Unless I missed it I haven’t seen much comment on the Russian performance this Olympics. I somehow expected to see silly upgrades, I wholly expected Listunova turn up to Tokyo with her Silivas and whips to triple and Melnikova with an upgraded third pass. Yet the Russians turned up with routines they could actually hit. Indeed , Melnikova was able to hit her full difficulty on bars 3/4 times and their consistency on beam by Russian standards was also pretty good. They also managed to clean up their work and all look pretty polished. So what do we attribute to this consistency and smarter routine construction? Did a new coach have more say ? Or was it simply the fact they were stuck at Round Lake?