Routines You Don’t Want to Miss – Vault and Bars

With all the incredible coverage that USA Gymnastics has been providing, there is a lot of gymnastics to watch! Here are some routines that you won’t want to miss at the P&G National Championships.


McKayla Maroney. Nuff Said. And because it is not possible to watch this beautiful piece  of super human accomplishment too many times….

Simone Biles

Simone is gaining a reputation of having the second best vault in the world. She gets incredible power and height in her Amanar, and usually comes closer to sticking then McKayla. This one was in warm ups at the American Cup, and it was breathtaking. Even more amazing in person.

The others in the Amanar Club are Elizabeth Price, Lexie Priessman and McKayla Skinner.


Kyla Ross

Kyla continues to have fluid, beautiful bars. She has upgraded her routine, and if it is possible, she seems to be even cleaner than last year. It is a beautiful routine to watch!

Brenna Dowell

Brenna Dowell is doing some exciting release moves on bars. If she is able to put her whole routine together and clean up her execution, it will be a great routine!

Polina Shchennikova (Junior)

Polina comes in with a Difficulty score second only to Kyla’s. Her bars are reminiscent of Nastia with beautiful lines and incredible shoulder flexibility. However, her execution was heavily deducted at Classics, so hopefully she can clean it up for nationals.

P&G National Championship – All Around Contenders

What’s At Stake

The first year in an Olympic quad can feel anticlimactic in the gymnastics world. The eyes of the nation and of the world are not on you. The next Olympics is so far away, that the national champion in the first year of the Quad will be highly unlikely to even make the Olympic team. But the prestige of being a National Champion is always something to fight for. Whether won in an Olympic year or not, the title of National Champion is an incredible accomplishment.

And then there are the World Championships. They are a few months away, and anything can happen between now and then. But being the National Champion goes a long way in showing the selection committee that you should be on that team. And since only four people go to this World Championships, it is an even harder team to make than ever.

Who’s in the Running

Many times, this first year in the Quad is less competitive than others. But not this year. The American team continues to be very deep, even without the Fierce Five all-arounders competing this year. First year senior and American Cup champion Katelyn Ohashi still seems to be out with an injury. As someone we expected to be a strong contender for the National title, her absence makes this competition even more wide open. Here are girls expected to be top contenders.

Simone Biles (1st Jesolo 60.4, 2nd GRU T 58.0; 2nd ATT 57.666; SC N/A )
Simone without a doubt is the winner on paper. She has a ton of difficulty, and if she hits, she will be incredibly difficult to beat. She has put up the highest all-around score this year in the world. However, she has had few meets where she is able to put up four strong events with no falls. She unravelled at the Secret Classics just a few weeks ago. Putting up two solid days in a row will be difficult difficult for her. But if she can manage, it will take her a long way towards winning this years World Championships. Here is an awesome montage by kiwigymnast16.

Kyla Ross (1st GRU 59.3; 1st SC 58.65; 2nd CoJ 58.65)
Kyla recently won the Secret US Classics, and in a two day competition, her consistency and excellent execution will be hard for anyone to overcome. She also plans to come into Nationals with upgrades on beam, making her even more competitive. Here is a powerful montage from LOVxxe.

Elizabeth Price (1st Glasgow 59.165, 1st Stuttgart 58.898)
Ebee, as she is affectionately known in the gymnastics community, put up two incredlibly solid performances at the end of last year. She has been out with a hip injury ever since. If she competes in the all-around, she is definitely a strong contender! Check out this fun montage from GYMNAStGiRL892

Peyton Ernst (2nd Sc 58.25, 2nd T GRU 58.0, 4th CoJ 56.1)
Just a few weeks ago, Peyton took silver at the Secret US Classics. Her beautiful lines and gorgeous flexibility, and precise Texas Dreams performance training make sheer a fun one to watch. She is also planning on coming in with some upgrades. She doesn’t have the difficulty to out and out challenge for a top spot, but if some of the other girls falter, she will be right there to take their place. Check her out in this montage from UltraGymnastics.

Brenna Dowell (3rd SC 57.2; 3rd CoJ 56.65; GRU 56.4)
Brenna has made an incredible amount of upgrades this year. She has gorgeous lines and great presentation. If she is able to pull of he difficulty with great execution, she will be one of the toughest contenders. However, so far she hasn’t quite put the two together.

