The U.S. Championships Senior Guide

A companion piece to our junior guide, below you can find a list of every single senior who will make an appearance at the U.S. Championships in Boston this weekend, including who they are, what they’ve done, and what you should know about their best skills and events.

SHANIA ADAMS
11807224_886510001397220_7089752072178179952_o.jpg Age 16
Hometown Plain City, OH
Gym Buckeye Gymnastics
Experience A member of the national team in 2016-2017 and in her fifth year at the elite level, Shania has competed at three national championships, finishing 11th in her first year as a senior last summer. At the American Classic, Shania won silver in the all-around and the bronze on every event but bars, and she finished 13th at the U.S. Classic, where she performed in front of a super supportive home crowd.
2018 Scores 53.250 (American Classic)
51.650 (April Verification)
51.400 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Shania is a super consistent and well-rounded all-arounder with every event as good as the others, but if I had to pick, I’d probably go with beam or floor. She’s a clean and dynamic performer on both.
SIMONE BILES
Olympic Preview: Team USA Media Summit Age 21
Hometown Spring, TX
Gym World Champions Centre
Experience Where do I begin? The reigning Olympic all-around, vault, and floor champion and a three-time world all-around champion, Simone has a total of 19 world and Olympic medals in just four years of senior elite competition making her the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time and the sixth-most decorated gymnast internationally. She made her comeback at last month’s U.S. Classic, where she easily won the title with the highest all-around score seen all quad…with a fall. She also posted the top scores on vault, beam, and floor in Columbus, and she’s definitely the one to beat here in Boston.
2018 Scores 58.700 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Literally everything she does from the second she walks into the arena until the moment she leaves. This season, we’re most excited about her upgrades, including a Fabrichnova dismount on bars and a Moors on floor, and we love that she’s now competing a Cheng as her first vault.
SLOANE BLAKELY
5953d3e684893 Age 15
Hometown Frisco, TX
Gym WOGA
Experience Sloane qualified to elite in 2016, making nationals on her first try, where she finished 18th in the junior division. She missed all of last year due to an injury, but returned with a fantastic performance at the Auburn qualifier this spring, winning vault and placing second everywhere else to easily make her return to elite. She was also stunning at last month’s U.S. Classic, where her beam was a meet highlight, and she finished a solid 7th all-around in Columbus.
2018 Scores 53.750 (Auburn Qualifier)
53.300 (U.S. Classic)
48.800 (American Classic)
What to Watch Sloane is fantastic on beam! She has an awesome front handspring front tuck series, and I love her front aerial to split jump to split jump half. She also performs with a ton of power on floor, where she has a gorgeous arabian double front.
LUISA BLANCO
Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.47.05 PM.png Age 16
Hometown Little Elm, TX
Gym WOGA
Experience After winning the silver medal in the all-around at J.O. nationals last year, Luisa began competing at the elite level, kicking off her career with the silver on beam and bronze in the all-around at last year’s U.S. Classic. Early this season, Luisa won bronze on beam at the WOGA Classic before competing at Gymnix with her club, where she made the finals for both bars and beam. At the U.S. Classic, she finished 9th all-around.
2018 Scores 52.750 (U.S. Classic)
51.868 (Gymnix)
51.100 (WOGA Classic)
What to Watch Luisa is exceptional on beam, where she has incredible style and difficult skills, and she does a fantastic job working high-level dance skills, like a switch ring to sheep jump combo. On top of that, she’s also a beautiful floor worker!
JADE CAREY
Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.48.47 PM.png Age 18
Hometown Phoenix, AZ
Gym Arizona Sunrays
Experience Jade had a whirlwind start to her elite career, going from a J.O. gymnast to the 2017 world vault and floor silver medalist in just a few months. She also won gold on vault and floor at the U.S. and American Classic meets last year, and she’s the reigning U.S. national champion on vault. At last month’s U.S. Classic, Jade made her elite all-around debut, finishing 10th in addition to winning the gold on vault and the silver on floor.
2018 Scores 52.650 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Vault and floor are where Jade is miles ahead of the rest of the field. She only competed a DTY at the U.S. Classic, but she added a Lopez as her second vault — a change from her tsuk double that we saw last year — so we’re pretty sure a Cheng upgrade is in her future! Jade also added a Moors on floor this year, and she makes it look as easy as a full.
JORDAN CHILES
Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.50.32 PM.png Age 16
Hometown Vancouver, WA
Gym Naydenov Gymnastics
Experience An elite since age 12, Jordan made her debut with the U.S. national team at Jesolo in 2014 and has since won nine medals internationally, including the gold on vault and floor at Pac Rims and the bronze all-around at the Stuttgart World Cup this year. Last season, Jordan won the silver all-around medal at nationals, where she gained attention when she turned a mistake on her wolf turn into an ‘accidental’ triple pirouette. She was 8th all-around at the U.S. Classic last month, and hopes to improve on that in Boston.
2018 Scores 54.100 (April Verification)
53.250 (U.S. Classic)
52.932 (Stuttgart World Cup)
What to Watch Jordan’s top scores always come in on vault, where she had an Amanar but lately has been sticking to a more dependable DTY. Historically, she’s been pretty balanced on her other three events, but this year she’s really stepping up her game on floor with huge tumbling, including a 1½ through to double arabian and a lovely double layout.
AUDREY DAVIS
377308 Age 16
Hometown Frisco, TX
Gym WOGA
Experience In her first nationals last summer, Audrey surprised to finish sixth, earning a berth onto the national team with her solid performance in both days of competition. She hasn’t been quite as successful this year, facing some little struggles in some of her meets, but she was a bars standout at both classic meets this summer, and she finished an impressive 6th all-around at the U.S. Classic last month.
