There are still vids available on YouTube. Well there were a couple hours ago.
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare
Watched the TF before I went to bed and I'm struggling to think of a stronger team in the history of the sport. That was an INCREDIBLE display by the Americans. I'm actually surprised at how close the Russians got with their mistakes. Two excellent teams but the US were INSANELY solid.
at how the Romanians lost the momentum they had from Euros.
and and :anger1: at the Brit team selection, Pinches with her 11 on beam was ALWAYS gonna happen and Cairns goes clean for a whopping 13.3/14.2 on beam and vault....Downie would have brought (at worst) 14.0/14.9 and a 14.6 on bars....but sure, why would you want an extra 2 points!
Well I might get slammed for this: I am so proud of the American team coming to an Olympiad not in-country and taking both the the team and AA golds. That being said I see the deer-in-headlights look at some of the Russian girls (NOT Aliya) and I don't know whether I want to hug them or to shake them. They are wonderful gymnasts but I want them to walk in with a little swagger. Again Aliya has that confidence but she seems to be the only one. I loved that the US team walked in like they owned the building and thought Russia should be just as confident. This sport messes with your mind--sometimes talent alone is not enough. You have to believe in yourself.
I wonder if part of the problem with the Russian girls is the way they practice. Apparently, they cry a lot when something goes wrong during practice. How in the world do they expect to be able to get through a competition without tears and drama if they can't do it in practice? It's beyond me why the coaches think this is okay.
Roll Tide, y'all!
at this tweet from the actress who played Lauren on Make it or Break It:
McKayla replied that it was a team tradition to watch MIOBI at training camps.Now that female Gymnastics is over at the 2012 London Olympics. I wanted to one last time congratulate & thank our girls for their..
(continued) inspiration. U've made our country proud! It may sound silly, but I feel like you completed the #MIOBI journey for us!
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
That's great that they're having so much fun tweeting with their fave celebs
One thing that occurred to me about this team is that they are from from all across the map. Usually when I think of US women's gymnastics, I think of Iowa, Texas, "heartland America" that produced Nastia, Carly, Shawn, Shannon, etc. This year, we have Aly from Massachusetts, McKayla and Kyla from California, Gabby from Virginia, Jordyn from Michigan...very diverse geographically...
http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=62448 I google translated it and roughly, I think Alexandrov said that there were many injuries and illnesses one after another right before the Olympics. This hampered training so the gymnasts did not prepare as well as they could have for the Olympics. There was not enough practice time, as they had to make sure the gymnasts were healthy. And when the gymnasts are not prepared, it shows in their confidence. The American gymnasts were fully prepared and healthy and therefore, were more confident.
I mean, essentially, this team was full of injuries--Mustafina's knee, Komova's ankle, Grishina's leg injuries, Afanaseva (some injury I forgot which) mere months before the Olympics.
By the way, the Alexandrov interview didn't confirm that Mustafina would continue... rather that it would depend a good deal on her health and motivation; as she's turning 18 soon, she might have other interests besides gymnastics.
Maybe even more than Komova my heart went out to Grishina on the floor. That was tough. Even given the injuries they had a much better showing in London than Beijing and hopefully will build on that. I simply can't believe there isn't a world championship in the cards for Komova.