TOKYO 2011 – USA GYMNASTICS – U.S. Women Win Gold at 2011 World Championships

TOKYO, Oct. 11, 2011 – A young and talented U.S. women’s team won the world title at the 2011 World Championships at the Tokyo (Japan) Metropolitan Gymnasium, besting second place Russia by over 4 points. This is the USA’s third women’s world team title, following up on 2003 and 2007.

“This is a very young team and I knew they were well prepared physically, but we were not sure how they would hold up under the pressure of three-up, three-count,” said Martha Karolyi, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator. “It is harder than the qualifications, and these girls proved that they did the right preparation physically and mentally also. I am very proud of them.

“I am very satisfied,” said Karolyi. “This is my passion and every time the results come up as you plan, you certainly are extremely happy, and that is how I feel today — happy and proud of the program and these young ladies.”

The women on the U.S. Team are: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia AOGC; Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA. Team member Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, who tore her Achilles tendon during training, has returned to the States for medical treatment, and Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, is the alternate.

“I feel awesome and I am so proud of each and every one on this team,” said Wieber. “We went out there and were confident and did our job and it turned out awesome.”

The U.S. women started on vault. Raisman led off with a Yurchenko double full, earning a 14.950. Both Wieber and Maroney executed Amanars, earning a 15.833 and 16.033, respectively. The USA had the lead after the first rotation and never relinquished it.

On bars, Vega started the USA off right with a nice clean routine, complete with a full twisting double back dismount for a 14.366. Wieber went next and swung a rock solid bar routine that ended with a double layout dismount for a 14.766. Douglas went last and once again showed incredible amplitude for her two release moves (Tkatchev and Pak), posting a 14.733.

Vega again led off for the USA, this time on balance beam. She executed a routine with a front aerial to back handspring layout, a front tuck, and a powerful back handspring, back handspring, double pike for a 14.833. Raisman followed using her trademark double Arabian dismount, which she stuck and posted a 14.866. Wieber finished the rotation with her standing full and back handspring, back handspring two-and-a-half twist dismount to score a 15.033.

Maroney led off on floor exercise, the USA’s final event. Her routine included a three-and-a-half twist in her first tumbling pass and tallied a 14.566. Wieber followed with an incredible double-twisting, double-back mount and earned a 14.766. Raisman went last on floor and executed a very clean routine, including a piked double Arabian, for a 14.833 and to clinch the team title.

“It is a dream come true (to win the title),” said Raisman. “I am so excited and honored to have this gold medal around my neck. I am really proud of the team.”

Raisman gathered the team together before going into the final rotation. The U.S. Women ended up with a 179.411 for the title. Russia was second at 175.329, with China in third at 172.820.

“I was here (on the World Team) last year and so I kind of know how the team finals go,” said Raisman. “It is only my second year so I am still learning, but I told all of the girls that we are going to remember this for the rest of our lives and to go out there, own it and have fun. Alicia is here with us in spirit, and we all knew that her heart was here. We did it for her. She deserved the gold medal and we are really happy that we got it for her.”

The finals schedule is: Oct. 12, men’s team; Oct. 13, women’s all-around; Oct. 14, men’s all-around; and Oct. 15-16, individual events.

courtesy usagym.com

Team Finals Results
1. USA – 179.411
2. Russia – 175.329
3. China – 172.820
4. Romania – 172.412
5. Great Britain – 169.670
6. Germany – 168.479
7. Japan – 167.122
8. Australia – 166.439

U.S. Individual Scores

Vault
McKayla Maroney – 16.033
Jordyn Wieber – 15.833
Aly Raisman – 14.950

Uneven Bars
Jordyn Wieber – 14.766
Gabrielle Douglas – 14.733
Sabrina Vega – 14.366

Balance Beam
Jordyn Wieber – 15.033
Aly Raisman – 14.866
Sabrina Vega – 14.833

Floor Exercise
Jordyn Wieber – 14.766
Aly Raisman – 14.666
McKayla Maroney – 14.566

above story & photo courtesy of usagym.org

Gabrielle Douglas Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam & Floor Exercise routines from the Qualifying competition of the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.

