NBCOlympics.com is covering the USA Women's Gymnastics selection camp in Houston, Texas, at Martha and Bela Karolyi's ranch.
Friday and Saturday intersquad meet for the USA women's national team - the Olympic team will be announced on NBCOlympics.com Saturday at about 7:15pm ET (the announcement won't be broadcast like 4 years ago, with the whole controversy of Vanessa Atler not being selected for the 200 Sydney Olympics even though she finished in the top 6).
Bridget Sloan looking good for the 6th spot, to join Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin, and probably also Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel, and Samantha Peszek. Shayla Worley was looking good for the 6th spot because of her bars, but she broke her leg during beam warm-ups (check the News/Blogs section for articles on that).
From "Women's selection camp: Day 1
Worley breaks leg; Sloan makes strong case for Beijing", NBCOlympics.com:
Memmel's score on beam: 15.9. Bieger had a 15.4.
Jana Bieger had one small step on her double front dismount. Rest of the routine was very solid, just a small wobble on her front pike.
Chellsie Memmel is competing on beam, after sitting out the last two rotations. Perfect front tuck half. Nailed Arabian. Wobbled on her illusion turn, but that was the only visible error. Stuck a very big double pike -- hard to believe she was hurting earlier. Liukin and Johnson immediately go over and congratulate her, the rest of the athletes follow. Sacramone's score: 16.2.
Alicia Sacramone didn't connect her front pike mount into back pike, as she did in warm-ups. She had a wobble on her front tuck, but her front pike into back tuck was solid. Stuck her double pike dismount.
Ivana Hong was a little tentative on beam, but scored a 15.3. Shawn Johnson saved her switch leap, layout, back pike series. She was a little off, but stayed on the beam. That's the only visible error in her routine, other than a small step on the dismount.
The official word is that Shayla Worley has an acute fracture of her right fibula (the smaller bone in the lower leg). Larson's score: 15.0.
Mattie Larson on beam. Alicia Sacramone is talking her through this routine. Front aerial to two feet. Switch ring to two feet. Standing Arabian. Low double tuck dismount. Sloan's score: 15.6.
Bridget Sloan on beam. Connect front aerial into side aerial -- much better than Trials. Didn't quite connect her sheep jump out of a back tuck, but had a very nice 'Liukin' flip. One hop on the double pike dismount. Big reaction from coach Marivn Sharp. Davis' score: 14.6.
Chelsea Davis on beam. Fall on front aerial, back handspring, layout series. Nice combination of wolf hop, switch leap, back pike. Peszek's score: 15.5.
Peszek on beam. Standing full, slid her foot, back pike, so it wasn't completely connected. Front pike with a step back. Big wobble on a full turn with her leg up, even Bela yelled 'stay there.' Stuck double pike dismount. Lothrop's score: 15.3.
Lothrop on beam. Cool series of aerial cartwheel (she switches legs mid-air, so it's almost a Barani step-out), back handspring, layout. Big double pike dismount. She and coach Kelli Hill appear very happy. Liukin's score: 16.2.
Liukin didn't even wobble on beam, complete with a nearly stuck 2 1/2 dismount. She had the 10 second warning call during her switch ring leap, so she had to rush to get to her dismount. But she made it off in timel.
On to the final event, beam. Johnson's score on bars: 15.65. She leads the all-around with a 47.4 (unofficially, by our math). Liukin is second, 46.45; Sloan third, 45.8 and tied with 45.3 are Davis, Peszek and Hong.
Shawn Johnson nailed her double-twisting double layout on bars. Hong: 15.3.
Ivana Hong on bars. Solid routine.
Jana Bieger fell on a Tkatchev on bars. She scores a 14.8. This season she had been consistent on bars and had hit four routines (two days of Nationals, two days of Trials) in a row.
Memmel is warming up on bars.
Great routine from Bridget Sloan, with just a small slide of her foot on her full-twisting double layout dismount. Much better than the Olympic Trials. She's having a great competition. Davis' score: 15.2. Sloan's score: 15.2.
