Quick Quotes Take 2: Secret U.S. Classic
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“You kind of develop a special relationship with your coaches and they know you so well. You come to competitions like this and you know exactly what the expectations are. Just feeling comfortable with your coach is really important, I think.”
Wieber looked quite comfortable in Chicago during the morning training session. Showing a floor routine with a tucked double-double, 1.5 through to triple full to stag and double pike, she's apparently keeping her golden 2011 music for this season. No glimpses of the double layout she showed at recent verification camps, but she did seem to do quite a large number of highly set double pikes.
Chellsie Memmel of M&M Gymnastics on which Olympic cycle tested her the most:
“All of them differently... 2004 because I was coming back from a broken foot. It was a race against the clock trying to get everything I could back, though not having quite enough time. 2008, I had torn my shoulder at the end of 2006 and rehabbed that and didn’t compete much in 2007 and people didn’t really think I could make it back after seeing what I had done in 2007. And I had a great meet at Championships and at Trials and just had bad luck in China. This time around it’s different. I mean, I’m older…again (laughs). It’s a different challenge: I’m coming back from two shoulder surgeries this time and just trying to make it happen.”
Memmel seems primed to make it happen at this meet. She showed a barani on beam and a lot of her trademark skills: including a double front off bars and double layout on floor. In terms of full sets, Memmel is going to keep us guessing for a bit longer. She did not vault in the morning training session, but did not elude to not having intentions of competing all around.
Kyla Ross of GymMax as to whether it's an advantage or disadvantage for her first senior season to be happening in the Olympic year:
“It’s sort of both. I haven’t been a Senior for a really long time, so I’m not worn out, but I really want to have more experience. So, I mean, it’s both sides to the story.”
Ross definitely showed those striking lines off all over the arena this morning. Showing mostly timers (double full timers, mind you) on vault and sequences on uneven bars, Ross stuck out mostly on floor, here. She seems to have a better control on her lines and has put obvious intent on connecting her passes to leaps, especially her 2.5 and double tuck. Possibly her weak spot coming into the Secret U.S. Classic, Ross looked great in training here!
Casey Jo Magee of Western Michigan University on which phase of her career she's felt that she's grown the most during:
“Wow…I definitely feel like I grew a lot at Arkansas. I feel like I had the good basics that I learned in club. And then at Arkansas I got stronger and learned how to kind of refine all of that. That’s why I kept improving up till my Senior year and then by Senior I was thinking, ‘Okay, well, I’m still learning. I’m still healthy. Might as well try to see what else I can learn.” I feel like I’ve improved a lot since then. And now, since I’m older, I feel like the mental aspect has come a long way. I feel like a grasp skills a lot faster than I did when I was little.”
Magee looked consistent around the gym this morning. Nothing overly flashy, but her signature "cool" skills were present, notably, her piked Deltchev on uneven bars and double turn to full turn combo on beam. Magee's "enjoy the experience" attitude seems to carry her through skills and sets. Trouble in the past putting together consistent all around performances, the Secret U.S. Classic appears to be a great opportunity for Magee to seize!
Check out one more round of Quick Quotes from today's training session, as well as a special piece on National Team Coordinator Marta Karolyi's current state of mind. Inside Gymnastics is your source for all the fun, facts and features from the 2012 U.S. Secret Classic. Stay tuned and join in our 10th Anniversary Celebration today at www.subscribeig.com