Reflections on the Women’s Team Final

All along Russia, China and the USA were the hot favorites to do well in yesterdays Team Final. We predicted it would be  a China, USA, Russia finish but as it turns out it was the reverse. Honestly, Full Twist hasn’t seen any footage from the competition except the short but excellent FIG Women’s Team Highlights video on YouTube. Unfortunately we can’t view coverage on the BBC Website and don’t have the Red Button so we have to wait until tomorrow to watch the Men’s and Women’s Team Final highlights on BBC 2. We can watch the live coverage on BBC from Friday through to Sunday on BBC. So as you can imagine, we’re itching for videos from the Womens Team Final to show up on YouTube.

I kept up with the live blogging and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m surprised at the number of falls reported, really surprised considering the qualifiers had such clean routines. I’m disappointed for the Great British team, I thought that they really could have been in with a chance of a bronze medal if they had produced 12 flawless routines, Cairns and Hibbert’s falls on beam really set them off to a bad start. Unfortunate but as Beth Tweddle said, they came to Rotterdam hoping to establish themselves as one of the top 8 gymnastics teams in the world and they did that.

It’s hard to reflect without seeing the routines and only judging gymnasts on what I’ve read online so I’ll hand it over to those who were there in Rotterdam or who could view coverage online and thank them for their wonderful coverage throughout.

FIG: Russia’s nerves of steel

Aunt JoyceTeam Finals: A Reflection

Gymnastics Coaching: How Russia won Worlds

International Gymnast Magazine: Russian Women Win First World Team Title

USA Gymnastics: US Women Win Silver Team Medal at 2010 World Championships

Gymnastics Examiner: Russian Women Take 2010 World Team TitleIs it such a bad thing not to hit in team prelims?



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