A new picture will be added tomorrow and sorry for any mistakes it’s late and this took awhile.
Simone, Aly, Maggie, Gabby, Mykayla, Dowell/Kocian
At least for the purpose of this particular blog. The above gymnasts are your 2015 World team but one of these gymnasts is the alternate and we won’t find out until the actual prelims starts which one will be sitting on the sidelines so I have speculated for the time being that Kocian/Dowell are one person. One will be the UB/BB specialist and the other will sit in the training room practicing bar routines over and over and over again for no reason at all. Unless you count Marta enjoyment.
So here is some speculation for possible prelim line ups.
Team 1 and 2
Switch out Kocian/Dowell depending on who wins the death match through podium training
VT: Aly, Gabby, Maggie, Mykayla, Simone (Kocian/Dowell)
UB: Aly, Maggie, Gabby Simone Kocian/Dowell ( Mykayla)
BB: Kocian/Dowell, Maggie, Aly, Gabby,, Simone (Mykayla)
FL: Gabby, Maggie, Mykayla, Aly, Simone (Kocian/Dowell)
Vault is fine. 4 Amanar’s and a Cheng. Even the alternate has an Amanar or a DTY depending on who gets picked
UB’s is okay. Maggie has a decent 6.0 set. Simone 6.3. Aly is a low 5.7, Gabby 6.4 and Kocian/Dowell 6.6 or 6.5
Now my big issue here is beam. Doesn’t matter what team we pick from these 7 girls the beam line up is the weakest of all four apparatuses. Maggie is consistent but has issues. Aly has missed connections. Kocian/Dowell are inconsistent and messy. Gabby is overscored and Simone well she isn’t scary at all.
Floor has the most potential and team finals should have 3 of the highest totals of the night in Mykayla, Simone and Aly.
Simone, Aly, Gabby, Kocian, Dowell and Mykayla ALT Maggie
VT: Aly, Gabby, Dowell, Skinner, Simone (Kocian)
UB: Aly, Gabby,Brenna, Simone, Kocian (Mykayla)
BB: Kocian, Brenna, Aly, Gabby, Simone (Mykayla)
FL: Brenna, Gabby, Mykayla, Aly, Simone ( Kocian)
This team is kind of scary. VT remains the same but can we trust Brenna on vault”
UB is more improved without Maggie but can we trust Brenna on bars?
BB remains iffy because Brenna is inconsistent, Kocian sucks on beam and what I said above
Floor remains the same for team finals but Brenna is still Brenna. The more I think about this Brenna is our scariest hit or miss asset. Though it won’t matter in team finals because the only event she has a chance of competing on is bars.
Simone, Aly, Gabby, Brenna, Kocian, Maggie ALT Mykayla
VT: Aly, Gabby, Brenna, Maggie, Simone (Kocian)
UB: Brenna, Maggie, Gabby, Simone, Kocian (Aly)
BB: Brenna, Aly, Gabby, Maggie, Simone ( Kocian)
FL: Brenna, Gabby, Maggie, Aly, Simone, (Kocian)
VT remains the same adding an Amanar for a Chang
UB takes out the weakest link
BB remains the same wishy washy and
Floor is where this team takes a hit having to depend on Brenna to stand up. Maggie is somewhat consistent but has in the past had some mis-steps that might be trouble in a team finals and Gabby’s worst event is floor.
Honestly there is no way in hell that Simone is ever an alternate. Aly and Gabby a step behind so we have all the opportunities for alternate covered (Maggie, Kocian/Dowell and Mykayla) but just for fun (for me anyway)
Aly, Simone, Mykayla, Brenna, Madison, Maggie ALT Gabby:)
VT: Aly, Maggie, Brenna, Mykayla, Simone (Kocian)
UB: Aly, Maggie, Brenna, Simone, Madison (Mykayla)
BB: Maggie, Brenna, Aly, Madison, Simone (Mykayla)
FL: Maggie, Brenna, Mykayla, Aly, Simone (Kocian)
This team is weaker on beam because Gabby is so overscored but heck I had to try:)
Jas made a great point about Marta adding Bailie at the last minute 9which I believe she can do until the competition starts but am not sure on that) so whose place she would take makes this very interesting. Hearing Bailie is a great All Arounder with no great event is very much bull shit.
She’s better than Maggie on bars, beam and Floor. She is better than Kocian on vault, beam and floor and her bars are only a few tenths off. She’s better than Mykayla on bars, beam and floor. She’s better than Aly on bars and beam (and vault if were talking form vs start value) She is better than Gabby on beam and floor which on this team with any given gymnast being named alternate not named Simone on any event not named vault puts her top 3 on every event ahead of the so called stand out event gymnasts. She actually makes more sense than Maggie does. I still don’t understand how being top 3 in the best team on the planet isn’t enough to get you on the world team but Marta being Marta is so Manny.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This very long blog doesn’t need a math problem does it?:) Which team do you like or do you have an opinion I didn’t think of.
Team finals are usually decided by how the gymnast performs during prelims so I didn’t do that tho I kind of did in the order I put the gymnasts.
If I had to decide right now I would say Brenna is the alternate.