Saturday, September 18, 2010


Well, well, well, the Russian did very well, as expected in the meet in Holland this weekend.  According to IG, Rodionenko has announced the main contenders for the Russian team. they are;

Aliya Mustafina
Ekaterina Kurbatova
Anna Pavlova
Ksenia Semenova
Ksenia Afanasyeva
Ana Myzdrikova
Tatiana Nabieva
Anna Dementieva

It is pretty much the bunch we would expect.  Nice to see Anna Pavs in this group, though it would be a surprise to see her on the final team.  I haven't had time to look at the videos yet, but it seems Anna Dementieva had a rough time, with a few misses, so that may affect her outside chance.  This could also help Pavs final bid at a major before she retires!
The AA order was;

1. Aliya Mustafina 60.100
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva 57.500
3. Ksenia Semenova 56.700

The good news, of course is Aliya Mustafina's fabulous return after a sluggish mid-season.  She took the AA with over 60 points, setting her up for a spot on the AA podium in Rotterdam if she continues in this form.

Here she is doing THE AMANAR;


Tatiana Nabieva also made everyone's day by catching her laid-out Tkatchev to her Pak. It was accompanied by easy swinging and an easily stuck mount.  Woot!  big fun skills!

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Nabieva also landed a stunner of a double Arabian in what was a solid floor set from her.

Ekaterina Kurbatova is probably Russia's other bubble girl, methinks? She has always been somewhat patchy. It will be interesting to see who makes it, that's for sure. I think she was used on bars and beam.

I am so excited about seeing a really competitive Russian team out there next month.  It is going to be FUN!

Ksenia Semenova is looking a little better on bars, but she is still not the bar worker she was. She is still a strong AA worker for this team, however.

The big question- is Marta afraid? .......very afraid?!!


  1. Well it's safe to say that Musty, Semy and Afan are locks for Worlds; Nabs probably is too. I have the feeling that Pavs may have the upper hand over Kurbatova and Dementieva based on the past two competitions. Here's hoping!

  2. Dementieva had a fall on beam, and still scored a 13.9, so I don't really think her spot on the team is in jeopardy; she did well on bars and floor.

    Myzdrikova will probably get the axe. I'm guessing the 6th member will be Kurbatova before Pavlova.

  3. pavs!!!!would love love love to see her there,fingers crossed!!!

  4. martha should be very afraid. especially because the russians have very very good bars workers and we have 1 person, rebecca bross. i think this will add extra pressure for martha to send Macko to worlds.