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Playing Catch Up

Posted by Rawles on March 10, 2009

So the American Cup came and went I did not say anything about it! Partially because there were shenanigans involved in me getting to see it at all, but mostly because omfg it was such a dull competition. I mean, congratulations to Jordyn for winning and to Bridget for still having the world’s best piked full-in but that was pretty lackluster as competitions go. I was entirely over it by the time I watched three gymnasts in a row fall off of beam AT LEAST twice each.

I know it’s early in the year, but seriously?! They also only bothered to show Becky Downie once and she had watered down and looked tired. I am hoping for better things for her at Euros, however!

Far more interesting things that have since been afoot are Russian National Championships where little Aliya Mustafina took the title over Ksenia Semenova, who’s still coming back from injury, and where The Other Ksenia, Afanasyeva, continued to depress us all by being a headcase. Sigh.

2009 Russian National AA Champion Aliya Mustafina. She is fourteen. LOL age rules.

2009 Russian National AA Champion Aliya Mustafina. She is fourteen. LOL age rules.

Then there was Gymnix which was a fairly disappointing competition in and of itself, but in a different way. Mostly in that there were so few people actually…competing in the World Cup portion of the event. BUT! Among them was my beloved Mattie Larson.

And she debuted a new floor routine which, as is common for her, excellent. Love love love her. Please let her not be broken for worlds. Please let her not be broken for worlds. Please let her not be broken for worlds.

She took floor and actually managed to stay on beam and win that. While another favourite of mine Sami Shapiro took bars. Only two girls even competed vault, but Charlotte Mackie won and I like her so, whatevs, congrats. Her 1 1/2 was very nice.

The upcoming Jesolo meet is actually shaping up to be interesting in that Italy, Romania, Great Britain, and Brazil all seem to be sending fairly A teams. *crosses fingers*

Beyond that I am just hoping Euros will be awesome (though with all the injuries who even knows). I would like to have something better to be excited about than Shawn on DWTS! She is doing well so far, barring the awful wardrobe choices and also tanorexia (though these things are par for the course on the show apparently), but uhm actual gym would be nice in my life.

Posted in Aliya Mustafina, American Cup 2009, Becky Downie, Bridget Sloan, Charlotte Mackie, Gymnix 2009, Jordyn Wieber, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Ksenia Semenova, Mattie Larson, Samantha Shapiro, Shawn Johnson | 5 Comments »

Shawn Johnson shows off her moves?

Posted by Rawles on February 8, 2009

Or such is the rumor! More specifically, it is currently being reported that our Olympic beam champion is going to be on this season of Dancing With the Stars.

The thirteen stars taking part in Dancing With The Stars 8 are singer Belinda Carlisle, comedian and actor David Alan Grier, singer/songwriter Jewel, Olympic athlete Shawn Johnson, singer and actress Lil’ Kim, actor Gilles Marini, rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, comedian and actor Steve-O, entertainment anchor Nancy O’Dell, actress Denise Richards, NFL legend Lawrence Taylor, country singer Chuck Wicks, and computer icon Steve Wozniak.

Dancing With The Stars 8 premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, March 9 from 8 PM to 10 PM on ABC. The first Dancing With The Stars results show airs on Tuesday, March 17 from 9 PM to 10 PM on ABC. The Dancing With The Stars season finale will air on Tuesday, May 19 from 9 PM to 11 PM ET.

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If it proves true, it would certainly explain why she hasn’t been back in the gym.

Some people have expressed concern about this rumor given Shawn’s age (and she is indeed being touted as the youngest competitor yet on the show) and the show’s apparent lean towards highly sexual costuming and dancing.

I can’t personally comment since my profound lack of interest in Dancing With the Stars cannot be properly expressed in words or even real numbers. But good on Shawn riding the fame wave if that’s what makes her happy.

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