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Senior Women: Bross in Familiar Day One Position
(5 votes, average 2.60 out of 5)

As she did a year ago, WOGA's Rebecca Bross took the lead after day one of the Visa Championships (60.400). The time, however, she will feel no pressure from Bridget Sloan (Sharp's) in her quest for her first senior national title. Sloan, the defending champion, competed only on the balance beam in Hartford as she recovers from injuries (ankle, pectoral muscle) and focuses on the world championships in October.

Bross began on bars and was solid until she needed a step on her full-out dismount. She was even better on beam, where she remained on balance throughout until she took a big step forward after an Arabian double front dismount. She attacked floor and powerful tumbling (wobble on a turn) and closed with a stuck Yurchenko-double twist. She took the top scores on bars and beam and was second on floor.

Bross said that she has no specific strategy to avoid the second-day drop that affected her at the 2009 Visa championships and London worlds.

"I want to do the exact same thing I did today, and improve a little," she said. Asked if Sloan's absence from the all-around affected her, Bross added, "I feel sorry for her that she can't do the all-around, but it doesn't change my [performance]."

Valeri Liukin, who coaches Bross, has higher expectations for his top gymnast this year than last, when she was coming off a long break because of injury.

I didn't expect a lot [in 2009], but now it's a different story," he said. Liukin also praised Bross for her toughness. "Maybe she got it from Nastia," he added with a grin.

Mattie Larson (All Olympia) posted a second-place 58.200 with a four-for-four effort that concluded with an excellent routine on uneven bars (Hindorff-overshoot half to low). Her floor routine, which began with a double layout that seemed to float, brought one of the loudest responses from the XL Center crowd. It also earned the highest score on the event, 15.000.

Alexandra Raisman (Brestyan's) powered her way to third (57.550), .40 ahead of Chelsea Davis (Dreams), who missed the nationals last year because of a back injury.

Kytra Hunter (Hill's) and Mackenzie Caquatto (Legacy Elite) tied for fifth with 56.800. Hunter was stellar on three events but tallied only 13.050 on bars (4.6 D-score). Caquatto excelled on bars, where she was second only to Bross.

After waiting until the final rotation to compete, Sloan fell off beam on a layout step-out.

"I guess I could have been a little more prepared, but things happen," Sloan said.

Her Beijing teammate Alicia Sacramone did beam and vault, and hit both well. On vault she performed a handspring-rudi and double-twisting Yurchenko.


• WOGA had the most gymnasts entered in the senior division with three.

• Amanda Jetter (Cincinnati) scratched with a strained Achilles' tendon.

• Alyssa Beckerman, alternate to the 2000 U.S. women's team, sung the national anthem.

• Official word on the injury to John Orozco last night, when he landed short on vault: torn right Achilles' tendon, which will require surgery.

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unjust said:

How is it that with all of the lackluster performances shown on NBC/Universal Sports, we managed to avoid the broadcast of one of the best performances of the night? Vanessa Zamarripa's vaulting was spectacular, inclusive of the 6.5-value Cheng (Yurchenko half-on, layout with 1.5 twists-off), which she STUCK. NBC needs to do a better job broadcasting routines instead of focusing on an injured Bridget Sloan for upwards of two minute so she can SCRATCH from Uneven Bars. That was ridiculous. We could see so much more gymnastics from other gymnasts if we got rid of the pointless watching of gymnasts putting on/taking off grips/sweats and standing around. I feel badly for Zamarripa, who won't get the recognition she deserves from the masses for doing probably the most difficult vault being performed by a woman in the world and doing it better than the originator of the skill.

Further, why has IG, Inside Gymnastics and many other publications ignored Zamarripa as well? Bad on you.
August 13, 2010
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