2024 US Olympic Trials WAG Day 2 (6/30)

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So just a little "What If?" scenario:

What if the USA didn't have a completely separate Olympic Trials since it seems to be an outlier compared to other countries? Instead, the Winter Cup, American Classic, US Classic, and Nationals determined the Olympic Team. Granted, the gymnasts would have approached these competitions very differently and Skye and Kayla's injuries were ticking time bombs anyway. Not to mention there's a lot of money wrapped up in the pomp of Olympic Trials. Is having four competitions + Trials a bit much, especially for a gymnast like Kayla who used them to make her case for the Olympic team? Is there another way to do the Olympic team rigmarole? Should there be changes or is it really just due to the shortened quad that gave everybody less time?

Just thinking because injuries are a normal thing but having 3 of the shortlist gymnasts go down over the span of two days is a bit much.
If they used all of those comps to put together a team, you’d be asking the girls to be ‘ready’ for months. Tons of the girls use those first two comps to just dust off the competition jitters. We’d see them all trying full AA back in January when a ton of them wouldn’t actually need to prove anything at that point.

But I was shocked at how squeezed together Classics, Nationals, and Trials were this year.
 
I have to wonder how no one taking a spring international assignment contributed to the injuries. Everyone competed AA at classics this year because it was their first meet of the year. Usually gymnasts only compete a couple of events at classics in an Olympic year. 5 all around competitions in the span of 6 weeks is a pretty heavy load for most elite gymnasts.
 
I have to wonder how no one taking a spring international assignment contributed to the injuries. Everyone competed AA at classics this year because it was their first meet of the year. Usually gymnasts only compete a couple of events at classics in an Olympic year. 5 all around competitions in the span of 6 weeks is a pretty heavy load for most elite gymnasts.
It’s felt like there aren’t as many international assignments these days anyway compared to years back.
 
I'm old but I miss the American Cup + "International Team Championships" from the late 90s. Everyone had a sense of how they were doing in the spring and then could recalibrate for the summer season.
They also had a meet with teams consisting of one mag/wag/rg. It may have happened the same week as the Team Comp.
 
They also had a meet with teams consisting of one mag/wag/rg. It may have happened the same week as the Team Comp.

It was the International Mixed Pairs from 1979 until 1995. Then it became International 3 on 3 from 1996-1999. These were held the next day (Sunday) following the American Cup on Saturday.
It was discontinued in 2000 when they celebrated the American Cup's 25th anniversary and did the qualifying series (RCA and Aussie Haircare).
2001-2004 American Cup only had a finals and 3 or 4 Americans in it.
2005 was FIG World Cup Event for Event Finals.
2006-2007 had a prelims and then finals again.
2008-2020 went back to AA finals only.
 
I was rewatching today and noticed this…
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Pretty close 😬 Yay for the Yurchenko collar!
 

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