Thursday, December 22, 2011
I decided to make a spreadsheet (found here) of all the scored for teams 9-16 from prelims at Worlds. I added up the scores per event by score receive at Worlds and by difficulty awarded at Worlds. While I was sitting in my room at 4AM reading updates and trying to find live feed during Worlds, lots of bloggers that were there fell in love with Korea during podium training but were disappointed with how they performed in qualifications. Korea placed 15th and will have the opportunity in January to qualify for London 2012.
What surprised me about this list is that when I split it by difficulty, Korea (15th place) had the highest difficulty of all 8 teams with a difficulty of 68.4 in a 3-up, 3-count format. Italy (9th place) was 2nd with a difficulty of an even 68 and France (10th) was 3rd with a total difficulty of 66.6. They had the highest value on vault with a 16.9 (2 DTY (5.8) vaults and a 1.5TY (5.3)). Their difficulty on uneven bars was an 18.1 (France was 2nd with a 18.0 largely due to Youna Dufournet's amazing 6.7 start value) which is no surprise based on the amazing routines that the bloggers were describing. Italy had the highest balance beam start value with a 17.7 (Preziosa - 6.0, Ferrari 5.9, Ferlito 5.8) and Canada was second with a 3-up difficulty of 16.9. Korea was tied in 3rd with Spain and the Netherlands (who have lost all-arounder Celine van Gerner) with a 16.8. Korea's floor, as well as Canada's, was 3rd to Brazil's 17.0 and Italy's 16.8 at a value of 16.6.
In summary, Korea was 1st on VT and UB, 3rd on BB and FX. I think their strength comes from not only UB but also VT. Many of the nations in teams 9-16 are counting at least one full twisting Yurchenko. Korea appears to have 2 double twists and 2 individuals with 1.5 twisting Yurchenko's. Hyunjoo Jo and Ye Eun Kim both have DTY as well as second vaults. Jo's 2nd vault at World's was a half twist on, half laid out twist off (or a Lopez) and has a SV of 5.6 (8.266/13.866) and can be found here (or better landing and video found here '08 Olympics). Jo was a member of Korea's 08 Olympics Team and was also a vault finalist at Worlds last year where she placed 6th. Kim's 2nd vault was given a 0 and according to Blythe the Gym Examiner, was "a tuck Rudi attempt that did not have the last half twist." Here is Kyung Jim Park's 1.5TY from Worlds(13.9/5.3/8.6).
For uneven bars, the Koreans had 2 gymnasts with a D score of 6.2. One was Kyung Jin Park [found here at the Youth Olympic Games (Markelov and Gienger)] and the other was Seon Mi Heo whose 18th place UB routine from Worlds (14.233/8.033) can be found here (or below this paragraph). May I call her the Korean Beth Tweddle? At the beginning of her routine, she has a series of non-stop release moves going between the high and low bar including a straddled Tkatchev + Pak and a Khorkina II (toe-on 1/2 to high bar) and a Markelov. She missed a few handstands but I think if she fixes that and keeps her stuck dismount Korea might have a bars finalist on their hands!
Seon Mi Heo UB
On BB, Korea counted a 5.7, 5.6, and 5.5 routine. Here is Ji Yeon Park's routine with a D-value of 5.5 (6.6/12.1 - one fall and dangerously low dismount). She had the lowest E score for the Koreans on beam but 3rd highest D-value. Our UB star's balance beam had a difficulty of 5.1. The routine (found here) has a few spots where she can connect to up that difficulty. She had the highest E score of the Koreans and was the only one to score above 8.0 with an 8.166 (13.266). Hyunjoo Jo has the highest D score, at 5.7, for the Koreans. I couldn't find a recent routine so here is her beam routine from the '08 Olympics. I'm sure she's grown since then (British commentators call her a baby. hmm...) but hopefully her prowess on the beam has not changed. The only thing that bothers me about the Koreans on beam is how low they squat before their back handsprings. I just get scared for the connecting move since they get so low.
On FX, Korea has a 5.6 from Hyunjoo Jo and a 5.5 from both Seon Mi Heo and Kyung Jin Park. Based on this YOG video, Park seems to have lovely lines. Hopefully, she can fully rotate her triple twist now.
Jo has a lovely triple turn in her routine. Her music and choreography don't excite me but I do like her ending pose here at the 2011 Swiss Cup.
