Nationals Overall Impressions and Recap

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure all of you have either watched or read billions of recaps about US Nationals. Well, here’s another one. (Also for your information, I did actually attend the Senior Women’s Finals, an amazing expierence)

US Nationals are a crazy time, for gymnasts, coaches, and of course gymnastics fans. Even other countries obsess over it, as its the first major stepping stone to solidify the beginning of the Olympic contention for many gymnasts.

Before the competition even started, an injury occured to Mckayla Maroney . And unfortently I know this is only one of many that will occur within the next 6 weeks or so. Luckily, Mckayla’s wasn’t too serious. Before the competition starts, each rotation group has 15 minutes on each event. Mckayla was on her last one, floor, where she was warming up her 3.5(which looked absolutley gorgeous on Day 1 by the way) and while twisting, it almost looked like she baulked or something and came out after only about 2 twist…while still being a couple feet in the air. I think she probably whipped herself in the nose, causing the nasal fracture, and when you hit yourself hard enough, its very easy to just loose your air sense, thus causing the horrific fall, and a concussion. The arena went silent. She laid on her back for a few minutes, then sat up, and was able to walk off the podium by her self. She seemed to be doing good, and made the right choice(I think) by scratching the competition. The goal is to peak for the Olympics, not just Nationals. She was petitioned onto the National team, and the Olympic Trials (as she should have) By the way, I really like I could probably walk under her Amanar(and I’m 5’9″)

Alicia Sacramone. This girl is a freakin super human. Somehow in less than a year, she has every single one of her skills back, and is competiting as awesome as last year. Her skills are just as good, and she did water down her second vault, but it had no relation to her achilles. She had sustained an injury in training the day before prelims to her knee/calf area, and was trying to play it safe, which was a good bet.  Everything she did this weekend was hit. There is really nothing else to say about her, except that she is a beast.

And of course, the 2-time National Champion Jordyn Wieber, while she looked fantastic, she didn’t seem to be at her best. Which isn’t necissarly a bad thing, you don’t want her to peak too early. But really all year something has been different about her, I’m not sure what. I want her to succeed so badly, and while she is pretty much on the Olympic team, I’m not sure what will happen once she gets to London. She hit her bars both days, which is good. Its very obvious that she and Geddert, have put in the time and effort to fix those mistakes, and it payed off. I hope she is just trying not to peak too early.

I think the biggest surprise, Gabby Douglas, while many had faith in her, many doubted if she could hit. While she did fall off beam day 2, she and Martha knows that where Gabby is going to make this team is not for her beam. Her Amanar I truley think is one of the best, while its not up with Maroney’s (whose is?) its defintley right there below Jordyn’s. Her bars, well what can you really say except that they are fabulous. She defintley will be in London, and in bar finals. The question is if she can medal, which I think is a definet possibility for the Flying Squirrel. She is so charasmatic and fun on the podium and off. I was able to meet her at the Fan Fest, and she was just having so much fun and enjoy every single second of it. She is truley a remarkable person. (This sounds corny I’m aware, but I’m impressed with her down to earth spirit, and how much you can see her enjoy the sport)

I really don’t understand why people enjoy picking on Aly Raisman granted her form isn’t the best in the world, but within in the past year or so, people have enjoyed nit picking her skills and everything. I actually really enjoy her floor routine, and she is defintley the most solid and consistent gymnast in the US, and maybe even possibly the world. Since become senior, she has hit every single beam and floor routine(and only missed 1 vault) This gymnast is going to London as well, and I hope she succeedes. People need to chill. She will never be a ballerina, and you can easily tell she has been working hard to improve, and she will be a great asset to the team.

