Womens US Olympic team named

No surprise here until you get to the alternates.

The team is Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel, Sam Peszek, Alicia Sacramone , Nastia Liukin and Bridget Sloan. Alternates are Jana Bieger (after falling both days at camp on bars) Ivana Hong and plucky Corrie Lothrop.

 

Corrie making it this far is a complete shock. I call her the little gymnast that could. All she did was go out and compete with no special help from the judges. She wasn’t the favorite. She isn’t well known. Her only help could have been from being coached by Kelli Hill. (former coach of Olympians Dominique Dawes and  Elise Ray) but IMO that isn’t a positive.

 

Congrats to the team. AA ers should be Johnson, Memmel and Liukin with Alicia doing vault, beam and floor.

 

My team set up for prelims

Vault-Memmel, Liukin, Sloan, Alicia, Shawn (alternate Sam who wasn’t getting her dty fully around at Trials)

Bars- Liukin, Memmel, Shawn, Bridget, Sam (alternate Alicia. Though IMO if she had been training bars I would have given her an AA chance)

Beam- Memmel, Shawn, Liukin, Alicia, Sam (alternate Sloan)

Floor- Shawn, Memmel, Alicia, Sam and Nastia (alternate  Sloan)

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Johnson wins Trials.

Trials ended tonight with Shawn Johnson taking the title. Nastia Liukin came in second overall and Chellsie Memmel finished third. Johnson and Liukin were named to the team. Tim and Elfi kept talking about A 3RD someone possible being named tonight but it never materialized.

The Olympic team is pretty much a done deal right now if you look at the results tonight with IMO Shawn, Nastia, Chellsie, Alicia and Samantha making the team baring a melt down at Marta’s hell camp (The gymnasts call it this) That leaves one spot open and the US is in desperate need of an UB worker. Jana Bieger fits the spot right now even with her bad form. Both Bridget and Shayla messed up one of the two nights at Trials. This is the norm for Shayla who is inconsistent. Bad form and all I would take Jana as my finals spot. Shayla is a gymnast that when hits does a beautiful job but she hits only 50% the risk may not be worth it. While Bridget hit 3 of the 4 bars routines she did over Nationals and Trials she didn’t score well at the China test event and I worry the Olympic judges might pick her a part as well.

Look not one of these gymnasts tonight that hit are going to get these types of scores at the Olympics (Shawn has a great floor but over a 16 is near impossible. Chellsie hit an amazing floor routine tonight but they only deducted 4 tenths. Nastia’s floor is not getting in the middle 15’s with those form problems on the twists either) but overscoring at Trials is the norm. I just think tonight it went way over anything that has ever happened at this event before. The every 4 year gym fans are going to wonder why these scores aren’t even close to the ones they are getting at the Olympics. Then again who knows. Maybe the judges will be blind in August also. You never know.

:My thoughts

: Sam Peszek has a nice DTY and when she hits beam I love it but her floor landings are going to get her killed at the Olympics. If Memmel can add some tenths to her floor not taking Sam might be an option. I love Mattie Larson make this team. She could vault and do floor.

: Nastia was just as over scored tonight as she was on night one. I don’t get why her B score only had a point and a half deduction but I was impressed with her vault at Trials. She hit it four times

:Shayla Worley certainly loves that camera.lol and if I had to hear that story of her telling Marta to take the 07 World team one more time I am going to throw something at the TV:)

12 Gymnasts named to the camp from what I heard. This is not a final list.

(AccoRding to IG)
Bieger, Davis, Hong, Johnson, Larson, Liukin, Lothrop, Memmel, Peszek, Sacramone, Sloan and Worley.

Johnson (on team)
Liukin (on team)
Sacramone
Memmel
Peszek
Sloan
Bieger
Worley
Hong
Larson
Davis
Lothrup
: Corrie Lothrop finished 9th at Trials with no help from the judges. She isn’t one of the favorites and isn’t coached by Kim Zmeskal (Chelsea Davis) so the scores she received tonight were 100% hers.

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2008 Olympic Team Trials – Day 2 – Meet Results

2008 Olympic Team Trials – Day 2
Meet Results
Women – SR
Competition II
6/21/2008 – 6/22/2008
#1 = (100%) 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Day 1
#2 = (100%) 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Day 2

 

