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Written by dwight normile    Tuesday, 04 December 2018 07:43    PDF Print
USA's Biles: 'I'm Still Pretty Disappointed In Myself'
(7 votes, average 3.86 out of 5)

Simone Biles (USA) was not on her game in the all-around final in Doha, Qatar. On her first event, sat down on her eponymous vault, a roundoff half-on to the table, double-twisting front layout. She also fell off balance beam. This time her barani was the culprit. Still, she won by 1.693, the biggest margin ever in her record four world all-around titles.

In so doing, Biles unwittingly exposed the many flaws of the open-ended Code of Points, which gives difficulty too much power. The guard rails are finally off for a sport that is spinning out of control, and the FIG is unable to find an effective remedy.

The first thing they might try is to rein in the difficulty so the gymnasts can enjoy extended careers. The FIG also should return to a modified 10.0 system so someone like Biles can’t win with two falls. Conceivably, she could have fallen a third time and still won!

Said Biles about her performance: “I’m still pretty disappointed in myself, because I know what I can do out there despite the all-around, winning gold. It doesn’t show who I am, and that’s just kind of disappointing.

“But we have finals, so hopefully I’ll redeem myself … I don’t know, I guess it’s good to be back on the podium, like even with the falls, but it just sucks, man!”

“It’s kind of crazy, I know. I kind of hoped that it didn’t turn out the way it did. I feel like the girls work so hard and they deserved it a little bit better than me, because it depends on how good you do that day, and today wasn’t my best.”

Complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships will be in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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Written by John Crumlish    Monday, 03 December 2018 07:22    PDF Print
France's Bossu: 'For Us It's Pretty Cool'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

The French women finished the team final just 1.102 points shy of bronze in Doha, but team member Juliette Bossu said fifth place was fine enough.

“We knew that, if we wanted to win a medal, everything had to be perfect,” she said. “We’re pleased. We weren’t thinking about a place. We were just thinking about doing the best we could, and that’s what we did. We made some mistakes but we’re fifth, and for us it’s pretty cool.”

Bossu said the U.S. women’s dominant performance in Doha impressed her, as did France’s favorable comparison.

“As usual, they are high level,” she said of the U.S. team that won the team final by 8.766 points. “They are unbelievable. It’s pretty cool to see them compete like they do, so we think we can compete not like them, but close to them, maybe.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 30 November 2018 07:50    PDF Print
Bulgaria's Aleksandrov: 'It's About Trusting My Own Gymnastics'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Bulgaria’s Yordan Aleksandrov aimed for a consistent all-around performance in Doha, but he believes his potential berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could ride on one apparatus.

“My coaches joke that pommel horse is like the golden ticket to Tokyo,” Aleksandrov said. “It’s the one event on which I definitely need to improve. It’s slowly been getting better, so I think that’s going to be the major event for me.”

The 23-year-old Aleksandrov said recent success on horizontal bar could also benefit him. He placed 15th on that apparatus at the European Championships in Glasgow in August.

“I was only a couple tenths away from the final, which was a pretty big deal for me,” he said. “That helped me with my confidence, seeing that I’m not too far away from the best guys on that event.”

Aleksandrov, who went on to earn his top individual ranking on pommel horse and placed 102nd all-around in qualifications in Doha, said he did not feel any extra burden of responsibility as Bulgaria’s only competitor at Worlds.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I just focus on doing my routines in the best way possible, and representing my country in the best way possible, since we have just one person. It’s about staying calm and trusting my own gymnastics.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:16    PDF Print
Vera van Pol: 'We Do Hard Skills In A Creative Way'
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Vera van Pol of the Netherlands said she believes the Dutch women strike the right balance of artistry and difficulty in their performances.

“I think we do both,” said van Pol, a 2016 Olympian who also competed at the ’13 and ’14 Worlds. “We do hard skills in a creative way, so we use the Code of Points well. I think that’s our power to go higher in gymnastics.”

The 24-year-old van Pol, who finished 40th all-around in qualifications in Doha, said her position on the Dutch team is valuable beyond her scoring ability.

“I am a quiet person, so my role is to keep everybody calm and in control,” she said.

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:51    PDF Print
Germany's Nguyen: 'It's Not The End'
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany was down but not out after a shaky performance in qualifications in Doha.

“This was not the best competition,” said the 31-year-old Nguyen, who went on to finish 20th in the all-around final. “You always have to have a little bit of luck, and today was not my day.”

Nguyen’s qualifications performance included falls on pommel horse and high bar, the latter event on which he missed a Kovacs and peeled off.

“I thought I was too close (to the bar), so I rotated over a little,” he said. “I usually do that if I think it’s too close. But at that moment, I saw the bar was not too close but normal, and it was too late to catch the bar.”

Although Germany’s 10th-place finish kept it out of the team final, Nguyen said he is hopeful for a better showing at the 2019 Worlds that his country will host in Stuttgart.

“It was a difficult competition for us, but I think it was the same for other teams,” he said. “It’s not the end. We are at least in the top 24 so we can go to the next World Championships as a team, so that was the main goal. We have to think about the other things and maybe change our routines a little.”

Despite his less-than-ideal performance in Doha, the optimistic Nguyen said he is motivated for personal betterment as he heads towards his fourth Olympic Games two years hence in Tokyo.

“I still love this sport,” he said. “It’s my passion. I think my team needs me at the moment to qualify for the next Olympics, so that’s what keeps me going. My body is in better condition than it was a few years ago. I’m still having fun doing gymnastics and trying to improve.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

 


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