U.S. Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price won her first major international all-around title Saturday at the Stuttgart World Cup in Germany, defeating European Olympians Elisabeth Seitz and Giulia Steingruber.
Frankly, in the brightness cast by the Fierce Five all summer and fall, I’d forgotten just how good a gymnast Price is. But one look at the calm, clean and tightly executed standing full off the top of her beam routine — or her Amanar vault, which is perhaps second best in the world after McKayla Maroney’s, to say nothing of her double double tuck and double layout on floor — is all that’s needed to be reminded.
Home crowd favorite Seitz did very well also, charming the crowd with her floor routine and looking in shape on all other events on her way to the silver medal. Switzerland’s Steingruber, who vaults a Rudi (6.3 D-score) probably had the best chance of catching Price were the Pennsylvanian to make a mistake, but it was Steingruber who had a few slips here and there (notably a fall on her bhs, layout combo on beam) to finish in bronze medal position.
Germany’s Kim Bui was fourth, followed by Vanessa Ferrari of Italy (rough day, falling on her new double front dismount on bars) and Britain’s Rebecca Tunney, who is now brunette and moving with more and more maturity compared to the beginning of the year. Russia’s Kristina Goryunova was seventh, followed by Britain’s Niamh Rippin.
The Japanese men (Kenya Kobayashi, Kohei Kameyama, Yusuke Saito and Koji Uematsu) held their lead from the qualification round to top the field in the men’s team competition, which took place after the women’s all-around. Russia’s veteran-laden team (double Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ablyazin, Andrey Cherkasov, Nikita Ignatyev and Aleksandr Balandin) finished second after a much stronger day two performance.
Great Britain (Daniel Keatings, Sam Oldham, Frank Baines and Theo Seager) finished third, less than 0.4 behind Russia, mainly because Ablyazin and Ignatyev went 16-plus on vault.
The Stuttgart World Cup concludes Sunday with the men’s all-around final and women’s team final.
Results: DTB World Cup website
Video: Rodolfo Ramos on Youtube
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