Bridget Sloan didn’t stick around either. They were roommates at trials, and I think that ASac who didn’t even make herself available for interviews after selection had said previously in an interview she would not consider being an alternate. Marta picked that team after worlds 2011 and Alicia and Sabrina Vega ( who was a wreck crying and boo hooing mentally before TF ) were not on it. Marta can’t stand meltdowns. Marta had either Kyla or Nastia pencilled in and Nastia fell and tanked. So Kyla got the spot. Ebee was the only one that could have actually subbed in for Jordyn. Bottom line is, Gabby has grown three inches and will never be as talented or steady as she was in 2012 again. It was her moment. Jordyn was at the Olympics competing 3/4 events in team finals with a broken leg. Geesh. That’s some tough but I guess she wasn’t giving up her spot. Maroney was never intended to do anything but vault, and I think Marta is done with her. I think the only two of the fierce five that have a shot are Aly and Kyla. None of the Juniors are panning out except Bailie Key and Laurie Hernandez. And we all know Simone is going to be protected like the bubble wrapped victor that she is until 2016. Simone will be the story regardless, and other four will be the supporting cast.
Yeah, I have to say I agree. I remember that interview where ASac said something like “I’m not here for an alternate spot” because I remember thinking “girl, that’s the best you’re going to get…”
She must have told Marta if she’s not on the team don’t bother putting her on as an alternate.
I feel like the juniors had all of this promise but no one is really stepping it up. Bailey seems to still have the “potential” to make it, but a lot of the other juniors are not really good all arounders, and that seems to be what Marta wants for a team of 5. She won’t risk someone who’s just “good” on one or two events unless they are “really” good – at least that’s what I’ve observed, but someone please tell me if I’m wrong.
I am not as savvy on the makeup of the team but where I see “holes” in the US is potentially on vault (not as many amanars – we have Simone and Skinner but I refuse to think Skinner is even near the Olympic team) – I’m not sure what upcoming juniors have amanars. I feel like Aly won’t risk it, nor Kyla or Gabby…
Beam seems pretty strong. Biles, Aly, Kyla, and Bailey are all good beamers and prove to stay on in competition. I feel like it’s been said that the US needs more strong beamers though so please correct me if I’m wrong.
Bars – Biles, Kyla, Bailey…this is where Gabby could make a mark for herself but I don’t see her getting better than where she was in 2012, and she needs to be better than in 2012. Ashton is good but also not good “enough” to take on for just one event.
Floor – if we have Biles, Aly, and Bailey that should be pretty good. Wouldn’t want to have Kyla on this apparatus if we didn’t have to though so I feel like whoever makes the team will have to have a strong floor (in other words, I see holes here too).
If the Olympic team is Biles, Kyla, Aly, and Bailey the fifth gal needs to bring it on vault and floor and at least be pass-able on bars. This is where I do see potential for a Maroney come-back, but it needs to be solid. This is where I see Douglas can creep in too though if she really works for it.
I don’t really know about Laurie’s vault – her floor is good, right? And Norah is good at beam and I’m guessing her bars might be decent but she’s probably a weak floor worker.
Have to love the we won’t take a one event gymnast yet the plan all alomg was Kyla on floor because Maroney was injured.
IMO They take 3 strong AAers and fill in holes for what is missing and I don’t see Kyla making this team. (Though I hope I am wrong) To me she is Alicia in this situation where all she will do is be the girl that hits but gets left behind because ten years ago she wouldn’t play the Marta games and Marta won’t forget it or in Alicia’s case have the audacity yo fall twice at the Olympics and get hurt at worlds. Kyla threatening not to go to Worlds at all because they were going to drop her for Mckayla and the attempt Penny made to force her to go pro when she refused. Kyla is going to get screwed. I feel it in my bones.
DUDE I did not know that about Kyla – she was going to refuse Worlds because they were thinking of replacing her with Maroney? At the end of the day, Brenna was the screwed one, right?
I feel like she will get screwed too though. I felt like Kyla was lucky enough not to have been screwed out of her 2012 Olympics such as it was. Marta would have replaced her with Nastia in a second and made all sorts of justifications if Nastia had stayed on bars. It would have been tragic for Kyla.
I feel like Kyla’s only chance at Rio is if she upgrades bars (by a lot) and beam (by a lot). They can use her vault too but if some other chick has an amanar and decent bars/beam Kyla’s gone. I don’t know enough about the juniors yet to determine who will take Kyla’s slot. And of the seniors, there’s nobody I’m thinking “oh, they have Olympic potential” other than the obvious – Biles, Kyla, Aly, Bailey, Gabby (very iffy)…I feel like I might be missing someone, but Skinner is not on my Olympic list. I can’t and don’t see it.
At the end of the day at least we can all be happy that Kyla will be able to compete in college and kick butt there. She’ll get a full ride (UCLA, right?) and have a great education and be able to make a career for herself. Win, win.
