Tokyo Olympics Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Preview

Jul 6, 2021 | GymCastic, Podcast

Olympic Preview - Russian Team

2021 Russian Olympic Team (as far as we know) missing Melnikova. Photo from Liliakhaimova Instagram.



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  • Today, we preview the 12 teams qualified to the women’s competition at the Olympics: who’s on them, expectations, storylines, and medal hopes.
    • United States: How much of a fall buffer does the US have over everyone else? What records is Simone going to break, and when? And what 2-per-country problems should we start worrying about?
    • Russia: How has this Russian generation closed the gap on the United States? Will Russia beat China for silver? Will a Russian win an all-around medal?
    • China: How China is changing the tired narrative, both in age and event strength. You want 2-per-country drama? Check out the Chinese team trying to make the beam final.
    • Japan: How will the team handle the host-country pressure? And how do we bring #JusticeforMai full circle?
    • Italy: It’s Vanessa Ferrari’s 4th Olympics. Will a year of injuries compromise Italy’s chance of another bronze medal?
  • All your US questions post-trials in a rapid-fire Q&A. Well, medium-fire. OK, slow-fire. Plus what happened to Charlotte Drury and many other trampolinists. We discuss why the women’s alternates changed since Olympic Trials.
    • France: It’s Melanie time! Plus, can Boyer do it again? How will the team fare without Lorette Charpy?
    • Canada: Never count out Ellie Black. The proper response to Brooklyn Moors’ floor. How will an event-final focused selection strategy affect the team score?
    • Netherlands: Eythora’s voice-floor, Sanne’s beam, and everything else about the most artistic team at the Olympics.
    • Belgium: Will Nina win bars gold? Plus an intense breakdown of her very divisive floor routine.
    • Germany: The sentimental underdogs of the Olympics bringing the age and unitard revolution. Also, why does Seitz not have more medals, and what are we doing about that?
    • Spain: How do we get Roxana Popa back a floor final?




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