Quad in Review: 2013 – 2016
The 2013 – 2016 quad has come to a conclusion and here’s a recap of the most memorable events of the past four years!
The Quad of Simone – Simone owned the quad from start to finish, winning all the things except for one thing all the way back in 2013. She’s now friends with Zac Efron so she wins at life too.
Netherland Spin City – Spinning their way into team finals since 2015! Luckily their strategy to increase difficulty value with dance elements while fulfilling all the tumbling requirements did not result in the nation spinning into an open fire.
Brentrance into the Top Tier – Coming off the massive investment in British Gymnastics prior to the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain won their first ever World Championship team medal in 2015. Also, Amy Tinkler won an Olympic bronze on floor and Becky Downie finally earned a European Championships gold medal.
WTFRomania – Romania’s complete and utter self destruction sat distantly on the horizon and inched slowly closer until finally landing face down under the uneven bars during qualifications at 2015 World Championships. Hopefully the nation can get it’s sh*t together in the next quad but who knows if it will happen without a complete program overhaul and the revival of candle lit prayer parades through the streets of Deva.
The Produnova and It’s Inevitable Devaluation – Yamilet Pena (DOM), Fadwa Mohamed (EGY), Oksana Chusovitina (UZB), and Dipa Karmakar (IND) all attempted the massively difficult Produnova or front handspring double front salto vault worth 7.0 points in difficulty. All “landed” this vault in varying degrees of scary. Luckily, the 2017 – 2020 COP offers sixth tenths less for the skill which hopefully will discourage gymnasts from chucking the horrible vault.
Comebacks and Gymnasts Who Will Never Retire – Catalina Ponor, Gabby Douglas’ historic comeback, Aly Raisman finally winning an all around medal, Chuso drinking the life blood of Romanian juniors to ensure everlasting gymnastics life, Jessica Lopez competing non-stop and making the Olympic uneven bars event final, Vanessa Ferrari continuing to compete ten years after winning the World Championships all around gold medal, Marta Pihan-Kuleza, Aliya Mustafina, Becky Downie and a million other gymnasts who you’d think would call it a day but much to our enjoyment they keep chugging along. Also short lived comeback’s such as McKayla Maroney’s return in which she won the gold medal in vault and in doing so put the earth back on its correct axis after her 2012 fall knocked the world off balance. Sanda Izbasa, Viktoria Komova, and Anna Pavlova also had brief but enjoyable comebacks.
New and/or Cool skills – The Moors (double twisting double layout), the Schaeffer (side somi on beam with an additional half twist), Hong Un Jong’s triple twisting Yurchenko attempts, Yao Jinnan’s Mo on bars (see below), Brenna Dowell’s double front pike on floor and Tweddle to Ezhova combination on bars.
Favorite floor performance of the quad goes to British gymnast Catherine Lyons’ amazingly beautiful and completely captivating 2014 floor routine with an honorable mention to Eythora Thorsdottir’s 2015 routine.
Icky Stuff – Gym fans previously thought the time of abusive coaches was a bygone era that died out with puffy sleeves, side pony tails, and blue eyeshadow, but we were terribly, terribly wrong. The Indy Star revealed exactly how easy it is for predators to bounce from gym to gym and hurt children all over the country. The newspaper also dropped the major bombshell that the much lauded USA national team doctor had concealed his disgusting true nature and donned an extremely convincing mask that fooled the majority of the gymnastics community. USA Gymnastics has been frustratingly obtuse (at least publicly) about their course of action aside from “we’re putting someone on our payroll to investigate our policies and practices.” It will be interesting to see what, if anything, actually results from this investigation as well as the fall out from the Indy Star investigations.
And to end on a lighter note…
Wolf Turn – Nothing has united the gymnastics community throughout the quad quite like our shared hatred for the wolf turn.
Any other great moments/skills/gymnasts/major fails?