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French International Roster

March 17, 2011

The French International is the first FIG World Cup of the year. The event finalists from the World Championships are invited, along with the top four gymnasts from last year’s world cup rankings. If an invitation is not accepted, the next gymnast on the world cup ranking list is selected. The home country is allowed to choose a wild card gymnast; for this competition, it will be Youna Dufournet who will compete on uneven bars. It also seems like they are allowed to have athletes do an exhibition, competing first on the apparatus they chose. Those gymnasts are Marine Petit on beam and Marine Brevet on floor. The top four gymnasts from the qualification round qualify for finals. The prelims take place on 19th and the finals take place on the 20th.

The draw is as follows:

Vault (I guess they couldn’t get enough competitors):

1. Ariella Kaeslin (SUI)
2. Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)
3. Teja Belak (SLO)
4. Hiu Ying Angel Wong (HKG)
5. Blank spot
6. Paula Plichta (POL)
7. Jennifer Khwela (RSA)
8.  Diana Chelaru (ROU)
9. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
10. Tijana Tkalcec (CRO)
11. Imogen Cairns (GBR)
12. Jo Hyunjoo (KOR)

If Mustafina competes her most difficult vaults, even with questionable form, she will probably win this one. I would probably have her downgrade to qualify and then go all out in finals. Other contenders are Kaeslin, Nabieva and Jo.


1. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
2.Vasiliki Millousi (GRE)
3. Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)
4. Beth Tweddle (GBR)
5. Jessica Lopez (VEN)
6. He Kexin (CHN)
7. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
8. Huang Qiushuang (CHN)
9.  Youna Dufournet (FRA)
10. Ivana Kamnikar (SLO)
11. Elisabeth Seitz (GER)
12. Jana Sikulova (CZE)
13. Ana Porgras (ROU)

There is a whole lot of depth in this final. He Kexin will likely win if she hits, but it will be hard just to get into finals. It will be interesting to see what Nabieva, Tweddle, Mustafina and Porgras compete. Nabieva switched around the composition of her routine a lot last year, Tweddle has recently unveiled a new combination and dismount, Mustafina was training a stalder shaposhnikova 1/2 directly out of her pak salto at the American Cup and Porgras was training a Huang (or possibly just an endo with full pirouette, worth the same) a few months ago.


Hors Concours: Marine Petit (FRA)
1. Wu Liufang (CHN)
2. Anna Dementyeva (RUS)
3. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE)
4. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
5. Hannah Whelan (GBR)
6. Ana Porgras (ROU)
7. Yana Demyanchuk (UKR)
8. Jessica Lopez (VEN)
9. Fiona Novak (SLO)
10. Deng Linlin (CHN)
11. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
12. Luiza Galiulina (UZB)

This final looks very open to me. At least five gymnasts are capable of 6.5+ routines. The one to watch may be 2009 world champion Deng Linlin, who is training a backhandspring backhandspring layout full korbut combination, which you can watch here.


Hors Concours: Marine Brevet
1. Sui Lu (CHN)
2. Tina Erceg (CRO)
3. Diana Chelaru (ROU)
4. Ramilya Musina (RUS)
5. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL)
6. Wu Liufang (CHN)
7. Sandra Izbasa (ROU)
8. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
9. Jessica Lopez (VEN)
10. Fiona Novak (SLO)
11. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)
12. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)

This is another final that seems pretty open. Olympic Champion Sandra Izbasa will probably unveil a new routine that includes a triple twist into a stag jump and a fourth pass, along with new music.


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