U.S. national team coordinator Marta Karolyi and members of the women's world team spoke with the media on a conference call Thursday. Following are highlights.
Karolyi: "We were very happy with the outcome. It's not an easy process (choosing the team). It's almost like putting a puzzle together and make sure that everything fits perfect. The [objective] is always to have three extremely strong routines on each event."
"Certainly, uneven bars for our country is where we're not quite as strong (as the other events). Obviously, Rebecca's injury hurt the team, but have enough depth and … we put in other girls who have the potential."
"I always like challenges … I have a good trust with this young team."
Karolyi mentioned that Anna Li has a routine on bars with a 6.6 or 6.7 D-score, and that Gabrielle Douglas has up to 6.3 with "good technical work."
Shawn Johnson: "It isn't a disappointment at all (not making the world team). …I still have a long way to go."
McKayla Maroney: "It's really like surreal (being selected). …I was really like so stoked and so happy."
Jordyn Wieber: "I'm was really excited and honored (to be selected) …I'm excited for the journey."
Alicia Sacramone: "I think my role as a leader is to just kind of guide [the younger team members] through world championships and help them get throught their first really big competition without any glitches or fears or anything like that.
• Karolyi said that the team alternate will be named after podium training at the world championships in Tokyo.
• Chellsie Memmel's shoulder injury at Visa championships prevented her from training that event that way she needed to, according to Karolyi.
Click here to download an audio file of the entire teleconference.