Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Here's a link to all the scores, rankings, and schedules for Olympics gymnastics. Results for every other sport can be found here as well:

The next event will be the men's team final, which streams live at 11:30. John Orozco and Danell Leyva start on floor, so don't forget to change the stream to each event as they rotate through, and watch the other competitors in the second window!

Personally I would love for John Orozco to win gold. Especially after the disappointing finish during team finals. However, if Japan's Uchimura hits it will go to him, and John's teammate Leyva will make some tough competition as well. I can't wait!

US Women Are First to Win Gold Since Magnificent 7

I have to admit I cried while watching Team USA celebrate after realizing they had done enough on their last rotation, the floor exercise, to take gold. The first two rotations were really tight, with Russia and the US going neck and neck. However, when the US and Russia, who were in the same rotation group, moves to beam things started going downhill for the Russian. One of their stars, 2010 AA world champ Aliya Mustafina, stumbled and nearly fell. Then Viktoria Komova, who took second AA at last year's world championships and was ranked first after Sunday's qualification round, landed her Patterson dismount with both feet completely off the mat. The Russians continued to struggle on floor, and counted two falls among other mistakes.

Meanwhile, the US girls were solid throughout. Their only errors were very small: slow beam series connections, (small) hops on landings, and slightly missed handstands on bars. By the time they got to floor they knew their usual routines would be enough to earn them first place, as Russia's chances were almost certainly gone after their mistakes on beam. Gabby was up first, and turned in a solid routine (although her choreography/artistry is definitely lacking.) Jordyn Wieber was up next, and rocked through one of the best routines of her life. You could see the determination and emotion in her face as she aimed for gold after very narrowly missing a spot in the All Around competition. But Aly Raisman got to perform very last, and turn in the winning routine just like Kerri Strug did on vault in 1996. Aly's eyes filled with tears as she left the floor, and the girls immediately formed a huddle with their coaches to celebrate. I hear John Geddert say something like "You girls get gold medals. I think it's real gold too!" LOL.

Romania performed solid and beautiful routines, but their lower D scores were only enough to earn them a consecutive bronze. Nadia Comaneci was in the arena watching every minute.

The Chinese looked to be in medal contention for a while, but faltered on beam and finished in what I'm sure was a disappointing fourth after the high of their first place win in 2008.

Montage of US women to come!

Monday, July 30, 2012

John Orozco Sings Adele

John Orozco singing an Adele song. He said he was a little nervous because he wanted it to be "perfect." LOL

Now it's time for me to sleep so I can actually wake up on time for women's team finals!

Primetime Gymnastics Review: Mistakes Cost US Men a Medal, and Ukraine's False Victory

My thoughts while reviewing the team final play out again in primetime:

-Walking into the arena Orozco looked really nervous.
-Great floor from Leyva, now he sits under his towel
-Hollywood up next on floor, hops on two of his landing. Then he fell on on his triple:(
-Dalton lands the triple but hops.
-Jake Dalton has beautiful eyes.
-Team USA on to pom. The three up-three count format is crazy! So much pressure.
-Leyva falls completely off the horse, and then Orozco stops and puts his leg down I feel bad for them, they look sooooo tired.
-China doing great as well. Apparently pictures of their gold winning team from 2008 are displayed in gold plated frames.
-Amazing high bar from China's best bar worker. He start with a 17.9!
-Orozco just sat his vault after landing on the back of the board.
-Mikulak stepped completely off the vault mat.
-John crying.
-Now swimming is being interjected. So amazing how they let that guys girlfriend present his medal so he could propose!
-The CONTROVERSY: Uchimura was discredited for his dismount; therefore Great Britain was in second with Ukraine in third (China 1st). Uchimura's coach protested and now his score has been raised, putting Japan in second position with Ukraine falling off the podium.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Men's Team Finals!

So the team finals start at 11:26 ET and I am sooooo wanting Team USA to take gold! I really love this group of guys almost more than the girls, they've had no drama and no ridiculous favoritism.

They are entering as the #1 qualifiers, and if they pull of this win it will be the first gold for USA Gymnastics' guys since 1984 (when the Soviets boycotted.) I swear if Orozco wins gold and cries I will cry too:) He sooooooooo deserves this. I love how he is humble about his success and honest about his rough childhood in the Bronx but not self-pitying.

