Success on The World Stage

So some major congratulations are in order. First off, congratulations to Gabby Douglas of the US Women’s Gymnastics team who took home the all-around gold in the women’s competition yesterday. I was hoping we were going to have another 1-2 sweep of the medals, but Aly Raisman struggled on the balance beam which dropped her out of medal contention. I really wanted her to succeed after the stunning floor routine she gave to clinch the US team gold but it wasn’t to be I guess.

The Russian ladies put up one helluva fight, securing silver (Victoria Komova) and bronze (Aliya Mustafina) respectively. Watching Komova on the uneven bars was something to behold. Just like McKayla Maroney’s stunning vault performance, Komova’s uneven bars took that routine to a whole other level compared to the rest of the ladies in the field. They had their struggles too, including a full on fall off of the balance beam by Mustafina. The balance beam – the great equalizer of women’s gymnastics.

Even though the broadcast was 6 hours or whatever after the competition had actually happened, I was gasping and clapping through every moment. I was cheering like a fiend. By myself. In my apartment. Because I am that awesome. What can I say, I really get into the Olympics. 😀

Gabby in mid-flight during her balance beam routine.

Congrats Gabby!

Next up are some major congrats to our US Women’s National Soccer team for taking out New Zealand 2-0, and advancing to the semi-finals. Where’s Waldo dominated and I am super excited to see if the US women can’t take it all of the way to the gold. I have only managed to catch one of their games so far this Olympics which is really bumming me out, but such is the way of things with the time difference and actually having to work. Stupid work getting in the way of watching the Olympics. *shakes fist*

Another soccer moment of awesome in my opinion was Japan defeating hyped powerhouse Brazil 2-0. This was not a result I was expecting but I am very pleased that the Japanese made it past the Brazilians. Somehow I don’t think the Brazilians were expecting this result either to tell you the truth. Lol.

Let’s all do our happy dance – way to go ladies!

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2012 Olympic US National Women’s Gymnastics Team Set

Well after a very intense last rotation for the US Women’s Gymnastics team tryouts on Sunday we have our 2012 London Olympic representatives!

From left to right we have Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney. Replacement atheletes: Sarah Finnegan, Anna Li, and Elizabeth Price.

The men and women of our 2012 Olympics Gymnastics team!

 

There was a lot of heartbreak at the trials too though, especially for Nastia Liukin who fell on the uneven bars in day 1 of the trials. She fell again on the uneven bars day 2 and that was pretty much the end of her dream to represent her country a second time in the Olympics. My heart went out to her  – I had wanted to see her succeed again like she did in the 2008 Olympics. Despite everything she got back up and finished her routine like a champ. She also went on to deliver a quality performance on the balance beam on day 2, even though she knew she wasn’t going to be going to the Olympics. The crowd was amazingly supportive and gave her a standing ovation as they, and she, said goodbye which I thought was really cool.

US Gymnastics Announces Men’s Team for London 2012

I’ve been having a lot of fun watching the Olympic Trials as we head into the less-than-30-day mark until the 2012 London Olympics (huzzah!). These last few days have been filled with Olympic Trials for track & field, swimming and gymnastics. Of the three, gymnastics is by far and away my favorite sport. I will be glued to the gymnastics, equestrian and soccer events of the 2012 Olympic games for sure.

There is something amazing about what gymnasts can make their bodies do. That isn’t to say all of the athletes competing in the Olympics aren’t exceptional. But there is something about gymnastics I have always been fascinated by. The balance beam in particular for the women I have come to really enjoy. Of the men’s events I would say my favorite is probably the floor exercises, but the free rings are pretty awesome too.

The US Olympic Gymnastics Team has announced who their starting five for the men’s team are. The five-man team are (from left to right):  Jonathan Horton, John Orozco, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton, and Danell Leyva. Replacement athletes for the team are Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alexander Naddour.

 

Congrats guys! Now make us proud!

I managed to catch most of the women’s and all of the men’s Olympic trials that weren’t happening during work hours. Tonight will see the final trials for the women and hopefully the decision as to who will be representing the US in London. Good luck ladies!

If you didn’t know already, NBC is streaming many events online so if you can’t catch them on tv perhaps you can listen and/or watch them on your computer. I love the Olympics 🙂 definitely have Olympics fever. And the only cure of course, is more cowbell.