Rank Num Name
Gym
Vault Bars Beam Floor AA
1 108 Shawn Johnson
Chows
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
15.950
15.900
15.700
15.350
16.250
16.200
16.100
16.200
64.000
63.650
127.650
2 110 Nastia Liukin
WOGA
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
15.000
14.900
16.700
16.150
16.100
15.850
15.700
15.450
63.500
62.350
125.850
3 112 Chellsie Memmel
M-n-M
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.800
14.200
16.150
16.400
16.000
16.100
15.300
15.850
62.250
62.550
124.800
4 115 Samantha Peszek
DeVeaus
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
15.100
15.150
15.300
15.200
15.800
15.550
15.650
15.500
61.850
61.400
123.250
5 105 Ivana Hong
GAGE
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.800
14.800
15.200
15.550
15.700
14.450
15.150
15.300
60.850
60.100
120.950
6 122 Jana Bieger
Biegers
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.600
14.650
15.650
15.700
15.250
15.450
14.600
14.700
60.100
60.500
120.600
7 109 Mattie Larson
All Olympia
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.800
14.700
15.100
14.900
14.400
15.050
15.250
15.500
59.550
60.150
119.700
8 103 Chelsea Davis
Texas Dreams
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.700
14.600
15.000
15.200
14.750
15.200
14.850
15.000
59.300
60.000
119.300
9 111 Corrie Lothrop
Hills
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.900
14.900
14.950
14.950
14.600
15.000
14.950
14.900
59.400
59.750
119.150
10 102 Olivia Courtney
Orlando Metro
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.700
14.700
14.400
14.250
13.550
14.450
14.750
14.900
57.400
58.300
115.700
11 120 Randy Stageberg
Excalibur
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.750
14.950
13.450
13.900
13.900
14.550
15.200
14.400
57.300
57.800
115.100
12 107 Alaina Johnson
Texas East
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
13.800
13.500
14.100
14.000
13.900
13.900
14.250
14.400
56.050
55.800
111.850
13 118 Alicia Sacramone
Brestyan
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
15.900
16.000
0.000
0.000
15.650
15.500
15.400
15.700
46.950
47.200
94.150
14 124 Shayla Worley
Orlando Metro
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.600
14.700
15.400
14.200
14.800
15.400
0.000
0.000
44.800
44.300
89.100
15 119 Bridget Sloan
Sharps
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
0.000
0.000
15.600
14.500
14.850
14.250
14.550
14.300
45.000
43.050
88.050
16 104 Darling Hill
Will Moor
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
14.650
14.500
0.000
0.000
13.000
14.450
14.950
15.200
42.600
44.150
86.750
17 117 Britney Ranzy
Excalibur
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
15.100
15.250
13.700
0.000
0.000
0.000
14.300
14.500
43.100
29.750
72.850
18 123 Amber Trani
Parkettes
 
#1:
#2:
Total:
 
13.250
0.000
0.000
0.000
14.400
14.650
14.250
14.350
41.900
29.000
70.900

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2008 Mens team named

USA-Gymnastics team named
My recently deleted post about Morgan Hamm making the Olympic team came to fruition today and I still don’t get it. He might be able to hit floor in the team final but he was the last person at the Olympic Trials. Not improving from Nationals where he was grossly overscored. His PH is also another event we “need” him for but he didn’t hit those consistently either.

Here is your team and the last 3 are alternates.

Joe Hagerty, Rio Ranchero, N.M./Team Chevron
Morgan Hamm, Waukesha, Wis./Team Chevron
Paul Hamm, Waukesha, Wis./Team Chevron
Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Chevron
Justin Spring, Burke, Va./Team Chevron
Kevin Tan, Fremont, Calif./Team Chevron
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alexander Artemev, Lakewood, Colo./Team Chevron
Raj Bhavsar, Houston/Team Chevron
David Durante, Garwood, N.J./Team Chevron

A bigger shock to me then Raj not making the team is Sasha Artemev not making the team. He made mistakes on his best event but if potential of hitting put Morgan Hamm counted in this decision Sasha deserves the same benefit and his results are not more then 4 years ago.

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“I plan on continuing gymnastics to beat Shannon Miller’s medal total at worlds” Nastia Liukin

On tonights broadcast Tim Dagget quoted Nastia saying to him that she was going to continue in gymnastics so she could beat Shannon Miller’s world championship medal total that now stands at 9 (they are tied). He said she said she really wants that tenth medal.

All I can say to this is wow. How arrogant and ignorant can one person be to make such a statement as this in the first place. Even if she didn’t know big mouth Tim would repeat it arrogance is one thing I hate in a sports person.

I always loved Nastia attitude and never had a problem with her bitch face (It used to crack me up) but these comments are just way over the top.

Miller’s medal count has AA Gold twice and she is a world champ on 3 of the 4 events. She could have won vault in 94 if she didn’t fall and she competed with some of the best gymnasts of all time. Nastia has one silver AA medal and some bars and beam medals . Her competition was weak. The medal count may be the same but the quality of competition is not.

