P&G Gymnastics Championships 2014: Tracking Women's Results, Standings, Winners

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P&G Gymnastics Championships 2014: Tracking Women's Results, Standings, Winners
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When it comes to gymnastics, particularly women’s gymnastics, the Olympics get all the glory. The winners take home lifelong memories, valuable medals and incredible fame, at least for the rest of that year.

However, the P&G Gymnastics Championships is about as important as it gets on the sport’s schedule. This year’s version of the USA Gymnastics’ national championships features competitions in both the junior and senior divisions and takes place in the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh from August 21-24 (women on the 21st and 23rd, men on the 22nd and 24th). 

Here is a full look at the schedule.

2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships
Date Event Time (ET)
Thursday, August 21 Junior competition, Day 1 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 21 Senior competition, Day 1 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23 Junior competition, Day 2 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 23 Senior competition, Day 2 7:30 p.m.

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Past all-around champions at this event include Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson and Jordyn Wieber, so the winner could have big things in store as her career unfolds. Last year’s all-around champion was Simone Biles.

 

Day 2 Results

Final Junior Results and Top Performers
Place Competitor Day 1 Score Day 2 Score Combined Total
All-Around
1 Jazmyn Foberg 57.600 57.350 114.950
2 Nia Dennis 56.800 57.700 114.500
3 Norah Flatley 56.550 56.000 114.500
4 Jordan Chiles 53.750 57.850 112.550
5 Alexis Vasquez 55.550 55.600 111.600
Vault
1 Nia Dennis 15.100 14.900 30.000
2 Olivia Troutman 14.800 14.900 29.700
3 Jordan Chiles 14.650 15.000 29.650
4 Jazmyn Foberg 14.600 14.950 29.550
5 Emily Gaskins 14.500 14.750 29.250
Bars
1 Jazmyn Foberg 14.400 14.450 28.850
2 Norah Flatley 14.450 13.950 28.400
3 Nia Dennis 13.500 14.650 28.150
4 Aria Brusch 13.550 13.750 27.300
5 Alexis Vasquez 13.650 13.450 27.100
Beam
1 Alexis Vasquez 14.700 14.700 29.400
2 Ragan Smith 14.450 14.550 29.000
3 Lauren Navarro 13.900 14.800 28.700
4 Norah Flatley 14.400 14.250 28.650
5 Emily Gaskins 14.700 13.750 28.450
Floor
1 Nia Dennis 14.500 15.100 29.600
2 Ragan Smith 14.500 14.650 29.150
3 Jordan Chiles 14.000 14.750 28.750
3 Victoria Nguyen 14.500 14.250 28.750
5 Jazmyn Foberg 14.400 14.100 28.500

Source: USAGym.org

Final Senior Results and Top Performers
Place Competitor Day 1 Score Day 2 Score Combined Score
All-around
1 Simone Biles 61.800 60.750 122.550
2 Kyla Ross 57.950 60.350 118.300
3 Maggie Nichols 58.650 59.250 117.900
4 Alyssa Baumann 58.400 57.700 116.100
5 MyKayla Skinner 57.550 57.900 115.450
Vault
1 Simone Biles 15.500 15.525 31.025
2 MyKayla Skinner 15.125 15.100 30.225
Bars
1 Ashton Locklear 15.850 15.200 31.050
2 Madison Kocian 15.250 15.500 30.750
3 Maggie Nichols 14.450 14.950 29.400
4 Simone Biles 14.550 14.750 29.300
5 Brenna Dowell 15.400 13.650 29.050
Beam
1 Kyla Ross 15.200 15.350 30.550
T2 Simone Biles 15.700 14.600 30.300
T2 Alyssa Baumann 15.150 15.150 30.300
4 Maggie Nichols 14.600 14.750 29.350
5 Madison Kocian 14.700 14.550 29.250
Floor
1 Simone Biles 15.650 15.500 31.150
2 MyKayla Skinner 14.900 15.100 30.000
3 Maggie Nichols 14.550 14.450 29.000
4 Alyssa Baumann 14.450 14.450 28.900
5 Kyla Ross 13.750 14.800 28.550

Source: USAGym.org

Jazmyn Foberg won her maiden U.S. junior title, edging out silver medalist Nia Dennis, who had a magnificent all-around day but fell just short of the top prize.

Jo-Ann Barnas of Dateline Indianapolis had the story, and also added a notable anecdote that contextualized just how far Foberg has come in such a short time:

Athletes battling back from adversity is a familiar sports storyline. However, the fact that Foberg was able to dig deep enough, train harder and come back better than ever to beat a world-class lot of competitors makes her victorious story all the more special.

