Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca Bross’

12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day 11

January 2, 2009

Cui Jie, China: A series like this wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the immeasurably talented members of China’s junior squad.

Like the Russians, the Chinese juniors have so much promise that it’s hard to say definitely that this one or that one will be great. They all have the potential to be exceptional on the international level. In a country like China, it may be more difficult to win an intrasquad competition on your best event than to make a world final on that event.

So enter Cui. What makes her special? High level skills for someone so young, particularly on floor. And different skills, too, ones that represent a departure from the Chinese norm (example: a double Arabian on floor, and a double front off bars.) There’s also the fact that she scored a 16.025 on beam at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships, tying her with Rebecca Bross for the event title. She’s definitely one to watch in the future.

I’m also excited to see whether Xiao Sha or Sui Lu, China’s almost Olympic team members, will continue. Both are extremely talented and have the potential to win big meets on their best event. Perhaps they could be like Li Ya, who despite Olympic disappointment went on to do her most memorable work in the years between the Games.

Cui Jie, 2008 Chinese Nationals Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

12 days of up and coming gymnasts, day seven

December 29, 2008
The elegant Samantha Shapiro, 15, is a rising star for the U.S.

The elegant Samantha Shapiro, 15, is a rising star for the U.S.

Jordyn Wieber and Samantha Shapiro, USA: Expect the dynamic Wieber and the elegant Shapiro to carry out this quad’s version of the Nastia and Shawn Show — that is, if Nastia and Shawn don’t return themselves.

Thirteen-year-old Wieber, the reigning junior national champion, was victorious at the Top Gym meet in Belgium earlier this month, while Shapiro competed alongside Nastia Liukin, Rebecca Bross and Darling Hill at the Pacifiic Rim Championships in the spring. There she dazzled everybody with her excellent form and sunny disposition (she didn’t stop smiling even when her floor exercise music stopped playing after her first pass.)

Look out for U.S. Junior Champ Jordyn Wieber this quad.

Look out for U.S. Junior Champ Jordyn Wieber this quad.

Shapiro, 15, also won bars and beam at the individual-events-only Pan American Union Championships in Rio against a strong field of, well, other Americans, including Olivia Courtney and Corrie Lothrop.

Wieber’s got the big skills (easy DTY, reportedly training an Amanar, effortless standing full on beam, double pike off), Shapiro’s got the elegance and grace (check out her uber-elegant mount). Like Nastia and Shawn, they’re two years apart. Hopefully they’re friends too — they’re going to be seeing a lot of each other in the next few years.

Destiny 2012 — Is it Rebecca Bross’s turn?

October 12, 2008
2007 U.S. Junior Champion Rebecca Bross performs on balance beam.

2007 U.S. Junior Champion Rebecca Bross performs on balance beam.

The pressure on Rebecca Bross is going to be intense during the next four years. She’s the up-and-coming WOGA superstar, already with one U.S. Junior Championship to her name, from a gym that has produced the last two Olympic champions.

Heck, after the performances of Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin at their respective Olympic Games, anything less than the all-around crown is going to be a letdown. What a standard!

International Gymnast editor Dwight Normile gave the briefest of updates on Bross in his latest column.

I see 2007 U.S. junior champion Rebecca Bross, a transplant from Michigan, swinging through routines on the bars. She missed the nationals last summer with three broken bones in her foot, but is looking sharp here. I realize that, for most of the people in the gym at this hour, gymnastics is their life. It is not just an afterschool activity. The pace of practice is unhurried but steady. Few coaching comments are heard. Many of the gymnasts seem to be on autopilot, their workouts comfortably shaped by habit, driven by ambition.

It may be only a matter of time before Bross is anointed as USA Gymanstics’ next great hope. She and current U.S. junior champ Jordyn Wieber may play out the Shawn Johnson/Nastia Liukin rivalry of the next quad.

So what do you think? Does the U.S. have a potential gold in the hole with Bross?

Rebecca Bross, 2007 Pan-American Games Event Finals, Floor Exercise:

A question for the ages

August 5, 2008

Samantha Shapiro, Jordyn Wieber, Rebecca Bross. The big three of the U.S. Junior team are poised to do great things in 2009 — or 2011, when Wieber, the current junior national champion, comes of senior age.

Some commenters on this blog have noted that they enjoy seeing “mature” gymnastics. Many fans lament that a bunch of cool tricks without artistry does not make a good routine.

So here’s the question: If there were no age limit, who would make up the U.S. women’s team?

(Note: This doesn’t seem to affect the men. Paul and Morgan Hamm, 17 in Beijing, were practically infants. Dmitri Bilozertchev, 16 at the 1983 World Championships, was all of 20 when he made his amazing comeback in 1987. The fact is that male gymnasts usually peak in their 20s because they don’t have the power necessary to do big skills at age 13.)

Bross leads junior women after day one

August 17, 2007

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.