Just in today on the IG board:
posted by Thor:
This has not been confirmed but a friend who works at woga called and said that the word over there is that Alicia is out of worlds because of an injury she sustained when practicing her rudi. She told me that Valeri called and said this. There is still allot of confusion but it seems Marta had told Alicia to do do the vault in a particular way which caused the injury.[/quote]
It's still not confirmed that this is true, or is just a rumor....but if it is, why was Marta telling her how to do her vault, instead of her own coaches that have been practicing with her?!! It does look sometimes like Marta does give coaching / gymnastics advice. Perhaps, cuz of the training camps they keep having, they end up with all these injuries, b/c the practice/workout for each gymnast is getting more unified instead of individualized - every gymnast doesn't workout / practice the same, so when a coach comes in the middle, without all this knowledge of each gymnast, it's bad. And, Marta might be saying and using different techniques than the gymnasts' coach - not good to have these conflicting new coaches right before competition, if it's not a safety issue technique.