Two-time world champion United States takes the floor Saturday in session 7 at the 43nd World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.
U.S. champion Jordyn Wieber
Mixed Group 9: Vault
Colombia is the only country in Mixed Group 9 after Cyprus withdrew. Limited by injury in 2010, Olympian Nathalia Sanchez is looking for a better showing in 2011. Eighth on floor at the 2009 Worlds after a disastrous tumbling pass, Jessica Gil would love to to get a second chance at a final.
Brazil: Uneven Bars
Brazil starts on uneven bars, where three-time Olympian Daniele Hypolito anchors. Bruna Leal, of Japanese descent, has stunning lines on this event. Former world champion Daiane dos Santos is back and looking for a spot in the floor final, but she will need to control her landings on the springy floor.
United States: Balance Beam
The U.S. is down to five gymnasts after injuries to Alicia Sacramone (torn Achilles) and Anna Li (abdomen), but the outlook is strong for the remaining gymnasts. New national champion Jordyn Wieber should shine in the all-around and qualify to several event finals, and McKayla Maroney should vault to the top of the standings. 2010 world floor finalist Alexandra Raisman jammed her ankle the other day, but is still in the lineup for all four events. Gabrielle Douglas is a potential finalist on uneven bars.
Germany: Floor Exercise
Germany's lineup includes living legend Oksana Chusovitina, who coached the Uzbek team on Friday night. Chusovitina should challenge for a spot in the vault finals, and national champion Elizabeth Seitz is aiming for finals on uneven bars. But Germany will need to conquer its nemesis, balance beam, in the final rotation.
Next Up in Subdivision 8: Viktoria Komova and the defending champion Russian team takes the floor!
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