Kyla Ross

Day 1 for the Junior Women saw a splat-fest on the Balance Beam, including two falls and a scary dismount for Junior standout Jordyn Wieber. Numerous other gymnasts were shaky on the Beam.

By her own account, Wieber  had a short landing on her dismount in the warm-up for the Balance Beam which resulted in tweaked ankles. This came after a mishap on the Uneven Bars, where she fell on her Tkatchev. Wieber’s falls on the Balance Beam came after a layout stepout and a side-somi. The issues on the dismount were unorthodox for Wieber. She appeared to have slightly missed her feet on the punch for her Double Pike dismount which resulted in a bad set for the skill and caused Wieber to land on the mat face-first. She appeared to be okay, but scratched Floor Exercise to save her ankle. She and coach John Geddert will evaluate Jordyn’s ankles in the practice sessions to come to determine whether she will continue to compete in the Finals on Saturday.

2009 Junior National Champion from Aliso Viejo, California, Kyla Ross (Gym-Max), leads the Junior All-Around (57.900) after Day 1 over Katelyn Ohashi (WOGA, 56.850) and Gabrielle Douglas (Excalibur, 56.450). Ross also leads on the Uneven Bars with a 14.050. By all accounts, Ross was solid across all apparatus. Her highest score of the evening came on the Vault, where her Double-Twisting Yurchenko earned her a 15.200. Ohashi missed a release skill on the Uneven Bars, and fell on her spectacular layout-full twist on the Balance Beam, but still managed to score high enough to sit in second place after Day 1.

Jordyn Wieber leads the Vault with a 16.000 for her Amanar (Yurchenko with 2.5 twists) over Makayla Maroney (All Olympia, 15.900) and Lexie Priessman (Cincinnati, 15.600).

Kyla Ross leads Uneven Bars (14.050) over Madison Kocian (WOGA, 14.000) and  Breanna Dowell (GAGE, 13.900).

Kennedy Baker (Texas Dreams) leads the Balance Beam (14.800) over Gabrielle Douglas (14.600) and Kyla Ross (14.450).

Sarah Finnegan (GAGE) leads Floor Exercise with a 14.500 over Sabrina Vega (Dynamic, 14.400) and Katelyn Ohashi (14.250).