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Stacked Up - 2012 Olympic FX EF

This is the first post in a series I’ve decided to start that explores just how stacked the Olympic and World event finals have been in the past (I may extend it to all-around finals later, but that requires a TON more work). I won’t be doing them in order, but if there’s one you would like me to do, request it and I’ll bump it up!

NB: This will ignore team results, as much more goes into a team placing than what one can achieve on a floor routine.

To start off, we’ll have a look at the 2012 Olympic floor final, probably one of the most stacked event finals in recent years. Our top eight finalists, in order of qualifying, were:

1. Aly Raisman (USA)
2. Sandra Izbasa (ROU)
3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)
5. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)
6. Jordyn Wieber (USA)
7. Catalina Ponor (ROU)
8. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)

Looking at titles, it’s already clear this final was incredibly masterful and competitive on this apparatus. We had:

- The last two Olympic Champions; Ponor (2004 Athens), and Izbasa (2008 Beijing)
- The last two World Champions; Mitchell (2010 Rotterdam), and Afanasyeva (2011 Tokyo)
- Two former World all-around champions; Ferrari (2006 Aarhus), and Mustafina (2010 Rotterdam)
- The current reigning World all-around champion; Wieber (2011 Tokyo)

The only gymnast who had never held a major title on floor or in the all-around was Aly Raisman, who inevitably went on to win the Olympic title and add her name to the glowing list of finalists.

Titles aside, these eight girls had other pretty impressive credentials coming into the final. Let’s take a look:

Aly Raisman
- World bronze medallist on floor, 2011 Tokyo.

Sandra Izbasa
- World bronze medallist in the all-around, 2006 Aarhus
- Three time European floor champion, 2006 Volos, 2008 Clermont, 2011 Berlin

Vanessa Ferrari
- World bronze medallist on floor, 2006 Aarhus (she would also win a silver the year following the Olympics at the Worlds in Antwerp, Belgium)
- European floor champion, as well as all-around champion, 2007 Amsterdam (she would also win the European floor title in 2014, in Sofia)
- Two European silver medals on floor, 2006 Volos, 2009 Milan

Ksenia Afanasyeva
- European silver medallist in the all-around, 2009 Milan
With the exception of her world title and European silver medal, all of Ksenia’s greatest achievements involving her masterful floor routines would come in the years following the London Olympics, with two European titles in 2013 and 2015, as well as a World silver medal in 2015

Lauren Mitchell
- World silver medallist on floor, 2009 London
- Commonwealth Games all-around champion and floor silver medallist, 2010 Delhi

Jordyn Wieber
As far as floor exercise was concerned, Jordyn’s only major achievement was winning the World AA title the year preceding the Olympics. However, Jordyn was the American Cup champion in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Catalina Ponor
- World silver medallist on floor, 2003 Anaheim
- European Champion on floor, 2004 Amsterdam
- European silver medallist on floor, 2012 Brussels
- European bronze medallist on floor, 2006 Volos

Aliya Mustafina
- World silver medallist on floor, 2010 Rotterdam
- Olympic bronze medallist in the all-around, 2012 London
Like her teammate, Afanasyeva, many of Mustafina’s biggest achievements concerning floor would come after the Olympic Games.

It was clear coming in that any one of these eight girls had the potential to be on the podium. Sandra Izbasa was a hot favourite for a medal, as was Afanasyeva, however both had mistakes that took them out of the running. In the end, it was Aly Raisman, the only girl not holding a major title, to reign supreme, with Catalina Ponor and Aliya Mustafina grabbing silver and bronze respectively.


This is such a beautiful moment in gymnastics.

Aly showing how to be a great captain and a teammate. Gabby finding her confidence. Aliya and Vika each giving one of the greatest bitch faces of their careers.

anonymous asked:

2004 USA team, 2012 USA team, and 2016 USA team.

2012 team - I think this team was pretty major. Of course it was a huge deal that it was the first U.S. gold in 20 years, but as individuals they were all quite exceptional. Gabby of course came out of nowhere basically to win the AA. Jordyn was a World AA Champ. Aly already had plenty of international experience and went on the have a fantastic games. Kyla was a baby, but then went on to win plenty of Worlds medals. McKayla was arguably one of the best vaulters ever.

