Subdivision two: USA, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela
Fashion notes! The Mexicans are in the red, white and navy leo everyone loved so much at Worlds, and the Americans are also wearing the leotard they wore when they won Worlds…the Colombians are pretty in purple with black mesh sleeves, and the Venezuelans are in white with red and yellow and blue accents.
Grace McLaughlin, vault: Yurchenko 1.5 with a step forward. 14.225.
Brandie Jay, vault: DTY, step back. Good power. 14.925. Second vault: More or less laid out Podkopayeva, big step back. Again, lots of power.
Jessie DeZiel, vault: DTY, tiny hop. The U.S. has such an embarrassment of riches on vault. That was great. Laughing and clowning with Bridget Sloan afterward. 15.125.
Shawn Johnson, vault: DTY, very powerful, step back. Best she’s done it since coming back. Quick hug with Liang Chow and it’s off to get ready for bars. 14.925.
Yessenia Estrada, beam: Jump on. Double turn in sit position a la Lauren Mitchell — well done! Switch to back pike. Front aerial, back tuck, small wobble. Side aerial, pause, side somie, leg comes up a little. Saves switch half. Save of the day on her punch front — one foot was completely off the beam when she landed. Double pike, very low but take sa big step forward and makes it. Looks relieved coming off the podium, but her coaches encourage her to stay on and take a bow. She waves to the crowd with both hands, and they applaud enthusiastically. 13.6/5.9.
Ivet Rojas, floor: Very Latin guitar music. 2.5 to punch front, stuck. Double tuck, step back. Double pike, takes about three steps back to keep it on her feet. 12.2/4.9.
Elsa Garcia, beam: Jump on. Switch half, tiny check. Side aerial. Side somie, very good. Bhs, layout to two feet and comes off! Shoot. Would love to see her make this routine. Front aerial. Switch ring and comes off again! Full turn with leg up. Double tuck with a step back. The crowd applauds loyally and is clapping and chanting “Mexico! Mexico!”
Nathalia Sanchez: Geinger. Full to blind to Jaeger. Bail to toe shoot. Giants to stuck full twisting double tuck. Did she clip her foot on the bar, perhaps, right before her dismount? 13.25.
Yamilet Pena, vault: Another super pretty blue and white leo (not the same as at Worlds) from our favorite Dominican…handspring front tuck full to huge happy reaction with her coach in front of the table…14.15. Second vault: Yurchenko 1.5 with a step. 14.025 second vault.
Brandie Jay, bars: Toe stalder to Maloney to bail to toe shoot, 1.5 to Markelov. Full to Shushunova. Full twisting double tuck, stuck but feet landed apart, with one foot back, as seems to be her habit. Nice routine. 13.725/5.8.
Bridgette Caquatto, bars: Received 13.925 on vault…Stalder full to toe Khorkina II, Jaeger, caught close. Church. Bail to toe shoot, double layout with a small hop. Good routine. Hugs Jiani Wu, then Bridget Sloan on the podium. 14.625.
Bridget Sloan, bars: A big test here…Church to Pak. Toe stalder blind to toe Weiler half to Maloney. Bail to toe shoot, toe stalder. Double layout with a small hop. Good job as long as she didn’t hit her feet on the Pak (I don’t think she did, but it looked a little close…) 13.85. Getting a talk about it from Marvin Sharp.
Shawn Johnson, bars: Chow looks so happy, as always…they are taking a long time with Sloan’s score…well, I didn’t see it, but apparently she got 14.4…oh, they replayed it! Didn’t see the new Weiler parts, but the second half looked very sharp. Full twisting double layout with a small hop. Yes, Shawn’s bodyline is not really made for bars, but that was good.
Ana Lago, floor: Has skin-colored tape all over her legs, looks very bandaged. Double layout to open — that was unexpected! Double turn with leg up. Double tuck. Really nice work on her dance, paying a lot of attention to detail. Punch front to double full, small hop back. Gymnasts don’t really seem to go for the stick anymore…double pike to end. Nice routine. 13.8/5.4.
Jessie DeZiel, beam: Seems to be problems with the feed…we see DeZiel on beam for a split second, wobbling a bit on a side aerial, and then it cuts to some outdoor event…13.275.
Brandie Jay, beam: Side aerial, tiny check. Switch to back tuck.
Shawn Johnson, beam: She’s had a good day so far…14.925 on vault and 14.4 on bars. It will be interesting to see how much difficulty she has in this beam routine…Off on standing full. Oh dear. Bhs, bhs, layout to two feet, excellent. Full turn with leg up to full turn. Side aerial, super smooth…and then comes off on a switch leap! Oh dear…wow. That was just a little concentration error, but very costly to her. 12.875/5.8.
Jessica Gil, floor: Full in pike, step OOB. Very Middle Eastern beat, lots of drums. 1.5 to front layout half. Running front layout full. Double pike, good landing. 12.8/5.0.
