Rebecca Bross

I don’t have the article but apparently Rebecca Bross has decided to only focus on bars and beam. She will no longer train Vault and Floor. Health wise this is a good idea. The girl is a walking injury but her chances for making this Olympic team have just ended IMO.

Rebecca has two UB medals from worlds but her scores are hardly impressive.

At the 2010 worlds she scored a 14.933 in prelims. Of the top 6 AA gymnasts in prelims Rebecca had the fifth worst score. The only gymnast she beat on bars was Aly Raisman (14.133)

In the AA she repeated that same score. This was the competition she got that ridiculous 15 plus score for her floor routines to keep her in the AA even though she fell.

In the event finals her score went up to a 15.066 where she finished third. She never would have been in the medals if the two Chinese girls didn’t choke.

In 2009 she scored a 14.635 in the event finals. In the AA it was a 15.075.

These scores might have cut it two years ago but if the US needs a bar specialist (that can only back up one event in case of injury) 14.933, 14.675 and 15.075 is just not good enough. Give her the benefit of the doubt with a 3 point upgrade in difficulty score and she still doesn’t cut it.

Kyla Ross got scores in the 15’s with the same difficulty score and much better execution. She most likely will upgrade.

Russia recently got 3 score over a 15.300 and the lowest was Grishina who matches the US’s best.

I actually think Rebecca is more valuable on beam than bars and the US does not need a beam specialist.

I know this Bross blog is currently poorly written (even for me) but I have tried to write it a million times and much like Rebecca’s gymnastics, boring is what you get.

I have this like/tolerate/hate opinion of Bross. Off hand she is a good gymnast. A lucky gymnast in most regards (two AA medals with falls) and while her being on this team doesn’t totally make me want to throw up I don’t see a place for her doing two events. The one event she really could have been useful on would be floor. She isn’t training it.



86 Responses to “Rebecca Bross”

  1. Katie Hallman (@MsKatieEHallman) Says:

    Actually I think this means she will make it. If she hits at the next 3 competitions! She would make a perfect 3rd UB worker! I would put her up first, then Kyla, then Gabby. And especially if the Nastia thing doesn’t go through! Just can’t imagine Valeri not having a gymnast at this Olympics. I think this will help her chances because she can focus on UB and possibly even upgrade!

    I’m not a Rebecca fan and her beam makes me want to cry, but I hope she makes the team. She deserves it after all the crap she’s been put through!

    • Rhanda Says:

      I don’t think anyone will be put on the Olympic team just because of the “crap [they’ve] been put through.” Bross is injured a lot (some of it due to bad luck, some due to poor form and random mistakes), she’s inconsistent and as illustrated by this blog, she just doesn’t have the scores on beam and bars.

      • Katie Hallman (@MsKatieEHallman) Says:

        I wasn’t implying that Marta would put her on the team because of that! haha! Just the opposite! Marta loves to put gymnasts through crap and probably gets a kick out of it when they don’t make it! Example: McKenzie Wofford!

        And just to clarify: I am not and have never been a fan of Rebecca. To me, her style of gymnastics (“dance” and tumbling) represents everything that has gone wrong with this sport!

        I was just pointing out that based on Marta’s “plan” (needing 2 UB specialists, not that she couldn’t change it) has a spot for Rebecca especially considering the fact that the whole Nastia thing probably isn’t happening and I know Valeri is politicking to get a gymnast on the team! Focusing on UB may help her cause!

        I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel extremely bad for her and I know how devastated she’ll be if she doesn’t make so in that regard, I kinda want it for her. On the other hand, though, I’ll be fine if she’s not on the team! If we’re lucky there might be some artistry from the Americans in London and Rebecca not being there will help.

      • Katie Hallman (@MsKatieEHallman) Says:

        ^^^Note about the post^^^

        If Nastia does come through and make it, well yeah there’s no chance for poor Rebecca! LOL! I cannot wait to read her future tell-all!

      • Rhanda Says:

        I understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. JMiller Says:

    And the WOGA legacy dies.

  3. Dee Says:

    GTT, that was the perfect way to put that. I’ve been searching for a way to describe how I feel about her gymnastics, and like/hate/tolerate is about as good as it gets, hahaha.

