Workout Wednesday with 2012 Olympic Hopeful Aly Raisman at Brestyan's Gymnastics
This week's gymnastics workout video features 2011 World Champion and 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic team hopeful Aly Raisman of Brestyan's American Gymnastics in Massachusetts. Raisman is coming off a fantastic 2011 season, leading team USA to the World Championships gold medal, finishing 4th all around, and winning an individual world bronze medal on floor. Watch for Raisman at the 2012 AT&T American Cup in March, and follow her on her journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Martha Karolyi on the Memmel decision and other tough calls in the Olympic selection process.
"Lots of Criticism LEFT AND RIGHT!"..... Martha Karolyi gives her insights on how successful the Classic was for Nastia, Rebecca, and Gabby and what it's going to take to make this Olympic team. She also discusses the selection criteria for one-event gymnasts that ended Chellsie Memmel's journey to the 2012 London Games.
Workout Wednesday: Pre-Olympic Trials workout with Anna Li
This week's Workout Wednesday video features 2011 World Champion, 2012 USA National Team Member and Olympic team hopeful Anna Li of Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Illinois. Anna is coming off the 2012 Visa Championships where she placed 3rd on uneven bars, posting the highest start value of 6.90. Anna was selected to compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team at the Olympic Trials in San Jose June 28-July 1.
Coach John Geddert on Pacing Jordyn Wieber to the 2012 Olympic Games
John Geddert, longtime coach of World Champion Jordyn Wieber, sat down with Gymnastike to talk about Wieber's journey to the 2012 season where they hope to make their first Olympic team. This week, Wieber returns to the Visa Championships as the defending all around Champion and the favorite for another title. The next stop will be San Jose and the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials. Stay tuned for more from Gymnastike's 2012 visit to Gedderts' Twistars USA.
In her own words: Shawn Johnson says Goodbye to Gymnastics
Shawn Johnson will close out her illustrious gymnastics career, officially announcing her retirement from the sport on Sunday due to her lingering knee injury. In a conference call with the media, Johnson discusses her retirement and what lies ahead. Johnson was on the roster to compete at this week's Visa Championships in St Louis in an attempt to make a bid at her second Olympic team. That attempt is now over. Johnson is one of the most popular U.S. gymnasts of all time. Shawn Johnson will leave competitive gymnastics as one of the most popular and successful US gymnasts. Her career includes three world championship gold medals and four Olympic medals (one gold and three silver).
(AOGC) McKayla Maroney (MUSTAFINA!)
McKayla Maroney training her NEW Mustafina vault at the 2012 Visa Championships.
Nastia Liukin on Giving herself another Chance in 2012
Nastia Liukin achieved her biggest dream in gymnastics by winning the 2008 All Around title and coming away from Beijing with a total of five Olympic medals. Liukin recently made her comeback to the sport, competing for her first competition in three years at the Secret Classic and the Visa Championships. Liukin competed the two events she will be focusing on - bars and beam - at Visa Championships and was given the opportunity to compete at the upcoming US Olympic Trials in San Jose.
Anna Li 6.8 sv Bar Routine (HIT)
Anna Li hits her 6.8 sv bar routine which is one of 4 routines in a row she hit during a pre-Visa Championships training session.
Jordyn Wieber Training Bars w/ UPGRADE
Watch 2011 World All-Around Champion and 2012 Olympic Hopeful Jordyn Wieber training an upgraded bars routine in preparation for the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic in Chicago, Ill.
Alicia Sacramone, "The Honey Badger" of Team USA
WOGA (Nastia Liukin)
Nastia Liukin shows some beautiful bar work during training at the 2012 Visa Championships. The meet is Liukin's first time will be competing bars since the 2008 Olympics.
Shawn Johnson Adjusting to life as a Retired Gymnast
2008 Olympic beam champion Shawn Johnson at the 2012 Visa Championships days after announcing her retirement from the sport due to a lingering knee injury
Danell Leyva's Olympic Goals Start in St. Louis
Gymnastike talks to defending US Champion and reigning World parallel bars Champion Danell Leyva about his goals at the Visa Championships and beyond in 2012. Danell is one of 13 Team Citi athletes participating in Citi's U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sponsorship program, entitled "Every Step of the Way" - www.citi.com/everystep - an interactive program that funds U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sport programs that have inspired these athletes on their journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the youngest member of Team Citi and a former USA Gymnastics Future Stars program participant, Danell is helping raise funds for USAG's Future Stars to provide resources and equipment for the next generation of elite male gymnasts.
Elizabeth Price Turns Heads at Visa Championships
First year senior Elizabeth "Ebee" Price of Parkettes quietly finished 5th all around in a deep field at the 2012 Visa Championships to advance to the US Olympic Trials. The first year senior displayed poise while hitting difficulty-packed routines including a 2.5 twisting yurchenko vault, and a double twisting double tuck on floor.
Laurie Hernandez tells us how she learned to dance like that!
Interview with junior elite gymnast Lauren "Laurie" Hernandez of Monmouth after her very first Visa Championships. Laurie talks about her floor routine and how she got to be such a fantastic dancer, and what it was like to compete in her first Visa Championships.
Nastia Liukin's assessment of her bar Comeback
Nastia Liukin after night 1 of the 2012 Visa Championships where she competed bars for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Alicia Sacramone: From a "hot mess" to a Determined Team Veteran
2008 Olympian Alicia Sacramone talks about coming back from injury and trying to make it onto a 5-person team. This is Sacramone's first competition back since suffering a torn achilles during training at the October 2011 World Championships.
Gabby Douglas calls past Visa performances "Horrific"
Gabby Douglas talks about her past experiences at Visa Championships, feeling good in 2012 and how attitude is everything for her.
Aly Raisman: "It's Important That They Trust Me."
Aly Raisman talks about having fun at Visa Championships, achieving her goal of winning a national title, and how important it is that she shows the selection committee that she is reliable.
Jordyn Wieber Defends her National Title
Jordyn Wieber successfully defended her US senior all-around title at the 2012 Visa Championships, fending off a great performance from Gabby Douglas. Wieber finished with an impressive 15.90 on vault to secure the victory. She totaled a 61.250 all around score for the final day of competition.
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