Explanation: Nastia Liukin and Rebecca Bross came into the second day of the Olympic trials with a chance to make the Olympic team. Their chances were slim, and since they were both competing on bars and beam only, there was zero chance that they would both make it. Given all of that though, who would have thought that they would both fall off the bars?
For Nastia, I was expecting her to do the whole routine but just have a couple of form breaks and maybe do an easier dismount instead of the double back. I did not expect her to fall flat on her face so early in the routine.
For Bross, she's been shaky on beam all season but has had solid routines on the uneven bars. I'm still really confused at how she fell off multiple times. I think her knee injury from last year has affected her mentally much more than physically. Maybe Bross can make a comeback in 2016 -- she's still young and was a medalist in the all-around at the world championships twice, so she definitely has the talent.
Although Nastia's legacy won't be tainted by her performance at these Olympic trials, I can't help but wonder why she didn't commit to the comeback earlier. She probably injured her shoulder by not easing enough into training. Oh well, at least Nastia got to perform on balance beam later and performed well. I guess it's just not easy making a comeback in gymnastics.
Punishment: Nastia and Bross will have to cheer on the 2012 US Olympic women's gymnastics team (Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney) from home.
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