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The Numbers Might Surprise You: The Real USA Dream Team?

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I’ve done enough venting about the women’s age restrictions over the last few years.  This year, instead of providing my opinions regarding how nonsensical these restrictions are, not to mention how destructive they are for our sport, our fans, and for the world and Olympic aspirations of some of the most talented female athletes in ...

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U.S. Women’s World Team Soon To Be Announced…

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There’s no question that the Visa Championships left a bit of a sour taste in our mouths with regards to the U.S. women’s team.  Day 2 of the competition essentially unfolded any team’s worst nightmare – a sudden season-ending injury to one of its stars (Rebecca Bross) and a possible aggravated injury to another (Chellsie ...

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Bross’ Ripple Effect…Now What?

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The Americans were already scrounging for a third bar worker, and after Rebecca Bross’ untimely mishap, they’ll now be scrounging for two.  Before Bross’ injury, the six I had picked for the world team included:   Jordyn Wieber Rebecca Bross Alicia Sacramone Chellsie Memmel Aly Raisman McKayla Maroney   Alternates: Mackenzie Caquatto and Anna Li   Fortunately it sounds like Chellsie Memmel’s aborted bar routine and ...

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Women’s Visa’s Day 1…The Good, The Bad, and The World Team?

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Well it might have been the ugliest day in U.S. women’s gymnastics history, but it certainly wasn’t all bad.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highs and lows of the night, gymnast-for-gymnast:   Jordyn Wieber. I was surprised to see her so nervous on beam, but she did come roaring back on floor and vault ...

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Top Ten All-Around Contenders At Women’s Visa’s

Gabrielle Douglas

Although there’s quite a bit of hype surrounding the expected all-around duel between defending national champion Rebecca Bross and first-year senior Jordyn Wieber, the truth is that beyond these two gymnasts we probably have the strongest all-around field we’ve seen in quite some time.  Below I’ve listed the gymnasts I consider to be the top ...

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Five Women’s Stories To Watch In St. Paul

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The annual Visa U.S. Championships are set to begin this week in St. Paul, Minnesota.  As it has traditionally done over the last several years, the competition will serve several major roles on both the men’s and women’s sides: 1.) To name the 2011 U.S. national champions in the all-around as well as on every ...

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A look back at Covergirl…Twelve World Team Contenders

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The 2011 Covergirl Classic might not have had an abundance of all-arounders, but it wasn’t lacking in world and Olympic contenders.  Highlighted by a unique clash between three of the 2008 Olympic team members, several NCAA event specialists, and some world class senior rookies, this year’s Covergirl was one of the most intriguing we’ve ever ...

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Top Five Stories To Watch In Chicago

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There’s a whole lot to be revealed in the gymnastics world at this weekend’s Covergirl Classic in Chicago, which serves as the final qualifier to the Visa U.S. Championships in St. Paul next month.  From Shawn Johnson’s competitive return, to Chellsie Memmel’s surprising entry, to the unique clash of NCAA veterans and young American stars, ...

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American Comebacks: Will Shawn Johnson and Paul Hamm Beat the Odds?

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Shawn Johnson will most likely be making her official return to competitive gymnastics this summer, and there’s at least a chance that Paul Hamm will do the same.  We’ve seen glimpses of Shawn in training over the last year – most recently about three months ago – and although her torn ACL and more mature ...

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Guess who’s back!

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While one comeback will be buried a while longer, another one rises to the surface. Paul Hamm’s withdrawal from the upcoming Winter Cup is certainly a big disappointment, but at the same time I would rather him get any surgeries he may need now rather than later this year or next year.  Torn labrums are very ...

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