Prelims and Team Finals at the Olympics.

People want to discuss it so discuss it:)

Who would you put in prelims and team finals at the Olympics.


Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney


Aliya Mustafina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Anastasia Grishina, Maria Paseka, Viktoria Komova

China: (Boo no Jiang)

He Kexin, Huang Qiushang, Sui Lu, Deng Linlin, Yao Jinnan


Sandra Izbasa, Larisa Iordache, Diana Chelaru, Diana Bulimar, Catalina Ponor

Great Britain:

Beth Tweddle, Jennifer Pinches, Rebecca Tunney, Hannah Whelan, Imogen Cairns


Elizabeth Seitz, Nadine Jarosch, Kim Bui, Oksana Chusovitna, Janine Berger


Yuko Shintake, Koko Tsurumi, Asuka Teramoto, Yu Minobe, Rie Tanaka


Ellie Black, Dominique Pegg, Brittany Rogers, Victoria Moors, Kristina Vaculik


Youna Dufronet, Anne Kuhm, Audrielle Malaussena, Sophia Serseri, Valentine Sabatou

I borrowed the teams from Bekah’s blog
Wouldn’t want to not give due to the person that spent all their time making these lists. She might come here and yell at me again:)



35 Responses to “Prelims and Team Finals at the Olympics.”

  1. The GYM JUICE Says: Guys I have finally finished by Becca montage! Basically about her sad finish to gymnastics. Nothing negative implied here, I respect her gymnastics and find what happened very sad

  2. Jen Says:

    I’ll even go as far to predict the falls

    US Prelims:
    V: Raisman, Douglas, Wieber, Maroney
    UB: Raisman, Wieber, Ross, Douglas
    BB: Douglas (fall), Raisman, Wieber, Ross
    FX: Douglas, Maroney, Wieber, Raisman

    US TF:
    V: Raisman, Wieber, Maroney (sorry, don’t care how sloppy Aly’s is, she’ll hit in in TF, Gabby’ll likely sit it)
    UB: Wieber, Ross, Douglas
    BB: Raisman, Wieber, Ross
    FX: Maroney, Wieber, Raisman

    Russia Prelims:
    V: Grishina, Mustafina, Paseka (fall), Komova
    UB: Afan/Paseka, Grishina, Komova, Mustafina
    BB: Afan, Mustafina, Grishina (fall), Komova
    FX: Grishina, Mustafina, Komova, Afan

    Russia TF:

    V: Mustafina, Paseka (fall), Komova
    UB: Grishina, Komova (fall on Patterson dismount), Mustafina
    BB: Mustafina, Grishina (big wobble), Komova
    FX: Mustafina, Grishina, Afan

    China Prelims:

    V: Linlin, Sui, Jinnan, Qiushang
    UB: Linlin, Qiushang, Jinnan, Kexin (fall)
    BB: Linlin (fall), Qiushang, Jinnan, Sui
    FX: Linlin, Qiushang, Jinnan, Sui

    China TF:

    V: Sui, Jinnan, Qiushang (fall)
    UB: Qiushang, Jinnan, Kexin (fall)
    BB: Qiushang (fall), Jinnan, Sui
    FX: Qiushang, Jinnan, Sui

    Romania Prelims:

    V: Chelaru, Ponor, Izbasa, Iordache
    UB: Chelaru, Bulimar, Izbasa, Iordache
    BB: Izbasa (fall), Bulimar, Ponor, Iordache
    FX: Bulimar, Ponor, Izbasa, Iordache

    Romanian TF:

    V: Ponor, Izbasa, Iordache
    UB: Bulimar, Izbasa, Iordache
    BB: Bulimar, Ponor, Iordache
    FX: Ponor, Izbasa, Iordache

    Everyone else, I just don’t care, they’re not going to be on the podium anyway…

    I see it as:

    1. US
    2. Romania
    3. Russia
    4. China

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Gabby is destined to hit in prelims and bomb in team finals.

      • Jen Says:

        That’s why she only does bars in my TF.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        But you have a brain. Marta is sold on the Gabby train and if anything screws us up it will be that

      • Jen Says:

        Maroney did floor in TF in Tokyo and Nastia didn’t make the team, even as an alternate. I think Martha wants a gold medal and is FINALLY thinking clearly.

      • Kel Says:

        I see everyone from the US being used on 2 events. Don’t think Marta will risk Gabby on beam, but will on vault as she normally lands her vault in competition.

