It took 18 months to bring the U.S. Olympic Trials-Gymnastics to Philadelphia, and now the grand finale of the women’s second team of competition is fast approaching. I am anticipating the biggest crowd of the four days as the women are the big draw of this event. Friday night, there were over 12,000 fans at the Wachovia Center where as the men draw 8,700 and change for Saturday afternoon’s action.
If you’re heading down to the final night of these trials, be sure to checkout the Visa Fan Fest, which is open before and after today’s competition.
Sometimes you might even be treated to the hidden talents of these amazing athletes. Camden’s Sean Golden started singing while being interviewed in front of all his fans supporting the Jersey Boys. Team Chevron teammate David Durante hails from the north side of the state.
One other thing that stands out about both the men and women competing in these trails is the display of sportsmanship. With just six available spots on both teams, it’s nice to see them congratulate each other following every routine. Many of them will not be making the trip to China in August.
Picking the 2008 men’s gymnastics team has turned out to be a lot tougher decision for the selection team. The announcement was scheduled for 3 p.m. As we close in on the 4 o’clock hour, the news is still pending.
As they say in China, Zai jian for now. That would be goodbye for now.