Everyone from Senior Nationals made the camp to decide the 2013 World team Kocian and Priessman are out with injury. Ohashi was not named to the National team or the camp and is rumored to not be not even training right now.
My question for you a few days after Nationals is which 3 gymnasts do you think will make the World Team? (We will do this blog again in a month)
Marta hinted in a Gymnastike video that she would consider taking only 3 gymnasts ,Simone Kyla and Mckayla and let them duke it out for the 3 spots.
As it stands right now I think taking Simone, Kyla and Mckayla and letting them fight it out for the two AA spots is a good idea. (If Mckayla is ready on bars and beam) but what if she isn’t ready?
Simone and Kyla have already locked up the two AA spots IMO. That leaves the Vault/Floor and Bars/Beam specialist. If mckayla does vault and floor who does bars and beam?
No one at Nationals stepped up into the bars and beam specialist position. Elizabeth Price fell on day one which allowed someone to slip into the third spot on bars and it says a lot that I don’t remember who that even is.
Kyla won beam and Simone finished second and I believe Kennedy Baker was third. Again that doesn’t say much.
What I do know is Skinner, Nichols and Dowell are not going to worlds. If Simone, Kyla and Mckayla are all locks for this team then there is no 3rd spot left for any event but bars and beam.
So we have our locks
Simone Biles- All Around
Kyla Ross- All Around
Mckayla Maroney- Vault and Floor
Then we have
My decision right now making a World team is to take the locks and add in Elizabeth Price as the forth gymnast. She is the only person on this list besides the locks that has proven herself this year. Even if it was 7 months ago I would take a chance on letting her go for just bars.
If Mckayla is ready for the AA, Dowell is the alternate. She’s messy as hell to watch but she finished 3rd at Nationals and can fill in on all four events if only difficulty wise. If Mckayla is not doing All Around I am taking Price for bars. Leave the beam spot empty or let Elizabeth or even Mckayla have the spot just so it isn’t left empty.
What do you think?