Plus I think that night in general was just wow. It was hit after hit and by the end of it they were the obvious champions.

2004 team - My sentimental fave. These were the first games I remember watching. I also remember them getting silver and the commentators talked about how disappointing it was and they looked sad. I was like silver is AMAZING why are you guys not freaking out? haha little did I know they were the reigning world champs. There was so much talent on that team. 4 girls won individual medals on that team and especially after 2000, that was major.

2016 team - I was thinking about it and I think part of the reason I’m not in love with this team is because there were soooo many girls that I wanted in those spots that didn’t make it. Like Bailie and Norah who didn’t even make Nationals that year. Even with all their talent, for my taste in gymnastics, this team just felt a little meh, bland. We’d already watched Simone dominate for 3 years, Gabby wasn’t at her peak, and most of you know I’m not big fans of Aly, Laurie, or Madison.

GabbyI’m like so proud to be competing  for Team USA! The Russian girl has like a nice salute though. God bless her after I’m done kicking her ass today.

AlyOk, I gotta focus, like only one rotation to go before bars, like you got this Aly. You’re finally better than Jordyn, its your time to shine. I just wish they’d stop calling me sturdy…

VikaOk, Jordyn is not here. And I don’t have to count Grishys scores for my medal this time. There’s no one stopping this Russian swan, it’s perfection or nothing! How could I possibly lose with that attitude?

Vanessa:I wish it was 2006 again. Back then I actually had a shot to medal and we could wear sleeveless leos for AA finals. I showed them though, you can make me wear sleeves, but you can’t make me cover up my shoulders.

DengThat coach looks like he might kill me if I fall off of beam again. I need to have an escape plan if that happens. Maybe I could hide inside one of the backpacks of the pink people and coach Chow could smuggle me out… I mean, that was the plan during team finals in Beijing in case we’d lost.

AliyaThat’s right Vika, it’s all about elegance and attitude, just how I taught you. Nah, who am I kidding, she will never be me, she’ll break under the pressure and dasvidanya gold. I might even have a shot for silver in case she has a complete meltdown.

2012 Summer Olympic Games, London | 4 events, 4 nations, 4 champions
Sandra Raluca Izbasa (ROU) - vault champion with a 15.191
Aliya Mustafina (RUS) - uneven bars champion with a 16.133
Deng Linlin (CHN) - balance beam champion with a 15.600
Alexandra Raisman (USA) - floor exercise champion with a 15.600

Bold your favorites gymnastics version

1. Standing arabians, standing fulls, onodis , bhs-tucked fulls or triple twist dismounts?

2. Black, blue, red, violet or white leos?

3. Rebecca Bross, Nastia Liukin, Aly Raisman, Dominique Moceanu or Chellsie Memmel?

4. Sweeps, someone winning Olympic gold at home, someone getting a perfect ten, successful comeback after a devastating injury or someone winning an important title on their worst event?

5. Larisa Iordache, Catalina Ponor, Daniela Silivas, Nadia Comaneci or Simona Amanar?

6. Worlds, Olympics, Euros, Nationals, or Jesolo?

7. 1988, 1976, 2004, 1996 or 1964 Olympics?

8. Double doubles, double layout-punch fronts, whip double arabians, whip to triples or full twisting DLOs?

9. Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yun, Yang Bo, He Kexin or Yao Jinnan?

10. Amanars, layout rudis, produnovas, 2/1 tsuks or lopez vaults?

11. Friendships: Aliya and Vika, Lari and Diana, Nabs and Aliya, Mack and Kyla, or Becca and Katelyn?

12. Svetlana Khorkina, Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, Ksenia Semenova or Dina Kotchetkova?

13. Canada, GBR, Italy, Germany, Japan or Australia?

14. Classic of all classics: vault, beam, floor or bars?

15. Fabrichnovas, piked jaegers, Paks, Bhardwajs or layout jaegers?

16. Teams: USA 2012, Romania 2004, Russia 2000, China 2008 or URSS 1988?

17. Olympic AA champions: Shushunova, Caslavska, Latynina, Gutsu, Raducan, Podkopayeva or Liukin?

18. Chuso is a legendary badass: yes, yes, yes, yes or yes?