There will only be five members that are named to the 2016 Olympic team (as opposed to six gymnasts on the world team), so it's a little bit harder to make as a specialist, when the team needs to put up four good routines in preliminaries and three in team finals.
But if Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator, feels like a bar specialist is necessary to round out her squad, Kocian is arguably on the top of the list.
(Half of the field of eight gymnasts received gold that day, in the wackiest of event finals in recent memory.
Watch it here.) In short, in the last two years she's racked up solid international experience -- and come home with some serious hardware along the way.
It has evolved over thousands of years to become the sport it is today, although many of the competitions are rooted in ancient exercises.
Today there are gymnastics competitions in many countries and at the international level.
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In fact, the reinstatement was so ill-received that Mitch Hurwitz, the creator of the show, re-edited the last season after its release so that it embraced the format of the previous three seasons. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture." Song of the summer prognosticating has become a growth industry.Cultural observers aim to nail down which so-ubiquitous-you're-sick-of-it-already song will sum up the collective pop-fan experience, or at least become as hard to get out of your head as Pharrell Williams' "Happy" or Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." The song list that's annotated below and accompanied by a streaming Spotify playlist makes mention of some of this year's contenders, from Justin Timberlake to Rihanna and Drake, among others.International competitions are governed by the FIG (Federal Internationale de Gymnastique).Gymnastic uniforms are made up of a leotard which is form-fitting, comfortable and provide ease of movement. 16-year-old Mary Lou Retton won the 1984 Olympic gold medal in the Women's All-Around event.