The 2012 Olympics have begun now and in just a few days the U.S.'s gymnastics team will begin competition. Both the men's team and the women's team have high hopes that could even end with a gold medal.
That said, getting a gold medal will not be easy. The women's team will face strong competition against usually strong teams like China, Japan and Romania.
The men's team meanwhile will have their hands full going against elite upper tier teams like defending Olympics team China and Japan, which has the all-around's favorite in Kohei Uchimura.
With such tough competition, it should be a tightly contested Olympics. Because of this, the U.S. will need to excel in certain areas to ensure a solid run at a gold medal. Here are some of those crucial areas, two for the men's team and two for the women's team.