After Day 1, Anna Li found herself overall in 12th place, but second among the specialists (gymnasts not competing in all four disciplines.) Her overall score was 28.60, with a 15.50 on the uneven bars (tied for highest on the day) and a 13.1 on beam (12th overall.)
Listening to the commentators, a place that the US team is weak is on the uneven bars, and Anna could definitely help to shore up the team in that regard. But with only five representatives allowed to compete for the US in the Olympics, can they use a spot for a gymnast that would only compete on one apparatus? (The rotation is three gymnast per apparatus in the Olympics.) Perhaps if her beam score goes up substantially today, however the level of difficulty in her routine is still low.
At this point, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman have sewn up spots on the Olympic team. I think the fourth and fifth spots will be a fight between Kyla Ross (whom Marta Karolyi, National Team Coordinator looooves), Elizabeth Price (who is having the meet of her life), and McKayla Maroney. You also cannot rule out Alicia Sacramone and I haven't even mentioned Rebecca Bross, who is the 2010 US Champion, the 2009 World Silver Medalist and the 2010 World Bronze Medalist. I think Anna has a legitimate shot of being named as an alternate and will travel with the team to London.
(Side note, Coach Val, I hope you're working on recruiting Kyla! She's from Aliso Viejo.)
Today Anna starts rotation one on vault as the second competitor, then moves to beam in rotation two. Rotation three has her on beam, and she ends on floor. She may not compete in all disciplines (and probably will not.)
We will know after the meet concludes who will be on the Olympic team.
Watch online at nbcolympics.com starting at 6pm, or on NBC at 6pm LIVE.