The Gymternet 25th Of June

This will more than likely be my last Gymternet post for a while, because i’m leaving in 3 days to the Gealtacht. (For the non-Irish fans of the blog- a gealtacht is an area usually in the west coast of Ireland where Irish is the spoken language of the people, Irish students usually aged between 14 and 18 go and spend 3 weeks with their friends living in a house in this area to learn the language. It’s good fun and I cannot wait.) I will have limited internet access (Internet for about 2 hours a day) But, I won’t be writing any blog posts myself.

However, my lovely contributors Maegan and Courtney will still be writing here, so the blog won’t be empty while i’m gone!

Anyways, here’s the news from the Gymternet this week.

Mckayla Maroney has been a favorite to make the Olympic team for quite some time now,  but her injury from warm ups on day 2 of Nationals seems to have set her back a lot more than USAG is letting on.  She has to miss a full week of training due to a concussion. The Gymternet is starting to wonder, If Mckayla is not ready for trials, but proves she can be ready for the Olympics, can she petition straight onto the team?

Gym Truth Teller talks about it here: http://gymtruthteller.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/the-curious-case-of-mckayla-maroney/

And here’s Lauren Hopkins ’15 in 15: Mckayla Maroney’  from The Couch Gymnast: http://www.thecouchgymnast.com/?p=6762

Its one week away from the naming of the team and everyone is predicting! Bekah from getagripgymblog.blogspot.com has taken a much closer look at the Trials qualifiers and their execution scores. You’ll be surprised. http://getagripgymblog.blogspot.ie/2012/06/lets-talk-about-execution-baby.html

And here on this blog, I’ve posted some predictions from April, funny to see how everything changed. Although, I’m quite proud of my team! https://flippingolympics.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/olympic-teams-predictions/

Another team prediction from GetAGripGymBlog: Who Takes The 5th Spot? http://www.getagripgymblog.blogspot.ie/2012/06/who-takes-5th-spot-based-on-season.html

The British Championships took place this weekend and FullTwist have results and video from WAG event finals: http://fulltwist.net/british-championships-wag-event-finals/

A report on AA finals at the British championships from the couch gymnast: http://www.thecouchgymnast.com/?p=6764

Now, away from the Seniors and the Olympics for a moment! Triple Twist have an interview with Laurie Hernandez the up and coming USA junior!: http://tripletwistgymblog.blogspot.ie/2012/06/laurie-hernandez-interview.html

 

Nationals Night One Recap And Team Prediction

YEAH YEAH I KNOW, I KNOW. Its been like 24 hours, but do you know what time it was in Ireland when this was live? silly o’clock. THATS WHAT TIME IT WAS.

So,  I just finished watching, and this it what I have to say.

FUCK YEAH GABBY DOUGLAS.

She hit. she damn hit, she had a couple wobbles. but she stayed on.

Shes tied for for first place with Jordyn Wieber after night one. This is American Cup Revenge.

I’ve been thinking alot about who’s going to make the team, and this is what I came up with:

1: Jordyn Wieber I don’t even have to explain this.

2. Aly Raisman her beam, vault and floor are all valuable to the USA.

3. Gabby Douglas because shes proven herself on all four events but mostly because of her bars.

4. Mckayla Maroney Nationals have proven how much better her amanar can score compared to other USA girls. that 3-4 tenths is very important. plus, her floor is looking better!

That leaves one more member of the team, I’m pretty sure this person is going to have to have a good bar routine and possibly a good beam/floor. I’m guessing Martha will either kick Bars in the butt and aim for higher scores on floor and beam instead (Sarah Finnegan) or focus on bars (which with those four girls is pretty weak, apart from Gabby) If they choose to make this forth person a bar worker I’d narrow it down to:
Nastia – we haven’t seen a good routine at all from competiton but her training videos are awesome and she could be the 3rd beam worker for team finals (Jordyn, Aly, Nastia)

Rebecca  – Rebecca is pretty much on the same boat as Nastia, although her beam is not up to any sort of Olympic level. either she takes the patterson out, or she gets out.

Bridget – Bridget surprised everyone by having a pretty good bar routine last night, although her beam wasn’t up to scratch. And what this team needs is a 3rd beam worker and 3rd bar worker.

Kyla – Kyla fits this perfectly. Her bars are clean and high scoring and beam is a great event for her. out of the 4 girls I listed here, I think Kyla is the most likely.

But, the competition is not over yet.

One more day and we will find out our national champion and everything could change.

 

Preissman Leads Night One

Day one of junior national championships comes to an end with Lexie Preissman finishing in 1st place.

She started one bars which were being judged like crazy. And scored a great 14.15

Then on to beam where she scored a 14.1

It got better from there.

Her floor exercise was one of the highlights from the night, she nearly stuck every landing. she was on.

She scored a world class 15.25. (believe it or not, the scores weren’t that bad tonight. pretty fair.)

