Sarah Finnegan and Brenna Dowell at the 2011 Visa Championships
At the 2011 Visa Championships back in August, GAGE qualified three gymnasts to the US Junior National team: Sarah Finnegan, Brenna Dowell, and Maddi Desch. At the conclusion of the Championships, GAGE coach Al Fong spoke with Gymnastike and boldly shared his intentions to qualify his two age-eligible athletes (Finnegan and Dowell) to the 2012 US Olympic team. For a refresher, check out the interview below.
Finnegan and Dowell finished 3rd and 6th respectively in the junior all around at Nationals. While all eyes were on soon-to-be World Champion Jordyn Wieber and the 2008 Olympians working their way back, at the time many found this statement.. shocking.
Watch Finnegan on beam in Italy: