on CONSISTENCY in Gymnastics

Breanna Whitman:

ConsistencyA word that encapsulates a string of weighty qualifications, it refers to strong performances no matter the circumstances, to mental toughness in the wake of joy and adversity, and to rock solid scores despite growing media and fan attention; focused routines in a sea of cameras and noise.

By this point, any fan even half following the coverage of the 2016 US Olympic Trials in San Jose, CA can probably tell you what the selection committee is looking for in its soon-to-be-announced 2016 Women’s Olympic Team: CONSISTENCY! …

GNN

Marta could select Simone and any combination of contenders at Olympic trials and still (probably) win the team competition in Rio. The main worry is team USA making mistakes when it counts in Rio.

More important than scoring potential is consistency. I recall being shocked Marta put Aly Raisman on the team at 2010 Worlds. She had many weaknesses. But Aly has always been consistent. I’m sure the selectors are looking at consistency in competition. Consistency in training. I’m betting Aly is #1 even over Simone.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, U.S. gymnasts Aly Raisman, right, and Simone Biles stretch before a training session at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas. Stardom, the kind that truly changes a life, awaits Biles. The two-time defending world all-around champion will go for a three-peat at the 2015 championships in Glasgow, Scotland starting this weekend. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, U.S. gymnasts Aly Raisman, right, and Simone Biles stretch before a training session at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas. Stardom, the kind that truly changes a life, awaits Biles. The two-time defending world all-around champion will go for a three-peat at the 2015 championships in Glasgow, Scotland starting this weekend. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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