So, this week it is time for the Romania vs Great Britain meet which will be held in Ipswich, England. The Romanians have named their team. GBR has not, though they have claimed they will send a different team to each of the friendlies they are competing in this month (other against Switzerland)
This particular 'friendly' meet has a lot riding on it in the lead-up to the Rotterdam Worlds in a couple of months. What exactly is riding on it?
Well for starters, ego is at stake for both nations.
|Tweddle's enormous difficulty helps!|
In terms of how important this contest is on an international scale, it will contribute to some mental ranking in our minds going into Rotterdam, that is for sure. It will also do much to create reputations in judges minds going in. If one thing history has proved to us, if the judges think a one country is better than the others, it will certainly be reflected in their scores.
If, as I believe might be the case, first to third place will be a battle between the US, China and Russia, ostensibly that leaves GB and Romania battling for a fourth spot, which isn't the most exciting or happy scenarios for the two nations. That said, one thing we know about gymnastics is that anything can happen- particularly at this point of the quad. And even if it is a battle for fourth, being a major threat to the bubble nations can't hurt either at this point in an Olympic quad.
I, for one, am very excited to see what is going to happen....