Bridget Sloan has been pacing around near the chalk bin. She knows she needs to hit bars, especially after a tough Olympic Trials. Chelsea Davis is on bars. Her fan club is especially loud. Nice routine with great transitions form the low to the high bar. While most gymnasts have to work maintain momentum, Davis generates enough swing to make it look easy. Stuck full-twisting double tuck dismount. Peszek's score: 14.8 Memmel has her grips on and is swinging her arms around.
Lothrop hit bars. Peszek had a small step on her full-twisting double layout dismount. Lothrop's score: 14.7.
Liukin is on bars. A little off after her second Ono, but saves it. Like Trials, she caught her Pak salto (back flip between the bars) too close to the low bar and had to save it. Nice double front half dismount. Larson's score: 14.7. Liukin's score: 16.6.
Now the real meet begins -- we're on uneven bars. Mattie Larson is up first. Bridget Sloan has her back turned the entire time, mentally preparing. Great routine for Larson, but again, since we're behind the bars it's hard to see any angles.
Memmel has not officially scratched, but is taking things one event at a time, according to USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny. "When she landed, she felt something in the upper part of her back," he said. "She's being cautious."
Sacramone's first vault score: 15.95 (her second vault does not factor into the all-around standings). Sacramone, who is sitting out this rotation on bars, has been chatting with Memmel, seemingly encouraging her and comforting her.
Hong's score: 15.0. Memmel has put her warm-ups on and is standing in the corner of the gym with her dad and is rolling her head. Alicia Sacramone did a front handspring, front layout, 1 1/2 (Rudi) vault with a little step. Did her usual second vault of a Yurchenko double full, small hop. Johnson's score: 15.95.
Bieger's score: 14.8. Johnson competed her Yurchenko 2 1/2, but took a big step to the side. Hard to tell if she stepped over the line or not.
Memmel, her coaches and Kathy Kelly are talking. Memmel was supposed to compete first on vault. Jana Bieger did a Yurchenko 1 1/2, Ivana Hong had a slight step to the side on a Yurchenko double.
Peszek: 15.20, Davis: 14.95.
One step back on Sam Peszek's Yurchenko double full. Lothrop's score: 15.1. Chelsea Davis nearly stuck a Yurchenko 1 1/2. She has a lot of crowd support here -- she's from Austin, Texas. Memmel just warmed up a Yurchenko full vault.
Corrie Lothrop, who has been training the same vault as Shawn Johnson, opted for the safer double twist and did not add the extra half. Larson scored a 14.6. Memmel is doing back handsprings on the mats near beam.
Lots of cheers from the little girls in the audience for Nastia Liukin. She takes a small step to the side. 'Survivor' is playing on the sound system.
Mattie Larson did the same vault as Bridget, but had a big step to the side. Since we're sitting behind the runway, it's hard to get a good sense of what happens in the air. Bridget's score: 15.30.
We're now in rotation two. Bridget Sloan just hit a very big, very nice Yurchenko double full. Only a small hop on the landing. Martha Karolyi is very excited.
Johnson on floor. Out of bounds on her third tumbling pass. Ivana Hong competed on floor just prior to Johnson. Shawn's score: 15.80.
Bela's take on Chellsie: "She will be all right."
Bieger's score: 15.1. Memmel now has a heating pad on her back/neck.
Memmel is still deep in conversation with her coach and father. Jana Bieger competed on floor, went out of bounds on her first pass. Bela is patting her on the shoulder and there are some smiles. Still getting massaged.
Memmel is not finishing her floor routine and is getting a massage on her neck and shoulders. Sacramone's score: 15.3.
Chellsie Memmel hit her opening Arabian double pike, but had a big bounce backwards out of her double layout and has stopped her routine. Bela is rubbing her back as she stands near the corner.