For years everyone has raved about junior sensation Kyla Ross and no matter how hard I tried, I was never able to enjoy her gymnastics. It was clean, yes. But something always seemed “safe” (yes I’m aware she has difficult skills and nothing in gymnastics is safe) or maybe it was just lackluster, I’m not sure. And even up until Sunday night, I still felt this way. But watching her gymnastics live, in person, really changed my mind. Her gymnastics is so much more beautiful and enjoyable in person. While she is a strong all-arounder, I very well think she can take the ‘bars and beam’ specalist away from some other gymnasts. She did water down to a DTY, but it was a beautiful one, and the right choice. Her Amanar’s looked a little scary in warm-ups, and while her floor will not be in team finals, its useable.

Making a huge splash on the senior stage this year was Sarah Finnegan, I am a major fan of her gymnastics. It’s so clean, with amazing lines and difficult skills. Her gymnastics is just beautiful. She does a really clean Amanar, and can hit bars, but where she will contribute is beam and floor. She very easily as some of the best beam and floor routines in the US, and possibly the world. The quesiton for many people about her is that she has very little international experience. Last year was her first year on the National team, and really her only international assignment was the Jesolo cup this year, where she did have mistakes. And while Nationals wasn’t her best competition, she certainly raised some eyebrows. She did touch the beam on Day 2, but still scored a 15.05, which is a huge beam score, with a mistake. And it was certainly a deserved score(and she still finished 2nd overall on beam, and without her mistake she would have won) Her floor, she had a mistake on Day 1, but Day 2, it was on, but still with some room for improvement. Her gymnastics will be well recieved out on the international stage. Its clean and beautiful.

Rebecca Bross, I absolutley want to route for this gymnast so much, I think everyone wants to see her succeed. But unfortently her injury came untimley, and I think she ran out of time. When she was hurt in 2011, she wasn’t in her peak physical shape, making this ‘comeback’ even more difficult. As everyone else I want to see that dismount changed! Unfortently I don’t think she is going to make the team, and that makes me soo sad, because she is/was such an amazing gymnast, and unfortently the Olympics have come at a bad time for her. Strangley enough, I would love to see her take a year to get completley recovered, and healthy, and maybe come back for another Worlds or something.

The training videos raised some huge excitment for Nastia Liukin‘s bars, but unfortently she disapointed both days. Her bars are only scoring a 13. I don’t care if she hits both days at Trials, she should not be in London. First off she was only training bar sets for a week? She did it to herself, while I do feel bad for her, it was her mistake and you can’t sideline that for anything. Plus she only hit 1 beam routine, and the US has better beamers than that.

The final and last veteren, Bridget Sloan, is defintley a dark horse, but she always has been. I don’t think I would pick her for the Olympic team, her bars are ok, but I don’t even think they are that spectacular(sorry…) Some of her releases are kind of low. And no other events are standouts. But I do commend her. This was her first all-around competition in 3 years. And she hit. She didn’t have major mistakes, and has comeback from injury after injury.

Now finally, for the gymnasts not shown on the broadcast. The gymnasts that nobody has really paid much attention to. But the gymnasts that can, and probably will sneak onto those alternate spots.

Anna Li for some reason did not get any air time. Her bars are gorgeous and I’m very glad she hit both days. But 1 event probably isn’t going to make it, and I don’t think her beam is strong enough for her to fill that void of a ‘beam and bars’ specalist.
Brenna Dowell, who trains with Sarah Finnegan, her gymnastics is much more powerfull. And her floor is awesome. She does a whip double front pike, that is fabulous!
Elizabeth Price is defintley the strongest “dark horse” gymanst. She finished 5th in the all-around, which is a tremendous acomplishment. She has good bar sets, and a strong Amanar. Which is a combination I don’t think many people would expect. I certainly wouldn’t. Once again she didn’t have her strongest competiton at Nationals. But I can defintley see her getting an alternate spot, she can fill in on bars and vault. Her beam and floor are pretty decent also.
Sabrina Vega this gymnast is very similar to Finnegan, she has clean lines and hit routines. She has a gorgeous floor routine, but without a stand out event, I don’t think there is a spot for her on the Olympic team. But again she will be a great alternate. She can step in and hit on any event needed. Again something looked very off with her at Nationals. She didn’t look as good as she did at the 2011 World Championships.
Kennedy Baker, the Texas Dreams girl, first off I want to say I am a huge fan of this gym, and everything they stand for, making gymnastics fun, but working hard at the same time. She is super powerfull, with some awesome tumbling. She also has a really strong bar set, with scores in the high 14s.

