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.
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