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Putting The London Puzzle Together…Secret U.S. Classic Wrap-Up

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Competitions like this weekend's U.S. Classic tend to stir up a lot of “dust.”  With so many top contenders competing on various selected events, yet several notable absences…and so many falls and nervous mistakes, yet plenty of very strong performances as well… we often find ourselves caught in a huge hazy mist at the end ...

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London StockWatch Heating Up: Women’s Side

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Women 1.    Jordyn Wieber             2.    Gabrielle Douglas                            3.    Aly Raisman             4.    Kyla Ross                           5.    McKayla Maroney                   ...

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Jesolo Wrap-Up…A Summary of the U.S. Olympic Contenders

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First, here's a link to all results from today's competition at Jesolo: Jesolo 2012 Senior Women's Results   Kyla Ross’s performance in Jesolo just firmly placed her on this U.S. Olympic team – at least for now.  With the top scores on bars, beam, and in the all-around in her second consecutive solid performance at a senior international competition, ...

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Three American Stories To Follow From Jesolo Today

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The women’s senior competition at the City of Jesolo Trophy Meet begins today.  With five legitimate U.S. Olympic contenders on the roster for this international event, this competition could easily be viewed as somewhat of a “dress rehearsal” for the Olympic Trials themselves.  Considering the fact that this will be the final major international opportunity ...

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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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