Olympic Teams Predictions From 27th Of April

All the team predictions on this team were made between the 20th and  27th of April, pre-classics, pre-nationals, pre-Chellsie gate and pre-Shawn Johnson’s retirement.

This whole idea doesn’t mean much, and its only a bit of fun, won’t it be good to see whats changed in the team line ups in the last 2 months? here goes!

First up, arabianpunchfront.blogspot.com‘s predictions!

Jordyn Wieber – This one is obvious. You have to take World AA Champion. Barring injury, this girl is definitely on the team. She’s the best chance the USA has, right now, at AA gold.

Aly Raisman – Aly has been a rock. She has also shown Marta that she can be the team leader. Aly is consistent and her confidence will be good for the other girls, especially the youngest ones.

Kyla Ross – Everyone has been waiting for the arrival of Kyla Ross to the senior group. Many argue that she will get that 2nd AA spot and I think she stands a good chance in doing that. Also, she has lovely lines on bars and beam and is a good dancer. Hopefully, the judges agree with that.

Gabby Douglas – Gabby could be our bars specialist. Marta said that she might want 3 AA and 2 bars specialist. Gabby definitely fits the bill on this one. She can also be looking for an individual medal on uneven bars after her 4th place Worlds finish. I, for one, have faith in Gabby’s beam. When she was a junior, she was all the rage. She’s been through a lot in the past year and I think it’s manifested itself on beam but I have faith that she’ll get that back and can also fight for an AA spot.

McKayla Maroney – My reason for picking Maroney is actually very simple. If Marta really is retiring this year and Team USA doesn’t win gold, imagine how she would feel not bringing the one person that is basically guaranteed a medal, if not gold. She’s in a similar situation as He Kexin but Maroney has been insanely reliable with her vault. She is upgrading her 2nd vault to a Cheng, I believe, and hopefully she upgrades her other events as well.

alternates: Sarah Finnegan (excellent all arounder), Shawn Johnson (if she’s training all around), Nastia Liukin (if McKayla isn’t picked, it will be because a (potentially) better than Gabby bars worker is chosen)

Meagan Wegley’s Team
1. Jordyn Wieber because she is excellent all around and is a solid competitor under pressure.

2. Aly Raisman because she is a great competitor and has an excellent floor and beam routine and will be a major contributor.

3. Gabby Douglas because she is a true competitor that is fun to watch and not to mention has an incredible bar routine that the US needs.

4. Shawn Johnson because there is something to be said about veteran experience; she has also been showing more signs of her ability and performance and I believe she will be a strong competitor.

5. Alicia Sacramone again- veteran leadership and of Alicia is competing as solid as she was before the injury she will be a great contender!

Alternates – McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Bridgette Caquatto

@GymnasticsFans Team!

1. Jordyn Wieber~ she is a pretty much a lock for the team and is an all around contender for the olympic gold.

2. Mckayla Maroney~ she is pretty much a lock for vault gold

3.Aly Raisman~ she is so consistent and the team needs someone like that..Martha can relay on her.

4.Rebecca Bross~ personally she deserves to go she is a great gymnast and has proven that she can handle the pressure of a big time event

5.Gabby Douglas~ the USA needs a bar worker and Gabby can do bars she is also a pretty good all arounder if Martha needs her.

Alternate
Kyla Ross~ she has.proven she can handle the pressure and is an oustanding gymnast

My Team

There’s so many ways this team could go. It’s not like you could just swap one person out and another in, Martha and the S.C will hand-pick this team so every gymnast complements each other. And one’s weakness will be another’s strength.

First up, I’m putting in Jordyn Wieber,  she could more than likely compete on every event in team finals, and she has a realistic shot at the AA gold.

Next I have Aly Raisman. I don’t think Aly could be left off this team, She is strong on all four events and could (not ideally) go up on bars at any part of the competition if injury or mistakes take out another competitor. The beauty of an All Arounder!

Gabby Douglas takes my next spot, the un-offical Amerian cup winner fits in very well with my team so far, complimenting Alys low scoring bar routine and Jordyns OK routine with her world-class bars set.  Also an all arounder, Gabby can go up on any event if needed.

Next I’d take Kyla Ross. The first year senior is steady building a reputation as one of the best All Arounders and Bar workers in the country.

