Potential upgrades ahead of Worlds

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I figured it might be useful to have a thread for potential upgrades as we’re 4 months out from worlds, a lot of countries still have their domestic meets, and only Japan has named any worlds team members. I also couldn’t think of a good title - Mods, feel free to rename this thread.

Tiana Sumansekera training an Amanar


It looks pretty legit as far as pit vaults go. I can’t imagine it’s a worthwhile upgrade though, with only 0.4 in added value and the extra injury risk.

It’s kinda funny to think 10 years ago it was the “United States’ of Amanar”, and now Jade is the only active US athlete to have competed one afaik.
 

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Sumanasekera also training a double double, which will be a nice upgrade on floor:



And helps with my complaint about the DLO/Double tuck/Double pike composition from Pan Ams
 
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Yeah Godwin’s vault deserves a 9.0+ E, unlike some other fhs layout 1/1s we see…

Sumanasekera’s round-off on vault is wild, she bends her arms entirely and pushes off. The mat is lower into the pit, and it looks like she’s still opening up as her feet make contact. The Amanar upgrade won’t materialize this year, I don’t think. Then again, Aly Raisman did THAT Amanar at 2010 Covergirl classic…
 
Yeah Godwin’s vault deserves a 9.0+ E, unlike some other fhs layout 1/1s we see…
I really appreciate how straight she keeps her body in the repulsion. A true front layout vault.
Then again, Aly Raisman did THAT Amanar at 2010 Covergirl classic
Gotta give her props for how many Amanars she’s casually walked away from that would’ve decimated other gymnasts’ lower bodies.
 
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It’s kinda funny to think 10 years ago it was the “United States’ of Amanar”, and now Jade is the only active US athlete to have competed one afaik.
Not much worth in doing an Amanar unless you’re a vault specialist or an AA front-runner, I suppose. The difference between that and a DTY isn’t a large enough cushion to absorb deductions anymore.
 
Fatta also intends to upgrade her vault to Cheng. Roberson is also training Cheng. I guess eventually there will be 1-2 Cheng / Amanar from the US this year.
 
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Given how piked it is, I thought Ellie Black’s McIntosh vault was overscored at Worlds, including in EF where she scored too close to Devillard and almost took her bronze.
 
It does seem like WTC has the ability to issue little memos that instruct judges not to apply nonsense rules for new/novel situations that shouldn’t merit deductions. Think they did something similar recently when they decided that it was (surprisingly) acceptable to do something like… Maloney, half turn in back swing to reverse grip/direction, into Yezhova… and get combination bonus on top of that! Feels logically suspect but I’m all for it in that it’s pro-unique skill combos, which hacking the code often undermines (like, they key to this code is finding ways to change directions without a dreaded 1/2 turning KCH or giant).
 
I feel like we had this conversation in the last year or two and someone provided evidence (@Concorde ?) of it going deduction free. Maybe because the rhythm isn’t broken–it’s not like changing each hand in KCH to reverse grip fwd giant.

Also I’m reading online Mustafina submitted the Seitz to reverse grip as a separate element but I can’t find proof of this. If she submitted anything that Worlds, I’d be more inclined to think it was the inbar 1.5
 

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