Olympic Prep Part 3: Mixed Group 2

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Gaelle Mys
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In Mixed Group 2 we have Mexico, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Guatemala.

DISCLAIMER: D scores may change at the Olympics. These are the D-scores that I was able to find for each gymnast.

Watch for! Elsa Garcia making AA final and maybe sneaking into any (but VT) EF.
Gaelle Mys on BB
Ana Sofia Gomez Porras making AA final and maybe making BB EF


Elsa Garcia, Mexico (MEX)
Elsa Garcia was chosen to represent Mexico at the 2012 Olympic Games, beating teammate Ana Lagos for the spot. She placed a disappointing 63rd in Tokyo but had a much better performance at the Test Event to finish in 17th place. Garcia is just an all around beautiful gymnast. She does a very clean 1.5 twisting Yurchenko and also does a Lopez - a round off, 1/2 onto the horse, half off with a 5.2 SV (seen here). Her bar routine has a 1.5 pirouette to piked Jaeger, a Ray (toe-on Tkatchev), and a double front dismount. Garcia recently added a stalder full on the low bar to her routine (seen here). On beam, she has also upgraded to a double Arabian (Patterson) dismount seen here. She has a new floor routine with a double layout, tucked full in, 2.5 twist punch front, and a double arabian to finish. Elsa Garcia would make a very exciting addition to the AA final.

D-score: VT - 5.3, UB - 5.8, BB - 5.6, FX - 5.7 (Tokyo)
Routine: Watch her new floor routine here or below:


Gaelle Mys, Belgium (BEL)
Gaelle Mys was nominated after countrywomen Julie Croket was injured. She was present at 2011 Worlds as well as the 2012 Test Event where Belgium finished 5th, just missing the right to qualify a team to the Olympics. As an individual, Gaelle placed 37th in the All Around.  Mys comes with a lot of experience - she represented Belgium at the 2008 Olympics. She made it to the All Around Finals where she finished in 24th position after some costly mistakes. Mys was also present for the 2012 European Championships where she earned a 14.433 on BB in the team qualifying competition (5.9/8.533).
D-score: VT - 5.0, UB - 5.3, BB - 5.9, FX - 5.2
Routine: Watch her TF BB from the Test Event below (14.3).






Moldir Azimbay, Kazakhstan (KAZ)
Azimbay popped onto the scene in 2010 when she competed at the Youth Olympic Games. She has a very nice "Semenova" turn on floor exercise. Azimbay finished the 2012 Test Event in 64th, one of the last gymnasts to qualify to the 2012 Olympic Games. She vaults a Yurchenko straight (no twisting).

D-score: VT - 4.4, UB - 5.3, BB - 5.2, FX - 4.8
Routine: Watch her FX below from the 2011 Voronoin Cup.



Goksu Uctas, Turkey (TUR)
Uctas placed 53rd at the Test Event. Although her difficulty isn't too high, she has lovely lines and is well worth the watch. On beam, she performs a back handspring layout and shows nice extension in her leaps. Her FX, which leaves a little to be desired in the choreography, has the highest difficulty for Uctas.

D-score: VT - 5.0, UB - 3.2, BB - 4.9, FX - 5.1
Routine: Watch her FX from the Test Event:



Ana Sofia Gomez Porras, Guatemala (GUA)
Ana Sofia Gomez Porras, and whichever Mexican gymnast is chosen, will most likely have the highest all around placement of any of the gymnasts in this group and a good chance of making AA finals. At the test event, she placed, 14th (there were only 3 gymnasts ahead of her when you take out the gymnasts who's teams have earned an Olympic berth). At 2011 Worlds, she had a few errors and ended up 50th in the AA. I remember her from the 2011 Pan American Games. Gomez qualified to the all around final in 1st place. She couldn't hold on to the lead and came in 2nd to Bridgette Caquatto. Her shining moment was the beam final where she finally came out on top. She has a back handspring tuck full, and a front aerial - back tuck in her routine and dismounts with a 2.5 twist. If she stays on the beam, maybe she can make event finals at the Olympics. Watch the performance below.

Ana was also part of the Thank you Mom campaign by P&G. Check her story out here (in Spanish).
D-score: VT - 5.8, UB - 5.6, BB - 6.1, FX - 5.7
Routine: Watch Ana Gomez's gold medal winning BB routine from the 2011 Pan Am Games. (6.0/8.175=14.175)



Check out the others in the series here:
Mixed Group 8 - Laura Svilpaite (LTU), Heem Wei Lim (SIN), Maria Paula Vargas (ESP), Ralitsa Mileva (BUL), Sherine Ahmed El Zeiny (EGY)

Mixed Group 7 - Barbara Gasser (AUT), Jessica Gil Ortiz (COL), Nastassia Marachkouskaya (BLR), Jessica Lopez (VEN), Luiza Galiulina (UZB)

Mixed Group 6 - Jonna Adlerteg (SWE), Vasiliki Millousi (GRE), Valeria Pereyra (ARG), Annika Urvikko (FIN), Heo Seon Mi (KOR)

Mixed Group 5 - Phan Thi Ha Thanh (VIE), Sasa Golob (SLO), Celine Van Gerner (NED), Simona Castro Lazo (CHI), Salma Mahmoud El Said Mohamed (EGY)

Mixed Group 4 - Do Thi Ngan Thuong (VIE), Nataliya Kononenko (UKR), Zoi Mafalda Marques de Lima (POR), Valeriia Maksyuta (ISR)

Mixed Group 3 - Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL), Tina Erceg (CRO), Giulia Steingruber (SUI), Lorena Quinones Moreno (PUR), Maria Homolova (SVK)

Mixed Group 2 - Elsa Garcia (MEX), Julie Croket Gaelle Mys (BEL), Moldir Azimbay (KAZ), Goksu Uctas (TUR), Ana Sofia Gomez Porras (GUA)

Mixed Group 1 - Kristyna Palesova (CZE), Yamilet Pena Abreu (DOM), Hiu Ying Angel Wong (HKG), Dorina Boczogo (HUN)

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