But yikes @ having to suffer through the secondhand embarrassment of Skinner's FX.
I really don't understand why they took her. It's not like she's a shoo-in for an individual medal. Aly's better on floor and even Bee Farm and her scary Cheng can beat Skinner's fake Cheng in vault finals. With Gabby and Brenna having Amanars again, she probably won't be used in team finals there.
I'm very much Team Brenna at this point and I hope to God Skinner is the alternate after podium training.
I do want to know Skinner's amanar status too. I wish Key did get her amanar but too bad she didn't. If key got the amanar, she could've replaced skinner if marta was ever in doubt of skinner's ability in vt EF.
Also I suspect that Key also didn't get high enough ub score to overtake brenna (even factoring in consistency bc if you are not consistent then you won't get good score average over several routines and marta probably made key and brenna do a million routines each, in front of each other :) )...
The decision to use or not use skinner cheng in TF probably will be made after qual (though I suspect it will be used). I do hope to see some improvement in Skinner though since it's probable they will use skinner fx, unless gabby has significantly improved her fx.
According to Simone, consistency was not an issue at camp. There was only one fall, total, in the all-around competition.
And remember last year when Baumann outscored Kyla on floor in quals but they used Kyla as the lead-off on floor in team finals? USA are so far ahead of everyone else, they don't need Skinner on floor. They could have Kocian lead-off on floor and they'd still win by about four points.
I vote for Brenna as lead off on fx :) Kocian fx is a lil weak D score but her routine is nice to see.... Actually, I wonder how gabby fx is coming along.... she needs to get 15+ fx to have any chance to even "attempt" to defend her Olympics AA....
It's aly vs gabby.. In the unlikely event that somehow Maggie gets to do AA, she won't beat aly or gabby as camp has consistently shown her in 4th below those. Gabby better on vt and ub vs aly better on bb and significantly better on fx.... It will be interesting both in qual as well as the battle of whoever that is vs larisa.
It's crazy to think that taking the best scores from both aly and gabby, simone would still be better....
Kyla Ross has expectedly withdrawed. Sad but glad for her at the same time!
belarusgate. Can't even go about how many things that are so wrong/shameful about this particular one. Two of Belarus best native gymnasts got their dream crushed and gave up their FIG licenses... the US girls flying straight to Glasgow knowing zero things about Belarus or giving a damn about the consequences or who they represent... So now is this how anyone who doesn't make the US squad will go about or any country that feels like it will just go about doing it? Last, not to mention the fact that Nellie Kim who is supposed to be a neutral FIG official is totally complicit in this...
This is so so different from Anna Pavlova competing for Azerbaijan. She actually moved there and didn't displace anyone in exist and actually helped to start their program.
haha I was wondering when you were gonna message me about BelarusGate. Honestly, I think Lauren's article on the situation sums everything up. She did crack me up on Tumblr calling them "Veruca Salt" and comparing her, "DADDY I WANT A GOLDEN GOOSE" to "DADDY I WANT TO GO TO WORLDS BUY ME A COUNTRY"
Surprised she didn't also win vt. She was reserve for vt at 2014 worlds. Who are those other 3? Never heard of them. What kind of vt did they do anyway? I am having a bit trouble finding the EF scoresheet.
I went back to brenna 2015 p&g fx video and a commentor said Veronica Wagner did front double tuck and submitted in 2005?
This Wagner video does show her first pass but it's not the same as brenna. Her pass is more like a double front tuck whip. She didn't do the flip out of the hand position. So it is not the same pass as Brenna's ?
It would be so cool if Brenna can get something named after her... Another great reason to have her at Worlds..
I am so happy Larisa got a 60.95!! I have no doubt at all she will be on AA podium again and win multiple event medals. Simone might no longer have that 1 fall cushion anymore! And 2nd US AA, WATCH OUT ;)
As great as it is to see Lari slaying again, that 60.950 is likely inflated. Remember back in 2013 when Sandra Izbasa scored 15.6 on floor then her highest score in Antwerp was a 14.733? The best way to see how Lari shapes up in comparison to Simone is prelims.
Lauren says the list is based on the most recent camp. The official Worlds selection camp is in a couple of weeks and the team will be mostly decided then. Marta will pick seven girls and the alternate will be named after prelims.
People on Tumblr are losing their minds because Brenna and Skinner are on the list but Bailie is not. Apparently, Brenna has her Amanar back (as does Gabby), so if this team stays the same at the next selection camp, the possible alternates are probably Skinner, Dowell, and Nichols.
if stay the same, unless Brenna mess up at podium, I think Nichols is unfortunately shaping to be alternate since her bars is not as good as Brenna. Maggie is an excellent AA but unfortunately got no top3 in anything.
lf key can bust out an Amanar and get her ub scores up it would really help her cause to take over Brenna position.
the way its looking looks like both kocian and skinners are slated to compete which mean an AA will hv to sit out whoever that is without an outstanding top3..
Unfortunately, we will have to hope that skinner has made at least some slight improvement to her form bc she will mostly likely be featured on fx in qual and TF. I just don't see skinner being taken off at this point unless she like completely crapped out on every single thing next camp. Even if key replaces brenna, skinner would still be on the team and perform fx in qual.
It was poorly attended this year. All the top seniors are training for Worlds, and the top juniors are either recovering or competing in Japan, or just preparing for the more important Intercity Games coming up. Last year the top 3 was Luo Huan, Xu Li and Lv Jiaqi. Zhu Xiaofang and Xie Yufen were also there.
Russia is in a little trouble right now, especially if they leave Aliya behind and Spiridoz winds up their top AAer. If they end up leaving Aliya and one more gymnast behind, they're screwed. Especially if the next gymnast they leave behind is either Vika or Afan.