Earlier today, Martha held a conference call with press. She talked training, Olympic leotards, what goes into lineup decisions, and USA gymnastics buying part of the ranch. The full live blog is available here on the gymternet's website, but I made note of some the interesting tidbits below.
On the lineup, Martha indicated that there is a "tentative lineup," and that "at a much later date we finalize the lineup based on the actual situation closer to the start of the competition."
USA Gymnastics is buying a part of the Karolyi ranch as a part of the official Olympic training site.
On what she looks for in training camp, “At the training camps we always want to perfect things. At trials, we see the routines, and we see where we can become better. We’re working on details, to come closer to perfection, and based on coming closer to perfecting the routines, we’ll become more consistent.
With respect to the alternates, she stated: "The three alternates are training under Steve Rybacki’s control because I’m focusing 100% on the five team members. We train all together and they do the very same training plan I developed for the team, and if something happened to the team members, based on where we would need reinforcements, we would choose one of the alternates."
The Olympic leotards will all be in patriotic colors. She compared them to prom dresses.
On Gabby's progress, “Gabby is doing very very good. Her attitude is extremely positive, very open to any suggestions and corrections in her training, and actually I don’t even know if she missed any beam routines in our last four or five days. I’m pleased. It certainly is a work in progress and every day we’re doing improvements, so I’m pretty confident that she will be able to function well.”
There will be no amanar from Gabby.
With regard to Gabby and the all around, she said “I foresee that she will do the all-around but we’re not making these decisions yet. But it’s a strong possibility that she will be one of the all-around gymnasts.”