The C Score (2.0)

UPDATED: PAGU results — in shocking news, the Americans dominate

Posted on: November 23, 2008

Honestly the Pan American Gymnastics Union event competitions are not that interesting from a U.S. perspective — there were really no other competitive gymnastics nations present except Brazil, but some of the Brazilians were in Europe for the Massilia Cup. Nevertheless, it’s a decent international opportunity for the rising generation of American seniors, and a good chance for us to see them compete against one another.

Rebecca Bross was scheduled to compete at PAGU but withdrew, reportedly because of a knee injury sustained at the most recent training camp. This left the Americans with Corrie Lothrop, Olivia Courtney and Samantha Shapiro. Incidentally, Bridget Sloan and Jana Bieger were both on the training squad for this event, but did not go. As it happens, early on Bridget Sloan announced that she would not be competing for the rest of the year, choosing instead to train for the new Code of Points. Meanwhile, it was initially rumored that Bieger had not been selected, but in fact it turns out that she made the same decision as Sloan. So Marta Karolyi hasn’t totally cast her aside yet.

Lothrop and Shapiro both performed impressively. Lothrop placed first on vault took silver on every other event, proving why Marta thought she was a valuable enough commodity to have as an alternate for the Olympics.

Shapiro competed a pretty massive 15.450-scoring routine on bars, placing her solidly among top U.S. seniors in bars scores. The next-highest score was Lothrop’s, over a point below Shapiro’s. Shapiro then went on to take beam with another very high score (15.775). She seems to have improved her difficulty fairly significantly.

The third American, Olivia Courtney (Shayla Worley’s teammate) also took home two medals: gold on floor (scoring in the low 15’s) and silver on vault.

Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro and Olivia Courtney at the PAGU Individual Event Championships

Corrie Lothrop, Samantha Shapiro and Olivia Courtney at the PAGU Individual Event Championships

Again, of course, this was basically an intrasquad competition with the slight twist of having to fly to Argentina first. But still, it’s nice to see some big scores from the next generation of U.S. gymnasts.

Full results are available here, although the site is down occasionally.

No videos yet.

Vault:

1. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
2. Olivia Courtney (USA)
3. Tarabini Ayelen (ARG)

Uneven bars:

1. Samantha Shapiro (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
3. Juliana Santos (BRA)

Beam:

1. Samantha Shapiro (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)

Floor:

1. Olivia Courtney (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)

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