USA gymnastics will be one of the top water cooler buzz topics this summer, guaranteed. The Olympics bring out the fan in all of us. Swimming, track and field and equestrian lovers will gather around TVs across the country to root for their favorite athletes, but nothing will boost NBC ratings like gymnastics.
What is it about this sport that demands such attention every four years?
The simple answer is the awe and inspiration the sport generates. Everybody loves a winner and the US gymnastics teams know how to deliver. While nearly everyone on the planet has clowned around turning a cartwheel at least once in their lives, we sit comfortably on our sofas enthralled at the gravity-defying gifts these athletes possess. What is inconceivable to most is simply second nature to elite gymnasts around the world—and in the US, it is taken seriously.
The core group of US Olympic hopefuls is strong. Gymnasts work out an average of 30 hours per week to hone their skills, repetition after repetition. At the elite level, it is no longer a sport, it is a job—one that begins in the early years and peaks between the age of 15 to 25, a short-lived career.
So, which USA gymnasts will rise to the top at the Summer Olympics 2012? Let’s take a video peek at our country’s prospects. Get ready, London, The US is sailing across the pond in search of gold.