After doing this analysis, I think Korea has a decent chance of reaching the top 4 at the test event as long as the gymnasts keep their cool and perform to expectations.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
From Worlds, teams 9-12 are
Personally, I think Teams 9-12 seem pretty set. The biggest threat is probably Brazil - a team full of well-known, experienced veterans at both a World and Olympics level with Daniele Hypolito, Jade Barbosa, and Daiane Dos Santos. Korea may also prove to be a threat with high difficulty scores and relatively clean execution... that is, when they do not fall. Canada definitely has potential to do better since they made a few mistakes and may also get a few new juniors. Of the top 4, France and Spain's spot in the top 4 is probably the most fragile, especially if there are no mistakes by other teams.
Team Netherlands from 2011tokyo.com
The nominative list is out now but I have no idea who the alternates are and we must not forget that this list is subject to change. Italy is taking the same team (assuming Erika Fasana is the alternate). Mira Boumemajen is the addition to the French team, with Clara Della Vora in the 7th spot. Coralie Leblond-Chartrand is out for the Canadians (with a small injury, she's not attending the selection camp) and Talia Chiarelli, '11 alternate, and Brittany Rogers have been added to the roster. Canada also has new seniors that have been invited to camp and may be added to the list. For Spain, Urbano is no longer on the list while there has been an addition of Ainhoa Carmona and Cinta Rodriguez. New senior Tess Moonen, Lisa Top, and Ayla Wilbrink have been added while Goedkop and Celine van Gerner (injury with surgery) will not attend. Gabriela Soares is the sole addition to Brazil's team as is Ji Hye Sung to Korea's team. Terry Grand’ry, Johanna Dejardin and Floriane Scianguetta have been added to Belgium's team in place of van de Velde and Vandersteen.
On Saturday, we'll take a closer look at Team Korea.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Watch more video of Workout Wednesday, Season 5 on gymnastike.org
And a lovely bars routine from a girl named Lizzy Nand from Parkettes. She got the highest scores on bars for the meet and you could tell by her smile! She appears to be one of those with a natural swing and lovely line. I think I just loved that she hit her handstands. There were a few moments of leg separation and flexed feet but, overall, a very good routine!
Watch more video of Christmas on the Chesapeake 2011 on gymnastike.org
Friday, December 9, 2011
The other thing I've noticed is the host of SYTYCD-ers taking over Glee.
Exhibit A. Jaimie and Comfort were in Rumor Has It/Someone Like You.
Jaimie is a contemporary dancer from Season 3 of SYTYCD. She was Hok's partner (guy with the mohawk that dances in LMFAO videos) and I think this was her most popular dance. It was choreographed by Wade Robinson and won an Emmy for Best Choreo:
Comfort was in SYTYCD Season 4. She's also dancing in the Trouble Tones in the Adele remix but I feel like you never quite see her face like you do Jaimie. The part I like is at 0:50.
To come - Ryan from this past season, Robert from the season before that, Courtney from a while ago on SYTYCD, and Mark I think from a while ago on both SYTYCD and Glee (the Brit/Britt episode, he also dances for Lady Gaga!).
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
There's a real life Switched at Birth. Unlike the TV show, there didn't seem to be a huge blow up when the girls found out. These girls are now best friends and have opted to stay with the mothers that raised them. Like the TV show, they found out because one of the father's wanted to leave his wife because his daughter didn't look like her. After the divorce and DNA test, they found out that he was right.
The one thing the show mentioned, and these girls had to deal with, was what do they do now that they have another family. The show addressed it in a way that made sense to me - something was missing for one of the girl's. Beyond not looking like her red headed family, she also didn't fit in. She was dark haired, dark eyes, stubborn, and an artist. She didn't seem to fit into her people pleasing, pale, athletic family. So, I think when she found her mom, she found a piece of herself. I wonder if these girls ever felt like something was missing. Like their mother couldn't quite fill a hole in their heart. I wonder if just knowing that mistake was made is enough for them to kinda shrug it off and move on - to be the one that doesn't quite look like the rest in the family photo. I'm curious what will happen when the girls are 16, marry, have a first child, etc. I just hope everything resolves itself ok.
Real Life Disney Princesses
In theory, this seemed like a great concept. What would the disney princesses look like in real life? Some are great and some are horrendous. Jasmine has that sultry look to her face, exactly what I would imagine a real life Jasmine to have. Esmeralda also looks as stunning as I would have guessed. That typical confidence in her eyes of most girls of such beauty.
But then you get to the other ones. Sleeping Beauty - eww. Where did those cheekbones come from? The most realistic thing about her is her hair. Pocahantas doesn't look as I imagined. Not sure what it is about her. This Belle does not look belle/beautiful at all! Maybe it's the facial expression they chose to give her. I always imagined Belle as that pretty girl that you can still be friends with. Ariel looks 12. She reminds me of a little kid, maybe it's the little girl in the sunblock commercials with the dog biting her underwear a few years later. I knew Ariel was young but I didn't think she would look this young. If anything, she'd be that "16 year old who looks 21."
