Nastia Liukin's fall on the uneven bars means she will not make the U.S. Olympic team, but the London Games will erase the 2008 all-around gold medalist from our minds.
A new crop of talented American gymnasts has emerged. Led by Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas, the U.S. team has the potential to boast the gold and silver medalists in the all-around competition for the second straight Olympic Games.
In the Beijing Games, Liukin and Shawn Johnson took gold and silver in the all-around competition for the first time in U.S. history. However, this year we will see even more success for the Americans.
Wieber was the all-around winner at the 2011 World Championships and is a two-time defending U.S. champion. However, her rival and friend, Douglas, finally surpassed her at the U.S. trials after being on Wieber's heels for years.
Douglas was considered the second-best gymnast in the world after finishing just two-tenths of a point behind Wieber at the national championships in June. However, Douglas beat Wieber by one-tenth of a point at the U.S. Olympic trials, punching her ticket to London.
The U.S. Olympic team tweeted the five members of the team on Monday morning
— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) July 2, 2012
The five gymnasts heading to London make up the best team in the world, bar none.
Douglas and Wieber will surely take gold and silver in the all-around competition, but unlike in Beijing when Liukin and Johnson were everything to the team, this year's team is much deeper.
Raisman recently won the all-around at the 2012 Secret U.S. Classic, and Ross took second.
With both Wieber and Douglas in the field, Raisman was the one who took home the glory, and Ross finished a mere 0.550 points behind her. This proves that Raisman and Ross are almost at the same level as the two best gymnasts in the world.
The fifth and final member of the team is Maroney, who specializes in the Amanar vault. The Amanar is very difficult to pull off, and yet Maroney is able to do it night after night.
There is no distinct weak link on the U.S. team, and all five members of the team have the potential to compete for an individual all-around medal.
Even without the presence of the reigning Olympic champ, the U.S. will completely dominate in London.