For all that was new, exciting and unexpected about the US Classic (post NCAA representation, Memmel turning up and doing AA, Bross pulling out without warning, Johnson getting back to a relatively high level) it was basically business as usual. Except Maroney didn’t do vault, which we’re very sad about. Stoi! simply cannot get enough of her Amanars.
Sacramone still vaults stunningly, and can’t stick a tumble.
She’s going to get killed for those steps internationally, even if she manages to keep things in bounds. If ever there was a case of someone desperately needing to learn how to leap out of landings, it’s her. Luckily, she remains a leading contender for vault medals. Her FTY was beautiful, but there’s no way she’ll still be doing it come worlds.
After two years off, DWTS, about six inches and a skiing accident, Shawn Johnson’s tuck back on beam is still disgusting.
US domestic scoring is as reliable and realistic as ever. Here is Memmel, with a vault that achieved a 9.2 E score. Only 0.3 behind Sacramone’s!
She’s still a ridiculously tough competitor though, and absolutely can’t be counted out of future teams. Love her or loathe her, she’s done it again. Those of you who fall into the former category might want to get your fill now though. Just in case. You know what I’m saying.
Raisman is a sick tumbler. I desperately hope she keeps this first tumble in the set, but am just not sure there’s physically enough room for it in the floor area.
With regards to the vile-off on floor, only two of the slated competitors participated. Bross pulled out at the last minute, despite having rocked a new Khorkina transition on bars in podium training (some of us have been saying for a while that Mutha Russia’s transition and Tkatchev release family heavy approach on bars potentially offers a path for the US to follow to high D scores, so it’s good to see that being taken on board). Johnson stuck to beam and bars. Jordyn Wieber, though not included in our original poll, will also be a strong contender in this category when she competes AA again. But she too sat out the leg events yesterday. So it ended up being Memmel v Raisman.
First blood to Chellsie, I think.
Stoi! readers, what were your highlights?