Podium Training

Meet Schedule

Professional photog must have taken these.
USA-Gymnastics, Nothing but the best

So far no Nastia training videos. Interesting

Jordyn Wieber I like you as a person but no real judges are giving you credit for these connections. She is going to lose the AA title on this routine.

Bridget Sloan has a bar combination upgrade. She has been gone so long I don’t even remember her routine

Looks like Kyla is not upgrading the bars dismount. She does the double layout so easy she could easily add a twist.

Alicia on beam

Kyla nailing beam. Tim will probably say it isn’t good enough and then she will get a 15.400

Gabby nailing vault. Podium training stick.

Alicia on vault. Looks beautiful in the air. Looks like no hard landings for her so she stays healthy. Smart move

Gabby having a few issues on bars

Does it scare the Gabby fans that she hitting like this in Podium training? From 1 minute to 1.10 she does a leap then walks the beam for ten more seconds after that. Why?



50 Responses to “Podium Training”

  1. nero Says:

    WOGA isn’t there yet, I think they do another training tonight and I didn’t see Anna Li either

    I think Jordyn’s connections are getting better, her front handspring to full should count but her full stops completely before her back handspring. She needs to keep her arms moving

    And Gabby I was severely hoping, I mean got down on my knees and prayed you would have a new floor routine….sigh

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I could have sworn I saw Rebecca Bross in the background, somewhere.

      • nero Says:

        Hmmm which video? She tweeted 2 hours ago that she was St Louis bound.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t remember which video but you are probably right. There would be videos if she was there.

      • Gymsurfer Says:

        Yes, I saw a picture of Nastia in St. Louis with Bross next to her.

    • Shawn Fan! Says:

      Ross and Gabby are looking good…..but hasn’t Marta decided Jordyn and Ali as no. 1 and 2, and Nastia as the two event winner?

      At this point, I cannot see how the team cannot be Jordyn, Kyla, Mckayla, Gabby and Ali……

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I agree. I thought Gabby and Ross looked really good. I hope both of them beat Nastia on beam just to cement her “comeback”…ditto on bars too. Gabby’s leaps on beam are spectacular. My biggest hope at this point is that Kyla will have an upgraded floor.
        Jordyn looks strong too but I wish she’d just give up on the back full combo pass. It doesn’t look right.

      • Gymsurfer Says:

        Gabby’s Amanar was really terrific, no?

  2. JAS4 Says:

    Those were almost Nastia “connections” I would love to see Jordyn win the AA but she has got to get that beam flawless and and do something with her bars I think she has decent difficulty considering its her weakest even I think low 6s but she is has either got to upgrade a few tenths or hit the routine much better and do more than just get through it she needs at least maybe a really high 14s score but probably at least a 15 on bars especially if Komova and Mustafina have Amanars

  3. JAS4 Says:

    If ASac had floor still that was pretty solid I could have actually seen her being on the team over Maroney just because she could be used for more than one even but I don’t think beam and vault will cut it

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I would take Alicia over Mckayla in a second if she still did floor. Mckayla has a beautiful Amanar and useable floor but that is it.

      • JAS4 Says:

        Yeah I think the only way I could see ASac on the team now if she had the front handspring double which I think has the same start value as a TTY which is 7.2 but I think she is probably just getting her front hs rudi back and her beam back so I doubt she will have time for upgrades but she has come along way considering her injury if Maroney had a TTY you could put her and ASac on the team and I wouldn’t matter too much about using Aly or Jordyn’s bars as long a they could manage at least a low 14s score

  4. nero Says:

    Gabby ‘should’ be used on beam in TF with Kyla and Jordyn, she would outscore Aly internationally everyday and twice on Sunday. But there is no way in hell I would ever put her up on beam. I would rather have the team eat Raisman’s lower scoring solid routine than watch Gabby have a meltdown

    I’m really hoping Maroney has a good floor but even if she doesn’t I still can’t see her not making it, her 16’s on vault are too valuable

    Jas, if ASac didn’t get hurt I would actually say her chances would have been very good to make the team especially if her front double came to fruition. Unfortunately I think her redemption came during 2010 worlds but kudos to her for sticking it out and not using her injury as an excuse *coughshawncough*

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      She did not outscore Aly last year at worlds on beam

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      Maroney is so consistent on that vault you can almost “count” on that 16 score…that’s why I feel Marta will take her. Gabby has the ability to beat Aly on beam but hasn’t done it yet. She really needs to. She looks better this year on beam than she did last year. Should be interesting. Looking this good at podium, if Gabby effs up beam tomorrow then I can support calling her a headcase.

