USA Gymnastics has named the women's team for the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo! Martha Karolyi and the selection committee picked the teams for Worlds and the 2011 Pan American Games following two separate selection camps held at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas.
The team who will travel to Tokyo for the 2011 World Championships is:
Non- traveling alternate: Shawn Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute
The Team who will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2011 Pan American Games: (Oct. 24-29)
Bridgette Caquatto, Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC
Missing from the teams is 2010 World team member Mackenzie Caquatto who suffered a bi-lateral ankle sprain by landing low on a double pike beam dismount during the selection camp on Monday. More info here.
World Championships podium training begins on October 3rd and the US women, competing in subdivision 7, will have podium training on October 4th. Their qualification competition will take place Saturday, October 8th at 1:15pm Tokyo time and have drawn to start on beam. The top 8 teams will qualify to Team Finals and to the 2012 London Olympics.
I will be in Tokyo providing on-site coverage of the World Championships! My coverage from Tokyo will begin October 2nd. Before then, check out our Tokyo 2011 Page.
Last year the US team took the silver medal behind Russia and ahead of China. The United States women's team has won the World Championships team gold medal in the past 2 pre-Olympic years and will expect to do the same this year.
How do you predict this team will finish in Tokyo? And if you were head coach, what would your dream lineups be for this team?