FanPost

US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials Day 1 Open Post

Tonight, the ladies portion of the US Gymnastics Olympics Trials begins from San Jose, CA. 15 ladies are vying for one of five spots on the Olympic team looking to defend their Silver Medal from Beijing (or rightfully take back their gold medal, depending on whose age you wish to believe from the Chinese gymnasts...)

Three ladies - Alicia Sacramone, Nastia Liukin and Bridget Sloan - are trying to return to the Olympics, while current world champion Jordyn Wieber, world bronze medalist on the floor Aly Raisman, and 2012 US All-Around Silver Medalist and possible new "it gymnast" Gabby Douglas look to cement their hold on one of the five spots.

Our UCLA connection in the competition is Anna Li. Li was an 8 time all American at UCLA, winning the NCAA title with the team in 2010. At Nationals, Li competed on the uneven bars, with a score of 15.15 and on beam, with a high score of 13.65. She is looking to make the team as a specialist on the bars, although it may be difficult, since bars isn't as weak of a position for the US team as it has been in the past. It may come down to if Liukin is ready, since she started her comeback to the elite level rather late.

If you've never watched Anna at the Elite level:

Practice for bars in San Jose

Anna at Bars at nationals - Apparently Anna may have upped the difficulty in this routine to a 7.1 (she was at a 6.9 before) to increase her chances at making the national team. That means if she was PERFECT, she'd have a score of 17.1, which is unheard of. If she can get a score in the 16s, she'd be hard to beat.

Anna on the beam at nationals - with several little balance checks, she gave away a few tenths here and there. If she can get a score in the 14s, she greatly improves her chances.

It's a little different from when Mohini Bhardwaj made the team in 2004 - they were allowed to take six gymnasts, and Mo was a great all around gymnast, who was so solid, she wasn't added on the team as a specialist. Also, Anna could be named as an alternate, and Liukin has a nagging shoulder injury. Liukin's best bet to making the team at this point is on the bars.

Best of luck to Anna and to all the gymnasts competing. You can watch at 9pm on NBC, or watch live on NBCOlympics.com at 6pm Pacific if you subscribe to a cable provider that allows streaming of the content.

Discuss below!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Join Bruins Nation

You must be a member of Bruins Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bruins Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker