The other six…

Mattie LarsonEveryone who watched the U.S. Championships last weekend saw Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Chellsie Memmel dominate the competition. Samantha Peszek was fourth, Ivana Hong fifth, and Jana Bieger sixth.

Shayla Worley was out. Alicia Sacramone competed her three good events.

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Larson got some camera time. So did Bridget Sloan.

Here’s how the other half fared:

7. Mattie Larson 118.850
8. Corrie Lothrop 117.650
9. Randy Stageberg 116.000
10. Mackenzie Caquatto 114.850
11. Olivia Courtney 114.100
12. Alaina Johnson 113.000
13. Christa Tanella 112.800
14. Britney Ranzy 112.750
15. Ashley Stott 111.850
16. Katelyn Mohr 111.450
17. Kimberly Jacob 110.850  

A few, like Stageberg, are heading off to college, etc. But watch them. They’ll be on your NCAA teams. They’ll be the ones competing for spots on the 2009 World team.

Christa Tanella, 2008 U.S. Classic All-Around, Floor Exercise:

International Gymnast Magazine editor Dwight Normile posted his thoughts on the men’s and women’s U.S. Championships on the magazine’s website. The most interesting point, I thought, was that Liukin bested Johnson during day two of the competition.

Dead heat: Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin could go 1-2 or 2-1 at the Olympics. Their A Scores across four events on Day 2 were 26.20 (Johnson) and 26.10 (Liukin). Liukin actually beat Johnson on the second day, 64.20-64.05, but her fall and out-of-bounds deduction in prelims proved to be the difference in the end. If both hit in Beijing, I honestly couldn’t pick a winner — they’re that close.

Normile’s picks for the women’s Olympic team: Johnson, Liukin, Memmel, Sacramone, Peszek and…either Worley, Sloan, Ivana Hong or Jana Bieger. Dead right. Men: Paul Hamm, Kevin Tan, and, um…

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3 Responses to “The other six…”

  1. Becki Says:

    Shawn, Nastia and Alicia are locks and thye know it.
    3 more: Chellsie (if she can stay healthy)
    Bridget/Worley (either or there isnt room for both)
    Sam/Mattie (sam has more experience but Mattie has the same vault and a better floor, i really think she could make the team)

    Three alternates probably: Worley, Mattie and Ivana

  2. jon Says:

    if the final selection will be based on team final (3 on 3), then my pick for the team if only 6 are to be chosen:

    Johnson V B FL
    Liukin B UB Alt: FL
    Sac V FL Alt: Beam
    Memmel UB B FL
    Sloan V ALT: UB
    Worley UB

    Alternates: Peszak (unless she does an Amanar which will put her on the team), Bieger and Hong (both good all around gymnast with no big strengths on any apparatus)

  3. Ben Says:

    Shawn, Nastia, Alicia & Chellsie are locks if they can stay healthy.

    I think right now everything is about been health

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