I think the men’s team got a wrong strategy. The selection committee would rather fight for the team medal than individual event medals… but team final top 3 is almost supposed to be Japan/China/Britain so it is not a smart decision that not choosing the event specialist who has greater chance to win medal. 😦
I understand how the system played out – they want to perform well as a team – but I agree with guest that the strategy doesn’t make sense. China and Japan are too far ahead, Great Britain is strong right now and Russia rallied this year into a fantastic team. Unlike the us, specialists in Russia complement each other for the team.
Except for hollie vise washing Naddours uniform in baby detergent so he could smell his daughter the whole competition. And the pics of Hollie vise and Hayley Horton and chellsie Memel. an lilac Naddour. Other than that Bozo cried like a baby. I mean like worse than Aly.
There’s a reason they haven’t announced the alternates. I think Lleyva told them to F off and Steve penny said we’ll give you until the AM to reconsider. THey are worried LLeyva will upstage their chosen boys mikulak and bozo again like he did in 2012. He’s also a loner and not one of the guys as much when competing
Sam is a risk on HB on FX, and maybe PB given his performances over this quad, including this year.
I did the math for the different teams. While this team makes the most points, substituting Leyva or Whittenburg in, swapping out Brooks, Orozco, or Naddour in different combinations all creates TF scores within 9 tenths of each other.
On this team, Sam would have to everything except HB in TF. Brooks is needed on VT, PB and HB – so he probably edged our Leyva, who had mistakes on HB 2x, PB 2x and has a weaker vault. But I think Levya, ultimately, is a better medal prospect on HB and PB.
Can the US actually take a team medal? Maybe the US does have a shot, but falls would not be permitted. Russia recently went clean to win Euros and scored 271. Japan, GBR and China with 6 person teams and mistakes score around 270 as well – so maybe the US is in the hunt.
I was super impressed by both Maile and Riley. Even though Riley is going to be turning senior next year, this is her FIRST year competing elite. For her to come out and hit with such confidence is really remarkable. Maggie kind of annoys me in interviews/in general but there is no question that she knows how to coach.
I’m just thrilled for Mailie. To compare with the senior scores, with Mailie’s 115.050, she would have gotten 7th AA and an automatic berth to trials if she was a senior. Hoping her coaches are pacing her well and don’t burn her out. Riley was really impressive too, she had such composure.
I have not made a comment on the mens team because when I do it will be epic freak out at the way they chose this team and I honestly just don’t want to waste that much energy on a competition where the team was chosen based on nothing to do with actual medal winning ability. Hilton sponsorship has ruined this sport for me. I just don’t want to watch