Notes: Rough third rotation for the U.S. women on beam. Their highest score was 13.275 from Jessie DeZiel, though Johnson’s 12.875 was the low.
Brandie Jay, floor: “Smooth Criminal.” Full in pike with a step back. Front double full to punch front, foot slides a bit out of control and she goes OOB. Roundoff, full twisting bhs. 2.5 twist with a step forward. Double pike, weak landing, big knee bend. Double turn before her ending pose.
Ana Lago, vault: FTY, small hop. Second vault is handspring front pike with a step.
Jessie DeZiel, floor: Some cool, Chellsie Memmel-esque choreo (that is to say, a headspring) before her third tumbling pass, a Rudi. Double pike with a step back to end. 13.15 with 0.1 deduction for OOB.
Bridgette Caquatto, floor: 13.025. Yikes.
Bridgette Caquatto: Front double full to front layout, OOB. Full in pike. “Jai Ho.” Music doesn’t quite suit her style of movement. Roundoff, 2.5. Double pike with a step back, hard to tell if that was OOB from the angle.
Yessenia Estrada, bars: Off on toe stalder element.
Karla Salazar, bars: Toe stalder to toe shoot…Jaeger…bail to Ray, blind, double front with a step forward! Waves to the crowd. Very nice routine. Looks very happy. 12.675.
Ana Lago, bars: Ray to full to Geinger, clear hip to Pak. Blind to front giant to half turn to full twisting double tuck, STUCK. Good for her!
Marisela Cantu, bars: Stalder to clear hip to Shaposh? Jaeger. Bail to clear hip hecht. Double front, stuck, and you can feel the Mexican momentum picking up! 13.65/5.5.
Elsa Garcia, bars: Toe shoot to high, 1.5 to pike Jaeger. Toe stalder to Ricna! Bail to Ray, blind to double front, STUCK! Oh my….there is a huge smile on her face right now. 13.5/5.5 seems to assure Mexico third place…
Subdivision one: Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago
Priscilia Cobello, beam: Front layout full dismount.
Peng Peng Lee, bars: Toe blind to Jaeger, Bhardwaj transition, double layout, stuck! Terrific routine. She does the Bhardwaj better than Mohini herself! 14.725/5.7. Look concerned for a second as she cheers on Kristina Vaculik, then yells, “Come on Kristina, finish strong!”
Bruna Leal, beam: Hit routine. 1.5 dismount.
Ana Sofia Gomez Porras, vault: DTY, little bit of leg form in the air and very flexed feet. Hop back. 14.55.
Daniele Hypolito, beam: She swallowed a 12.2 on bars during the last rotation…nice bhs, bhs to two feet, layout to two feet. Then off on side aerial! Full turn with leg up to back tuck — unusual combination. Assured sheep jump. Roundoff, bhs, double pike with a step, was very sideways taking off for that. She looks very disappointed. Daiane dos Santos, who has been acting as the official greeter for the Brazilians as they come off the podium, comes over for a pep talk. 13.5/6.0.
Talia Chiarelli, bars: Toe stalder, blind, full turn, bail to toe shoot, off on Geinger (legs apart).
Gabriela Soares, beam: Off on front aerial, bhs, layout combo. Switch, pause, back tuck, wobble. Full tnrn with leg at head. Roundoff, 1.5 dismount. 11.85.
Can those standings be right? After three rotations, Brazil is leading Canada by 50 points!
Hypolito sticks her 2.5 to front layout in warmup.
Priscilia Cobello, floor: Double pike, step back. 1.5 to messy front layout full. Double full with step back. (Mikaela Gerber looking solid on beam for Canada in the background.) Double tuck, step back. Gets a friendly pat on the rear from Hypolito. Cobello had an 11-something on bars, Hypolito a 12.2, so it looks like that rotation was none too good for team Brazil…12.55.
Coralie Leblond-Chartrand, beam: Press mount to what I call a “fish flop”…double turn, not bad. Off on front aerial — no chance of saving that. Bhs, layout, step back. Side aerial. Switch, wolf. Side somie with legs straight, quite a good save, really. Double full dismount with a pretty big step back. Getting some instruction from Dave Brubaker. 12.475.
Adrian Gomes, floor: A tango! Double tuck, step back. Front double full, a little stiff on the landing and takes a step to the side. Switch to Tourjete half. Front layout full to punch front. Double pike — basically faceplanted — to end. Ouch.
Yurchenko 1.5, pretty well done, from one of the Cubans on vault.
Kristina Vaculik, beam: She got a 12.125 on bars, according to the scoring…oy. No wonder Peng looked a bit concerned when watching her during the last rotation. Leap on, agressive switch to back tuck. Beautiful Rulfova! Front aerial, nice dance. Bhs, layout, good. Like at Worlds in the team competition, she is totally hitting up here. Tourjete half. Jumps. Side aerial, small check. Little problem on full turn, but OK. Switch side, again a tiny check…dismount is double pike that looked great in the air, tiny steps back on the landing. High fives all around for the Canadians. 14.275.
