After intense winter conditioning, the Chinese women have been hard at work upgrading their routine difficulty. Each athlete presented new elements in front of coaches and judges in a recent skill verification at the National Training Center in Beijing.
Although footage doesn’t show every gymnast, it does highlight upgrades from notable Olympic hopefuls.
2019 Junior World Championship stars, Ou Yushan and Guan Chenchen both showed off their new double-doubles (Silivas) during floor verification.
2019 World Championship team member, Qi Qi, upgraded both of her vaults, presenting an Amanar-Cheng duo reminiscent of former Chinese vaulting star Cheng Fei.
Newcomer Wei Xiaoyuan verified a new triple-full immediate punch front in addition to a full-twisting double layout dismount off bars.
2019 Asian Championships gold medalist, Zhou Ruiyu, showed off a new DTY on vault.
Among those who showed off brand new routines was 2018 World Champion, Liu Tingting
“Basically right now I’m doing better than average. I’m doing full routines, the first time I verified my routine I fell, the second time was good and I was very happy. I also added 0.2 difficulty to my beam routine.” When asked about winter training, she responded routine execution and consistency were her main focus, “Basically I didn’t really increase overall difficulty because I wanted to focus on execution and consistency.”
Unable to attend the verification camp in-person due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, head coach Liang Qiao watched the verification live through his cell phone back in the United States. “Because of the virus, the Olympics have been postponed by one year. This is the first test to show off new, difficult skills for the women’s team. Through testing, we have seen a lot of positive things. We have done a lot of training and practiced basics while also including very difficult skills. In this year’s short time we noticed a lot of improvement, therefore we have lots of hope for next year’s domestic and international competitions.”