2018 Youth Olympic Games Live Blog | Event Finals Day 2

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

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6:09 pm. Men’s Vault Standings

1. Brandon Briones, United States, 14.099
2. Nazar Chepurnyi, Ukraine, 13.983
3. Jacob Karlsen, Norway, 13.883
4. Sam Dick, New Zealand, 13.700
5. Gabriel Burtanete, Romania, 13.683
6. Diogo Soares, Brazil, 13.604
7. Felix Dolci, Canada, 13.545
8. Fernando Espindola, Argentina, DNS

6:05 pm. Nazar Chepurnyi VT: A bit jolted on the landing of his Kaz 1.5, lands it basically on his heels and has to correct with a lunge.

13.966 (5.2 D, 8.866 E, -0.1 ND)

DTY for the second vault, great in the air but also kind of overrotated, swings his leg around to take a large step OOB to steady it.

14.000 (4.8 D, 9.300 E, -0.1)

13.983 average will move him to second! Glad he got a medal after being fourth on floor.

6:04 pm. Fernando Espindola has withdrawn, ankle is wrapped and he looks like he’s crying, probably more from missing the final and less about the pain. 😦 But probably also from the pain. Poor kid.

In happier news, Brandon Briones and Jacob Karlsen are going to medal!

6:02 pm. Diogo Soares VT: DTY, a little crooked but mostly nice in the air, step to the side and OOB.

14.000 (4.8 D, 9.300 E, -0.1 ND)

Second vault is just a Kaz, clean but overrotates it and shuffles it back a bit to compensate.

13.208 (4.0 D, 9.208 E)

13.604 average

5:58 pm. Felix Dolci VT: Kaz 1.5, fantastic block, so much power, he almost overrotates it a little bit! Soft knees in the air and he takes a couple of steps to the side to steady it, I think OOB.

14.100 (5.2 D, 9.000 E, -0.1 ND)

Roche, cowboyed and he overrotates it and puts his hands down. UGH UGH UGH.

12.991 (5.2 D, 8.091 E, -0.3 ND)

13.545 average

5:57 pm. THE ARGENTINIAN KID FERNANDO ESPINDOLA JUST GOT INJURED IN WARMUPS UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

5:52 pm. Brandon Briones VT: NOW he’s going to medal. FINALLY. I don’t believe in jinxes so I did NOT just jinx him. EXCELLENT kaz 1.5!!!!!!!!!!! WOWWWW. So so so nice. Just slight ankle separation in the air…landing is a hair short in rotation but overall it’s very very nice, tiny step back.

14.466 (5.2 D, 9.266 E)

Handspring Rudi, short with a hop forward but very strong in the air again. Tries to flare it. Just didn’t get the height he needed for it to be more perfected and he’s pretty piked to make up for that lack of height, big hop forward, but still really not bad.

13.733 (4.8 D, 8.933 E)

14.099 average puts him in the lead

5:50 pm. Jacob Karlsen VT: Lovely kaz full, gets it around well, small step back but nice flared landing.

14.200 (4.8 D, 9.400 E)

DAT E SCORE. Second vault is a handspring front layout half, stuck, just windmills his arms slightly and his chest is down a bit, but that was also BEAUTIFUL.

13.566 (4.0 D, 9.566 E)

13.883 average puts him in the lead!

5:46 pm. Gabriel Burtanete VT: Roche! Pretty well-rotated. Cowboyed throughout and he’s a bit more seated than he’d like, just a little hop up to stabilize it.

14.466 (5.2 D, 9.266 E)

Goes for the kaz 1.5 for his second vault, comes off the table pretty low and long, still twisting on the landing (his feet are about a quarter shy of the full rotation) and he launches forward onto his hands.

12.900 (5.2 D, 8.000 E, -0.3)

13.683 average

5:43 pm. Sam Dick VT: Kaz 1.5, wow! Lands center but kinda crooked and low so he has to take a huge step to the side and OOB…shoulder angle is off on the landing as well, with one more back than the other.

14.100 (5.2 D, 9.000 E, -0.1 ND)

Handspring front layout half for the second vault, very pretty and nicely done. He looked almost like a trampoline gymnast with his kick-out. Lunge back to control it.

13.300 (4.0 D, 9.300 E)

13.700 average

5:42 pm. Warmups are just about ending so I’ll get on with the live blog!

Loved watching trampoline, btw.

5:37 pm. Men’s vault is about to start! Men are in the lineup now.

4:33 pm. Women’s trampoline finals are now…I’m gonna watch but not live blog because I don’t know enough aside from the basics. I’ll be back when the men’s vault final starts, which is at about 5:30 pm ET I believe.

4:32 pm. Still Rings Standings

1. Takeru Kitazono, Japan, 13.533
2. Felix Dolci, Canada, 13.366
3. Yin Dehang, China, 13.300
4. Brandon Briones, United States, 13.266
5. Adam Tobin, Great Britain, 13.033
6. Diogo Soares, Brazil, 12.966
7. Olegs Ivanovs, Latvia, 12.566
8. Lay Giannini, Italy, 12.466

4:27 pm. Takeru Kitazono SR: Okay go lil Kohei and all but I kinda need Felix to win this so don’t go so great that you eff up that dream for me. L sit, slowly moves into a beautiful Maltese. Swings through to an excellent iron cross. Omg his press is SO SLOW AND CONTROLLED I HATE HIM. Swings up to a handstand, good control again, Saltos into a handstand, arches a tiny bit, double double layout and god he’s gonna get gold I HATE YOUUUU that was so good. Felix is clapping like yeah you can get gold over me, you’re very good.

