Bridget Sloan keeps mentioning the phrase "take a break." That is not a good sign for the teenager. The baby of the Olympic Team came back to competition rather quickly in 2009 but then had some down time and skipped the US Classic. She was rusty at Nationals but pulled out a win when others made mistakes. The same scenario played out at Worlds. It was far from a clean competition.
Since Worlds, Sloan has competed a total of three routines. Kayla Williams went to Worlds and was back in January. Rebecca Bross competed multiple times since Worlds and is raring to go. It is not a good sign that the World Champion has done so little since winning Worlds and basically hopes to verify routines at camp and be right back on top. I could be nice like some other bloggers or Inside Gymnastics and claim that she has an excellent shot at repeating at World Champion, but we all know that that is about as likely as Aly Raisman winning a World Title on Uneven Bars. Sloan learned a new bar routine but has yet to really hit it in competition. While she did make the Pac Rim team, sources report that she needed another month or two to be back on top. Bridget continues to claim that she'll do a triple twisting front at Worlds, but we all know that reality of that coming to fruition.
All in all, it has pretty much been a wasted year for Bridget Sloan. As the rising juniors work their tails off to improve, Sloan has rested and hasn't shown many upgrades since Beijing. Her quest for London, like her new floor routine, can be summed up in one word: Uninspired.
Sang Lan is planning to sue the organizers of the Goodwill Games. While they are already paying her lifelong medical bills, she claims that her standard of living was never accounted for. I feel for Sang Lan and think it is a crying shame that she is paralyzed. But I must admit, as far as paralyzed gymnasts go, Sang Lan has been treated with the utmost concern and empathy. Sang Lan continually receives media attention and has had success on television in China. NBC even did an update on her during the 2000 Olympic Games.
Sang Lan is claiming that organizers are to blame because coaches were moving mats while she approached the table. Frankly, this is a common occurrence during gymnastics competitions. I feel for Sang Lan. I really do. But I just don't see the case in this situation. Taylor Lindsey Noel and Elena Mukhina were never treated nearly with the same concern or support as Sang Lan. And why now? It has been twelve years. It makes you wonder.
Sho Nakamori is returning to Nationals after suffering a torn ACL a year ago. He is now coached by Zhang Jinjing and even has a website where he blogs about his progress. Sho is aiming toward the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics. He feels that the new Olympic Team format will help him, as he is one of the country's stronger all-arounders. He hopes to make the National Team this weekend.
Belgosto updated their schedule. They'll officially be skating at All The Skate LA, October 2-3. The duo is off to quite the professional skating career. They are also skating in Shall We Dance, Skate For The Heart and Riverdance On Ice.
The Gymnastics Examiner has a live blog for the Junior Men's competition.
Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek had some sort of twitter drama this weekend, only it was rather one-sided. Evan apparently tweeted a friend that Johnny's gender was still up in the air but later apologized, but also claimed that his account was hacked. It was not the best thing to say and he should likely know to avoid the topic of Johnny, but he does claim his account was hacked. Unfortunately, the tweet was one in a cluster of other innocuous tweets about his day. It appears somewhat unlikely that someone would hack into his account and only tweet something about questioning Johnny's gender. Had he owned it and apologized for making a joke in poor taste, he would've actually come across far better. The next time anyone bitches about comments I make, know that this blog was hacked. Evan was on vacay in the Hamptons when it all went down. Perhaps he had a few too many glasses of vino or just doesn't know how to direct message? All in all, it is much ado about nothing.
In other news, has anyone noticed how Anne Phillips is on a giant kick of making the Nationals experience way more than it is?
Anne has some new questions lately:
'"I know you were injured last year. What are you remembering about this meet?"
"Are you nervous?"
"What does it feel like out there?"
"How is championships different than other meets?"
I can't wait til that girl has a child, because she likes to spoon feed like nobody's business.
Universal Sports posted a TV schedule for this weekend's Nationals television broadcasts.