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Foberg Wins Junior P&G Championships
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Whether it's a Level 4 meet or the Olympic all-around final, it always helps to hit all your routines. And that was the recipe Jazmyn Foberg followed in claiming the 2014 junior title at the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh. It also helped that she showed no weak event, and each routine had plenty of punch.

Coached by Maggie Haney at MG Elite, Foberg led by 0.60 after Thursday's competition, and held on for the win over Nia Dennis, 114.950-114.500. She also topped the bars standings (Maloney-half, Ricna, Maloney, half-in half-out). Not bad for someone who failed to even qualify to this meet last year.

"It feels great," she said. "I'm so excited."

Even with the title on the line, Foberg said she was more relaxed today.

"I was actually less nervous because I got all the kinks out [on day one]," she said.

Dennis (Buckeye) certainly had the goods to win, but she fell on her double layout off bars on Thursday, and on her standing Arabian front on beam both days. She won vault (Yurchenko-double twist) and floor (double layout, double Arabian, 1.5 twist through to double tuck, double pike), however. Even with the mistakes, she was all smiles afterward.

"I feel really good," she said. "I tried my best."

Third-place Norah Flatley (Chow's) also missed an opportunity to win. Ironically, it happened on her best event, balance beam, where she fell on a sheep jump Thursday and a layout to two feet today (112.550).

"It wasn't my best," she said of her beam effort. "I'm going to go back in the gym and work on it."

U.S. Classic winner Jordan Chiles did well after missing her first event Thursday (bars). With two events remaining today she was still in ninth, so she hit vault and bars to climb to fourth (111.600).

Flatley's teammate Alexis Vasquez posted the top beam total (29.400; flip-flop, layout, layout; switch ring leap; 2.5 twist dismount) to help lift her to fifth, while Emily Gaskins (Cincinnati), second after day one, fell from bars today and finished sixth.

The top six gymnasts made the junior national team.

Notes:

• 2012 Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman has been training at her old gym, Brestyan's, since last September. Her goal is to return to competition at the 2015 U.S. Classic and make the 2016 Olympic team. She plans to attend her first national team training camp in October, after the 2014 world championships. She met with a group of reporters at the Consol Energy Center prior to the junior competition Saturday afternoon. Here are a few quotes:

"I'm happy to be back in the gym. I'm taking it slow. I have a better relationship with Silvia and Mihai (Brestyan) than ever before."

"My goal is to do all-around … and clean up bars…."

"[Having already won Olympic gold] I feel like I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders."

Her advice for young gymnasts: "Love what you do … and never give up."

Oh, one more note: Aly said that after her interview she was headed to Kyla Ross's room to do her makeup for tonight's competition.

Shilese Jones' (Auburn) floor mount of full-in half out is really cool. It's looks like a full to Arabian front.

• Chow's trio of gymnasts on beam were superb in terms of leap quality, extension and presence: Alexis Vasquez, Victoria Nguyen and Norah Flatley.

Tiny Morgan Hurd (First State), who wears glasses, showed excellent technique on bars.

Taylor Lawson (Parkettes) partially missed the beam on her takeoff and landed on the back of her neck. She was able to walk away under her own power after being evaluated. She scratched her final three events.

• 100.000: Jazmyn Foberg's score with one event remaining.

• After each gold medal was given to the winner during the event awards ceremony, a replay of the champion's routine was shown on the jumbotron. Nice effect.

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