|Jordan Wieber wins it. Photo Source: Universal Sports|
This past weekend was Visa Championships. I excitedly watched Women's Prelims on Thursday night. The finals were on Saturday night but I didn't get to watch it until first thing Sunday morning. Prelims were kind of a mess. There were so many falls and mistakes-which isn't too surprising when you consider that these girls are doing things that people shouldn't physically be able to do. These athletes are incredible, but even still if Team USA gymnasts were to perform that way at Worlds OR the Olympics for that matter there is no hope for a medal. There is still time to improve and the final day was much better. It seemed like everyone got the jitters out. With Marta Karolyi watching it was their last chance to show her something good and so they did.
Jordan Wieber basically blew out the competition. She is the only gymnast who hit 8 for 8 and did solid routines over both days. It is a testament to her good gymnastics but also a testament to the fact that most everyone else performed miserably. She won by 6 points! She could have fallen 3 times off of her last event, the beam and still won. She's been American Cup Champion twice already and now she finally can add National Champion to her resume.
|Ally Raisman [Photo Source: Universal Sports.com]|
Chelsie Memmel did very well but on her last event after falling, re mounting then falling again on bars couldn't finish the routine. She spent the remainder of the night with an ice pack on her shoulder. I REALLY wanted to see her in the top three so I was disappointed to see her falter but she did a great job. She showed everyone that she is back and a serious contender. Her dance on floor could definitely use some work. She basically does a series of connected poses and doesn't really seem to dance through the floor movements as she should. Her strength is her consistency and power.
Sean Johnson definitely improved from Cover Girl Classic. She looked so much more confident and solid. She still needs to add in floor and get her difficulty level up but I'm much more impressed with what I saw at this meet and glad that she's on her way. I love her attitude. She realizes that she may never again be the Sean Johnson who won a gold medal on beam at the Olympics and almost won the All Around. She is Ok with that and just wants to compete and be in the mix again. She didn't stop smiling the whole night. She and Memmel were both named to the National team along with Alicia Sacramone who had a good meet as well. Her 2nd vault was low, and she had a few balance checks on beam but overall she was solid as usual.
Final results listed here at Inside Gymnastics.com. Jordan Wieber 1st, McKayla Maroney 2nd and Alexandra Raisman 3rd. I can't wait to see who makes the World team.