- Aug 7, 2018
Idk if folks have been following Worlds and the results there. Just scrolling through twitter today and there seems to be a vigorous discussion about the US program and where it is heading. I honestly don't know and was wondering other folks' thoughts on it. If I could tease some of the commentaries, it seems like there is concern that USAG could only muster 6 gymnasts to evaluate to send to worlds, the subsequent results coming off the heels of the Olympic results and a general sense that the "pipeline" is rather lacking new gymnasts. Some seem to feel that the pendulum has swung too far away from the Karolyi mindset to the "feelings are most import" side at the expense of results. I will readily say that this is an area I am not very knowledgeable in (program development of world/olympic athletes). I have had interactions with Tom and he seems pleasant enough, definitely athlete-centric. I did disagree with his selection of olympic team (well documented here lol) but that is really independent of program development. He has been on the job for 3 years now. Is this much ado about nothing? Or is he not the right man for the job. 3 years is enough time to have an honest evaluation. What should be done, if anything to improve?