Asian championships

China’s roster:

Senior MAG: Lin Chaopan, Liu Rongbing, Xiao Ruoteng, Zou Jingyuan, Sun Wei

Senior WAG: Tan Jiaxin, Liu Tingting, Luo Huan, Liu Jinru (Yes, 4 by their choice. It doesn’t make sense to take Shang/Wang/Fan who all need to rest but they are leaving the new BB champion Zhu Xiaofang and a decent AAer Lu Yufei at home)

Junior WAG: Chen Yile, Li Qi, Liu Jieyu, Guo Fangting, Zhou Ruiyu

(Leaving out junior MAG because I don’t really know how to read their names and I assume they are not well known :p)

Internal test updates

This week was the first formal internal test after 5 months of wintering training:

13 gymnasts took part and they were split in 2 groups:

1)  Yao Jinnan, Huang Huidan, Fan Yilin, Wang Yan, Mao Yi, Liu Tingting, Luo Huan

2) Shang Chunsong, Tan Jiaxin, Chen Siyi, Liu Jinru, Zhu Xiaofang, Lu Yufei

They will compete in this format at nationals too.

Everyone but Tan did beam, everyone but Fan and Huang did vault. I think Siyi and Yao did not do bars and Huang and Yao did not compete floor.

AA ranking: Shang (no upgrades), Wang, Luo Huan, Mao (counted a fall), Tingting (messed up on bars)

UB ranking:  Fan (7.1 d-score) [Probably Shang and Tan; Huang did not do well]

BB ranking: I think Fan is 1st with a 8.633 Chinese E score [Wang and Tingting hit their routines too, Huang hit her routine except for the dismount :(]

VT ranking (2 vaults): Wang, Jinru, Jiaxin (Amanar and a 2nd secret vault :P)

Fan and Wang were praised and Coach Huang mentioned that the following gymnasts are dealing with some (maybe minor) injuries: Yao (shoulder), Huang, Siyi, Luo Huan and Lu Yufei (ischium)

There are more news/videos but they cannot be released yet. Nationals are in 3 weeks so be patient and lets hope they will compete their upgrades and be more consistent by then :))

The results from this test are not counted. The 2 important ones are at the end of April and Nationals and they will further trim the list down to 8 people.

Chinese National TF Individual Results:


1.Shang Chunsong 60.200

2.Liu Tingting 59.000

3.Wang Yan 58.700

4.Mao Yi 58.350

5.Zhu Xiaofang 56.250

6.Li Qi (2002) 55.650

7.Luo Huan 54.950

8.Liu Jinru 54.700


1. Yuan Xiaoyang 15.100 15.400 - 15.250

2. Liu Jinru 15.000 15.350 - 15.175

3. Wang Yan 15.350 14.250 - 14.800

4. Jing Yang (2001) 15.300 13.800 - 14.550

5. Yao Shunyu 14.200 13.650 - 13.925

6. Tie Jiayi 14.150 13.700 - 13.925

7. Gong Yuhan 13.750 13.550 - 13.650

8. Yang Haimeng (2002) 14.600 12.550 - 13.575


1. Shang Chunsong 15.600

2. Liu Tingting 15.350

3. Zhu Xiaofang 15.050

4. Tan Jiaxin 14.900

5. Du Siyu (2002) 14.850

6. Xie Yufen 14.800

7. Fan Yilin 14.800

8.Huang Huidan 14.650


1. Shang Chunsong 15.400

2. Fan Yilin 15.300

3. Liu Tingting 14.650

4. Wang Yan 14.500

5. Zhou Lu 14.300

6. Luo Youjuan (2001) 14.300

7. Chen Xiaoqing (2001) 14.100

8. Lin Yuyao (2001) 14.100


1. Mao Yi 15.250

2. Shang Chunsong 15.150

3. Wang Yan 15.050

4. Tan Jiaxin 14.150

5. Lu Yufei 14.100

6. Liu Tingting 14.050

7. Li Qi (2002) 13.700

8. Liu Jinru 13.600


Tan Jiaxin Video Chat with Fans

Shang Chunsong’s curly hair are not done by salons. 

Shang Chunsong will compete in Tokyo 2020. <3<3  

 Tan Jiaxin will keep training the Amarnar.                                        


1.       FX

a)       Has been training the quadruple spin, but the successful rate not so        good.

b)       Trained the 3.5 twist, but failed to add it into her routine.

c)        Will not do half in half out due to injured history on this skill.

d)       Used to feel double tuck easier, now feels double pike easier

2.       UB—learnt the clear hip skills in Hunan provincial team. Clear hip Shapo not so good so learnt Maloney in the end.

3.       VT

a)       the second vault is double twisting Tsuk, 6.0 value, but not has much attention put on this vault( So Jiaxin’s potential vaults would be 6.3+6.0)

b)       Is training the Amarnar now and will keep training it in future.

4.       BB—has performed some basic skills such as front tuck, spin on one leg, BHS-back tuck. Used to have BHS-BHS-layout.

5.       Injuries—shoulders, knees, ankles and wrists. Most serious injuries were on the shoulders, so giving up healy-Ling-Jaeger(not so clear here) and did Ling-Ling half-Tkatchev instead.

6.       The WAG and MAG Rio teams will train in the intensive camp in Tianjin from June 1st through June 25th.

7.       Chinese Olympic teams will leave for Rio on July 12th.

8.       Daily gym hour: 8:30—12:00, 15:00—17:00/18:00. The full-day session begins at 8:30, half-day at 14:30.

9.       Will retire after the National Game of 2017, at most until World Championship 2017.

10.    Selected to the national team very late( at the end of 2012 when she was 16) because can only do very few skills then.

11.    “It is because the coaches taught well that I progressed fast”

12.    Giving up beam because she has awful acro feelings on beams and injured her ankles easily.


1.       Will retire after the National Game of 2017, at most as late as World Championship 2017.

2.       Will go back to Hunan provincial team after Rio.

3.       “I am ambivalent about retirement. Want to and not want to. I don’t want to leave the large family (coaches and teammates) but I am afraid my injuries would get more severe and prevent me from training in future.”

4.       Disappointed at not making the Rio team. Jiaxin ascribed her failure to make the team to not being excellent enough herself and not as strong as others.

5.       “Confidence and great temperament in competitions? Haha,actually I am quite nervous, super nervous inside”, replying to fan’s comments on her composure in competitions.

6.       FX—twisted her ankle seriously one week before 2014 Chinese National when training half in half out. Will not do this skill any longer.( reminded me of Shang getting serious ankle injury in Chinese National 2010 AA Final doing double Arabian, what a sad story for Songsong and Jiaxin.)

7.       VT—May not perform Amanar in Rio or 2017 Chinese National Game, concerned about failure and score. May not perform the second vault as well.

8.       UB—Will not do the Ray dismount any longer. Has hit her head twice on this move (scars still seeable on her forehead)

9.       Does the make-up herself during competetions

10.    BB—Has performed beam back in 2012. Did not fall but sat the dismount in her first completion.

11.    Shang Chunsong

a)       Has confidence in Chunsong for winning the beam gold in Rio

b)       Shang will not retire until Coach Xiong retires after Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Chunsong wants to accompany Coach Xiong till the end of his career. “ I will go to Tokyo to watch and root for her”

c)        Jiaxin thinks Chunsong’s problem with vault is not being able to giving out powers. “I can do the vault for Shang. Let her do the beam for me.”

d)       “If Shang and I can become one person, this new gymnast will be unbeatable.”(hahaha)

12.    Leos are selected by coaches.


1.       The Xiong group do not control weight of athletes.

2.       Coach Xiong is strict with girls in training, but is loving and caring in life. “ Coach Xiong is strict, but is nice as well.””Coach Xiong is nice. I like him.” (Coach Xiong’s students Deng linlin, Jiang Yuyuan, Shang Chunsong, Tan Jiaxin and Wujing all respect and have strong connection with him)

3.       “Coach Xiong comes with sense of humor.”—Wu Jing

4.       Nickname given by Coach Xiong is “fish head Tan”,谭鱼头,for pouting a lot when being upset and moving head first when twisting. Coach Xiong hardly calls her nickname now.

5.       Favorite gymnast is Komova. Also likes Larisa Iordache. “ I like all foreign gymnasts,都喜欢”

6.       Live in the same apartment with Shang Chunsong, Wu Jing, Liu Jinru and Coach Zhang. Share room with two 2000 babies Jinru and Jing.

7.       The Xiong Group live on the fifth floor, The Wang Group on the sixth floor, Coach Xiong on the seventh floor.

8.       Likes the color of blue.

9.       Likes Japanese maga series One Piece a lot.

10.    Likes traveling and photographing, but does not have time for these hobbies.

11.    Has not applied for college yet, but does not plan to study communications. May take her roommate Wuhan local Wu Jing’s recommendation to go to Wuhan University.

12.    Fans asked whether Jiaxin will have the ponytail in future competions for they like how she looks in ponytail. Jiaxin said her hair is too long for tail and she cherishes her long hair too much to cut it short.

13.    Shang Chunsong:

a)       Has known and grown up with Shang Chunsong for 10 years. Strong connection with Chunsong.

b)       Good at dressing and doing making up.

c)        Hair is naturally curly, not by Salon.

d)       “Shang’s natural-curl is like the instant noodle after showers.”

14.    No boyfriend yet, has “girlfriends” Bai Yawen and Chen Siyi(Bai was flirting with Jiaxin in the live chats, saying she is the T, LOL. Wu Jing said “ I am sister Xin’s elder daughter.”)

Watch the video chats here

Not many contents in part 1 and 2. The cute voice in 4:36 of Part 1 is from Chunsong. Part 2 has the shy Chunsong as well, saying “Wow, my finger is in the camera,no!””Okay, let me just show my face a little bit, just a little bit.”  

Part 3&4&5 have the playful and naughty Wu Jing and Liu Jinru.


Good luck to China’s new seniors!

Liu Tingting || Lu Yufei
Luo Huan || Lv Jiaqi
Zhang Jin || Liu Jinru
Gong Kangyi || Fu Yuyao
Zhou Linlin || Wu Jing

Chen Yongdie, Cheung Chun Mei, Deng Shihui, Guo Xiaoyi, Hu Hongling, Hu Lan, Hu Shanrui, Hua Ruixue, Liu Tianyang, Lu Qiuying, Shi Jingyao, Wang Ziyi, Yu Yanfang, Zhang Jin (Hubei), Zhang Wenxin, Zhang Ziwen, Zheng Lin, Zhou Yaxuan and Zhou Yuer.

And I want to wish everyone a very happy new year! Gelukkig nieuwjaar!

Source: Janny, Qiu, Xiuxiu