2018 Youth Olympic Games Live Blog | Event Finals Day 1

Welcome to the live blog for the first day of event finals at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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6:58 pm. Uneven Bars Standings

1. Ksenia Klimenko, Russia, 14.266
2. Giorgia Villa, Italy, 14.166
3. Tang Xijing, China, 13.900
4. Amelie Morgan, Great Britain, 13.400
5. Lee Yun-seo, South Korea, 13.166
6. Anastasiia Bachynska, Ukraine, 13.133
7. Tonya Paulsson, Sweden, 12.800
8. Emma Slevin, Ireland, 12.600

6:54 pm. Giorgia Villa UB: Ricna to Pak to Maloney to stalder half to Ezhova to Chow, excellent, she connected it all! Just some little form breaks throughout. Bail to toe shoot, toe half to frong giant full, muscles it a little, gets the half around after that, and then a full-in, stuck! Not her strongest set and it would be shocking to see this beat Ksenia…but it was still fab, and the judges love Giorgia and so does the crowd so we shall see!

14.166 (6.0 D, 8.166 E)

Exactly how it should be! Ksenia, Giorgia, and Xijing!!!

6:52 pm. Ksenia Klimenko in the lead with a 14.266 and Tang Xijing behind her with a 13.9! I think Giorgia Villa will go right between the two unless she truly goes balls to the wall here, which is exactly what I said coming into the final.

Ksenia is wringing her hands and has been for the past 20 minutes since finishing her routine. GOD BLESS.

6:49 pm. Tang Xijing UB: Mostly lovely Maloney to Pak but she bends her knees on the backswing of the Maloney which is weird, Van Leeuwen, got a little shady in a handstand that she almost arched but good control to get it back, fantastic front pirouette skills into a piked Jaeger, much better than the all-around final, and she finishes with a solid double layout, just a slight step back.

13.900 (6.0 D, 7.900 E)

6:47 pm. Anastasiia Bachynska UB: I don’t think she’ll medal here without mistakes from others but I hope she hits again. Stalder to Maloney to Pak, very nice but she doesn’t really pike down in her kip after and she comes dangerously close to dragging her feet on the mat! Van Leeuwen, toe full a little crooked but right in handstand, into a Tkachev, blind change to piked Jaeger, great, high double tuck, stuck! Beautiful.

13.133 (5.2 D, 7.933 E)

6:44 pm. Emma Slevin UB: Just wanna see her hit. Again. Toe-on to Maloney to bail, a little arched, toe full to clear hip to toe shoot, a little short on the handstand before the blind change, which has some ankle separation, but she gets a very high straddle Jaeger out of it, blind full with ankle separation, and she’s a TAD underrotated on the double full flyaway so takes a big step to control it, but glad to see her hit with no big issues!!

12.600 (4.6 D, 8.000 E)

6:41 pm. Warmups for the second half happening now!

6:39 pm. Amelie Morgan UB: Maloney to Bhardwaj, very nice, just some leg separation. Good van Leeuwen, stalder to blind full right on the bar, blind change to piked Jaeger, a little low but not bad, clean double tuck with a little hop. Super solid once again; it’s what she does best!

13.400 (5.1 D, 8.300 E)

6:37 pm. Lee Yun-seo UB: Komova II to Pak to stalder to van Leeuwen, some little form issues but otherwise lovely. Inbar to inbar half to front giant half, stalder full right on the bar, super high full-in with a little hop and her chest slightly down. SO MUCH POTENTIAL.

13.166 (5.1 D, 8.066 E)

6:34 pm. Tonya Paulsson UB: Clean handstand before her Maloney to Pak, very nice. Toe on to clear hip to toe shoot, she is SO CLEAN. Blind change to straddle Jaeger, blind full is pretty late but that’s the biggest ‘mistake.’ High stuck double tuck, second flip a bit cowboyed. She is PERFECTION. I can’t wait until she adds to this routine someday.

