US Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2012: 5 Biggest Potholes in Bid for Team Gold

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US Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2012: 5 Biggest Potholes in Bid for Team Gold
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The U.S. men's gymnastics team has their sights set on the gold medal, which would be the first for Team USA since 1984.

Although Team USA arguably has one of the deepest teams ever, it still seems difficult for them to make it for gold, and more likely that they will take the bronze medal behind Japan and China.

This is a far cry from four years ago when the Americans were not expected to make it to the finals and ended with a miraculous bronze medal. In 2008, China claimed seven of the eight gold medals, including the Men's Team Final, while Team USA stood on the podium just once.

Now Team USA has top contenders in several of the individual events. However, there are still several factors holding them back from a team gold.

Let's take a look at the biggest potholes in team USA's gold medal mission.

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