by luo

Trying not to cross into the realm of extreme surrealism, these are my wishes for Worlds (so I can have a laugh afterwards):

  1. For AA to be an actual competition, with Ragan, Morgi, Gelya, Lena, Lari, Tingting, Luo Huan/Wang Yan (whoever does AA), Eythora, Mai, Zsofi, Tabea, Amy, Melanie, Rebeca, Ellie and all the others I’ve forgotten REALLY fighting for a medal, like this has the potential to be SUCH AN EXCITING AA I just really don’t want them to all splatfest in the first rotation and may the one that doesn’t crash to the ground win.
  2. 2+ medals each for Russia and China
  3. No injuries!!!
  4. Everyone who makes BB EF actually hits beam
  5. Surprising upgrades that we didn’t see coming! Double points if it’s from a non big 4 country!
  7. For FX finalists to have some sort of choreo maybe? Or like, at least try?
  8. For the younger underdogs, some of whom potentially *COULD* but probably won’t get into finals (looking at Ioana Crisan, Alice Kinsella, Desirée Carofiglio, Lorette Charpy, Sara Berardinelli, Rune Hermans, etc.) to at least have a nice competition and hit their routines so they can be proud of themselves
  9. For Cintia Rodriguez and Aiko Sugihara to get their skills named and possibly also for the Ricna half to get named (I don’t even care by whom)
  10. No reasonable controversy over medals (there will always be stan controversy, idc about that) and yes, this relates to point no. 6 but it’s important (pls no more “X WAS ROBBED!!!”)
  11. For the vault champion to be the one who performs the least fugly vaults :’))) not that I care much about vault either way but you know
  12. For the 2-per-country rule not to be too painful (I can see it being a mess in UB EF if everyone hits, AA shouldn’t be an issue, BB will take care of itself lol)
  13. Variety in skills, especially in EFs
  14. Diversity among the medalists (and this is probably the perfect year to achieve this)
  16. Lots of international friendship cuteness cause I’m a sucker for that

”Girls”, Portraits by Luo Yang

In her series Girls, Beijing-based photographer Luo Yang reveals a side to contemporary China that is rarely seen in the West. Defying stereotypes, Yang’s subjects depict bold, self-aware Chinese women of an emerging generation instead of appearing simply timid and shy.

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Luo Huan is an icon, her grip breaks and comes apart piece by piece and she just keeps going like nothing is happening. The coaches reaction is great as well.