Gymnast: Chen Siyi
TCG Writer: Cecile H. and Jiayin Hou
Who is she?
Born on February 12th, 1998, Chen Siyi is one of China shining stars for the future, especially on China’s typical good events, bars and beam.
Where does she train and with whom?
She trains with the national team in Beijing, with her national coaches, Xiong Jingbin and Zhang Xia. Her coaches also made some of China’s greatest athletes in Team China’s history, including Shang Chunsong, two-time Olympic champion Deng Linlin and Olympic champion and best AA placement ever Jiang Yuyuan. Chen Siyi is definitely in some great hands. She comes from the Fujian province, also home to World AA bronze medallist Yao Jinnan.
Does she have much competitive experience?
She doesn’t have a lot of experience, but she is getting more opportunities because of her great potential. She competed in the Junior Nationals in 2010, where she placed tenth on vault. At the individual Nationals in 2012, she had a sixth place finish on bars and in Massilia 2012, where she had her international debut, she won gold on bars, silver in AA and placed fourth on beam, despite a fall. Last week she competed at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival with three other Chinese juniors.
What makes her an exciting prospect?
Chen Siyi has a great potential of being one of the top all-arounders for China, even though her best two events aren’t standouts for team China. She still has the ability to upgrade, like she did between 2011 and 2012. She is still young and has already decent difficulty scores, ranging from 5.0 to 5.9 across all events.
When do you think we will get to see her in competition next?
We are also hoping to see her at the annual Spring festival and Spring National championships in the coming months. Hopefully, she will be on the team for the 2014 World championships in Nanjing, China, her home country, as a first year senior.
What are you hoping she will develop in the coming years?
She can definitely upgrade in all areas, but especially her vault and her floor exercise. She only competes a DTY rand had a 5.0 start value on floor. Because of her little statue, she doesn’t have the power needed to upgrade her vault nor to do more difficult tumbling passes. On bars and beam her difficulty levels are higher. Her bar routine includes two pirouettes on one arm into a jaeger and a gorgeous double layout. On beam, she does a beautiful front pike, a round-off layout and a 2.5 twist dismount. Her 5.9 and 5.7 start value on bars and beam respectively, are already world class. She needs to polish her form, especially some leg separations here and there and her crossed legs when she twists.
What routine of hers should we watch?
Definitely bars and beam.
Here she is placing second on beam at AYOF:
And here is her bars in the team competition, where she earned the top score:
What else do we need to know about her?
Some people say that she reminds them of Wu Liufang, others say she looks like Sui Lu. I, Cecile, think she looks more like Sui Lu, but Jiayin says she looks like Wu Liufang… but she does look like a mix of both!
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