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Is there any further news about Rebecca Bross' injury?
All I'm reading on Universal Sports is that she dislocated her kneecap and that Marta insisted she do the vault because if she could do it last year, she should be able to do it now. If it is just a dislocated knee cap I'll be amazed.
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Marta and Bela have both retired many times.
So how much of this is Valeri not being willing to let his gymnast water down (I don't recall Nastia watering down in 2007 either).
Is Maroney better than Cheng Fei?
I saw that Alicia vaulted twice so she can do event finals. Why wouldn't Maroney and Weiber do the same? They seem to be talented vaulters.
Maroney vaulted twice and actually won the vault title over Alicia.
So I work at the MOA, and quite a few gymnastics fans were coming through today, most of them 12 or younger. Guess which 25 year old was gabbing with them like she was still in middle school? THIS gal. Aiiight.
Maroney may not even need a Cheng. I just hope she doesn't injure herself trying it. If she has a hard time with that vault she could always work on the vault Mustafina did last year, the half on front full off. She is obviously very good with the forward landings.
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So I just got through watching Day 2 on youtube and I love, love, love Mckayla Maroney's gymnastics. So not like a typical US gymnast which is probably why her work is so attractive to me . Best amanar I have ever seen and backs it up with a solid second vault. I agree she may not even need a cheng this year. With her wonderful form, I could see her winning the vault title in Tokyo if she makes the team and qualifies. International judges would love her style which I'm sure Marta is aware of. But are her beam and floor up to snuff to make the team in the first place? Also i've read she's a headcase?
Wieber is solid as a rock but bores me. Memmel is as injury prone as ever and ASac doesn't look as 'fresh' as she did this time last year. Raisman is solid but I can't believe they haven't worked on her horrendous form issues on the basics. At least they don't look very improved to me!
Never a fan of Bross but that was nasty. I don't know what her team were thinking having her do that vault considering all the skary podium training reports. I can't see a Nastia-style 2007/08 comeback for her, she just looks too beat up. At least for AA contention but they sure would still need her bars I think.
Inspiring Mirai Nagasu!
Back to the discussion of the National team:
Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas/WOGA
Bridgette Caquatto, Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite
Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics
Shawn Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow’s Gymnastics
McKayla Maroney, Laguna Niguel, Calif./All-Olympia
Chellsie Memmel, West Allis, Wis./M&M Gymnastics
Alexandra Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Sabrina Vega, Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic
Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA
And Sloan could be in the mix too.
So they send 6 to Worlds, but I thought they said 7 go to Pan Ams (7 or 6?) -- and not the same girls because of the timing of the 2 events. My recollection is that Pan Ams has included juniors in the past so I assume the 7 will include Ohashi and Ross? ETA this indicates no -- http://gymnasticscoaching.com/new/20...es-now-age-16/ Without Bross, there are only 11 counting Sloan.
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I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
So maybe we send Wieber, Maroney, Douglas, Sac, Raisman, and Johnson to Worlds with Sloan as alternate.
Memmel, Vega, Macko, Bridget, Anna Li, and Sophia Lee and/or Grace McLaughlin to Pan Ams. Or are some of them not 16 yet?