2018 Scores 53.750 (U.S. Classic)
51.300 (WOGA Classic)
51.200 (American Classic)
50.118 (Gymnix)
What to Watch Bars is where Audrey truly shines. She showed a gorgeous one-armed front full pirouette into a layout Jaeger at the American Classic, and she also performs a lovely toe full to Pak and double front dismount on this event.
OLIVIA DUNNE
Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 4.41.21 PM Age 15
Hometown Hillsdale, NJ
Gym ENA Paramus
Experience Four years ago, Olivia made her elite debut when she was just 11, and she’s been on our radar ever since, climbing the ranks over the years to finally earn a national team spot and a trip to Jesolo in her last junior season in 2017. Olivia finished 9th all-around at nationals last summer, and then returned to Jesolo with her club this year, where she placed 15th in the super strong senior field. Dealing with an ankle injury, Olivia only competed bars at the U.S. Classic, but she’s looking forward to a return on all four events this weekend.
2018 Scores 51.133 (Jesolo)
50.750 (April Verification)
What to Watch So, I’ve been obsessed with the elegance, style, and confidence Olivia has brought to her performances on floor ever since she first started competing. This has only gotten even better as she’s grown up, and on top of that, she has phenomenal leaps on this event. Though bars tends to be Olivia’s lowest-scoring event in competition, she’s been working tons of upgrades here and looks gorgeous, so hopefully she’ll be able to tie it all together for competition this year!
KARA EAKER
431196 Age 15
Hometown Grain Valley, MO
Gym GAGE
Experience Kara’s first elite experiences came last year, her final year of junior eligibility, where she was one of the biggest surprises of the season with her bronze all-around finish on top of becoming the U.S. junior beam champion with one of the best scores and highest start values in the world. Now a senior, Kara has struggled a bit this year, missing out on a couple of international opportunities, and after easily winning beam with a fantastic routine at the American Classic, she again struggled at the U.S. Classic, finishing 16th all-around. Hopefully we’ll see her bring everything together in Boston!
2018 Scores 54.000 (Auburn Qualifier)
53.100 (American Classic)
50.550 (April Verification)
50.300 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Beam. Kara has the potential highest difficulty in the world on this event, going for a 6.8 with a set that includes  front aerial to split ring jump to back handspring, a side aerial into two layout stepouts, a split leap to side somi, and a switch ring to back handspring to switch half to Korbut.
MARGZETTA ‘MARZ’ FRAZIER
frazier2016classics Age 18
Hometown Sicklerville, NJ
Gym UCLA
Experience After four years competing at the elite level in the U.S., Marz was added to the national team this year and made her international debut at the Birmingham World Cup, where she won the silver medal in addition to placing the top score on bars. This summer, Marz moved across the country from her native New Jersey to California, where she’s now training in her freshman season as a UCLA Bruin, and she’s attending nationals with her college coaches by her side!
2018 Scores 53.932 (Birmingham World Cup)
53.800 (April Verification)
What to Watch Floor isn’t where her strongest scores come in, but it’s where she’s the most entertaining, with a high-energy routine that should be especially solid now that Jordyn Wieber is coaching her there! She’s also generally solid and aggressive on bars, where she has a ton of great connections and big releases.
JAYLENE GILSTRAP
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Hometown McKinney, TX
Gym Metroplex
Experience A first-year senior, Jaylene has been on the elite scene since 2015, though she missed most of last season due to injury. Before her injury, Jaylene and several of her club teammates competed as guests at France’s Top 12 team competition, with Jaylene beating out several of Europe’s biggest stars — including several Olympians! — to win the bronze all-around medal in a field of 70. This year, she’s competing every event but bars, and she looked fantastic at both classic meets this summer.
2018 Scores 13.550 VT, 13.250 BB, 12.950 FX (U.S. Classic)
13.400 VT, 12.000 BB, 12.850 FX (American Classic)
13.500 VT, 12.700 BB, 13.050 FX (Brestyan’s Qualifier)
13.050 VT, 12.600 BB, 11.800 FX (Auburn Qualifier)
13.200 BB, 12.600 FX (WOGA Classic)
12.450 BB, 12.600 FX (Buckeye Qualifier)
What to Watch Jaylene is super talented on floor, where she doesn’t have a ton of difficulty, but she’s super tight on everything she does in her super NCAA-esque routine, which features a double pike, front layout to Rudi, double tuck, and double full. The Utah commit also vaults a solid Yurchenko 1½.
MORGAN HURD
Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.59.17 PM.png Age 17
Hometown Middletown, DE
Gym First State Gymnastics
Experience Literally everyone on earth noticed Morgan for her super clean skills when she appeared at the Nastia Liukin Cup in 2014, and it wasn’t long until she qualified elite. With four national championships under her belt, Morgan had never reached the all-around podium, but she had a killer worlds camp last fall and Valeri Liukin added her to the worlds team, much to everyone’s surprise. But boy did she deliver, becoming the 2017 world champion in addition to winning the silver on beam in what was only her third international meet! This season, Morgan dominated at the American Cup, and was looking likely to take the Pac Rims title as well, but an uncharacteristically rough performance on beam held her back, she still managed to pick up the silver. I think Morgan looked better than we’ve ever seen her at the U.S. Classic last month, but a fall in her otherwise excellent beam held her back to bronze in the all-around.
2018 Scores 56.599 (American Cup)
56.350 (U.S. Classic)
54.500 (April Verification)
53.300 (Pac Rims)
What to Watch Okay…I’m going to sound like a Morgan stan, but honestly, every event she does is great. Her DTY gets better each time we see it, and she has a ton of difficulty across her other events, some of the highest in the world. I’m obsessed with her standing full on beam, and I also love her super solid tumbling on floor, where she recently debuted a Moors. ALL OF IT. I love it all.
