A Marta Manifesto
So Worlds are over, at least for TFs, and the US KILLED IT. They were really amazing. I am impressed. I will get to that in a mnin a minute.
I am impressed with the GYMNASTS. I am not impressed, even a little, with the leadership shown by Marta Karoyli. I nnever am, but I find myself especially angry this time.
A lot of athletes, including Becca Bross, Macko Caquatto and Chellsie Memmel, were injured before Worlds even began.. Then Alicia Sacramone went down with a torn Achilles. Now, not all of these injuries can be blamed on Marta. For sure, some of the blame is for coaches, and some injuries are blameless.
Still, looking at the track record, it seems that Marta MUST take some of the blame. She obviously overtrains the hell out of these girls, and she also has a great deal of power–mess with Marta and if you are a bubble girl you won’t have a prayer.
Then there’s the Anna Li situation. Anna, for reasons known only to Marta, was not the alternate for bars. You know who WAS the alternate for bars? Alicia Sacramone. Now, I love Alicia. But she doesn’t train bars, and also? She was not IN THE COUNTRY. Yes, Anna was injured, but she was still training bars in Tokoyo. Not to put her in is just petty, and that kind of middle school pettiness has no place in Marta’s position.
That said, though, the girls who did compete deserve tons of accolades. They were brilliant. Weiber and especially Maroney did fantastic Amaners (and Maroney’s especially was underscored, given the E score for, say, Tatiana Nabieva). Universal Sports didn’t show Douglas bars, which is absurd, but it must have been good. Weiber’s certainly were, and Vega’s were fine. Vega’s beam was also just fine, and Weiber’s beam was good as usual. Raisman was rock solid on beam–she really does cram a lot in there. They went into floor with a big lead and rocked it. Maroney’s 3.5 twist was SO high and beautiful. Weiber’s floor wasn’t as good as she can do it, but it was good enough. Raisman had to wait and wait for TV before she good go, but when she finally did, it was high and clean and crisp. She also gave the girls a great little pep talk before they went–she’s really come into her own.
So. Many, many congratulations to these girls, who lost their leader, had to deal with Marta being a jerk, and still managed to win by FOUR POINTS. I’m sorry that Alicia and Anna did not get to compete, but: