Bross leads junior women after day one

If the first day of competition was any indication of the future of U.S. gymnastics, Rebecca Bross and Samantha Shapiro will be playing a big role in it.

Rebecca Bross leads the junior competition at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in San Jose, Calif.

Bross, 14, who trains at the same gym as two-time National champion Nastia Liukin, totaled a 58.95 during this afternoon’s preliminary round, putting her just 0.05 ahead of Shapiro, whose beautiful lines and toepoint are already setting her apart from the rest of the pack.

Despite falling on her Tkatchev on the uneven bars and a mildly shaky beam routine, Bross was clearly the cream of the competition. Her recent international experience at the Pan American Games has obviously helped immensely, and she’s bound to only get better.

Third after day one is Jordyn Wieber with a 58.5, who at just 12 years old is already a star in the making. Don’t let the cuteness fool you: This girl has moves some elite gymnasts train for 15 years and aren’t able to do.

Theirs will hopefully develop into a healthy rivalry as they get older. But make no mistake: The next great American gymnasts are in this bunch.

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