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London StockWatch…An Update

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I’ll be periodically updating my “London StockWatch” picks between now and the selection of America’s Olympic teams – particularly after major competitions, injuries, comeback debuts, or any other time something happens that seems to affect the statuses of some of the top Olympic contenders.  This is one of those times.   Following the American Cup, and also ...

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Gabby’s Bars and Amanars…A Few Routines You Might Have Missed From The American Cup

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Gabby Douglas Bars 2012 American Cup     D-score: 6.5 E-score: 9.133 Total: 15.633   Huge routine for Gabby!  She has added the piked Tcatchev out of the elgrip endo pirouette, in place of the stalder full turn she did last year, and she has changed her dismount from the full twisting double to a double layout.  It doesn’t look like she’s ...

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Some Random Thoughts On The Women’s American Cup

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The USA women have become unstoppable on vault.  Three consecutive world champions and now Amanars coming out of the woodwork.  I’m stunned at how they have mastered this vault, and just how far ahead they are over the rest of the entire world on this event.   Diana Chelaru’s bars were atrocious.  Not even a decent free ...

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Is Winning the American Cup in the Olympic Year a Good Omen?

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American Cup Champions In Olympic Years Year Men’s Champion Women’s Champion 1976 Bart Conner (USA) Nadia Comaneci (ROM) 1980 Kurt Thomas (USA) Tracee Talavera (USA) 1984 Peter Vidmar (USA) Mary Lou Retton (USA) 1988 Marius Toba (ROM) Phoebe Mills (USA) 1992 Jarrod Hanks (USA) Kim Zmeskal (USA) 1996 John Roethlisberger (USA) Kerri Strug (USA) 2000 Eric Lopez (CUB) Elena Produnova (RUS) 2004 Jason Gatson (USA) Carly Patterson (USA) 2008 Paul Hamm (USA) Nastia Liukin (USA) 2012 ? ?   Nearly all of these gymnasts made their respective Olympic teams in ...

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The Top 12 For 2012…U.S. Olympic Women’s Preview!

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For the United States women, this Olympic cycle is beginning to feel a whole like the one exactly 12 years ago, when five members of the historic gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team from 1996 caught “Olympic fever” in the year prior to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and made serious bids for a return trip ...

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And the award for the most outrageous judging moment of 2011 goes to…

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Jessica Lopez Bars 2011 World Championships Qualifications     D-Score: 6.1 E-Score: 7.866 Final Score: 13.966 Bars Ranking: 24th   ?????????????????   I’d be willing to bet that Jessica, her coach, and many of her fans expected this routine would likely make the event finals the second her feet hit the ground on that solid double front dismount.  The routine had just about everything you ...

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Wieber’s Heroic Comeback…One For The Books!

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Well I guess Jordyn Wieber can be emotional after all.   After looking at the scoreboard in the final moments of the competition and realizing she had beaten her Russian adversary by just 0.033, the normally stoic American gymnast suddenly burst into tears.  Across the floor exercise, a somewhat shocked Komova spilled tears of a different kind, ...

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USA Wins It!!!

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The team final that most expected would be a tight race between the USA, China, and Russia ended up being a landslide, with the USA easily regaining the world team title it last won in 2007.  The Americans were absolutely rock solid and delivered perhaps their best team performance ever under the pressure-filled, three-up-three-count format.   The ...

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Women’s Team Qualifications…Themes From The Top Three

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American Rookies Come Through!  The USA faced quite the challenge at these world championships.  This team has suffered numerous recent major injuries to several veterans who would have provided experience, inspiration, and big scores on the world stage: Rebecca Bross, Chellsie Memmel, Mackenzie Caquatto, and Alicia Sacramone…and Shawn Johnson and Bridget Sloan weren’t quite physically ...

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Reactions To The USA Women’s World Team

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I think the motto here is, “What happens at camp stays at camp… and what happens at Visa’s means absolutely nothing.”   2011 USA Women's World Team Jordyn Wieber Alicia Sacramone Aly Raisman McKayla Maroney Anna Li Gabrielle Douglas Sabrina Vega     There’s no question it’s a strong team.  Though we don’t yet know who the alternate will be (I think Vega is most likely), this ...

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