The 2012 Australian women’s Olympic team was named late last night. Most of the team shouldn’t be a surprise to many. However, the athlete that won the fifth spot on the team may come as a surprise.
Veteran and internationally experienced gymnast Lauren Mitchell will lead the Australian team to London in a few weeks. Mitchell along with Emily Little, Ashleigh Brennan, and Larissa Miller were considered locks after the final Olympic Trial. But the real surprise came when Georgia Bonora nabbed the final opening on the five-woman team.
Bonora is a seasoned competitor but has struggled with a lot of ankle problems over the past couple of years, taking her out of competition entirely in 2011. She beat out fellow countrymen Georgia Rose Brown (1st reserve) and Mary-Anne Monckton (2nd reserve) for the spot.
Mitchell is probably the most well known of the five athletes. She won gold on floor at the 2010 World Championships and picked up two silvers on beam and floor in London in 2009. Little also has a good amount of international experience. She competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships where she placed sixth in the all around– the highest ranking of any other Australian. Besides Mitchell and Bonora, Brennan is a former Olympian. She helped the Australian team qualify to the team finals where they placed sixth. Finally, Miller is strong on both bars and floor. She competed in the bar finals at the 2009 World Championships.
Surprises or not, this is a very strong Olympic team for Australia. The team has the talent to threaten some of the top teams in the world. They have high expectations for London, but will have to wait to see if those expectations are fulfilled like everyone else. A lot of things can happen in 36 days. But if disaster strikes, the Australians have two very capable alternates on their hands as well.
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