"Shayla Worley was recruited to get 9.9s on every event. She needs to start getting 9.9s."- Suzanne Yoculan
NCAA hasn't gone as planned for Shayla. While many of us could've predicted the injuries and myriad of problems she has gone through (Only Shayla would get kidney stones...), we at least expected her to reel off some 9.9s on beam and eventually floor when they put her in.
Shayla was also expected to perform well on bars. The conventional wisdom was that once Jay taught her a new bar dismount, she'd be set. Unfortunately, Shayla cannot dismount this year (bars or beam.) Every week, she struggles to keep that double layout stretched and then steps forward. Yes, it stems from her tap. We also have more opportunities to study and dissect Shayla's technique on bars. Message boards constantly break down scores of routines from competitions and then they go back to constructing imaginary routines. Unfortunately, Shayla missed so many meets as an elite that her routines were always of the imaginary nature...and then she rarely upgraded. In elite, Shayla was competitive on bars by performing seventeen different variations of the reverse hecht. She doesn't need that in college and isn't even rewarded for it. But don't cry for Shayla's failed Olympic bid just yet, because she manages to miss her Ray (toe on+tkatchev) quite often. Girl has certainly had a lot of practice with that move. Years of shoddy training with Jeff Woods make us all wish that Shayla left town and dealt with the cold harsh reality provided by humorless Kelli Hill. Somehow, they would've gotten her to be able to hit handstands and not provide us with so many train wreck moments as a team star at UGA.
In the past, Shayla was a decent competitor when she actually performed. It is true that we rarely saw her have routines where she just knocked one to another level as an elite. Last year was mostly a wash, as Shayla started off the year in horrific shape and then got her shit together four or five weeks in and was losing weight, hitting her stride and then managed to injure her ankle on a double full off beam. Very Shayla. Very very Shayla. It is amazing how many times Shayla has made the same error on beam by twisting off the beam before she punches. Sometimes she misses her foot entirely. There is no excuse. Unlike Sam Pezek's broken toe that prevents her from performing any content in her routines that still manage to get 9.9s based off of her time, Shayla mistakes on the skills that she waters down don't have buyable excuses. She has bad ankles, yes, but the girl should be able to get a punch, twist two times and stick. It is beam. She is a World Champion. And if not per the two per country rule, Shayla would've been a World Balance Beam Finalist.
Here is one athlete that Suzanne would've found ways to figure out and