    There is just no way she is going to be on that team now. I legit had not counted her out until I heard this (thought she was still training the AA). There is just no way.

  4. Biyatch Says:

    Totally agree that her chances are trashed without training floor. I think it remains to be seen with the speculated members who ends up being the first floor worker up with Jordyn and Aly.

    I almost wish that Alicia had passed off her music/choreography from last year to one of the younger girls this year. McKayla was fine last year but has shown the tendency to land on her ass. Gabby’s routine is weak and just slightly uncomfortable to watch. And we have yet to really see Kyla with her floor upgrades and even then the choreography is questionable. It would seem that it would be one of those 3 that got screwed if they brought someone to be a bars “specialist.”

    It almost seems like McKayla fits the least, given what the team needs. It would be screwing an individual gold for the team gold.

  5. JAS4 Says:

    I think Bross would have to show up with a close to 7.0 d score on bars and be consistant on bars and beam to stand a chance but if her WOGA buddy shows up and does anything on beam and bars she will get the spot over Bross

  6. sanitynmotion Says:

    I like Bross as a person (seems like a nice humble girl who works hard, plus her curly/frizzy hair just makes you smile); her gymnastics, however, is just pound pound pound (hold weird pose) followed by pound pound pound…(another weird pose)…and then her form is just bad. Her bars looks labored, like every giant is taking its toll on her.

    Every time she mounts the beam, I feel apprehensive. Then I get even more apprehensive when she dismounts. Raisman is more consistent and has the same difficulty (at least); Jordyn has more difficulty and is also consistent, and so is Kyla (who has the best execution I’ve seen of the three). There’s no room for Rebecca on beam. Unless Aly is injured.

    There would have been a better shot for her if she had her floor, but it looks to me like Valerie is doing what he can to preserve a spot for Nastia, because I can’t imagine Marta would tell him to have Bross only train bars and beam. Behind closed doors, I’ll bet Marta is telling him to have Becca do the same routines as Nastia, and then Nastia will show up, do her routines, get higher scores for them because we all know Marta is not above paying off judges, and then Nastia will be on the team. It will be another “gimme” for Nastia, and Marta can hide behind the scenario that Nastia scored better at nationals and trials, so she makes the team over Bross.

    With the depth of team USA, Marta can afford to have a team made up of Aly, Jordyn, Ross, and even Maroney and take Nastia as a substitute for her “gimme” medal. If she does that she’s taking a huge risk, but if you guys are certain that she’ll take Nastia no matter what then that’s your scenario. Maybe sub Douglas in for Maroney…who knows. If Maroney has a good floor, I still think the team should be: Maroney, Douglas, Raisman, Weiber, Ross.

    • Gymbee Says:

      That sounds like a good team, I can see that!

      VT: Raisman/Ross, Wieber, Maroney
      UB: Wieber, Ross, Douglas
      BB: Raisman, Wieber, Ross
      FX: Wieber, Ross, Raisman

      Core of Wieber, Raisman and Ross, with a UB and VT “specialist”.

      I keep thinking about this and I check your blog a million times a day GTT!

      • JAS4 Says:

        I think it’s a good possibility that Jordyn,Aly,Kyla,&Gabby could be on the team then everyone else is just fight for one spot
        1.Maroney vs ASac: competing for a spot on floor and vault but doubtful they would be on the team together

        2. Bross vs Nastia: both only training Bars and Beam that we know of even though a Bars and Floor person would probably be more useful

        3.Sloan vs Shawn: both competing to be an AA likely used as a table setter on bars, floor, or possibly beam if need be

        4.everyone vs Nastia: we all know who wins that one

      • terri3975 Says:

        I want to echo Gymbee’s comment about your blog GTT. Keep up the goodwork, not only GTT but everybody who is commenting! I love this. As I mentioned I am only just getting up to speed on all the personalities and capabilities of the current crop of girls going for it this year. There is no better place for a crash course on this than this blog. I can’t wait for the Olympics.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Thank you. I agree that all the comments are making the blog. I am pretty cynical so I tend to see the glass as missing half it’s water so it is nice to have some of you peppy people around:)

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I went back and looked at Sloan’s UB and floor routines; if she can do what she was capable of in ’09 or even ’10 (on bars) she can make this team just because she’s really good on bars and has very good form overall. Her twists on floor are actually better than most. Does anyone know how Sloan did at the last camp? She’s also capable of filling in for beam in case we have two injuries in London like we did in ’08.