12.800 (4.6 D, 8.200 E)

6:31 pm. Ksenia Klimenko UB: DEEP BREATHS. She gives me a stroke on a daily basis. Remember last year when she hit everything always? Stalder full is lovely, to van Leeuwen, toe half to piked Jaeger to Pak, also lovely, Maloney to Gienger, GOT IT!! The crowd is like YAS FINALLY. Blind change to double front half-out stuck YAAAAAAAS. Gold. No doubt about it.

14.266 (5.9 D, 8.366 E)

6:26 pm. Bars final is about to get underway. Really hope Ksenia Klimenko gets her life together for this one. JUST ONCE please. Would to see her get gold with Giorgia Villa and Tang Xijing on the podium behind her in that order, which I think is the most likely group of medalists if everyone hits…but if top girls have mistakes/falls I need Lee Yun-seo and Tonya Paulsson to get on.

6:24 pm. Pommel Horse Standings

1. Yin Dehang, China, 13.900
2. Sergei Naidin, Russia, 13.500
3. Reza Bohloulzade Hajlari, Iran, 13.241
4. Daniel Schwed, Germany, 13.166
5. Brandon Briones, United States, 12.733
6. Takeru Kitazono, Japan, 12.666
7. Diogo Soares, Brazil, 11.933
8. Ayan Moldagaliyev, Kazakhstan, 11.333
9. Adam Tobin, Great Britain, 9.533

6:21 pm. Sergei Naidin PH: Muscles handstand before his scissors, ooh, one-armed swing on a pommel, beautiful. Transitions well into flairs, one with a spindle which blows my mind, travels in flairs, muscles into the dismount but that was very strong! Fab work.

13.500 (5.4 D, 8.100 E)

Yin Dehang first, then Sergei Naidin, then Reza! I really love this podium.

6:20 pm. REZA IS GOING TO MEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6:18 pm. Brandon Briones PH: Calm on his scissors, muscles up slightly into a handstand, single rail work transitions seamlessly to the side for a Russian, travels well, solid dismount. Not super flashy but he got his job done!

12.733 (4.5 D, 8.233 E)

6:15 pm. Daniel Schwed PH: Pirouettes are nice. Slow and steady in his single pommel skills, gets a little shaky in one of his travels and then has a slight muscle in his handstand but overall a very nice routine.

13.166 (5.0 D, 8.166 E)

6:11 pm. Takeru Kitazono PH: Floaty scissors but kinda tapped one leg at the end. Flairs are INSANE BUT THEN HE GOES FLYYYYYYING OFF GAHHHHHHHHH. Like literally just launched into the air and crashed hard into the ground. Helicopter problems. Oof, those flairs were crazy good until that. Does them again and they’re SO INSANE I CAN’T GET OVER THEM. His entire routine is basically flairs, very Lee Chih Kai of him. Traveling flairs, Russians are clean, dismount was a little wonky but eeee too bad about that fall because he is a madman.

12.666 (5.2 D, 7.466 E)

6:08 pm. Reza Bohloulzade Hajlari PH: Really aggressive swing from him. OOH he clears the horse SOOOO nicely in his swing and his extension is incredible!! I love him…beautiful dismount. Fantastic. FANTASTIC. Quick routine and his D might be low but god that was great, I need him on the podium.

13.241 (4.4 D, 8.841 E)

I’m basically crying?????? I have a new obsession.

6:05 pm. Yin Dehang PH: Excited for this one. Hit his foot on a pommel on his scissor up into a handstand but then has a really lovely skill where he does a scissor down into like, a kind of planche, really pretty control. Russians are good and then his traveling goes well. Excellent routine. Just a baby hop on the dismount.

13.900 (5.5 D, 8.400 E)

6:02 pm. Ayan Moldagaliyev PH: Best extension so far. Good work on the Russians but then he transitions to the pommel and loses his rhythm, bends his knees, and comes off. Back on to compete his traveling and he has a smooth handstand into the dismount. Best pommels worker of the three so far, so that fall was a shame.

11.333 (4.4 D, 6.933 E)

5:59 pm. Diogo Soares PH: Gets a little stuck in his scissor with a half twist, and his legs and hips are kind of a mess when he’s swinging on both pommels. Transitions are okay but he gets better as he travels across, stuck in the handstand a bit but finishes well. Not the cutest routine but hey, he hit.