The Team Rankings after Quals:

1. USA

Women's Prelims: Japan and Romania

-Huge mistake from Ponor on floor: one of her passes she bails and throws only a single full twisting tuck
-Great bars from Koko
-Iordache falls on floor, gets a 13.8
-Great stuck bars from Tanaka
-Great DTY from Ponor with a small hop
-Diana leads off for Romania on bars
-Tanaka doing her routine to Pink Panther!
-Koko just misses a top 8 spot
-Tanaka falls to her back on vault
-After Tanaka's disappointing fall Teramoto lands a nice DTY
-Aww the Singapore girl (first in the Olys ever) was so smiley after her bars
-Amazing triple twist beam dismount from Iordache; reminds me of the one Nastia Liukin used to do when she was young
-Ponor had some wobbles but she is one of the few who does ACTUAL CONNECTIONS

Women's Prelims: Russia and China

-Gorgeous amanar from Komova
-DTY from Mustafina.....I wonder if she will amanar later
-Wow how old is Oksana Chusovitina now? I can't believe she's still competing. Her beam was shaky but I can't wait to see vault
-China has been shaky
-Yao rolls backwards to attempt to cover up her fall on floor
-Russia getting close to US even without all their amanars. They're out for blood
-Great bars from Mustafina for 15.7, she and Komova both in bars final
-China continues to struggle, next girl up on vault lands on her face
-Several pauses from Musty on beam, but stays on and sticks double tuck dismount
-Very impressive beam from Komova, nails the Patterson. Can't believe the highly anticipated Wieber/Komova showdown won't happen
-Komova in first ahead of Raisman and Douglas
-Russia is trailing the US by only a point! (And they didn't even use all their amanars)

Go here for all the results from prelims (one session still to go):

Women's Prelims: SPOILERS

World champion Jordyn Wieber has failed to qualify for the all around finals. Such a shocking and disappointing way for the qualfication round to go:( Jordyn scored much better than a lot of girls but because of the 2 per country limit, Jordyn is not allowed to compete. So disappointing.

Gabby qualified for the AA as expected, but was actually beaten by Aly Raisman, who placed third at nationals and trials, and wasn't even expected to qualify at all. So far she's in the top spot........could Aly Raisman win it all?

Now with the Russians, Viktoria Komova has new blond hair, and got rid of her bangs. I think it looks so much prettier. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Not gymnastics related but........

True? False? John Orozco Adoption

By far, the #1 thing people search to find my blog is some variation of the words John Orozco and "adopted." Everyone including me has been wondering this, so I have decided to research it.

A quick scan of John's wikipedia page revealed nothing more than that he is "the child of Puerto Rican parents, William and Damaris Orozco. 

Here are pictures of his parents. Everyone who sees them on TV is confused because of how light they appear, while John is obviously black (and also hispanic?) I have read several articles about John and none of them mention anything about him being adopted. I suppose it's a mystery. I have heard of people ending up much darker than their parents though.

Here's a video about John Orozco growing up in the Bronx and struggling with bullies and poverty during his childhood. His story is really amazing and he deserves all the best. He's my favorite gymnast on the team and I wish him all the best in the finals!!

Women's Podium Training

This montage nicely sums up Team USA's (mostly) mistake-free training session. (Not mine)

I heard that Kyla had an uncharacteristic fall during her front tuck on beam. It was surprisingly difficult to find many videos though. Here's Gabby's beam:

The Best Olympic Leos of All Time! (and Worst)

A collection of the beautiful leos worn throughout the years in Olympic gymnastics competition:

The Magnificent Seven American flag leo

Nastia Liukin's specially made pink leotard for the All-Around in Beijing

The flame leo worn by the US women during some event finals in Beijing

Svetlana Khorkina's sparkly white leotard for the Sydney games

Jade Barbosa's stunningly colorful Olympic leo

AND the Worst:

The starfish boob

China's collar choking leos worn with sparkly pink hairclips

The sleeveless leo Khorina wore during the All-Around in Athens

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kellog's Tour of Gymnastics Champions..........This Better Be Good

So I just caved in and payed $235 for my VIP ticket to the post-Olympic tour. You can order one here:

The following gymnasts are supposed to perform:

Nastia Liukin                                    
Jordyn Wieber
Gabby Douglas
McKayla Maroney
Alicia Sacramone
Kyla Ross
Aly Raisman
Chellsie Memmel
Elizabeth Price
Sabrina Vega
Rebecca Bross
Sarah Finnegan
Brenna Dowell

No Shawn or Anna Li???