MADELEINE JOHNSTON
1WRzoeU Age 16
Hometown Boyds, MD
Gym Hill’s Gymnastics
Experience Madeleine qualified for elite in 2016, and though she earned spots at nationals in both of her junior seasons, she didn’t get to complete either turn due to injuries. Third time’s a charm? Madeleine kicked off her first senior season this year placing 4th at the WOGA Classic and then placing 6th at Gymnix, where she also made the bars, beam, and floor finals. At the American Classic, she looked incredible, winning the bronze on vault, where she debuted her brand-new Yurchenko 1½, and she finished 15th all-around at the U.S. Classic.
2018 Scores 53.168 (Gymnix)
53.150 (American Classic)
52.250 (WOGA Classic)
51.000 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Bars and beam are my favorites of Madeleine’s, but she’s solid everywhere. On bars, I’m obsessed with her hop change to toe front to straddle Jaeger, and she also has a fabulous double spin on beam.
SHILESE JONES
Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 5.02.21 PM Age 16
Hometown Westerville, OH
Gym Future Gymnastics
Experience Shilese, who turned 16 today, made her first appearance in elite when she was 11. Back then, her 1½-twisting double tuck — named for her in J.O. competition — was the talk of the town, so it’s no surprise she made nationals that year and every year that followed. Unfortunately, an injury kept her out last year, but her senior debut was excellent, seeing her win the all-around, vault, and floor titles at the American Classic. In front of a home crowd at the U.S. Classic, Shilese had an incredible 4th place all-around finish ahead of several national team members, improving on her American Classic score by a full point.
2018 Scores 54.900 (U.S. Classic)
53.900 (American Classic)
51.700 (April Verification)
What to Watch Definitely vault and floor. Shilese has a strong and dependable DTY, and though she no longer competes her signature double back with 1½ twists, it’s no big deal because now she has an amazing double double, which she pairs with a double arabian, tucked full-in, and double tuck.
ADELINE KENLIN
267524 Age 16
Hometown Iowa City, IA
Gym Iowa Gym-Nest
Experience Adeline drew massive attention when she dominated the Hopes competition at ten, after which she followed up with four solid junior seasons, finally making her international debut at Jesolo in 2017. The beam champion at last year’s U.S. Classic, Adeline went on to win the bronze on this event at nationals, and she also competed at Jesolo with her club this year, finishing 7th all-around. She missed the U.S. Classic thanks to a nagging injury, but we’re excited to see her back in action in Boston!
2018 Scores 53.468 (Jesolo)
52.800 (April Verification)
What to Watch I always say beam for Adeline, and it’s still definitely my favorite of hers throughout her career, but she’s been growing tremendously as a bars and floor gymnast as she gets older and I love the attention that has gone into both of these events. Her bars has a great inbar to stalder full to Ricna combo and a fierce double front half-out dismount, and on floor she has a double front half-out that looks easy for her in addition to a casual Randi for her second pass. So…keep watching her beam, but know that she’s SO much more than just a beam kid now.
EMMA MALABUYO
Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 5.16.39 PM Age 15
Hometown Flower Mound, TX
Gym Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Experience Emma looked promising in her elite debut back in 2015, but between that and the next season, she worked incredibly hard on upgrading and perfecting her skills, getting added to the national team the following spring. Emma won 16 international medals in her junior career, and last year she was one of the best floor workers in the world, winning the titles nationally at the U.S. Classic and U.S. Championships in addition to also getting the gold at Jesolo and then at the Junior Japan International. Emma has been taking it slow this season, not going to the verification camps, though she did travel to Jesolo with her club, where she won her first senior titles in the all-around as well as on beam and floor. Expect her to be one of the top seniors this year!
2018 Scores 55.868 (Jesolo)
What to Watch She’s the kind of gymnast who is almost equally great across all four events, but while I think most would consider beam her strongest event, floor is my absolute favorite for her. She has one of the most difficult sets in the world, but in an understated kind of way, bringing in a great combination of big tumbling and fantastic dance elements. Her double double, double layout, front double full, and tucked full-in are all super polished, she has a gorgeous switch ring to tour jeté full, and to top it off, she performs super well.
GRACE McCALLUM
screen-shot-2018-07-08-at-11-19-02-pm Age 15
Hometown Isanti, MN
Gym Twin City Twisters
Experience Grace was late coming into the elite world, not attempting to qualify until her final year of junior eligibility, but she made a major impression pretty much immediately winning the all-around bronze at last year’s U.S. Classic. This year, she defeated world champ Morgan Hurd at the verification camp in April to earn a spot on the Pac Rims team, and then she was able to take advantage of Morgan’s falls on beam to get the all-around title there as well, in addition to winning silver medals on vault and floor. Grace also traveled to Jesolo with her club this year, winning bronze on floor in her international debut. Last month, she competed two events at the American Classic, where she won the silver on bars with a gorgeous routine, and she finished 11th all-around at the U.S. Classic.
2018 Scores 54.850 (Pac Rims)
54.700 (April Verification)
53.933 (Jesolo)
52.050 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch I love watching Grace’s twisting passes on floor. She has a beautiful front double full to front tuck and a brilliant triple full that she rotates perfectly and can stick cold. But she truly doesn’t have a bad event, reminding me a bit of Maggie Nichols in that way, with beam the ‘weak’ spot for both, though for a ‘weak’ event, it’s still pretty fab when she hits!
RILEY McCUSKER
392351.jpg Age 17
Hometown Brielle, NJ
Gym MG Elite