11.933 (4.9 D, 7.033 E)

5:56 pm. Adam Tobin PH: Scissors at the start, lots of leg separation when he’s working on one pommel and it forces him right off. Back on, right to the other pommel and idk what even happened there but he just came off again. Traveling was good, hip angle isn’t the best though. Good finish. Welp.

9.533 (3.9 D, 5.633 E)

5:55 pm. Warmups are just wrapping up!

5:50 pm. Nine in the final again because of the administrative error…it looks like the Russians filled out withdrawal forms for Sergei Naidin instead of competition forms LOLLLLL god bless. So they assumed he withdrew, and let the reserve in…but then he was like “jk I’m here” and they kept the reserve in which is kind of nice. Amazing. I don’t expect anything less.

5:49 pm. The pommels final will start shortly!

5:19 pm. I believe they’re doing two medal ceremonies now so I guess I’ll be back for men’s pommel in about 20 or so minutes!

5:15 pm. Women’s Vault Standings

1. Giorgia Villa, Italy, 14.233
2. Csenge Bacskay, Hungary, 13.933
3. Emma Spence, Canada, 13.483
4. Anastasiia Bachynska, Ukraine, 13.400
5. Lisa Zimmermann, Germany, 13.366
6. Amelie Morgan, Germany, 13.316
7. Kate Sayer, Australia, 13.249
8. Emma Slevin, Ireland, 12.883

5:10 pm. Amelie Morgan VT: FTY, huge and gorgeous, tiniest hop. With lower difficulty I think she absolutely has the potential to end up on the podium…AGAIN. In the replay you can see she bounces slightly OOB but otherwise it was pretty great.

13.500 (4.6 D, 9.000 E, -0.1 ND)

Oh it’s gonna be SO CLOSE now. Emma Spence might do it! I hope so, I just want one medal for Emma, is that so much to ask? But Amelie’s gonna crush the Yurchenko layout…here goes! Lovely with a tiny hop. It’s gonna be kinda close but I think Emma’s got it.

13.133 (4.0 D, 9.133 E)

13.316 average

Wow, she’s sixth, I didn’t realize how close 3rd through 7th were!! They’re all within like two tenths.

5:07 pm. Emma Spence VT: Yurchenko 1.5, got a bit wild on the landing, just looked a little rushed and like it didn’t get enough height, and she had to run forward out of it. A little soft in the knees as well. I think everyone is just getting tired at this point.

13.533 (5.0 D, 8.533 E)

Does the FTY for the second vault, much better in the air and on the landing, just a hop back.

13.433 (4.6 D, 8.833 E)

13.483 average

5:04 pm. Emma Slevin VT: Yurchenko layout for her first vault. She was supposed to do the full first but fell in warmups so I’m guessing she’ll do that for her second now? Great and lovely in the air, just a lunge back to control it.

12.700 (4.0 D, 8.700 E)

Does a full for the second vault and it’s a bit piked throughout…could see them downgrading it, she even holds the backs of her legs like you would want to do on a pike, so I’m thinking she’ll get it rated as a pike. Mostly clean though!

Oh, they gave her the layout! LOL, she legit grabbed her legs but okay, I’m fine with that, I love her.

13.066 (4.6 D, 8.466 E)

12.883 average

5:01 pm. Giorgia Villa VT: BEAUTIFUL DTY. Her best of the meet so far I think. Great height, clean and extended in the air, just a tiny hop back. Almost flares it! Lovely.

14.600 (5.4 D, 9.200 E)

Huge and beautiful FTY for her second vault, just a bounce on the landing but damn she is perfection. That’ll do it for gold.

13.866 (4.6 D, 9.266 E)

14.233 average

4:58 pm. Warmups for the next group now.

Csenge *SURPRISE* Bacskay leads by half a point, and she’ll now have the highest D in this final, but Giorgia Villa has the E to tackle her. Still, Csenge should get on the podium for sure.

4:55 pm. Lisa Zimmermann VT: Khorkina, aka Yurchenko half-on with a half-twist into the back pike off, decent landing, just lunges it back quite a bit.

