WEG – Squad 1st Freestyle Round – Results and Highlights

I RECOMEND NOT READING THE FOLLOWING POST IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF HEART DESEASE.

So, if yesterday I said the compulsories were uneventful, today, on the contrary, a lot have happenned during the first freestyle presentation for the squads. We had several falls today and lots of teams had trouble with their routines.

THE DAY BRAZIL (ALMOST) HAD AN “AWESOME COMEBACK”

Brazil managed to show us a great freestyle. With good transitions but not so good tripples. But they did hit the high score of 7,466, which gave the team a great deal of chances of going through to the finals, despite their terrible compulsory performance yesterday. They just had to count with a bit of chance. It would be a great comeback for a team who wasn’t breathing anymore.

And that strategy, of trying to be lucky, almost worked:

– Colombia, Australia and Argentina had trouble today and came after Brazil in the final count.

– The russians couldn’t recover from yesterday’s compulsories and also fell behind.

But it still wasn’t enough.

The brazilians then met something they didn’t expect: The USA team fell off, resulting in an empty horse, and suffered a 2 point deduction. Automatically falling behind.

But at the very end, after everything was done and the USA, who, at the time, was in 13th place, had already thrown in the towell and packed up their bags, the judges realized that the deduction  was inaccurately applied and, after the correction of the mistake, the United States of America was back in the game, in 10th place, leaving Brazil out of the finals for the first time since 2002.

Great pitty for Brazil, but well deserved, since the USA had almost a perfect freestyle, if it wasn’t for that little fall, out of nowhere. And, apart from the freestyle today, Brazil didn’t do a great job this year.

 

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Thanks again Andrea Fuchschumer for letting us use your pictures. Here you have the team from Switzerland.

THE BIG GUYS AND THE ALMOST PERFECT SWISS TEAM

When Germany came up for their Muse freestyle we new it was gonna be perfect. They had horse problems in a few of their presentations this year, but Dalia was looking good and calm today.

Austria was on the lead yesterday after the compulsory test, but they simply couldn’t stick their freestyle today, all the doubles were looking good, but they didn’t manage to finish the tripples, costing them the leadership and putting the medal positions at risk. But they were very lucky, because Italy had already gone bad and USA almost didn’t make it today. Well, austrian freestyle was enough to overcome France so they still held the third place, but I am looking foward to watching them hit these tripples on friday.

Right after the short break, the Lütisburg girls came in and rocked down the house, tearing everything to pieces. They did an AMAZING job with their freestyle. It seems like when these girls get it right, you can’t even breathe, they have so much energy and put you in an emense flow of perfection and calm.

 

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Austrian team, who didn’t do such a good work today.

HIGH POINTS OF THE MORNING:

  • South Africa had the brilliant idea to vault to the sound of Nelson Mandela, with their costumes representing the rainbow nation.
  • Lütisburg is just beautiful.
  • Russia did a great routine inspired by russian dances.
  • USA’s flyers are so cute. And their freestyle is so cute. Oh they are just a cute team. s2
  • Canada took us all to wonderland with their fairy tale freestyle.
  • New Zealand got us all dancing to the sound of lorde and an almost perfect freestyle.

 

And the final results:

1 Germany – 8,390
2 Switzerland – 8,371
3 Austria – 7,907
4 France – 7,804
5 Sweden – 7,508
6 Italy – 7,116
7 New Zealand – 6,920
8 South Africa – 6,901
9 Canada – 6,788
10 USA – 6,850
11 Hungary – 6,704
12 Czech Republic – 6,702

13 Brazil – 6,672
14 Colombia – 6,337
15 Russia – 6,320
16 Australia – 5,446
17 Argentina – 5,309

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And the team from Germany, who, in my opinion, has the strongest freestyle.

 

cebelotti

I am a 26 years old psychologist from Brazil, although I have graduated in psychology I work with media and communications, with a focus on data analysis. I am currently heading towards a master's degree at the London School of Economics (LSE). I am not vaulting anymore, but I did for over 10 years. As it very often happens in our sport, I never really left, I taught at a social project for a few years and have been working on VN since 2014.

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