By Jessica Taylor Price
The men’s team final was… quite the nailbiter. Luckily for us gymnerds, we have the women’s team final to look forward to, and that won’t be stressful at all, nope.😂
Here’s what’s been happening in Doha:
Feature Photo by Grace Chiu
China for the win
China won the team final by an incredible 0.049-point margin, with the help of Zou Jingyuan’s near-perfect parallel bars routine, which scored a whopping 16.2. Congrats, Team China!
Check out Zou Jingyuan's extraordinary Parallel Bars routine for which he scored a huge 16.200 – en-route to helping CHN 🇨🇳 win the Men's Team 🥇 @DohaGym2018
& qualify for @Tokyo2020 #Tokyo2020 #DohaGym2018 #Gymnastics #GoGymtastic pic.twitter.com/MHpZnU1yyh
— FIG (@gymnastics) October 29, 2018
USA Gymnastics decided to help out those of us with day jobs by providing a template for a “please excuse” note for Worlds viewing. I don’t think it would convince my boss, but the effort is appreciated!
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) October 29, 2018
Japan earned the bronze with an injured King Kohei at the helm, but what’s most important is that they took the time out of their busy schedule to take a group selfie.
Kenzo 😂💕 pic.twitter.com/7PsC42cnZM
— 🌹 (@russiangymstan) October 29, 2018
Vasiliki is retiring
Three-time Olympian and beam queen Vasiliki Millousi of Greece announced her retirement from gymnastics and the over-30-and-still-flipping club. Best of luck to Vasiliki in her future adventures!
Η EOE θέλει να ευχαριστήσει την εκπληκτική πρωταθλήτρια μας Βασιλική Μιλλούση που αποσύρεται από την ενεργό δράση, για όλα όσα πρόσφερε στον ελληνικό αθλητισμό στη σπουδαία καριέρα της. Είμαστε σίγουροι ότι και ως μέλος της ΕΟΕ θα συνεχίσει τη μεγάλη της προσφορά στη χώρα μας! pic.twitter.com/i16aGo8bxX
— Ηellenic Olympic (@HellenicOlympic) October 29, 2018
Team USA came in fourth
The men of Team USA finished in a respectable fourth place after a less-than-perfect day. They did win the gold for loudest, most encouraging team, though.
— FloGymnastics (@FloGymnastics) October 29, 2018
Makeup must be “modest”
Celine van Gerner revealed on Twitter that the FIG will no longer allow face painting or theatrical characters in floor routines. On the plus side, that means van Gerner will always be unique for her cat routine, right?
Just came in from Doha. I’m honored to be the FIRST, LAST and ONLY ONE in history who went out on stage in full character! Feeling blessed ☺️🤩 #history #firstlastonlyone #gymnastics @DutchGymnastics pic.twitter.com/6I61UXKZnh
— Céline van Gerner (@celinevangerner) October 29, 2018
Russia barely missed gold
Russia had a heartbreaking finish, coming in second to China by the narrowest of margins (and despite these incredible vaults). The good news? Melnikova is still a fan.
Morgan stans a legend
Speaking of the ladies of Team Russia, Morgan Hurd and Tom Forster were both starstruck when they met our queen Aliya Mustafina today, as they darn well should be. #Respect
— haunting hurd (@morgihurd) October 29, 2018
Daniela Silivas, Svetlana Khorkina, Alexei Nemov, and Svetlana Boginskaya were all in the same room at one time, and the universe somehow handled it.
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