And Ursula. Well, not much needs to be said there.
It was a really interesting concept. Maybe part of my problem for all the non-Jasmine and Esmeralda pictures is that they all look far too Photoshopped. I thought it was supposed to be altered to look real. Instead it just went from cartoon form to ... a different kind of cartoon (I see it most in Ariel). Your thoughts?
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
When 9/11 happened, I was in 8th grade. It was the beginning of the school year and we had just taken our English diagnostic test. We were going up the stairs and talking about all the questions and which answers we put down, typical nerdiness after a test. We get to the 3rd floor and we see our 6th grade English teacher taking pictures out the window. Why is he taking pictures? He said something along the lines of "Don't tell anyone I told you but two planes just hit the Twin Tower." I remember looking out the window, seeing smoke, and not getting the importance of it. I shrugged it off and went to Math. We sat down in class but the teacher did not teach us anything. She had the radio on low and was running around talking to the other teachers. Pretty soon, they called us all down to the auditorium. Our principal, Mr. [insertItaliannamehere], told us what happened and that they were contacting out parents. I started freaking out. Both my parents were in Manhattan that day.
My aunt came and picked up me and my cousin. We went back to her house and watched the news. People were walking in Manhattan down the highway and across the Brooklyn Bridge. I tried calling my mom and sister but the cell phone lines weren't working because they went down with the towers. Again, minor freak out. My other cousin got home from high school fine so I was waiting for my sister. My sister came an hour or two later and I ran and hugged her. She wasn't in Manhattan but let's just say the smoke and dust clouds were strong enough that they reached the part of Brooklyn where she went to school. My mom came a little while later and we all waited for my dad. During that time, my mom told us her story. She went to work and while she was on the train that was riding on the Manhattan Bridge, she saw scraps of metal flying by her. She got to work and the one other person in the office told her to leave. By then, all the trains were down and the only option was to walk. She was one of those people that we saw on the news walking down the West Side highway and Brooklyn Bridge. She was ok, just a little shaken up, and sore.
So, my dad. Didn't hear from him for one day, two days. Then we get a call home. My dad was fine he was just shuttling doctor's back and forth from local hospitals to Ground Zero. He's a bus driver and they needed all the man and buspower they could get to shuttle people back and forth and get the necessary supplies. My dad, like my mom, was fine and shaken up. He came home the next day but wouldn't talk for a little while. I guess he was pretty traumatized and I still have never asked him what he saw on that day.
Basically, 9/11 shook my world. The Twin Towers weren't there when I looked out the window of my junior high school. On my way to swim practice, I could see a cloud of dust over that part of Manhattan as we crossed the Verrazano Bridge. On my way to swim meets, I no longer stuck my head out the window and craned my neck to see how tall the towers were. Whenever I watch Friends, I get a pang because I know the Twin Towers are no longer there. New movies focus on Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State or Chrysler building when they show NYC. But one thing I realize is that nothing can replace the Twin Towers.
You know, maybe that's why New Yorkers have such New York pride. For that day, month, year, everyone was united. Everyone needed everyone. Everyone respected the police officers and the fire fighters. Everyone paid their respect for those that died in unimaginable ways. Everyone understood that 9/11 is a day that so many of us will never forget.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
from another list: 36 A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L'Engle
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery [don't remember]
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding started in school, didn't finish...
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens; school but far too young. reread!
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett reread! hmm. did i only read abridged version...?
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery should read in French for bonus points!
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
wow, pathetic. As of 9/10/11, I've read 14/~100.
Twilight - finished 9/7/11
Pride & Prejudice
Now, I can't watch too much of NYFW on youtube because a) i need to study and b) those models make me feel so large (and not in charge).
Anyone know how to look up the models?
ANTM All-Stars this Wednesday :)
Monday, September 5, 2011
While I was in Haiti, one of the things that continuously bothered me was the amount of foreign aid workers in the country. Driving through the capital, I saw numerous UN security vehicles and only one Haitian police car. I didn't see any in the small town I was in but that was to be expected. Volunteer teams come to the hospital, foreigners set up different places for Haitians to work and a senior citizen's home. I kept asking myself when is Haiti going to help Haiti?