And for the guys:

Jonathan Horton
John Orozco
Chris Brooks
Alex Buscaglia
Jake Dalton
Glenn Ishino
Steven Legendre
Alex Naddour
Paul Ruggeri
Brandon Wynn

My VIP ticket is supposed to include a front-row seat, an "exclusive gift item", access to a pre-show "Chalk Talk" with select athletes, and a meet&greet/autograph session.

There is a caveat: Due to athletes' schedules and personal commitments, the cast will vary from stop to stop.All I know is my stop is in Atlanta, GA and Nastia BETTER be there!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hilarious Tweets: Shawn Johnson Edition

Oh, the things that come up when I type in "Shawn Johnson"

Shawn Johnson<3 (she's a girl if you didn't know)
Thank you for enlightening us.

Shawn Johnson blow me

Shawn Johnson gonna be on my hit list wen I get into Hollywood u seen how thick she is
Um what?

Nastua Lukin and Shawn Johnson from Beijing number 5... Not gonna lie I get hype watchin gymnastics lol
Not gonna lie you can't spell.

Am I too old/tall to date Shawn Johnson? I feel like she'd be into me.
Am I too young/short to date LeBron James? I feel like he'd be into me........

quiero ver a  johnson en Londres 2012 :(
Lo siento

I don't think you molesting Shawn Johnson in a store quite makes you shopping buddies.

I know for FACT that Shawn Johnson won a few medals last time
She did? Are you sure?

Shawn johnson aint no joke lolololol!
You are bipolar.

Gabby Douglas trains at Chow's. He's same person who trainedShawn Johnson. More than likely, I will be a fan of her next week.
Interesting logic.

Shawn johnson is busted

Shawn Johnson is fucking sexy and a gymnast 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 lol  mode
At least you're honest......

I basically already know how to do root canals. And how's your foot Shawn Johnson?
It's her knee...........

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Problems With Olympic Age Requiremnts

The current requirement that a gymnast must turn 16 in the Olympic year to compete is sooooo unfair. The harsh truth is that the group of 12-15 year old female gymnasts are the best in the world. Those gymnasts who happen to turn 16 in an Olympic year have a huge advantage, while other gymnasts who were born just a year too late are forced to wait until they are 19 years old for a chance to compete.

An example is Nastia Liukin. Her skills were already on par with the Olympic level athletes by the time she was 14, but she was forced to put her body through four extra years of pounding and injuries and was first eligible to compete at age 18. While she was fortunate to win the all-around gold medal, her triumph over all the other gymnasts showed that the entire field was at a somewhat lower level than if younger girls were allowed to compete. Nastia actually did harder skills in 2005 than when she won the Olympics in 2008.

Nastia's beam in 2005:

Note the bhs layout layout, and TRIPLE TWISTING dismount.

Nastia's beam in 2008:

Also consider the case of He Kexin. She was clearly not age eligible for the 2008 Olympics but competed anyway, and took away the gold from Nastia on bars. I will not dispute the fact the He was the best in world on bars at that time, but so was Nastia when she was the same age. However, she waited until she was old enough to compete and therefore wasn't able to win bars. If some underage gymnasts are going to compete regardless and take away medals from gymnasts who are age eligible, then the age requirement means nothing and should be discarded. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Favorite Tweets

Today's best gym tweets all in one spot:

How did I not know about  ?!?! Best day ever.... Someone please take me! Haha!!!

Just told the kid behind me if he kicks my chair one more time im going to kick him, his mom didn't even object...

Wishing our 5 amazing girls and coaches a safe trip to London... Can't wait to see you! Xo NL  

Did a ropes course thought it was gunna be a joke but it was a bit scary   

I am so over people watching at the airport as I sit waiting for a 5 hour delayed flight. No fun. Patience is a virtue!

Of course Dominique the brat is whining about something. I loved her as a gymnast but wow she gets on my nerves. 

Monday, July 16, 2012


Don't forget to watch all my gymnastics videos and check back soon for more to come! Also make requests for a montage with your favorite gymnast or song!


Tidbits from Training Camp

Some behind the scenes photos of the team and alternates the Karolyi Ranch:

Looks they're having some sort of team dinner in this pic from Jordyn. See, Bela does let the girls eat! LOL

Kyla Ross has apparently been allowed to choose the tunes for training sessions.

