Podium training has ended.
The 2012 season officially begins Tuesday with the second and final Olympic gymnastics qualification at London’s O2 Arena, site of this summer’s Olympic Games. …
Nations which already qualified also had the opportunity to send up to two gymnasts for experience. The world champion U.S. women and Chinese men passed on the invitation, as did Romania. The Chinese women, however, sent world balance beam champion Sui Lu and world all-around bronze medalist Yao Jinnan. Both gymnasts are expected to do battle with Russian first-year senior Anastasia Grishina, a triple gold medalist at the 2010 Junior European Championships in Birmingham. …
For MAG it’s tough to call. The roof of the O2 will collapse atop 15,000+ spectators tomorrow night if Great Britain does not finish top 4. They will.
Brazil … missing Hypalito
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It’s showtime for coach Elena Davidova and Team Canada.
For WAG many pundits have predictions. Most, including me, like the teams in bold.
I was quite impressed with Spain for the last Olympic berth, but others disagree.
Brazil will certainly be top 4 on Floor and Vault. They’ll need a very good meet on the other 2 apparatus to qualify, though.
The Korean girls are superb gymnasts. But I predict landing errors will take them out of contention. They’re still being spotted on many skills.
At one point I felt Netherlands would be there for Olympics. But injuries have put them in a tough spot.
Belgium lacks depth.
… I could be wrong. 🙂 Any of the 8 teams with a brilliant meet could be there. Good luck to all.