Can Inshina make the team and be the dark horse? I’m predicting yes. If Inshina does make the team, Russia would be a bit weak but there is still hope for Russia.
The team will be announced
around the 8th of July. My ideal team would be
Mustafina, Komova, Grishina, Afanasyeva and Dementyeva. Realistically I can’t
see them winning team gold but they can challenge USA if they have Amanars. Russia
is full of secrets and surprises.
Sidorova is out of contention. Dementyeva has
not been confirmed to be back on the team so my real objective team is
Mustafina, Komova, Grishina, Afanasyeva and Paseka. I think Mustafina, Komova
and Grishina are all official locks. The fourth member should be Afanasyeva but
her injury is questionable. The only reason she’ll be off the team is because
of not recovering in time. I would be disappointed if she’s left off the team
but I must remain positive, I’m bracing myself for whatever happens. I hope she
makes the team and will peak well enough for the games. Paseka could make the
team because she did land an Amanar at the Russian Cup but she wasn’t
consistent enough. She could be able to do it in London, who knows. Nabieva
could also make the team. Basically what I’m
saying is that there are three locks and two spots left. The last two spots are
up for grabs between Afanasyeva, Paseka, Nabieva and Inshina. Any of them can
make up the final two spots.
My biggest prediction is that YULIA INSHINA will make
the team (even though I didn't include her in my objective team prediction). I know it sounds crazy but I have a feeling she’s going to be in London
as an actual member, not an alternate (she could be an alternate though). I
realize I’m talking crazy (contradicting myself) but anything is possible. Awhile ago I did a post on Inshina CLICK HERE and for some reason she must be a popular gymnast because that post is my 4th most viewed post.
I wish all the
Russian gymnasts the best of luck and I hope the Russian coaches makes the
best choices. The suspense is killing me.