With regards to gymnastics worlds 2011, I was really happy when the U.S women won the team final. I must say though that the americans were not as artisitc as the russians were. Do any of the american female gymnasts who competed in Tokyo take ballet lessons? What can usag do to encourage its athletes to take ballet/dance lessons. Unlike the Russians and the Chinese, the Americans have to pay all expenses related to training (which is quite expensive). During the 2008 olympics it was reported that Shawn Johnson's parents had to mortgage their house in order to pay for her training/ travel expenses. I strongly believe usag should financially support the elite gymnasts both juniors and seniors so that they can take ballet/ dance lessons.