Ever since winning the U.S. championships in August, Rebecca Bross has been feeling pain in her right shin. So U.S. national team coordinator Marta Karolyi decided not to take any chances with the defending world all-around silver medalist as the world championships in Rotterdam near.
"She was checked out with X-rays and MRIs, and it is not broken," Karolyi said. "But she has some inflammation, so therefore, from the championships all the way to now she has [had] to keep down her numbers on tumbling and vault and we are protecting that leg. The final decision about her competing four events or only two will be done later on, because we still have at least 10 days until competition time."
Seven gymnasts were named to the U.S. women's world team yesterday, and Karolyi will name the team alternate 24 hours prior to the start of the world championships, which begin Oct. 16.
"[Waiting until] later to decide the alternate is better because you can observe some changes in the behavior and attitudes of the gymnasts," Karolyi said, adding that it is important to see how they perform under the pressure of podium training.
Karolyi also said that a new FIG rule will allow teams to switch their alternates later in the competition.
"After the qualifications are over, you are able to change your lineup and say, 'These six are my team and now this other person will be the alternate' if you feel, based on the first day of competition, that you would like to do a change or if you have some injuries [on] your team," she said.