With Komova on the shelf, the United States becomes an even bigger favorite to retain the Olympic gold medal in the team event. Russia will have to rely on Aliya Mustafina , the 2012 all-around bronze medalist and 2010 World Champion. Mustafina sat out last year's World Championship with an injury of her own, but she did pick up two golds at the 2016 European Championship. Ksenia Afanasyeva will be returning for her third Olympics and recently won bronze on the vault at the European Championships, but she is recovering from an injury of her own. Maria Paseka , the third gymnast that has already been named to the team, sat out the European Championships with an injury.
-It started out not completely disastrous, just sort of meh. Floor was OK, no major errors, just uninspiring (and I thought a little harshly scored). Vault was perfectly fine. And then bars was even worse than last year. Somehow. Jurca hit, and then the covered wagon fell into the gully, and everyone drowned while getting dysentery and losing all the cattle and children. It was very “How many times, Alyssa?” How many times, Romania? Even beam was wobbly and emotionally scarring, featuring yet another fall from Iordache. The rest of the world is too good right now for Romania to have one event be that weak. This will continue to happen, though the Romanians will still be a favorite to get out of the test event. They just need to cut up some old mats and wrap them around Ponor, resurrect Izbasa, commission Interpol to find Ana Porgras, and hurl Nadia into a time machine. It’ll be fine.
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