While Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin is not ready to be done with competition, the stars of the next Olympic team were definitely trying to start making their mark tonight at the Cover Girl Classic. Many of the experienced national team members were using the meet as a warm up to the Visa National Championships in August. For example, Nastia only competed on beam and only did a layout for the dismount. Her teammate, Olympic alternate Ivana Hong, was clearly nervous on her first event, beam, and made a mistake on bars, but her vault was better than expected and I enjoyed her floor routine.
But the biggest surprise of the evening for me was watching a new star emerge.