And the final place goes to… Well, to be honest, I’m un-decided. I’ve figured it could be either Asac or Sarah Finnegan depending on two things.

1. Alicia’s recovery. Alicia tore her Achilles tendon while training in Toyko in October for world championships.  I could see her on this team, competing Vault (I trust Asac’s Rudi more than some of the Amanars) Balance beam and floor exercise.

2. How Sarah Finnegan reacts to the pressure of being a senior and how her beam and floors look at Nationals and Trials.

Either of these girls could go in to the team, because they have similar strengths (Balance Beam, Floor Exercise) Although, Asac has a strong vault and could vault in team finals and compete for an undivdual vault medal. unlike Sarah who only has a DTY. But, that’s not too big an issues because the team all ready strong on vault (Jordyn, Gabby and Aly all have Amanars)

Alternates: Mckayla Maroney incase anything happens to one of the vaulters.

Sarah Finnegan/Alicia Sacramone Depending on who makes the team.

Rebecca Bross Incase anything happens to one of the bar workers. She can also give on balance beam if she can clean up her Patterson. And floor exercise if she gets that back to her old strength.

 

 

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The Next Big Thing.

It seems that in every quad in the USA there is an ‘IT’ girl, The star of USA gymnastics.

In ’04 we had Carly.

In ’08 we had Shawn

And now we have Jordyn.

Who’ll be next?

Katelyn Ohashi.

Katelyn will be making her long awaited senior debut in 2013.

Gym: WOGA.

Best Event: Beam.

Katelyn is the next big thing to come out of WOGA. Her beam is the most difficult in the world, right now.

it is a shame she isn’t senior until 2013, she could of made the Olympic team.

She is the current Junior National Champion.

Madison Desch

Madison will be senior in 2013.

Gym: Great American Gymnastics.

Best Event: Vault.

Madison is strong on vault and floor exercise, but she doesn’t have very high start values

Amelia Hundley

Amelia will be Senior in 2014

Gym: Cincinnati Gymnastics

Best Event: Floor exercise, vault.

Amelia is a very powerful gymnast with an infectious smile! Shes super consistent and can hit under pressure.

Amelia finished 5th All Around at 2011 Nationals

Bailie Key

Bailie will be senior in 2015

Gym: Texas Dreams

Best event: Vault, Floor exercise

Bailie is building a name for herself in USA gymnastics. She’s still young and will be peaking just in time for 2016.

Lexie Preissman

Lexie will be senior in 2013

Gym: Cincinnati  Gymnastics

Best event: Floor and vault

Lexie is a big name in Junior Elite. Everyone’s expecting big things from Lexie in 2013.

Lexie finished 4th All Around at Nationals

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

A Closer Look At The Veterans

The Veterans:
Well, the topic has been talked to death and everything is speculation. There will be no real answer until July, when the Olympic Team is announced.
But it doesn’t hurt to try and figure out what is going on in Martha’s mind, the gymnasts mind, and well even the coaches.

Alicia Sacramone:
The first of the ’08 veterans to make a ‘comeback’ And out of all the veterans, probably has the largest chance of making the team.
Alicia’s Mind: She’s become such a calm, cool and collected gymnast on the floor. When she comes off the podium that’s a different story. But Alicia has not shown us any reason in this quad to believe that she can’t do it. Obviously the only thing keeping her from that team , is the Achilles injury. In 2005 she had tendon problems, that she quickly overcame. While this is a whole new ball game of an injury than before, Alicia is no stranger to pushing through injuries, she was severely beat up in 2008, and while not her best performance, she helped the team tremendously. In 2010 at the World Championships she gave superb performances, and finally earned another World Championship. She’s defintley the sentimental card. But if I know anything about her mind, it’s defintley that she’s not giving up, she knows exactly what she needs to do to get on that team. Perform and upgraded vault, be consistent, have a solid and spectacular beam, and a solid floor that scores in the high 14s or low 15s.  


Mihahi’s Mind: Mihahi has always been fond of Alicia, and why shouldn’t he? She’s the gymnast that put him on the map. In 2004 and even early 2005-2006 he said how Alicia would sometimes get antsy and rush her moves. On the bright side, by now, she’s older, she’s matured and in this case, that’s a good case for her.  He needs to pace her well, but get her skills back to exactly how they were, and improve her vault difficulty along with beam. And with that, she should be just fine.