      • terri3975 Says:

        Has anybody else noticed that our comments on this blog are being given time stamps several hours after the time they are actually sent? I live in the central time zone and they are being stamped with times five hours after the time I sent them. GTT, are you operating this blog from a yacht somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? LOL

      • Gymbee Says:

        I am at London time, and mine are stamped as 1 hour before I send them!

        I am excited to see what Sloan and Memmel are up to. I can see them possibly throwing a wrench (a small one) in the wheels! Gaaah I am just counting the days till Classics and Nats. So much can change!

      • terri3975 Says:

        It must be stamping everything with Greenwich Mean Time. Makes sense.

      • ss Says:

        Ross on FX in team finals?!?! someones been smoking too much crack.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I am not smoking crack but I agree with you. That being said she has her old routine back and that starts from a 5.8

      • JAS4 Says:

        Yeah if she got could upgrade to at least a 6.0+ on floor she could be used if need be but it would be better to have a stronger floor worker it’s kind of like with Jordyn’s bars they are ok and could be used but it would be better to use a good bar worker

      • Gymbee Says:

        Wasn’t there some rumours that Ross had a bunch of upgrades, and she was getting rid of the double tuck? If not, get Maroney in.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Rumors are not exactky fact but I find it hard to believe she wouldn’t upgrade that routine.

    • Exgymgurl Says:

      Her hair makes me want to pay for a blow out and buy her a flat iron….doesn’t make me smile …..ASac is not in the lineup at classics

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        If you gave her a blow out and straight iron, she’d have NO hair. It’s really thin. I actually think she should grow it out longer so it doesn’t look so “poofy”…I mean, some girls would kill for those curls. Anyway. It’s just hair.

    • terri3975 Says:

      Sandy, when you say Marta is not above paying off the judges, i suspect you do not mean that literally — as in the form of cash payments. I think you mean there is no doubt she exercises undue influence over everybody involved in USA Gymnastics, including the judges. I agree with you entirely. I understand she is on the committee that actually assigns judges to the various competitions for goodness sake. Plus most of the judges make their living in gymnastics in some way which, if Marta so desired, she could sabatoge. They don’t make much money judging. They mainly do it because they enjoy it and to stay connected in the gymnastics community. I know one or two of them. By and large I think they are honorable people and do not consciously score gymnasts for reasons other than valid criteria (how the gymnasts actually perform), but human nature being what it is, I think they cannot help but be influenced on the subconscious level by what Marta desires. This is just another reason why I think she has way too much influence and power in USA Gymnasts.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I read in that “unauthorized” Chelle Stack biography posted on this site a few months ago that Marta/Bela gave a gold watch to one of the international judges via collecting cash from all of the “gym moms” who were already strapped financially trying to support their daughter’s dreams (or their dreams) of being an Olympian. I know it’s not necessarily fact coming from an angry parent, but that kind of behavior from those two wouldn’t surprise me. So I wouldn’t be surprised if she were bribing the judges somehow behind closed doors. I’m sure most judges are honorable people, but unfortunately you’re right, the Karolyis have way too much influence and power over USA gymnastics. How they are allowed that remains to be known by outsiders like me.

        I mean, at the end of the day Marta is paid to produce results. Her results have been non-impressive to be honest (this is my opinion). The “Magnificent 7” were not under her power. They did not produce Shannon Miller. Kerri Strug was an unknown before that vault.

        In 2000, the US bombed. Ok, whatever. At this point I wasn’t paying attention but I read somewhere this was the reason Marta was hired.

        In 2004, Carly Patterson won the AA (the Karolyis’ did not produce her) and the team won silver despite having won worlds in 2003. The same thing pretty much happened in 2007/08: US were favored to win gold (having won worlds in ’07), but they brought home silver and the AA champion was not a Karolyi gymnast (OK, I know they retired from coaching by now so I guess this is a moot point). I can’t remember any USA gymnast taking home a gold medal on an individual apparatus in 2004; we all know Shawn got gold on balance beam in 2008. Still – not impressive enough for one person to have so much power.

