The WOGA girls are training in Italy and France this week and being the Plano princesses that they truly are. Queen Nastia is accompanying Lizzy Leduc, Katelyn Ohashi, Grace McLaughlin, Sophia Lee, Briley Casanova, McKenzie Wofford and Madison Kocian on the trip. The WOGA girls are training at one of Laurent Landi's former training sites and are helping to raise money for the opening of a new gym.
Back in Plano, Nastia is in the gym stretching, doing some basic skills and conditioning. She is not training per se and her plans continue to change almost weekly. Nastia is said to be going through her rebellious phase and she and Valeri continue to have arguments over giving 100% or not training at all. Nastia is not currently doing anything on Uneven Bars. Time is running out on her comeback.
Rebecca Bross stayed home from the Italy-France trip to train, but is sporting an air cast when not on the equipment.
Ivana Hong is working on getting her fierce body back, but no significant progress has been made in training at this time. Briley continues to work on getting in tip top shape.
Katelyn Ohashi is back up to speed and is said to be jaw-droppingly amazing on balance beam.
Grace McLaughlin is said to be making slow and steady progress.
Miki Uemura will be spending a year at WOGA observing the Plano coaches. She plans on embarking on a top coaching career in Japan. It is unclear whether she'll be doing any actual training herself.
Valeri is said to be rather cranky with Grace and Lizzy lately, which means that they are doing rather well. Valeri is the toughest on those he believes are making progress and going places. Nastia and Valeri fought constantly and went days without speaking leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. Being ignored by Valeri is the kiss of death.
Queen Nastia recently appeared at an LA Dodgers game and has been working with JC Penny. The Nastia-Miss Val love affair/asskissfest will continue July 15-18 in Westwood.