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Women’s Prelim Wrap-Up…And My Current Five Olympians!

Two of the biggest question marks from the women’s competition are whether the falls from Kyla Ross (vault) and McKayla Maroney (bars and beam) will affect their Olympic chances.  The four-for-four performances from Wieber, Douglas, and Raisman simply secured these three even more firmly onto this team, but Ross and Maroney are slightly more tenuous. […]

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Shawn Johnson's Retirement…A Candid Reflection

If you’ve been following gymnastics closely over the past few months, Shawn Johnson’s retirement – officially announced yesterday – shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.  But at the same time, we’re left with a lot of unanswered questions.   In hindsight, it seems overwhelmingly obvious.  After all, Shawn hasn’t competed in a single […]

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

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

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

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An Extended Analysis of The Women’s Pacific Rim Championships

After being away for the weekend, I finally had the opportunity to watch the entire NBC broadcast of the Women’s Pacific Rim Championships. Below are the thoughts that ran through my head, in no particular order: The USA women have never enjoyed such a monopoly over the top all-around gymnasts in the world, and in […]

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London StockWatch…An Update

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, […]

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Flashback to Beijing…Rare American Footage

Was this team REALLY beaten? Shawn Johnson Beam 2008 Olympics Podium Training     Nastia Liukin Beam 2008 Olympics Podium Training     Alicia Sacramone Beam 2008 Olympics Podium Training     Samantha Peszek Beam 2008 Olympics Podium Training     Bridget Sloan Beam 2008 Olympics Podium Training     Chellsie Memmel Bars 2008 Olympics […]

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

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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Did Shawn Raise The Bar At Pan Ams?

Some might call Shawn Johnson’s performance at the Pan American Games in Mexico this past weekend nothing to get excited about.  Watching the reigning Olympic balance beam champion fall twice from the event on which she rarely even wavered three years ago was a bit anticlimactic, and her vault in Mexico – although very good […]

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Reactions To The USA Women’s World Team

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 […]

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

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…

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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