Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Euros Pics #2

Coaches and gymnasts and gymnasts and coaches....

Valentina Holenkova's coach watching her every little move training on beam. Valentina and her coach seemed to have a nice relationship.  Holenkova was always smiling and eagerly nodding at her coaches every word of advice.

Zoi Lima's coach seemed incredibly proud of her, as did her friends and fellow athletes who cheered sooo loudly for her every time she performed.  Though she didn't always pull off her routines, her coach just seemed hapy she was getting out there and competing as best she could.

The Russian girls hanging out with their coach after the bars event finals (hence Semenova looking so happy- Tweddle hadn't performed yet!)  Semenova was always cheerful with her coaches, but as mentioned before, Afasanyeva always seemed to be frowning at or just completely ignoring her coach when she was spoken to.  It was quite disconcerting to watch.

Holenkova getting some beam advice.

Ferrari and her coach always looked sooo serious and focussed and were always having lengthy exchanges before and after routines. They were all business.  Also, I have to say, I despise this leotard.  Soooo much!

Beth and Amanda before the bars win.  It was all smiles afterwards, that's for sure!

The Belorussians watching the rest of the floor routines on qualification day.

I don't know what it is about the Romanian beam coach.  I don't know her name.  I think she looks scary.  She's probably just serious.  But you should have seen her face when she was desperately trying to call Tamarjan on her mobile when the gymnast had neglected to turn up for the medal ceremony.  Priceless!  I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during their conversation afterwards!

The Israeli coach watches Maksyuta at floor qualifications.

This Swedish coach was great.  The girl, I don't know her name, was a mess after she made some big mistakes training floor, crying and looking like she was not going to EVER get on floor again.  After ten minutes of this woman comforting, cuddling, talking and cracking jokes with her, the gymnast wiped away the tears, climbed back on the podium and snatched a last couple of minutes working on her leaps.  

Youna Dufournet getting a big cuddle from her coach.  He, like I, was probably very happy she has survived that shocking (in every sense of the word), and obviously painful (in every sense of the word) floor routine.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, it's good to know Yourna's coach isn't the big mean drill sergeant that he's rumored to be.