My lucky rain shower
When I saw the rain pouring down this morning, I grabbed my phone and texted my mom right away. "Mom, it's raining," I typed. She wrote right back, "It's going to be a great day today!"
We have a superstition: When it rains, it means something good is going to happen. I don't know when it started, but we've always talked about it. So I was very happy to see that rain.
I've found a new calm on meet days, ever since the U.S. nationals this year, and today it was true again. I wasn't a bundle of nerves like I expected to be. In fact, I spent the morning relaxing and listening to upbeat music like Lil Wayne and Jay-Z. It's what I always listen to, and I didn't want to change anything today!
Though there are definitely improvements I can make, I was very happy with how the competition went. As a team, we did awesome. We qualified ahead of all of the countries into the team finals, and though everyone starts again from zero in the finals, it's still a huge confidence boost to know that we can be No. 1.
I'm most happy with my beam routine. I have been a little shaky on it lately, and I wanted to prove to everyone that I could hit it. And I did. I can't believe it, but I qualified into the beam finals. Bars went really well too, and I'm so excited that I'll be in the event finals there as well. On floor, we had a lot of little mistakes -- three of us, including me, went out of bounds -- and I know we can do better. We just need to calm it down a little bit and we'll be able to fix those mistakes.
The big surprise that everyone is asking about is Jordyn Wieber. I feel very badly for her, and everyone was really shocked when she didn't qualify to the all-around finals. She is so important to our team, and always one we can count on in meets. I know she will be able to get past this disappointment and help lead us in the team final. At the same time, I'm happy for Aly Raisman, who qualified into the all-around final with me. She deserves to be there, and we knew it would be a close competition to get into the final.
We have the rest of the night off, and then one day of training before team finals. We'll rest and relax a little bit, but it's not over by a long shot, so we won't let down at all. We'll train tomorrow and focus on the finals. We want to do the same thing we did today, but even better. I'm very confident in this: If we just do what we do in training, then we'll be up there, in gold medal contention.