BRIDGET SLOAN FIRST WORLD CHAMPION TO COMPETE NCAA
So we might be a little pre-mature to claim such things as naming Bridget Sloan as the first World All-around champion to compete in NCAAs. Afterall, she did defer going to the University of Florida for a year to focus on her comeback for a second Olympics. But at least her intentions to go are there. A lot of the girls who won Wolrds went pro and gave up their NCAA eligibility – Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, Chellsie Memmel, Shawn Johnson and Jordan Wieber. I have gained a lot more respect for Bridget Sloan as of late. In fact, she had a pretty impressive showing at this year’s Visas especially on Bars.
However, during the podium training at the Olympic Trials, Sloan missed her release move and fell onto the mat. She quickly grabbed her left elbow when she got up and you know that’s not a good sign. The injury left her out of the competition and the dream for a second Olympics is now over. Although she’s out of Trials, she still has a lot of gymnastics left in her. We’re hoping she will fully recover from her injury in time to help Florida gator chomp their way to an NCAA victory!
Check out a video of her Bars routine (15.100) from Visas on Day 1. She looked solid. We’ve included a great interview where she talks about the rebirth of her gymnastics.
Bridget Sloan – Bars – 2012 Visa Championships – Sr. Women – Day 1