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Nothing Has Been Happening
August 5, 2009, 7:10 pm
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Nothing really has been happening in the Japanese gymnastics world lately.
For the next approximate week and a half, this blog will temporarily turn into a USA gymnastics blog.
I will be attending all sessions of Nationals in Dallas next week.
And will be blogging about my experience here.
Woot!



Koko Tsurumi @ Japan Cup

Her awesome floor from the all around competition. 14.150 (which I thought was underscored).



Gloria Estefan

Hanako Miura’s 1990 Floor Exercise. Very good.

I have another video of this routine, form the Japanese Junior Invite. I’ll upload next time I’m on the desktop



New Montage, “Bulletproof”
July 24, 2009, 1:06 am
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My new montage, to the music “Bulletproof” by La Roux.



Countries Sending Gymnasts to London 2009
July 22, 2009, 7:44 pm
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The draws have been posted for the 2009 World Championships in London this October. With 168 WAG gymnasts competing, it will be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) post-Olympic Worlds ever. Many countries are sending gymnasts that usually are not involved with international gymnastics. Here is a list of the countries on the draw as of now, with the number of gymnasts their sending beside. A country can send a maximum of four gymnasts to these individual Worlds.

Albania
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belarus
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Columbia
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
El Salvador
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Lebanon
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
North Korea
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Russia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam



Japan’s Vault Problem

Very interesting observation, about Japan’s current lack of good vaulters. Koko Tsurumi even said today to International Gymnast magazine that she now knows that she can’t medal in the all-around with only a full twisting vault, that she has to do the double to be competitive.

The top six seniors in Japan right now (Tsurumi, Uemura, Shintake, Oshima, Minobe, and Tanaka) all have a 1-1/2 twisting Yurchenko or lower. However, six gymnasts currently have a double twisting Yurchenko or more. The most famous of these gymnasts is both Momoko Ozawa, who was a 2007 World Championship team member and Natsumi Sasada, famous for her layout Garrison mount.

Why is it that all these lower level gymnasts have higher vault scores than the top six? Risa Konishi (who, if I remember correctly is a senior, I know she competed at the Hong Kong International at the very beginning of this year) got only a 9.850 on bars but was able to break 15 on vault.

I’m just happy to know that Japan has both Sasada and Yoshino Taniguchi who will turn senior in 2011 and their skill level now both who have great double twisting Yurchenkos as well as decent abilities on the other events. Hopefully they’ll be great by the Tokyo Worlds.




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