Olympic Women's Gymnastics 2012: Top Contenders, World Records & Events Primer

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Olympic Women's Gymnastics 2012: Top Contenders, World Records & Events Primer
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If the Wheaties boxes of yore are any indication, the women's gymnastics competition in London will produce more than a few overnight starlets.

Who and why remains a mystery—particularly in a sport as unpredictable as women's gymnastics—but the tea leaves of the last four years leave us with some names and teams to watch.

Read ahead for a quick rundown of the six medal events and a primer on the most talented and intriguing athletes in each.

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