Lexie Priessman (5th CoJ 56.05; GRU – 55.75; SC N/A)

Lexie is the reigning US Junior National champion,and without a doubt has had expectations of greatness around her for a number of years. However, her meets earlier in the year seemed to lack the spunk and sparkle of her former years. She did not compete in the all around at the US Secret Classics, but came back with all the old fight and brilliance in the events she did compete in. Her scores so far this year do not reflect the definite potential she has of winning two National Titles in a row. See her in this montage by the awesome Ashlee Buhler.

The other wildcard is McKayla Maroney. McKayla has put in some upgrades on bars and floor and her vault continues to be spectacular. It will be interesting to see if she can begin to challenge as an all-around gymnast.

Four days left until podium training begins!

P&G U.S. National Championship’s Floor Contenders

The National Floor Title is always such a toss up between difficulty and amplitude vs. artistry and execution. The gymnast that can combine it all is of course the one that will come out on top. Right now, my guess for that is Lexie Priessman. She has incredibly difficult tumbling, but she does it with incredible execution and interesting choreography to boot. If Simone hits all of her difficulty, she may challenge, but my guess is that Lexie will come out on top. Peyton, Maggie and McKayla will all challenge for the other spots, and it will come down to who is most “on” on competition day.

Simone Biles  (1st CofJ – 14.85)

Lexie Priessman (1st SC – 14.8)

Peyton Ernst (2nd SC – 14.5)

Maggie Nichols (3rd CoJ – 14.4)

McKayla Maroney (3rd SC – 14.35)

Brenna Dowell (4th SC – 14.3)

P&G U.S. National Championship’s Beam Contenders

Each competition this year has brought us a different beam champion. On the wiliest of events, this is to be expected. When Simone made all of her difficulty, she came out on top. When Simone fell and Kyla downgraded, the impeccable Peyton Ernst earned top honors. If Kyla Ross brings all of her upgrades AND competes with the clean execution she is revered for, she is most likely to take the title. However, beam is precarious, and in the end, the steadiest competitor is likely to take it.

Simone Biles (1st CofJ 15.1)

Kyla Ross (2nd CofJ 15.0, 2nd SC 14.65)

Peyton Ernst (1st SC 14.7)

Kennedy Baker (3rd SC 14.3)

Erin Macadaeg (3rd SC 14.3)

Abigail Milliet (4th SC 14.2)

P&G U.S. National Championships Uneven Bars Contenders

In this group of gymnasts, Kyla Ross will most likely run away with the Uneven Bars National Title. She is the only one with a high level of difficulty paired with excellent execution. Elizabeth Price, Simone Biles and Brenna Dowell all come in with enough difficulty to make the podium, their ability to execute well will definitely decide whether or not they make it. Peyton Ernst, Madison Kocian and Abigail Millet all swing bars with beauty, grace and excellent execution. Lexie Priess has a good mix between the two. Silver and Bronze are definitely up for grabs!

(Sc= Secret Classic, GRU= Germany, Russian USA Friendly meet, ATT= AT&T American Cup)

Kyla Ross (GRU 15.45; 1st SC – 15.4)

Elizabeth Price  (Glasglow 14.966)

Simone Biles  (1st ATT 14.8)

Peyton Ernst (2nd GRU – 14.7)

Madison Kocian (2nd SC 14.45)

Abigail Milliet (3rd SC – 14.4)

Lexie Priessman (4th T SC – 14.35)

Brenna Dowell – Lots of possibility.

P&G U.S. National Championship’s Vault Contenders

Alicia Sacramone 2012 Vault National Champion
Alicia Sacramone 2012 Vault National Champion (Getty Images)

To begin our analysis of the seniors most likely to make a splash at the P&G US National Championships, let’s take a look at our possible Vault Champions.

The Vault contenders are the easiest to look at. In order to compete in the vault event finals, a gymnast must show two vaults from different vault families. As only one vault is needed for all-around and the team competition, very few gymnasts train two separate vaults. Currently only three US Seniors are competing two vaults. McKayla is still a heavy favorite to win even at Worlds. But the one time Simone Biles competed her second vault this year, she was right behind her. MyKayla Skinner has the most difficulty of the three, but her execution leaves her lagging behind.

Below are the different scores the gymnasts have earned this year as well as videos of their vaults so you can decide for yourself.

