The remaining teams are as follows:
USA Senior: Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Bridgette Caquatto, Amanda Jetter, Sabrina Vega
USA Junior: Kyla Ross, Katelyn Ohashi, Madison Kocian, Lexie Priessman, Sarah Finnegan, Elizabeth Price, Ericha Fassbender
Russia Senior: Yulia Belokobilskaya, Viktoria Komova*, Ekaterina Kurbatova, Maria Stepanova, Kristina Kruglikova
*Viktoria Komova’s website says she will not compete. A possible replacement may be Maria Dunaeva, who was previously listed as a competitor.
Russia Junior: Anastasia Grishina, Anastasia Sidorova, Anna Rodionova, Kristina Sidorova, Evgeniya Shelgunova, Yulia Chemareva
Italy Senior I: Carlotta Giovanini, Emili Armi, Ilaria Bombelli, Sara Ricciardi, Jessica Mattoni
Italy Senior II: Carlotta Ferlito, Giulia Leni, Elisabetta Preziosa, Eleonora Rando, Giorgia Campana
Italy Junior: Elisa Meneghini, Erika Fasana, Francesca De Agostini, Greta Carnessali, Alessia Scantamburlo, Alessia Leolini
It seems like USA and Russia are using this competition to give their new seniors a chance on the international stage. For the USA, this may be because their veterans are injured, retired or in college, and for Russia it may be because their top gymnasts are competing at the world cup in Paris. It will be interesting to see these girls compete, as many of them are talented but inexperienced. I am predicting that the US will dominate in the senior division, because their team has more depth and more stars on it than the Russian team. Many of the strongest Italians are competing, but if they are competing for two separate teams that do not seem to be separated by skill level, it will be very difficult for them to challenge the top two without some help.
The junior competition may be a bit closer. Both the USA and Russia are sending what looks like their top juniors, although I’ve never heard of Chemareva. It will be quite interesting to see how Sidorova, Grishina, Ross and Ohashi do against each other in the all around. This is Ohashi’s first real chance to show the world her talent against strong competition, and another chance for Sidorova, Grishina and Ross to show the world why they may be contenders in 2012. Also look out for Italians Meneghini and Fasana who were successful last year.