All I want for Christmas is for the Olympic Games to hurry up and arrive. No, wait, there's more:
1. All I want for Christmas is to see roll out skills banned on floor. That might not happen this Christmas. But next Christmas, as the 2013-2016 code of points comes out, if not banned completely I'd like to see roll outs at the same level of difficulty as, say, cartwheels. Nobody's going to literally risk their necks for an A skill.
2. Health, wealth and happiness to elite gymnasts. Health to Aliya Mustafina, Rebecca Bross, Alicia Sacramone, Sandra Izbasa and others who were injured this year and were sorely missed at the World Championships. Wealth in the form of the FIG fully funding the bonus prize (100,000 Swiss Francs) for the World Cup series, as it indicated it would this year before backtracking in November. Happiness to everyone who participates in elite gymnastics, which nobody ever said was easy.
3. Consistency for the Chinese women. It's been a long time coming.
4. Fluidity for the Chinese men. They have the skills. They only need a little more elegance.
5. An Olympic medal for Ukraine. Men's or women's. A country with such beautiful gymnastics needs and deserves a heavy Olympic souvenir.
6. Another chance for Great Britain. The British men looked good enough to medal in training at the World Championships, but the wheels came off once the competition started. They have two chances for redemption in London, beginning with next month's Test Event.
7. Another chance for Epke Zonderland on high bar. The Dutchman's Cassina-Kolman combination is breathtaking, but at this year's World Championships he messed up the easiest element in his routine. Fortunately it wasn't the Olympic show, just a preview.
Epke Zonderland on high bar at the 2011 World Championships:
8. Russian readiness. Because their style is beautiful and feistiness refreshing. And because fans want to see a really good Olympic team matchup with the U.S. women, Chinese and Romanians in London.
9. More recognition of elegance and originality. I don't just mean more perks like The Longines Prize for Elegance (though it's a nice award and a very nice watch!) but actual recognition in the code. Perhaps a more tangible bonus for exceptional routines would make a difference.
10. Seven person Olympic teams would be amazing. Sadly, many exceptional athletes will stay home in 2012 because of the five-per-country team rule.
What are your wishes?
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