The Red Rocks looked in stunning form on all apparatuses in three recent training videos.
On vault, sophomore Kim Tessen made her first training-video appearance since tearing her Achilles last January, showing off a strong one-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko. Sophomore MyKayla Skinner also impressed with an almost stuck double-twisting Yurchenko. Skinner competed the DTY all season long last year, but she never stuck one, missing out on a perfect 10.0. Will this be the year?
On the uneven bars, freshman Sydney Soloski impressed with a beautiful Ray, while senior Tiffani Lewis showed off a very laid out double layout dismount. Both elements had plenty of amplitude and style. On bars, we were also blessed with footage of MyKayla Skinner’s new full routine. Skinner still competes a Maloney to shoot-over to the low bar and a toe-on toe-off cast to handstands to a full-twisting double back dismount, but she has also added an impressive Tkatchev before her dismount combination. The upgrade is very impressive, and her form too – she has improved so much since her elite days, who would have thought?!
On balance beam, the gymnasts showed off their combination series. Senior Maddy Stover and junior Shannon McNatt presented a free-walkover into back-handspring step-out; MyKayla Skinner and sophomore Missy Reinstadtler competed a back-handspring step-out into layout step-out; and MaKenna Merrell-Giles showed off her triple series, two back-handspring step-outs into layout step-out.
Finally, on floor exercise the gymnasts presented their middle passes, which are an imaginative variety of twisting elements for all of them. Junior Macey Roberts competed a front layout into a one-and-a-half twist (Rudi). Tiffani Lewis went for a front layout into front full twist. Missy Reinstadtler presented a one-and-a-half twist into front layout. MyKayla Skinner, just because she is MyKayla Skinner, presented most twists of all, a one-and-a-half twist indirectly linked to a double twist. Junior Kari Lee was back on floor and competed a double twist into back layout step-out. Finally, MaKenna Merrell-Giles impressed again with yet another new triple series, a one-and-a-half twist into front layout into front pike.
Utah is starting its 2018 season on 5 January, at home, against Brigham Young.
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Article by Talitha Ilacqua