Aleksandra Shchekoldina (RUS), VT: FTY, hop back.
Kristen Polderman (NED), FX: Whip to double tuck, small hop back. Full twist to double full twist. Interesting! Punch front to 1.5 twist, steps OOB. 12.366.
Celia Serber (FRA), FX: Full in tuck, stuck. Double pike, 0.3 step back. Entertaining choreography and fun Caribbean music. Punch front to double full, step forward and near fall. 12.833.
Angelina Melnikova (RUS), VT: DTY, hop back. Efficient twist. Not a fantastic block, but made it work thanks to the tight twist. 13.9.
Tisha Vollman (NED), FX: Cheerful folk music. Whip to full in tuck, nice. Double tuck. 1.5 to punch front. The Dutch are so great about telling stories with their choreo. Thoroughly entertaining. 13.333.
Flavia Saraiva (BRA), VT: DTY, very nice! Small step. Great technique on that -- legs totally together, no starfishing there. 14.066.
Aline Friess (FRA), FX: Sits down her opening front layout to double front. Which was a shame, as the rest of the routine was quite good. Roundoff, full in tuck. Roundoff, double tuck to end. A very intriguing newcomer for France! 11.966.
Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), FX: Music: It's fado! "Porto" by Dulce Pontes. Haunting and lovely. Triple turn. 3/1 to punch front, very good! Double tuck. Pulls around the 2.5 to punch front. Captivating as ever, she holds the house in the palm of her hand when she performs. 13.4.
Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), FX: Full twisting double layout, steps OOB. Open full in tuck, stuck. Nice! Same routine as 2018, but coming into her own as a performer -- her delivery is far sassier than last year. Front layout walkout to double tuck. Double pike.
Rebeca Andrade (BRA), vault: Fantastic DTY with just a step back. 14.8. One of the reasons Brazil beat Russia in the team qualification here is because Russia did FTYs and a DTY from Melnikova, whereas Brazil came in with three DTYs. The DTY difference -- it's a thing.
Flavia Saraiva (BRA), UB: Taktchev to Pak. Maloney to Tkatchev. Toe full. Blind to front giant to double front, step/hop forward. 13.266.
Angelina Melnikova (RUS), UB: Inbar full, inbar Shaposh to Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Toe full to to good high full twisting double tuck with a hop.
Aline Friess (FRA), VT: Handspring layout front half. She's got power -- expect that to turn into a Rudi within a short time. 13.566.
Jade Barbosa (BRA), UB: Stalder Shaposh, Tkatchev. Ricna to Pak. Maloney to bail to Ray. Toe full. Blind to font giant. Double layout with flexed feet if you're picky.
Angelina Simakova (RUS), UB: Stalder, to Maloney to Gienger. Comes off on pike Jaeger. Toe full to Pak. Toe Khorkina II. Blind to double front, small hop/step.
Beautiful (and aggressive!) bar routine from Rebeca Andrade caps off his rotation. No coach standing anywhere near the bars, this is all on her own and so very confident. It's been awhile since we've seen a gymnast swing a routine with so much power! 14.566.
Ksenia Klimenko (RUS), UB: Stalder full to Khorkina II, toe blind to pike Jaeger to Pak. Peels off on her Maloney transition. Oh dear, it was all so nice before. Geinger. Blind to excellent double front half with a hop. 13.033.
Netherlands/France on Vault: A parade of FTYs, all really of good quality, landed with a variety of small hops. The exception was Kristen Polderman, who I believe showed a Tsuk full, and Aline Friess's pretty front layout half.
Tisha Volleman (NED), UB: Khorkina II transition, Jaeger. Bail to toe stalder, full twisting double tuck. 12.633.
Angelina Simakova (RUS), BB: Back dive mount. Switch ring, small wobble. Bhs, layout, layout, wobble. Front aerial. Ring jump, wobble. Switch (at 180?) and jumps. Side aerial. Double tuck with a step back. A nice routine, but a fair share of wobbles. 12.4.
Aline Friess (FRA), UB: Maloney to Pak, Khorkina II, toe stalder, full turn, blind to Jaeger. Hop change to double front, underrotated and sits. 12.166. She does not look amused.
Thais Fidelis (BRA), BB: Bhs, layout, layout, really well done. Switch to split half to straddle jump. Front aerial, split, bhs. Split ring leap. Side aerial. Punch front. Double pike with a step. Good routine. 12.733.
Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), UB: Shaposh to Pak. Maloney to bail to toe full to Ray. Blind to pike Jaeger. Full twisting double tuck in which the twist seemed to happen in slow motion, but she made it. 13.333.
