It’s a Wonderful Life: Simone Biles. Part 2

(Part 1)

2015: The year of “Galy”

“G” abby and “Aly” made comebacks. Kyla fell apart and Maggie Nichols made her move to the forefront….

Simone Biles won the American cup with Mykayla Skinner finishing second. I couldn’t find the alternate but Mykayla winning the American Cup might have gotten her a spot on the World team. Fasana would have moved to second and Lopez to third… Simone didn’t compete at the Pan Am games but won Jesolo beating Bailie Key. Aly would have moved up to silver and Gabby to bronze. Kyla fell on floor and only received an 11.500 that without the fall and a few tenths would have put her ahead of Gabby for third…. Jesolo sometimes only allowed 2 per Country so **** next to Gabby winning bronze ” if” Simone never existed because I don’t remember how it worked that year… Same with Event Finals because Marta used to move around gymnasts and take out who she wanted so I’m not sure who should have or would have competed without Simone, ESPECIALLY with Marta in charge……. Simone won the “Secret Classic” and without her Gabby takes over first, Maggie moves up to second and Key to third. I also have to believe without Simone, Marta would have been pushing Key a hell of a lot more as a contender…. Arianna Rocca ( Yeah I have never heard of her either) would have won Vault. Bars would have stayed the same ( Simone didn’t make the finals with Kyla winning and Keys second) Baumann would have won beam and Floor would have gone to Fasana once again making the Italians happy. Aly had a 3 tenth deduction or she would have been second/won……

2015 Nationals: Marta Games begin….

It’s interesting just how over scored Gabby was at this Nationals yet still wasn’t even top 3 on any event due to mistakes throughout Nationals yet she still made the World team because she” allegedly” did well at a secret camp headed by Marta. The judges overscored Gabby of course but not to the point where it put her ahead of other deserving gymnasts. In fact this entire year so far Gabby wasn’t better than half the gymnast that ended up in the running for the World team yet when it came down to it she still got to go to Worlds.. It really doesn’t make any sense. I know this blog is about what the world would have been like without Simone but doesn’t it always come back to the gifts Gabby received? During this Nationals broadcast, Peszek mentions that Maggie finished second to Simone at the camp before Nationals.

All Around: 1st- Simone Biles Maggie Nichols 2nd- Aly Raisman 3rd- Bailie Key

Vault: 1st- Simone Biles, Mykayla Skinner

Bars: No difference but it should be noted that Key finished 3rd, ahead OF Gabby…

Beam: 1st- Simone Biles Alyssa Baumann 2nd- Kyla Ross 3rd- Nia Dennis and Maggie Nichols

Floor: 1st- Aly Raisman 2nd- Simone Biles, Mykayla Skinner and Bailie Key ( Maggie Nichols finished 5th/would have been forth….

2015 Worlds: Thank God for Simone Biles

Marta brought 15 woman to the US camp training squad for Worlds, including Kyla Ross who eventually decided not to attend…. Marta named 7 girls to the team ( Biles, Raisman, Nichols, Douglas, Skinner, Dowell and Kocian. Playing her usual games, not deciding the alternate til right before the competition. Bailie Key and Alyssa Baumann were named non traveling alternates….

**** If you want to remember what you and I thought at the time these are the blogs to check out. Blog 1: ( Team Scenario’s Blog 2: Camp Martamonga Qualifying: All Around:
Team: Event Finals :
**** The team finals comment section is on

2015 World Championships, Qualifying: Maggie gets screwed

Leading up to qualifying Aly was doing well and given a spot in the All Around along with Simone and Gabby. Maggie was left off bars so Aly could compete. Aly fell off bars and had mistake on floor. Looking back Aly should have been left out of the AA in favor of Maggie but the real issue with all of this was Brenna Dowell even being on the team. She competed on the Uneven bars in prelims and fell, twice, receiving an 11.333. With Skinner on the team where she belonged instead of Brenna, Maggie would have competed UB in prelims and only needed a 12.984 to make the AA.. WHICH SHE EASILY COULD HAVE RECEIVED being she was used in team finals and received a 14.800…. Switching Brenna for Mykayla still makes sense even 4 years later…

The All Around: I love you Simone Biles:)

Without Simone in existence , Gabby wins the All Around being grossly over scored per usual. We cannot change history and give Aly a second chance or Maggie a chance at all because that wouldn’t be fair BUT… I think we actually can…. 🙂

Without Simone on this team we need an alternate gymnast and no way in hell does Baumann fit the bill. The only other alternate was Bailie Key. Think about it for a second…. If Simone never existed , Bailie would have finished third at Nationals. She might have even been hyped a lot more than she was… Same with Maggie Nichols. One or Both could have been on this team. Bailie always scored better outside the Country then she did with Marta judges. You take away Simone and it doesn’t matter which gymnast you use because they both over take Gabby…. I also wonder if maybe Larisa would have been given better scores without coming as close as she did to beating Simone the year before…

All Around: 1- Simone Biles. Gabby Douglas 2nd- Larisa Iordache. 3rd- Shang Chunsong ***** Aly makes the AA. Maggie gets to compete the AA.. Bailie Key exists…