        US Preliminaries:

        Vault- Aly, Gabby, Jordyn, McKayla
        Bars- Aly, Jordyn, Kyla, Gabby
        Beam- Gabby, Kyla, Jordyn, Aly
        Floor- Gabby, McKayla, Jordyn, Aly

        Team Final: Take out Aly on Vault and Bars and Gabby on Beam and Floor.

      • Anonymous Says:

        “Gabby is destined to hit in prelims and bomb in team finals.”

        ^Yes, that is what I think too. And Gabby’s mistakes tend to be bizarre and scary – that vault block is a spinal cord injury waiting to happen. 😦 I’m not a superfan of hers or anything, but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t want any injuries for Gabby. I want her brought down ego wise. She needs to get realistic scores.

      • Jen Says:

        And she will. I see at least 2-3 tenths coming off her bar scores (if she’s not hitting her handstands like she wasn’t at Nationals and Trials), 5 to 6 tenths coming off her floor score (though that’s pretty much true for every American, except perhaps Jo, who was only overscored by a couple of tenths on FX at Nats/Trials), she’s not going to break 15 on beam and her vault is going to get height/flight deductions that the US judges weren’t taking, thus why her vaults were scoring near Jordyn and McKayla. Her AA score will probably drop by more than a point in international competition.

      • elitefan Says:

        John Geddert’s blog about floor lineups in Tokyo: “Makayla’s floor routine in prelims was not up to her normal standards and Sabrina was rock solid. Makala potentially could score higher due a higher start value, so it was just a matter of considering if she would redeem herself in finals. Consideration was also given to the fact that since Vault was Makayla’s only other event, she could use the warm up gym to prepare while we were competing beam and thus be ready when we rotated to floor. Since Sabrina was in the beam line up, this was not an option for her. Strategically this gave Makayla an advantage so we opted to use her as our lead off on floor.”

  3. The GYM JUICE Says:

    What is this article about besides just listing the teams? Are you telling us like the order they’re going up for something?

  4. sanitynmotion Says:

    I’ll have to think about this more but part of me thinks the team final will result in 1. Russia and 2. US…

    Just have a bad feeling, sorry. I guess I expect the worse.

    I would never put Gabby on BB first. She’s not the table setter I would want – it should be Aly on BB first.

    • Kel Says:

      It seems to be a bad luck charm to be the reigning World Champs the year before the Olympics for the United States! I kind of hope the girls are in 2nd or 3rd after day 1 so they don’t get too cocky on day 2.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t think there is any way we can’t be in first after prelims. Overall we are the best team

      • Kel Says:

        Yeah…I just don’t want the girls to think “we’ve got this” and then start making mistakes in the team final. I was just reading that the girls are going to the ranch on Wednesday and will be there until they leave for the Olympics. Those poor girls…a whole week with Marta! Hopefully, she doesn’t run them into the ground right before the games.

  5. JAS4 Says:

    Geddert talks about the scoring and NBC rushing gymnast

    • Dee Says:

      “We may have to reconsider some of the tougher combination bonus skills and trade them for the patented rock solid execution of isolated skills that she has build her reputation on.”

      ^ Quote from the article about Jordyn’s beam. I hope that this comes to be true…

    • Lyra Gill (@lygill) Says:

      goodness Bridget is a class act!

  6. nero Says:

    Let’s all get in a prayer circle for Maroney’s floor. Gabby did a pretty good routine in prelims at Worlds and Maroney F’d up her floor and Marta still went with Maroney.

    I also like the idea of every girl pulling her weight. Gabby 2, vault/bars, Kyla 2 bars/beam, Maroney 2 vault/floor, Aly 2 beam/floor and poor Jordyn is doing all 4 but she can handle it.

    And what about Romania-let’s back-tuck out of every tumbling pass, what the hell is that? We have to live with unconnected stupid leaps out of tumbles now we have to wait 5 seconds for you to add a back-tuck??

    And I’m not counting Russian amanars until I see the receipts. I don’t care if a teammate said they landed them ‘well’, that could just be code for ‘they didn’t break their neck or tear an ACL’

    If Komova and Paseka are landing them at the Olympics then that’s great, but for right now I’m calling them ‘amanars’

    • Dee Says:

      Yea….I’m not sure what the deal is with the Russians and their vaults. Either they all seriously have them and they are solid, or they “have them” and someone will get injured at the Olympics. Truthfully, either option is scary!

  7. Lissa Says:

    What do I want the lineups to be or what do I think they will be? Because what I think they’ll be is Gabby doing V, UB, and FX in TF when she really should only be doing UB. There’s a good chance she’ll sit her Amanar and no matter how she performs her floor, it’s not that great. Plus, everyone always wants to baby Gabby and “not put too much pressure on her” by not using her as a leadoff and getting her coach to be team coach so we can protect her fragile little mind. She shouldn’t even be on this team if she can’t stay calm by herself, but whatever. Most overscored, overhyped American gymnast of this quad.

