Elite Gym Massilia: Day 1
Russia won, no surprise there. Unfortunately, they also failed to hit, which could also be no surprise if you have followed the Russian team at all. Afanasyeva, Semenova and Nabieva are all pretty much bubble girls when it comes to next year. Nabieva is near the top of that group, and Semenova is near the bottom, but they all have a chance at making worlds. That is why they all need to hit every routine between now and then. According to the Gymnastics Examiner, Nabieva had the least falls, but Afanasyeva and Semenova are both somewhat injured, so maybe this was expected. Nabieva also had her fall on beam, which is an event that the Russians don’t really need her on. The good news is that Afanasyeva and Semenova both showed new floor routines. I think that they are both fantastic dancers, and the routines that they had at worlds did not correctly show it. Honestly, I absolutely hated Semenova’s new routine.
Despite all this, the Russians beat the French juniors by 2.15 points. The Australian juniors were third. The field was rounded out by the French seniors, the Swiss, the Belgians, the Romanians and the Germans. Nabieva had the high scores for vault, bars and all around. I think she probably did an Amanar and either the Yurchenk0 1/2 on front pike/layout full off or a layout Podkopayeva judging by the scores. Afanasyeva had the highest beam score. I’m particularly happy about this because she came so close to making beam finals at worlds. Belgian Terri Grand’ry picked up the highest floor score, the only Non-Russian high score. French gymnasts Anne Kuhm, Aurelie Malaussena and Doraine Thobie all had good competitions. There are still event finals to come.
Just like I said with the DTB cup, I will post video links when or if I find them. For full results, click here.