I could not be more proud of Gabby! The Flying Squirrel was only 0.2 behind Wieber! To think she would've easily won had she not fallen off beam.
Her progress has been tremendous. Just last year she was considered a long shot of even making the World Championship team, and this year she just narrowly missed winning the national title! At least she easily grabbed the national title on bars.
At this point, I think this will be the Olympic team if the same is repeated at trials:
The fifth spot is wide open to anyone who shows readiness at trials. I'm sure you're asking why McKayla Maroney isn't automatically on my team. That's because so far she's only proven to be great on one event - vault. No one can deny she's by far the best vaulter in the world right now. In fact, she's as close as it gets to a guaranteed gold medal for USA at this point because no one in the world vaults quite like her. However, she sucks big time on bars, bites the dust on beam, and is super inconsistent on floor. As super as her vaults are, they really don't provide that much of an advantage for the team since she can't seem to contribute anywhere else. Can't really afford one-event specialists on a 5-member team.
Same scenario for Anna Li. She hit both of her bar routines during nationals. Her routine on the second day was absolutely stellar! However, that's the only area where she is good. She bombed big time on beam and dropped floor and vault. Overall, her transition from NCAA to elite has been pretty rough. I don't think she can handle this level. Girl isn't making this Olympic team. She'll be lucky to make alternate really.
Alicia Sacramone is in an interesting position. For one, she looked much better than I expected after that achilles injury. I'm honestly surprised she got just about all her old skills back. She's shown such steadiness on beam that she can be counted on for the team. However, she needs to throw the Yurchenko double twist at trials. No question about that.
And as for Miss Liukin, well, what can I say? She looked like shit at nationals. Two fucked up bar routines, one shitty beam routine, and one good beam routine. She clearly has Marta Karolyi wrapped around her finger to get invited to trials after a disastrous showing at nationals (sucks more for Chellsie Memmel!). This is what I think will happen, she'll either come to trials and look absolutely spectacular or she'll withdraw from trials if she doesn't feel ready.
I don't expect Bridget Sloan or Rebecca Bross to make waves either. Sloan has made a pretty good comeback on bars, but she's still really rough on every other apparatus. She might be a long shot for an alternate position. But she's set even if this doesn't work out because she'll be competing for the Gators starting next collegiate season. And Bross, poor Brossie, she just continues to self-destruct. It's been really hard to watch her this year because she doesn't have nearly the competitive fire as before. Also, that beam dismount! I don't see things improving much for her.
Trials will not fail to be interesting because at least the Olympic team will be announced right after the trials! No Marta "death" camps this time around because there's not enough time between now and the Olympics for a camp, so they're going to decide on the team right then and there.