Anonymous said: Its Olympic Day! Who are your british predictions for the next olympics?
Yay! Honestly I’m not sure, because the British teams are getting so deep! BUT … I think All-Around the strongest women are likely to be Tyesha Mattis and/or Amy Tinkler, and that Ellie Downie will have the potential to make vault finals. Building a team around those gymnasts leaves room for girls who are strong on beam and bars, like Becky Downie, Gabby Jupp, Catherine Lyons (yes she’s strong elsewhere too, but I see her being potentially overshadowed on floor), Teal Grindle and Rebecca Tunney. Just for fun I’ll put some lineups together …
Tyesha Mattis VT, UB, BB, FX
Amy Tinkler VT, (UB, BB), FX
Ellie Downie VT, FX
Becky Downie (VT), UB, BB
Catherine Lyons UB, BB (FX)
There are some variables - how Ellie’s beam develops (will we see the Patterson?), whether Catherine can increase difficulty on floor without compromising her execution … injuries of course. But I’d absolutely DIE of happiness if Becky and Ellie both make the team! I think the best medal hopes would be Becky on bars and potentially Ellie on vault (I smell big upgrades in her future) and I could see us having more finalists especially on vault and floor. In the AA I think we could have a top-10 gymnast on our hands :)
As for the men, I’m not sure. Lots of the big-name juniors will be senior by 2016, but in MAG it tends to take a bit longer for juniors to adapt to senior D-Scores and competition so I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see them begin to take over till after the Olympics and have a 2016 team with a lot of the same faces as 2012. I’d like to see Kristian upgrade his second vault, and Max continue to make progress on rings etc. so he can be a real AA threat. Of course we’ll blitz pommel finals, and for my own heart I’d LOVE Dan P to medal on floor.