The US Gymnastics Championships closed on Sunday in Fort Worth. Texas – Simon Biles claimed his record seventh American title. But, not everything was as expected.
The night before, the seventh US Championship turned out. to be ridiculous for Sam McCullough Stanford gymnast Brody Mellon claiming. his first men’s title in convincing fashion (and two-time Olympian McCullough was third).
National titles were not the only focus over the weekend. The Olympic Games are set to begin in Tokyo in two months. The national championship has proved to be a crucial opportunity to find out. where the gymnasts stand as they fight for a few of the Olympic team’s required seats.
With all major US Olympic team trials but three weeks away in St. Louis on June 24-27. There are seven takeaways from the national championship.
1: Three women move forward
There is no doubt that Simon Biles is heading for his second Olympics. Texan, 24, already looked like an Olympic champion in Fort Worth. After the citizens, Cincinnati Lee and Jordan Chase appear to be in a strong position to stop it. The top two all-rounders make a team in trials, but both Lee and Chalice now have a body of hard work that should be fine. Lee, runner-up in both nights at Citizens, is already set to win a private silver and bronze medal.
at the Planet Championships. After limiting herself to an ankle injury earlier this year. The Minnesota native showed she is back – or far behind – with her performances in Fort Worth. In particular, his uneven rod routine on Friday looked like he would win an Olympic medal. Chile, meanwhile, continued its strong form in winning the Winter Cup. in February and finishing second (behind the Boys) in the US Classic last month. She had a runner-up vault score among the citizens and was fourth on three opposing devices.
2: Men’s protectors are changing
There is no doubt that Sam McCulloch was not the best in Fort Worth, especially at night. Although it doesn’t cut it with Brody Mellon. The 20-year-old Stanford, two-time NCAA all-around winner convinced of victory. His day 1 score was 1.3 better than anyone else over the weekend. If not to fall on the bars on Saturday, he may need to win by three points. Instead, he settled on a weekend margin of 2.75 points when he was strong, confident, and at the top of everything.
“This kid is long-term. But Malone isn’t the only one. 24-year-old Joel Moldoire was second. while 20-year-old Stanford Cardinal Brendan. Bryans was fourth among his first elite senior citizens. Meanwhile, the former Minnesota Golden Gopher Shane Whiskers. a veteran of the 22nd and 2019 World Championships. it was on target until a devastating final routine brought him seventh.
3: Sam’s struggle
In his six national titles from 2013 to 2019, McCullough has always been a deserving champion. though not always challenged. doing her gymnastics. even with occasional mistakes, was enough to keep the series alive. His struggles on Thursday make misunderstandings. which became a trend early in his career. In its first match in 15 months, McCullough was off. The 28-year-old fell on the bars and made big mistakes in the floor exercises. and side horseback, dropping him to seventh. Citing fatigue and lack of confidence, McCulloch promised to review his diet.
consult his sports psychologist before 2 p.m. . It seemed to work when he came back on Saturday. His only major mistake was when he fell off the side of the horse. It actually ended up posting the highest score of the night. which helped it to finish third in the final rankings. The question now for the trials is which macula will we see? Saturday Sam could be a gymnast leading up to the third Olympic Games. If he performs as he did on Thursday, though, there is no guarantee.
4: Battle for No .4
If the Boilers, Lee, and Chileans continue their momentum in St. Louis. Then a whole pool of girls is fighting for fourth and last place in the Olympic team. In fact, Fort Worth could be the top 12 finishers if it arrives on time. And even something outside of the top 12 May must effort. Although some names will be particularly watched. Emma Malabo, a former demonstrator on the Jonah Circuit. it is healthy for the first time in years and finally appears to be able to fulfill her high potential. National team coordinator Tom Forster called his fourth meeting.
“The biggest surprise” and described it as “impressive”. World Championship veteran Grace McCullum, known for her consistency. finished seventh but with excellent performances of all kinds. My Kayla Skinner, the 2016 Olympic substitute. who left another career in Utah to advance to another Olympics, Lian Wong. Cara Acker also has the potential to expand to St. Louis. Another name for living on tabs is banana, Cedillo. Performing a strong performance in the US Classic, he had an unusual fall in Fort Worth. Although she finished 11th on all fours, she did a second workout on the floor.
5: Plus-1 decision
As the American men competed in Texas on Friday, Paul Juda, a couple of thousand miles south. was giving his teammates plenty of presents. The University of Michigan gymnast took second place. in the Pan American Championship in Rio de Janeiro. This meant that American men now had a “plus one” individual space for Tokyo with women. Gymnasts, to select the committee, will not be part of the four-member.
Olympic team but can compete in any event. Forrester and his American men’s counterpart, Brett McClure. explained the selection of this plus. one location is a testament to the ability of the medal. Most versatile people are already on the team. which means these venues are more likely to visit event experts. Riley McCasker faced difficulties from women. after showing the routine of young bars on Sunday. It is also the most important occasion for burdened American women. On the men’s side, the committee could go in many directions. but it could be a side-horse fight between Stephen Nedorovsk and Alec Elder.
6: Jade question
When the Olympic teams shrunk to four gymnasts for 2020, down from five in the previous Games. The move increased the chances for athletes to qualify. Jade Carey preyed on 1 of these opportunities. qualifying for the name through the Apparatus World Cup series. In other words, it qualified itself – no quota space that anyone else could fill. But, Kerry had to make this call years ago, when she was a floor and vault expert. Now, not only is she a world medalist in both events. but she is also a successful all-rounder, finishing fifth in Fort Worth. There has been a lot of speculation in gymnastics circles on whether.
Kerry intends to give up her place in the gold race as part of the team. And who can blame him? The point is, doing so would mean that the United States would lose its status. In other words, only six American women would go to Tokyo, instead of six. Kerry has not yet come up with an idea. although Forster said Sunday he expects her to remain in her position. When asked if she would finish the top two in the trials and thus qualify for automatic placement in the team. she explained: “Everyone knows this. She knows it. We all know it. They know, but we sleep in a world of player centralization. that’s why players chose, so if they have a position in it, it will depend on it.
7: Congratulations on your return to Queens
Chelsea Mammoth is not becoming the second Olympic team. Besides, he received several important cheers from fans in Fort Worth. Challenging the idea that gymnastics could be a sport for teenage girls. Mammal returned and qualified for the public. as a 32-year-old mother of two. The 2005 world champion and the 2008 Olympian achieved mixed results in its three events.
it did not compete for the destination – but the structure of the meeting turned out to be one of the good stories. It’s not clear if Mammal will sue. but a Wisconsin native tweeted after the citizens: “It’s been a lot of fun stopping him now. and I won’t do it because of a dirty night. ۔ ” On his return, another gymnast, 2016 Olympic medalist Lori Hernandez. had to withdraw from the race after a routine due to injury. She can still compete in trials with a successful petition.