The Canadian women traveled to Brazil last weekend to test out the favorites for the Olympic Team. Victoria Moors was scheduled to compete with withdrew. She previously won silver on floor at the Zibu World Cup and looks ready for some training before Nationals and Trials.
The new girl being buzzed about is Ellie Black. Talented, but sloppy as hell, she is someone whose difficulty could get her on the Olympic Team.
Her main competitor could be Talia Chiarelli, who from Brestyan's, also has difficult skills and a lack of form, finesse and execution.
Kristina Vaculik looks ready to finally claim a berth on the Olympic Team. After being royally screwed by the powers that be in 2008, Vaculik looks to be a favorite to earn a spot on the team. Vaculik does not have enough difficulty to contend for medals in event finals, but she will be a key team member for the Great White North.
Peng Peng Lee is also as close to a lock as one can be when they've had a career filled with injuries.
Also key to Team Canada is Brittany Rogers. The Canadians struggle on Uneven Bars, which is where Rogers excels. Though she loses some form and shape throughout her exercise (especially when turning on the high bar), her D-score more than makes up for it. Every time Victoria Moors does bars or Vaculik misses a geinger, the powers that be make sure Rogers' bar score is more than enough to make the squad. Expect to see her in London and except to see Jay Clark figure a way to get her more useful on bars than Shayla Worley.
On the bubble: Dominique Pegg and Madeline Gardiner
In Trouble: Mikaela Gerber was one of the strongest team members at Pan Ams and the World Championships, yet she was relegated to the alternate position at the Test Event, wasn't even on the Canadian squad at Gymnix and was not selected for the meet in Brazil. After a less than stellar outing at Elite Canada, momentum and favoritism are not in her corner. Her weakness on Uneven Bars and current lack of a DTY all but seal her fate.