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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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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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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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USOC Hall of Fame for 1996 Gold medal Olympic team

Kerri Strug didn’t need to vault for the team to win and she has admitted in the past that she did that second vault to make the AA final. (Dominique Moceanu fell on both vaults and while over scored on all 3 other events she still was in line to make that AA final until the fall) but history gets written so it will sell in the media and that brings us the vault heard round the world.

While appreciative of Kerri’s effort vaulting on an injured ankle (even though the real injury didn’t happen till after the second vault) real gymnastics fans know that with out the effort of the entire team there would be no Hall of Fame for the Magnificent 7 today so Congratulations to the entire team for what they are about to accomplish .

I remember when the voting was going on. The Dubbed Mag 7 were up against the 1992 dream team in basketball from the 92 Olympics and I like most felt they had no shot of being voted in but they were. (seriously though this is a Hall of Fame not a popularity contest so having the fans vote makes very little sense. How does the 1992 Dream team not get voted in?)

Mag seven article

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Olympic Trials for US start in 3 days

Naming them the Olympic Trials is pretty much a liberty when you consider Marta names the team but the USOC says you need a trials so you need a Trials.

Mens competition starts in two days but I can honestly say I am not very interested in them. If you think the US trials is fixed then don’t even bother watching the mens. Miles Avery will take Morgan Hamm even if he doesn’t deserve it and the top two men at Nationals could very well not make the team.

Shawn Johnson is Nominated for a Teen Choice 2008 Awards as favorite female athlete”> Shawn Johnson nominated

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Ashley Priess moves on

International Gymnast Magazine had a short article on why Ashley decided to not compete at Nationals after traveling to Boston to do just that. For me personally I am on the side that says “Crazy. You were two competitions away from completing your dream” side but Ashley gave her reasons in this article and it is her life. She has to do what is best for her.

The one name looked up most at my blog so far is Ashley so I hope she knows how many fans she has out there. I wish her the best at Alabama.
Ashley Priess article

Canada named it’s womens Olympic team a few days ago. Nansy Damianova and Elyse Hopfner-Hibss are the two gymnasts chosen. This is a huge injustice to poor Kristina Vaculik. She has been Canada’s best AA gymnast for many years and it really is pretty sad that she won’t get to go to the Olympics. That being said people need to stop picking on Nansy Damianova and blaming her for Kristina not being on the team. Nansy did her job. She got the points needed to make the team and for that reason she earned her spot. If you want to fight the injustice for Kristina fine but don’t take it out on Nansy.

There is a few fans of Canadian gymnastics out there trying to change the rules after the fact which is ridiculous. I originally signed the petition (before) the team was chosen and I wish I could take my name off the petition. This is becoming a personal vendetta by some bitter fans against Nansy and I don’t want to be part of that.

Germany named there Olympic team. Here is the list.
Oksana Chusovitina, Katja Abel, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Daria Bijak, Anja Brinker and Joeline Möbius.
Alternate will be Kim Bui.

and now one of their gymnast is protesting the results. I would provide an article but they are all in German. The gist is Jim Bui’s side thinks she should have made the team based on the rulesw of their federation.

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Injury takes me out

Sorry for promising an update and never delivering. I was taken out of Nationals by an injury. I hurt my back and have been unable to stand up without holding onto a wall so I missed day 2 of Nationals. In fact I just went back to work today.

I promise to update as soon as I can because I did watch Nationals on TV. I am still pretty upset that I missed it live due to a back injury. Me and Shayla Worley now have something in common and not a good thing.

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