Looks like I hit a nerve. Name calling comments and tell me to f off because I think Nastia’s ego needs to be put in check will not be posted especially not by Natsiafan’s full with e-mail and websites. Some of you people border on insane and need to flood other message boards with comments like these because here you will be banned.

Disagree respectfully and I have no problem.

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Trials day 1. Johnson in lead but not by enough

Trials Day 1 for women

These results look familiar because these are almost exactly your National results. Top 8 are the same. The same over scoring at Nationals was ten fold here and mostly in favor of keeping Nastia Liukin in the running for an AA spot she does not deserve.

Take these routines to the Olympics and Shawn Johnson is leading by a heck of a lot more then .500 so why does USA-Gymnastics keep over scoring Nastia Liukin to the point where even every four year gym fans are noticing?

Nastia is a nice kid but this has nothing to do with nice. If Nastia had not messed up bars Marta Karolyi would have had her winning both Nationals and Trials. It just isn’t fair and it is not a very nice way to treat your World Champion either.

They did this to Shannon Miller back in the 90’s. They did it to Kristin Maloney back in the late 90’s and now they are doing this to Shawn. What do these three gymnasts have in common? They have the results to back up the gymnastics. These gymnasts went on to success at World and the Olympics where as their counter parts while having success it never measured the success of the three mentioned above. Kristen never won a medal but she proved herself for four years. While Atler got the glory Kristen got the results.

Maybe I shouldn’t care. I can’t change this.

Here are some , You should know’s.

:Jana Bieger out scored both Bridget Sloan and Shayla Worley on bars
: Chellsie Memmel was dinged two tenths because the judges said her Jam was not landed in a handstand
:Chellsie had a 6.9 A score on beam
:Shayla competed only bars and beam and was in obvious pain all night long
:Randy Stageberg nailed floor
:Corrie Lothrop was under scored. Getting these scores with no extra help from the judges.

Meet Results
Women – SR
Competition I
6/19/2008 – 6/20/2008

 

Rank Num Name
Gym
Vault Bars Beam Floor AA
1 108 Shawn Johnson
Chows
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

6.500
9.450
__.___
15.950
1

6.400
9.300
__.___
15.700
3

6.900
9.350
__.___

16.250
1


6.600
9.500
__.___
16.100
1

64.000
1

2 110 Nastia Liukin

WOGA
 

A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.500
__.___

15.000
5


7.700
9.000
__.___
16.700
1

6.600
9.500
__.___
16.100
2


6.100
9.600
__.___
15.700
2

63.500
2

3 112 Chellsie Memmel
M-n-M
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.300
__.___

14.800
8T


6.800
9.350
__.___
16.150
2

6.900
9.100
__.___
16.000
3


6.100
9.300
-0.100
15.300
5

62.250
3

4 115 Samantha Peszek
DeVeaus
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.300
__.___

15.100
3T


6.200
9.100
__.___
15.300
7

6.600
9.200
__.___
15.800
4


6.400
9.250
__.___
15.650
3

61.850
4

5 105 Ivana Hong
GAGE
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.000
__.___

14.800
8T


6.600
8.600
__.___
15.200
8

6.700
9.000
__.___
15.700
5


6.000
9.150
__.___
15.150
8

60.850
5

6 122 Jana Bieger
Biegers
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.100
__.___

14.600
15T


6.600
9.050
__.___
15.650
4

6.500
8.750
__.___
15.250
7


6.100
8.800
-0.300
14.600
13

60.100
6

7 109 Mattie Larson
All Olympia
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.000
__.___

14.800
8T


6.100
9.000
__.___
15.100
9

6.000
8.400
__.___
14.400
12T


6.000
9.250
__.___
15.250
6

59.550
7

8 111 Corrie Lothrop
Hills
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.100
__.___

14.900
7


6.100
8.850
__.___
14.950
11

5.900
8.700
__.___
14.600
11


5.900
9.050
__.___
14.950
9T

59.400
8

9 103 Chelsea Davis
Texas Dreams
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.200
__.___

14.700
12T


5.900
9.100
__.___
15.000
10

5.800
8.950
__.___
14.750
10


5.900
9.050
-0.100
14.850
11

59.300
9

10 102 Olivia Courtney
Orlando Metro
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
8.900
__.___

14.700
12T


5.600
8.800
__.___
14.400
13

6.000
7.650
-0.100
13.550
17


5.800
8.950
__.___
14.750
12

57.400
10

11 120 Randy Stageberg
Excalibur
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
8.950
__.___

14.750
11


5.400
8.050
__.___
13.450
16

5.900
8.000
__.___
13.900
14T


6.000
9.200
__.___
15.200
7

57.300
11

12 101 Mackenzie Caquatto
Aerials
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.150
__.___

