is the USA weak on Bars?

Almost anyone would say … YES.

But Andy Thornton says, not as weak as you might think.

Why all the distress, then?

… The answer is He Kexin, the Chinese phenom who popped up in 2008 with the best bar routine the world had ever seen. Though she’s equally well known for the worldwide skepticism she generated regarding her true age in Beijing, it was her out-of-this-world bar routine that began to spread worry among USA gymnastics fans – and the USA women’s selection committee.

Before He Kexin came along, the USA had beaten China on bars in 2007 and finished just 0.025 behind them in 2006. But with China’s new secret weapon and the full point or more she surely would add to their team tally, the USA was going to have to have to come up with an answer very quickly. Even with three hit sets in Beijing from Liukin, Memmel, and Johnson, the USA was outscored by 1.65 on bars by China – a big reason why China won the Olympic team gold. …

It’s now two years later, so how have things changed? With Nastia Liukin out of the picture, her WOGA teammate Rebecca Bross has filled in beautifully as the top American on bars. Her high D-score of 6.2 and aggressive and confident style have made her one of the best bar workers in the world over the last two years, and her consistency as only gotten better. …

read more on the American Gymnast blog

Great analysis. Thanks Andy. … But I still believe the USA will be far behind both China and Russia on Bars at World’s 2010.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Rebecca Bross of United States competes in the uneven bars during the Apparatus Finals on the fifth day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at the O2 Arena on October 17, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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