My team Wieber, Douglas, Raisman, Ross, and Finengan (although I’m not couting out Maroney!)

Vault: Raisman, Douglas, Wieber
Bars: Wieber, Ross, Douglas
Beam: Raisman, Finnegan, Wieber
Floor: Finnegan/Douglas, Wieber, Raisman

That is a super strong team, that can defintley win gold. Those routines should all score a 15+ on all events.

Good Night! And I’ll be back after Trials! 🙂

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Who’s Wearing What To Nationals? HOLY PINK COW

Yup, its nationals weekend people.

I’ve already told you what I want to see at nationals (you haven’t read it?! check it out here: https://flippingolympics.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/visas-predictions-dont-hold-me-to-these/)

I’ve kind of been wondering what people will be wearing,Classics was one of the worst showings for leotards I’ve ever seen. If I was there I’d wear Dougie’s purple leo from the American Cup. Love that thing.

But, most of USA gymnastics don’t have my taste, so I made a couple mock ups of what They might, but most likely won’t be wearing.

WOGA. this one was easy. Think pink and sparkly!

thank you, Nastia.

Every good leotard needs a jacket. don’t worry, I made one too!

 

 

“Go pink or go home”

 

 

 

 

 

What will our current World Champion be wearing? probably nothing similar to this…

 

 

 

And they Always Stylish Texas Dreams Girls: wont be wearing anything like this.

 

 

 

Some Cincinnati Leo’s:

Lexie?

 

 

 

 

 

This does NOT match the jacket. crap

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t believe for a second any of these girls (except WOGA) will wear anything like these. But, if you seem any similaritys  tweet me! (@FlippinOlympics)

So, I was thinking about what the USA girls might wear to the Olympics.  (they will wear pink at least once. and I will be pissed.)

So I’m going to do a teeny competition.

you know, the ones where the prize is the pride of knowing you’ve won?

yep, using http://www.dreamlightusa.com/team.htm create a USA Olympic Leotard and send it to me! I’ll announce a winner and shower them with praise.

Email it to me at Aoibhe1997@gmail.com

Get Creative People!

 

My Hopes For 2013.

Yes, I’m aware the Olympics aren’t even started yet, but I started thinking of what I want from probably one of the quietest years in the Olympic calender: They year after the Olympics.
I want Rebecca Bross to win the All Around at worlds. She deserves that medal after coming up too short twice before and if she doesn’t quit after 2012 (if she makes the team or not) she should be a serious contender for it.
I want Bridgey AND Macko to be on the worlds team. I love the Caquatto’s and how cute would it be to see them on a worlds team together? Also, both of them could challenge for a bars title.
Mckayla to unveil the TTY at worlds and have it named ‘The Maroney’ Cos’ noones gonna ever do it better than her.
I Want Katlyn Oshashi to have a break out year and be National champion! and beam champion at worlds of course.
I want Gabby to get a skill on the Bars named after her.
I need Amelia Hundley to just have an awesome year. I love that kid.
Ditto Lexie Preissman.
I want Sabrina Vega to keep up gymnastics. And go to University Florida.
I want great Britain to win a worlds team medal 2013 is the year they can do it.
I want a team competition at worlds!
I want the USA worlds team to be:
Mackenzie Caquatto
Bridgette Caquatto
Katyln Oshasi
Amelia Hundley
Mckayla Maroney
Lexie Preissman
Rebecca Bross
(They better have a team event. I want 6 girls to go!)
It looks like 2013 worlds is going to be a pretty tough team to get on!
What’s your 2013 wishes?
Comment 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! 🙂