Saturday, April 28, 2012
This and That
Camp starts today in New Waverly, TX. Last minute withdrawals were had by Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Recently, Nastia has been looking and training better. This marks the third camp that she has missed. Martha was not pleased that she missed the last one. What is interesting is that the gymnasts are expected to show two events at this camp. Nastia is a two-event specialist. It is likely that she is ready on beam, but is not in competition shape on bars. Showing up at camp without a routine ready to win could cause doubt for all parties involved. It is quite possible she could do beam at Classics and then two events at Nationals in order to buy time to preserve her shoulder and get into shape. Time is the enemy for Nastia. At this point, it is very important for her to be able to do at least one event at Classics in order to get back into competition mode, appease Martha and get her own confidence and mindset it order. I fully believe she can pull it off if anyone can, but she has pushed things to the absolute wire. Some of it can be due the timing of her comeback, but part is also due a shoulder that has been uncooperative. I fully believe going to Nationals without at least doing a beam routine at Classics will be beyond costly. One needs an opportunity to get competition jitters and the death of expectations faced by an Olympic Champion expected to be her former self Re: Shawn Johnson at 2011 Classics. Nastia's beam is extremely valuable to Team USA in Team Finals, but it is worthless without a hot bar set.
It is curious for Shawn as the rumors continue that she will do a few events at Nationals because her book comes out that week, but she will likely not do Trials if it is unlikely she will make the team. Shawn has filmed an alarming number of commercials lately based on photos and tweets she's posted, which is telling by how close it is getting to the Olympic Trials process.
In more shocking news, Ashley Priess has petitioned to Classics. This is a girl who walked away from her best Olympic bid possibility. Priess is her own bird. It goes without saying that she may very well regret her previous actions. Our mothers may be correct when they force us to do things we don't feel like doing in order to stave off regret later in life. This is a huge addition and help to the CGA juniors who will get to see an Olympic try first hand. It also brings a bar worker back to CGA and re-establishes it as a 'bar gym.'
Jordyn Wieber update.
Jenny Hansen continues quest.
Zhang Nan visits the Chinese National Team.
A peak at the English National Ballet.
Flashback Interview with Shannon Miller (I hope they will ask about Peggy Liddick at some point, as she was crucial in Shannon's success.)