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Two World Cups in a row in Lake Placid (USA) and Quebec City (CAN) saw the best Athletes from around the World on April 1st and 2nd, 2007. USA and CAN Gymnastics Federations arranged, that all could fly into Montreal and were transported by bus to Lake Placid and later to Quebec City. The best motivation to take part in these stressing events for almost all participants was the opportunity to test the new equipment for the World Championships in November in Quebec City. Most of them liked it and were able to adjust to the apparatus in 1 or 2 training sessions.
The wonderful mirror lake was still ice covered and White Face Mountain still open for skiing. Early mornings were still cold, but during the sunny days you could feel that spring had arrived in the Olympic City of the Winter Games 1932 and 1980.
Anna Korobenikova (RUS) made a clean sweep. In all passes of the qualification and final she scored highest and won with a total of 69.80pts. Second Alina Yarullowa (RUS) with 67.90pts. Third Susannah Johnson (USA) 64.80pts.
Irina Karevaeva (RUS) back to old form! She took the 22nd World Cup win with a score of 38,60pts, followed by Karen Cockburn (CAN) and Xingping Zhong and Shanshan Huang (CHN).
Claire Wright (GBR) , ranked 6 showed a new routine with top difficulty of 14.6pts.
MacLennan/Cockburn showed best form and highest difficulty ever, 14.2pts and a total of 47.90pts were enough to beat Karavaeva/Chernova (RUS) and Kyiko/Domchevska (UKR).
All know now, that spring in Quebec City means snow storm. But that didn´t matter in the training halls and venue, although many athletes seamed a bit stressed from the 10 days of travelling, competitions and training, with the exception of the best of the best.
Second win for Anna Korobeinikova (RUS) ahead of Samantha Palmer (GBR) and Emily Smith (CAN).
Cockburn/MacLennan (CAN) played it more easy and won again. Second Mironova/Petrenia, BLR and on third place Moore/Wright (GBR).
Again Irina Karavaeva (RUS) won for the 23rd time a World Cups. This time followed by Huang Shanshan (CHN) and of course Karen Cockburn close on their heels.
photos Janos Schmidt