Young Americans shine at 2007 Junior Pan American Games

Hard to believe Shawn Johnson and Samantha Peszek were competing at last fall’s junior Pan American Games.

Samantha Peszek, 2006 Junior Pan American Games, Floor Exercise:

It just goes to show what can happen in a year.

And it makes one wonder if one or more of the fantastic four the U.S. women sent to this year’s Pan American Games — Jordyn Wieber, Olivia Courtney, Mattie Larson and Chelsea Davis — could be in store for a similar fate.

The fact that they’re still competing as juniors about six months before the Olympic Trials (though Courtney, Davis and Larson are all age-eligible for Beijing) makes me think it would be nearly impossible for them to make enough of a first year splash on the senior circuit within the next six months to be chosen for the team.

Nonetheless, all are impressive, and are likely to be among the frontrunners in 2009. Particularly Wieber, who at age 12 is throwing almost all the difficulty of a Johnson.

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4 Responses to “Young Americans shine at 2007 Junior Pan American Games”

  1. FireDannyAinge Says:

    I am pretty sure Courtney Mccool came up the year of the Olympics and made the team. It is possible.

  2. Brittany Says:

    Mattie and Chelsea also have websites with more information:

    http://www.chalkbowl.com/chelsea
    http://www.chalkbowl.com/mattie

  3. Jess Says:

    However McCool didn’t handle the pressure of competition very well. Had she had more experience competing internationally (ie going senior in 2003) she might have fared better. Of course hindsight is always 20/20 but I don’t think we will see thesse bubble girls on the team unless some of the other girls are injured.

  4. Morgan Says:

    Whoever says these girls don’t have a chance are just plain ignorant! The Olympic team hasn’t been picked yet. You never know what the future holds. Just because certain gymnast are on the World team doesn’t give them a secure position. They’re are tons of World team members that did not make the Olympic cut. You have no clue what these young ones have in store. It’s not about being the most popular and well known gymnast, its about being the best and consistent. Mark my words, one of these young gymnasts will have a spot on that team. You just wait!

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