SCAM: Part Two. If you'll recall, we had the score at 1-1. Wieber took the first event with a clean, tight vault, while Mustafina won uneven bars with a hit, innovative routine.
On to beam. Despite Mustafina having a .3 lead in start value, this wasn't much of a contest. Musty had a couple of sizable errors, while Jordyn hit the routine of her life. Again, I don't see much a debate here, but just for clarity-
The next complaint is inevitably the low chest on her full. To which I say: it's a full. I understand it's a deduction, so by all means, take it. Personally, I love the skill, so a low chest doesn't bother me much. If you're picking your teeth with your knees, ala Shawn Johnson, then maybe. This doesn't seem so bad.
I know a lot of people were wondering what was up when Jordyn downgraded her double pike to the 2.5, but after seeing this meet, I absolutely agree with the decision. Lovely twist, as Jordyn does, and a nice landing. Hey, it worked for Nastia. Maybe easier and cleaner is the way to go.
Just to reiterate, Jordyn nailed the crap out of this set, with nary a wobble. Keep this in mind.
Mustafina, when she hits, can have a decent beam set. It is a rare occasion that she hits her connections, but when she does, they are well worth the wait. What's baffling is that she only seems to pull them out when it absolutely counts. I remember watching world team finals, and thinking to myself
"Oh, it's just Musty. She'll beef her connections, just like she always does..."
Imagine my surprise. Since then, I have accepted that when it counts, Musty will nail the shit out of her connections. She is nothing if not a total baller.
However, the rest of the routine was not so good. She created her own little scale after her double turn, and then helicoptered the crap out of her dismount. Girl needs to ditch her triple full, like yesterday. She needs to twist as little as possible. It's not getting around, it's terrifying, and I fear she will break her ankles on live television.
2-1, Jordyn Wieber.
True to the NBC wet dream, it all came down to the final event.
Why did Jordyn get to go after Aliya? That's kind of scammy, but all the same, Mustafina hit the floor first. Things did not go so well. Despite debuting a new routine, which I happen to like much more than her previous one, Aliya just did not have that confident spark that she always seems to have. The whole routine was flat. A hot topic was her new 3.5. To which I reply: yikes yikes. It was not a pretty skill. I am of the opinion that until you can do the easier skill cleanly, you probably shouldn't upgrade.
Both girls had similar crappy turns. Aliya fell out of her triple, which she usually hits well. It boggles my mind every time someone reports that she is trying to add another turn to her Memmel. Again, master one skill before you move on.
This is where the scandal returns. Mustafina lost her legs a bit, and crashed on her arms during her barani. Obvious fall, right? Not if you're Tim Daggett, who seems to think it "might" be considered a fall. Bitch, it's a fall. The tricky question is, which part fell first? Feet first, and it's just a fall. However, if her hands hit first, which they did, then that negates the skill, leaving Musty without a required pass. That's an additional .5 off of her start score.
The judges gave Aliya the benefit of the doubt, and did not dock her start value.
The final routine belonged to Jordyn Wieber. Despite a shaky start, Jordyn calmed down and nailed her final two passes, scoring well enough to overtake Mustafina, crushing artistry trolls all over the world.
The first two passes were not great. She bounced out of bounds, but despite what Tim Daggett says, with only one foot and not two. The triple was off-kilter, and she took a Khorkina-esque cover up step. As mentioned before, she hopped right out of her turn.
I would like to, again, point out the leaps. THE LEAPS.
The second is a bit cheated, but is there any question as to whether or not they're 180?
Just to be fair.
Regarding the last picture, this proves that one can do a turning leap without T-Rex arms. NASTIA.
People will debate this, but floor obviously goes to Wieber. She didn't fall. She didn't miss a requirement.
Final score: Aliya Mustafina-1. Jordyn Wieber- 3.
In conclusion, despite an American winning in a last minute upset, there was no SCAM this year. If judges threw anyone favors, they were given to the world champion. All she needed to do was not fall, and the title was hers. She failed this mission, so Jordyn swiped it.
For the record, this is the first SCAM in probably ten years that I have watched more than once. Despite it being messy and full of scandal, this meet was super exciting. It's great to have some competition, and to not know who the winner will be a month before the meet.