Vault : 1st- Maria Paeska 2nd- HONG Un Jong 3rd- Simone Biles E Downie

Bars- No change. 4 way tie debacle

Beam: 1- Simone Biles Sanne Wevers 2nd- Pauline Schaefer 3rd- Viktoria Komova

Floor- 1st- Simone Biles Kseniia Afanaseva 2nd- Maggie Nicholes 3rd- Shang Chunsong

With Simone not in existence her replacements would have been, Seda Tutkhalian on Vault. Caroltta Ferlito on Beam (Maggie would have been third alternate moving up to second) and Aly Raisman on Floor

OVERALL: Simone existing in 2015 was a Godsend just for the AA being a thing though if Maggie had made the AA / Bailie had made the team and Simone not existing , Shang would have medaled in both the AA and on Floor. The outcome could have been very different…

Part 3: Coming soon ( This took 2 days and a lot of research and if I included the Olympics it would be way too long)

47 Responses to “It’s a Wonderful Life: Simone Biles. Part 2”

  1. JAS4 Says:

    I still think that without Simone then Maggie or Possibly Aly or Key would have been world AA champ. Unless of course Marta still played her games and kept Maggie out of the AA just to make sure Gabby got in again.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I feel like Bailie would have been built up more coming into that year if Simone didn’t exist. She might have been Marta’s it girl.

      You are right she could have left Maggie out of the AA all together.

      • JAS4 Says:

        I think she would have made sure only Gabby and one other person did AA or someone who couldn’t beat Gabby. If Aly wasn’t also returning that year (and also a Marta fav) she probably would have had just Simone and Gabby do AA to make sure Gabby made it in. Maggie should have been able to compete in the AA instead of Gabby. Laurie should have also competed in the AA at the Olympics instead of Gabby Imo. I think Gabby got the Nastia treatment even more in 2015/2016 than she did in 2011/2012

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Gabby was given a gift her entire career starting in 2012. I am convinced, eventually, we will hear about her being paid off to keep quiet about Penny.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Gabby never should have been on the team. She wasn’t needed. They had Kocian for bars and she essentially was a specialist and if they needed 2 specialists it should have been Locklear. She did a great job at the Olympics. I give her credit for that but she didn’t earn the spot. Also if you look at the score she didn’t beat any other team member on any event but bars where she was second. Everyone else outscored her which is more proof she shouldn’t have been there. It was extremely unfair to Laurie to not get to do bars and extraordinarily unfair to every girl that beat her at Nationals in the AA to be left at home for her because they could back up other events. They all earned it ahead of her.

      • JAS4 Says:

        Agreed and I still find it odd that Shawn was left off the 2011 worlds team in favor of Gabby and Anna even though she supposedly had upgraded bars with a d score as high as or higher than Gabby’s bars. She was also had a solid dty on vault and a decent beam. I still wonder if that had something to do with Nastia announcing her comeback at the same time (not to mention she was on the selection committee). After Shawn went to Pan Ams it seemed like she just saw the writing on the wall and was done. I think had she kept going and improving she could have had a chance at making the team (Marta crap aside).

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        If I remember correctly Shawn won beam at the Worlds camp and finished third on bars. Nastia told Marta she was planning a comeback and that screwed Shawn and I’ll go to my grave believing that is why she didn’t make that team and Anna Li didn’t compete on bars at that competition.

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  3. gymtruthteller Says:

    Michigan has added Faehn. This is big. Bet Aly has an opinion.

  4. Lucia Says:

    Rhonda had control of USA Gymnastics for 37 days when she was told of the abuse . The complaint is she did not inform the Police . Does not seem fair for her to take the blame while gymnasts like Alexandra defend Marta.

  5. HartofDixie Says:

    Kaetlyn Ohashi 2019 Floor has gone viral and she is #1 trending on Twitter.

    • Lucia Says:

      She jumps out of her passes so she doesn’t have to stick them . This should not be allowed

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I agree 100%. I don’t understand why this isn’t a deduction. There is no control.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      It wasn’t trending on my twitter . I don’t get it. She’s so overrated and always has been and the way she acts in that routine is just , weird.

      • HartofDixie Says:

        They threw in all those moves and music cuts to make it go viral and it worked. A lot of articles on Ohashi are out and just waiting for someone to mention that it’s Miss Val’s last season.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I personally find her entire routine annoying. I find all of Miss Val’s routine crap. I liked the one Katelyn had before she started all the Jackson music but that’s about it. I can’t remember a College routine from any gymnast that I even liked.

  6. gymtruthteller Says:

    I fully support this. Enough of the Country hopping

  7. HartofDixie Says:

    Mckayla Maroney posted on Twitter that her dad passed away.

  8. gymtruthteller Says:

    Jas he was 59. Still kind of young.

    She was very much a WASP so I hope her father planned accordingly.

    • JAS4 Says:

      I had to look up what WASP meant….I think I am getting old 🤣

      • Cupquaked Says:

        Isn’t it white Anglo-Saxon person? I haven’t googled yet so I’m not really sure but I vaguely remember googling it in college once.

        I still don’t really understand the meaning behind it in the modern context?

        Also, just sad for Maroney anyway. Losing a parent is tough at any age. 😦

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        The slang version is what I said and the context is a spoiled rich kid.

    • JAS4 Says:

      That is still pretty young. She has younger siblings too doesn’t she? I feel bad for all of them.

  9. HartofDixie Says:

    If you need a good laugh check out this video.

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