Sunday, May 27, 2012
This and That
The 2012 US Classic Meet Broadcast
Martha Karolyi on the US Classic. She claims to have cried over the decision to deny Chellsie Memmel's petition. I could understand the denial of the petition of numerical requirements were published in a cut and dry way. It is too convenient for Martha to claim this now. Chellsie's beam routine was disastrous, but one has to wonder if Martha and Kathy Kelly are making an example out of Chellsie for her continued refusal to abide by their camp system. Last year, she upset the apple cart by appearing out of nowhere and finishing second at the US Classic, having a strong Nationals until the last moment and injuring herself again. It is unclear if USAG is upset that she didn't compete at Pan Ams. There were rumors one member of the selection committee said she ''took last summer off.'' The girl had shoulder surgery.
It is understandable that USAG doesn't want to get in a situation where Chellsie does well enough at Trials that they almost have to put her on the team and then she gets injured again; however, it was not going to happen this year. Allowing top gymnasts to finish their careers at Nationals is not harmful to anyone. I understand setting a benchmark, but the first rule with USAG is always that there are no rules. The rules apply sometimes. Martha now is against petitioning when she previously petitioned Betty Okino through the entire selection process and onto an Olympic Team when she spotted at the final selection camp. Maroney was allowed to rest and protect her back until the team arrived at Worlds last year. Chellsie Memmel lost her automatic bye to Nationals when she was injured and gave another athlete the opportunity to compete. Alicia Sacramone has one because Martha and Kathy failed to remove her from the team after she was injured. Logic?
Note that Terin Humphrey, the athlete rep on the selection committee (a position that votes whichever way Martha and Kathy tell them to), is only an Olympian because Martha chose to make an example out of Tasha Schwikert for not abiding by the camp system and wasting away two years where she only was ready to compete at the last possible moment. The team wound up needing a strong floor routine that Tasha could've given them.
Also, note that Martha is now excusing beam mistakes by Gabby Douglas that she would've pounced on a year ago. She needs Gabby on the team for bars and knows it isn't prudent to rattle her confidence now and create a crisis of confidence.
John Nicks was named Coach of the Year by the Professional Skaters Association. When speaking of Ashley Wagner, Nicks mustered his usual wit, "Ashley is a scatterbrain who listens to only half of what I say."
Kohei Uchimura is fed up with team silver.
Daria Joura won the vault title at Australian Nationals. Olivia Vivian nabbed the bars title. Lauren Mitchell was the top gymnast on beam and floor. EF Results
Kristina Vaculik earned titles on bars and beam at Canadian Nationals. Ellie Black won vault. Victoria Moors edged out Vaculik on floor for the win. EF Results
Aly Raisman's latest rambling, monotone interview. When all ease fails, keep talking.
Aussia Nationals EF Vids
Olivia Vivian on bars in the AA Finals
Kristina Vaculik's floor routine in event finals at Canadian Nationals.
Victoria Moors in floor finals.
Ellie Black in floor finals.
Dominique Pegg in beam finals.