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

 

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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.

 

 

How To Vault Your Way To Gold

The amanar has become the most important accessory in a gymnastics handbag.

Dont have one? you might as well go back to 2008, you might have stood a chance back then. I wonder did Simona know that she was to become the creator of the most important element of modern gymnastics. When Simona first vaulted the amanar in 2000, a FTY was considered a difficult vault. Her competing an amanar back then would be like a level 8 competing one now. Possible, but why bother?

In the 2005-2008 code when difficulty became the most important part of artistic gymnastics the amanar became more and more desirable. In the 2008 Olympics 6 people competed an Amanar.

Shawn Johonson was one of theses 6 and the only one that was not a vault specialist even though her amanar was one of the best of the bunch. Shawn won the silver medal in the all around behind Nastia Liukin, who only competed a 1&1/2 twisting yerchenko. This was possible because because the 2005-2008 code counted 10 skills on floor exercise, balance beam and the uneven bars.  Nastia was able build a lead on Shawn on bars.

Now-a-days, the code only counts 8 skills which means the average start value on a event (other than vault) is 6.5. If your beam floor and bars have a start value around 6.5 and your vault a 5.8 you know where you need to improve. Having the 6.5 difficulty on vault can give a gymnast a huge advantage in an all around competition.

In 2010 Russia brought the Amanar back onto the world stage. Their Stars Alyia Mustafina and Tatiana Nabieva set the stage with these vaults, although their form was messy and the vaults were pretty ugly looking at best, the brought in huge scores. Scores that won Russia the Team title and Alyia Mustafina the All Around title.

At the 2010 Worlds, the silver medalists USA brought no Amanars. But left many 2012 eligible Junior gymnasts at home with them.

At Junior Nationals, Mckayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber competed amanars that put the Russians to shame.

Fast forward to 2011 Worlds, The USA were the team with the amanars, 2 to be exact. and Russia had none.

In this competition, the USA won the team gold (with amanars) and Russia took silver (no amanars)

In the All Around competition, Jordyn Wieber won the gold (with an amanar) and Viktoria Komova took the silver (no amanar)

This was a complete turn around from the 2010  worlds.

Of course, it wasn’t all amanar that won the title for the USA. Jordyn Wieber was a important factor competing on all four events for the team, and Mckayla Maroneys…. Amanar.

Oh, and Russia didnt have Alyia Mustafina or her… Amanar. And Tatiana was unable to compete her… Amanar due to a hamstring injury…

In London in 37 days its impossible to say how many amanars will turn up, Russia claim to have some, and Romania say they have some too. USA are capable of sending a team with 5 Amanars (Jordyn, Mckayla, Aly, Gabby, Kyla)

But, the only thing that is certain is that Amanars will play a huge part in who walks away with Gold and who takes silver.

Don’t Count Russia Out.

Russia are USA’s biggest rivals for the team title in London. Using scores from competition, we’ll see how close these teams really are.

Team USA: Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, Rebecca Bross, Mckayla Maroney
Team Russia: Viktoria Komova, Alyia Mustafina, Anastasia Grishina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Tatiana Nebieva

 

 

Vault:
USA
Wieber- 16.000
Raisman- 16.000
Maroney- 16.100
Total: 48.1
Russia
Mustafina: 15.666
Komova: 14.533
Nebieva 15.466
Total: 45.665

USA Lead By: 2.435

Bars
Russia
Komova- 15.733
Mustafina- 15.300
Nabieva- 15.133
Total: 46.166

USA
Bross- 14.933
Wieber- 14.8
Douglas- 15.150
Total: 44.883

USA Lead by 1.52

Balance beam.
USA
Wieber- 15.233
Raisman- 14.933
Bross- 15.2
Total: 45.366
Russia
Komova- 15.4
Mustafina- 15.033
Grishina- 15.033
Total:45.466

USA lead by: 1.052

Floor
Russia
Grishina-14.988
Mustafina-15.033
Afanaseva-15.133
Total 45.154
USA
Raisman- 15.0
Wieber- 15.0
Bross- 15.233
Total: 45.233

And the Winner is: USA who win by1.131
(if all my maths is correct)

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.

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!

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!

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!

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! 🙂