The seventh rotation in the 2015 European Games featured competition from the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Iceland.
France began their day on floor with Anne Kuhm their first up. She got right into her dramatic music with a whip to double tuck, landed well at first but then she bounced a foot out-of-bounds. She continued with a 1.5 to double full, a front full to stag, decent control in her triple pirouette, and a 2.5 with one foot going slightly out-of-bounds to finish with a 12.766.
Kuhm’s opening pose on floor.
I actually said “wow” along with Valentine Pikul‘s breathtaking and shockingly flawless quad pirouette at the start of her routine. Job very well done there! She hopped her feet together slightly on her tucked full-in, stuck her double pike cold, and landed her double tuck with just the tiniest foot movement. Seriously, an awesome routine, very frenetic…in a weird way it reminded me of the German film Run, Lola, Run. I was glad to see this tie for 6th place with a 13.6 for a spot in the finals.
Pikul was insanely happy after her excellent floor routine.
Up last was Marine Brevet, whom I’ve started calling the French Nastia, with a big double layout landed just this side of in-bounds. Very nice work there. She unfortunately lost control on the landing of her 1.5, which likely was meant to go into a connecting flip, but because of her bounce forward out of it she was unable to continue as planned. Her Memmel turn wasn’t quite rotated fully, but she added a fantastic performance value with subtle looks on her face. Brevet finished with a double tuck with just a step to earn a 13.266.
Pikul began on beam with a front tuck mount followed by a punch front with a slight wobble. She hit her bhs loso very well, and then had a nice leap connection before her side aerial. Her full wolf turn was no problem, her switch half maybe was a bit low in amplitude, and she hit her double tuck with just a slight step back for a 13.433.
Brevet came next with a switch to switch half, followed by a front aerial with a missed connection to her jump series. There was a slight check on her full Y turn, but her bhs loso was solid, though she then had a slight wobble on a leap. Her side aerial also had an issue with her leg coming up, but she made it look fluid like choreography (#ThatsSoNastia). She hit her side aerial and then landed her double pike dismount with a hop forward, earning a 13.6 putting her just outside the final.
Brevet preparing to dismount beam.
We didn’t see Kuhm’s beam, though she earned a 13.666, putting her just outside the final in the second reserve spot.
Veronika Cenkova got started for the Czech Republic on beam with a front aerial, a bhs loso with a step back, a punch front and a side somi with fantastic landings, a switch side, a check on her full Y turn, a solid side aerial, and a punch front layout full with a step for a 12.8, not a bad score at all considering she’s just out of a 5.1 d-score.
Cenkova happy with her beam performance.
This was the only Czech routine we saw on Monday. On beam, Anna-Maria Kanyai earned an 11.566 and Petra Fialova brought in a 10.4; Fialova was crying following her routine and didn’t perform on floor despite being in the lineup, so it’s possible there was an injury there, though it’s not clear. On floor, Cenkova had a 12.166 while Kanyai hit for a 12.566.
For Belgium, Lisa Verschueren started on beam with some clean leaps, but then unfortunately spun out of control on her double wolf turn and fell, only to fall again a moment later on her bhs loso, sadly. She continued with a double spin, which almost became a third fall, though she managed to fight even though it would clearly be a large deduction. She did hit her switch half as well as her front aerial to split jump to side aerial, a very nice series, and she finished with a double pike, a bit low in the knees. She earned just an 11.633 here, and looked super bummed while cheering on her teammates.
Verschueren anxiously waiting to begin.
Gaelle Mys continued, beginning with a switch ring, a quick Onodi to split jump, a full pirouette with a slight check, a SOLID bhs bhs loso perfectly in line, a front aerial with a pause before her sheep jump, a ring leap, a switch leap with a pause before her sissone to wolf jumps, and a double pike stumbled back two steps to finish. She did miss a couple connections there, but overall it was an absolutely solid routine for a 13.5. We didn’t see Cindy Vandenhole‘s performance, though she earned just an 11.166, meaning Verschueren’s score had to count, forcing Belgium to count a fall in their total.
On floor, Vandenhole hit her double pike very well, and then also nailed her 2.5 with just a tiny foot movement before getting her 2.5 wolf turn around nicely. She stuck her double tuck cold, making it a very impressive routine to earn a 13.133 with a 5.2 start value.
Vandenhole’s opening pose.
In addition to Vandenhole’s great start, both Mys and Verschueren posted scores of 13.6 on the apparatus, with Verschueren qualifying into the final and Mys sitting just one spot outside of it due to the tie-breaker. Verschueren had a 5.4 d-score and an 8.2 e-score while Mys’ scores were 5.5 and 8.1.
Norma Robertsdottir kicked things off for Iceland on floor, showing a big double arabian to start. I was impressed with her landing there. She continued with a front full with a step forward, and a strong double tuck with a step back, earning a 12.1. We also got to see Thelma Hermannsdottir, who took a step out-of-bounds on her double pike to start. The landing on her front full was pretty solid, and she hit her 2.5 well but out-of-bounds.
