Choosing the Team: Final Thoughts
So provided there are no injuries or really catostropheic meltdowns tonight, I think the team remains as obvious as its been: Weiber, Raisman, Douglas, Ross, Maroney. Where things get interesting is the alternates.
I think Ebee Price is basically an alternate lock. She can fill in quite well on vt/fx and could be used in a pinch AA.
I wish Anna Li would make the team over Ross, whose gymnastics I find boring. A bars rotation ending with Douglas and Li would be amazing. Obviously that’s not going to happen: Marta doesnt like Anna, and hates her parents/coaches. Also Anna has not been as consistent as she could be, although I believe she’s hit at Nationals and Trials so far. But that leaves a gapinghole in beam; Douglas, Li and Maroney are all good on the event when they hit but are very headcasey on that event.
That said, Li would also be a good alternate. My alternate picks would be Price, Li and Bross, although that also won’t happen; neither of the latter 2 are popular with Marta, and they are both bars/beam girls. And you wouldn’t want either to do beam in TF, although if Valeri Luikin werent such an asshole Becca could be prepared to do beam anytime anywhere.
I think its likely Sarah Finnegan will get an alt spot, though I think it would be better to give her time to grow a bit. She’ll shine in 2013.
Alicia Sacarome is a possibility, for vault and beam; not sure Marta would put her on beam again in TFs. Marta neither forgets nor forgives.
So. Price for sure. And then 2 of Finnegan, Sac, Li, Bross. I want Bross to get it so badly, because she needs a win more than anyone else. I’d also love to see Li, but as I said… not gonna happen.
That said, my dream team (impossible, since it assumes that Douglas or Li could do beam in TF…): Maroney (vt) Douglas (ub, maybe bb, fx) Li (ub, maybe bb) Weiber (AA) Raisman (fx, bb) alts: Price, Bross, Ross…