  5. Exgymgurl Says:


    Chellsie goes on tour. The sponsors are psyched to have her.. Gheesh… I may buy a ticket to that… I bet like Priceline she named her own price

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      She sold out for money. We knew there was a bribe. Now we know what it was. I am still not wasting money to see this shit and half the stops will be cancelled like they always are.lol

      • JAS4 Says:

        She probably figured she couldn’t win against USAG so she figured she might as well make some money lol

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I don’t even know why people go to these. Totally not as cool to see these gymnasts do watered-down routines (if they can be called that) to cheesy pop music in stupid fairy costumes. I’d rather watch a Cirque show, to be honest.

        This was totally a bribe from Mr. Pennyman so all of Chellsie’s fans would shut up.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I have a blog planned. Just looking for the perfect picture:)

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Pretty much guarantee that Chellsie is taking Shawn’s $$ for touring. Shawn’s getting DWTs$$. They shuffled. The wording on the Kellogs page is “the 2011 world team, the 2012 Olympic team and nastia….” phraseology suggesting Nastia doesn’t go

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Shawn never agreed to do the tour. As far as I know she was never asked.

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        True dat… Shawn stated publicly she wanted to tour.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Maybe before the super DWTS show.lol

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      At least she got something. Did she go pro? Maybe she can compete NCAA too and get a scholarship.

  6. Exgymgurl Says:

    Not in tx… Aka nastiaville… It’s better than a potato which is what she had without the fans….nthey would have loved to have excluded her

  7. Exgymgurl Says:

    She’s going to end up working for cirque de Soleil… Watch

  8. Exgymgurl Says:

    Maybe she only wanted to go to the Olympics to get tour money….. Or I’m sure that was at least part of it…

  9. H Says:

    Ticket to trials

    I did not find your email GTT, so I take the chance posting it here, hopefully that is ok.

    I planed going to Olympic trials, but I have to stay in Europe over the summer. Sigh …
    So I am left with a good ticket. I am therefor wondering if anyone here, or if you know someone that would be interested to buy mine, for a discount price? I can transfer the ticket to a given email through ticketmaster. And then the person can pay me when he/she have received the ticket.

    Thank you for any respond:-)

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      H, I don’t know of anyone that wants to go, sorry. Try posting it on a message board. There are always people looking for tickets

    • brainy Says:

      H, I’ll be in the Bay Area that week, would like to know which session/day for which you have a ticket?

      • H Says:

        It is 1 all session ticket.


        Since I posted it here, I have one person that is interested. I will know for sure in a couple of hours, due to timezone, if he will take it or not. If not it is available for you.

      • H Says:

        Brainy, if you are interested the ticket is still available.
        Thanks for letting me know:-)

  10. JAS4 Says:

    Apparently WOGA has arrived lol

  11. JAS4 Says:

    Probably to keep Nastia’s bars a “secret” lol

    • Gymbee Says:

      Just saw USAG posted a video of her bars. She has her double front half out dismout back, and I think it looks better than in Beijing. Granted Valeri did give her a push on it.

      I’m starting to get worried.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        She didn’t do the full routine when she landed the dismount and it is only out of a 6.5. Is it really worth an UB specialist with a routine out of a 6.5? when you can have Mckayla for vault and an almost guaranteed 16? I don’t think so.

        Even if she gets a 9 execution score which almost never happens the best she gets on that routine with real judges is a 15.5 and that is if she hits. The video with the full routine she left out the dismount.

      • Gymbee Says:

        Good! Didn’t know it was only out of 6.5. I bet she’ll fail in competition without Valeri there to push her from down below.

  12. JAS4 Says:

    Maroney interview

    So apparently they reduced the team
    Size to be fair to smaller countries how is it fair? No matter how many people you have on the team only 3 scores count on each event so instead of decreasing the number of people on all teams so that people in the bigger countries that get left home even if they deserve to go why not just let teams compete as long as they have enough people to go up on each event even if it’s a team of three AAs if they are good enough to make it to the Olympics then let them compete but allow everyone to have a team of up to 6 or 7 that way it would make room for people like Maroney who deserve a shot to go
    To the Olympics but may not get the chance

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      Yeah it sucks but that’s just more politics for you…why can’t the Olympic people bend THEIR rules and just allow more athletes overall? Doesn’t make any sense. If you’re the best at something you should be able to compete it – fair and square.

      I think Maroney will make it though if she pulls in a decent floor routine. Anyone know why her beam always scores low 13’s? Does she just have low start values on beam/bars?

      The good thing about Maroney is that she complements the bar/beam specialists well – namely, Nastia. However I still think Nastia better prove herself big time to take over Gabby’s spot, because that’s what she’s going to have to do.

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