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Aussie Women Finalize Team
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Gymnastics Australia announced its final women's Olympic squad on Monday, following a two-day training camp.

The team consists of national champion Dasha Joura, Shona Morgan, Lauren Mitchell, Ashleigh Brennan, Georgia Bonora and Olivia Vivian. Emma Dennis is the alternate.

The team coaches are national head coach Peggy Liddick, Martine George and Misha Barabach.

"I feel that we have picked the strongest team," said Australian national team coach Peggy Liddick. "The bottom line was their potential to contribute to the team score, and if all else was equal there, we had to go with international experience."

Joura and Morgan earned automatic berths following their 1-2 finish at the Australia Championships, held May 22-25 in Melbourne. Nine gymnasts advanced to the second trials, held Saturday and Sunday at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Joura, Morgan, Brennan and Mitchell were members of the Australian team that placed 11th at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, which served as the qualifying competition for the Olympics in Beijing. The top 12 teams in Stuttgart earned full team berths for Beijing.Liddick said the team's balance on all four events should help the Australians in Beijing.

"I think our strength is that we don't really have a weak apparatus — we're good on all four," she said. "We're not world-beaters on any one, but we're good and consistent on all four."

Liddick said Australia, which has not won a medal in Olympic competition, has the potential to place third in Beijing.

"On paper, the U.S. and China have the numbers and will go in as favorites," Liddick said. "Russia and Romania are also very strong, but we're right up there. If we can turn those stats that we have into reality on the day, we're in contention for that bronze medal."

Samuel Simpson earned the Australian men's sole berth to Beijing.

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