“It’s good they didn’t peak now,” added Shane Wiskus.
“Not concerned,” Mikulak said. “Never lose faith in the girls.” …Sports Illustrated
The story of the day is Russia deservedly defeating USA in the qualifying round.
On the other hand, no medals are awarded in qualification. I’m expecting Simone and team to come back with aggressive routines in the Team final. They’ll be far better.
USA qualified the maximum number of Finals positions. I would have loved to see Riley in the Bars final rather than Simone, however.
National Team Coordinator Tom Forster gets too much blame when things go wrong. And too much credit when things go right. That’s in the job description.
Certainly communication has been poor.
But let’s wait until Tokyo is over before analyzing team performance.
Eventually USAG could decide mistakes were made. There’s not much time before specialist Worlds 2021 in October, however.