13.533 (4.9 D, 8.633 E)

UGHHHHHHH but also he was amazing.

4:25 pm. Diogo Soares SR: Straddle planche, L sit, positions are a little off for both. Saltos up to handstand was a smooth transition. Back swing up to a handstand and the apparatus is swinging quite a bit. Double double with a little hop.

12.966 (4.5 D, 8.466 E)

4:22 pm. Adam Tobin SR: His swing is crazy aggressive and a little messy, saltos up to a straddle sit looked a bit wild. The rest was okay, hit the dismount well and just hops his heels together. Looked like he packed the bulk of his difficulty in the first five seconds of the routine.

13.033 (4.2 D, 8.833 E)

Surprised about his E compared to others (it looks a bit high) but I guess the latter half of his routine calmed down a bit and the bulk of deductions came from the first moments.

4:18 pm. Yin Dehang SR: Beautiful Maltese into an iron cross!! Up into a planche, then his double pike has a bit too much oomph and he has to kind of regain his rhythm going into the L sit. Handstand after that is pretty short. Double double is stuck though. All of these junior double doubles are FIRE.

13.300 (5.1 D, 8.200 E)

Oh godddd Brandon is 900% not going to medal AGAIN.

4:14 pm. Brandon Briones SR: I caught it from the straddle planche, I think he just maybe had a handstand before that. Pulls his legs together for a regular planche, then swings easily through his saltos up into an L sit. Very solid handstand holds, just a little bobble on the second on, stuck double double! Fabulous.

13.266 (4.6 D, 8.666 E)

This makes sense, his routine wasn’t quite up to par with Felix’s but still very strong. I hope he gets on the podium, though. All of his fourth place finishes are destroying me.

4:11 pm. Olegs Ivanovs SR: L sit to start, double front to double pike to straddle sit, excellent transitions. Lovely handstand before swinging through to another one, arches a bit in the second one. Hit the dismount well.

12.566 (4.2 D, 8.366 E)

4:08 pm. Lay Giannini SR: Straddle planche, swing through to a handstand, clean, same with the front swing to handstand. Double front up to an L sit, a little shaky at first, then a full-in double back with a step. Not quite as confident as Felix’s routine, and not as difficult as well, but good work.

12.466 (4.0 D, 8.466 E)

4:04 pm. Hi y’all! It’s just MAG today (and trampoline I think) but I’m still gonna go for it even though five people will read this.

Felix Dolci SR: Swing up into a straddle planche, and then he holds a handstand really well. Front swing through to a handstand then the salto combo up to a straddle sit. Presses to handstand before a lovely double double! Fab job for him.

13.366 (4.5 D, 8.866 E)

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16 thoughts on “2018 Youth Olympic Games Live Blog | Event Finals Day 2

  1. Even though not that many people read the MAG live blogs, I appreciate it so much when you do them. On behalf of the few people who read them, thank you so much! Keep up the great work!!

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    • I have never paid much attention to MAG until i started reading this site, esp the blogs. I have learned quite a bit about men’s gymnastics as a result. WAG is my all time fave, but i dont skip mens comps anymore if she is live blogging. I kinda go back and forth between the blog and the event f theres a live stream.
      5 + 1 make that 6 readers. Lol

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      • Wow, thank you!! I’ve been happy to start posting the men’s results this year but it’s always funny because results for something like women’s Russian nationals will get 5000 views (or whatever the number is, I threw that out there) and men’s will get like 200 hahaha. I’m like aww but I’ve really enjoyed following as much as I could of the men this year after dedicating most of my meet-watching to the women in the past. I also like going into worlds with a good idea of the MAG stories to tell and am excited to do more with previews and recaps in Doha!

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    • Thank you!! I’ve been literally reading the code nonstop to figure out the events I’m not as familiar with, aka pommels, rings, and p-bars. I think pommels and rings are getting so much easier for me to discuss, and this was great practice for worlds…plus this junior men’s competition was FANTASTIC and so close in so many of the events, I really enjoyed watching! Usually junior men are my lowest priority with everything else going on because most don’t end up being relevant as seniors until they’re like 25 lol so I’m always like I’ll have time to get used to you later, but there were some real gems in this field and I’m thrilled I watched and blogged.

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  2. Yay!!!! Stoked for Briones! His 2 4th and 5th place finishes dont seem to phase him. So so happy he won the gold! He is rock solid! I love how excited the English commentators sounded for him. And my, my, my…ive never watched MAG and thought,”wow, that was BEAUTIFUL.” til today when i watched the Norwegian kid vault. He was stunning. Equally excited his score held out for a medal bc his vaults were absolutely gorgeous.

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    • SO happy for Brandon!!! I was okay with him not medaling in the all-around because that was a tough field but every other final he’s just been SO CLOSE, within half a tenth a couple of times, and it’s been so heartbreaking to see him not make it happen, but vault was his event to lose and I’m so happy he delivered!

      Jacob Karlsen was FANTASTIC. Literally the most gorgeous vaults ever and I’m glad execution has been winning medal over difficulty in some aspects of this meet. Beautiful showing from him.

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