McKayla Maroney (1st SC – 15.425)

Simone Biles (1st CofJ – 15.35)

Mykayla Skinner (2nd SC – 14.875)

The P&G U.S. National Championships

The P&G National Championships are just around the corner! From August 15-18, the men and women will take the stage at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. compete for national titles, to make the national team, and to take the next step towards this years World Championships. Below is all the info you need to stay connected to these championships.

Over the next few few weeks, we will take a look at the likely Seniors to make a splash, as well as introduce you to some of the gymnasts you may not know well.

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TV Broadcast & Webcast

The 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships will be broadcast on both NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Aug. 15 – Women – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
Aug. 16 – Men – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
Aug. 17 – Women – 8-10 p.m. ET – NBC
Aug. 18 – Men – 1-2:30 p.m. ET – NBC

Note: All times are Eastern, and subject to change; please check local listings.

USAG will be streaming podium training and the junior sessions right here on our live page.

Get to Know the Gymnasts:

Senior Women

Kennedy Baker Texas Dreams Gymnastics Flower Mound, TX
Simone Biles Bannon’s Gymnastix Inc. Spring, TX
Madison Desch Great American Gymn. Express Lenexa, KS
Brenna Dowell Great American Gymn. Express Odessa, MO
Peyton Ernst Texas Dreams Gymnastics Coppell, TX
Ariana Guerra Texas Dreams Gymnastics League City, TX
Madison Kocian WOGA Gymnastics Dallas, TX
Erin Macadaeg San Mateo Gymnastics Redwood City, CA
McKayla Maroney All Olympia AOGC Long Beach, CA
Abigail Milliet Denton Gymnastics Academy Denton, TX
Maggie Nichols Twin City Twisters Little Canada, MN
Elizabeth Price Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Coopersburg, PA
Lexie Priessman Cincinnati Gymnastics Cincinnati, OH
Kyla Ross Gym-Max Gymnastics Aliso Viejo, CA
Mykayla Skinner Desert Lights Gymnastics Gilbert, AZ

Junior Women

Name Club Current Residence
Ariana Agrapides MG Elite Bayville, NJ
Alyssa Baumann WOGA Gymnastics Plano, TX
Vanasia Bradley Splitz Gymnastics Lincoln Park, MI
Jordan Chiles Naydenov Gymnastics Inc. Vancouver, WA
Nadia Cho WOGA Gymnastics Plano, TX
Bridget Dean Orlando Metro Gymnastics Fort Myers, FL
Nia Dennis Buckeye Gymnastics Westerville, OH
Christina Desiderio Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Hackettstown, NJ
Lauren Farley WOGA Gymnastics Dallas, TX
Norah Flatley Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute Cumming, IA
Ashley Foss North Stars Gymnastics Academy Towaco, NJ
Molly Frack Parkettes National Gymnastics Center Nazareth, PA
Emily Gaskins Cincinnati Gymnastics Coral Springs, FL
Felicia Hano West Coast Elite Gymnastics San Gabriel, CA
Lauren Hernandez MG Elite Old Bridge, NJ
Veronica Hults Texas Dreams Gymnastics Coppell, TX
Amelia Hundley Cincinnati Gymnastics Hamilton, OH
Sydney Johnson-Scharpf Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics Groveland, FL
Bailie Key Texas Dreams Gymnastics Montgomery, TX
Ashton Locklear Everest Gymnastics Hamlet, NC
Alexandra Marks Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy Cushing, OK
Lauren Navarro Charter Oak Gymnastics La Verne, CA
Samantha Ogden WOGA Gymnastics Allen, TX
Abby Paulson Twin City Twisters Coon Rapids, MN
Grace Quinn Texas Dreams Gymnastics Arlington, TX
Lexy Ramler KidSport, LLC St. Michael, MN
Melissa Reinstadtler Rebound Gymnastics Inc. Brick, NJ
Emily Schild Everest Gymnastics Huntersville, NC
Polina Shchennikova Tigar Arvada, CO
Megan Skaggs Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta Marietta, GA
Ragan Smith Northwind Gymnastics Center Inc. Dacula, GA
Deanne Soza Arete Gymnastics Orem, UT
Alexis Vasquez Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute West Des Moines, IA
Grace Waguespack ACE Gymnastics Longwood, FL