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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.

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A TOTALLY, OUTRAGEOUSLY, AND INEXCUSABLY MASSIVE BOOK HAUL!!!!!!

Here are all the books that I picked up FOR FREE during my three week work experience placement at Penguin Random House.

There are THIRTY FIVE in total.

I have absolutely no self control whatsoever.

I’m so sorry. (But not really.)

Except where the fuck am I supposed to put all of them?!?!?

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Your cadence and flows — you move around, you go in between a rhythm, so that’s why I was curious about your approach in putting together songs. But, speaking of merging genres — cause that’s how I take it — how important is that as, you know, coming from representing Atlanta hip-hop, and putting a stamp on it but then moving beyond that label.

ANDRE 3000: I think — here’s my thing about representing a place: The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely. And just say, “I’m from this place.” It doesn’t mean I have to cater to that place, you know, cause my thing is taking the city on its back and going beyond. It’s not staying in — just in — the city sound. My thing is just pushing it as much as I can cause that’s how — that’s what gets me off. That’s what I do.

But when you listen to Atlanta music now, you listen to trap music — we didn’t necessarily come from that, but I love that kind of music. It’s funny people say outkast has this Atlanta, Southern sound. I honestly don’t think we ever had an Atlanta sound. I think our accents were from the South. People knew we were from the South. But I can’t say that we just had a Atlanta sound, you know what I mean? I think ours was just all over the place. It was kinda like a hodge-podge of whatever we were into.

OutKast’s Andre 3000 on Microphone Check 

Made with SoundCloud

June Book Photo Challenge: Day Twenty-eight
Freebie  -June Book Haul 
I really need to learn how to say “no”.

A Song of Ice and Fire Series: George R.R. Martin
The 5th Wave:Rick Yancey
Shadow and Bone: Leigh Bardugo
Wolves of Mercy Falls Series: Maggie Stiefvater
The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern
My Life with the Walter Boys: Ali Novak
This is What Happy Looks Like: Jennifer E. Smith
Lola and the Boy Next Door: 
Stephanie Perkins

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

Yesterday’s Summer Solstice was the longest day of the year, and we wanted to see what someone could do with a day so full of potential! PF friend and streetwear icon Stack Aly was up for the challenge. We gave him free reign of our Instagram account for the day and he definitely kicked it up a notch. Check out the photos for a recap of his adventures.

Watch on blog.d-infinite.com

經典金曲 - Kowloon Hong Kong 1966 ( The Reynettes)

Happy Chinese New Year!

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POP SHOP TOUR: CHICAGO

The PF Pop Shop Tour arrived in Chicago late last month, inspired and excited to team up with local shop owners Brian and Autumn Merritt to host the first pop shop of 2014 at Sir & Madame, Hyde Park.

After perusing some of Chicago’s coolest thrift and antique shops for inspiration and ideas, build-out began for our vintage baseball-themed pop shop installation. Stack-Aly and Ouigi Theodore of the Brooklyn Circus curated found baseball posters, heritage PF ads, baseball equipment and lifestyle merchandise from the Sir & Madame mix to create a backdrop perfectly fit to highlight styles from the newly launched PF Vintage Pack.

DJ Jay Illa set the mood for the event with a special party mix crafted just for us (now available for download on our Facebook page). Photographer and blogger Trashhand captured the vibe of the event and stylish Chicago crowd with some stunning photos. Stay tuned for video coverage from Bradley Murray of Square 56. A big thanks to all who came out to support us – it was great to meet you. We love Chicago!

photos by trashhand