She finished a near flawless night with a brilliant Amanar. Scoring 15.7

In 2nd was Bailie Key. I love this kid. SHE IS 12. TWELVE.

She vaulted one of the best DTY I’ve seen in…. well, since everyone stopped doing DTY.

Simone Biles finished up the top 3 and gave up the highest score of the day a 15.8 on her amazing Amanar.

Madison Desch finished 4th. I wrote on the blog a while back, that she didn’t have the difficulty to be a star of the USA. I take that back.

Amelia Hundley ended night one in 5th. I freakin’ love this girl. there is no US gymnast I like more. She could fall all over the pleace for the next 4 years and I will still be rooting for her to make the 2016 team. (touch wood)

Defending champion Katelyn Ohashi didn’t have her best night falling on beam and watering down her vault to a full twisting yerchenko.

I’m just glad that in the 2012-2016 code an Amanar wont be the make all and end all of All Around gymnasts and she can still live without one.

The Senior competition is about to get underway and I can already see your excited tweets and leotard speculations!

but, its 12am my time and I’m going to bed because I have to go play a football game at an un-Godly hour tomorrow.

Nobody tell me what happens! I’ll watch it tomorrow.

The Gymternet 4th April

With Europeans, National Qualifiers and Classics all coming up, the Gymternet was pretty busy this week.

By the way, is anyone else getting confused between the American/Covergirl/Secret classics? (yes, I know there is no Covergirl classic any more, but I am going to call the Secret classics ‘The Covergirl Classics for the sake of an easy life.)

Lets see whats going on on Twitter this week!

“@Kyla_Ross96: I changed my password and I still got hacked! #Seriously”

Yes Kyla, you and nearly every other USA gymnast. and I don’t know how you guys managed to get hacked, why did gymnasts, of all people , click in to a link saying  ‘Easy steps to lose weight!’

Katlyn_Ohashi:My dates to prom! What can I say? I’m a player(;”

This is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

 

 

 

@Shawnjohnson “Finished copies of your book are in!! Some should be headed your way soon.” SO EXCITED!”

Whos getting it?

By the way, check out my twitter and/or blog for some quick hits on Europeans this week!

here is some of my favourite blog posts of this week:

Triple Twist Gym Blog did an awesome interview with former USA gymnast Shannon Miller tripletwistgymblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/take-5-with-shannon-miller.html

Also from Triple Twist, ‘Former Elites Where Did The Go? Part 3’ Loved this!

tripletwistgymblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/former-elite-gymnasts-where-did-they-go.html

Full Twist give us the run down of Europeans including T.V schedules!

fulltwist.net/all-you-need-to-know-wag-european-championships-2012/

The Couch Gymnast gives us a look at the Juniors at Europeans next week

www.thecouchgymnast.com/?p=6151

The World Gymnast looks at the Great Britain girls for the Olympics!

theworldgymnastblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/who-will-make-gb-squad-for-london-2012.html

For some crazy reason I love reading about Junior gymnasts, and Bekahs Get A Grip Gymblog  covers some of the Juniors competing at The American Classics

theworldgymnastblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/who-will-make-gb-squad-for-london-2012.html

Lessons Learned From Jesolo.

The USA, as expected, brought home more than their fair share of medals this week at Jesolo.
But what have we, and most importantly, Martha and the selection committee learned from Jesolo?
You want to know? Well lucky you! I’ve packed it all into this little blog! Your welcome!
1. Sarah Finnegan
if this kid wasn’t already an olympic contender, she is now! Giving solid performances all weekend! Did u see her Mitchell turn on beam? She may not have had it full rotated but she made it so elegant they should make that move the ‘Finnegan’

2. Rebecca Bross.
Poor Becca! Her warm ups on Bars were all strong and she didn’t fall! But it was just unlucky that she fell when she did. Her beam was solid and she landed the patterson! I’m still believing she’ll make the team for London. Why? Because she’s Rebecca Bross!

3. Aly Raisman. Her Amanar wasn’t as good as it was at the American cup, it was damn scary! She’s going to hurt herself if she doesn’t get that thing under control soon! But her bars were good (well, better than usual.) But she still needs to point her toes (I hear the judges like that, Aly.) don’t get me wrong, I love Aly and I really want her on the team for London, but her bars just make me sad.

4. Mckayla Maroney:
new floor routine!
I like it!
I had to watch it 5 times this morning to figure out that,yes, I liked it! I liked her old routine too, but this ones fresher and the choreography is more suited to who she is now as a gymnast!
Also, how does she always manage to keep her double back in bounds?! She always looks like she’s going to land out there then BAM! sticks it inside. Crazy shit there, man.

There’s the lessons! Leave your comments below!

USA Dominate Jesolo

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The USA girls were untouchable yesterday in Jesolo winning the all top 3 spots in the All Around.

