beam on her standing Arabian. Bross had
refused to leave the apparatus without putting up
a fight, however, grabbing the beam and even
doing a handstand in desperation. It was Bross
versus the beam, but gravity came out ahead.
Bross was even more tenacious on floor exercise. With an injured leg and little hope for the
gold, she could be forgiven for a half-hearted
effort. Showing herself to be every bit as fierce
as Mustafina, Bross performed the best routine
of her life for the highest floor score in
Rotterdam ( 15.233).
Bross fought through the end, no doubt drawing on words of wisdom from coach Valeri
Liukin, who had competed in Rotterdam 23
years earlier with his own injured leg. In the
1987 team final, Liukin had to be carried off the
podium after standing up his triple back off high
“I’m happy with third place and I’m upset with
Romania’s Ana Porgras (above) placed fifth, using a simple Yurchenko-full, while Russia’s Tatiana Nabiyeva (shown at left in prelims) fell from beam and wound up seventh.
my mistake on beam,” Bross said. “It’s like any
other competition—I just need to go back and
work hard. I’m looking forward to what comes
next. …I don’t watch the other gymnasts, but I’m
happy for Mustafina that she won. She’s a beau-
Third after three events, China’s Huang lost
the bronze after landing completely out of
bounds on floor exercise on her 21⁄2 twist, layout
front-full mount (. 50 deduction). She also broke
form on uneven bars on her 11⁄2 pirouette from
elgrip, but otherwise performed solidly in her
first major all-around final.
Porgras was fifth with only a simple
Yurchenko-full on vault, but she competed
impressively elsewhere. Six months after break-ing her ankle, she was unbeatable on beam again
for the third straight meet in Rotterdam.
Australia’s Lauren Mitchell was sixth with a
weak routine on uneven bars, but she had little
time to prepare because of various injuries earlier in the year.
Russia’s Tatiana Nabiyeva, seventh, had an
ugly fall off balance beam on her two-foot layout,
and then completely phoned in her floor routine.
Switzerland’s Ariella Käslin matched her finish
from 2009 with eighth place, ahead of tiny
Romanian Raluca Haidu.
Olympian Jessica Lopez was 10th after stick-
ing her new double-twisting Yurchenko, the best
result ever for Venezuela.