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purpleleomom

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It's sad. Even if they medal, it would not be the same doing so for a country to which they have no ties. Plus the obvious crappiness of displacing the actual Belarussian gymnasts.
 

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Kwan: " yeah its different, obviously it wasn't our first choice, but we just wanted to go out there and compete for a country and get some experience on the world stage"....
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Um, gee...I doubt sitting out and watching a U.S. citizen compete for their home country was the Belarus girls' first choice either...?
 

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Soooo.....did this move pay off for Belarus? Did replacing their own gymnasts with 2 U.S. girls that have no connection to their country accomplish what they wanted? I saw the scores, but don't really understand if that got Belarus what they wanted
 
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Soooo.....did this move pay off for Belarus? Did replacing their own gymnasts with 2 U.S. girls that have no connection to their country accomplish what they wanted? I saw the scores, but don't really understand if that got Belarus what they wanted
I think they definitely qualified to the Rio test event next year where more spots will be earned (top 24 AA of those not on from a country that has a full team at this years worlds go). Someone would have to go through results more carefully, but at quick glance looks like only Lopez, Chuso, the Cubans and maybe a couple more finished ahead of them. I know the spots earned AT the test event next year for O's are nominative(meaning they go only to that specific athlete) but I couldn't find reference to whether the AA spots earned at this years worlds for next years test event are nominative or can be used by any athlete from that country.
 

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Well they have a spot at the test event (51.800), so they can send their current junior champ if they wish (and all will be well with the world). The last country to get a spot was Iceland with a 50.398. Katsiaryna Fiadutsik had a 48 at euro's this year.
 

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Sorry, looked up 2013 Euro results

2015 Euro's
KOSHALEVA Aliaksandra 47.332
YEKIMENKA Anastasiya 46.199
 

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Well they have a spot at the test event (51.800), so they can send their current junior champ if they wish (and all will be well with the world). The last country to get a spot was Iceland with a 50.398. Katsiaryna Fiadutsik had a 48 at euro's this year.
Yep. Also looks like Danusia earned a spot for Jamaica with her results(she actually finished just ahead of the two American/Belsrusians). BUT it looks like the test event is at exactly the same time as NCAA's next year...bummer!
 

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I've not followed the career of the native Belarus girls. Were they weaker than the Americans? Could they have possibly had the same results? If they are weaker, then perhaps the Americans did them justice.
 
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