    • Gymbee Says:

      Ugh, I know! I bet if she falls in one event, and manages to do her job and get it together for the next she will still be hailed as “the saviour” because she managed to show “how tough she is mentally” like for Nationals (or was it Classics?), when everyone said how good for her it was that she fell on beam.

  8. Alexander Says:

    VT: Raisman, Wieber, Douglas (after women’s for confidence), Maroney
    UB: Raisman, Wieber, Ross, Douglas
    BB: Raisman, Ross, Wieber, Douglas (dougie was last on beam at last years worlds and stayed on so I predict the same strategy from Martha this year).
    FX: Maroney, Douglas, Wieber, Raisman

    VT: Mustafina, Grishina, Komova, Paseka
    UB: Afanasyeva, Grishina, Mustafina, Komova
    BB: Afanasyeva, Mustafina, Grishina, Komova
    FX: Mustafina, Komova, Grishina, Afanasyeva

    VT: Sui, Deng, Yao, Huang
    UB: Deng, Yao, Huang, He
    BB: Deng, Huang, Yao, Sui
    FX, Deng, Huang, Yao, Sui

    VT: Bulimar, Ponor, Iordache, Izbasa
    UB: Izbasa, Chelaru, Bulimar, Iordache
    BB: Bulimar, Izbasa, Iordache, Ponor
    FX: Chelaru, Izbasa, Ponor, Iordache

    Team Final
    VT: Raisman, Wieber, Maroney
    UB: Wieber, Ross, Douglas
    BB: Raisman, Ross, Wieber
    FX: Maroney/Douglas (Depending on who’s better in pt), Wieber, Raisman

    VT: Mustafina, Komova, Paseka
    UB: Grishina, Mustafina, Komova
    BB: Mustafina, Grishina, Komova
    FX: Mustafina, Grishina, Afanasyeva

    VT: Deng, Yao, Huang
    UB: Yao, Huang, He
    BB: Deng, Yao, Sui
    FX, Huang, Yao, Sui

    VT: Ponor, Iordache, Izbasa
    UB: Chelaru, Bulimar, Iordache
    BB: Bulimar, Iordache, Ponor
    FX: Izbasa, Ponor, Iordache

  9. Catherine Says:

    I so want Maroney’s floor!

    Here is a big long post showing how Romania and Russia measure up to USA d-score wise. Note: this all assumes hit connections etc. and Romania and Russia have a few possible scores. Those amanars are pretty essential if they really want to contend.

  10. Jen Says:

    Random comment: Do we think Paseka was taken because she’s gotten to the point where her Amanar is consistent or because Russia is desperate for any Amanar at all at this point?

    • nero Says:

      My vote is for desperate. China and Russia are both gambling big time with their 5th member. It’s not the same with Maroney, she has a 99.9% chance of hitting her amanar. Paseka and He Kexin have, what, a 10-20% of hitting their amanar/bar routine?

      I hope for the sake of the poor girl’s legs that she has her amanar down. Or if she is not hitting them in training they’ll downgrade it.

      • Alexander Says:

        10-20% is being overly dramatic. The only major bar routines He has actually missed this quad at nationals and world level is in prelims 2011 and EF 2010. Hit routines include nationals prelims and finals 2009, 2010, 2011, prelims for 2009 and 2010 worlds and team finals for 2010 worlds. Thats 10 hits vs 2 misses. Beth Tweddle has also missed two routines this quad but everyone is proclaiming her the favourite for bars gold.

        I don’t know anything about Paseka or Qiushuang’s Amanar. IDK if Qiushuang’s gonna do her Amanar. Realistically it won’t have great execution, she’ll probably only score 3-5 tenths higher than her consistent DTY. I’m feeling Paseka may be in a similar situation?

        I feel like it’s gonna be USA at the top (but then again in Athens and Beijing it was pretty much predicted there too), and Russia, China and Romania fighting it out for the other two medals.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Sounds like Russia is going for it because they figure they have nothing to lose.

    • Jen Says:

      Hm, maybe an even better question: is it because they have (as in consistent) 1-2 other 2.5s or because they don’t…

      Why can’t the games be tomorrow? I want to know this crap.

  11. Jenna (@evrlngwatrfalls) Says:

    Hey new clip showing Huang Qiushuang training an amanar. Still doubt it will be that consistent, but China needs it.

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