With the men being done with qualifications across the pond, we gear up for the women tomorrow. I won’t be as “on top” of the women as I was the men, due to TWO exams tomorrow, but I will do my best.

Subdivision 1:

Charlotte Mackie (Canada)

Charlotte Mackie (Canada)

This division hosts Georgia Bonora (Australia, 2008 Olympian and AA Finalist), Yang Yilin (China, 2008 Olympian, Bronze medallist on Uneven Bars and in the AA, Gold with Team China), Ekaterina Kurbatova (Russia), Dariya Zgoba (Ukraine), Charlotte Mackie (Canada) Gabriela Dragoi and Diana Chelaru (Romania) and Emily Armi (Italy).

Look for consistent performances from Georgia Bonora across the board. Yang Yilin is not in her Olympic form, but should still be able to put up some decent numbers. Charlotte Mackie and Ekaterina Kurbatova are looking for spots in the Vault Event Final.

Gabriela Dragoi should perform well on the Uneven Bars and the Balance Beam. Diana Chelaru had some problems in podium training, but should be able to perform decently on the Vault and Floor Exercise, with a decent shot of making the Vault Event Final.

Subdivision 2:

Ivana Hong (USA)

Ivana Hong (USA)

This particular division will play host to Ivana Hong and Kayla Williams (United States), Kim Bui (Germany), Alina Kozich (Uzbekistan, 2004 European AA Champion [competing for Ukraine]), Deng Linlin (China), Rebecca Wing (Great Britain), and Kyoko Oshima and Yuko Shintake (Japan).

Ivana Hong will make her case for spots in the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars Event Finals. She is the 2009 US National Champion on the Balance Beam, and can score over a 15.000 on the apparatus. Her teammate, Kayla Williams, will try for spots in the Vault and Floor Exercise Event Finals. She plans to compete a 6.50-tariff Amanar and a 6.30-tariff Handspring Laid-out Rudi on the Vault, and her Floor Exercise set includes a Double Layout, Double Pike from 1.5 stepout, a Triple Twist as a side pass, and a Piked Full-in to close.

Kim Bui, who competed at the 2009 American Cup, will try for a place in the All-Around Final along with Deng Linlin and Rebecca Wing. Deng is strong on Vault and Floor Exercise, but struggled in podium training on the former. Rebecca Wing was on the 2008 Olympic Squad for Great Britain and is a solid All-Around gymnast.

Alina Kozich as fallen quite a way since her hey-day in 2004. She now represents Uzbekistan. Her artistry is wonderful on the Floor Exercise, but her tumbling often misses the mark. The Japanese girls, Oshima and Shintake, were part of the 5th-place team at the 2008 Olympics. They are consistent and clean, but lack a lot of the difficulty of some of the other athletes from top nations.

Subdivision 3:

Bridget Sloan (USA)

Bridget Sloan (USA)

All-Around contender and US National Champion Bridget Sloan is the standout gymnast in this division. She is joined by European All-Around Champion from Russia, Ksenia Semenova, as well as European Balance Beam Champion from Ukraine, Yana Demyanchuk. Sui Lu and He Kexin of China, Ana Porgras of Romania, Marissa King and Beth Tweddle of Great Britain, and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands are all here as well.

Bridget Sloan has huge skills on the Uneven Bars and a clean, effortless Double Twisting Yurchenko. Her Balance Beam is solid, and her Floor Exercise set can be exquisite. She is a front-runner for the All-Around title in London. Ksenia Semenova is the current European Champion in the All-Around and should not be counted out in the race for the All-Around. Her Uneven Bars are difficult and unique, if messy, and she is presentable on the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. Yana Demyanchuk is cute and a joy to watch. Her Floor Exercise set is spunky and engaging, and her Balance Beam work is solid and clean. Look for her to contend to a place in the All-Around Final.

Sui Lu is competing on the Balance Beam for China, and can do well. He Kexin, the beneficiary of brain-damage induced tie-breakers in Beijing and the Olympic Champion on the Uneven Bars is ONLY competing this apparatus in London. Look for her signature release combination and intricate pirouetting skills.

Beth Tweddle (Great Britain)

Beth Tweddle (Great Britain)

Ana Porgras is on the march toward the All-Around Final and has that common Romanian consistency. Marissa King is competing on the Balance Beam and Vault in London, and has a legitimate shot at making the Vault Even Final, permitting she surprises us with a more difficult second vault than she presented in the podium training sessions. Her compatriot, Beth Tweddle, is the current European Champion on both the Uneven Bars and the Floor Exercise, and will make concerted efforts to appear in both Event Finals. She is competing a brandynewfresh Tucked Double Double dismount on the Uneven Bars, and a new skill within the set, a Piked Jaeger.

Dutch star Sanne Wevers is competing on Floor Exercise and Balance Beam, and has a legitimate shot to make the Event Finals on the latter. She is a brilliant turner on the Balance Beam and has clean form. Look for interesting turning combinations from Sanne.

