Archive for August, 2011

Who will make the US World team?

August 31, 2011

We have the locks,

:Jordyn Wieber
:Aly Raisman
:Alicia Sacramone

Then we have the most likely,

: Mckayla Maroney.

I know Mckayla beat Aly at Nationals but that whole competition was a question mark after Rebecca’s injury.

I could see Aly having a melt down at the camps and still being named to the team but I wouldn’t say Mckayla has that same free pass for a melt down. For arguments sake I will call her a lock for the sake of this blog.

So with those 4 locks we pretty much have Vault: covered. Any 4 of the named gymnasts could vault. Aly has a beautiful DTY. Mckayla and Jordyn have the Amanar’s and Alicia is , well Alicia.

BEAM: This group of gymnasts has Beam pretty much covered too. Poor Jordyn at this rate will be doing the AA in team finals. Alicia has a lower start value but she is pretty clean. Jordyn is great. Aly is solid. Mckayla is messy to me but if we had to use those 3 it would be plausible.

Floor: needs a bit of work. Again we have Jordyn. Aly’s routine scored well last year until they blatantly cheated her from a floor medal in the event finals. (If Aly deserved a deduction for artistry why the hell didn’t Chelaru and Mitchell get one? They are worse then Aly “allegedly” is.

I don’t know why Alicia is training floor at all. I don’t see her ever being relevant on this event again with her cheap tumbling but we all know the judges love to prove me wrong so she will probably be world champ in 2011.

Team Final,

Bold are definite. No need at all for a discussion.

Vault is covered







So we need two bar workers. A beam worker and a floor worker and we only have two places left. The beam worker is not as important as the floor worker. Alicia scores well at worlds. I honestly can’t see us using Mckayla or Alicia on floor.

SOOOOO….. Who has a really strong bar and floor routine???? Hey you know who fits this bill? Cassie Whitcomb. Too bad Marta screwed her out of too many teams she chose to go to school instead of compete elite. I know, you are saying she wasn’t really strong on those two events but I remember her winning floor and placing second on bars at one of last years camps. Sounds like a fit to me.

The only answer we have for this position is to take a chance with Chellsie Memmel. If she upgrades her floor the girl is a rock on this event and she is a former world champ on bars.

So an update,

If we add an updated, upgraded Chellsie Memmel we have a second bar worker and another beam worker. Also another floor worker but this is all IF, she upgrades.

So if we add Chellsie into the group
VT, Beam and Floor are covered and so is 2 of our 3 bar workers which leaves us with only one person left for our team and that person has to be a bar worker.

your choices are..
Anna Li
Gabriela Douglas.

Gabby was horrible at Nationals and I honestly wouldn’t take her on any team I picked. That is why she has a line through her name.

Anna Li is a one event gymnast. If she hits her bars great but she hasn’t hit her 6.7 routine yet because she hasn’t competed it. She was out scored by Macko on night one.

Anna is a one event gymnast that can’t even hit her one event. If Chellsie is on this team and she gets hurt Anna can’t replace her on a single event. That is why I just went and put a line through her name above.

If we take Chellsie the only option for the sixth team member is Mackenzie Caquatto. She fell on beam at Nationals on night one but she hit night two. Her start values are not as high as they could be but Gabby Douglas being the only other option Macko is pretty much the only option.

So my team with a healthy, upgraded Chellsie Memmel is

Jordyn Wieber
Aly Wieber
Mckalya Maroney
Alicia Sacramone
Chellsie Memmel
Mackenzie Caquatto


But……. What do we do if Memmel is a no go?

Part 2, tomorrow.

US vs Russia

August 27, 2011

GymNICEtics has done some nice blogs on the US vs Russia Gymnastics style.

I must admit I didn’t read all of them but she is usually pretty on the ball so I will trust her judgment until I have time to read it all.

US vs Russia


Uneven Bars

Balance Beam


The year of Michigan

August 24, 2011

This kind of scares me. I mean Michigan? They have enough winning with those pesky Red Wings do they really need more winning? (I know this confuses you Sarah. The Red Wings are the Detroit hockey team in the NHL. Hockey is that sport with sticks and pucks. I’ll go find a picture to link. This is a Red wing celebrating the Stanley Cup they won a few years ago.)

I guess I should start over. It seems to be turning into the year of Michigan. First Michigan native Timmy Thomas cleans up in hockey (Stanley Cup champion? check. Vezina winner? Check. Conn Smythe Trophy? Check. Love of my life not named the boy? check) and now we have Miss Jordyn Wieber. Winning Nationals by over 6 points. Even if Rebecca had not been injured the scores would have been still close to 6 points)

So as the year of Michigan continues I can only guess that the Tigers will win the World Series. Eminem will win some more grammy’s and The Lions will win the Superbowl. (maybe that is asking for too much. Lets say they will win more then 1 game this year)

Watch out world. Michigan is coming.

Watch Jordyn Wiebers welcome home here. She is almost in tears.