Disagree about Kyla. For 3 up 3 count Marta only needs Kyla for beam and bars. For 3 up 3 count Aly does Vault Beam and Floor. Simone does all four possibly. That leaves Vault and Floor and Bars. That’s Skinner. Or Laurie Hernandez. Or Bailie Key. Those six people have the best shot for Rio. Marta is looking for consistent delivery not up and down like Baumann. Gabby Douglas is in the Maggie Nichols Zone right now. The Pan Am team will be douglas, Kocian Baumann Desch and Nia ( if healthy), or one of chows girls if healthy The world team will be Kyla, Aly, Simone, Bailie Key, Mykayla Skinner, and maybe Ashton or Nichols or Douglas or whomevers coach gives Marta the best present. Anyone getting sent to Pan Ams and not worlds needs to understand their shot at getting to Rio is a big fat Zero. That is all and 4/6 of the world team will make the Rio squad. Who knows Maybe Mckayla One trick poney Maroney will come back and throw a TTY and be the sixth. If USA gymnastics lets her come back ( and they will because shes pretty before she goes off gets breast augmentation marrys well and gets a spot on RHOC) ” Im younger sassier and my heart is pure gold”
I must be the only one who doesn’t remember an interview where she said something along the lines of not being there for an alternate spot. I’ve wondered if that was ever said publicly (and I’m not saying it wasn’t) or was part of the rumor that she had turned down an alternate spot?
I remember the interview being after Trials Day 1 I believe…it was not on the gym floor but behind/back stage or whatever. She was in her warmup gear. I just remember her saying something along the lines of “I am not here for an alternate spot” when asked what if she was selected as an alternate. I was like “whoa, girl…that’s the most you can get here, can’t you tell?”
Even Dominique Moceanu was tweeting how Marta wasn’t even looking at ASac’s performances and basically the team was chosen before Day 1 of Trials. Which we all know to be true.
That’s interesting because in an interview from Trials on Gymnastike’s website that I went back and re-listened to she said, “An alternate is not ideal but it’s still an honor to be a part of the team…I would definitely consider being an alternate.”
What about Reagan Smith? I can’t entirely read Marta on Smith? She keeps on taking her to all the junior meets and she encouraged her (basically told her) to leave her old gym and go to TD so I can’t decide what I think about her potential.
I’m crossing my fingers for Aly and Norah. I really want them on the team.
My dream team is Simone, Aly, Key, Norah and Ashton. Doubt that’ll happen. Marta loves her vaulters.
I can’t get behind Ashton. I am against one event gymnasts in general unless it’s a Mckayla like killer vault that can’t be denied and Ashton is reaching Anna Li level on the useless meter when it comes to every other event. Ashton’s beam is HORRID. Mckayla was at least pretty on floor and had potential on beam (day 2 of trials beam that was not shown was great)
Yeah, I’m hoping Ashton will get better on other events. I’m hoping she’ll be the dark horse of the quad.
Her bars are just so pretty! Plus that means she is another great bar worker from the U.S. If we don’t produce one soon, Nastia wil be forever in the spotlight. So if anything, you should get behind Ashton for that lol
No way Ashton makes an olympic team. With Simones difficulty so high she give the US a tremendous TF advantage on all four events if she competes 4/4 at TF worlds / olympics. Beyond that Marta needs two other people on each event with good difficulty that are mentally solid in competition. Beam in Rio is Aly Kyla and Simone with bailie key as the fourth or subbing for one of the three if shes more consistent. Bars in Rio is Simone Kyla and probably Bailie Key. Vault is Simone and two other people, Floor is Simone Aly and one other person. This is partly why I think Skinner fits this team, we need vault and floor. Bars and beam are covered. marta has three that are reliable consitent and score well there. Do you honestly think after a fall on beam in event finals Marta would use gabby again? After a mental mistake on bars in london do you think marta would bring that liability again?
If marta wants her legacy to be talent plus work ethic gets you to the olympics simone kyla aly and bailie demonstrate that better than anyone on the national team. I think its a lot romanian work ethic. Without kyla we dont have a lot of world medals the last few years and she competed very injured at worlds last year and still was solid and executed well what she was able to for the team. She outscored both wogettes when it counted on bars and beam, and led by example and not by voice asac style. I think Aly gets that marta wants the example of work ethic. I think Mihai will as much as the committee make the decision on Aly. I think Marta knows she has to play along with Gabby with no intention of putting her on a world team. Skinner and Maggie Nichols are the wild cards here. I think marta would have preferred to see Nichols compete through injury last year like kyla did. I think that core of four, key raisman ross and biles have to stay healthy. I think the fifth is martas call based on score for floor and vault.
I’m at the point where I like going to baseball games, but I don’t even really follow it. I am an Angels fan only because it’s my “home team.” So if they do well, great. If they don’t – typical. Meh. Where’s the beer and pretzels. Oh and I like the ice cream sundae in a baseball cap thing…