UPDATE: photos from the competition – Gymnicestics
In Houston I was happy to meet Penguin888, the young editor of the Gymnicetics blog.
He posted some commentary on the The 2008 US Classic women’s competition:
… Ashley Stott was a surprise. She has a DTY and a VERY nice floor. So much personality, reminds me of Joura. Marta was giving her a serious talk after she won the AA. =]
Caquatto fell on her 5/2 dismount on beam. Her head almost hit the end, it was scary.
Britney Ranzy was also a surprise. She had a HUGE double layout on floor, and a very nice DTY.
Carly Patterson was there, she was signing autographs and giving pictures (which I got both of). The “World Debut” of her music video happened also. It wasn’t bad. =]
Polish101 was there too – U.S. Classic Update
The 12 Senior women were trying to achieve a qualifying score to be invited to Boston for the VISA National Championships. (I’ve not heard if any were added.)
Regarding the other little publicized event:
Also going on this weekend in Houston, the U.S. Challenge, an event for gymnasts formerly known as National-Level Elites and now referred to as â€œPre-Eliteâ€ and â€œHopes,â€ based on an athletes age. (Technically, all the Challenge athletes are Level 10s, and the â€œPre-Eliteâ€ and â€œHopesâ€ classifications are part of TOPS, USA Gymnasticsâ€™ Talent Opportunity Program, designed to identify and foster gymnastics talent in American youngsters.) …
I’ve not seen any results on that, either.
The new USA Gymnastics website is still not up working well. At least the calendar and results should be kept up-to-date.