Chinese gamble in Rio

Most are projecting Team China to finish 2nd to the USA. But don’t bet the mortgage.

Spencer – Projected Olympic lineups:

Vault – (Shang) Tan, Mao, Wang
Bars – (Wang) Tan, Shang, Fan
Beam – (No one?) Wang, Fan, Shang
Floor – (Tan) Mao, Wang, Shang

The gigantic concern when looking at these Chinese lineups is that none of those fourth routines are usable replacements in the team final. The group set to go in TF is extremely talented and has very high scoring potential, but they all MUST be 100% healthy and deliver because there are exactly zero built-in backups. China is very much helped by the 5-3-3 format, but one more injury would send this whole house of cards crashing to the ground. This team would give Martha a thousand panic attacks. …

Balance Beam Situation – OLYMPIC PREVIEW — TEAM CHINA

SHANG

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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