Friday, September 18, 2009

Izbasa Injured, Out Of Worlds

From International Gymnastics:

2008 Olympic floor exercise champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania was injured in Buzau on Thursday, but witnesses say it could have been a lot worse.
Izbasa, 19, was tumbling a piked full-in back-out on floor exercise when her right Achilles' tendon snapped on the takeoff.

"I didn't know what happened," Izbasa told IG. "I heard a pop and thought it was the floor."

Izbasa said she felt like she was only one meter above the floor, and that she pulled the skill around as best she could.

"If there is something gratifying, is that it's better mentally because this injury could have been a tragedy and we were all scared," said Nicolae Forminte, Romanian national coach.

Izbasa was taken to University Hospital in Bucharest for evaluation. She also has a fracture in her right foot, and her left arm will be in a cast for three weeks because of a stress fracture. She will have surgery on her Achilles' tendon on Monday.

The injury will keep Izbasa out of the 2009 World Championships in October, and she will likely be replaced by alternate Gabriela Dragoi. The other three team members are Anamaria Tamarjan, Diana Chelaru and Ana Porgras.

That sucks. The poor girl is gonna look like she's in a full body cast! >.<

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fame Montage Teaser

Should I finish it??

It's on '09 Visas, if you hadn't figured that out from watching it. Hehehe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Theories for the World Team

With Sam and Nastia out... who's in?

Well, to start, here are the 9 moving on to the second camp;

Jana Bieger
Rebecca Bross
Mackenzie Caquatto
Ivana Hong
Kytra Hunter
Chellsie Memmel
Bridget Sloan
Cassandra Whitcomb
Kayla Williams

Here's my theories...

1. Bridget Sloan - obviously a lock for all-around. Not much else needs to be said.

2. OK... Rebecca Bross. Eck. Even though I'm not crazy about her, she has the D scores for all-around.

3. Kayla Williams. I have a very hard time believing she won't make the team now... especially hearing rumors of her competing a laid-our rudi and an amanar at the camp!

4a. IF Chellsie Memmel is indeed ready on bars, she's my final pick. We have ZERO bars specialists without Nastia (boy do we need her back). And she's solid as a rock on beam, so there's potential there as well.

4b. If Chellsie isn't ready, I'd send Ivana. But I'm really hoping Chellsie is ready!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 15, 2009 – 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind., has formally withdrawn from the selection process for the women’s 2009 World Championships Team. Peszek was selected to participate in the second of two selection camps but has decided to decline the invitation so she can undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to compete for a spot on the USA World Championships Team,” said Peszek. “The decision was a tough one to make but one that will enable me to get healthy and ready for next season.”

Peszek, a high school senior and gymnast at Sharp’s Gymnastics, was a member of the 2007 Pan American Games Team and the World Championships Team that won gold medals. She has given a verbal commitment to compete for UCLA in the future. Peszek is coached by Marvin Sharp.


I'm so disappointed. I really wanted to see her on the team. :[