Daniele Hypolito, floor: Didn’t show first pass…second pass is 1.5 to front tuck half. Powerful music, fairly fast. Double tuck, good landing. Nice lift on her double pike to end. Dramatic finish. She also had 14.025 on vault.
Daiane dos Santos, floor: Too much power on 1.5 to double tuck and rockets backwards and sits down! Too bad, as she could have challenged for the floor title here. Score is 12-something.
Peng Peng Lee, beam: Double turn. Side aerial to immediate back layout, very nice. Punch front, aggressive. Then off on Barani! It’s a great skill, but it gives her so much trouble…Illusion, very nice. Double full dismount. She looks like she’s getting something of a talking-to, complete with having a finger shook at her. 13.675/5.6.
Fashion notes! The Cubans are very 1985 in their scoop necked red and white leos. Canada is in the pretty blue with silver maple leaf and sparkles that we saw in Tokyo.
Karina Regidor, vault: Tsuk layout, hop back. Wearing a variation of the leotard Aliya Mustafina wore to win the 2010 World all-around title, only hers is red, white and blue. 12.4.
Sandra Collantes, vault: Wearing a red and blue number that belongs in Brigid’s Leotard Fashion Police. FTY, not bad, small step to the side. 13.625. Second vault:
Mikaela Gerber, floor: Had an 11.95 on bars. Bars wasn’t good to either Canada or Brazil, it seems…1.5 to triple full, very good. Rudi, stuck. Dancing to “Rite of Spring”? 2.5 to single stag. Good triple turn. Double pike a little low, but well covered. Nice routine. Legs are crossed in her twists, but good landings throughout. 13.95.
Elid Helwigg, vault: Tsuk layout.
Kristina Vaculik, floor: 1.5 to 2.5 to single stag. Double tuck. Lovely dance and polish throughout this routine. Ends with stuck double pike! Very nice! Hug from Dave Brubaker, and is chatting and smiling with the girls. They’re happy about that one. Yelena Davydova comes over and delivers a short lecture, followed by a hug. 13.775/5.3.
Talia Chiarelli, floor: Arabian double front, tiny hop forward. One thing that’s immediately evident is that she lands her roundoffs with her feet way apart, then puts them together for her back handsprings. 1.5 to double tuck, little step back, landed with legs very apart. Switch to Tourjete half. A bit perfunctory in some of her dance. 2.5 to front layout. Switch side half. Uses the same music as Aurelie Malaussena of France, I believe. Double pike, stuck. 13.575/5.5.
Peng Peng Lee, floor: A smile to begin! How nice. Full in tuck with a big hop forward. Love this tango. 1.5 to double full. She is working the choreo! Throws a side aerial in there for good measure. Continues smiling throughout. 1.5 to front layout full. Double pike with a small step back. 13.5/5.1.
Ana Sofia Gomez Porras, beam: Nice bhs to tuck full, well done. Dismount is two bhs to 2.5 twist, hop to the side. Beam finals? 14.675/6.1. Wow! Hugs from her coach. She looks delighted.
The Canadians are hugging in a circle and then do a clap/patty cake cheer that ends with “Go Canada!” Cute.
Thema Williams, beam: Front aerial. Bhs, layout, off the beam. Too bad! Side aerial, big wobble. Off again on punch front. Crowd is clapping supportively. Switch, back tuck. She’s a first year senior from a nation with no gymnastics precedent at all. Roundoff, double full dismount.
12:41 p.m.: Updates! A message from your friendly Canadian gymnastics photographer. Grace Chiu writes on Facebook:
Attention bloggers who aren’t here but blogging about the Pan Am WAG gym meet anyways … Jessica Lopez is not competing in her 4th Pan Am Games. I haven’t seen her since we arrived at GDL Monday night from Tokyo (we were on the same flights), she didn’t podium train, and she is not in the VEN startlists. Dominique Pegg fractured some bones in her right hand in training on Friday and went home today. All 5 Canadians are competing on all 4 apparatus. Kristina Vaculik and Coralie Leblond-Chartrand are doing two vaults. They start with a bye in the first rotation of subdivision 1, then vault in the 2nd rotation. Shawn Johnson is not competing floor. She has a new opening bars sequence of Weiler-Weiler half-Gienger. It’s nice, but the Weiler will be devalued if she straddles. This is a new WTC clarification. Something is up with Bridgey Caquatto’s knee, did practically nothing in podium training, so she is possibly only doing bars. Bridget Sloan’s foot started bleeding at the end of beam podium, so she didn’t do floor, but should be competing 4 apparatus. USA ends on a bye (subdivision 2). Everyone who was at Worlds looks pretty much the same as they did two weeks ago. Mexico will end the meet on bars. It should be a blast. The crowds have been crazy here.