        So here we are in 2012. Team USA won worlds in 2011. Same scenario. If USA does not win that team gold, Marta should be fired. She’s had three shots now. I don’t think USA Gymnastics needs her for medals, especially for the individual ones.

        Again, that’s just my opinion…

      • JAS4 Says:

        She would probably still hand pick her successor lol like if she chose Valeri or Nastia things probably won’t change much

  7. nero Says:

    My team has always been Wieber, Raisman, Maroney, Ross, Bross. I still think this team would work, you have 4 amanars and can see which out of Ross and Raisman scores higher in prelims

    3 decent UB scores

    Sit Maroney out of beam in prelims and see how the judges score Raisman and Bross. I would feel more comfortable putting Aly up in TF but the judges might hammer her execution

    Maroney Wieber Raisman for floor

    This would also work because it gives Kyla and Aly a chance to fight it out for the second AA spot

    That’s what my heart says but I’m 80% sure the team will be this but replace Bross with Gabby.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I’d rather have Douglas than Bross. Gabby has the vault to fall back on, a better beam (and she’s just as consistent if not more consistent in the past year than Bross), and obviously better bars. Her floor could use some improvement but that’s mostly a choreography thing, not a tumbling thing. Her tumbling is pretty dang decent and she has good form. She just needs to stop doing the whole “nervous out of bounds step back” thing she did the last two times in competition. That drives me nuts!

      I actually think Douglas, Kyla, and Aly should duke it out for the AA spot – guess we’ll see that at nationals and trials, too.

  8. Aerial Says:

    I’m surprised her apparent extreme gym daddy still has her at WOGA and is kosher with this plan. Everyone knew before her brutal injury that mentally she was a mess and crashing on everything. Even the commentators were shocked she was competing. Then she has that awful vault for all the world to see… that injury was TOTALLY avoidable had they not pushed her to compete unnecessarily. I can take or leave Bross… she was never a favourite previously, but after all this shiz and her being one of the very few of this quad who aren’t camera-hoggy, I do want her to do her best – she deserves it probably more than anyone.
    Just surprised her dad would be cool with this plan. He sounded like the type that would have yanked her after she got injured, or who would be angry at her now being forced to be a 2-event gymnast.

  9. Alex Says:

    I agree with this blog post. I was very surprised to hear this news about Rebecca not going for the AA. If she was still training floor, I think she would have a lot better chance of making the team. She definitely has had enough time to train it unless there are other injuries we don’t know about.

    It could be Bross, Wieber, and Raisman on floor. But now that she is only training bars and beam, I just can’t see her making the team unfortunately.

    The team IMO should be Wieber, Ross, Douglas, Raisman, and Maroney.

    Even though Maroney won’t contribute on any event besides vault, possibly floor, she can still win the vault title. I would also rather have a guaranteed 16 score on vault.

    Nastia does not deserve to make this team after training for a few months and not attending any camps no matter what her scores are. I am also a little disappointed with Shawn Johnson’s publicity stunts. How can she act like she is going to Olympics on every show appearance. There is no way she can be training seriously.

    The only was Rebecca will make this team is if Gabby totally self destructs under the pressure like she did last year at Nationals and Pacific Rim.

  10. AKF009 (@AKF009) Says:

    Here is Bross Verifying bars. Looks a bit labored. No real upgrades.

  11. AKF009 (@AKF009) Says:

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      At least one major form break and pause, and at least two major leg separations. And that from only a PORTION of her bars because stupid USA Gymnastics doesn’t like to show us everything. Is this the routine she supposedly “won” on at camp? If so that’s not good. Not good at all. Kyla must have messed up too if that were the case (not just Gabby). We all know Kyla posts better bars scores than Becca on an average day.

  12. Ness Says:

    I just do not understand what Valeri is thinking. It seems he like he just totally gave up on her. Without Rebecca’s floor, she has absolutely no chance of making this team. I was really looking forward to seeing her this summer, thinking she would be stronger than ever. but i guess not.

