Team USA, headlined by 2008 Olympic Beam Champion Shawn Johnson, will begin competition in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 24th.
Balance Beam Event Finals:
This year, a different, more mature Shawn Johnson will represent Team USA and contend for Pan American Games medals. It is still unknown if Johnson will compete floor, allowing her the opportunity to defend her all around title. She said in this interview that "if my floor routine is ready by the competition, then by all means I will compete floor".
Johnson showed much improvement at the 2011 Visa Championships, just one month later. Here she is on beam in St. Paul:
The full women's team representing the USA in Guadalajara is:
Bridgette Caquatto, Jessie DeZiel, Brandie Jay, Shawn Johnson, Bridget Sloan, and Grace McLauglin who replaced the injured Chellsie Memmel. Team alternates are Hallie Mossett and McKenzie Wofford.
This is a totally different team than those who dominated the World Championships last week in Tokyo.
The all around favorite will likely be 2009 World All Around Champion Bridget Sloan who is at last recovered from injury, but expect Johnson to bring home a few medals from Guadalajara and continue her journey towards the 2012 London Olympics.