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USA Gymnastics Names its Women’s
Worlds Team
By Sally Haase
September 1
8, 2013

Eleven of the nation’s top female gymnasts made the trek to New Waverly, Texas to the Bela
and Marta Karolyi ranch for the final test. The final tests would narrow down the members of
the Team USA who will compete in the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium at the
end of the month. The women spend about a week at the camp where they perform their
routines for the Karolyi’s and others on the selection committee. A bad performance at the
ranch does not necessarily mean that you will not make the team. Many factors are put into
place when choosing the right gymnasts to compete, their performance throughout the past
year is looked at, as it the difficulty and execution of their routines are looked at, and medal

The 2013 Worlds will not feature a team competition but it will still have event and all-around
medals to be awarded. The 2013 team consists of four and one alternate, all five selected
are experienced in international competition and two of the five have Olympic medals on
their resume. The members are Simone Biles, Brenna Dowell, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla
Ross. Elizabeth Price was named as an alternate. The Karolyi’s have to feel great about
their selections; first of all you have Olympic champions Maroney and Ross leading the
team. Ross will be in the running for the all around title with her steady hand approach and
great lines that the international judges love. Maroney is the reining world champion on vault
and took first place on vault and floor exercise in the P & G Championships in August.
Maroney will certainly compete on vault, but she is in the mix for floor and possibly the all-
around. Biles just barley held off Ross to win the all-around
in the P & G Championships and she placed second on all four individual events. Another
excellent all-around gymnast for the United States. Dowell, along with Maroney will likely be
the team specialists; Dowell placed third in the all-around and the uneven bars at the P & G

The team will train for a few more days at the Karolyi ranch, then return to their home gyms to
train with their respective coaches before traveling to Worlds.
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