This is a blog dedicated to Chinese Women Articstic Gymnastics where you can find photos and stories of Chinese gymnasts. This blog is written by someone who is not involved with gymnastics; however, as an enthuthiastic TV audience, I love this sport and admire the girls who work so hard everyday for it. This is my way of saying thank you to the gymnasts for their hard work, by telling their stories. =)
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Unfortunately, Tan Jiaxin, the UB champion from Doha Challenger Cup, didn’t make the final due to a fall (scored 13.10). In addition, Olympic Champion Feng Zhe failed to qualify for parallel bars final (only ranked 17th). His teammate Zou Kai didn’t make the high bar final either (scored 14.40). Missing from the still rings qualifiers is Team Captain Chen Yibing, who withdrew from the competition due to injuries.
Cheng Fei showed up at the 2013 Nationals as a coach for the first time. With her help, Hubei provincial team has successfully qualified in 6th place for the National Games in September. Best wishes to Cheng Fei for her coaching career.
(Pictured: Cheng Fei coaching her gymnast Liu Jinru from Henan Province, Photo Credit: Pan Yulong, Ni Minzhe)
Yao Jinnan has qualified 1st into the all-around competition and lead the rest of the field by almost 3 points at the 2013 Chinese National Gymnastics Championship. She’s still competing her London Olympics routines at this point. We’ll see if she upgrades for the final. Here are the standings after the qualifications; all scores are based on the ridiculous and demoralizing Chinese judging system, so feel free to add a point or two to the total ^.~:
With the National Championships being only weeks away, National Team Athletes Cultural and Educational Center has organized a lecture over the weekend for all gymnasts that focuses onthe core substanceofthe“SwordSpirit” or competitive spirit. The lecture was intended toinspiregymnaststo own the momentin competitions withindomitable fightingwilltowin.
Team Leader Coach Ye Zhennan explains that in competition, in addition to superb techniques, athletes alsoneed to havestrongmental qualitiesin orderto withstand the pressureat the critical moment.Coaches hope their gymnasts to haveamore in depth understanding ofthe “Sword Spirit”andapply what they’ve learned in competition.
(Top picture L-R: Jiang Yuyuan, Deng Linlin, Keynote Speaker Dr. Xu Fangming, Lu Bo, He Kexin, and Sui Lu, Photo via Chinese General Administration of Sports)