Hey all! In order to prepare for NCAA gymnastics season (only 73 more days!), I’m going to (attempt to) live blog the USA women’s podium training. I’ve never live blogged before, so please bear with me!
Any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated. Just so you know, I’m not a super fast typer, so my play by play probably won’t be as detailed as what you would get from, say Balance Beam Situation or TheGymternet.
Introductions happening now.
Warmups underway. USA is starting on bars.
Hurd – Very solid! I saw a short handstand, but she stuck her full in dismount
McCallum – Some leg separation on transitions, but caps it off with a stuck dismount!
Showing some beam and floor now, but I have no clue who they are. I guess the US are the only ones that matter
McCusker – Solid! I saw one short handstand, but another stuck dismount!
Biles – No problems at all! And a stuck Fabrichnova!!
Smith – Fall on full pirouette. Caught all her releases that has been giving her trouble. Medium hop on dismount.
Eaker – Close on pak then fights on cast. Fall on shap 1/2. Fall on piked jaeger. Well, they probably wouldn’t use her for bars anyway… Finished with nearly stuck DLO.
Moving on to beam now.
I wouldn’t read too much into Kara’s struggles on bars because they probably wouldn’t use her there anyway. Beam is where she really matters, so hoping she hits here!
Hurd – Very slid for far! A few pauses between skills which will be small deductions. Wobble on full turn. Wobble on split leap. Large step on double pike dismount.
McCusker – Wolf turn combo solid. Solid on skills so far. Slight wobble on triple series. Big wobble on side areal. Slightly short on double back, but overall a good routine.
Eaker – Missed some combos there at the top. Wobble on y turn. Solid front aerial. Wobble on side aerial lay lay. Nice side somi. Great leap series! Hop on 2 1/2 dismount. Not her best, but still pretty as usual.
Biles – Solid wolf turn. Wobble on Barani. Solid triple series. Slight wobble and missed connection on mixed series. Wobble on punch front. Wobble on front areal. Big step on full in dismount.
Smith – Nice double wolf. Slight wobbles on series and back with a full. Solid mixed series. Big wobble on leap series and missed connection. Nearly stuck double pike.
McCallum – Solid wold turns. Nice split half. Slight wobble on side areal lay. Slight wobble on punch front. Nice front areal. Stuck double back.
Overall, I can see some nerves creeping in, but no falls! Good to get the wobbles out now and not when competition starts.
On to floor
Hurd – Stuck double double! Slight hop on DLO. Nice front lay out to front layout full. Lovely dance as usual. Nearly stuck double pike. Very nice routine!! There’s the Morgi Boo we all know and love!
McCallum – Short on double double. Nice front lay front lay full. Nice triple twist. Nearly stuck double back. Good routine!
McCusker – Slightly short on piked full in. Nice combo pass! Solid double pike. Great double back. Nice routine!
Biles – Slight bounce on Moors but controls it. Great Biles to stag jump! Bounces OOB with both feet on full in. Near fall out of wolf turn. Nice double double! A few mistakes, but she’d still win by a billion points with that.
Smith – Good DLO. Less scary than at nationals. Slightly short on triple full. Good double arabian. Good double pike with a slight bounce back. Good.
Eaker – Nice 2 1/2 to front full! Solid combo second pass. Lovely dance as usual. Good triple full. Little short on double pike. Solid routine! Of course it’s not as difficult as some but still lovely to watch.
Now on to vault.
Oh wait, never mind. This is where the bye happens. I’ll post anything interesting that I see from the other countries.
Someone from New Zealand with some lovely beam work. Please do NCAA.
Ok, now the US is on vault.
McCallum – Little short on DTY, but nearly sticks it. 2nd vault is a Y 1/2 on tuck 1/2. Stuck it! Upgrade for next season?
McCusker – Fall on DTY.
Hurd – Good DTY. Hop on landing.
Biles – Good Cheng. Like it’s easy for her. I assume she’s saving the double for qualifications. 2nd vault HUGE Amanar. Nearly stuck. Casual.
Casual hardest vault combo in the world, but it’s still a downgrade for her LOL.
Smith – DTY way off to the side, but controlled landing.
Eaker – Has to tuck Y 1.5 at the end but sticks it.
Ok, Simone with a casual nearly perfect Biles (is it bad luck to start calling it that already?).
Riley redeems herself with a much better DTY.
The intended lineups seem to be:
Vault: McCallum, McCusker, Hurd, Biles
Bars: Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, Biles
Beam: Hurd, McCusker, Eaker, Biles
Floor: Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, Biles
I think I would probably put Morgan on floor and bars in team finals over Grace, and Grace on vault in team finals over Riley but this seems to be a logical lineup for qualifications. I guess we’ll have to see how everyone scores on Saturday.