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2011, Tokyo, Japan, FIG Gymnastics World Championship, lead by Victoria Komova, competing on all 4 events, the defending champions come up 4.082 points short to the Americans. (Watch the full event at UniversalSports.com)

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U.S. women put on a show in the qualification round at 2011 World Championships
10/08/2011

TOKYO, Oct. 7, 2011 – After seven of 10 subdivisions, the United States led the team standings with a team total of 234.253, finishing ahead of China and Romania, respectively, at the 2011 World Championships at the Tokyo (Japan) Metropolitan Gymnasium.  The women’s qualification round, which determines which countries and athletes qualify for the finals, concludes later today. The USA’s Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., posted the top all-around score of 60.032 through the first seven subdivisions. The U.S. women’s performance today also secured the United States a berth to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. men compete tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. in the first session on the first of two days of qualifications.

The U.S. squad had all five gymnasts ranked in the top 10 in the all-around, with three subdivisions still to go that includes defending team champion Russia.  Although scores do not carry forward to the final round, the USA’s total team score was 3.883 ahead of China and 7.025 in front of Romania.

The women competing for the USA are: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia AOGC; Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA. Team member Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, who tore her Achilles tendon during training, has returned to the States for medical treatment, and Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, is the alternate.

“I am very proud of this very young team and how they pulled it together after Alicia’s injury,” said Martha Karolyi, national team coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team.  “They were very brave and fought for the United States and for Alicia.”

The U.S. women started on balance beam, earning a total 58.932 and the highest first rotation score for the championships thus far.  The USA did not relinquish the lead, scoring a 57.132 on floor, 60.190 on vault and finishing up on the uneven bars with a team score of 57.999.

In the all-around, Wieber earned a 60.032 total.  She executed an Amanar, which is a Yurchenko two-and-a-half, for a 15.433.  Her incredible floor routine included a double-twisting, double-back mount and scored a 14.566.  She also posted a 14.800 for the uneven bars and a 15.233 on the balance beam.

“I felt really good after today,” said Wieber.  “Our main goal as a team was to come out confident and aggressive, and I am really proud of each and every member of this team.  We all did what we could to go out there, have fun and do what we can for the USA.”

TOKYO 2011 – Jordyn WIEBER (USA)

FIG Official – Qualifications, Floor. Top performance today for the US Champion : 60.032, presently 2nd of the All-Around Qualifications, and probably 3 apparatus finals nex wee-end (Uneven Bars, Beam, Floor).

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USA Gymnastics finalizes women’s line-up for 2011 World Championships

USA Gymnastics October 06, 2011

USA Gymnastics has announced the U.S. women’s line-up for the qualification round at the 2011 World Championships at the Tokyo (Japan) Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The six women on the U.S. Women’s Team are: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute; McKayla Maroney of Laguna Niguel, Calif./All Olympia AOGC; Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; Sabrina Vega of Carmel, N.Y./Dynamic Gymnastics; and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA.  Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics LLC, is the alternate.

The women’s line-up for the qualification round is: vault – Vega, Douglas, Raisman, Wieber, Maroney; uneven bars – Raisman, Maroney, Vega, Wieber, Douglas; balance beam – Maroney, Vega, Raisman, Wieber, Douglas; and floor exercise – Douglas, Vega, Wieber, Maroney, Raisman.

Sacramone injured her Achilles tendon earlier today while tumbling on floor exercise during training.  The results of her diagnostic tests, which were taken at a local hospital, have been sent to Sacramone’s physician back in the States for evaluation, which will dictate the next steps.  An update will be provided once a final diagnosis is made.

The U.S. women compete on the second day, Oct. 8.  Men’s qualification rounds are Oct. 9-10.  The finals schedule is:  Oct. 11, women’s team; Oct. 12, men’s team; Oct. 13, women’s all-around; Oct. 14, men’s all-around; and Oct. 15-16, individual events.

Fans can follow the action at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships via the web, cable TV and network television.  Universal Sports will carry a live webcast of the finals, as well as same-day coverage on its cable network.  In addition, usagym.org will have photos and updates from Tokyo, with expanded coverage of “USA Gymnastics:  Behind the Team presented by AT&T.”  NBC Sports will broadcast coverage of the World Championships on Oct. 15-16.

For more information on the World Championships, please go to usagym.org/worlds.

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