Subdivision 4:

This section is not the most exciting, but hosts a number of personal favorites. From Venezuela, by way of the University of Denver, is Jessica Lopez. Joining her is Youna Dufournet of France, Veronica Wagner of Sweden, Koko Tsurumi of Japan, Hong Un Jong of DPR Korea, and Brittany Rogers of Canada.

Jessica Lopez is a brilliant tumbler and dancer on the Floor Exercise and is clean across the remaining apparatus. She is hoping to unveil a new and unique skill in London on the Uneven Bars, as well as become the first woman from Venezuela to compete in the All-Around Final. Youna Dufournet has apparently overcome her competition issues that plagued her for most of 2008 and the first half of 2009. The Mediterranean Games Champion has a brandynewfresh Def release skill on the Uneven Bars, and, when she hits, a strong Floor Exercise set. Look for her to easily make the All-Around Final barring a meltdown.

Veronica Wagner is very much a personal favorite, and she is a strong tumbler. She missed out on her second Olympic opportunity last year and is hoping to make the All-Around Final in London, something she has never done before. Look for strong tumbling on the Floor Exercise and a clean set on the Balance Beam. Virre will also be looking for a spot in the Vault Event Final.

Koko Tsurumi (Japan)

Koko Tsurumi (Japan)

Japan’s Koko Tsurumi is beautiful on the Balance Beam and is a decent All-Around gymnast. She has clean lines and is very controlled in her Floor Exercise landings, but lacks difficulty on the Vault, which could hurt her medal chances. Look for her clean lines and form to help her score well in the execution department. Olympic Vault Champion Hong Un Jong from DPR Korea is looking to add a World Championship gold medal to her pocket, and it is quite possible that with her fellow medallists from Beijing out of this competition, she will be able to get the gold barring an utter disaster.

Canada’s Brittany Rogers is on the hunt for her first All-Around Final appearance in her first World Championships. She is a strong Balance Beam worker and is consistent on the Vault. Her Uneven Bars set is clean, but may not be difficult enough to help her medal in the All-Around. Event Finals appearances may be within her grasp, but with limited international competition experience, we are unsure of her chances of competing beyond the All-Around Final.

Subdivision 5:

Gymnasts to watch in this division are Rebecca Bross (USA), Ariella Kaeslin (Switzerland), Lauren Mitchell (Australia), Becky Downie (Great Britain), Anamaria Tamirjan (Romania), Ana Maria Izurieta (Spain) and Anna Myzdrikova (Russia).

Rebecca Bross (USA)

Rebecca Bross (USA)

Rebecca Bross is another worthy contender for the All-Around title, as well as possible titles on the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars. Her Uneven Bar work is difficult and intricate, but could lose valuable tenths in execution, as it is often rushed. Her Balance Beam set is difficult and just as fast as her Uneven Bars set, but is very clean. Her Patterson dismount has given her troubles in recent competition and in podium training, and that could hinder her performance. Her vault is a decently performed Double Twisting Yurchenko, and she has a very nice Front Layout + Tucked Double Front opening tumbling line on the Floor Exercise. Clean routines from Bross will easily get her into the All-Around Final, and possibly some Event Finals.

Ariella Kaeslin, the All-Around bronze medallist and Vault Champion from this year’s European Championships is making her first legitimate run for a World All-Around podium spot. She is a good vaulter, as evidenced by her European Championships Gold medal and her 5th-place result in Beijing. Watch for her decently performed Handspring Laid-out Rudi (6.30-tariff) on the Vault.

Australia’s Lauren Mitchell is the 2008 World Cup Finals Champion on the Balance Beam and is looking not only for an All-Around apperance, but for a spot and possibly a medal in the Balance Beam Finals. She is very clean and has nice lines all the way around, and should easily make the All-Around Final, if not the Balance Beam Final as well.

Rebecca Downie (Great Britain)

Rebecca Downie (Great Britain)

Becky Downie finished 12th in the All-Around in Beijing, and 3rd in the All-Around at the 2009 American Cup in Chicago. She can fly high on the Uneven Bars and tumble cleanly on the Floor Exercise. Watch for her to make a statement for Great Britain by qualifying to the All-Around Finals.

Anamaria Tamirjan was a member of the Bronze medal-winning team from Beijing. She is pushing for an All-Around Finals spot and can feasibly make it with that classic Romanian consistency. Her Balance Beam work has garnered a 15.250 in competition and her Double Twisting Yurchenko vault is pretty clean by Romanian standards.

Spain’s Izurieta won a surprise Bronze medal on the Floor Exercise at this year’s European Championships. She has a beautiful Triple Twist and engaging music, which will help her cause. Her other events do lack some consistency, but that shouldn’t be enough to keep her from the All-Around Finals.

Anna Myzdrikova of Russia will be a contender for a Floor Exercise medal. She has a difficult routine that she can cleanly perform, with an interesting combination of Triple Twist + Back Tuck. A hit set will most certainly qualify her for the Floor Exercise Event Final, and a hit in that competition could very well warrant a spot on the podium.

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