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Cloudy_Gumdrops
09-22-2011, 06:14 AM
I think that's about the best team they could field given what they have to work with.

They all (except Alicia really and Aly to I guess) need that international experience. It's important to get as many girls as possible experience in a major meet given that the Olympics is next year. There'll be a large pool to choose from next year of girls who have been to the Olympics and or Worlds. Next year, that'll leave Ross as the biggest contender who hasn't been to a major meet.

So finals will probably be (assuming Vega is the alternate)

Vault: Sacramone, Weiber, Maroney
Bars: Weiber, Douglas, Li
Beam: Raisman, Sacramone, Weiber
Floor: Sacramone/Maroney, Raisman, Weiber

I hope Maroney can do AA in prelims. It'll be interesting to see if she can outscore Raisman for the 2nd AA spot.

judgejudy27
09-22-2011, 08:13 AM
They will probably just sit Li out of every event except bars in the prelims as well which would leave Maroney and Douglas eligible for the AA. That would be my guess.

Karpenko
09-22-2011, 08:13 AM
^ I think Gabby has a pretty good shot if she hits AA in prelims as well.

They have to hit. The possibilities are endless they all could contribute to make a phenominal team. I think with Bross' injury and Day 1 of Nats behind them they could be as motivated as ever to :kickass: they won't have any pressure no title to defend, and the goal is all about building the team for next year instead of winning this year. I think that team finals this year because of how unpredictable all of the top teams will be could be an outstanding competition!

Braulio
09-22-2011, 04:16 PM
I have serious doubts about Douglas consistency but I do agree, better that a potential meltdown and crushing under presure at worlds than at the Olympics

Allen
09-22-2011, 06:28 PM
I think Douglas would only do Bars in the team final, so I'm hoping she can get it together for that one routine. That bars rotation is going to be crazy on my nerves between Douglas and Li.

Tesla
09-22-2011, 06:35 PM
I actually don't care if the US wins team gold at Worlds. It might be better if they didn't win because that hasn't exactly gone well for the past two Olympics. This is a good chance to get some of the newbies World experience.

VIETgrlTerifa
09-22-2011, 06:49 PM
I don't think the U.S. team winning Worlds the year prior had anything to do with their not winning the gold in Athens or in Beijing. I think it has a lot more to do with the amount of injuries and how burnt-out some of the gymnasts were by the time those games came around.

judgejudy27
09-22-2011, 06:51 PM
It also had to do with China upping their A scores a huge amount by adding underaged gymnasts in 2008. The 2008 gold was always China's to lose more than the U.S's to win anyway.

Rob
09-22-2011, 06:52 PM
This is a good thing to send the newbies - no McCools next year. But Marta will be weeding out her Larsons.:rolleyes:

BigB08822
09-22-2011, 06:56 PM
China stole the gold medal in 2008, plain and simple. The USA would have won if China had sent their of age gymnasts. They wouldn't have had many of the D scores they ended up having which pushed them over the top. USA did make mistakes in 6-3-3 but I think even with those mistakes the USA would have beaten China if they had been missing some of their key routines. It is such a joke that the 2000 China team lost its bronze but the 2008 team seems like they got away with it. Maybe one day they will go back and take a look but since they already had a case, I doubt much can be done.

Tesla
09-22-2011, 06:59 PM
Perhaps, but I think there was also added pressure to repeat for the Olympics. Without that extra pressure, they might have a better shot.

VIETgrlTerifa
09-22-2011, 07:01 PM
China stole the gold medal in 2008, plain and simple. The USA would have won if China had sent their of age gymnasts. They wouldn't have had many of the D scores they ended up having which pushed them over the top. USA did make mistakes in 6-3-3 but I think even with those mistakes the USA would have beaten China if they had been missing some of their key routines. It is such a joke that the 2000 China team lost its bronze but the 2008 team seems like they got away with it. Maybe one day they will go back and take a look but since they already had a case, I doubt much can be done.

Absolute joke. Sad thing is that the 2000 Chinese team is one of my favorite teams of all time. Gymnastics always prove to be a disappointment when it comes to these things though so nothing surprises me anymore.

ilovesalchows
09-22-2011, 07:25 PM
I have always thought there was something suspicious about the wait before Alicia's beam routine in team finals, and the equipment in Beijing benefited lighter gymnasts as well.

minuet
09-22-2011, 07:45 PM
I was looking for the Olympics next year but those lists are great help! Keep the opinions coming!

Rob
09-22-2011, 08:42 PM
When was the last time there was no WOGA on a Worlds team? 2002?