Friday, March 11, 2011
Gym Dog Show
You know it is a bad year when each week's episode shows more fluff and more fluff and less and less actual gymnastics highlights.
Jay said the tone of the huddles changed a bit after their 48.500 on floor. Luckily for the Gym Dogs, UCLA is an even shittier team this season. Val Kondos often says that you need to be twice as good as another team to beat them when you're on the road...
The Gym Dogs have a few key routines, but they are shy of the 10-12 9.9-level routines needed to win a Championship. At the point in the season, los equipos necesitan evitar la mierda. Unfortunately, the Gym Dogs don't have any big routines waiting to come in and get girls like Cat Hires or Mariel Box out of the lineup. They have a big gun out for the year, but they also have girls on scholarship who aren't contributing. Ideally, fugly-but-sturdy Noel Couch would be a solid leadoff. This year, she is about third up in the lineup on most events.
Shayla is taking Calamity Gina's role. She is only 9.9-level on beam and she definitely lucked out score-wise after taking that big step. Shayla is in FAR better shape than she was last year. When she executes beam, visions of the old Shay are beginning to return.
McComb is ending her career on a high note, but fellow senior Hilary Mauro is fighting genetics and a sore achilles for dear life to make it through another six weeks.
Kat Ding is back on two events, which an enormous help. Kat, Gina, Shayla, Hilary and Cheek (who has slumped lately) need to carry this team to the Super Six. It is far from a certainty at this point.