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Exclusive Interview With Marta Karolyi in July/August Issue
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After the chalk and emotions settled from the U.S. Women's Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif., National Team Coordinator Marta Karolyi spoke with IG this week on a variety of topics concerning the 2016 Olympic team.

We wanted to know if Gabby Douglas would have made the team if she had not hit her routines on uneven bars. Here's her response: "Well, in my opinion, probably not. Because at the time we look at the 3-up 3-count; that's our ultimate criteria for the selection. We needed a bar worker. We could choose between Ashton Locklear of Gabby Douglas, and then, if we [compare], we [chose] Gabby because also can offer the other events."

Karolyi candidly answered all of our questions, which included Gabby's new coaching situation — "sometimes you click and sometimes not" — Maggie Nichols not being named at least an alternate; Simone Biles' barani on beam; and whether Douglas can mesh with the team chemistry with all her distractions (her docu-series being one of them) — "Gabby generally is not a social bug like Simone is. She's always had a different personality."

She also commented on the performance of MyKayla Skinner — "I've always liked MyKayla" — her plans for retirement and how she hopes that the U.S. women's program will "continue in the same concept."

Read the entire interview in the July/August issue of International Gymnast, which will mail next week. If you want to start a subscription with that issue, subscribe by Sunday, July 17. Click here.

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