The FIG released the start lists for the first day of qualifications in the women’s competition at the 2014 World Championships.
Any big surprises, changes, or other important pieces to note for those competing on day one?
- The gymnasts listed in italics may replace competing gymnasts, but for the time being, these are the lineups expected to compete. Everything we say is based on each event’s italicized gymnast NOT competing.
- WHO IS COMPETING TWO VAULTS? Alla Sosnitskaya of Russia, Ellie Black and Maegan Chant of Canada, Vaida Zitineviciute of Lithuania, Do Thi Van Anh and Phan Thi Ha Thanh of Vietnam, Anna Pavlova of Azerbaijan, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, Paula Plichta of Poland, Catalina Escobar of Colombia, Ahtziri Sandoval and Alexa Moreno of Mexico, Andrea Camino of Peru, MyKayla Skinner and Simone Biles of the United States, and Dipa Karmakar and Aruna Budda Reddy of India!
- Maria Kharenkova and Daria Spiridonova of Russia will NOT compete in the all-around – Tatiana Nabieva will go instead of Spiridonova on vault and Kharenkova on bars.
- Fadwa Mohamed of Egypt is not competing on any events, meaning she will not perform the Produnova.
- Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands is only listed to compete on beam.
- Ana Lago of Mexico will compete every event but floor.
- WHO WAS NAMED ALTERNATE AFTER PODIUM TRAINING? Shirley van Deene for the Netherlands, Madison Desch for the United States, Mariana Valentin for Brazil, Ece Ayan for Sweden, and Dalia Al Salty for Hungary.
- No big surprises for the U.S. lineup – Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, MyKayla Skinner, and Madison Kocian will compete in the all-around, Ashton Locklear will compete on bars, and Alyssa Baumann will compete on vault, beam, and floor.
- Luisa Leal of Colombia – also a gymnast who competes for Rutgers – is unfortunately no longer competing. Colombia will only field four athletes on floor without Leal.
- Similarly, Sweden will only use four athletes on vault and floor; Peru will also only use four on vault, bars, and floor; and Ireland will only use four on bars. Of course, Azerbaijan only has four members total, so every score will count for them in qualifications.
- Same goes for Uzbekistan, down from a six member team to just four…and Oksana Chusovitina is one of the two missing. After injuring her foot on vault at the Asian Games (and subsequently withdrawing from the all-around competition in Incheon), Chuso took to Facebook to announce that she will not compete in Nanning. Also out is Anastasiya Belkova.
- Dipa Karmakar of India – who won bronze on vault at Commonwealth Games after competing a Produnova – will only compete on vault.
Did anything catch your eye that we missed? Let us know in the comments! (Click to enlarge the start lists, or make your browser wider.)
Article by Lauren Hopkins