That is what I would do. There is no way they have a prayer of an Olympic team medal, not even a very small one like 2016, let alone a decent to good one like 2012. So just send Mikaluk, Moldauer, and a couple event specialists with a flyer shot of medals or atleast finals on events. Who cares how the team final line up breaks down, they arent competitive there anyway. When Sam is winning Nationals by a much bigger margin than Biles you know your depth sucks.Senior men’s final just started. It’s not a good sign that Mikulak is already in first by more than a double Simone margin after the prelims.
Anyone else wondering if the men’s Olympic team should just be Mikulak, Moldauer, and just who else can best qualify and medal in apparatus finals? Cause in case something really weird happens, no way is a team medal happening anyway.
If Nastia does that then it seems more like a sport and less like an audition for Tom Who, Tatiana Whatever, and that girl that replaced the anorexic abuse glorifying "athlete representative".Nastia is always a fake nice nice when commentating so I am not surprised she said good shot which is likely BS as usual.
Sam was great! I enjoyed watching the men's final, what little there was to see with all the breaks, long apres-routine close-ups of Sam and Yul, and way too much focusing on Simone. So much wasted time. Wish we could have seen more routines.Really impressed with Sam tonight. He added upgrades to his routines and still hit 6/6 making this one of the cleanest US Nats competitions he's ever had which is really good for him. Hope he can carry this momentum into Worlds this fall!
I was a little surprised that they showed Simone's interview. Still a little teary eyed over it -- just no words.USA Gym CEO did a nice job in her interview with Andrea Joyce. She was a bit tight-lipped about what changes and steps forward the org will be making but this probably wasn't the best forum for that. I would hope that USAG will be transparent and communicate their plans in the near future.
I wonder what, if any, coverage or statements will be made by NBC and USFS leadership during skating events this season.
IIRC, they showed it on Friday night during the NBCSN coverage as well. She might be the strongest person I have ever seen to do what she does out in the arena while still dealing with her pain from the past. Amazing.I was a little surprised that they showed Simone's interview. Still a little teary eyed over it -- just no words.
I agree that it seems pretty unlikely given that she waited this long to come back. Because she decided to train in LA to be near entertainment jobs, it’s not like she decided to go all in.I will be SHOCKED if we ever see Laurie compete again. I just hope that she made (and saved) enough money as a pro.
I will admit to when Terry called Tom Forster the “new Marta”. Geezz.......
All those althetes seemed completely exhausted for good reason - didn’t most or all of them also compete at the US Classic? They all got a pass to go to the training camp. At least McCallum and Hird redeemed themselves tonight.I’m starting to think it was a mistake for most of those that are doing the Pan Am Games and then Nationals right after.
Don’t count on much. The CEO did a minimally better job but it’s a low bar. Actions will speak louder than words.USA Gym CEO did a nice job in her interview with Andrea Joyce. She was a bit tight-lipped about what changes and steps forward the org will be making but this probably wasn't the best forum for that. I would hope that USAG will be transparent and communicate their plans in the near future.
If she is back on form at selection camp, I don't think it'll make a difference. She had one of the best competitive seasons pre-Nationals of any of the women (aside from Simone, obviously) and was in the top three prior to her withdrawal even though she was obviously exhausted and not at her best.Thank you. I wonder what this means for her chances of making the world team