Squad A floor scores are in. Davis: 15.15, Larson: 15.40, Liukin: 15.15, Lothrop: 15.10, Peszek: 15.30, Sloan: 15.30
Alicia Sacramone is on floor. Little off balance after her first pass, out of bounds on her second. Liukin and Peszek are in the corner and they're cheering for Sacramone before her final pass, but she still lands low. Her coach, Mihai Brestyan, is still talking to her.
Big smile from Sam Peszek after a great triple turn on floor. Maybe it's her upbeat music, but all of a sudden the gym has gotten a lot louder. Lots of cheers and clapping.
The most vocal person in the gym is senior women's program director Kathy Kelly, who is cheering through every moment of Corrie Lothrop's floor routine. Lothrop, who was adopted from China as a toddler, landed her final tumbling pass with her feet together and stuck cold.
Nastia Liukin had a low landing on her third pass, but landed her double front, which has given her trouble in the past, perfectly. Shawn Johnson is doing a series of tuck jumps down a tumbling strip, on which Andrew Memmel is sitting. He bounces up and down and as Johnson realizes this, she giggles and apologizes.
Worley's leg has been bothering her and while warming up on beam she said she heard something pop. They're taking her to a hospital for x-rays. Meanwhile, Mattie Larson competed on floor and had solid landings on all of her passes. Haven't seen any scores yet.
Shayla Worley just left the gym on crutches and her right leg is in a black protective boot. She was followed by her coach and doctor, as well as USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny. She's visibly upset and in tears. Worley was second in the all-around at last year's nationals and was on the gold medal winning world championships team. She competed on the uneven bars during the team final at last year's worlds. When healthy, her bars are an asset to the U.S. team.
Bridget Sloan appears to be back to her consistent, clean self. Every landing was near perfect, including her opening combination pass -- back 1 1/2 through to triple full.
: Chelsea Davis just hit a clean floor routine. Nice, controlled landings. Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, Davis' coach and the 1991 world all-around champion, gave her a big hug afterwards.
Shayla Worley is not competing. She has a problem with her "right lower leg." She did warm up on beam. (Worley missed Nationals and only competed three events at the Olympic Trials this year due to a back injury.) Martha Karolyi had said last month that Worley needed to show readiness at this camp.
The gymnasts are divided among two squads. Squad A is Chelsea Davis, Bridget Sloan, , Mattie Larson, Nastia Liukin, Corrie Lothrop and Sam Peszek. Squad B is Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel, Jana Bieger, Ivana Hong, Shawn Johnson and Shayla Worley (who did not march out with the group). The first event is floor, with Squad A going first.
As the song 'Under Pressure' plays on the gym's radio system, friendly hugs are exchanged among the coaches.
The gymnasts are clearing the floor and putting their warm-ups on. We're getting close to competition. Today, most of the athletes will compete on all four events.
Martha is grabbing "a sip of coffee before we go."
: The ranch version of bouncers are guarding the doors -- you have to be 'on the list' to gain admission.
While Johnson and Liukin have earned their spots, this is still all business. The intrasquad is said to be informal, but the athletes are in full competition attire (lots of red!) and scores and start values will be announced. But really, the scores aren't what's important. This is all about one event: the uneven bars.
The athletes travel home from this camp on Sunday, come back to the ranch on Thursday. They fly to San Jose on July 29th for Olympic team processing in San Jose, Calif., and then depart to China on the 31st.
The athletes are still warming up. Each athlete was given an allotted number of tickets for friends and families. There are about 13 sitting on the upstairs balcony right now. Bela is on hand and has invited some of his friends to observe -- FOB's, as they're being called here.
The directions to the ranch include, among others, 'take the second left after the railroad tracks.' The car thermometer read 87 degrees and we're on our way to a high of 93. There's country music blaring from somewhere, and a couple of the athletes' parents are milling about in front of the gym, trying to pass the time by playing basketball and watching television while athletes warm up. There are also 250 of Bela's summer campers here.
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