Monday, April 29, 2013

David Belyavskiy Recapped: The All-Around at the 2013 European Championships

Well, it's over. The European Championships are over, and now, we, gymnastics fans, just sit around, twiddling our thumbs, turning cartwheels in our living rooms, watching old YouTube videos--whatever we can do to pass the time before the next big meet.

And apparently, the next big meet is not for another 4 years.

Sorry, Antwerp World Championships, no one cares about you.

Anyway, in case you missed the European Championships, here are the results:

  1. David Belyavskiy, Russia– 89.799
  2. Max Whitlock, Great Britain– 89.106
  3. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine– 88.398
  4. Oleg Stepko, Ukraine– 88.098
  5. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain– 86.732

Over the next few days, I'll be bringing you my recap of the all-around competition--one gymnast at a time. Let's get started, shall we?

1. David Belyavskiy

No one knows how to bend over quite like David Belyavskiy. Woof.

By that, I mean the boy has one mean pike. Have you seen his Lu Yu Fu (Tsuk double pike) on vault?

Or his Belyavskiy dismount (front double pike) on parallel bars? Or his Kolyvanov (double-in double pike) on floor? He's got some pretty sweet moves while his butt is sticking out.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

2013 European Championships Preview: The All-Around

Next week is going to be a gift from the gymnastics gods!

The best male collegiate gymnasts will be traveling to University Park, Pennsylvania to compete at the NCAA Nationals, while the best female collegiate gymnasts will be traveling to Los Angeles, California. (Clearly, the women won in terms of geographic location.) And across the Atlantic, the crème de la crème of Europe will be battling it out in Moscow at the European Championships.

Though I'll be in LA, I'll be keeping an eye on the results in Moscow--mostly to see whether my dear, dear Oleg wins the all-around competition. That's right, I'm picking Mr. Verniaiev to win the all-around at the 2013 European Championships. Here are my rankings:

1. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine

Yes, this is a completely irrational choice for the gold medal. Oleg has been inconsistent in 2013, but love is blind. And I'm in love with Oleg's toe point.
It's like he was taking dance classes with Lilia Podkopayeva or something.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Talk of the Town: 6 Hot Routines from the Last 3 Weeks

Welcome back, friends! A lot of gymnastics has happened since the French International. Some of it made my little gay heart skip and frolic about in my chest. And some of it made me very sad. Like, "Vanessa Atler Starting Over" sad. Or, like, "Sarah McLachlan abused pet commercial" sad.

I'll spare you the tears, Kleenex, and Xanax, and just talk about the good stuff. Here we go!

1. Cottbus: A preview of the floor final at the 2013 European Championships?

On March 23, Matthias Fahrig, 2010 European Floor Champ, and Eleftherios Kosmidis, 2012 European Floor Champ, went head-to-head for the first time in 2013. With these two gymnasts, it's hard to pick a favorite. If routines full of Arabians don't bore you, you'll enjoy Fahrig's routine, but if you are so over the Arabians, you'll like Kosmidis. If you like your male gymnasts to be more ethereal, you'll prefer Fahrig, but if you like men who punctuate their landings with more of a flat-footed thud, you'll like Kosmidis.

Really, they're pretty evenly matched. At Cottbus, both gymnasts had a difficulty score of 6.5, and while I know that it is cliché to say this, it really did come down to the landings. In the end, Fahrig out-executed Kosmidis, scoring a 15.275 to Kosmidis's 15.125.

I'm looking forward to a rematch in Moscow. That said, I think that Stacey Ervin could take both of them, and Stacey thinks so, too.
P.S. If you are looking for a list of gymnasts competing in the European Championships, you can check out the Gymnastics Examiner's page.