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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.

anonymous asked:

Btw recently they “pulled” Melka and added Spiri to UB EF at 2016 Euros LOL and also Musty give her spot at Euros 2013 in fx ef to Grishi ... but coz they not give that gift to Melka :( she's not from that champ...

Ok yeah, and Spiridonova had been consistent all year and could have won that final. Not at all comparable to Melka right now.

They pulled Aliya in 2013 bc of knee pain.

An Open Letter To The Confused Gazelles Who Stumble In Here Asking The Same Questions We’ve Literally Spent Months Answering

Every couple of days hours minutes seconds? we get someone in the TD tag saying something along the lines of “BETH HAS TO BE DEAD LIKE SHE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD?!” or “WHY DOES ANYONE THINK SHE’S ALIVE?”

I’m pretty sure that most of these people are not actually idiots and understand that in reality people are allowed to theorize about whatever they want, regardless, and I’d also like to think that these people are secretly intelligent enough to understand that although a headshot is an efficient way to kill someone, it doesn’t always work. That’s just a fact.

But, exasperation with trolls aside, it’s becoming clear that some are sincere.

I thought I’d make a post to step by step explain how I went from being absolutely sure Beth was dead, to not so sure, to pretty much convinced that she’s either alive, or she ought to be alive, on every level.

Keep reading

I’m gonna focus on good things:
  • Team Russia was awesome even without Aliya and this makes me hope for the future
  • Team Romania had a chance to redeem itself through Andreea Munteanu and is going home with a gold medal
  • THESE EUROS WERE SUPER EXCITING and very diverse in terms of countries who made finals which is fantastic
  • Darya Spiridonova reminded us that she wasn’t born to be an all-arounder, but her bars are what dreams are made of
  • The Afanar lives and is looking better than expected
  • Sanne Wevers got a UB bronze medal!
  • Claire Martin won BB bronze at home <3
  • Erika Fasana is the 4th best AA European gymnast and FX worker (and forever 1st in my heart)
  • Martina Rizzelli hit every single routine in these championships and placed 9th in the AA (how did that even happen?!) and 5th in UB EF
  • Giulia Steingruber looked amazing and won three well-deserved medals
  • Even though she didn’t hit BB when it counted, Maria Kharenkova proved she can be a reliable all-arounder despite what the haters always said
  • Ellie and Becky Downie were on the same team and both made UB EF, which is really cute
  • Maria Paseka didn’t make the team but won a gold medal cause that’s how fabulous she is
  • Despite the disastrous BB EF, none of the girls got injured and that’s a relief
  • Everyone in FX EF hit, and that made the competition super gripping and exciting to watch
  • Some of the leos in this championship were TO DIE FOR!