June 2008

Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnasts21 Jun 2008 10:53 pm

I’m going out of town tomorrow morning and will miss all the coverage of Day 2 for the US Women’s Olympic Trials.   I’ll be on a camping road trip so I likely won’t know anything until the first of July.   So based on what I saw tonight from Day 1 (and from Nationals), here’s who is on my team…

  • Shawn Johnson
  • Nastia Liukin
  • Chellsie Memmel
  • Alicia Sacramone
  • Samantha Peszek
  • Bridget Sloan

Ivana Hong, Shayla Worley, Jana Bieger & Mattie Larson are all legit contenders as well.    With the team scenario I listed above, I think that Bridget would be used on Bars only and if that is the case, she can bring in the highest score there (compared to Hong, Worley, Bieger & Larson).    The rest of the events would look as follows…


  • Johnson
  • Sacramone
  • Peszek
  • Alt: Memmel


  • Liukin
  • Memmel
  • Sloan
  • Alt: Johnson


  • Johnson
  • Liukin
  • Memmel
  • Alt: Sac or Sloan


  • Johnson
  • Sacramone
  • Memmel or Peszek
  • Alt: Sloan

What do you think?   Who would you put on the team based on Night 1?

Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnasts21 Jun 2008 05:22 pm

Already named:

  • Paul Hamm
  • Jonathan Horton

Perfect 10s Remaining 4 spots + 1 alternate:

  • Justin Spring
  • Sean Golden
  • Joseph Hagerty
  • Raj Bhavsar
  • Kevin Tan

I admit that it pains me to leave Morgan Hamm off this list.  He certainly has the clout and reputation.  It pains me to leave Durante, Townsend, Alvarez & Artemev off as well.  What a tough call.  What do you think?   Who are your picks for those remaining spots?

Non Gymnastics13 Jun 2008 10:24 am

I just read the article on the International Gymnast site about Ashley Priess’ decision to retire during training at the US National Championships. Always impressed by her gymnastics, and her coach as well, I admit I was quite curious as to what caused her to decide to step away from the Olympic Selection process mere weeks before the Games. Citing a chronic back condition which she feared would not survive the Summer, Priess decided to forgo her dream of the Olympics in order to pursue another dream: competing on a collegiate team. She did not want to jeopardize her collegiate chances by overworking her back in the Olympic Selection process.

Two quotes in particular stand out from the interview. The first is in regard to her family. (more…)

Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnasts09 Jun 2008 02:08 pm

No introduction really needed here.  I watched the televised coverage on NBC and have seen a few extra routines on youtube.  In no particular order, here are my thoughts on the competition…

  • Alicia Sacramone really needs to ditch the random chin-stand split in her beam routine.  I’ve blogged about it before and I still think it needs to go.  She’s not full split and it looks ridiculous in an otherwise world class Beam routine.  I think a teammate of mine back in the day did the same skill.  She was a level 8.
  • Speaking of Sacramone, why have we been watching the same floor routine from her this entire quad?  Isn’t it time for something new? (more…)