If Samantha Peszek can’t compete any events in the Women’s Team Final, here’s my pick for the US Team on each event, in order.
- Vault: Sloan, Sacramone, Johnson (in order of highest scoring potential)
- Bars: Sloan, Memmel, Liukin (again, in order of highest scoring potential)
- Beam: Johnson, Liukin, Sacramone (Johnson and Liukin have proven their stability and consistency time and time again on Beam. By putting Sacramone up last, it should take a bit of pressure off of her and boost her scoring potential.)
- Floor: Sacramone, Johnson, Liukin (Liukin is normally the lowest score out of these three athletes – putting her up last, like Sacramone on Beam, would maximize her scoring potential).
If Sam Peszek is back in the mix by Wednesday morning, I would change the vault lineup with Peszek filling in for Bridget Sloan. I would leave the Floor lineup as is because when they both hit, Liukin tends to score a tad higher than Peszek.
What do you think? Who would you put in the lineup if you were head coach Liang Chow?