Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sloppy: The 2014 American Cup Drinking Game

As usual, play at your own risk!

Take A Big Gulp Whenever…

  • It sounds like Nastia is whispering into the microphone.
  • The commentators use the word "capable."
  • Nastia and Tim begin to reminisce about the glory days when they still wore grips and leotards.
  • Al Trautwig makes a WTF comment, and Tim Daggett laughs uncomfortably to be polite.
  • Someone on social media calls Carlotta Ferlito a racist.
  • Someone on social media wonders why Gabby Douglas isn't competing.
  • Someone on social media confuses Elizabeth Price with Gabby Douglas.
  • A gymnast does an aerial front walkover.
  • A male gymnast does a double pike dismount off parallel bars.
  • A female gymnast does a double pike on floor. (You're going to get so drunk. Oops.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Not So Sexy Data: The U.S. Pommel Horse Problem

In this photo, Akash is clearly concerned about something. I'm guessing it's the pommel horse scores.

Yesterday, I said that the U.S. men were in trouble on pommel horse. Well, here's some (not so) sexy data to back it up:

Averages from the 2014 Winter Cup
for the U.S. National Team

NameFX Avg.PH Avg.SR Avg.VT Avg.PB Avg.HB Avg.
Akash Modi14.75013.55014.25014.30015.37513.875
Alex Naddour11.750
Brandon Wynn15.550
Chris Brooks14.40013.62514.55014.87514.70015.275
Donnell Whittenburg14.97512.60015.37515.02514.55014.050
Eddie Penev15.45015.22514.07513.900
Jake Dalton15.150
John Orozco14.30012.80014.70015.00013.47515.400
Jonathan Horton
Josh Dixon14.87512.57514.15015.10014.02514.700
Marvin Kimble14.67513.20014.60014.22515.02514.225
Paul Ruggeri
Sam Mikulak
Sean Melton15.00013.40014.20015.02514.05014.825
Steven Legendre14.700
There was a bonus system in place at the Winter Cup, so some of these averages might be a little on the higher side.

When the current U.S. National Team averages a 12.938 on pommel horse, it's time to panic if you're a U.S. gymnastics fan. And if you're a U.S. National Team member, it might be time to risk tendonitis of the wrist--due to excessive circling.

Pass me the Xanax. I'm going to need it this year.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

14 Routines to Watch from the 2014 Winter Cup

via USAGym

Generally speaking, gym nerds were not impressed with the 2014 Winter Cup. That is, they were Maroney-ed about the whole situation. Many left the Riviera Royale Pavilion feeling somewhat ambivalent about the routines. They were hoping for huge skills, but big skills were few and far between. And if they couldn't get big skills, they were hoping for perfection, but Kohei Uchimura sublimity was missing.

At times, the meet was a comedy of errors. Especially pommel horse on day 1, where it seemed like no one could make it through the meet without falling.

As you'll see below, I haven't included any pommel horse routines in my list of must-watch routines. Sadly, no one broke a 15 on the event. The highest score was Ellis Mannon's 14.500 for this routine with some old school flair work:

But Ellis Mannon wasn't named to the U.S. National Team, and neither was Penn State's Craig Hernandez, who mustered a 14.350.

Let's face it. The United States continues to struggle on pommel horse. Sure, Fabian Hambuechen won a World bronze medal with a 13.333 on pommels, but 2014 isn't just about individual results. It's about the team. And if the American men want to contend for a team medal at the 2014 World Championships, they can't have a lineup that consistently averages a 13.

:::Remove finger from Team USA's gaping wound:::

All that said, I don't want to make it seem like the Winter Cup was a giant vortex of suckage. There were some great moments in Las Vegas over the weekend!!! And there were some cool skills being competed!!! Let's discuss a few of them…

1. Eddie Penev on Floor

Eddie Penev first competed internationally for Bulgaria, but as a full-time student, Eddie struggled to meet the demands of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation. It was hard to find time to travel back and forth between Bulgaria and the United States for training camps and other events. So, he switched his nationality in 2012, and in 2013, he became part of the U.S. National Team.

I'm guessing that USAGym is happy with this switch, especially after the Men's Technical Committee watched Eddie's floor routine during finals at the Winter Cup. Eddie was the only American gymnast to break 16 at the meet. Granted, he broke 16 only because the United States has a funky bonus system. But even without the stick bonus in effect, Eddie's routine would have scored a 15.950, which still would have been the highest score of the weekend.

By the way, Eddie's capable of doing a 2.5 punch front double full. It's not quite as impressive as Kenzo's 3.5 punch front double full. But are we sure that Kenzo Shirai's human?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mini Men's UTRS: The Best Scores of 2014

The All Around is going to do their handy dandy rankings this year for the women. If they take on the men, I will stop my UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System). Again, for those who care, "UTRS" is pronounced "uterus."

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) Judging varies from meet to meet, and as you'll see, the judges at the Houston National Invitational were either the most benevolent human beings ever known to the face of the planet OR they smoking a little something something.

Men's All-Around Rankings: Best Scores

1. John OrozcoUSA92.250Houston National Invitational
2. Danell LeyvaUSA88.150Houston National Invitational
3. Donnell WhittenburgUSA88.050Houston National Invitational

Best Score of 2013: Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 92.165, Stuttgart