As we say goodbye to our beloved softball seniors, including Super Sierra, it might help to know that one of our previous all-time champs is still going at it. After missing last year's Worlds because of two separate injuries, Sam made it clear that he's back in shape in time for the Olympics he was always aiming for. (He surprised himself by making the team in 2012, and then surprised everyone else by how well he did.) The two-day competition also determined the 18-man national team. They'll move on to compete in the Olympic trials in a couple weeks to determine the 5-man Olympic team.
Speaking of teams and the future, three members of the current M team (freshmen Emyre Cole and NCAA vault champion Anthony McCallum, Jr., and sophomore Dmitri Belanovksi, all of whom were members of Junior US teams) were invited to compete with the seniors, along with alum Adrian de los Angeles (who was runner-up in the NCAA All-Around in his sophomore year to teammate Sam). Naturally the TV coverage was of the current national team, but Youtube videos of each event show the promise of the youngsters. Sophomore Dmitri has more consistency, but both Emyre and Anthony are so exciting to watch-- Emyre with his fluid lines and Anthony with his explosiveness-- that one can see the future when they're able to balance the excitement with more control and strength.
I'll post now and then try to embed Sam's impossibly difficult high-bar routine (from day 1, so the crowd is sparse), which shows what that combination of high-flying excitement and staying off the ground can look like. He'd tell you it's not perfect, but not perfect for Sam is obviously pretty damn good.