Angelina Melnikova (RUS), BB: Punch front mount to split, straddle, nicely connected. Switch. Kotchetkova. Bhs, layout. Front aerial. Wolf turn 2/1. Split full. Double pike, small hop. Well controlled throughout, showing what Melnikova is capable of. 13.166.
Lea Marques (FRA), UB: Stalder blind to pike Jaeger. Crunchy Nabieva but doesn't fall. Does fall twice later in the routine, however. Double tuck dismount. Props to her for going for the difficulty, even if it didn't work out. 10.566.
Rebeca Andrade (BRA), BB: Bhs, layout, layout. Front aerial to split ring jump. Split half. Switch ring. Side aerial. Double pike. 13.433.
Sanna Veerman (NED), UB: Stalder Shaposh to Bhardwaj, Maloney to Pak to toe Shaposh half and comes off, just not enough swing to make it. Piked Jaeger. Toe full to full twisting double tuck with a small hop. 12.833.
Daria Belusova (RUS), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Switch. Onodi. Ring jump. Side aerial. Front aerial. Split jump to Korbut. Wolf turn. Bhs, bhs, double tuck. 12.466.
Claire Pontlevoy (FRA), UB: Inbar fall. Inbar Shaposh to Pak. Stalder Shaposh half. Inbar blind to pike Jaeger. Stalder half. Blind to double front, step back. 13.2.
Flavia Saraiva (BRA), BB: Roundoff, bhs, split jump, Korbut mount sequence. Roundoff, layout to two feet, great as ever. Bhs, layout, layout, comes off. (Aww! Even the music stops.) Switch ring. Front aerial to ring jump. Double pike, step forward. 13.033.
Claire Pontlevoy (FRA), BB: Front aerial. Side somie. Wolf turn. Bhs, bhs, layout. Side aerial. Switch to scissone. Double full dismount. Some great qualities in this young gymnast -- it will be exciting to watch her in the next few years.
Thais Fidelis (BRA), FX: 1.5 to double Arabian, lands both feet OOB, but a nice pass all the same. Open full in tuck. Dramatic symphony music, quite Russian. Double tuck. Double pike. "Huge drama here in the Porsche Arena!" cries the announcer. Very much so. 13.266.
Sanna Veerman (NED), BB: Front pike mount. Bhs, layout, wobble. Side aerial. Switch to jump full. Side somie. Switch 3/4. 1.5 twist dismount. 11.7.
Angelina Simakova (RUS), FX: 2.5 to front layout 1/1, very good. Full in tuck. Fun rather playful piece of piano music is a very good fit for her. Double pike. Double tuck.
Aline Friess (FRA), BB: Front pike, almost comes off but really went for it. Roundoff, layout to two feet, almost comes off again but saves it. Punch front. Switch to switch half and this time she really does fall. Off again on wolf 2/1. Double tuck.
Flavia Saraiva (BRA), FX: Her 2018 routine, with one big difference: First pass is roundoff, bhs, whip to double layout. Terrific. Full in tuck. 1.5 to front layout. The audience loves the music, clapping along. Double pike to end. 13.666. Flavia's blowing kisses!
Tisha Volleman (NED), BB: Roundoff, Arabian mount! Falls off, but awesome stuff. Front aerial to front somie. Illusion, inadvertently does an extra half turn out of it. Falls again on side aerial. Double turn. Full turn with leg up. Side somie. Double full.
Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), BB: Front pike. Front pike on the beam. Bhs, layout to two feet (fall). Split half. Switch half. Front aerial, split jump. Double tuck. 12.366.
Rebeca Andrade (BRA), FX: Full twisting double layout. Double layout. Powerful piece of music, called 'Battlefield" by Magic Sword. 2.5 to front layout 1/1. Double pike, step back. A very affecting routine. So much force. 14.133.
Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), BB: Off on roundoff, layout to two feet mount. Full turn with leg up to switch to full turn with leg at head, so pretty. Split leap to side aerial to Korbut. Wonderful sequence where she really seems to take on a character. Onodi, has to grab the beam, tries to turn it into a needle scale as a cover up, and then falls again. Triple full dismount.
Angelina Melnikova (RUS), FX: Full twisting double layout, truly a layout position. Double layout, just too low. Underrotated and stumbles around on the landing as a result. Double tuck, stuck. Double pike. Well. Certainly better than at the Russian Championships...14.066.
So, one takeaway from today is that the gymnasts whose performances really endure are the ones who bring something different, whether choice of skills (Dalaloyan) or supreme artistry (Thorsdottir). It's always been that way, I suppose, but feels somehow important to say now.
DTB Pokal Women's Team Challenge - Finals
1 - Brazil, 164.396
2 - Russia, 159.496
3 - Netherlands, 153.763
4 - France, 150.462