Posted on 11 February 2009 by admin
We would need a slapping if we didn’t link to a great post by retired Michigan gymnast, Ward Black. It’s all about the relative demise of U.S. excellence on pommel horse. Ward nailed it. He was very harsh on our guys, but he said what needed saying. He was not without some praise, though, especially that reserved for Sasha Artemev, whom he designates as the enabler for the U.S. bronze medal at Beijing. His clutch pommel horse routine made up a lot of ground to help secure the bronze.
Due to the unfortunate injuries to the Hamm twins, Artemev was eventually picked for the U.S. team because of his pommel prowess, but then he reminded folks that he’s a pretty good all-arounder. A lot of gym fans were stunned after learning that Sasha wasn’t picked for the original squad.
Ward correctly pointed out Cal and Stanford for their strong performances on pommel at Winter Cup. At the Stanford Open, Cal nailed some amazing pommel routines that provided the margin of victory over Stanford. Cal had five gymnasts with pommel scores of 14.0 and above. Glen Ishino and Kyson Bunthuwong scored 15.4 and 15.0 respectively. No wonder Cal won the meet. We agree with Ward; swinging a big horse pays huge dividends.