On Saturday McKayla Maroney will compete for the first time since she famously won a silver medal on vault in the 2012 Olympics and was not very happy about it. Maroney and Olympic teammate Kyla Ross are performing at the U.S. Classic in Chicago, which you can stream live for free at 2 p.m. ET on July 27. It will be a chance to see how the Olympians have done since they became famous, what new tricks they've learned, whether they can keep up with the up-and-coming gymnasts, and yes, because they are teens, how many inches they've grown. (And in gymnastics, being taller is bad since it changes the speed of your flips and rotations.) You should watch it because it will showcase the familiar-but-still-unsettling gymnastics combination of athletically cool and aesthetically cheesy, and because the next Olympics are so, so far away. Here's what to watch for:
Lots of these GIFs come from workout videos, because there haven't been many major competitions this year. We're moving toward the peak part of the gymnastics season, with this competition leading up to the national championships in August and the world championships in September. There will be only four spots on the world championships team this time, and no team event. That means the four will be picked based on who can win the most medals, not who helps round out the team.
We didn't get to see Maroney compete floor at the Games. Here's some tumbling she might perform on floor on Saturday.
Maroney says she's already focused on Rio.
She is also not practicing good data security.
... or maybe something like this:
She's working to get back her Amanar on vault, and its making small changes to her bar routine.
If Biles doesn't fall, she has a great chance to beat the Olympians in the all around and in the individual events.
She came in second at the American Cup in March, doing stuff like this:
During training before Classics on Friday, Biles showed can also do that thing with a half twist.
Like Jordyn Wieber, her weakest event is bars, but she has a bit better swing.
Some others to watch out for...