Aliya Mustafina
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

In a series of photo by graceclick.ca, it was shown that the Russians are training some difficult skills.

Apparently, Seda Tutkhalyan did an Amanar on vault but sat it down, while Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina trained F rated double layout, a skill they both have never competed it before.

Komova performed all her skills on balance beam from London except for the dismount. She did a double back tuck (D) instead of double arabian (G). On floor, she was shown training her opening tumbling pass from London, a 1.5 twisting layout (C) to double arabian (E). Her twisting form is not so impressive.

Mustafina seems to be aiming to include a Semenova turn in her floor routine. She also re included her triple twist, apparently she has not yet improved  her twisting form.

It looks like Tutkhalyan will compete two vaults, the second being a round off half on half off.


The photos received a strong reaction from the gyminternet:

thesegripsweremadeforchalking Please tell me I’m not the only one wildly excited by this

aly126 DLOs for Vika and Aliya !!! 

mustafinesse A Vika Double Layout scares me so much! please protect your ankles <3

dariaskrypnik why are people so excited over horribly executed DLOs that will likely lead to injury for both vika and aliya lol????

Ok, there’s nothing I would want more in this world than to see Aliya and Vika executin F tumbling passes well. However we are not just assuming the DLOs are not great. We have a picture of Aliya landing extremely low and an other one of Vika (who btw hasn’t competed anything harder than a double pike for 3 years) being spotted, which is not usually the case for Russians in podium training. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to be worried, especially since we are talking about two athletes who have struggled so much with injuries.

like-dudnik-in-1989 Vika with a DLO! It wouldn’t sound surprising if we were in 2010, she always was so high doing double backs, but now? I’m dying to see it tho
-Seda will be throwing the Amanar. I thought they would wait until Glasgow, at least. Let’s see (and pray).
-WHY ALIYA IS DOING A TRIPLE AND NOT AN ARABIAN JESUS CHRIST. How could Starkin allow that?
Beside this, the rest was kinda predictable tbh

whip-whip-triple Vikas form on the triple looks a bit on the terrible side

thepushyqueenofsluttown DEAR LAWD WHY WOULD ALIYA PUT THE TRIPLE TWIST BACK IN PLEASE GOD NO

And why no double arabian, which was her nicest pass?

This makes no sense.

Written by Gigi Farid

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