Strengths: High Bar, Vault, General Artistry, Acrobatics
When she's on, Gabby Douglas is the highest-scoring women's gymnast in America. She proved that at U.S. Trials with a thrilling victory over defending world all-around champ Jordyn Wieber.
Douglas is a gymnast in the Nastia Liukin mold—graceful, good lines—but with an added dimension of acrobatics. The height she gets on uneven bars is almost beyond belief.
Weaknesses: Beam, Consistency
Douglas doesn't have the big-pressure, big-meet experience of Wieber, and it can show.
Douglas held a lead heading into Day 2 of Visa Nationals before stumbling on beam and allowing Wieber to take command. She nearly suffered a similar letdown on that very same apparatus during Day 2 of U.S. Trials.
At Trials she managed a few nifty saves to score a commendable 14.850, perhaps showing her maturity in the process. But it won't be enough to convince everyone that her spotlight struggles are entirely behind her.
Douglas' scoring potential is huge, but she carries equal risk on her weaker apparatuses.