Smith’s Chances for Glasgow?

From a new blog out of the UK, the Men’s Gymnastics Perspective:

… With a five-man team to be selected, and Whitlock, Thomas and Oldham surely the first names on the teamsheet, Smith will be targetting one of the two remaining places on the team.

With such a strong top 3 England could have enough quality to win the Team title without even needing the 4th and 5th men. This luxury might enable some surprising or risky choices for those places – and after 18 months out of the sport Smith could certainly be considered a risk. In the end it will all depend on the selectors’ strategy.

Will the selectors buy into the romance of Smith’s last swansong, and the further exposure this will bring to a growing sport, or will they have the mindset that Smith’s time has passed and that the time is ripe to blood exciting new British talent ahead of Rio? …

Smith Comeback: Main Rivals for Glasgow Commonwealth Gymnastics Place

Louis piked

Louis should not be selected. He’d only compete one apparatus. And I don’t really want him over-scored. Again.

That said, I wouldn’t be astonished if he was given the nod. Louis brings great media attention.

Could he be named honorary Captain?

An assistant coach?

One commenter points out that Frank Baines could compete for Scotland. And that Brinn Bevan is competing at the YOG later on in 2014 and is not trying for Commonwealths.

5 comments ↓

#1 Callie on 01.14.14 at 6:27 am

Random question about the Commonwealth Games… Will Canada send an A team to participate? Could be an interesting showdown between Canadian and British WAG teams if both send their top gymnasts.

#2 coach Rick on 01.14.14 at 6:30 am

The team hasn’t been selected. But I assume CAN will send their top gymnasts.

#3 Lauren H on 01.14.14 at 7:58 am

Couldn’t agree with you more Coach Rick. I’ve never been a huge fan of one event gymnasts.

#4 mike cates on 01.14.14 at 11:28 am

When Men’s Gymnastics Was King here in Southern California we had about 25 to 50 boys on each team in High Schools across the state! Part of the reason was that you could do ONE EVENT and be A SPECIALIST!!! Even then TIME WAS PRECIOUS! JUST LIKE IT IS TODAY!!! To Build the future we must always look at the PAST!!! We have a Big Problem when we stop learning from our Past!! Mens Gymnastics forever!!!!

#5 MissEducated on 01.14.14 at 1:26 pm

I think it is worth considering here what a ‘star’ Louis Smith is in the British media and how many tickets to a home event his appearance, or possible appearance, will help to sell. Even if he doesn’t make the team, the chance that he might could sell a lot of tickets to the general public who recognise him from TV.

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