US Olympic Gymnastics Trials 2012: 5 Stories to Follow

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US Olympic Gymnastics Trials 2012: 5 Stories to Follow
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The U.S. Gymnastics trials are set to begin Thursday, June 27 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The four-day event includes Olympic veterans and talented newcomers, all vying for a spot on the U.S. men's and women's gymnastics teams headed to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Thursday and Friday features preliminary competition that will pare down the number of gymnasts heading into the weekend. The men's final takes place on Saturday afternoon, while the women take center stage in prime time on national television Sunday night.

As always, gymnastics competition carries compelling drama and a slew of storylines. It's events always seems to capture the Olympic audience's attention, even if the average viewer only tunes into the sport once every few years.

As we await a finalized U.S. team roster, let's examine some of the hot topics that deserve attention heading into the weekend.

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