  13. Alex Says:

    I have to think that Valeri knows something we don’t. I don’t believe for a moment that he would intentionally sabotage Becca’s career, and I also don’t think he’d make a rookie mistake that would cost her a spot on the team. He’s way too in the know. I believe that either a) He is feeling confident that Becca has a shot being the bars/beam specialist OR b) Becca’s body truly just can’t handle floor/vault, and that’s their only option. If it’s B, I’m sure they’re just crossing their fingers, trying their best, and hoping. Yes, Nastia is Valeri’s daughter, but you’ve got to believe that he wanted them BOTH on the team, and would do whatever it took to maximize the chance of that happening. I doubt he wanted one if he could have two. I really do want this for Becca, so I am really, really hoping that she can make this team AND be great. I guess we’ll see how things unfold….this is pretty exciting. And nerve-wracking! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • doughnut sundae Says:

      On the mend and without a free pass to Nationals, Rebecca finds herself back at square one, having to earn her keep. But four months just isn’t enough time for an all-around contender to score brownie points on last minute assignments, navigate her way through tiered qualifiers, cement Olympic routine(s), remain fairly healthy and peak in London. So the decision to find a niche seems to be a pragmatic one.

      What could Becca possibly bring to a top-seeded team that will make her membership invaluable? Is it a storied resume? What about the Liukin Seal of Approval?

      I think her contribution is not merely athletic, but psychological. Rebecca brings stoics to the team dynamic, and in an Olympic storm her confident restraint can anchor emotional castaways.

      Chemistry, not athleticism, is the most important element in team-building, I’d say, particularly in America’s WAG program, where its B- and C-lists are capable of returning to the States with Olympic hardware.

      Aly, of course, is another active ingredient in the psychological equation…

      There are two marble lions at the entrance to the New York Public Library in Manhattan. One of them is named Patience, and the other Fortitude. Alexandra Raisman reminds me of Patience and Rebecca Bross, Fortitude.

      “Patience and fortitude conquer all things” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  14. Exgymgurl Says:

    Your talking about the same coach that didn’t help Vanessa Atler at all… He’s not the great super achiever… He may think at this point her gymnastics is a waste of his time…

  15. Aerial Says:

    Also the same coach that had her competing when she was bombing practices and podium training and everyone knew she was a headcase… next thing you know, the world watches as she competes anyway and her knee shatters all over the mat.

  16. newbie Says:

    What’s everyone’s take on Sarah Finnegan?? Any news of upgrades??

    • AKF009 (@AKF009) Says:

      Unless Finnegan has upgraded to an amanar and ranks in the top 3 on floor, I don’t think she has a shot.

      Surprisingly, her delusional coach Al Fong already proclaimed on a gymnastike interview last year at nationals that both Finnegan and Dowell “intend to make the team.”

      • doughnut sundae Says:

        What do you expect a coach to say?

        “Brenna and Sarah are talented athletes, but do I think they’re Olympic caliber? PUH-LEASE!”

        Besides, slanderous statements will only endorse the services of a competitor.

        P.S. You guys should be happy for Region 4. The last time we sent a Hopeful to the Olympics was back in 2008!

      • Katie Hallman (@MsKatieEHallman) Says:

        Finnegan does have the Amanar! Verified it in February or March!! It was the big news of that camp!

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      She is the new Courtney Mccool. She is not getting those beam connections. I don’t like her new floor but I liked her old one and honestly if this competition was decided by gymnasts not under Marta’s thumb she would have no chance in hell. Besides floor she doesn’t score well. The only time I remember her competing was at a junior meet where she missed floor finals. Her only good event at the time.

      It’s like Mckayla. She doesn’t beat Aly outside the US but when Marta is judging she does.

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Courtney McCool…. No way Marta would have taken her by choice over Carly ding dong

      • JAS4 Says:

        With Marta I don’t think anything would surprise me lol but I could possibly see her as an alternate but I kind of see some of the 08 girls being the alternates or maybe Maroney or Gabby if one of them doesn’t make the team

      • gymtruthteller Says:


        Who said they would take Mccool over Carly. I am confused.

      • JAS4 Says:

        Bridget Sloan interview

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Marta was forced to take 1-2 AA that year and said in interviews had she been able she would have had Carly ding dong named right at trials… She was forced by scores to take the two Courtney’s when she wanted Carly ding dong who had to wait till selection camp. I’m tired today and Bross’ need for a straightener irritates me… Like hit your hair with a chi iron….

