14.133
2 - Zoe Allaire-Bourgie, CAN, 14.066
3 - Noemie Louon, BEL, 13.466

Gymnix Junior Beam Final

1 - Noemie Louon, BEL, 13.2
2 - Zoe Allaire-Bourgie, CAN, 13.1
3 - Lilly Lippeatt, USA, 13.066

Gymnix Junior Floor Final

1 - Zoe Allaire-Bourgie, CAN, 13.233
2 - Olivia Greaves, USA, 13.133
3 - Noemie Louon, BEL, 12.966

Quick hits: 2019 International Gymnix, Senior Team/AA final

Rotation 1:

Kate Sayer (AUS), floor: Double tuck, bounces OOB. Looking more mature and elegant since last summer's Youth Olympic Games, where she was eighth AA. More landing troubles on double pike, but no falls. 11.5.

Aleah Finnegan (USA), vault: Yurchenko 1.5 with a big step/bounce forward, some leg form. 14.1.

Emma Spence (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Switch to switch half (leg form). Front aerial. Double twist. 12.3.

Romi Brown (AUS), floor: Double tuck. Good high double pike. 1.5 to front layout. Polished work from AUS so far on floor. Double full to end. 12.7.

Laurie Denommee (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Side aerial, wobble. Side somie, solid. Layout dismount. 12.4.

Alyona Shchennikova (USA), vault: Very nice DTY, nearly stuck. 14.433.

Emma Nedov (AUS), floor: Full twisting double tuck, well done. High double tuck. Punch front through to double full. Sits the double pike to end. Too bad! Very nice otherwise. 12.066.

Elena Chipizubov (AUS), floor: Double pike, lovely light landing. Easy double tuck. A soft, pretty exercise, practically something out of rhythmic. Double full. Full twist to end. 12.8.

Imogen Paterson (CAN), vault: Tucked FTY. 13.266.

Victoria Woo (CAN), beam: Bhs, layout. Side aerial. Switch (small wobble), wolf, scissone. 2.5 twist with a step forward. 12.433.

Jade Chrobok (CAN), beam: Switch to switch half, half not quite at 180. Off on bhs, layout. Double turn. Front aerial. Side somie. Roundoff, double pike from a single step. 11.733.

Rose Woo (CAN), beam: Off on first element, a double turn. Punch front to straddle jump, aggressive. Off agin on bhs, layout to two feet. Switch ring. Side somie. Front aerial, split jump. Switch half, big wobble. Double full dismount. 10.666.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), beam: Off on wolf double turn, just like Rose Woo! A pity. Pretty switch ring. Off again on side aerial, layout, layout. Switch half. Front aerial, split jump, bhs. Switch to sheep. Hands down on double pike dismount too. Not a good day for CAN on beam. 11.0.

Rotation 2:

Haley de Jong (CAN), floor: Nice high Arabian double front to begin. Triple full. Double tuck. 13.2.

Sloane Blakely (USA), bars: Pak. Toe shoot to high. Stalder blind, pike Jaeger. Toe blind and good high double front with a hop forward. 13.5.

Romi Brown (AUS), vault: Pretty Yurchenko full. Kate Sayer (AUS), vault: Another Y-full with a little bit of form. 13.166.

Isabela Onyshko (CAN), floor: Double tuck. Pretty, avant-garde music with an Asian feel. Punch front to double full. Double turn with leg at head to illusion turn. Switch ring to switch full. Double pike. 13.166.

Azuki Kokofugata (JPN), beam: Front aerial to double stag. Switch, sheep. Quick movements from this tiny young gymnast! Bhs, layout, big wobble but stays on. Triple full dismount. Impressive! 12.7.

Emma Spence (CAN), floor: 1.5 to double tuck, bounces out of it but stays on her feet. 2.5 to punch front that goes forward but not upward and still somehow puts it to her feet. Save of the day so far! Leg form on her leaps. Double pike to end. 12.7.

Laurie Denommee (CAN), floor: Nice double layout! Punch front to layout full, looks like she's capable of well m1ore than that. Great choice of music for her, allowing her to show off her power and finesse. Big double pike to end. Nice routine. 13.1.

Imogen Paterson (CAN), bars: Has a nice routine going but misses toe on entry into Khorkina II transition twice, then falls on the actual element. 10.5.

Fien Enghels (BEL), beam: Back dive mount. One of the nicer wolf double turns in existence. Side aerial. Bhs, layout, step back. Front aerial. Ring jump, head not far enough back. Roundoff, full dismount. Very nice set, extremely calm. 13.033.

Victoria Woo (CAN), floor: Stumbles out of triple turn. Lovely dramatic choreo. Punch front through to 2.5. Double pike, hops back but good height. 12.833.

Rotation 3:

Romi Brown (AUS), bars: Maloney to Pak. Blind to Deltchev. Open double tuck, small hop. Getting Hollie Dykes vibes with this one. 12.8.

