4:47—

And, I’m going to close out on Miss Russia II. She’s in first place and I expect her to stay there or at least close to there.

It’s been real! :D


4:27—

Miss Russia II, aka Khorkina II, had two noticeable mistakes with her ribbon routine.

She’s serving disapproval in herself and I’m here for it.


4:16—

Drunk baby’s mother is finally back, so I can devote some time to liveblogging the rest of this.

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3:42—

Melitina!

Her ribbon routine was good, but I still think her hoop routine was the best.


3:23pm—

We’re back! Rotation 4! Let’s get it done!


3:21—

And, I lost my feed!


3:09—

Oh, no! Miss Russia II dropped her club. Such a shame. This was the best routine and costume of the entire day, so far.

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3:04—

Miss Cape Verde is me. Miss Cape Verde is you. I love that the crowd is supporting her, for real.

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2:59—

This girl just danced to Prince’s “Kiss” wearing purple and the lady commentator is complaining about song choice.

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I would give this girl an extra 5 points for knowing her musical history!


2:51—

Is Russia I (Yana) the Khorkina of this side of gymnastics? I’m going to stereotype her the Khorkina. She’s fighting to get that gold.

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2:43—

I notice that everyone has their flag sewn into their costumes. I’m assuming this is required. Interesting.

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2:28—

Miss Spain came with her clubs and she conquered. That was a really strong routine or at least looked like one.

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2:17—

I don’t know why, but I’ve really latched on to Shang. She’s probably one of my faves thus far. Her routines have been fun. Also, I think we would make good friends.

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Go Shang and Melita!


2:14—

IMPORTANT: WE HAVE REACHED THE RIBBON PORTION OF THIS COMPETITION!

some people are also using clubs, no one cares

RIBBONS!


2:13—

I missed Melitina (Melita according to Google) messing around with this baby. Booo!

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2:09 —

We’re back! Because Rhythmic Gymnastics NEVER ends.

Nephew Update: My nephew will NOT go to sleep. He is literally sleep drunk, stumbling around this place refusing a proper nap.

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Let me tell you, if I could take a nap right now, I would. I can take a nap anywhere. Really, these babies don’t know what they are missing.


12:35—

On second thought, I’m going to read PortraitofMmeX’s excellent post on rhythmic gymnastics and try to do this again for finals or team. :D

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12:30pm-

Oh, thank God! There’s only two rotations on day 1.

Okay, I just cannot, y’all. I can’t. The first 50 routines were sooo pretty. I can’t take 50 more.

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Maybe I’ll do this again for the finals if I have time. lol

Thanks for hanging out.


12:04—

Okay, I’m taking a break and will rejoin during rotation 4. Ya’ll can’t hold me to live blogging this whole thing. I didn’t know what I was getting into!!

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11:44—

Hahaha! Commentators finally call an audience out for clapping off beat.

Don’t clap if you can’t find the beat!


11:38—

Miss Ukraine’s purple outfit (rotation 2)... yes? I’m thinking yes. Up close? Sort of a mess. On the floor? Amazing.

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11:30—

Miss Korea representing for AKAs with all this pink and green. It looks good on the floor, I think.

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I don’t know which soror’s colors are blue and white, but Miss Spain has a lovely leo-dress right now.

Figure skating needs to take some fashion lessons from rhythmic.


11:26—

This is a long competition. I can’t imagine 4 rotations of floor exercise for each competitor in artistic gymnastics. This is crazy long. lol

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11:12—

Okay, but Melita has the BEST splits and leaps. She’s pushing past 180 on all of them.

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I’m stick with her for the medals. I don’t care if she just dropped the ball. I really do like her the best.


11:08—

Okay, but for real, I want to know what kind of training it takes for these women to basically be one with the hoop/ball? It’s gotta be like some Karate Kid type stuff. They just have so much control and trust, knowing exactly where the apparatus is supposed to be.

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It’s really amazing.


11:05—

This competition needs more Simone Biles.


10:53—

In the competition between my nephew and this live blog, my nephew is winning.

In the actual Olympic Qualifications, the scores so far are as follows:

1. Miss Russia II

2. Miss Russia I & Melita

4. Miss Korea


10:42—

Baby Break!


10:39—

You tried Miss Cape Verde. Keep on keeping on, girl.

Miss Russia II is going into the lead. I’m calling it.


10:37—

I’m rooting for you Miss Cape Verde! You got flexibility and brown paneling that matches your skin color. You on point, girl!

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10:33—

I’m starting to get bored with all these slow songs. This is Brazil! Y’all couldn’t come correct with some samba, some salsa, some something?!?

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Ugh!


10:31—

OMG, my nephew keeps waving at the women when they sit in the kiss and cry area.

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Fresh! I’m gonna tell his momma.


10:29—

Miss Austria just did the coolest move. I don’t know how to describe it, but she was on the ground and sort of back rolled around the ball.

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Nice.


10:27—

Miss Japan’s toe point is SEVERE.


10:24—

Is every Eastern European nation up in this piece. Rhythmic must be really popular in the former Soviet territories.

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10:22—

Melita is safe somehow!

I don’t understand what the heck is going on.


10:20—

Miss Russia out here with gold skin, gold costume, and a gold hoop.

Oh, Melita! I think she just snatched all the medals.

Miss Russia performing like she’s doing this in her sleep.


10:13—

Unbelievable. My nephew expects me to actually take care of him.

Baby break while I wait for some Russians to get out here.


10:08—

NOOO! Miss Ukraine is beating Melita! PROTEST!


10:06—

Okay, Miss Ukraine. You tried to come for my girl Melita, but nope. Your footsie came off. That’s 5 points deduction!

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10:02am —

I’ve decided that there is an optimal height for rhythmic gymnasts. If you’re too tall, you look a little clunky. If you’re too short, you don’t have a long line.

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5'5.5 is likely the perfect height. Is that Melita’s height? It probably is.


9:56am—

Did I mention I’m also watching my 9 month old nephew while I do this? I’m fully committed to this live blog!

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9:55am—

Miss Korea is full of sparkles!


9:52am—

Was Romania a little sloppy with her hoop? Didn’t seem like she had control of it like Melita.

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I’m comparing everyone to Melita.


9:49am—

See, I thought Shang was pretty close to Melita, but Shang is in 7th place. I don’t get it.

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9:47am —

Is it a requirement that all the women be pretty? Because they are all very pretty.

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9:41am—

Even though I have no idea how they judge this sport, you can tell some people are better than others. Some people seem to be more flexible and a bit faster with their routines.

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Melita is killing all your faves, right now.


9:38am—

This Melita Stanuta is GOOD. Her leaps are AMAZING! Wow.

I’m picking her to win. Definitely not going to change my mind.

A+++


9:34— Just realized that everything I know about rhythmic gymnastics is courtesy of my Get in Shape, Girl! ribbon set.


9:28am— I know eff all about rhythmic gymnastics so you should expect my level of commentary to include the words pretty, gorgeous, flexible, and wow.

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9:27am—

Just watched Laura Zeng of the USA. Her outfit is so gorgeous from far away. She is also very flexible.

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It’s already started and I’m late!