The week in gymnastics: July 11th – 17th

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The biggest news and biggest shock of the week was Swiss gymnast Ariella Kaeslin‘s retirement announcement. Kaeslin felt that her body and heart just weren’t in it anymore and couldn’t compete at the level she’d like to and  so decided to retire on a high. The  emotions shown in the video in the above post show how hard the decision was for her. The Swiss Team will now be headed by Giulia Steingruber who has been on the Swiss National Team since 2010.

A flurry of excitement began online when the roster was released for next weekends Covergirl Classic in Illinois. The event marks the return of Shawn Johnson to competition since Beijing in 2008. Beijing team mates Alicia Sacramone and Chelsie Memmel will also compete. Favourites Bross, Raisman,  Wieber and Caquatto will also compete. Eyes are also expected to be on Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney,Anna Li, Sabrina Vega, Amanda Jetter, Casey Magee, Grace McLaughlin, Katelyn Ohashi, McKenzie Wofford and Gabrielle Douglas. The line up just sounds fantastic!Just the excitement us fans need during the quiet gymnastics summer months. It was also confirmed that Chelsie Memmel will compete All Around. This is with the hope of qualifying to the Visa Championships in St. Paul next month. She is not currently a member of the USA National team and has not attended any training camps since her comeback.

An update was given this weekend on the recovery of  Russia’s Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova. Both have returned from a two week break with their team in Mallorca, Spain and have returned to Round Lake. Whilst Komova can resume light training, Mustafina must continue with her rehabilitation, upper body conditioning and must not put great load on her injured knee.Keeping with Russian gymnastics, it was announced that Anastasia Sidorova and Anastasia Grishina have been forced to withdraw from the European Youth Olympic Festival next week due to injury. Many had been looking forward to the head to head between the rising Russian stars and Romania’s Larissa Iordache.

In Australia, Lauren Mitchell was crowned National Champion, the first time since winning the title in 2009. On day one of the competition Mitchell showed a strong lead ahead of Georgia Rose Brown and Chloe Sims. On day two, she kept her lead and was then crowned National Champion.

1.Lauren Mitchell WA 58.350 57.375 115.725
2.Georgia-Rose Brown VIC 54.250 53.700 107.950
3.Mary-Anne Monckton VIC 54.550 52.975 107.525

The gymnasts  competed in the event finals today and following this, National Coach Peggy Liddick will select the gymnasts who will represent Australia at the World Championships in Tokyo in October.Chloe Sims and Georgia Rose Brown withdraw from the floor final.

Floor

  1.  Lauren Mitchell
  2.  Ashleigh Brennan & Mary Anne Monckton

Vault

  1. Lauren Mitchell
  2. Sophie Budack
  3. Britt Greeley

Uneven Bars

  1. Chloe Sims
  2. Mary Anne Monckton
  3. Larissa Miller

Beam

  1. Lauren Mitchell
  2. Ashleigh Brennan
  3. Mary Anne Monckton

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