This year the VISA Championships are being held at the University of St. Louis, Missouri, and broadcasted on NBC. They start today with an opening ceremony, few men’s competitions, ending on the 10th with the champions being announced. The reason for this tournament is to determine who is going to advance to the 2012 Olympic trials that will be held in San Diego, California.
Just like with the Olympics, I am rooting for my girl, Jordyn Weiber! Weiber is coming into this tournament as the reigning national champ of the US, World, AT&T American Cup, and Kellogg’s Pacific Rim All-Around Champion…talk about a resume! However, one a few of the up and coming gymnasts are also worth watching. Here are a few to keep your eye on this summer…
Aly Raisman is a member of both the 2010 and 2011 World teams, took 2nd at AT&T classic, and recently just won the Secret classic. Watch her floor performance this weekend – chances are, you have never seen anything like it. Also keep your eyes peeled for McKayla Maroney, the World Champion on vault, and Gabbie Douglas, an amazing bar performer. Rebecca Bross, Kyla Ross, and Sabrina Vega are also amazing gymnasts, but don’t forget the returning veterans.
Yes it is true, Nastia Liukin is coming back to steal all of the young men’s hearts away (mine included). Personally, I think that she has an exceptionally high chance of making this year’s Olympic team due to her incredible beam and bar skills. She won 5 medals during the 2008 Beijing games, one of them being the gold medal for all-around. She will be accompanied by her old teammates Alicia Sacramone and Bridget Sloan, who, though they might not be favored, shouldn’t be counted out of the race.
Between the up-and-comers and the veterans, the competition is going to come down to who can execute a perfect routine despite the high pressure. Who will you be rooting for?
Written by Guest Blogger, Stephen Brooks