National Champion. World Champion. First American women in 18 years to make all 4 event finals at Worlds. In any other year she would be the run away winner for Sportsperson of the year. For now she is the next nominee.
What a boss. Plus, she had a skill named after her, and medaled in three of the four EFs that she made, in addition to winning the AA. She seems cheerful, healthy, and smart, with a good head on her shoulders, and she’s training a double double off of beam (which is INSANE). I really, really hope she only improves from here.
Also, watching her parents hug after the competition was one of then nicest things I’ve seen all year.
Side note – GTT I swear I don’t stalk your blog, for some reason I keep being the first person to comment on all of these “sportsperson of the year” blogs…haha
I’d also like to add that in addition to her extremely impressive gymnastics, she was a true class act in on and off the podium. Unlike a certain other gymnast we all know, Simone experienced some true racist comments and she and her family rose above it by refusing to get drawn into the controversy and getting back into the gym.
Plus she got Musty to smile in the all around final.
Bross was supposed to be the new “it’ girl in gymnastics after the 2008 Olympics (she even went pro in 2010 I think) but then a string of injuries cimbined with peaking way, way to early meant she’d essentially burned out by the 2012 Olympics – it was really sad.
However, I think Simone’s coaches are pacing her well and it seems like she’s only doing skills that she can completely control. Valeri had Bross throwing things she clearly wasn’t able to handle – like the DTY that eventually wrecked her knee; she’d been crashing it and having trouble with it before the accident – whereas Simone and her coaches clearly only include skills that she can safely perform and land. For example, she is apparently capable of both a TTY and a Cheng vault, but since she hadn’t mastered either of them, she didn’t perform them in Antwerp (likely for safety reasons), even though she might have won vault gold if she had. That, to me, shows smart coaching and good decision-making, and indicates that her coaches prioritize her safety as a gymnast. Unfortunately, that did not seem to be the case with Bross’s coaches.
The TTY needs a good bit of work from what was shown, she’s not twisting her lower half fast enough, so her torso is fine on landing but her legs were not fully around and a giant recipe for injury. That was onto a mat in the pit.
The Cheng was onto soft mats but hard surface iirc. Looked like it needed work on the landing, but not much. They were aiming to have that for Antwerp but maybe her ankle issue scrapped that idea.
I’d say Simone should win this year. I didn’t even know about her when she was a junior (I don’t pay “much” attention to juniors but I knew Kyla and Finnegan were upcomers; just didn’t hear much about Simone – I probably had my head in my ass or something). Anyways, should this girl stay healthy and keep her skills, I’d say she’s a good solid threat for Rio. I’d also be happy because it’s a continuing trend for un-seating Nastia and then forgetting about Gabby. I wouldn’t mind that.
She burst onto the scene at Classics 2012. Absolutely an unknown before then. Judging by old videos, she appears to have made immense progress even between 2010ish and 2012, on bars in particular. Nevermind the progress since then.
In 2012 she became known for her amanar and a huge double layout-split leap.