Martha Karolyi has said that there are a handful of times through the process of choosing the Olympic team that she says, “If I had to pick the team right now, who would I take?” I am guessing that after two international competitions, this is one of those times. There are so many unknowns, so many “what ifs” that it feels almost impossible to pick the team that will go in July. But if I had to pick a team to go now, here’s who I would take.
Jordyn Weiber, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney. My alternate would be Rebecca Bross.
This team is no surprise to most fans. I think with what we know right now, it is the pretty obvious choice for many people. With this team we have a powerhouse for the team final, two definite all around contenders, and a great possibility for a medal in each apparatus finals. I like it.
Check out the videos below to see what team finals would “look” like.
Vault: Aly, Jordyn, McKayla (+Gabby in prelims)
Bars: Jordyn, Kyla, Gabby (+Aly in prelims)
Beam: Gabby,Kyla, Jordyn (+Aly in prelims)
Floor: Gabby, Jordyn, Aly (+McKayla in prelims)
The questions that remain are how the gymnasts we haven’t seen much of this year will perform. And of course, who will stay healthy and consistent.
Can Bross regain her former competition steadiness at her former level of difficulty? If so, I think she goes – and not as an alternate. Can Nastia come out as a possible gold medal bars worker? If so, I think she goes even if she has no other events to contribute. Can Alicia regain her floor and beam and upgrade her vault? If so, she might beat out Maroney. She would be useable on more events, especially as a lead off on beam and maybe floor. Then there is Shawn Johnson, Sabrina Vega, Bridget Sloan, Chelsie Memmell, the Caquatto sisters, Sarah Finnegan and Anna Li. And all the other “surprises.”
Yes, this is far from decided. I think in the end we will have 3 all-arounders, 1 bars specialist and then one bars OR vault specialist. Martha has said in previous interviews that she would possibly take 3 all arounders and 2 bars specialists. But, I think if Gabby and Kayla or Rebecca are our all-arounders, then it would make the most sense to take a bars specialist and a vault specialist. Only time will tell!