Experience Like many of MG Elite’s girls, Riley went from zero to 60 in no time at all, debuting at the American Classic in May of 2016 and then winning four silver medals at nationals — all-around, bars, beam, and floor — six weeks later. No big deal. She made her senior and her international debut at the American Cup, where she struggled a bit, but then went on to win the all-around and beam titles at Jesolo before snagging all-around bronze in addition to the bars title and the silver medal on beam at her first senior nationals. This year has been mostly low-key for Riley, who is battling some nagging injuries, but her all-around return at the U.S. Classic was unexpected and incredible, getting her the silver medal with one of the top scores this quad, and she also won the bars title and placed second on beam in Columbus. What Riley can do when healthy is out-of-this-world, so fingers crossed for continued success in Boston!
2018 Scores 57.500 (U.S. Classic)
What to Watch Bars and beam, for sure. Her form is textbook on the majority of her skills, so expect her E scores to be through the roof on both. She still has some nervous adjustments on beam, but in Columbus she showed quite a bit more control and her finishes there probably built up her confidence even more, which should make for a great mental game this weekend.
ALYONA SHCHENNIKOVA
Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 6.15.13 PM.png Age 17
Hometown Evergreen, CO
Gym 5280 Gymnastics
Experience Alyona followed in her older sister Polina’s footsteps to become a junior elite in 2014. With four U.S. Championships on her resume, Alyona has also competed internationally at Jesolo twice, and she made the bars final there this year, ending up 4th in a difficult field. At the American Classic last month, Alyona won the bronze on bars, her strongest event, and she upped that to a silver at the U.S. Classic with a dynamite routine.
2018 Scores 53.900 (U.S. Classic)
52.350 (April Verification)
49.433 (Jesolo)
What to Watch Bars, absolutely. Throughout her career, Alyona has connected everything that can possibly be connected, but I love her most recent routine, which includes an inbar full to Komova II to Tkachev, a Ricna to Pak to Chow, and a stalder half to front giant directly into a half-in double back (she does the half-in fully laid-out, which looks amazing!).
RAGAN SMITH
6ESpvOM.jpg Age 18
Hometown Lewisville, TX
Gym Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Experience Ragan has spent years on the national team as both a junior and senior. The junior beam and floor champion in 2015, Ragan went on to win the silver all-around medal in her senior international debut at Jesolo the following year before becoming the Pac Rims beam champion and then being named an alternate to the 2016 Olympic Team. When Ragan returned in 2017, she was the clear leader of the senior team, kicking off her year with the American Cup title, and then she also nabbed the bars and beam titles at the U.S. Classic followed by the beam, floor, and all-around titles at nationals. At worlds, Ragan seemed most likely to take the all-around gold home, but a foot injury sustained just minutes prior to the all-around final sadly took her out of contention. She’s been taking things slow so far this year, but when she went to Jesolo with some downgrades in April, she still managed to pretty easily win the silver medals on bars, beam, and in the all-around, so if she’s at full strength, she should continue to be one of the top seniors this year. At the U.S. Classic, she competed all but floor, and aside from a fall on bars, she looked fantastic.
2018 Scores 55.166 (Jesolo)
What to Watch Beam is where Ragan is basically almost unbeatable. Even with a fall at worlds last year, Ragan still qualified 12th on the event, and had she hit/been able to compete in the final, she would’ve led the field by a significant amount thanks to her high difficulty combined with her tidy, precise movements and lack of any nervous adjustments that plague about 99% of beam workers. When she’s solid and hitting, she’s about as close to unbeatable as someone could get.
DEANNE SOZA
56cdee95b0852.jpeg Age 16
Hometown Coppell, TX
Gym Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Experience Deanne was an instant success in her junior debut, winning the all-around bronze at the 2014 American Classic before then snagging her second all-around bronze at the U.S. Classic a month later. Unfortunately, she began having issues with mental strength and consistency over the next few years, keeping her from reaching her full potential at any of the national championships she made, but a move to Texas Dreams after the 2016 season got her back on track and though her difficulty isn’t quite strong enough for her to be a major contender, she looked happier than anyone at last year’s nationals, and she hit four-for-four to finish 10th all-around in her senior debut. She actually missed the qualifying score for nationals this year by a couple of tenths, but when the women’s program lowered the three-event qualifying score to a 39.5, Deanne was able to get in on vault, bars, and floor.
2018 Scores 13.3 VT, 13.4 UB, 12.85 FX (U.S. Classic)
13.65 VT, 13.2 UB (American Classic)
What to Watch I’ve always been in love with Deanne’s bars, and it’s probably still where she has her best combination of difficulty, consistency, and beautiful technique. At the American Classic, she had a toe full connected to a Tkachev before also hitting a Ray, clear hip half to Ezhova, and a full-twisting double layout, all done pretty much as perfectly as you can hope.
TRINITY THOMAS
376048 Age 17
Hometown York, PA
Gym Prestige
Experience Trinity is a long-time fan favorite thanks to her big tumbling and quiet energy. As a junior, she made her international debut at Jesolo, where she won the gold on floor, and as a senior she has represented Team USA at Jesolo in 2017 and at this year’s Tokyo World Cup, where she won the silver medal and placed in the top three on all four events. Trinity, who won the bronze medals on beam and floor at last year’s nationals and who was a high school-level diver in her spare time, is now a freshman at the University of Florida, but she hopes to continue competing elite simultaneously with her eyes on 2020.
2018 Scores 54.533 (Tokyo World Cup)
What to Watch Trinity is one of those “what can’t she do?!” kinda kids. She doesn’t have a true standout event because she’s pretty much equal on all four, though floor is always especially fun to watch, with her big tumbling a highlight. She’s very clean across the board, and could be capable of a 14+ on everything with hit routines.

 

MADELYN WILLIAMS
Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 9.56.05 PM Age 15
Hometown Vacaville, CA
Gym San Mateo Gymnastics
Experience New to the scene as a junior last year, Madelyn was an instant stunner on bars, winning the title at the American Classic and then the silver at the U.S. Classic, though she unfortunately had to withdraw from nationals due to injury. Her return to the national stage this season was at the American Classic earlier this month, where she competed three events to qualify to nationals while also winning yet another bars title, this time in the senior field, and she then went on to finish 12th all-around at the U.S. Classic. She’ll be competing all but floor in Boston.
2018 Scores 51.500 (U.S. Classic)
51.000 (Desert Lights Qualifier)
49.600 (Auburn Qualifier)
What to Watch Bars. No-brainer. Madelyn’s pretty to watch on other events, but with lower difficulty and more of a weakness on those events in general, her bars just end up standing out even more…and for good reason. She has a beautiful Maloney to Pak to stalder to van Leeuwen and an inbar half to piked Jaeger, looking almost Russian in her composition and how she moves on the apparatus.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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28 thoughts on “The U.S. Championships Senior Guide

  1. As you alluded to, Morgi Hurd has had the DTY down stone cold for two years. Do you expect her to upgrade to an Amanar later this season? Next season? Seems to me like a logical step.
    And despite her undeniable excellence on BB, my recollection is, in addition to the American and US Classics this year, she’s been falling off the beam with some frequency since she was a junior (I watched her in person compete as a junior four times, and if I recall correctly, she fell on beam at least once each time), so can you really call it “uncharacteristic?” She is terrific on beam, and she also has some trouble staying on it; both can be true. As long as it doesn’t become an Atler-on-bars kind of gremlin/mental block, she can probably continue to succeed regardless. Better still, hopefully she slays the gremlin.

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      • Thanks for the reply, D. I had not heard that. I wonder why? She was doing a triple into the pit at 13, too, and it didn’t look too shabby to me. Did she offer any reason she hasn’t trained it at all? I would think the Amanar would not be too big of a challenge for her if she worked on it over time, and any bump in difficulty is going to help her AA, since she isn’t really a standout on any one event over another (in the best possible way, she’s very balanced across all four).

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  2. In my opinion this would be the best Worlds team so far:
    Simone Biles VT (UB) BB FX
    Riley McCsuker (VT) UB BB (FX)
    Morgan Hurd VT UB (BB) FX
    Ragan Smith UB BB
    Jade Carey VT FX
    What do you think??

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    • This is probably still my pick as well but after watching PT and reading about her injuries, Ragan worries me. If she’s going then I’m hoping she sticks to beam and bars. Even without her doing AA they’re unbeatable.

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    • And what do you think if, unefortunately, Ragan and Emma are out of the World championships because of injuries ? I understood that Ragan could have surgery and that Emma is not in a great shape. Did I misunderstand ? Simone, Riley, Morgan and Jade would be lock. Who will be the fifth one ? Maybe no need for a fifth one, I figure these four would win at least five gold.

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      • I would say Alyona Shchennikova! Great on bars too and she also can do beam… or Kara Eaker, because she has a great chance on beam! But for the team I would definitely pick Alyona.

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        • They really don’t NEED a 5th person but Alyona or Kara would probably be the best options after Ragan. I personally would take Kara to see how her beam holds up internationally.

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