Prediction: Women’s team finals

China is favored to win gold in the women\'s team competition.

China is favored to win gold in the women's team competition.

Gold: China. They have difficulty, wonderful form, excellent preparation and home court advantage. Unlike the Chinese men, they’ve never felt how great it is to win a team final, but from Cheng Fei down, this feels like a special group of athletes. Their A scores are so much higher than everyone else’s that they can afford to make a few small errors or maybe two big ones, but not many more than that. Expect them to prevail.

This blog picks the U.S. women to win silver in the team competition.

This blog picks the U.S. women to win silver in the team competition.

Silver: USA. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson proved they are the two best in the world after prelims. But the U.S. has some problems in putting up a very necessary third gymnast in team finals who is as good as China’s no. 3 on each event. Also, too much has happened to rattle the Americans’ cages since the Games began: Samantha Peszek’s injury, Chellsie Memmel’s mistake on bars in prelims, talk of overtraining. Without Peszek or Memmel, they don’t have a great third floorworker and face the choice of possibly tiring Liukin or having her go out of bounds, as she’s prone to doing.

Russian Anna Pavlova leads a projected bronze-medal team. If Russia finishes third, Pavlova will earn her third Olympic bronze.

Russian Anna Pavlova leads a projected bronze-medal team. If Russia finishes third, Pavlova will earn her third Olympic bronze.

Bronze: Russia. They’ve got a nice combination of depth, difficulty and form that will please the judges, although probably not challenge the U.S. and certainly not China. Romania looks weak, underprepared and like it can’t wait to go home. Australia did fairly well but needs Daria Joura at her best in finals to have a decent shot at the bronze.

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4 Responses to “Prediction: Women’s team finals”

  1. Skyler Says:

    GO TEAM CHINA!!!!! CHINA FTW!

  2. gymfan Says:

    Nastia doesn’t have to go on floor. We’ve still got Bridget… who was fantastic in podium training, consistent in qualifications and still has yet to go out of bounds. *knocks on wood*

    Word on the street is Marta had A-Sac water down some of her passes so the chances of her going OOB are probably a little less.

    If they can pull it together, we’ll get silver no doubt.

  3. Shana Says:

    I thought I read online LATE last night/early this morning that the athletes for finals were already chosen, and they’re still going with A-Sac on floor and vault…and actually on beam, as well…

  4. TCO Says:

    Liukin has consistently beat Sloan on floor. A-Sac has beat her every time except this last fiasco. Might as well take out Johnson for Sloan. Sheesh. Nuff with the Bridge love.

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