View a slideshow of national champ Jordyn Wieber's send-off party to training camp. Judging from this and Aly's tweets saying she's packing for the Olympics, the girl will apparently travel directly from Karolyi's to London.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

He Kexin The Cheater

Courtesy of Daniel Poon:

This obviously proves without a shadow of a doubt that He Kexin was too young for the Olympics. Besides the fact that her age was listed in 2008 in official records as being 14, news agencies would not make the mistake of publishing the exact same incorrect birthdate for He Kexin multiple times and in multiple publications. I am aghast that the International Olympic Committee continues to ignore this blatant evidence.

So with He Kexin entering her second Olympics, the controversy has once again been stirred. I for one would love to see He Kexin declared the cheater she is, and for China's gold medal to be stripped. Not because I have anything against China or even Kexin for that matter; I just hate cheating.

And here's why:

The age limit for gymnastics at the Olympic games is 16. Gymnasts who wait until they are old enough to compete probably reach their highest potential around age 14, and must wait at least two years to become age eligible for the Olympics. Many (such as Liukin) must wait four whole years. During this waiting period they really aren't learning any new skills but must put their bodies through years of extra pounding and stress that cheaters like He, who enter the Olympics as soon as they have all their skills and while their bodies are still fresh, never had to go through.

This is the reason I hate it when people say "Well if a 14 year old can beat an 18 year old who has even more experience, that 14 deserves the gold medal no matter her age!" WRONG!

People who have made comments saying they would not want the gold medal if they were in Nastia's position (beaten by an underage gymnast) because whoever does the best routine deserves it should remember this: If Nastia had been age eligible in 2004, or had cheated like He and entered the Olympics anyway, she would most likely have won gold on bars. Nastia was without a doubt the best bars worker in the world during that time. So I cannot imagine how painful it would be to be the best in the world but too young, and then have the gold snatched away from you by an ineligible cheater when you finally ARE old enough to legally compete.

Sure,  14 year old He's bar routine was the best in the world at the time, but so was 14 year old Nastia's routine. Nastia just didn't cheat like He.

I have to say that I do not blame He Kexin for the cheating. While I feel 100% certain that He Kexin was too young and cheated in order to participate in the Olympics, I am sure it was not her personal decision. Shame on China for placing underage members on both the 2000 (which was stripped of its bronze medal) and 2008 Olympic gymnastics teams.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Here's a montage I just made of basically what happened to Rebecca which culminated in her disastrous finish to her 2012 season.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Interview at Oprah's House Made Me MAD!

Since I've been on vacation I decided to double-post tonight! So as you may know Oprah held a massive Olympian special-type interview filming recently, which will air on July 22nd. This is basically a rant about things about this particular Oprah episode that make me fume! And this episode has yet to air, at which point I'm sure I will find plenty more;)

ANYWAYS, here are the things: First of all, WTF is Mary Lou Retton wearing!? You would think she would bother to get a stylist or at least a second opinion (because I don't know what sane person would approve of her dressing like this) when she's about to be on an episode of Oprah to be viewed by millions of people! But apparently she didn't. I don't care how many gold medals you have, this is an embarrassment.

Mary Lou Retton chose a zebra print jacket with blue trim to match the blue ribbon on her medal!

Second thing that bothers me is the presence of Shawn Johnson. Not that I have anything against her, but there are a lot of athletes here including two all-around champions for women's gymnastics, but it's like nothing important can ever happen without the presence of the great Shawn Johnson! (sarcasm) Shawn was lucky she got that gold on beam, seeing as how Nastia had been outscoring her there throughout the games. But now Shawn, who got silver to Nastia's gold in AA, and 2 apparatus medals to Nastia's 3, is hailed as if she herself were the all-around champ instead of Nastia. Whatever, I am hoping that Oprah had the decency to invite Nastia and Nastia was simply unable to attend, but I have a feeling that wasn't the case. Which makes me fume. I swear anyone who is less than an obsessed fan is led to believe that Shawn won the all-around gold. 

Oprah cozies up to Shawn and other gymnasts............

......while reigning Olympic champion Nastia gets no love.

The last thing that bothered me was Nadia Comaneci's twitter leading up to and after the interview taping. She made her invitation to be on Oprah's special sound like an encounter with some kind of majestic royal deity. In my opinion Nadia Comaneci is a much bigger star than this greedy exploiter and I didn't understand all the Oprah worship coming from her twitter. I really don't get all the Oprah-worship in general. Whatever. Good for Nadia at least for being humble about things. 

Nadia was thrilled to be at Oprah's "spectacular place."

Uhm why did this happen? LOL looks like they're about to jump in that bed and go at it! Maybe Nadia just felt really compelled to take a picture in every spectacular room of Oprah's spectacular house (sarcasm). 

2012 Women's Gymnastics: Olympic Lineup

So my predictions for the Olympic team were all correct except for Nastia, who was on my list but couldn't get her bars together in time for trials; and Kyla, who made the team I think mostly because she filled the bars hole (and also can be used on any event if necessary.) Now I would like to make my predictions about who will compete what.

All-Around: In the 4 up 3 count format used for prelims, Martha will only have enough spots for 3 gymnasts to try to qualify for all-around since McKayla Maroney has to vault to qualify for the event final. However; team USA has 4 strong all-around gymnasts (everyone but McKayla.) My guess is that Kyla will be left out of the all-around party, although she has a gorgeous artistic "international" look and I believe has the potential to outscore Aly and maybe even Gabby. But they have consistently outscored her in the U.S.


Vault: Jordyn, Gabby, McKayla.

Bars: Jordyn, Kyla, Gabby.

Beam: Kyla, Jordyn, Aly

Floor: Gabby, Aly, Jordyn

There are a couple of problems with this: The first is the fact that although Aly was ranked first on both beam and floor at trials and nationals, she is not expected to be well received by the international judges. She struggles with foot form, split requirements in her jumps (which is such a problem that I expect the Olympic judges to downgrade some of her difficulty), and general artistry. She scores well in the U.S. because of her huge power, but she will be up against gymnasts at the Olympic who can do everything she can do, and can do it a lot prettier.

The other problem with the line up, which is not as big as the Aly problem but still troublesome, is Gabby's floor. It scores great here in the U.S. but the choreography is very NCAA. If Kyla could upgrade I think she could be used instead, but I doubt she will so close to the Olys.

Last thing, I would like to predict who has good chances for the event finals. I have not been keeping up with the other teams I have to admit, and I have several competitions to watch so I can catch up, but I can tell you that McKayla Maroney still has the best vaults in the world. If she hits those vaults (and I've never seen her miss), that gold medal is hers. I think Gabby has a great shot on bars, not for gold but at least for a medal, and Kyla or Aly could possibly qualify on beam. I also think Jordyn could get a medal on floor. I don't think anyone will medal in or even qualify for three event finals like Nastia did (exept mayyyyybe Jordyn if she gets her beam together), but USA should have a good showing throughout.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Nastia Liukin Deserves More

I was going to title this post "Why Does Shawn Johnson Get All the Attention?" but I did not want to make I did not want this to be one more hit when someone types in "Shawn Johnson is the best gymnast in the world" or some such NONSENSE!

I will be the first to say that Shawn Johnson is amazing. She achieved great accomplishments and done things most people never will and deserves to be rewarded. However, her rewards have been disproportionate compared to the amount of rewards other gymnasts have received, such as the other, bigger star of the '08 games Nastia Liukin. For example, Shawn has many more sponsors and promotional partners than Nastia, and seems to get more opportunities than Nastia, like Oprah (with Mary Lou and Nadia, both AA gold medalists-Nastia is the other and I assume wasn't invited.), and dancing with the stars.

I know life will not always be fair, but this thing with Nastia and Shawn just bothers me. I swear everyone in the world from my Grandma to the little kids in the gym believe that Shawn won the All-Around gold.

Why does everyone love Shawn so much more than Nastia? Okay, so Shawn smiles and waves to the camera during her competitions. What is more impressive, looking cute for the camera or being an Olympic Champion? Nastia needed to focus to win that gold medal, she couldn't be hamming it up for the cameras every second!

Maybe people assume Shawn is better because she has that short, stocky, stereotypical gymnast body and she is a "power gymnast." What does that even mean? Do people think Nastia's marathon bar routine and her front handspring-double front on floor, and her QUAD TWISTING BACK LAYOUT (never competed  but landed several times in training) don't take any power????!! People always sum up that all-around comp in Beijing with "artistry beat power." NO. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Nastia did not win because the judges preferred artistry over power. She won because she has BOTH, while Shawn is more of a one-trick pony. She throws huge skills, but that's about all she can do. Nastia's average D scores are comparative to Shawn's, but she makes the skills look fluid and effortless, which is what gave her that edge in Beijing.

Another thing I can't stand is when people argue about who should have won the all-around. Many people say Shawn was the best and the judges were "unfair." Um, people! Nastia qualified for (and medaled in) 3 apparatus finals, while Shawn only qualified for two! That CLEARLY makes Nastia the better all-around gymnast!

I don't want anyone to think I hate Shawn Johnson because I truly don't. I just hate seeing Nastia get so overlooked while Shawn the attention hog gets more and more of it.

Yes, I'm mad. lol

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The WOGA Disaster!

Before I write this I want to say that I am definitely a fan of Rebecca Bross and Nastia Liukin, WOGA' s two seniors who made it to trials this quad.

However, this quad ended in a disaster for both. Nastia started out in Terin Humphrey's current spot on Martha's selection committee. Rebecca Bross started out this quad as perhaps the most promising young gymnast in the U.S. She was winning almost every meet, and looked like a sure shot for London 2012. Nastia started a comeback in 2011 but didn't compete until the Secret Classic where she only did beam. She added bars at Nationals where she had form breaks and did single layout flyaway dismounts. Then at trials she sat down her double tuck dismount night 1, and fell on her geinger night 2. Bross tore everything in her knee at the 2011 National championships and had to stop competing vault and floor. She fell on her Patterson (double arabian) dismount all but two times during the Classics, Nationals and trials, and fell 3 times during her bar routine on night 2, stopping before she got to her dismount. Needless to say, neither girl made the Olympic team even as an alternate.

I AM SHOCKED! Not that they didn't make the team, but that something like this happened to WOGA! They just simply fell apart at the end. I can't believe Nastia went out and competed those bar routines knowing she couldn't make it through. Nothing against her but honestly how did she think she would make the team if she couldn't even do the one event she was really needed for? Why did Valeri allow this? I also can't help but wonder if some of the problems with Rebecca were caused by the fact that she was being trained by Valeri while he was also training Nastia for the exact same spot: beam and bars specialist.

I feel bad for both girls involved in this mess, but especially Bross. Nastia is already Olympic Champion and has huge endorsements; plus her family is rich from the gyms. However, Bross went pro very early in her career and now she will probably never make an Olympics. She can't do NCAA, she I am wondering what will be next for her. And her family has spent so much money and moved all the way to Texas for this.

The Rebecca and Nastia weren't the only WOGA girls having a disaster this year: the other senior Grace McLoughlin failed to even make the national team. Junior Katelyn Ohashi fell at nationals but still made the junior team. Pretty bad year for WOGA unfortunately.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Here is a video of the most gorgeous Olympic stars of gymnastics!

2012 Olympic Trials THOUGHTS

Alright so there is one thing that bothers me: there are 6 men's gymnastics events and only 5 men can even be named to the team! Seems a little ridiculous especially seeing as how gym is such a popular sport, and the team sizes for most other sports are a lot bigger.

Sorry the only men I really knew of were Danell Leyva, John Orozco (MY FAVORITE) and Jonathan Horton. Oh yes and Jake from Oklahoma! Nadia and Bart must be proud:) And then one other guy who made the team, I cannot remember his name? I was a little surprised with Steven Legendre only being alternate.

Okay for the women I think we all guessed it: Wieber (robbed), Douglas, Maroney, Ross, and Raisman. I hope they get gold, but I just have a strange feeling something will go wrong. I swear if Martha Karolyi screws this up a fourth time.............

Watching fell off bars and landed flat on her stomach (why didn't daddy catch her on that Geinger!?), she nailed her beam routine. She did take out her switch ring and just did a plain switch leap at the end. But I was very glad that she made her final routine and seeing her wave to the crowd made me cry:(

Of the girls who were named to the team, Aly looked the most emotional, sobbing with her hand over her mouth. She does such a good job staying calm and composed and hitting all of her routines four for four; it was like everything she had been holding in for so long finally showed.  I was very happy for Price being named and alternate; it was more than either she or her coaches expected. And with Martha's record as far as injury goes, I am thinking this girl just might be competing in London.

I was disappointed about Nastia, WOGA was just a disaster tonight! I think she should go for another World Championships; she is only 2 medals away from having the most ever.