US Olympic Gymnastics Trials 2012: Snubbing Elizabeth Price Will Prove Costly

Emily Bayci@emilybayciContributor IIIJuly 4, 2012

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01:  (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Elizabeth Price practices on the beam before the start of competition on day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Elizabeth Price returned home to a hero's welcome in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania Monday night and despite being named an alternate on the 2012 U.S. women's gymnastics team in London, she deserved it.

Price was robbed of a spot on the five-person roster for London. She finished fourth in the all-around and proved she deserves to represent USA. She struggled a bit during the four days of competition at Visa’s and Trials but her strong finish at Trials proves that she was ready to peak when USA needs it most.

Price should have replaced Kyla Ross, who is younger than her and also an all-around competitor with a high-scoring uneven bars routine. It seems as if the selection committee put a lot of thought in making sure there were strong uneven bars contenders on the team. 

Price is better than Ross though and she proved that by beating her at Trials. The committee should have thought more about the other events and Elizabeth Price could have been a key contributor in the all-around.

It is likely that Price was not chosen because of her lack of a high-scoring speciality event.

There are plenty of gymnasts on the roster who have a high-scoring speciality event though. That is what McKayla Maroney is on the team for, with her huge vault score. 

Putting Maroney, a specialist, on the roster is a high-risk move that can lead to high reward. The committee needed to balance out that high-risk, high-reward move with some decent scores they could count on.

Ross can get a high score on bars, but what if she misses in London? What if Maroney slips on her vault? Price, even when she falters, can still put up a decent score.

What the team really needs is someone who they can count on to score consistent points and give USA the push to win gold over Russia and China.

Price would have brought that to the table.

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