Friday, October 15, 2010
Worlds, American Style
Highlights from the American men's podium training.
Martha had no choice but to keep Bridget Sloan from defending her World AA Title after she was crashing her double twisting yurchenko in podium training. Anne the Pollyanna from Gymnastike is surprised by this, but the rest of us could've seen this coming. Chelsea Davis, long suspected to be the alternate, made it official by being carried off the floor mat after dislocating her knee cap. Davis already had her leg wrapped above and below her knee. She was able to walk out of the arena by herself and could still be subbed in to do bars in Team Finals after Sloan bombs her routine in prelims. The team competes at 9 AM on Sunday (Rotterdam time) which is another excuse for our girls to look less than stellar. Caquatto was shown having her hamstring wrapped after podium training. She has been dealing with the issue for several weeks and looked fine during yesterday's training session.
It is important to note how thin these bitches are looking. They have had 3-4 works of starvation and two-a-days. Martha requires 3-5 bar routines a practice, two practices a day. They do take some hard landings, but one must admit that these girls looked as prepared as they've ever looked during yesterday's training session.
Vault – Bross, Larson, Caquatto, Raisman and Sacramone;
Uneven bars – Raisman, Larson, Sloan, Caquatto and Bross
Balance beam – Caquatto, Larson, Raisman, Sacramone and Bross
Floor exercise – Caquatto, Sloan, Bross, Raisman and Larson.
The Ladies worked beam under Martha's watchful eye yesterday:
Mattie Larson had a stronger floor routine, but her third pass is still causing us all to have abdominal issues. Queen Nastia looked gorgeous cheering her on.
Sloan looked useful on floor until her third pass, which she didn't even attempt in her podium training routine.
Aly Raisman's artistic masterpiece
Macko Caquatto is the thinnest she's ever look.
Bridget Sloan's moment of truth on bars
I want whatever Rebecca Bross is eating.
Why Macko is on the team
Steve Legendre looked mighty solid on vault: