Okay, So I think I'm going to start a new series called What To Look Forward To, which is a post I'll write a day or so before a competition. Since Men start to night, and women to morrow, I'll post a bunch of videos, all of which are powered by Youtube, courtesy of USA Gymnastics. These are my top picks to look for tomorrow night, and why. Please tell me what you're looking forward to most in the comments!
1. McKayla Maroney's Amanar
McKayla truly performs this vault better than anyone I have ever seen. She gets so much block, and her form is almost perfect. Look how much height she gets from her block!
Sorry for the bad quality, my screen capping skills aren't the greatest!
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2. Jordyn Wieber's Bars
Bars are not Jordyn's strongest event, and I think it will be interesting to see it she can hit under the pressure she will be under at Trials. Everyone is expecting great things from Jordy, myself included, and if she can't hit bars at trials, it will be interesting to see if she can at the games, where as many gymnasts documented, is way more pressure than at trials. I hope she can pull it together at nationals, because when she hits, it is a great routine to watch.
3. Gabby Douglas on Beam
I love Gabby, I don't think I could be anymore straight forward. She is one of the best gymnasts in the US right now, and watching her gymnastics is a treat for me. However, beam is the one little clink in her armor. Here's an analogy for you guys, Jordyn Wieber is to bars and Gabby Douglas is to beam. (Incase you couldn't tell, I LOVE Jordyn Wieber also). Anyway, she has come such a far way from where she was klast year on this event. Must I remind you? Anyway, if she can hit here, I think it will solidify her case even more than she already has, maybe even have a shot at the title.
4. Bridget Sloan's Bars
She is a true dark horse. Not many people see her on this Olympic team, and think she could possibly punch her ticket because of her experience (2009 World AA Champ) and this routine. She's had a string of injuries, but this event looked great at nationals, but she showed some room to improve, which hopefully she will showcase that improvement at trials.
5. Lastly, Nastia's Bars
Disclaimer, this is not a full routine, just her #dismount, in the words of Spanny Tampson. (You can read her expectations for Nastia here, along with her hilarious reaction to various parts of Nastia's comeback.) If Nastia wants to even think about London, she needs to go four-for-four, which might not even be enough. She needs to do her full routine, #dismount included.
So, this is just a few little things I think will be routines to look for tomorrow and Sunday in San Jose. Feel free to comment about what you want to see. Look for another post like this one on Saturday, where I'll look through routines from night one and name the top 5 important story lines for Sunday, which of course will be my opinions. Good luck at trial for the men, which begin in an hour on NBC, and the women tomorrow night!