It looks as though my less than stellar day is par for the course for this World Championship Qualification round. To summarise I hit my High Bar fairly clean, face planted the dismount on Floor and performed possibly the most spectacular fall of the competition in Parallel Bars. Prashanth hit pommel horse cleanly and will compete in the finals.
For the most part I’m encouraged by today, although that may have more to do with coming away uninjured rather than based on performance. But also that many people are pushing the harder routines and consequently crashing out at a higher rate than previous Worlds. This seems to be the way the world is moving and I have to move right along with it. These gymnasts will be hitting cleaner, harder routines soon enough and my hope is that I’ll move in that direction as well. Let’s not forget Olympics is the endgame.
Good luck to Prashanth who has made yet another pommel final. I’m looking forward to seeing all the finalists’ higher difficulty routines, Proshie should be no exception.
Let the hand wringing begin. All podium training is finished and its time for everyone to endure the last couple of hours before the competition truly starts. Here are some more observations.
For the most part double saltos are dying on floor. The advantages of gaining start score from twisting elements are becoming more numerous. Perhaps it’s time to follow the WAG lead and make a double salto compulsory.
Speaking of dying trends, the idea of “winning” podium session for the MAG side seems to have less meaning as difficulties get higher and less gymnasts opt for peforming full routines. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues in the Team World Champs next year.
Somebody try and stop the Brazilians. These guys are looking more impressive each competition I see them in. It looks as though they will follow in the British mould and throw money at Gymnastics until they achieve their desired outcome.
After some more information gathering the High Bar breaking incident was actually less spectacular than I originally thought. Thanks to the double bolted anchor plates a single bolt break was not enough to bring the bar down. Nervous gymnasts aside no harm done and perhaps a slightly less extended index finger from me. Apologies for finger pointing before collecting all the facts.
Rock around the Prosh
As always there is nothing like a World Championships to make one feel like an inadequate gymnast. In any case I’ve been thoroughly impressed with what I’ve seen so far and there is plenty left to see. Here are some thoughts.
- There seems to be quite a few people carrying injuries and a few prominent names missing. I’m not surprised in that this World’s is the least important in this quadrennial, however the amount injuries is a worrying sign. Perhaps it’s my biased perception.
- Great Britain are killing it. The quality and depth of their team is impressive. My how far they’ve come.
- I hope the Janssen Fritzen floor is the new black. I dread going back to my current training floor. We are going to see some massive routines. Look out for Kenzo.
- I hear David Bishop from New Zealand already broke the High Bar in one of the training centres, broke the bolt right out of the ground. Index fingers pointed at the JF people, this should not happen.
Now back to playing ukelele. Rock on Prashanth.
After trying a few different brands of hand guards I’ve landed on Reicklesport as a brand. After Reisport began losing quality and durability, in my opinion, I have been on the hunt for a new brand that provides quality and value. Reicklesport, where have you been all my life.
Reickelsport is the brand of choice for noted High Bar workers such as Fabian Hambeuchan and Epke Zonderland. After some time with them myself I now see why. These guards are by far the easiest to wear in and also provide a good amount of durability. They wore in well and are comfortable for my hands. They have also lasted a good portion of the year which is more than can be said for my previous pairs.
All in all I’m very happy with the quality and value these new guards provide and I see myself sticking with them for some time.
Today I embark on my voyage to Antwerp for the 2013 Artistic World Championships. I’m looking forward to a great competition. It’s been a blast getting prepared with special thanks to BTYC Gymnastics for the generous use of their equipment and gym.
So long Australia!