Isabel Zamora acquaints us with the women representing Mexico next week in Tokyo for the World Gymnastics Championships.
The leader and veteran of the Mexican team needs little introduction. She’s the best all-arounder Mexico has ever had. She’s the only Mexican gymnast ever to qualify to two event finals in the same World Championships. (2009, AA and Vault). She’s a vault specialist that has collected many World Cup medals in the event as well as a gifted floor worker; she’s the current Central-American Floor Champion; and for Tokyo she plans to compete a new tumbling pass: a double layout.
Four years ago at the 2007 Worlds Elsa did not manage to score well enough to qualify to Beijing as she was very injured at the time. A wild card petition was extended in 2008 for her to get a chance of the Olympic experience but it wasn’t meant to be. In Tokyo she will start the road that will give her a second chance to fulfill her Olympic dream.
Elsa García on Floor at the Pre-Panamerican Games 2010:
The girl who did get to go to the Olympics had her best performance on vault where she was third reserve for the Olympic Vault final. Marisela has been a steady competitor that has represented Mexico in four World Championships already. She has mainly contributed on vault, bars and beam. She has expressed her desire to attend a second Olympic Games.
Marisela Cantú on Beam in 2009:
Another veteran in the team, Yessenia is the current national champion. At the 2010 Worlds Yessenia was the top qualifier for the Mexican team on beam and vault, in the latter event she was second reserve for the final. Yessenia is also a beautiful floor worker who recently upgraded her floor routine by adding a fourth tumbling pass. She was recently injured at the Universiade in China when she fell off the uneven bars during warm-up but has fully recovered now.
Yessenia Estrada on Floor at the 2010 Worlds:
Alexa Moreno carries on the Mexican tradition of strong vaulting. She was the bronze medalist on the event at the 2010 Pacific Rim Games and she surprised when earlier this year, at the Ghent World Cup, she debuted a Rudi vault increasing her difficulty significantly. She has a real chance for a spot in the vault final at the upcoming Worlds. Fun fact: Alexa performs on floor to the music of Harry Potter.
Alexa Moreno on Vault in Ghent 2011:
A new senior, she’s no stranger to the world, she was part of the first ever Olympic Youth Games last year in Singapore where she performed well in the three apparatuses she competed in. She is a steady all-arounder with a junior title in her bag who can contribute in all four events for the team in the upcoming Worlds.
Karla Salazar on Floor at the Pre-Panamerican Games 2010:
She’s a new senior who is considered to be a beam and floor specialist. At the National Championships in April she debuted a standing Arabian on beam, becoming the first Mexican gymnast ever to perform the skill. On floor she finished second at the Central-American Games of Mayaguez, behind teammate Elsa García.
Ana Lago on Floor at the Pre-Panamerican Games 2010:
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