13.366 (4.8 D, 8.566 E)

Second is a Yurchenko full, gets a bit piked throughout and could be tighter/cleaner in general but kudos to her for doing two different family vaults. Big step back to control it.

13.366 (4.6 D, 8.766 E)

13.366 average

4:51 pm. Anastasiia Bachynska VT: Gets good height off the table on her Yurchenko 1.5, but she’s way low on the landing and ends up super short as well, has tuck her legs a bit to get the landing and not sit it, and then has to take a large lunge OOB and then steps out with her other foot.

13.200 (5.0 D, 8.500 E, -0.3 ND)

Second vault is an FTY, much better than the first, just steps back. Looks hella bummed though. Her 1.5 has deteriorated so much from the start of this meet until now.

13.600 (4.6 D, 9.000 E)

13.400 average

4:47 pm. Csenge Bacskay VT: Ooh, she went for the Yurchenko 1.5 for her first vault!!! Not bad, a little soft in the air throughout her body, extension could use work, but really not that bad at all. Lands it a little awkwardly, step back to control it. Good distance.

13.833 (5.0 D, 8.833 E)

Second vault is going to be the FTY, which she did first in quals and in the all-around. OMG SHE DID A DOUBLE LMAO!?!?!?!?! I’M DEAD, SHE WAS SO CASUAL ABOUT IT AHAHAHA and it was REALLY GOOD. I’ve never seen her do a double before!!!!!!!!!!!! A little soft and buckled but DAMN, that was impressive?!!??!?!

14.033 (5.4 D, 8.633 E)

13.933 average

4:44 pm. Kate Sayer VT: Her leo is a similar color to Emma Slevin’s, I’m HERE FOR ALL THE GREEN. Clean FTY in the air, didn’t get a ton of height but has no problem getting it around with good extension throughout, just a little bounce with her chest down on the landing.

13.433 (4.6 D, 8.833 E)

Second vault is a Yurchenko layout, super straight in the air, great hip angle, and a solid landing there as well.

13.066 (4.0 D, 9.066 E)

13.249 average

4:43 pm. I think people think the competition is going on because they keep clapping for random timers lol. Should be any second now.

4:41 pm. Warmups looking good for the first half of the group so far. I get such Ragan Smith vibes from Anastasiia Bachynska, they look so similar in a way.

4:39 pm. Women’s vault final about to start!

4:36 pm. Men’s Floor Standings

1. Takeru Kitazono, Japan, 13.633
2. Krisztian Balazs, Hungary, 13.600
3. Sergei Naidin, Russia, 13.566
4. Nazar Chepurnyi, Ukraine, 13.500
5. Brandon Briones, United States, 13.466
6. Felix Dolci, Canada, 13.333
7. Adam Tobin, Great Britain, 13.233
8. Daniel Schwed, Germany, 13.166
9. Lay Giannini, Italy, 13.000

4:32 pm. Krisztian Balazs FX: Randi to start, looked good. Front full to front double full, that was excellent. 1.5 to Rudi I think for his third? Double full side pass. He’s a super twisty lad. Great triple full to finish. Tiny couple of steps. Mostly a gorgeous routine. Would be great to see him medal.

13.600 (5.0 D, 8.600 E)

OMG he’s like WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!??! He’s in second!!!!!!!!!!

I’m still confused about Kitazono topping this field. But I guess the second half was SO good that like, all of his deductions came from the first half? It just wasn’t overall as good a routine as others were.

4:29 pm. Takeru Kitazono FX: Crazy double front, huge hop out of it. 1.5 to front double full I think? Looked awkward and super short/underrotated/low in addition to having kind of a bad landing. 2.5 to barani. Clean double full side pass, his best so far. Excellent triple full to finish, stuck! The first half of that was a mess but the end was great.

13.633 (4.9 D, 8.733 E) uhh what lmao

4:26 pm. Sergei Naidin FX: Double front half-out, pretty good landing, just some hopping. Front double full to front full, beautiful in the air and great body position on the landing. 2.5 to barani is stuck and pretty clean. 1.5 to front pike, what a weird MAG pass, little hop forward. Air flairs are nice. Clean double full to finish.

