2012 Visa Championships: Jordyn Wieber wins; Nastia Liukin has a rough competition
Jordyn Wieber won the Visa national title with a final score of 121.9, narrowly beating out Gabby Douglas, who had a 121.7 after a fall on the beam took a full point off her score on that event. The top 8 women automatically get to compete at the Olympic trials and they are as follows:
1. Wieber, 121.9 points
2. Douglas, 121.7
3. Ali Raisman, 120.95
4. Kyla Ross, 119.95
5. Elizabeth Price, 118.1
6. Sarah Finnegan, 117.6
7. (tie) Kennedy Baker, 114.45, (tie) Sabrina Vega, 114.45
In addition to the top eight finishers, Karolyi has invited the 9th- and 10th-place finishers to the trial, Brenna Dowell and Bridget Sloan, plus event specialists Rebecca Bross, Anna Li, Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone. They also accepted McKayla Maroney's petition and have invited her as well (Maroney was injured in warm-ups and could not finish the competition, hence the petition).
It'll be interesting to see which five or six girls are chosen to the represent the U.S. at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Karolyi has said she wants a five-woman team, but after you take the top four finishers from the Visa meet, who all had very good weekends, that only leaves one more spot.
"Old" competitors Sacramone and Liukin have both mounted comebacks and want a shot at another Olympics, while former Olympian Sloan has also shown prowess on the uneven bars, which is the U.S. team's weakest event.
Liukin, the Olympic all-around gold medalist in 2008, particularly had a hard meet at Visa - both nights, her bar routine was way off, ending in her not even doing a dismount but a simple fly away somersault to end her routine - and the uneven bars are the event that would get Liukin to London.
Meanwhile, McKayla Maroney is generally regarded as one of the best (if not the best) vaulter in the world currently, but Karolyi has expressed the sentiment of not wanting to take a one-event specialist to the Olympics.
Did you watch the Visa Championships? Who are you most looking forward to watching at the Olympic trials? They take place June 28 through July 1 in San Jose, Calif.