Martha’s Mind: Well ze obvious zhought here, is zat Martha has concerns about Alicia’s 2008 performance. Martha wants ze gold, zere is no trying to hide zat. Heck, everyone wants gold. And Martha is going to do every single thing she can to get gold. If a gymnast falls at trials, or falls in her presence, zey might not be on ze team; especially being a bubble gymnast. For Martha, Alicia needs to come back just as strong, if not stronger, zan Kupets did in 2004, and needs to have a spectacular vault zat can score just as well if not outscore Maroney/Raisman. Along with a solid beam and floor performance.

Bridget Sloan:

Probably the hardest to judge. Never took a break after the Olympics, and went on to win a National Championship, then a World Title. But then; she disappeared. Came back at Nationals, with a pectoral injury, and only competed beam…wasn’t consistent. And then shocked everyone by making the World Team. Performed ok. Was M.I.A. again in 2011 with another injury.


Bridget’s Mind: Can she stay healthy? That should be her number one priorty. And well I’m not really sure what’s going on in her mind…she needs to be a super solid all-arounder who can deliver great, solid scores on all 4 events…or she’s not worth taking. She should know that.


Marvin’s Mind: Pace this girl, pace her carefully. To have any shot, she needs to be healthy first. She needs difficulty, and execution. It’s going to take a lot for her to make this team.


Martha’s Mind: Dis gymnast hasn’t competed. Can she be in shape for ze games? Or will she get hurt again. 2009 was her year, but dis is 3 years later. I haven’t seen much from her.

Shawn Johnson:
Considered by many the Olympian who has the most potential to make the team. The only weakness she has is time. Her upgrades have come fast, and great.


Shawn’s Mind: While yes she fell on my new skills at Pan Ams, but she knows how to hit when it counts, and she was probably just nervous. Every skill she’s  attempting she can do. But she knows her weakness. She knows that its vault. While in 2008 it was her strong point, now with the depth of team US, it’s Amanar club…or the highway. To even be considered for a vault spot she needs a clean solid Amanar. And this is going to be tough, but she showed a tremendous amount of progress on vault at PanAms. She needs to be solid on bars and beam, along with floor.


Chow’s Mind: Shawn has an incredible talent, and an incredible persistence. Her knee surgery after Pan Ams was a set back, but she spent the time getting in shape and getting stronger. Her upgrades are coming along, but we need to pace her, along with her body. She’s not the young 16-year old anymore. She needs to progress back to an Amanar, and soon.


Martha’s Mind: Zis girl needs to show me zat she can be zee best. She needs to show everyone. I zink her beam is very good. I need zis girl to propel herself on zee vault and zee floor.

Chellsie Memmel:
Had shoulder surgery after Visa’s and well no one knows where she is now. Chellsie has consistently been known for staying out of the spotlight, and coming back strong after an injury. It’s happened at least twice already, can it happen again?


Chellsie’s Mind:  She needs to come back very strong if she wants to make the team. She love’s the sport, and that’s obvious. She has surprised people time and time again. She’s had plenty of experiences, and so many people want to see her have a good Olympics. But its going to take major  upgrades, and a healthy Chellsie for a shot at the team.


Andy’s Mind: He’s got to be thinking they’ve been down this road before. Twice. He knows how to pace her, and he knows what’s best for his daughter.


Martha’s Mind: Zis gymnast is very good…but I want to win zis gold. She needs to be healthy. She needs strong events. Its going to be very tough for her.
Nastia Liukin:
Surprised many by announcing she would come back to try for the Olympics. If she can get in top form, she’d be a great asset to the team on bars and beam. But just bars isn’t going to get her there. A strong 2 or 3 event will bring her on the team. But does she have enough time?


Nastia’s Mind: I’m the Olympic champion. I should be able to get back in shape. I’ve been in the gym for hours a day. And well-

HELL WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS CHAMP IS THINKING?

What if…
All 5 veterans made the team? Its radical thinking and it won’t happen. But let’s play the number game and see what happens.

Vault:
Sloan (14.8)
Johnson (14.925)
Sacramone (15.8)

Bars:
Sloan (14.7)
Memmel/Johnson (14.4)
Liukin (15)

Beam:
Liukin (14.7)
Johnson (14.9)
Sacramone (15.2)

Floor:
Memmel (14.3)
Sloan (13.025) (Can score up to around a 14.5)
Sacramone (14.550)

Total: 176.25
*I used scores from any competitions this quad. For Nastia’s bars, I just estimated a 15, considering she needs to at least be able to score this.

