The September issue of IG will be out soon, with complete coverage of the P&G Championships from Hartford, Conn. In the meantime, here are some extra quotes we got from the coaches and gymnasts after the meet …
Marta Karolyi on Simone Biles
"I think Simone (pictured here) had a good competition, consistency-wise. She proved that she's a good competitor because she wasn't in her top shape; she had an injury previously and was fighting her way back and I'm sure everyone knows that the Classic was not her best competition—it was three weeks ago … and if she will do the same amount of improvement until the world championships, I think we will be in a good place."
"You have to have very diligent and very consistent and disciplined work on a daily basis in order to be able to build up your confidence level. And that's the only way you will be able to perform in competitions."
Karolyi on McKayla Maroney
"Oh, I'm very excited about that. She is an extremely determined young lady, and it was a surprise to me when she came to the first training camp how far she had already advanced in her preparation. … She is extremely self-motivated and very goal oriented, and all of these qualities are fantastic and very important components to be successful."
"I think those two events she performed (vault and floor exercise) … are world-class routines and they put her in medal contention."
Karolyi on Kyla Ross
"Kyla Ross is a very classy gymnast. She is an extremely good technician, has excellent lines and … she really fits the nowadays orientation of FIG for artistry and perfection. And for her this year to come back after the Olympics, she proves her dedication to the sport. I think by next year we will come in with a much higher Start Value."
Simone Biles on her uneven bars mistake
"Just to keep going and whatever happens, happens. I just was wondering if it counted as a fall."
on if her poor uneven bars warm-up in finals made her nervous
"No, usually my touch warm-up is always bad [laughs] somehow, so I wasn't really nervous."
on her leotard in finals
"My coaches and Martha Bannon—she used to be the owner (of our gym) and now she works at GK. So she kind of helps me with all my championships and classic leos. I liked it. I mean, Marta wanted me in white, so white was incorporated in it."
Luis Brasesco on Simone Biles
"I'm extremely proud of Simone. I think it's phenomenal, I'm so happy I still can't believe it. We weren't prepared for this to happen, we wanted to do well, but … ."
"I think after that wobble (on beam) it went pretty good. It's a little hard to come up so close (to winning). I just wanted to have a good meet. And I think that I really showed that after the Olympics I'm back and I'm ready to compete."
Kurt Golder on Sam Mikulak
"He wanted to win this championship and he wasn't gonna let up until it was over."
on adding skills for worlds
"We may … we were planning on doing the triple twist (vault) but it didn't feel quite right and I didn't want to take any chance on injury … part of our philosophy is push the difficulty until the 11th hour and then make a decision. He has adds on every event. We thought we'd do a few more here but it wasn't quite right."
Sam Mikulak on his falls from pommel horse
"I think it was too much thought … it actually was Tim (Daggett), the announcer, during the NBC broadcast, he was like, 'Oh, he can fall a couple times' and, lo and behold, he called it. But it was more my arms felt like they were detached from my body. Maybe if [the meet] had been a little closer I would have felt more of an edge. It just seemed like my fight wasn't there. It happens to everyone."