Don’t forget to vote for who you think will win the AA and EF at Worlds.
Before I start this rant I just have to add this little diddy to the blog. Hey suspended and ban a guy for getting caught cheating then let him run for fucking President of the IOC? How fucked up is this. Excuse my French ( the pun was VERY much intended)
This article needed to be added. I originally got it from Gymnastics coaching. I love you Kohei thanks for making men’s gymnastics worth watching.
Earned VS Deserved VS Best for the team VS……….
When talking about who should be doing the AA for the US after Simone at these Worlds I have seen the words, Earned VS Deserved VS Best for the team thrown around about a million times( Give or take a few 100 thousand) but the one word I haven’t heard is fair.
You have rules. You compete under rules You say the competition at camp WILL be the defining factor when picking a team and then you have the competition. You then choose the team based on the best line ups and bam you’re at worlds training. Then you compete. You win some medals, if you’re lucky and you go home and train for the next competition.
It’s all over in a matter of days and then you just move on. Well unless your the gymnast who finished second on vault and third on floor but are used as alternate because the HBIC wants 2 UB specialists competing when it isn’t necessary.
Unless you’re the girl who finished second in the AA and EARNED the chance to compete AA but are losing that EARNED right because 2 girls on the team are former Olympic Gold medalists and one of you hasn’t been living up to that gold medal but hey Steve Penny wants you doing the AA anyway.
Lets just say I am kind of pissed about all of this. Skinner has a great chance to not only win a medal on vault but come home with the gold medal yet she doesn’t get to compete because for some reason Marta has it in her head she needs 2 UB specialists that at best are top 8 if everyone hit and only top 8 because the three girls who won the medals last year aren’t competing this year. If the US sneak into the medals this year it will be by major default.
And don’t get me started on Maggie Nichols. She has been the second best All Arounder for the entire year and she gets benched due not one but TWO one event gymnasts?
I can’t really argue with Aly being put in the AA ahead of Maggie because to be honest if she hits that beam and floor routine like she has been in training she will easily be ahead of Maggie when all is said and done in the standings but it still doesn’t make it right. Maggie has beaten Aly at every turn leading up to this point and why bother having rules if you don’t have to follow them.
No offense to Brenna Dowell because I like not only her but her bar routine and this whole situation is just an unfair mess but the fact of the matter is hitting one routine shouldn’t be enough to put her on this team not when everyone that she competed with has been doing it all year and as much as I despise Wogaette’s with bad attitudes Kocian has consistently been hitting and earned her right to be here which brings us to the real issue with all of this and that is Marta’s Karolyi and her games.
The camp competition is what really matters. It’s the “reason” Bailie Key isn’t here. It’s the reason Brenna Dowell made the team and it’s the reason this team was put together in the first place but for some reason this competition only means something when it suits Marta’s idea of a team. Like Brenna being in but what about Maggie and hitting when it matter’s ? Why is her earned right to compete the AA not being honored but Brenna’s is? What about Skinner EARNING her place on this team by beating Simone at Vault and finishing third on floor at camp? yet BOTH of these gymnasts have been forced to downgrade routines they have been hitting and now both have lost chances to compete what they earned.
Now there is one person in all of this that hasn’t been mentioned and that is Gabby Douglas. Like most of you what I have seen from her in training hasn’t been very impressive. The so called Amanar “people” insisted was amazing at camp has all of a sudden turned into a bouncy DTY because she can’t land it on her feet. Her beam and floor have also been below average and in many people’s opinion not worthy of top 3 in team finals so answer me this why is she here, competing the AA why the one girl who hit all year is being left on the cutting room floor? With Simone’s start value only being 1 less tenth than Gabby and 2 BAR SPECIALISTS why is Gabby’s in the middle bar routine on this team?
I know I hate Gabby and there for have issues with anything she does (blah, blah, blah) but this question needs to be addressed. Where does she fit on this team with only one good event when that event is now being filled with 2 bar specialists.
Now while I think Gabby has looked below average at practice and I wonder how she will compete she could be saving herself for a very long week. The fact is we don’t know what Gabby will bring to the table when it matters but she should have to earn her right here like everyone else but it’s clear she hasn’t been doing that during practice .
Someone in the comment section made a point about how Gabby doesn’t seem to be giving it everything she has in training while everyone else is being forced to do just that and this is extremely unfair to every other member of this team. They are being forced to compete for spots while Gabby has been given the insider info that no matter what she does her spot is safe, earned or not. Nastia was given the same exact free pass in 2012. Wonder if it will work out the same way.
Rant over for now.