Obviously these scores could go up…but this team would have finished 2nd at 2011 worlds. Granted Russia didn’t have their strongest team. The only one that would have beaten this team was the original US team. And teams were not at their strongest.
So while this does look good for the veterans. It also becomes obvious that the top scoring veteran is obviously Sacramone, followed by Johnson.
I believe at least 1 veteran will make the team, and it will probably be Sacramone or Johnson.

Whats Their Chances? Part 2 The 2011 Worlds Team.

Welcome to part 2 of ‘Whats Their Chances!’ Last time, we looked at the chances of the Veterans and YOU voted Nastia Liukin closely followed by Shawn Johnson as the veteran you think will be on the London team!

This Week, were going to be looking at the chances of the Gold medal winning  2011 Worlds Team.

I’m joined by Ashlee from tripletwistgymblog.blogspot.com , Bekah From getagripgymblog.blogspot.com And this week were going to include some interesting reader comments too!

Gabrielle Douglas

Aoibhe from Flippin’ Olympics: Man, I love this kid. I honestly thought she had no chances of making the Olympic team until after the American cup! Worlds did such wonders for this young gymnasts confidence! Shes a shoo-in for a medal in the Bars final, and she can help out team USA on possibly vault (Amanar!) bars, and beam and floor in qualifications! keep an eye on this young gymnast!

Ashlee from Triple Twist Gym Blog: It wasn’t until the American Cup this year when I realized Gabby could be a contender for not just the Olympic team, but the all around final too! She has improved tremendously on all four events, and seems to be getting more consistent. I think Gabby has a great shot at making the team. USA needs a great bar worker, and Gabby certainly fits that bill. She could help on any event if needed though.

Bekah from Get A Grip Gym Blog: Gabrielle Douglas is the fan “it girl” right now in the USA Gymnastics world, and it’s easy to see why. She’s easily the best bar worker in the US and is getting stronger on the other events every time we see her. Her weakness though, could be her consistency. She’s fallen several times in major competition, but when she hits, she hits. She’ll have  to prove to Marta that she will indeed hit.

Reader Opinion, Amanda B: This bright, young star is peaking just in time for the 2012 London Olympics. She moved from her home in Virgina to train with 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson. I’m not sure whether she’ll medal considering all the other gymnasts out there and her level of consistency. With her performance at the 2012 AT&T American Cup, she showed Marta that she’s just as good as the others.

McKayla Maroney

Aoibhe: Maroney is the front-runner for vault gold, but she may not even make the US team. Why? because they are close to drowning in the dept of their team. Shes rumoured  to be training a Triple twisting Yurchenko and upgrading her second vault to a Cheng, which will make her untouchable in event finals. Shes also upgrading her floor routine, a 3 1/5 twist to punch front.

Ashlee: I think Mckayla will make it. Unless she makes a major mistake, she is pretty much guaranteed a gold medal on vault and why would Martha pass that up? As we all know, her amanar is exceptional and she can bring in a decent score on floor too. All Mckayla needs to do is prove that she is consistent.

Bekah: I desperately want Mckayla Maroney to make the team. I think that every individual World Champion should be allowed to defend her title, McKayla being no exception. She’s the best vaulter in the world; she should go to the olympics. That being said, the numerical scoring difference between her Amanar and anyone else’s, may not be enough for her to stand out amongst the large number of gymnasts up for just 5 spots. Getting a Triple Twisting Yurchenko though, would secure her chances.

Sabrina Vega

Aoibhe: I don’t think there is really much of a chance of Sabrina making this team, even though she is a wonderful gymnast. If she was born in another country, or in a another quad, she would be a lock for an Olympic team.  I hope she keeps going with gymnastics and maybe gives a run for 2016.  I dont want this to be the last we see of her amazing floor routine.

Ashlee: Being honest, I don’t think Sabrina will make it. She is great, but her routines just aren’t enough to get her one of those spots. I can definitely see her being an alternate. I hope she continues after the games because she truly is a great gymnast.