First-year senior Kyla Ross scored just under 59.850 to win the all around followed by Alexandra Raisman (59.050) and another first year senior Sarah Finnegan (58.650).Image

Mckayla Maroney finished 4th All Around and scored 16.00 for another amazing Amanar

Kyla Ross had the highest score on the uneven bars (15.050) and Balance Beam (15.500)

New Russian star Anastasia Grishina finished 5th All Around after falling on the Uneven Bars but won floor (14.850)Image

Rebecca Bross did not compete in the All Around but was strong on Balance Beam and fell on the Uneven Bars.

Lexie Priessman won the junior all-around title (56.950) followed by Italian Enus Mariani (56.000) followed by American Ballie Key (55.650).

In the Senior team competition the USA started with a 62.650 on vault that Russia or Italy couldn’t compete with.

The USA finished with 236.950 followed by Italy 224.250 and Russia (who did not send their strongest team) 217.800

The USA’s Contenders For London.

With London just around the corner every American gymnast is fighting for one thing- a place on that 5 member team. With Nationals and Trails in June there’s still some time to prove themselves. But as of right-now, here’s the contenders.

 

Jordyn Wieber: 2011 World And National Champion.
Unless she gets injured, I can’t imagine an olympics team without her. The current world champion bet Russian star Viktoria Komova in october and with her Amanar she’s a shoe in for the All-Around in London.

Alexandra Raisman: Member Of 2011 World Championships Team. Bronze Medal On Floor
Strong on 3 key events, and a talented All-Around gymnast. Aly can help the Team with her new Amanar and amazing floor routine. Placed 4th in the All-Around in world championships with a fall. Unfortunately her weekness on bars could hold her back but Martha loves her and her consistency and she’s practically a lock for the team.

Mckayla Maroney: 2011 world Vault Champion.
That vault. Mckayla can only really give to team USA on vault, but boy can she give!becauce of her explosive amanar and that she’s a shoe in for gold in vault event finals she should be a lock for the team but can Martha really afford to bring a specialist on a event USA Is already strong on? It would be a shame if she was left off. Vault finals wouldn’t be the same without her. She’s also rumoured to be the first woman to attempt a triple twist on vault and to upgrade her 2nd vault to a cheng.

Gabrielle Douglas: 2011 world team member.
The Flying Squirrel Douglas proved herself as a lock for the team when she unofficially won the American cup over world champion Jordyn Wieber in March. She’s a strong All-Arounder and amazing on USA’s weakest event – Uneven bars. A likely specialist for the team. Her inconstancy could hold her back.

 

Nastia Liukin: 2008 olympic AA champion. 4 Time National Champion Nastia’s strong on USA’s weakest event the uneven bars and is also training beam and floor. Has yet to make her comeback her chances of making the team are now lowered because of Gabrielle Douglas only one of them are likely to make the team.

 

Shawn Johnson: 2007 World Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist.

Shawns comeback started last year at the 2011 Covergirl classics where she gave a strong performance- with falls. But really got the ball rolling at Nationals where she was solid on Beam,Bars and Vault. She was named Alternate for the worlds team after coming up an inch short at selection camp. Shades of old Shawn were seen as the 2011 Pan Am games which she attended, but there’s still a question mark on her floor routine.

Rebecca Bross: 2010 National champion, 2009, 2010 world Medallist. A Scary vault caused an injury at 2011 national. Rebecca was a strong contender for London 2012 and 2011 worlds team. Made a comeback in WOGA classic on two events. Falling on both. Currently competing in The City Of Jeslo Trophy where she is still not competing in the all around. Rumoured to be training an amanar.

Alicia Sacramone: 2010 World Vault Champion and 2008 Olympic Team Captain.
A torn Achilles took Alicia out of worlds two days before prelims. Alicias strongest on Balance beam and Vault, two of USA’s already strong events. Her biggest rival for the team is Aly Raisman, her training partner. Time will tell if her injury will be recovered in time to make the team.

Chellsie Memmel. 2008 Olympian, 2005 world champion.
Her comeback was what comeback dreams were made of! Who would of thought Chellsie Memmel would best Shawn Johnson at gymnastics! She’s was in 3rd place at nationals until her last rotation – Bars. Where she fell twice, and ice on the shoulder leaded to surgery that would keep her off the worlds team.

 

Bridget Sloan. 2008 olympian, 2009 world champion, future Florida Gator. Almost ready to debut her Amanar. Could be a strong All Arounder for USA.

 

 

Kyla Ross. Pacific Rim Silver Medalist In The All Around.

This 1st year senior has caused a lot of buzz! A strong All Arounder. Strong on Uneven bars. Her chances of making the team are low as there is already enough All arounders fighting for a place.
Any of these girls has the ability to make the team! But only 5 can do it. Time and trails will tell. Leave Your Comments Below! 🙂