Hermmansdottir watching her teammate on floor.
On beam, Robertsdottir missed her bhs layout flight series and then her punch front tuck, counting two falls right at the start. She continued with a full spin over-rotated to make it a 1.5, hit her switch leap and back tuck though the two weren’t connected, and then landed her layout full dismount with a hop to the side for a 10.366.
Also on beam for Iceland were Dominiqua Belanyi with a 12.233 and Thelma Hermannsdottir with a 10.766. Belanyi also earned an 11.333 on floor, which was tossed as her teammates’ scores were higher.
The final rotation began with Ireland and Norway on beam while Latvia and Austria performed on floor.
Tara Donnelly had a nice beam routine for Ireland. The Isle of Man transplant hit her bhs loso very nicely, and followed with a front aerial, full pirouette, a switch leap, back tuck with a slight check, a switch side also with a check, a clean side aerial, a wolf jump to split jump, both strong, and a 1.5 dismount nearly stuck earning a 12.7.
Donnelly was adorably surprised to see her score.
First up on floor was Nicole Mawhinney, using a cut of Jordyn Wieber’s famous music. She landed her double tuck with a step out-of-bounds, hit her front layout full with a hop, landed her full twist with no problems, and finished with a double full with a slight hop for an 11.2. We only saw the double tuck in teammate Ellis O’Reilly‘s routine, but it was a superb one; overall she had a 12.133.
For Latvia, Valerija Grisane got them started on floor with a tucked full-in, just a bit short. She hit her double pike with her chest down though had almost no foot movement, and showed great work with most of her dance elements, earning a 12.6 for her relatively simple set.
Grisane waiting for her floor score.
On beam, the Latvian had a stumble on her front aerial, hit a solid bhs loso and side aerial, showed a straight-legged side somi, hit her switch leap to full turn, and performed a 1.5 dismount that looked a bit short though she recovered well to save herself from a fall.
Marlies Männersdorfer of Austria unfortunately began her floor routine with a fall on her double tuck, though hit her full twist nicely, and finished with a 1.5 stumbled forward a bit. It wasn’t a difficult routine in either the tumbling or the dance, though the fall aside it was quite clean, earning an 11.366.
Männersdorfer about to begin floor.
My new little favorite Solveig Berg of Norway showed her gorgeous long lines right away on her bhs loso and then again on her switch leap, though she did have a wobble there. She hit her front aerial to split jump to wolf jump with relative ease, landed her side somi well, attempted a tour jete half though landed about a quarter shy, wobbled on a full L turn but fought to keep it on, showed great extension on her side aerial to wolf jump, and hit her double full dismount, earning an 11.9 with a 4.8 start value.
Berg continued on floor with a fun “Hit the Road Jack” routine (complete with the worm in her choreo!), performing a nice 2.5 to start, just taking a step to the side. Her front full to front layout had a step out-of-bounds, though on her next pass, a layout full, she piked down quite a bit and was possibly downgraded. She finished with a double full landed a bit short, forcing her to take a step forward. Her 10.433 here was the lowest floor score in the competition, though with a d-score of only3.8 that was pretty expected.
The ending to Berg’s energetic floor routine.
Sofie Bråten performed next for Norway, hitting a double pike with two feet going out-of-bounds, a front full to stag, a double L turn, double turn in attitude, and a 1.5 with some messy form but a nice landing for an 11.366.
Russia won the team competition with a 116.897, followed by Germany in second with a 110.397, and the Netherlands in third with a 110.099.
Off the podium were France with a 108.831, Italy with a 108.797, Switzerland with a 108.764, Romania with a 108.499, Great Britain with a 107.964, Hungary with a 107.162, Belgium with a 106.798, Poland with a 104.330, Spain with a 101.931, Azerbaijan with a 99.430, Ukraine with a 98.698, Czech Republic with a 98.030, Greece with a 97.131, Croatia with a 96.465, Ireland with a 96.032, Iceland with a 95.997, Belarus with a 95.964, Austria with a 94.897, Denmark with a 93.330, Norway with a 93.265, Latvia with a 92.831, and Bulgaria with a 92.030.
Aliya Mustafina led the all-around qualification with a 58.865, followed by Giulia Steingruber with a 56.565, Sophie Scheder with a 56.432, Lieke Wevers with a 55.099, Tea Ugrin with a 54.765, Valentine Pikul with a 54.566, Dorina Böczögö with a 53.764, Kelly Simm with a 53.299, Gaelle Mys with a 53.066, Andreea Iridon with a 52.999, Gabriela Janik with a 52.365, Tutya Yilmaz with a 51.532, Vasiliki Millousi with a 51.466, Ainhoa Carmona with a 51.132, Marina Nekrasova with a 50.832, Angelina Kysla with a 50.432, Tzuf Feldon with a 50.299, and Barbora Mokosova with a 50.032. Reserves include Ana Derek with a 49.966, Jasmin Mader with a 49.432, Veronika Cenkova with a 48.932, and Valerija Grisane with a 48.799.
Article by Lauren Hopkins