Oh dear, this was not good news to wake up to this morning. Reports from various websites and bloggers who are present in Tokyo are reporting that both Alicia Sacramone and Aly Raisman sustained injuries at their training session this morning. With the news of Anna Li’s abdominal injury on Tuesday, this is really not what the USA needs right now.
Both gymnasts suffered ankle injuries this morning, Raisman’s injury seems the less serious of the two but Sacramone’s injury appears to put her competition status into question. Gymnastike reports:
I attended the American women’s training session this morning in the Yoyogi Training Hall and am afraid I have some very unfortunate news to report. Brestyan’s gymnasts Alexandra Raisman and Alicia Sacramone both went down with injury during the team’s practice.The Americans started on beam where they looked solid as ever. At the end of a hit routine for Raisman, she went for a roundoff double tuck dismount which is typically very simple for the powerful gymnast, but she looked off on her punch and landed extremely short, almost failing to get the second flip around, and injuring what looks to be her ankle(s). She walked with assistance off to the side to be assessed by the trainers and sat with an ice pack as her teammates moved to floor.Floor is where things got worse. Reigning World vault champion Alicia Sacramone was doing a full floor routine and went down on her second tumbling pass, a double arabian. It appears the injury happened in the punch for the arabian. She fell to her back, winced in pain and the training hall fell silent. This injury appears more serious. She was carried off the floor by team coaches.
Regarding Sacramone’s injury, USA Gymnastics states that it is an ankle injury and she is currently being evaluated.
No official confirmation has yet been received on the status of Sacramone’s injury.Marta has some big decisions to make. Should team alternate Shawn Johnson be flown out to Tokyo to join the team? If this was to be done it will be cutting it very fine as the USA women’s team is scheduled to compete in the qualifying round of competition on October 8th at 1:15pm Tokyo time, just 2 days away. Could Johnson adapt and acclimatize in time, she’d also be suffering from jet lag and have to adjust to the new equipment. Should Johnson have actually been flown out once it was confirmed that Anna Li was injured? Even though this team was always a risk, it would be massive risk bringing Johnson out, it might be better to use Sabrina Vega on beam and Gabrielle Douglas on vault but Sacramone’s vault and beam scores are big.
With the USA suffering badly, I may have to change my mind on who will win the team final. More updates as they come in.