Mikako Serita (JPN), floor: Double tuck. Triple turn, a tad off. Double wolf turn. 1.5 to front layout full, step/bounce out of it. Rudi. She's a little rough around the edges choreo-wise, but a nice start for someone so young. Double full to end. 12.433.

Sloane Blakely (USA), beam: Double wolf turn. Wonderful high standing Arabian. Switch to switch half to layout stepout, huge. Front handspring to sky-high front tuck but comes off. Front aerial. Side somie. Big easy looking double tuck dismount. Such.high.tumbling. 13.333 (5.9 D!)

Kara Eaker (USA), beam: Full turn with leg at head. Front aerial to ring jump, small wobble. Side aerial, layout, layout, beautiful. Scissone to side somie. Switch to bhs to Korbut. Switch, switch side, excellence everywhere. Roundoff, bhs, 2.5 twist, hop forward. Bravo Kara! 14.666.

Fien Enghels (BEL), floor: Italian opera music. Double tuck, bounces out of it and OOB. Punch front to full twist. Lovely form and presentation -- and performing her dance with a smile! Double full. Delightful routine from Belgium's junior national champion. 12.166.

Maellyse Brassart (BEL), floor: Full in pike. Punch front to double tuck, hop back. As with all the Belgians, unusual music choice and very thoughtful choreo. Double pike. 12.9.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), floor: Tourjete full. Good high triple twist to open. 1.5 to front layout full. Switch to switch half. She's quite an actress out there! Some very raw "animal" choreo in this routine. Overcooks her double tuck and sits down -- too bad! 12.233.

Rotation 4:

Laurie Denommee (CAN), bars: Toe Shaposh to bail, toe Wyler, toe Khorkina II to high, Gienger, pirouette out of handstand, toe front half dismount. Some form here and there but nothing too serious. 12.866.

Emma Spence (CAN), bars: Pike Jaeger. Nabieva, nice! Pak. Toe full. Khorkina II. Clear hip to giants to double pike, a little low. 12.466.

Yuki Murakami (JPN), vault: FTY, very nice! 13.266.

Kate Sayer (AUS), beam: Tourjete, tentative, lacking in amplitude. Two bhs to double full. 12.433.

Haley de Jong (CAN), bars: Toe Shaposh, very nice! Pak. Maloney to bail. Toe shoot to high. Blind, half turn (feet apart), giants, pretty double layout. 13.033.

Elena Chipizubov (AUS), beam: Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, VERY pretty. Front aerial, jump, back tuck. Punch front, very nice as well. Ring jump. A little careful with some of her leaps/jumps, but perhaps the most precise gymnast in the field. Bhs, bhs, double full. 13.0.

Emma Nedov (AUS), beam: The eponymous back dive mount. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, wobble. Front aerial to jumps. Switch, wolf. Switch ring, won't be credited but no wobble. Punch front, solid. Double pike with a small hop back. Well done Australia! 13.8.

Sloane Blakely (USA), floor, Nice high full in tuck, great. Arabian double front that seems to drop from the sky. Double pike, shuffle back. Double tuck, hop back. Entertaining routine, capped with excellent tumbling. 13.566.

Kara Eaker (USA), floor: Triple full, too much energy and bouces out with both feet glued together nonetheless. 2.5 to front layout full, small hop to the side. Terrific turn combo. Ladylike music and choreo. Front layout to front 2/1. Hands down on double pike! Aie. 12.466.

Jade Vansteenkiste (BEL), vault: FTY, very well done. Great height and distance. 13.666.

Three falls off the uneven bars for Rose Woo (CAN), who nonetheless nearly sticks her double front dismount. She was trying some new skills here, and is clearly still adjusting. 8.633.

Ana Padurariu (CAN), bars: Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Misses inbar Tkatchev pike. Repeats the skill and makes it, successfully connects it to Pak. Bail to Ray, full twisting double tuck with a hop. 13.433.

#IntlGymnix 2019 Senior Women's AA -
🥇Kara Eaker, USA, 55.298
🥈Alyona Shchennikova, USA, 55.198
🥉Azuki Kokufugata, JPN, 52.4*

#IntlGymnix 2019 Senior Women's Team final -
🥇USA (Aleah Finnegan, Alyona Shchennikova, Kara Eaker, Sloane Blakely), 165.261
🥈Canada 2 (Emma Spence, Haley de Jong, Isabela Onyshko, Laurie Denommee), 155.196 
🥉Australia (Elena Chipizubov, Emma Nedov, Kate Sayer, Romi Brown), 154.963

*This was not the result that the livescoring showed -- it showed Sloane Blakely third, followed by Belgium's Fien Enghels, and even Kokufugata looked confused when called to the podium, but this is how the medal ceremony played out.