The best of Boston

If there was any doubt as to whether Shawn Johnson was still the one to beat, night one of the U.S. Championships in Boston has effectively erased it.

Shawn Johnson, 2008 U.S. Championships Prelims, Balance Beam (partial):

Standings after day one:

1. Shawn Johnson

2. Nastia Liukin

3. Chellsie Memmel

4. Samantha Peszek

5. Jana Bieger

6. Ivana Hong

To this blogger, the biggest surprise was Bieger. Peszek has looked confident in competition since the 2007 World Championships, and Memmel has been a judges’ darling since becoming a senior in 2003.

Notes:

— Liukin fell on her double front on floor exercise and scored only 14.25. She made up for it with a 17.025 on uneven bars, proving she can be scored as well as the Chinese.

— Johnson was on everywhere, including on her Amanar vault. The only thing mentioned was that she took a big step forward on her beam landing.

Ashley Priess pulled out of the competition completely. She’ll have a good time at Alabama next year.

Shayla Worley’s back problems continue to plague her, and she has chosen to petition to the Olympic Trials.

— On Memmel, from Inside Gymnastics Magazine:

Memmel, who vaulted only a Yurchenko-full on vault, is struggling with a sore quadriceps and contemplated not even competing. (Memmel’s coach-father, Andy, noted that the “powers that be” approved their easier effort on vault to keep them in the competition.)

Alicia Sacramone confirmed to Inside Gymnastics that she’s working on an Amanar vault herself. Ooooh.

Darling Hill had an unfortunate 12-something disaster on beam (just like last year) and didn’t compete uneven bars

— Johnson’s new floor music is called “August Rush”

Bridget Sloan, who competed bars and beam only, unveiled a new full-twisting double layout on bars

Claybabe6, editor of the Live.Breath.Love.Gymnastics blog has some videos on her Youtube page.

(via International Gymnast Online, Inside Gymnastics Magazine)

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4 Responses to “The best of Boston”

  1. Lauren Says:

    I was in Boston for day one of the Senior competition. It was a fantastic meet. Although Nastia, Shawn, and Alicia were impressive as always, I thought that Chellsie and Bridget were the big surprises of the meet.

    Chellsie looks as good or better than she did in 2003 and 2005. Her bars set was fantastic and she was extremely confident on beam.

    Bridget only competed two events, but she was steady. Her form has really improved and I think she may be the Jaycie Phelps of this year’s Olympic Team.

  2. tonya Says:

    please excuse this question from an uneducated, but avid gymnastics watcher….what happens to these scores from the first night? do they get added to the 2nd night for a grand total?

  3. shergymrag Says:

    I think Johnson’s music is from the movie, August Rush but is called August’s Rhapsody.

  4. shergymrag Says:

    Tonya, in this competition the scores from day 1 and day 2 are added together to determine the AA winner. At Worlds and Olympics the scores from prelims are dropped and the AA winner is determined from one day of competition.

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