I think they were fighting a losing battle from the first rotation. The Americans on vault were amazing. But then, we all knew that would happen. The Russians are better known for their work on the uneven bars.
One of the lesser-known of the team, she was brought only for her vaulting abilities. She didn’t live up to the expectations on the day, and in my opinion she was a gamble that didn’t pay off.
An original little gymnast with good artistry, brought for uneven bars and floor. She messed up her floor routine and fell.
The veteran of the team she is best known for her floor routine and this was the main reason she was on the team, shes also good on beam.Her floor routine was so beautiful to watch, I was enjoying it so much and couldn’t believe it when she fell so close to the end!
Once the golden girl, then plagued by injury, she was out to prove a point. Her DTY on vault was nice, her bars solid as always, she did her usual accomplished floor routine which was missing a bit of sparkle but not bad. The only downer was beam where she was a bit wobbly but at least she stayed on. All in all, she got the job done with the style we are all used to.
Such a graceful gymnast who clearly strives for perfection in her routines. She started with a decent Amanar on vault, and a lovely clean bar routine. Like Mustafina, beam was a sore point. All went pretty well until the dismount where she took a pretty big stumble on her dismount.
The judges seemed to score quite low on the bar routines which didn’t help the Russian team as this event is one they rely upon to build their score. I was particularly surprised at He Kexins low score.
The silver medal was a decent result for this team. I don’t think they were as good as the USA team, with McKayla Maroneys huge vault score, the consistency of Jordyn Wieber, the floor routine from Aly Raisman and the high scores of Gabby Douglas, it would have taken some huge mistakes for the Russians to sneak in there, and theUSA made pretty much no mistakes.
I thought their reaction to winning the silver was interesting:
“We aren’t showing so much joy right now, because we are tired. It hasn’t hit us yet. First we cried from embarrassment and then from joy”, said Aliya Mustafina….. Hmmm I’m not sure I believe this statement. They sure didn’t look like happy tears at any point.
Aliya also said, ”We know we could have done better. Even if we still weren’t first, but we could have competed with more confidence. But it probably would have been impossible to overtake them. The Americans proved today that they are better.”
I like her attitude, I think this young lady has matured a lot in the past year. Hopefully Komova will become a little more gracious in defeat sometime soon. I understand it is frustating for her, especially after worlds last year, but still, silver really is still something to be proud of!