Above: The U.S. team that won the world championships title in 2007
- China will likely have the highest difficulty score, but by how much remains to be the seen. Their have been many rumored upgrades for several gymnasts that we don't know are true or not, but both teams will look to have the highest difficulty score they can put together come August.
- If politics goes the way it did at last year's worlds, look for high Romanian scores and U.S. scores and somewhat lower Chinese scores.
- The crowd is expected to be very hostil, much like the Brazilian crowd was at the 2007 Pan American Games. The Americans will certainly not benefit from this but should be able to block out the crowd as the U.S. and China will likely compete in the same rotation and thus will never perform at the same time.
- Unlike 2004, NBC is being very cautious as to point out that the U.S. will win the gold in Beijing. Prior to Athens, Elfi Schlegel went as far to say, "It's not a question whether the U.S. will win gold, it's by how much." So far I haven't heard any comment that even closely resembles that, despite the fact the U.S. just won its first world title on foreign soil. Since the Romanians kicked USA's rear end at every event in the olympics except AA and UB, NBC doesn't want to jink the U.S. team again.
USA is going to get the political favor it needs and the hostil crowd should only add to the judges marking down China so that they lose. Still expect a tight battle between China and USA due to China's higher starting scores, however. Romania will show consistency and hit routines and will play off other teams' mistakes to get the bronze.
That is all.