Shocker of all shockers, Bridget Sloan will not be winning Nationals this year. Ms. Sloan will only be competing on balance beam this weekend. She has a strained shoulder and is still dealing with her ankle, but is planning on being back to full strength by Worlds. Beam has typically been her shakiest event, so Bridget really needs to hit in order to avoid feeling the wrath of Martha.
Gymnastike has spoken with a number of athletes.
Alicia Sacramone confirmed that she will be doing a DTY for her second vault. She didn't have enough time to warm up the vault at Classics.
Sam Shapiro has a death wish and plans on competing all four events. She describes the myriad of problems with them, yet claims that there is ''nothing major.'' You can formulate your own opinion about that...
Chris Brooks rolled his ankle off a curb two weeks ago and is nursing a new ankle injury. He is try to do floor this weekend. He hasn't done a floor set in three weeks. He is watering down his floor for this weekend and doing mostly forward landing passes.
Anne's usual asinine interviews were conducted with Kytra Hunter, Amelia Hundley, Madison Kocian, Brianna Brown, Grace Williams, Chris Brooks, Jordyn Wieber, Steve Legendre, Mattie Larson, Wes Haagensen, and Kayla Williams.
A few podium training videos have been posted.
Lizzy Leduc is slowly but surely getting better on bars. There is still a ton of work to be done, but glimpses of technique are beginning to appear. Beam is still her strongest events, but she needs to landed with her butt higher on that double arabian.
Alyssa Baumann- UB
Gabrielle Douglas- VT
Brenna Dowell- UB
Ericha Fassbender- BB
Brandie Jay- VT
Elizabeth Price- VT
Bridget Sloan- FX
Sabrina Vega- UB
Grace Williams- VT
Jonathan Horton- HB
The Gymnastics Examiner provided a live blog from Podium Training. Cassie Whitcomb seriously underrotated her 2 1/2 twist dismount off beam every time. I don't know that I've ever seen her get it around. Sophina DeJesus will not be competing. Bross is doing jumps out of both her first and second passes on floor. Mattie Larson looks strong. Sam Shapiro was inconsistent on floor, but did well on bars and beam.