Posts Tagged ‘samantha shapiro’

Injured University: Class of 2016

January 10, 2012

Injured University: Class of 2016….


Many US gymnasts always injured during their elite careers are joining the College ranks this year. Almost Makes me want to follow it.

Ivana Hong will be competing for Stanford.

So will Sam Shapiro.

Cassie Whitcomb is a freshman at UCLA.

Chelsea Davis is at Georgia

The odds that any of these gymnasts actually makes it through 4 years of College without tripping over a mat and being out 6 month is like 1 in a zillion.

The one hit wonder

Kayla Williams is at Alabama

Other names you might remember

Georgia Dabritz is at Utah

Morgan Steigerwalt is at ASU

Kaitlyn Clark
is with the one hit wonder at Alabama

Rebecca Clark


Roster Links

Stanford University

University of Georgia
You can praise God for that link (:)



ASU Team with the best hair except if your name is Stephanie


where Natasha is injured again


Camp and British World team named- updated again

September 10, 2009

Sorry I have been MIA the last few days but I do have a life. So Camp is going on as we speak and so far not much noise has been reported.

There was going to be some kind of first competition on the 9th of September.

Inside Gymnastics has an article with Bridget Sloan’s coach where he tells us Bridget is one of the many gymnasts training an Amanar that isn’t ready yet.

Chellsie Memmel got a Twitter account thanks to Sam Peszek. Oh joy more comments about how they love their family and friends.

I would provide links to Chellsie’s twitter but you know. I still have that life I mentioned above.

Bridget’s article can be found at

The British have named their world team. No surprise on who is leading the team Beth Tweddle

Olivia Courtney, Mattie Larson and Samantha Shapiro are not at camp. Cross those names off the possible list.

The competition happened tonight at camp (Thursday) No news yet.

Moving on. Who makes the World team (thinking out loud)

September 1, 2009

(part 2 of my other post will come eventually. Right now it is going around in circles so I stopped for awhile)

With Nastia bowing out thanks to her father (and not because she is doing it for the team like the media pretends to be a fact.) who will the US send to Worlds?

National Champ Bridget Sloan is as close as you van get to a lock for team USA. She has won every AA meet she has entered so far this year and deserves to be named to the team.

Martha is set on sending Rebecca Bross because if she does hit she could win so she is a lock which leaves us two spots.

For me personally I wouldn’t send the K twins (Kayla Williams and Kytra Hunter) at all. Neither gymnast will be around and frankly I see no point in wasting the spot on them.

Sam Peszek could do vault, beam and floor and they could send someone like Sam Shapiro for UB (and experience) but I am not sure how injured Shapiro is. Cassie Whitcomb is another gymnast we could send for bars if that was the way Martha was leaning but getting in her head is impossible.

Chellsie Memmel did not look great at Nationals but according to her father she is in full training mode so it will be interesting to see what she can come up with on bars and beam.

I still can’t grasp not sending Ivana Hong to worlds. She won beam and took second in the AA doesn’t that merit a spot on this team? Oh I forgot that now being fair is not taken into consideration. Sometimes I agree with this and sometimes I don’t.

If it was up to me I would take the top 3 AA ers and let them duke it out for position sacrificing the 4th spot. No one really stands out right now but that won’t happen.

Worlds as a whole is very weak right with all the injuries and even if some of those people were involved it would still be weak. The sport as a whole has been weak since the new code started.

Random day at GTT.B plus a rant on usa-gymnastics

August 25, 2009

First my rant. Why is it that USA-gymnastics sends it’s 8th and 9th place Junior’s to one of the few Junior events outside the US? No offense to Briley Cassanova (best name EVER!) and Sophina DeJesus but Kyla Ross or any of the top 4 gymnasts at this years Junior Championships should have been sent over Briley and Sophina. I am sure Marta will create some US junior competition against the US and Zimbabwe any time now but those competitions serve NO PURPOSE but to prop up US Gymnasts.

I have been complaining for years about the lack of competitions Marta sends the top gymnasts to outside of the US and Canada. It’s like she is afraid of having them lose.

Camp for the selection of the world team is set for September 8th. Here is the list of invited

* Jana Bieger, Coconut Creek, Fla., Bieger International Gymnastics
* Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Mackenzie Caquatto, Naperville, Ill., Naperville Gymnastics Club
* Kaitlyn Clark, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Precision Gymnastics
* Olivia Courtney, Orlando, Fla., Orlando Metro Gymnastics
* Ivana Hong, Lovejoy, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Kytra Hunter, Frederick, Md., Hill’s Gymnastics
* Alaina Johnson, Tyler, Texas, Texas East Gymnastics
* Mattie Larson, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
* Anastasia Liukin, Parker, Texas, WOGA Gymnastics
* Chellsie Memmel, West Allis, Wis., M&M Gymnastics
* Samantha Peszek, Indianapolis, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
* Samantha Shapiro, Los Angeles, All-Olympia
* Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
* Cassandra Whitcomb, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Gymnastics
* Kayla Williams, Nitro, W.V., Gym Nest Inc.

Anna Pavlova is back in training after her injury. Right now she is taking it slow. She does not have her skills back but is working hard. Info can be found here

Alina Mustafina holds the lead after day one at the Russian Cup. Only details so far are HERE

Ksenia Afanasyeva finished third. She is injured and according to IG will not be going to Worlds. I think IG spoke too soon.


Chellsie Memmel came back from Nationals and is in full training mode. Looks like Memmel has some unfinished business after God ruined another chance at Olympic glory for her. Bad form and all you just can’t hate Chellsie Memmel the kid. What a fighter.

Where are the Romanian gymnasts anyway?


Things we miss. Number 14

Until next time….

The contenders for the World team. AA

August 19, 2009

It’s still a month plus away from Worlds (They start middle of October) but who would you put on the team as of now?

The US gets 4 spots overall but only 3 gymnasts for each event. With two AA’ers a given that leaves two spots and only one event)

IMO Marta has already decided most of the team. Sloan and Bross for AA. Nastia for bars and beam. Then she will take a vault and floor specialist. That I can’t predict. I can’t believe she is considering Kytra Hunter for this team.

The reality:


Bridget Sloan : is your National Champion. She should be on the team. She had some trouble on beam day one but she nailed all 4 routines on day two and took all 3 event finals when combining scores from both days. When she needed to she hit her landings on floor and with the new code taking deductions for steps and lunges Bridget stepped up when she needed to.

Ivana Hong : was a clean landings on floor away from being National Champion but it wasn’t meant to be. She almost nailed her vault to end the competition but with lower start values on 3 events then Bridget and Rebecca she will be the one left off the team. She doesn’t stand out on any event except beam but thanks to Marta taking Nastia at all costs Ivana gets screwed. My advice to Ivana is train a second vault. Your DTY is beautiful (except the leg separation at the end) You are capable of it.

Rebecca Bross: She fell, fell, fell at Nationals and you would know it by looking at her scores. The judges just didn’t deduct. Marta controls those judges which pretty much makes her a lock for the second AA spot. She competed injured (she is always injured) and has higher start values then above. The only reason she finished 3rd besides the judges with all those mistakes was because the competition as a whole was the weakest it has been since 1997.

Of the 3 mentioned above (and with worlds being so weak this year) Bridget has a chance to make beam and floor finals and possibly bars (but she won’t medal) Bridget can make beam and floor finals and Ivana could make beam finals. Possibly floor if she cleans up her landings but that could be said about Ivana also.

Next up Event Finals.