Sloan’s chances likely damaged

If there was one victim of the Olympic Trials, it was probably Bridget Sloan.

The third-place finisher on the uneven bars at the U.S. Championships had a fall on beam on night two, which apparently shattered her concentration on floor exercise, where she went out of bounds twice and put her hands down on her pike full-in.

Bridget Sloan, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Finals, Floor Exercise:

Not good. Then again, the injured-but-recovering Shayla Worley didn’t do so hot either, belly-flopping her Hindorff on uneven bars. Worley can at least play the injury card.

It wasn’t really a good night for anybody except the unflappable Shawn Johnson. Even Nastia Liukin wasn’t immune, going out of bounds on floor and royally messing up  her Pak salto on bars.

Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic Trials Finals, Uneven Bars:

If Sloan wants to be on the team, she needs to do about three things: 1. Stick her full-twisting double layout dismount on bars. Several times. Preferably right in front of Martha Karolyi. 2. Work the kinks out on with the full turn and punch front on beam. 3. Stand close to Samantha Peszek and/or Alicia Sacramone and see if a little self-confidence doesn’t rub off.

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3 Responses to “Sloan’s chances likely damaged”

  1. alscaaskjs Says:

    The most interresting point everybody is missing is that there HAS to be a female coach on the floor in China. Unless I’m mistaken, the favorite 5 (Shawn, Nastia, Chellsie, Alicia and Sam) all have male coaches. What will probably put Jana on the team will not be the fact that she went 16 for 16 between trials and nationals (thought is should), but the fact that her mother is the only qualified female coach with the experience to be on the floor.

  2. Bebe Says:

    If Ivana’s on the team, Armine Barutyan-Fong would be the female coach on the floor. If not, couldn’t Chow’s wife or Chellsie’s mom do it?

  3. Jen Says:

    For either Ivana’s, Shawn’s or Chellsie’s female coaches to go they will have to pay their own way. At the Olympics only one coach per gymnast can go without having to pay their own fees, and all three of them are more likely to take their male coaches since they are their main coaches.
    I hope Jana gets the spot (although I love Shayla her injury could cost her the spot) since she went 16 for 16 and her mother would be perfect for the female coach spot.

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