Preview: Chusovitina Leads Gerrmany in Session 11
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Subdivision 11 features Germany, Mexico and Venezuela. The Japanese will be watching this session closely to see if the Germans can knock Japan out of the team final.

This session features three of the biggest fan favorites in gymnastics: Germany's Oksana Chusovitina, competing in an incredible 13th worlds, Mexico's Elsa Garcia and Venezuela's Jessica Lopez.


Oksana Chusovitina (Germany) during podium training

Mexico: Vault

Olympian Marisela Cantu starts Mexico off on vault, where Garcia has been training a new double-twisting Yurchenko. Garcia is scheduled to go up last on every event but floor exercise, where Mitzi Unda is listed as anchoring. Unda trains at WOGA in Texas with French-born coaches Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi.

Mexico was 18th in 2006 but 20th in 2007. The Mexicans are in a among a group of teams that need big improvement to hurdle into the top 12.

Germany: Uneven Bars

Germany begins on uneven bars, the only event 35-year-old Chusovitina will be sitting out. Anchoring the team on bars is Giulia Hindermann, younger sister to Olympian Marie-Sophie Hindermann.

Chusovitina will lead the team on the other events before the Germans end on her best event, vault. Chusovitina should need to only stand up both attempts to make the vault final.

Germany finished a worst-ever 16th in 2006, but improved to 10th in 2007 to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

Venezuela: Floor Exercise

Olympian Jessica Lopez has her eye on the all-around final this year, where she has a chance at a top-15 finish if things go well. The 23-year-old Lopez continues to show improvement at every competition, and her triple twist on floor is still one of the best in the world.

Next Up in Subdivision 12:: the home team takes the floor along with Uzbekistan, Finland and Taipei.

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