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“We are all very proud of how this group stuck together as a team and fought until the very end,” said
The members of the U.S. Team are: Ivana Hong of Blue Springs, Mo.; Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa; Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas; Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis, Ind.; Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass.; and Shayla Worley of Orlando, Fla. Bridget Sloan of Pittsboro, Ind., is the reserve athlete. In the team finals, three women competed on each apparatus and all scores counted. For complete results of today’s competition, visit www.usa-gymnastics.org.
“Our strategy after the not so successful beam was to go to the next event, think of that next event, think of the preparation that has been done and remember past successes on it,” said Martha Karolyi, U.S. women’s national team coordinator. “I am extremely proud of this tough team that was able to come back after the setback on beam. They showed toughness and it was no less than I expected.”