I guess it's happening and that article makes me very excited. I know it's not easy to move away from the capital, the place that you call home, especially when it has everything you need. Multiple times, we had to send patients to specialists in the hospital. On the drive to and from the hospital, the drivers often had to run errands to get supplies that could only be found in larger cities. But at least encouraging people to move out might gives more people a chance to find jobs, actually attend school, and decrowd Port-au-Prince. It was sad seeing the capital in the state that it was, the tent cities seemed to go for miles and miles. I wasn't sure how they were planning on rebuilding if there were so many people staying put. Also, from the medical side, the spread of infections just seems to simple in a place that was that crowded.
|taken by me/Herman|
I didn't know that "Papa Doc" tried to destroy the countryside by destroying the roads. The roads in Haiti were another story, but I just attributed that to the earthquake. On my way back to PAP to go to the airport, I saw that they were doing construction on the roads in PAP which made me glad. Progress :)
I really can't wait to go back, I just hope I get the chance.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
i'm happy for them. they all have their own stories as to why this championship means so much to them and they all look so happy. this picture is kinda adorable because you get to see grown men smiling so widely.
either way, i think the heat have a better shot next year. something clicked for them during the finals, thats why they made it as far as they did but i think the stress of game 6/maybe the final game was a little too much to handle and they choked.
i was kinda disappointed with the way the game ended. one of my friends even walked out while there was still some time left. i thought it was gonna be a fight til the finish but it wasn't. there were about 5 minutes left and things were getting a little sloppy on both sides, but the heat couldn't afford it. 3 minutes left and it was over. the heat didn't make their move while they had the chance.
who knows, maybe it'll be heat-thunder next year! looking at the finals, i dont think the thunder would have made it against the heat this year. i think the heat would/could have won in 4 games straight. no point speculating, i'll just get excited for next year and another playoff/finals during final exams. oh joy!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Foes (Kevin Durant - left) and teammates alike were simply in awe of Dirk Nowitzki's (right) brilliant offensive display in Game 1
Monday, May 16, 2011
get low by lil jon and the eastside boyz' reference just in case you didn't get it...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
interestingly enough, we had a medical school symposium on mental health. we broke into small groups and talked about different things. surprising statistic: the mental health services at my school treats 50% of the medical school! i wish they had told us this statistic at the beginning of the year. not so we all drop out, but we so we all know that it's ok to struggle and to seek help!
i'm gonna try to stop being so reckless...
Sunday, April 24, 2011
dunno how i found him the first time, but his quotes keep popping up everywhere. i've started following him on twitter. he appears to be high all the time but hey. what are you gonna do?
Girls fall in love with what they hear. Boys fall in love with what they see. That's why girls wear make up; and boys lie.
3 things I want in a relationship: Eyes that wont cry, lips than wont lie, and love that wont die.
No matter where I am, no matter where you are, I'll be there when its over baby. Cause I was there from the start.
and dunno who said this one: One of the hardest parts in life is deciding whether to walk away, or try harder.
my horoscope today according to tarot.com: You're eager to have a bit of time at home today, especially if a busy social calendar has kept you jumping throughout the past week. (alright, not really true but hey.) It's healthy to reconsider what you want for yourself now, instead of just keeping up appearances and doing whatever's expected of you. Maintaining your integrity is important. Set new boundaries and, within reason, do whatever makes you feel good.
i find this all funny because i was just thinking today about my relationships and encounters and where they've all brought me. recent events have made me really sad and rethink things and what i think about myself. this has happened before but never to this extent. the things i've said and done and the people i've encountered are different - the experiences are harder, harsher, stronger, fiercer. i need to pick myself back up again.
well, at least i'm not so pessimistic anymore!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
dear newspapers, TV news, internet news, etc.,
PLEASE stop calling haiti "the poorest nation in the western hemisphere!" i'm pretty sure we've all understood that by now.
an angry haitian
in all honesty though, is it necessary? i don't think i've read an article about haiti that hasn't included that. it gets frustrating and it also makes me sad. i remember reading an article in 10th grade for french class and that was the first time i saw that and it struck me. it hasn't stopped. obviously, haiti still isn't doing all that well but i don't know if that reminder is necessary. are you trying to make the us look better? remind americans how good we have it? are you trying to get people to help? i just don't get it! it bothers that the only thing people probably think of when they think of haiti is poor, earthquake, and voodoo. how sad!
Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
i've also realized that i'm a pretty bitter person. probably, more bitter than most people expect of me. sometimes, i want to stop and smell the roses. other times, i wonder what the hell's the point? they're just roses! it makes me wonder if i'm missing the point. not appreciating life at this moment or that moment. how can i if i'm so stressed? i have a lot riding on the next quiz and i don't like it. maybe i'll end up with performance anxiety. maybe my fate for school, for this year, will be decided for me and i won't have to think/stress about these things anymore. i just want to relax again.
funny, you thought i was always so calm and composed. turns out, you never really know...