Tomorrow (Saturday October 5) are the first two event finals of the World Championships. You can watch live in the US here starting at 8:30am EST.
The 2013 WAG World Championship vault finalists in the order they will compete (start list) are:
218 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI
133 PENA ABREU Yamilet DOM
233 CHUSOVITINA Oksana UZB
238 PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE
191 NETTEB Chantysha NED
229 BILES Simone USA
200 HONG Un Jong PRK
231 MARONEY Mc Kayla USA
Their qualification scores were:
McKayla Maroney USA 15.641
Simone Biles USA 15.550
Hong Un Jong PRK 15.249
Phan Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.966
Giulia Steingruber SUI 14.799
Oksana Chosovitina UZB 14.750
Yamilet Pena DOM 14.683
Chantysha Netteb NED 14.516
The general predictions (and I agree) for this event finals are pretty easy. The top three will finish the same way they qualified:
McKayla Maroney USA
Simone Biles USA
Hong Un Jong PRK
The plot twist will be an possible half twist. Hong Un Jong has submitted a Triple Twisting Yurchenko to be named after her. If she is able to add a half twist to her amanar and stay on her feet, she will undoubtedly win. We have yet to see her do the vault, but anything can happen in a World Championship Final!
McKayla has gone through so much in the past year, it truly is quite amazing that she is not only at Worlds, but has improved since last year. Three surgeries, media frenzy, meme fame and a changed life. She has made no bones that she has some unfinished business called doing her best at the Olympic vault finals. So between now and then, she will give gymnastics her all.
Though vaulting is what she shines at, she really wants to be an all-arounder. And floor is her favorite event. So it was incredibly meaningful for her to be able to compete all around in the qualifications. She didn’t have her most spectacular day, but she did really well.
She started her day out on floor. She had a number of small bobbles on her landings and her leaps weren’t quite all the way split. But it was really a great routine. Many on the gymternet felt like she was really underscored here.
After seeing her INCREDIBLE vault in podium training, this amanar was anticlimactic. But it was a normal, amazing vault from McKayla.
Her second vault however, was one of her better ones.
McKayla is not known for her bars. But this was most definitely one of the best bar routines she has ever done!
On the other hand, this beam routine was most definitely not her best. Getting into the swing of competing beam again often takes some time.
As always, the highlight of the day was McKayla’s interview. Such poise, so much authenticity, and so much grace. i fall more in love with this girl every interview.
She only qualified into the vault finals, being another victim of the 2 per country rule on both floor (where she tied with Kyla Ross but the tie was broken with Kyla’s higher E score) and the all around (where she placed 5th in the world).
Floor was quite a treat! I think the next few years we are going to see quite a change in the US floor offerings. We are seeing quite a few girls who can tumble AND dance in the mix! Not to be missed is my favorite routine of the meet – Laurie Hernandez and McKayla Maroney’s new floor routine.
The balance beam tooks its fair share of victims, especially in the junior ranks. Many impressive beam routines fell victim to, well a fall. However, all the beam routines you see below are well worth your time watching they are beautiful! Most especially Norah Flatley, who has been a you tube sensation on beam for many years. Her elite beam debut did not disappoint!
Kyla just gets better with age. As you would expect, her time at the Olympics has given her maturity and depth that shows in her gymnastics. Especially in her floor routine. She used to just go from pose to pose. At Classics, she seemed to FEEL the music and danced beautifully. With a watered down beam routine and an uncharacteristic fall on floor, she still took the title.
Beauty and Elegance Win the Day – Peyton Ernst
Peyton was a bit of a surprise, but she came through with four solid routines all done with beauty and elegance. She is a joy to watch perform and will be one to watch for sure at Nationals.
Taking Risks has Rewards – Brenna Dowell
Brenna has upgraded everywhere, and it was really fun to see her compete everything. She has some cleaning up to do to make her execution match her difficulty, but she did great for her first debut of so many difficult skills.
The Junior Competition was exciting as many different people were showing strong performances. The balance beam took many of the possible champions down, but overall it was a really great competition. Thanks to USA Gymnastics, we have videos of every routine!
Third Time’s a Charm for Bailie Key – All-Around Champion.
Bailie has been on the elite scene since 2010 – qualifying Junior Elite at just 11 years old. A member of the Junior US National Team since 2011, she already has a significant amount of international experience. At 14, She carries herself like a veteran, with two years to go until her senior debut! She won with an all-around score of 58.250 in her third US Classics. She had a beautiful meet, and what is more amazing is that rumor has it that she did it with the stomach flu.
Going it Alone and Still Going Strong. Amelia Hundley – Silver Medalist
Amelia and Lexie Priessman are two names that always go together. We haven’t seen one without the other in training videos much less competition in their elite careers. One year older, Lexie moved on to the senior ranks. But Amelia did just fine and took the silver medal with a 57.950.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race for Nica Hultz – Bronze Medalist
Nica has been slowly, but surely climbing her way through the ranks over the past few years. She took the bronze medal with a 56.800 her final year as a Junior.