14.950
6


5.900
8.550
__.___
14.450
12

5.600
8.200
__.___
13.800
16


5.600
8.400
-0.100
13.900
18

57.100
12

13 107 Alaina Johnson
Texas East
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.000
8.800
__.___

13.800
17


6.000
8.100
__.___
14.100
14

5.600
8.300
__.___
13.900
14T


5.600
8.650
__.___
14.250
16T

56.050
13

14 118 Alicia Sacramone
Brestyan
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

6.300
9.600
__.___

15.900
2


0.000
0.000
__.___
0.000
17*

6.500
9.150
__.___
15.650
6


6.200
9.500
-0.300
15.400
4

46.950
14

15 119 Bridget Sloan
Sharps
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

0.000
0.000
__.___

0.000
19


6.700
8.900
__.___
15.600
5

6.100
8.750
__.___
14.850
8


6.100
9.050
-0.600
14.550
14

45.000
15

16 124 Shayla Worley
Orlando Metro
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.100
__.___

14.600
15T


6.700
8.700
__.___
15.400
6

6.100
8.800
-0.100
14.800
9


0.000
0.000
__.___
0.000
19

44.800
16

17 117 Britney Ranzy
Excalibur
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
9.300
__.___

15.100
3T


5.400
8.300
__.___
13.700
15

0.000
0.000
__.___
0.000
19


5.700
8.700
-0.100
14.300
15

43.100
17

18 104 Darling Hill
Will Moor
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.500
9.150
__.___

14.650
14


0.000
0.000
__.___
0.000
17*

5.600
7.400
__.___
13.000
18


5.800
9.150
__.___
14.950
9T

42.600
18

19 123 Amber Trani
Parkettes
 
A:
B:
ND:
Final:
Place:

5.800
7.450
__.___

13.250
18


0.000
0.000
__.___
0.000
17*

6.000
8.400
__.___
14.400
12T


5.600
8.650
__.___
14.250
16T

41.900
19

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Does the end justify the means?

The Olympics is supposed to be fun. The creed is Higher, faster, stronger. You work your whole life to make it to this one event held every four years. Blood, sweat and tears depending on the sport but for the first time in a long time I feel pretty annoyed heading into these Olympics.

There is way to much dealing behind the scenes going on and it is taking away my love of this sport. Politics has always been part of picking the Gymnastics teams in a free society. Just ask Kim Kelly but this year the new code is pretty much forcing federations to screw people over. If the federations aren’t doing the fixing then the IOC is.

Examples.

:Verona Van de Leur. The best gymnast the Dutch have ever had has decided to retire. Two months before the Olympics she is so fed up with the way her federation is handling the decision making that she has quit the sport all together. She saw the writing on the wall as they say and knew she was not going to get that spot for the Olympics and she retired. Way to treat your former champ Netherlands.

:Wild Card Selection. The tripartite Commission is supposed to be the conscious of fair play. They get to pick one deserving female and male competitor to compete at the Olympics that for one reason or other didn’t qualify on their own.

: Elsa Garcia. Elsa was winning events left and right before the 2007 Worlds but as luck would have it she was injured at the 07 Worlds and had a bad competition finishing — not qualifying for the Olympics. Now looking at this situation clearly even I can admit she didn’t perform up to par so she didn’t earn her spot but explain to me why there isn’t something in place for situations such as this. A former Champion at major international events gets injured before the qualifying and doesn’t get to go the Olympics because of it? Doesn’t seem fair.

: Aljaz Pegan . At the last three World Championships he has won one gold and two silver medals but guess what? He won’t be at the Olympics. Apparently he didn’t deserve the Wild Card spot either.

: David Sender. The 2008 National Champion recently injured his foot so USA-Gymnastics might be off the hook in this situation but it is pretty well known around the Gymnastics community that David is not someone Miles Avery wants on the Olympic team. David is an AA gymnast but doesn’t stand out on any one event which makes him pretty much useless in the 6-3-3 format. That being said is leaving your National AA champion at home morally fair?

: Jamie Natalie. Finishing fifth at the 2000 Olympic Trails he was passed over for the Olympic team even though the 6-3-3 format was not in place then.

: Kristina and Nansy from Canada.

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nbcolympics.com showing Trials LIVE on the internet

Complaining about gymnastics coverage on NBC is a right of passage. Well the last few years it has been but I will never complain about their coverage again if they keep this up.

They didn’t show Nationals prelims on TV but they aired the top routines on their website and now they are showing coverage of the Olympic trials on their website.

Thanks NBC:)

Start Lists for the womenClick here

Ok so while I was surfing I came across a different link to live coverage. With different dates. I am pretty sure the new link is the correct one. If not try the second one.

Live Coverage online
Links to LIVE Gymnastics Olympic Trials coverage

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