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Ross Out of American Cup; Biles and Ohashi In

By February 26, 2013

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A photo of gymnast Kyla RossLondon Olympian Kyla Ross has officially withdrawn from the American Cup, to be held on Mar. 2, due to a bruised heel. Since Elizabeth Price, the other American originally on the roster, also withdrew earlier, two new US athletes have been picked: Katelyn Ohashi and Simone Biles.

Both of these gymnasts are in their first season as a senior, so this will be the biggest meet of their careers so far. And both are fantastic! (I had recently put both on my list of gymnasts to watch this season). Ohashi competes some of the hardest balance beam skills being done, with amazing form throughout, and Biles brings power and charisma to all of her performances. I'm excited to watch them both -- either could win the all-around in a relatively weak women's field. (Vanessa Ferrari, Italy; Gabrielle Jupp, Great Britain; Maegan Chant, Canada; Victoria Moors, Canada; Elisabeth Seitz, Germany; Asuka Teramoto, Japan)

The American Cup will be aired on NBC at 1-3pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 2. More on the men's roster here -- it includes 2012 Olympians Jake Dalton and Danell Leyva.

Pictured above: Kyla Ross; © Harry How / Getty Images

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