Simone Biles was hoping to cement her status as a gymnastics superstar by winning yet another title in the senior competition. She successfully defended as champion, beating out a tough field with relative ease.

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A lot of hard work went into Biles retaining her senior title, but she certainly made it look effortless with her all-around grace. Biles, 17, had an overall score of 122.550, more than four points ahead of runner-up Kyla Ross.

The Associated Press' Will Graves was blown away by Biles' performance to the point of hyperbolizing her score compared to the other worthy athletes:

USA Today's Maggie Hendricks thought highly of Biles' floor exercise:

Mary Lou Retton, a 1984 Olympic gold-medal winner in all-around gymnastics, gave her thoughts on Biles afterwards, via NBCSports.com's Nick Zaccardi.

"She’s not human," said Retton. "She may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly. And I don’t even think she’s tapped into what she really can do. I think she’s unbeatable."

Although it's well down the line, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have to be on Biles' mind. She is quickly establishing herself as a legitimate medal contender and has the all-around gymnastic prowess to compete at the highest level.

Biles was able to showcase her skills on NBC for many spectators and TV viewers to see. If she keeps putting on displays this good and at this rate, the rest of the world will likely become well-acquianted with Biles soon enough.

 

Day 1 Results

Day 1 Junior Results
Place Competitor Score
All-Around
1 Jazmyn Foberg 57.600
2 Emily Gaskins 57.000
3 Nia Dennis 56.800
4 Norah Flatley 56.550
5 Ragan Smith/Alexis Vasquez 55.550
Vault
1 Nia Dennis 15.100
2 Olivia Trautman 14.800
3 Jordan Chiles 14.650
4 Jazmyn Foberg 14.600
5 Emily Gaskins 14.500
Bars
1 Norah Flatley 14.450
2 Jazmyn Foberg 14.400
3 Lexy Ramler 13.800
4 Emily Gaskins 13,700
5 Alexis Vasquez 13.650
Beam
1 Emily Gaskins 14.700
1 Alexis Vasquez 14.700
3 Ragan Smith 14.450
4 Maile O'Keefe 14.400
4 Norah Flatley 14.400
Floor
1 Ragan Smith 14.500
1 Victoria Nguyen 14.500
1 Nia Dennis 14.500
4 Jazmyn Foberg 14.400
5 Olivia Trautman 14.200

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Day 1 Senior Results
Place Competitor Score
All-around
1 Simone Biles 61.800
2 Maggie Nichols 58.650
3 Alyssa Baumann 58.400
4 Kyla Ross 57.950
5 MyKayla Skinner 57.550
Vault
1 Simone Biles 15.500
2 MyKayla Skinner 15.125
Bars
1 Ashton Locklear 15.850
2 Brenna Dowell 15.400
3 Madison Kocian 15.250
4 Veronica Hults 14.600
5 Simone Biles 14.550
Beam
1 Simone Biles 15.700
2 Kyla Ross 15.200
3 Alyssa Baumann 15.150
4 Madison Kocian 14.700
5 Maggie Nichols 14.600
Floor
1 Simone Biles 15.650
2 MyKayla Skinner 14.900
3 Maggie Nichols 14.550
4 Alyssa Baumann 14.450
5 Macy Toronjo 14.050

usagym.org

Thursday was all about Biles as she began her title defense.

She missed 10 months of competition but ironed out any rust at the Secret Classic in Chicago three weeks ago. She was nearly flawless in posting a 61.60 and holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field.

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Biles began her evening on the beam and posted an incredible 15.700, which was well clear of Alyssa Baumann’s 15.150. The margin between Biles and the rest of the field only grew as the competition continued, which was critical because the uneven bars—her least favorite event—was the final competition.

She posted a solid 14.550, which was more than enough considering how dominant she was in the other events. 

Let Jo-Ann Barnas of Dateline Indianapolis paint the picture:

The other main storyline was Kyla Ross, who won gold at the London Olympics as part of the “Fierce Five.” 

Ross struggled though and made errors on the floor and uneven bars. She was seen as the only real threat to Biles, but that no longer appears to be the case. Will Graves of The Associated Press passed along a quote from Ross:

As Biles separates herself from the competition, the scariest thing may just be that she has room for improvement. Graves provided some insight from her coach that suggested as much:

Biles is only 17 years old and likely has her eyes on Olympic gold one day. If she continues to perform like she did Thursday, that is certainly a realistic goal.

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