Favorite Moments of 2017 – #1
After a dramatic and disappointing 2016 in which Romania failed to qualify a team for the Rio Olympics and walked away empty handed, Catalina Ponor wins her fifth European title on the balance beam in front of the home crowd in Cluj-Napoca. Ponor performed a difficult and beautifully executed routine to score a 14.566 and was emotional as gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci awarded her the gold medal (x).
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #2
With a score of 55.232, fan favorite Morgan Hurd becomes the 2017 World All Around Champion. Hurd was not even an all around medalist at the U.S. National Championships a few months ago and qualified for this final in 6th place, but she confidently hit four solid routines in finals to claim the gold. An American has won the World all around title every single year since 2011.
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #3
The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships were heartbreaking for many gymnasts (and their fans) as injuries and mistakes kept many from achieving their goals. Amid all the injuries and sadness, gymnasts from around the world, both those who competed and those who did not, showed solidarity, sportsmanship, and friendship. Above are just some of the displays of international friendship and support from Montreal.
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #4
With a score of 14.766, China’s Liu Tingting wins gold on balance beam at the Melbourne World Cup. Liu was rewarded for her beautiful form and flexibility with an execution score of 8.766, which was the highest in the final. Although she was unable to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics because of injuries, Liu proved here that she could still challenge the world’s best – in fact, she beat the reigning Olympic Balance Beam Champion, Sanne Wevers, with this routine (x).
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #5
Olympic silver medalist and World Champion Viktoria Komova makes her comeback to elite gymnastics at the 2017 Voronin Cup. Komova is known for her impeccable form, beautiful lines, flexibility, and toe-point. Due to injuries, Komova was unable to make it to the Rio 2016 Olympics, but many fans hope that she will be able to hold on for another quad and make it to Tokyo 2020.
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #6
With a score of 15.100, Russia’s Elena Eremina becomes the World silver medalist on uneven bars. Eremina, a first year senior, had spectacular routines in both qualifications and the All Around final (where she won the bronze), but performed her best in the event final. Perhaps the most impressive part of Eremina’s routine is her sky-high Nabieva (x).
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #7
With a score of 15.150, Kara Eaker becomes the U.S. Junior National Champion on balance beam. Eaker’s difficulty score of 5.9 was one of the highest in the junior division, and her execution score of 9.250, although boosted through home scoring, was a reflection of her close to perfect routine. Eaker will turn senior in 2018 and will definitely be one to watch throughout the year (x).
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #8
With a score of 55.765, Great Britain’s Ellie Downie becomes the European All-Around Champion. She especially excelled on her best events, vault and floor exercise, where her program included a solid DTY and an impressive Silivas. Downie burst into tears as she realized that she had won her first senior European title and she went on to win three more medals in event finals.
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #9
At the beginning of the year, Jade Carey was still competing as a Level 10 gymnast. In July at the U.S. Classic, she stunned the gymnastics community as she showed extreme difficulty on vault and floor exercise. Just a few months after making her elite debut, Carey was named to the U.S. World Championships team and won two silver medals on vault and floor. Carey is known for getting amazing height on her tumbling and her Silivas is among the world’s best.
Favorite Moments of 2017 – #10
After a disappointing qualifications round where she failed to qualify for the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam finals, Russia’s Angelina Melnikova becomes the European Champion on floor exercise with a score of 14.200. Melnikova tumbled a double arabian, double layout, piked fill-in and double pike to win Russia’s only gold medal on the women’s side at these championships (x).