Overall, there were a surprising number of errors made by the fantastic 18 gymnast who qualified to Sr. Championships.
Shawn Johnson was not to be denied, however. She’s a house on fire. Wow.
full RESULTS for Sr. Women’s Preliminaries – USA Gymnastics
Only the top two after Saturday’s competition (combined scores) immediately qualify for the Worlds team. Congratulations to Shawn and Ivana and their coaches. Fantastic competition!
No doubt the media will focus on the errors made by Nastia. Actually, she looked very good. The fall on Vault was a complete fluke. Despite a fall on Bars dismount she still won the apparatus. (It may have been the best routine in history on the apparatus up to that point. The fall on Floor was not a surprise to me, however.)
I’m optimistic she can eliminate those errors and be better than ever before at Worlds in a couple of weeks.
Bridget Sloan looked fantastic. Technical and artistic. I’ve already raved about Shayla Worley.
I’d add Alica Sacramone to the World’s team for her maturity, personality and leadership. (Not to mention Vault.)
But there’s a long way to go before final team selection is made. No doubt some of the veterans will move up the list after day 2.
Good luck to all the athletes.