13.566 (4.9 D, 8.666 E)

4:23 pm. Felix Dolci FX: Double double, chest down but decent landing otherwise. Front layout to Randi, the layout was a bit low and arched which made the Randi a little low. Solid double front with a little hop. Clean 2.5 to barani. Triple full to finish is very strong. Fab job. The slo-mo replay really shows how nice he opened up on his opening pass.

Btw there was some administrative issue in qualifications so Felix is in this final as a reserve and there are a total of nine gymnasts instead of eight? And he just catapulted himself to a potential medal! Or at least like, top five.

13.333 (5.1 D, 8.233 E)

4:19 pm. Adam Tobin FX: I like that each routine and judging is taking exactly three minutes. Randi to start, little hop and wobble on the landing. Big 3.5 with a step forward. 2.5 to barani is also really nice. Double full side pass, he’s like I’m a true big boy senior with my tumbles yo. Triple full basically stuck. Great difficulty there in his tumbling compared to most of the field so far and he twists super well. Just some landings to consider.

13.233 (4.8 D, 8.433 D)

4:16 pm. Nazar Chepurnyi FX: Huge and excellent stuck double double!! Front layout to double front, sticks it on his toes but he windmills his arms to keep it stuck. 2.5 to barani, I missed the entry, but more arm swings to hold it. He’s just like I MUST STICK ALWAYS. Triple full also almost stuck but with wobbly arms, looked well-rotated. Definitely the best difficulty in the bunch I think? At least with his tumbling.

13.500 (5.0 D, 8.500 E)

4:13 pm. Lay Giannini FX: Front double full to barani lands WAY OOB but sticks it lol. 2.5 to front full, the full looked a bit tucked but very open so not sure what he was going for. I didn’t see the third pass, looked like a Rudi maybe? Something into a Rudi? Who knows. Finished with a solid double full but that first pass is going to hurt him.

13.000 (4.5 D, 8.800 E, -0.3 ND)

4:10 pm. Daniel Schwed FX: 2.5 to barani, very nice. 1.5 to front full with a little bounce forward. Ooh, his like, holds and stuff are really pretty and controlled. Rudi for a side pass then he does the FANCIEST movement over into the corner, it was basically legit choreo. Double full to finish. Not bad!

13.166 (4.6 D, 8.566 E)

4:08 pm. Brandon Briones FX: Stuck his double double cold. Then a half-in half-out that looked like a low key double arabian half out, I didn’t quite see where the first half twist came in. 2.5 to barani is also very nice. Side pass wasn’t the best, did a tuck full out of something, I missed the first part, but it was a tad messier than we saw in the earlier passes. Very clean double full to finish.

Okay, yeah, in the replay it was def a double arabian half-out. SUCH A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE that always trips me up.

13.466 (4.7 D, 8.766 E)

4:05 pm. They get warmups on the floor before competing so that’s nice! Liz says it’s for safety because they’re juniors, unlike seniors who don’t get to warmup on the competition floor prior to the meet at major events. Oh, I’m listening with sound today and I’m very excited because I love Olly and Liz.

4:04 pm. The first final up for today is men’s floor! This should be a good one. I only got to watch some of the men’s all-around final on Thursday night but I’m excited to give them a bit more attention now.

15 thoughts on “2018 Youth Olympic Games Live Blog | Event Finals Day 1

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        • Agree. That was my 1st thought at the conclusion of this final. “Dang, i think thats the best final ive ever seen. Not 1 kid missed.” i loved it. My favorite part was watching Villa fist pump and sprint to Klimenko to congratulate her. This entire competition has been a great display of sportsmanship. Just wonderful to watch everyone interact with mutual respect. We adults could learn a lot by watching these kids. Theyve all just blown me away with their camaraderie, mutual respect, sportsmanship, and character. The crowd seems to be super supportive too. This has been so much fun to watch!

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    • I think the DTY was a little sketchy so she wanted to play it safe and go for a big score rather than potentially falling/getting injured…she’s only competed the DTY a couple of times and it mostly hasn’t gone well (slash her FTY is so good, it basically outscores her weak DTYs). But hopefully she’ll be able to work on it and perfect it, and I’m sure she’ll get it in the future!


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