  17. JAS4 Says:

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this yet but it’s Memmel training beam

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Thank you. I saw it. Hey what did Sloan have to say? I am too lazy to watch it:)

      • JAS4 Says:

        She said she is much healthier than she had been recently and she has new upgrade, she does two short workouts a day with physical therepy in between instead of one long workout like before, then she talks about how camp is the same as before blah blah blah, the ASac and Shawn inspire her to stay motivated Blah blah blah and her sister is getting married blah blah blah that’s pretty much it lol

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Thanks. This is why you are my favorite poster:)

      • JAS4 Says:

        Lol! I think since I discovered your blog a few months ago I spend more time on here than twitter or Facebook!

      • nero Says:


        Love them both. Dammit, I just want everyone who doesn’t make the Olympic team to go to worlds next year but I know Bridget is going to Florida. I don’t watch NCAA but I’ll check in on her from time to time

        Wasn’t Sloan supposed to be working on an amanar?

      • JAS4 Says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised I think pretty much everyone and their mama either has an Amanar or is training one but I think as long as she has a solid DTY and decent beam her time would be better spent on bars and floor

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      LOL the dude at the end of this video cracks me up. Hey if you think about it, Memmel will also be directly competing against Liukin/Bross for that bars/beam spot. I hope she’s training floor too, because if she brings a strong bars, solid beam and good floor, she should have a spot over those two.

  18. JAS4 Says:

    So I wonder why a week before Classics they don’t have any information listed on their website as to where on tv or the Internet you can watch Classics all it says on their website is that it’s TBA

  19. JAS4 Says:

    Did everyone decide to jump on the tour bandwagon?

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I so want to go just so I can make fun of it but I even have my standards when it comes to mocking:)

      • JAS4 Says:

        Yeah and I’m sure Nastia will still be the center of attention on the tour lol

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        This is going to be the biggest tour ever… Watch them pull dumb Dom and Carly ding dong into it…. Circus tour mocking GD, ASac, muppets, liukin, I am so over this group of US gymnasts I so can’t get excited about any of them if Maroney makes this team she’s going to be an insufferable diva….if gabby makes it she’s going to have a mental meltdown…the only people we should send are jordyn Kyla and as much as I dislike her Raisman. None of them irritate me. But if Chellsie freakin Memmel comes in kills classics nationals and trials as an AA gymnast it throws a new wrench into the equation if and it’s a big if but if she’s healthy and kills it how do you not take her? same with Sloan…… Hopefully the process works and we get the best 5 women right now not on camp performance or past performances….that piece the best possible team. I’m beginning to believe the Karolyis have no favorites no loyalty to anyone and it’s all about whomever is getting you to the win in any given moment. Shannon Miller in 2000 only competed at trials didn’t work so well but it has and can be done. I look at the 2000 trial process and Jayme Dantzcher emerged and earned it as did Morgan White. Vanessa Atler and Alyssa Beckerman faltered. schweikert did okay but not amazing. Dawes proved consistency and clawed her way up but had Beckerman, Atler or Schweikert performed better in that process any of them could have had that spot.

        I think Jordyn and Kyla’s are locks. gabby not handling pan am pressure doesn’t bode well for her. I think the rest will be who rises up and hits cleanly consistently and looks the best through ants and trials. Memmel and Sloan both score well internationally whereas Maroney does not except on vault. If Bross brings it and scores well it’s possible. Romania China and Russia are all coming, and honestly I don’t think this is our gold to lose I think on any given day any of those four teams could take it. I ask myself do our girls want it as badly as Catalina Ponor does?? Do they have the fire… I don’t see the fire in our team…. That scares me….because honestly grit and fire get you farther than talent and difficulty.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      Honestly, the tour is a joke. Watching these girls do heavily watered down gymnastics in stupid costumes with wacky lighting just does not excite me, no matter who those people are. Sorry. I guess it’s more for the pre-teens. It’s worse than watching NCAA gymnastics.