Rebecca Bross has never been consistent

August 22, 2011

After this article by Blythe from Gym Examiner the lunatics are out blaming everyone under the sun for Rebecca’s injury. It’s Valeri’s fault (partially) Marta’s fault (not at all. Heck it is even Rebecca Bross’s fault (um duh) but I have one question for all the people out there freaking out because an athlete got hurt competing a sport, WHEN THE HELL WAS REBECCA BROSS NOT A HEAD CASE?

I feel the need to scream this because some people like Dominique Moceanu and her crazy husband are already starting the witch hunt for Marta Karoyli’s head.

The fact is Rebecca Bross has always been a head case. An injury waiting to happen. She falls every competition. It was only a matter of time that she was going to blow a knee cap or break her knee.

Your 2011 Senior National team.

August 21, 2011

Jordyn Wieber
McKayla Maroney
Aly Raisman
Mackenzie Caquatto
Sabrina Vega
Bridgey Caquatto
Gabrielle Douglas
Chellsie Memmel
Alicia Sacramone
Shawn Johnson

Rebecca Bross


Anna Li and Amanda Jetter are not on it. I bolded the locks for worlds team. Should be interesting who they add for the other two spots.

Amanda Jetter and Anna Li should both be at this camp. WTF is Marta thinking? She makes Anna stop floor then doesn’t add her to the National team because she fell off beam?

No Bridget Sloan either. She is invited to the camp so she might make it later on.

Shut up Bross fanatics.

August 21, 2011

She was choking this competition away WAY before the injury. Not only that but she is an athlete. She competed hurt because that is what athletes do. Football players do it. Michael Jordan did it and Rebecca Bross THE ATHLETE did it.

WORST Nationals EVER!!!!!!!!

August 21, 2011

That includes any Nationals that had Kim Kelly competing at it.

Chellsie quits mid routine. Bross sucks beyond belief then chokes a vault away. Jordyn wins by over 6 points. And deserves to win by over 6 points.

Is this a joke?

Here are your scores.

Nastia is over her fake tears from Bross injuring herself. Universal Sports needs to be blown up.

Worlds is going to suck.

Jordyn is so peppy I want to smack She is actually adorable but peppy. I hate peppy people.

We are going to interview Ohashi because she is from Woga and NBC/Universal seems to love this fucked up gym that makes injured kids compete on stupid vault so they can tear their ACL or break there knee cap and ruin their shot at Worlds.

Located knee for Bross.

Nastia cuts off Ohashi as she is speaking. Kaitlyn is as cute as a button she needs media training PRONTO!

More talking about Nastia by Nastia. ZzZzZzZZZzzzzz.

Ig has the best comment ever. lol

Maroney got a 14.550 for that routine? Are these judges at this competition or mailing in scores from their home town bars?

Who needs real gymnastics talk when we can talk about Ohashi’s nails.


Bela cannot be understood. Why bother talking to him?
Bela’s favorite gymnast of all time is….. Nadia… Like a first love. Babble not understood. Kerri and Kim Zmeskal, more babble…..
WOW, He doesn’t mention MLR.

Congrats Jordyn. You rock. Congrats McKayla and Aly you did us proud. The rest of you need to retire!


Men’s world team and Pan Ams team named

August 20, 2011

2011 Men’s World Championships Team

Oct. 8-16, 2011, Tokyo, Japan

Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma

Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy)

Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton Honors (University of Oklahoma)

Danell Leyva, Homestead, Fla./Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)

Alexander Naddour, (Mr Hollie Vise)Gilbert, Ariz./University of Oklahoma

John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., U.S. Olympic Training Center

Alternate: Chris Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress Academy)


2011 Men’s Pan American Games Team
Oct. 24-29, Guadalajara, Mexico

Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif./University of California – Berkeley
Glen Ishino, Santa Ana, Calif./University of California – Berkeley
C.J. Maestas, Corrales, N.M./University of Illinois
Sho Nakamori, Albany, Calif./Stanford University
Paul Ruggeri, Manlius, N.Y/University of Illinois
Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University)
Alternate: Tyler Mizoguchi, Houston, Texas/University of Illinois
Coaches: Justin Spring, University of Illinois, and Rustam Sharipov, Ohio State University

Ohashi takes Junior AA title plus 3 event titles

August 20, 2011


Here is Ross’s vault from day one. It looks like she over rotated it so I am not sure why she only got credit for a DTY.

This competition was fixed from the start. Kyla did herself no favors by screwing up vault and falling on floor but it would have have mattered anyway. They gave Ohashi too much of a lead to lose this to anyone.

Ohashi’s DTY is a mess. Her score was ridiculous. Watch Elizabeth Price’s DTY and compare the two. How Ohashi scores better (day one) or the same (day 2) as Price just proves this competition was fixed from the start. Ross messed up her Amanar and lost credit for it but Ohashi would have been given the benefit of the doubt.

Earlier this year when Ohashi and Ross competed against each other on bars they had the same start values they have now. Yet Ohashi beat Ross here in the US. Ohashi has a 6.2 and Ross a 6.0. They did the same routines and Ohashi made the same landing mistake on her dismount. (It was worse here on day 2)

I am not even going to go into floor with Ohashi’s twisting mess.

