Women's Field Announced for 2012 Secret U.S. Classic
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By Elizabeth Grimsley
Defending National and World Champion Jordyn Wieber, as well as 2008 Olympic All Around Champion Nastia Liukin highlight the field for the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic that will be held May 26 in Chicago, IL. Wieber and Liukin will be joined by seven other current or former World Champions including the 2011 gold medal winning worlds team—Gabrielle Douglas, Anna Li, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Sabrina Vega.
2005 & 2009 World All Around Champions Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan are also slated to compete, along with six-time world medalist Rebecca Bross. This will also be the first time Liukin is competing since the 2009 Visa Championships where she competed only on balance beam.
First-year seniors Kyla Ross and Sarah Finnegan are also expected to compete. Both Ross and Finnegan are legitimate contenders for the 2012 Olympic team. The complete senior women’s field is listed below.
The 2012 Secret U.S. Classic serves as a qualifier for those gymnasts not yet qualified to the 2012 Visa Championships, as well as a tune-up event. 24 senior women and 26 juniors represent the field of competitors. Notable juniors include 2011 National Champion Katelyn Ohashi along with fellow 2012 Pacific Rim team members Amelia Hundley and Lexie Priessman. Fellow junior national team members Madison Desch and Balie Key are also slated to compete.
There may be a lot of notable talent on display at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic, but there are still some key names missing: 2008 Olympian Shawn Johnson, who is attempting a comeback after tearing her ACL. She has said she expects to compete at the Visa Championships in St. Louis June 7-11. However, if Johnson fails to compete there, she will not be eligible to make the 2012 Olympic team. Nine-time world medalist Alicia Sacramone will also be absent from Classics. Sacramone is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon she suffered last year at the 2011 World championships. Other national team members missing from the roster include Bridgette and Mackenzie Caquatto.
Senior Women’s field for the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic
Courtesy of USAG
Listed by event according to the competition draw, competitors subject to change.
Casey Jo Magee
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