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Olympic Women's Gymnastics 2012: Breaking Down Best Events for US Women's Team

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01:  Jordyn Wieber gets ready to compete on the beam during day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

Following one of the most memorable team performances in recent history, the United States gymnastics team will now branch out at the 2012 London Olympics

It is almost a shame to separate these young women because of the way they jelled together, but it is part of the Olympic process. 

With just a few individual events remaining, here is a look at the best events for each member of Team USA. 

 

Jordyn Wieber

Event: Floor Exercise

Wieber's only remaining event is the floor exercise, which is her specialty. She became one of faces of these Olympics following her heartbreaking elimination from the all-around final due to a technicality. 

Fortunately, she will not be going home empty-handed in her individual event. Wieber is so smooth and effortless on the floor that a medal appears to be in her future, though teammate Aly Raisman might stand in her way of the gold.

 

Gabrielle Douglas

Events: All-Around, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam

While I could easily see Douglas earning a medal in all three of her individual events, the uneven bars are where she shines brightest. Her small size and frame gives her the leverage necessary to attempt moves that a lot of her fellow participants simply can't. 

Douglas is the only American female taking part in more than two individual events, so it will be interesting to see if fatigue becomes a factor for her. Right now, though, she has the inside track on three more medals.

 

McKayla Maroney

Event: Vault

Maroney is like the left-handed specialist on a baseball team. She is not going to get a lot of love for her all-around game, but her performance on the vault will be something to behold, as we saw in the all-around on Tuesday. 

I think the question here is not if Maroney wins a gold, but how far ahead of everyone else she will be. There is no one in this field who can touch her. She gets such incredible acceleration, which leads to unbelievable air time and her landings are as close to perfection as you can get. 

 

Alexandra Raisman

Events: Floor Exercise, All-Around

I actually like Raisman's all-around game a lot, though I do think the floor exercise will be a better event for her. Her two specialties will be the balance beam and floor exercise. 

Raisman's an underrated candidate to win a gold in the floor exercise, where her routine should show off her amazing athleticism and timing. I look forward to seeing how she and Wieber stack up against each other.

Even if the floor exercise doesn't work out for Raisman, her best event is the balance beam. She should easily make it onto the podium with at least a silver medal. 

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