I’ve been gone for upwards of a year now. Life was in a bit of an upheaval due to homelessness, insanity, moving, working a trillion hours a week and general malaise.

But now the Olympics are here and Beijing Bound is back!

The HUGE shock of the day is that of Jordyn Wieber. The 2011 World All-Around Champion, three-time American Cup Champion, and two-time US National Champion has not qualified to the Individual All-Around Final in London. Teammates Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas are ranked #1 and #2 respectively after subdivision three of qualifications, but Jordyn Wieber sits #3. The FIG and IOC imposed “two-per-country” rule dictates that only the two best qualifiers per nation inside the qualifying group are eligible to compete in the final. This means that even though right now Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari is in fourth place, in terms of ranking in the All-Around Final, she is #3 because Jordyn’s result is nullified due to Raisman and Douglas placing ahead of her.

Britain looks GREAT and Beth Tweddle’s bar set was nothing short of phenomenal. a 16.133 is a dominating number, and a repeat of that score in the Uneven Bars Final will assure Beth of a medal, possibly even the gold.

For now, I’m off to work. I’ll be watching (and re-watching) and updating as things progress.

China, Romania, Russia, Germany, and Japan have yet to compete, but are coming up in the final two subdivisions.

 

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