Bekah: Sabrina Vega has the prettiest gymnastics of just about any American. I love her lines and her leaps as well. But she’s just “good” on each event. Although she placed 5th all around at last year’s US Championships, she wasn’t in the top three on any event. I think she’ll be a fantastic alternate. 

R.O. Amanda B: Sabrina is a great addition to the US team, especially on bars. Getting a silver on bars at Jesolo in 2011 and a gold medal on floor she has a chance at getting a medal. Sadly, she hasn’t competed in any national or international competitions this year.

Jordyn Wieber

Aoibhe: Of course she’s going to make this team. Shes Jordyn Freakin’ Wieber. (#WieberFever) I can pretty much see her on all events in Team Finals. And, Shes a strong contender for the AA and Balance beam titles

Ashlee:  I don’t think she’s going to make it. Her routine’s are not difficult enough, she is inconsistent, and doesn’t really contribute to the team on any event…..haha just kidding. Obviously Jordyn is going to make it for reason that we all already know.

Bekah: In my opinion, the one and only lock for the team barring injury is Jordyn Wieber. She’s the “Shawn Johnson”, the “Carly Patterson” if you will of this quad. She could potentially compete on all four events in team finals and is not replaceable by any other US gymnast. I’m so sure about this I’ll sell my kidney to the highest bidder if Jordyn stays healthy and doesn’t make the team.

R.O Amanda B: Wieber Fever! This girl is amazing! She’s an excellent addition to the team. After winning the gold at the 2012 AT&T American Cup and the bronze at the World Championships on beam, she is unstoppable all around. Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008) both won the gold at the American Cup the year of the games in Madison Garden and went on to win at the Olympics, hopefully Jordyn Wieber will too.

Aly Raisman

Aoibhe: I think Aly will make this team, shes consistent and can give to USA on all four event (She would most likely do bars in qualifications) I really think the team wouldn’t be the same without her leadership. Aly for team captain! and shes likely to medal on floor finals too!

Ashlee: I’m not sure about Aly! She definitely has a shot, I just don’t know if I’d put her on my team…yet.  I feel like she is replaceable on every event and it really does not help that she’s weak on bars. I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes the team, but I wouldn’t be confused if she didn’t. She has the difficulty and the experience, it’s really just going to come down to what Martha wants come July 1st!

Bekah: Aly Raisman’s strong beam and floor have kept her as an Olympic contender in the minds of many Americans for a few years now. I had a bias against her for a long time, but have finally joined “Team Aly.” Her tumbling is just so clean! But, will she be outshone by newcomers with higher start values and cleaner dance skills?

Anna Li

Aoibhe: It’s likely there will be one bars specialist on the team, and since Nastia and Gabby can give on other events, I dont think Anna, who really is only a one event specialist, can make this team.

Ashlee: I know Anna won’t make it. She can really only help on bars and is very inconsistent. I like her, but the time just is not right. I would like to see her continue on after 2012!

Bekah: I adore and admire Anna Li for completing an amazing college gymnastics career and then moving onto elite status. She’s got an amazing tkachev that is certainly Olympic caliber. But she only has her bar routine going for her, which worries me. And while I’m usually one not to guess what Marta’s thinking, her choice not to have Anna Li fill in for Alicia at worlds makes me doubt that she’d put her on an Olympic team.

Theres what we think but what do you think? Leave your comments!

Whats Their Chances? Part One: The Veterans

This is my new blog series where me and fellow gym bloggers: Bekah from getagripgymblog.blogspot.com andThe Girls From tripletwistgymblog.blogspot.com will talk about The USA contenders for London 2012.

This week were starting with the Olympic Veterans!

Alicia Sacramone

 Aoibhe From Flippin’ Olympics: Ah Alicia, why did you have to tear you achilles? WHY?

Before she tore her achilles at worlds, Alicia was considered a lock for London.  Shes a three event specialist (she doesn’t train bars) which holds her back a little bit. But, if Alicia gives a strong performance at Natonals and Trails, I wouldnt count her out.

Ashlee From Triple Twist BlogIf you would have asked me last year about Alicia’s chances I would have told you she was a lock for the team. But after tearing her achilles last year at Worlds, I don’t think its possible for her anymore. She would need to get in great shape AND upgrade her routines to be in the hunt for one of those 5 spots.

