Miss Ksenia Afanasyeva, who I believe may have now knocked The Memmel off her Comeback Queen pedestal (I don't think Chellse is coming back no more) won the all around at the Japan Cup with a score of 58.350. It is one thing for Ksenia to do it once, but twice? This could be a really, really good sign. In fact, if you consider Pac Rims, that is three great all-around contests in a few months.
Afanasyeva has some tremonedous skills added to her routines, inlcuding a standing Arabian on beam and a double layout and a series of whipbacks into a triple twist, signalling that she very strong again, after many injuries. Coupled with her usual elegance and beautiful movements, Afanasyeva has reshaped herself into a formidable competitor.
In the PDF of the results, it says the Japanese names in characters, so I am gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the 2nd place Japanese girl is Koko Tsurumi, with a score of 57.750. Considering the bars score is 15.100, I think it is safe to say it is her. Aliya Mustafina took third place with 57.100.
This is a big fat "yeah!!!' for Afanasyeva in seeing her way to a worlds berth. Good girl. The question now is, will both the Ksenia's go to Worlds?