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hey there.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2009 by debster03

If there’s anyone reading – I’m doing well. I’m at a healthy weight again, eating normally, enjoying life. Basically, I’ve finally learned that recovery is worth it, and I’ve never been happier.

I might start this blog up again – we’ll see.

Thanks so much for reading and all of your support on my last post.

Is there anyone out there?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by debster03

Not sure if anyone still reads this (or checks up for updates) – it’s been a while – but I thought it was worth a shot…

The reason why I so abruptly quit Double Salto is because, for many reasons that I don’t particularly wish to disclose, I have found that following the beautiful sport of gymnastics has been extremely triggering to my eating disorder. I wish it wasn’t so, but there ya have it: that’s the cold, hard truth.

During the past couple (almost) of months, I suffered from a mini-relapse after finally getting myself to a healthy weight…now trying to gain it again. It’s a pain in the ass, but you do what you gotta do.

However, I did miss blogging – a lot – so I started a recovery blog, which has been immensely helpful. If anyone is interested in following it at all (I’m assuming those that have been through similar situations), you can contact me through the IG message board. I’m debster.

I don’t think I’ll ever be back here. It’s just too much. I thought I could handle it, but I can’t, obviously. And right now, my health is so much more important.

I’ll always love gymnastics with all my heart.

dahling, please don’t go breakin’ my heart.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 26, 2009 by debster03

Over the years, I’ve learned not to expect anything from junior gymnasts. Nada, zilch, zero, nothing. The truth is that the least of promising-juniors-that-turned-out-to-be-disappointing-seniors is pretty endless: Kristal Uzelac, Nadazhda Ivanova, and Sabina Cojocar, to name a few (and from three different countries, too!). Honestly, in all my years as a fan (which I admit haven’t been very many, considering I’m young), I feel that the only gymnast who has truly managed to live up to the hype is Nastia Liukin, and the cynic in me believes that that’s probably only because people were writing her off by 2007.

I’ve also learned not to expect anything from zee Russians. I mean, really. If the Fab Four (I mean, Yelena Produnova, Svetlana Khorkina, Yekatarina Lobaznyuk, and Yelena Zamolodchikova) were not even capable of kicking some major Romanian booty in Sydney, what hope is there for the rest of them? Even when they’re at their best, there is always that unforseen extremely unfortunate factor that ruins the all fun (e.g. the vault was set too low; Anna Pavlova experienced momentary amnesia and forgot her floor routine, resulting in self-destruction; Yekatarina Kramarenko miscalculated her run to the springboard; Pavs really had to pee and just could not wait for the darn green light).

So there you have it. Extraordinarily successful juniors and zee Russians are cursed. There’s no other way around it.

You know what the worst possible combination is? Yes, you got it! Russian juniors! Oh, God. The more talent these little pixies show, the more terrified I become that something’s gonna break them.

There is one Russian junior, in particular, that I’ve grown to love, despite all my best efforts: Viktoria Komova, daughter of 1986 Goodwill Games champion Vera Kolesnikova. Check out this beam – it’s insane (sure, sure, she falls, but BHS-layout stepout-arabian!? Holy moley!)!

In addition to being quite the trickster, she’s got wonderful presentation for a teeny junior and nice lines as well. She could grow to be quite elegant, which is just what the sport needs right now! Hopefully she’s getting all the falls out of the way early on, because if this girl does not make it to 2012 as a serious medal threat, then I will cry.

You should check out her floor, too. She’s too adorable.

Davai, Vika!

long time, no talk.

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 by debster03

And I sincerely apologize (once again). I’m not one to give out excuses – actually, I hate doing so – but I’ve been dealing with a number of personal issues that need to get taken care of. Therefore, I haven’t had much time or energy to follow the sport as closely as I have for the past few months.

That being said, there’s plenty to look forward to this year – the Scam American Cup (I’m thinking the lineup sounds okay so far…but for once, would they please invite someone that could actually challenge the Americans? Enough of this rah, rah, the Americans are the best and we’re going to show it by kicking international ass in this oh so credible competition), Nationals (should be quite an interesting mix of newcomers and veterans!), and of course, the world championships (I was so hoping Semenova could challenge for the title. Unfortunately, with her wrist injury, it seems very very unlikely). I’ll try to keep you posted as best I can – and if my best isn’t all that, keep visiting your favorite gymnastics message boards – they’ll sure keep you on top of things!

Once again, I feel horrible for this pathetic excuse of a post. Double Salto will be back soon enough at full force – I promise!

confessions of a blogger

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2008 by debster03

I’ve finally decided to come out of hiding.

Okay, so I haven’t exactly been “hiding,” per se. But, I must admit, I’ve been avoiding the depths of the blog-world for the past, oh, say, five days (don’t laugh. When you’re a youngin’ like me, five days are nearly an eternity). Why, you ask? Well, to tell you the truth, there’s quite the list: schoolwork, crazy parents (fine, maybe I’m the crazy one. Hey, give me a break; I’m still a teenager), more schoolwork, having a life (which in my world means going out at night and coming back home so late after curfew that I have to deal with Crazy Parents), and some other personal problems that I don’t care to mention. It’s all quite overwhelming.

Mostly, though, I just don’t know what to write.

The Olympics are over. The quad is practically over. I hate the Code, but that topic’s been done to death. All my loveys (erm, my favorite gymnasts, I mean) are injured. Russia never pulls it together, which is just depressing. I’m not even remotely excited for the World Cup Final. Basically, there’s nothing that’s really sparked my interest lately (not even the recent Karolyi Drama. I mean, seriously, tell me something I don’t know).

Don’t get me wrong though. Gymnastics and writing are my two passions in life (eek, sorry for the Cheese!). I promise to keep up with this blog, but for now, I might need a little help…so if you have any suggestions or would like me to explore whatever topic in the Gymnastics World, feel free to tell me. If it’s interesting enough, I’ll give it a shot.

if I ruled the FIG…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by debster03

What would I do?

Bring back compulsories: I understand that they could get pretty boring, but compulsories are absolutely essential, and I believe that many gymnastics fans agree. Compulsories were central to dance and technique training. It’s no secret why the quality of dance has gone down so drastically in the past three quads. Anyway, isn’t this compulsory routine by Lilia Podkopayeva just beautiful? Too bad we can’t see any of those anymore!

Have the team competitions follow the 6-6-5 format: say no to specialists! I know that every gymnast has a weakness (for me, personally, it was bars), but I believe that’s no excuse for completely neglecting an apparatus a la Alicia Sacramone or Cheng Fei (I love me some Cheng Fei, though!). Hopefully, with the new COP, which will stress less difficulty (or at least less elements in a routine), gymnasts will have more time to focus on the four apparatus (unfortunately, that’s not very likely, what with only having 5 girls on the team now and only two of those will be able to make the all around finals). With the 6-6-5 format, even though it is a broadcasting nightmare, we would get more gymnastics. Plus, the team would be able to drop one score, like in the past, so the gymnasts would probably be less nervous and perform less “jittery” routines. The 5-3-3 format is a joke and an insult to the history of the sport.

Have the top 36 gymnasts compete in the all around finals, and up to three from each country: I understand the logic for not allowing a whole team to compete in the all around finals, but three is not too bad, in my opinion. Don’t you miss sweeps, anyway? It was a great thing for Romania when they won the gold, silver, and bronze at the Sydney Olympics (before Raducan’s gold was taken away, that is). I am not the biggest Romania fan, but I definitely understand what a big deal that was for them. Shame we can’t have that anymore! And, of course, having the field go back from 24 gymnasts to 36 is pretty self explanatory.

Have the World Championships every two years: these would be FULL World Championships, complete with the all around, team, and event finals. I don’t want to see any of that “event finals Worlds” or “team Worlds” nonsense. Also, I think having them every year, although exciting for the fans (since we don’t get to see much gymnastics as it is, anyway), just ruins the prestige of the event, not to mention its credibility (especially if you keep switching the format around!). In recent years, the best quad in this respect has been the 1997-2000 quad – there were only two World Championships, one in 1997 and one in 1999, as it should be.

To be honest, the idea of the new COP (as in the 2006-on COP) has grown on me a lot, even though I do miss the perfect 10.00. In theory, it’s a pretty positive thing. However, I dislike many of the aspects about this particular Code we’ve seen this quad…so…how would I change the COP?

Falls would be a 2.00 deduction: no, I do not think one point (which we will see from 2009-2012) is enough. This would ensure that there is absolutely NO way that a gymnast could medal with a fall. It would take them out of the running completely, which is how it should be.

Have a two tenth bonus for stuck dismounts: this is pretty self-explanatory. I miss stuck landings.

Let the judges award 10s for B scores: if the routine is perfect, the score should reflect it. Can someone PLEASE tell me where the deductions for Nastia Liukin’s Olympic all around vault came from?

Vault: I would raise the value of a bunch of different vaults – DTYs, rudis, double twisting Tsukaharas, Khorkina IIs, etc. – and make them closer to that of the Amanar and the Cheng. I’m sick and tired of those two vaults, impressive as they are…we need some variety, people! I hate it that only gymnasts with those two vaults have a shot at a gold medal. Also, I would have all gymnasts perform two vaults in every round of competition (but they would be allowed to have the same vault, unless it was EFs) and average those.

Bars: there’s not much I would do, honestly. I like the fact that they will only be counting the hardest eight skills now. Hopefully that’ll be an end to the marathon routines that we’ve been seeing. Oh, I would distinguish between Giengers and LAYOUT Giengers (and I would have the layout Gienger be named after Nastia Liukin). Obviously, when it’s done in a layout position, it’s much, much harder, but the Code doesn’t acknowledge it.

Beam: I think this COP completely KILLED beam. There’s so much I would do to fix it!

-BAN side somis. Not even Anna Pavlova can make them look beautiful. That froggy legged skill is just icky. Same goes to full turns with the leg at horizontal. Ew.

-Have the hardest seven skills count, including the MOUNT and dismount. Why mount? I’m sick of seeing that stupid hop on to the beam. Even a level four could do that. I want innovative, original, exciting mounts like we saw in years past, and I believe making this a requirement is the only way that we’ll get to see it. Sorry, Marta.

-Allow the repetition of a skill as long as it is done in combination (with the same skill). Maybe that way we will get to see the always impressive back handspring to three (maybe even four!) layout stepout combination, or a beautiful front aerial to front aerial combination, like Yekatarina Lobaznyuk performed in 2000.

-I would ban every version of the front aerial that is not actually a front aerial (including front aerials to two feet – yuck – and “Liukins/Nistors,” which are about the ugliest looking skills I’ve ever seen). The classic front aerial is so beautiful, and it is a real shame that all this Code whoring (the Romanians are especially guilty of this) during this quad has kind of ruined it.

-I would distinguish between a back handpsring with a full twist to swingdown (what the Russians do) and a REAL Rulfova, which, to me, has always looked more like a full twisting layout to swingdown. Obviously, the latter is much more difficult.

-I would get rid of the forward-backward skill bonus. Front aerials to back handspring layout stepouts are neither impressive nor a true connection (the gymnasts do not use the momentum from the front aerial to do the back handspring).

Floor: I would only allow three tumbling passes (one of those can be a back-to-back pass, like we saw in the ’80s and early ’90s) and three leaps (in combination). I want time for DANCE! Also, I would have a special bonus (one tenth?) for gymnasts finishing a pass with either a front aerial walkover or a layout stepout. It looks so pretty! Finally, I would also have a special bonus for gymnasts finishing their routine with an E skill. If, in previous quads, they could finish their routines with full ins, how come they can’t now? I’m sick of double pike dismounts.

welcome to double salto!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 16, 2008 by debster03

Welcome to my new gymnastics blog! I love writing and I love gymnastics, so I assume that we’ll be a good match. Hopefully this is a place where I’ll be able to freely express my gymnastics-related opinions and all that good stuff. Of course, there’s always gymnastics message boards, but I guess, in a way, this will be more personal. Having a blog will enable me to completely expand on a topic without really having to respond to anyone else. Anyway, I’m not sure if anyone else will ever read this, but, if they do, I hope they’ll enjoy.

I’ve decided to include a picture of the lovely Anna Pavlova to conclude my oh-so-lame first post, just because. Her passionate performances are always enough to make me fall in love with the sport all over again. I’m so excited that she’s decided to continue after Beijing!