Bekah From Get A Grip Gymblog: To be honest, I was dubious about Alicia’s chances of making the Olympic team even prior to her injury. With McKayla Maroney possibly vying for vault gold, Alicia’s role from 2008 is occupied. She’s also without an Amanar, which seems almost necessary to compete on Vault in team finals for the USA. While Alicia would bring strong leadership skills to the team, I doubt that she’ll be able to reach Olympic shape AND upgrade before the Olympics.

Chellsie Memmel

AoibheShes not my favourite gymnast, but shes a like a rock! In the words of Tim And Elifie “This kid has mental toughness like no other” Who makes a comeback after 3 years and does what she did at nationals? Like it or not, shes a front runner for this team if she stays injury free.

Ashlee: As much as I wan’t to see Chellsie make the team, I don’t think she will. Her shoulder is has been giving her problems and she is only training lightly in the gym while she heals up. Chellsie is just too injured to give this a go!

Bekah: I adore Chellie Memmel but I worry if the girl who was too injured to go to the Olympics at 16 and was injured in Beijing at 20 will be able to stay healthy under Marta at 24. If she can somehow peak, the USA could use her bar set. I do have to give Chellsie credit though. She quietly arose last year and showed up at the US Classics in top form. She could surprise us all, and I hope she does, but this girl seems to have the worst timing of any gymnast on the planet

Bridget Sloan

AoibheThe 2009 world champion never really left the gymnastics scene like much of her teammates in Beijing  (she was on the 2009,2010 worlds team and 2011 Pan Am Captain.) but whats kinda sad is that even though she never left the scene for a while like the rest of her teammates and spent the last 4 years training yet she isint a ‘lock’ for this team. But even if she doesnt make this Olympic team, I hope she continues with gymnastics for as many years as she can!

AshleeBridget is good, but not good enough unfortunately. She has been dealing with some injury’s which have prevented her from competing at her full potential for almost 2 years. Her start values are not that high and she wouldn’t help the team out massively on any event.

BekahBridget Sloan has historically been consistent under pressure and solid on all four events. But that’s just it: she’s “just” solid. Frankly, I’m not sure if I’d place Bridget in the Top 5 girls in the US on any event. Barring injury, I think that Bridget has a solid shot as being an alternate. But without 4 or 5 major players going down, I’m unsure if I can realistically see Bridget on this team.


 Shawn Johnson

Aoibhedont get me wrong here, I love Shawn and i think she is a wonderful gymnast. but i think she had her day. I don’t really see a place for her in this team, when theres only 5 places and loads of girls fighting for it. I think she’ll be an alternate. but she should be happy with that, considering the the depth of talent in the USA right now.

AshleeOh I want Shawn to make this team so bad! She’s in the right position, she just needs to keep training and get consistent at her routines. She only has a few meets coming up to prove herself, but it sounds like she has some upgrades that could help her chances. It will be tough, but it is possible.

BekahI have to commend Shawn for coming back, but I worry that her shaky performances in 2011 will work against her. Perhaps her great reputation and strong performance at the US Championships will make up for her performances at Classics and Pan Ams. Shawn could realistically compete for the US on beam and floor, where they more than likely will not need a specialist. All in all, I think that if Shawn can stay healthy, she will more than likely be an alternate.

Nastia Liukin

AoibheNastia can swing bars. And lets face it, USA cant swing bars as good as we’d like.And being the olympic All-Around Champion cant hurt either.We still haven’t seen any of Nastia’s comeback yet, but you can nearly be garanteed her bars will bring in big scores.

Ashlee: For some reason, I only see Nastia being useful on bars. (Which we need!) I’m pretty positive she will make the team though. After all she has done for USA Gymnastics, I can’t imagine her not making it. I mean come on, she’s an Olympic Champion! She has a huge bar set that will be very helpful to the team score and overall I think she’d make a great leader to a much younger team.

BekahI’d like to remind you of a deep dark year in American Gymnastics: 2000. Veterans Kim Zmeskal, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Shannon Miller all attempted comebacks and didn’t make the team. Why? They jumped in the ring at the last minute, much like Nastia. Honestly, I HOPE Nastia can make a comeback and can peak at the right time. We NEED her bars. However, I’m not sure I’ll believe it until I see it.

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Coming next week in Part 2 of ‘Whats Their Chances?’ We’ll be looking at the chances of the 2011 Gold Winning World Championship Team!

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! 🙂