Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 2009 Japan Cup, Australia, China, Japan, Japan Cup, Japanese Gymnastics, Koko Tsurumi, Kyoko Oshima, Miki Uemura, Russia, Yu Minobe, Yuko Shintake
Is this weekend, July 18 & 19.
It will be shown on tape delay on Fuji TV. Starting at 11:30AM Central Standard Time (Texas, Oklahoma, Mexico, ect.) on July 19th and 20th.
To watch Fuji TV in the states, go to this link and download Keyhole TV.
This competition has been raved as being one of the biggest competitions of 2009.
This is the four women Australian team. In the team finals competition, the format is 5-3-3 so Australia will go 4-3-3. The team is being headlined by Lauren Mitchell; the recent 2009 Australian National Champion. She’s been rumoured to have a 7.2 D-Score on beam, and competed a 6.9 D-Score at the championships.
He Kexin is the reigning Olympic champion on uneven bars and is also a part of the 2008 Olympic champion Chinese team with Li Shanshan. Huang Quishuang got second in the all-around at the 2009 Chinese National championships behind He Ning (who just got back from the Universiade).
Anna Myzdrikova has the highest D-Score on floor along with Beth Tweddle. Along with Kurbatova, the two have been competing at recent World Cup competitions, usually placing at least top 3. Mustafina, Nabieva, and Dementyeva are all juniors; the best being Mustafina, who has a super original dismount series on uneven bars, a stalder full to a double tuck back with 1-1/2 twist. Look for this Russian team with their originality and artistry.
The Japanese team has the top 5 finishers of the 2009 NHK Cup and 2009 Japanese Nationals combined. Tsurumi is, of course, their best all-arounder and the first Japanese woman to make an Olympic event final since Maiko Morio on floor at the 1984 Olympic games. Oshima is the only woman to compete at two Olympics for WAG; and her and Uemura both turned senior in 2002. Shintake and Minobe are still relatively new to the international scene with the Toyota Cup and the Olympic Games.
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