It was pretty clear throughout the night which girls would end up on the team but it was exciting to watch all of them perform. I just can't imagine how nervous they were. To even be competing for a spot in the Olympics would be such an honor and something all of them are sure to never forget.
When the announcer came out at the end of the night to bring out to official team, the big screen showed the girls (I guess I should call them "women" but they are so young!) walking from behind closed doors out to the arena. I was holding back tears! They all were crying and a few of them actually looked like they had been given bad news. I've watched the Olympics as long as I remember and even attended in 1996. I admire these athletes that dedicate their lives to a sport and for many of these girls, it is their dream to be an Olympian. And now they have reached that goal. It was an amazing night to witness dreams coming true.
Warm-ups for the final rotation. Floor exercise is VERY fun to watch in person! They get so much height!
It was an emotional night. You want to see these girls do well. When the wobble, fall or fail to make the team, it is heartbreaking. Especially since another 4 years of intense training is usually not in the cards. I'm really looking forward to watching them perform this month (EEEEE so excited) and I hope USA can bring home the Gold!