On beam Kaitlyn has a huge start value so I can’t complain too much with the judges on this one except her dismount is a mess, landed low and she nearly put her hands down. When she fell on day two I was waiting for the judges to give her a 15 plus with a fall but at least they thought better of that.

Ohashi deserved to win. She only fell once but this overscoring they do for Woga is why the sport has no main stream appeal.

Don’t even let the Woga drones try and justify Kaitlyn as being under scored. Even though they will try.

1. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 120.950
2. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 117.650
3. Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., 115.300
4. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 115.100
5. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 112.050
6. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 111.600
7. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 110.750
8. Kiana Winston, Fort Worth, Texas, 110.250
9. Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas, 109.550
10. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 109.400
11. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 109.150
12. Brianna Brown, West Chester, Ohio, 109.000
13. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan., 108.900
14. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 108.100
15. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 108.050
16. Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas, 107.600
17. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 107.400
18. Ariana Guerra, League City, Texas, 106.850
19. Polina Shchennikova, Colorado Springs, Colo., 106.150
20. Samantha Partyka, Katy, Texas, 106.050
21. Mary Maxwell, Elk Grove, Calif., 105.750
22. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 103.900
23. Abigail Milliet, Denton, Texas, 103.800
24. Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas, 100.400
25. Veronica Hults, Allen, Texas, 53.250

1. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 31.550
2. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 30.450
3. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 29.950
4. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 29.700
5. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 29.500
5. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 29.500
7. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 29.400
7. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan., 29.400
9. Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., 29.350
10. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 29.200
11. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 28.950
12. Ariana Guerra, League City, Texas, 28.800
12. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 28.800
14. Abigail Milliet, Denton, Texas, 28.700
15. Kiana Winston, Fort Worth, Texas, 28.650
16. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 28.200
17. Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas, 27.950
18. Brianna Brown, West Chester, Ohio, 27.450
19. Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas, 27.200
20. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 27.100
21. Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas, 27.000
22. Samantha Partyka, Katy, Texas, 26.950
23. Polina Shchennikova, Colorado Springs, Colo., 26.400
24. Mary Maxwell, Elk Grove, Calif., 26.050

Uneven Bars
1. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 30.150
2. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 29.600
3. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 28.950
4. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 28.050
5. Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., 27.800
6. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 27.650
7. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 27.450
7. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 27.450
9. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 27.400
10. Brianna Brown, West Chester, Ohio, 27.350
10. Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas, 27.350
12. Ariana Guerra, League City, Texas, 27.250
13. Mary Maxwell, Elk Grove, Calif., 27.150
14. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 27.000
15. Polina Shchennikova, Colorado Springs, Colo., 26.750
16. Kiana Winston, Fort Worth, Texas, 26.600
17. Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas, 26.500
18. Samantha Partyka, Katy, Texas, 25.900
19. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan., 25.500
20. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 25.450
21. Veronica Hults, Allen, Texas, 25.250
22. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 24.550
23. Abigail Milliet, Denton, Texas, 23.400
24. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 22.500
25. Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas, 21.700

Balance Beam
1. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 31.050
2. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 30.450
3. Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., 29.050
4. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 28.750
5. Veronica Hults, Allen, Texas, 28.000
6. Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas, 27.700
7. Kiana Winston, Fort Worth, Texas, 27.600
8. Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas, 27.500
9. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 27.200
10. Brianna Brown, West Chester, Ohio, 27.050
10. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 27.050
12. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 26.950
13. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 26.900
13. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 26.900
15. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 26.850
16. Mary Maxwell, Elk Grove, Calif., 26.500
17. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan., 26.150
18. Samantha Partyka, Katy, Texas, 26.100
19. Polina Shchennikova, Colorado Springs, Colo., 25.850
20. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 25.650
21. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 25.450
22. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 25.300
23. Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas, 25.200
24. Ariana Guerra, League City, Texas, 25.150
25. Abigail Milliet, Denton, Texas, 25.050

Floor Exercise
1. Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas, 30.050
2. Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29.150
3. Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., 29.100
4. Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio, 28.200
5. Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan., 27.850
6. Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 27.650
7. Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas, 27.600
8. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 27.550
9. Kiana Winston, Fort Worth, Texas, 27.400
10. Brianna Brown, West Chester, Ohio, 27.150
10. Polina Shchennikova, Colorado Springs, Colo., 27.150
12. Samantha Partyka, Katy, Texas, 27.100
12. Simone Biles, Spring, Texas, 27.100
14. Ericha Fassbender, Katy, Texas, 26.950
15. Abigail Milliet, Denton, Texas, 26.650
15. Mykayla Skinner, Gilbert, Ariz., 26.650
17. Macy Toronjo, Huntsville, Texas, 26.300
18. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 26.150
18. Mackenzie Brannan, Austin, Texas, 26.150
20. Mary Maxwell, Elk Grove, Calif., 26.050
21. Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, 25.950
22. Ariana Guerra, League City, Texas, 25.650
23. Peyton Ernst, Coppell, Texas, 25.550
23. Lauren Marinez, Orlando, Fla., 25.550

Thanks Komova

August 20, 2011

Viktoria is working on those form issues:)