2015 Open Massilia Recap

The lovely Juliette Bossu, who won our hearts with her playful floor routine during EYOF, earned the All Around title of the Open Massilia after showing strong routines on all four events. She received her highest score of the day on vault, where she earned a 14.033 for her clean full twisting yurchenko. She was also impressive on the uneven bars, where she showed lovely lines and fluid swing. Her jaeger was HUGE and her double front dismount was absolutely beautiful, so I think she has some great potential on this event. She just needs to tighten up a little bit. Her only mishap of the day came on balance beam, where she had to take a couple of big steps after her double tuck dismount. She certainly needs to work on her ring leaps, but her back handspring + layout step out and her side aerial were absolutely lovely. Her floor routine was one of the highlights of the competition. I definitely miss her old routine, but her new choreography is very elegant and mature and she still performs her two whips + triple twist combination, as well as 2.5 twists into a front tuck and a high double pike. She almost sat her front tuck down, but she somehow managed to save it, so she can definitely break 14 on floor with a clean routine. France is a bit weak on floor, so they could definitely use an exercise like hers in the line up and Juliette, who turns senior in 2016, is certainly an athlete who could challenge for a spot in major teams.

Lorette Charpy, who was born in 2001 and is therefore not eligible for Rio, was about half a point behind Juliette. She almost stuck her full twisting yurchenko on vault, but she barely got any height or distance and her chest was very low when she landed so she only scored a 13.1 on this event. However, she made up for it on the uneven bars, where she was the only athlete of the competition to score above 14. She got huge flight during her maloney + pak combination, she caught her van leeuwen, she performed a lovely piked jaeger and she dismounted with a stuck double layout. She also impressed on balance beam, where she performed difficult elements like a split jump + front aerial, a side aerial, an onodi and a double pike dismount. Some of her leaps and jumps were a bit short and it looks like she missed a couple of connections but she is certainly promising on this event. She only managed a 12.933 on floor, but she has improved a lot. Her double tuck was out of controlled and she stepped out of bounds, giving away valuable tenths, but she started her routine with a fabulous stuck double front and she nailed her double pike dismount, while also showing some interesting choreography. Lorette is only 14 years old, so she has plenty of team to work on her weaknesses and I’m very excited to see what she can do from now on.

Coline Devillard, who is another Rio eligible junior, won the bronze medal with a 53.533. She posted two of the highest scores of the day on both vault and beam, but she unfortunately struggled on bars and floor, scoring only in the 12s. On vault, she performed a double twisting yurchenko. It was low and she took a big step on the landing, but it certainly is a skill that team France could use. The uneven bars are certainly her weakest event, and even though she performed a high jaeger, she had several short handstands and legs separation before dismounting with a fairly low double layout. However, she made up for this on her next event. Her beam routine, which included a switch leap + johnson combination, a back handspring into two layout step outs and a stuck double pike dismount done in combination was absolutely fantastic. She showed lovely flexibility during her leaps and she only had minor wobbles, despite performing very difficult elements. Unfortunately, she wasn’t equally impressive on floor, where she stepped out of bounds during her tucked full in and she put her hands down after her piked full in. Her stuck double tuck and her choreography at the end of her routine were fabulous though. Coline has a lots of cleaning up to do, but she has an impressive level of difficulty. The French team could certainly use a double twisting yurchenko on vault and a strong floor routine so she could be part of the discussion if she improves her execution and her consistency.

The alternate of the worlds team, Camille Bahl finished outside of the podium after several mistakes. She posted the highest score of the day on her best event, the vault, where she performs a strong double twisting yurchenko, but she struggled on the three remaining events. She missed most of her handstands on bars, she fell on her back handsprings + layout on beam, where she also almost landed her double pike dismount on her knees and she had messy landings on floor exercise. It’s important to note that Camille had a long season and she was much more tired than her junior teammates. She did not compete at Glasgow, but she did train with the rest of her team and she has participated in lots of competitions during the year, including the European championships, so we can all understand why she made those mistakes. Hopefully, she will get a well deserved rest before the new competition season starts.

The top 5 was completed by Oreane Lechenault, who had an unfortunate moment on balance beam, where she fell on a simple full turn. The rest of her routine, which included a front aerial + sheep jump, an onodi into her jump series, a switch half into a back tuck and a double pike dismount was very well performed so it was really disappointing to see her having a mistake on the easiest skill of her exercise. However, she showed nice work on the uneven bars, where she performed a maloney + pak, a van leeuwen, a jaeger and a double front dismount to post the second highest score of the day on the event. She was also third on vault, where she posted a solid 14.1 for her full twisting yurchenko. The event where she stood out the most to me was floor exercise. Her opening double layout was a tiny bit piked and I think it got downgraded and this killed her start value, but her double tuck and her double pike were high and well controlled and she showed plenty of personality through her interesting and unique choreography.

The tiny Alisson Lapp was particularly impressive on balance beam, where she showed lovely extension and toe point as well as world class difficulty. Her routine included two back handsprings into a layout step out, a switch ring, a side aerial into a split jump and a nearly stuck 2.5 dismount. She earned the highest score of the day for her routine. Her bars set is still very easy so she did not receive a competitive score there but her full twisting yurchenko was lovely. She won’t turn senior until 2018 so she has plenty of time to upgrade.

Alison Lapin showed a shaky but promising beam set, which included a gainer back handspring + back handspring + layout step out combination, an onodi, a switch half, a switch leap + johnson combination and a double pike dismount. She is also a promising uneven bars worker. Her routine didn’t go as planned yesterday, and she had one fall and several form breaks, but she showed impressive skills like a Komova 2, a Galante, an inbar half into an endo half and a full in dismount. She has tons of cleaning up to do, but this could turn into a nice bars set in a couple of years. She turns senior next year and I’m not sure if she’ll be ready to compete but I definitely hope she sticks around during the next quad.

Morgane Osyssek only finished 12th in the All Around after a rough bars routine, but she posted the third highest score of the day on balance beam, where she showed an excellent round of + layout opening combination, a switch half and a powerful double pike dismount.

I was also very impressed by Quebec’s Laurie-Lou Vezina, who performed a side aerial into a layout step out, a double turn, a switch leap + sheep jump and a switch ring on balance beam. She had quite a few wobbles on in there and she didn’t get her double spin all the way around but she certainly is a great beam worker in the making.

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photo credit: Michael Matz

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