      That being said, the sad thing is Ponor has the luxury of having the “fire” for a gold because she KNOWS she’s going to the Olympics barring any sort of injury. The USA girls do not have that luxury. They kill themselves just go make it on the team with three competitions and a camp. By the time the time the Olympics DO come around, the girls that have made it are too tired/fatigued to really have the same fire as the Romanians/Russians. They end up peaking in time to make the team but then who knows what will happen come the Olympics. I honestly hate Marta’s way of doing things. I have a feeling this time around will be no different: team will be announced, someone will be injured right before competition, someone else will freak out and make a major mistake, and the US will end up with silver or bronze.

      Then can someone please fire Marta?

    • doughnut sundae Says:

      The GAGE babies are going on tour?! Hmmmm… Given the six – almost seven – figure payday, the Tour of Gymnastics Champions only makes cents for: (1) recent Olympians who are (2) professional athletes.

      • JAS4 Says:

        I know it’s probably a dumb question but could the tour affect the Caquattos college scholarship eligability? I’m guessing no because they seem pretty set on being gators

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Not a dumb question. You can tour for fun and not get paid like Hollie vise did in 2004 after the Olympics and still maintain amateur status. Shayla did this also in 2008 post Olympics pre-Georgia

      • JAS4 Says:

        It looks like it’s going to be a big national team camp reunion on tour after the Olympics lol

  20. JAS4 Says:

    I have decided that if Nastia does do floor then her floor music should be darth vadar’s music and she shall now be referred to darth Nastia and Marta is the emporer….sorry star wars is on tv lol

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      That would be perfect music for her and it very much connects the two things in this world I hate most. Nastia and the evil

      • JAS4 Says:

        Yeah all she needs is the mask and her transformation to Darth Nastia wil be complete lol on another not I saw this on twitter if if Shawn will pose in this what’s the big deal about a Leo

      • doughnut sundae Says:

        The Shawn Johnson that critics and fans have come to know (and expect) has 6% body fat or less. If she does not live up to their expectations snide comments flood the media, and she is VERY self-conscious about this.

        Personally, I think a low self-esteem makes her elusive.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      Actually that would be awesome floor music. I can totally see Bross’ choreography to it too. Just take Bross’ choreo and that music and give it to Liukin, since she wants to train floor so bad and Bross is no longer doing it.

  21. K Says:

    Kyla Ross beam routine from camp. Nothing new.

    • Newbie Says:

      Disappointed I didn’t see anything new, but her execution looks better then ever.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      On the second “flash” scene, is that ASac giving her the stare-down treatment in the back? Hahahahah….can only imagine.

    • nero Says:

      Why double tuck WHY??? I was hoping for a patterson. I love Kyla on beam, not only does she have the big skills but she does them well and is SOLID

      I think she fits perfectly sandwiched between Raisman and Wieber in beam TF lineup

      I hope she’s pushing for a bigger bars score too, her new routine is supposed to be a 6.4 right? I wish she would go a little higher, Jordyn’s routine is like a 6.4-6.5. I know Kyla’s execution makes up for it but I do feel like she could push for a little higher D score

  22. sanitynmotion Says:

    This is really freakin irritating. They mention Raisman as Jordyn’s biggest US rival. No mention of Ross. Yet Ross beat Raisman every single time she goes up against her. Raisman doesn’t even have much of a chance for the AA title (unless someone is injured).

    I mean – even Douglas used to be mentioned. And Ponor is not even doing the AA.

    • doughnut sundae Says:

      I think Jordyn’s biggest threat will come from a girl with the home-field advantage.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      The bleacher report is full of wanna be writers. The person that wrote the article probably looked at last years Nationals results.

      Ross will be fine. She can keep the hype down and do her thing.

  23. elitefan Says:
    So sad yet awesome the cyclists were tossing Snickers bars up to the gymnasts’ balconies. Also, reason #6435 why Michelle Kwan is the best.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Michelle Kwan is the best and that was a very sweet thing to do.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      Michelle Kwan is my favorite athlete, ever. Ever ever. She doesn’t need an Olympic gold to cement her status as a “legend” in figure skating. The only bummer about Shawn’s career (vs. Michelle’s) was that it was so short. We were privileged with years (like a decade) of being able to watch Kwan compete – at her highs and lows. That’s the only bummer about gymnastics: the career span of a gymnast is so dang short. I am hoping I can watch Shawn compete at least once more. It would be a let down after being so hyped up/excited about her comeback to not see her compete again.

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