Women's Gymnastics Olympic Qualifications 2012: Favorites Who Will Dominate

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Jordyn Wieber of United States on the Vault during training sessions for Artistic Gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academy on July 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Imagine growing up wanting to be a gymnast. Chances are that you have trained, practiced and competed before you even started school.

The lifespan of a gymnast is so short, and with the Olympics coming once every four years it is even shorter.

With the abuse gymnasts take, this will be many participants' best chance to medal at the Olympics. The pressure is on.

Here are three favorites in women's gymnastics who will dominate the competition:

Jordyn Wieber (USA)

An American favorite to win gold, Jordyn Wieber looks to put on a great performance in London. It will happen if she brings her A-game, which she is very capable of doing.

Wieber won gold in 2011 in the all-around competition at the World Championships in Tokyo. She has plenty of experience despite being 17 years of age.

Wieber is arguably the world's best gymnast and her game speaks for herself. She is consistent in competitions, rises to the occasion in big moments and is not afraid of the moment.

Aliya Mustafina (RUS)

Russia's best chance to win gold in women's gymnastics rests on the shoulders of Aliya Mustafina. She won gold in the all-around at the 2010 World Championships. She's been in pressure-packed situations before, although the Olympics are rare air.

Mustafina has the intangibles, experience and desire to become the world's best women's gymnast. She will take that next step Sunday in qualifying.

Gabby Douglas (USA)

Could you imagine being 16 years of age in front of a world-wide audience? Sounds pretty crazy, right? United States' Gabby Douglas will find out how crazy it is on Sunday.

Douglas' confidence is riding high heading into the Olympics having defeated Wieber in July's trials. With that victory comes through-the-roof confidence that will either soar her to a medal or make her overly confident in herself, leaving out details of having to earn a victory.

Judging by her confidence level, Douglas will have the right attitude heading into the competition. She'll embrace the pressure and seize her opportunity to do something special.

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