Olympic Gymnastics Live Stream: How to Watch US Men Compete for Gold

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Danell Leyva of the United States reacts after competing in the parralel bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The United States men's gymnastics team will be competing against seven other nations on Monday in the men's team final at the 2012 London Olympics (July 30 at 11:30 a.m. ET).

You certainly don't want to miss any of the action, and if you can't get to a television, make sure to check out the live stream on NBC's official Olympics coverage website.

Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak and John Orozco make up the American team that many expect to win the team gold medal in London this summer. Not only did they finish first in qualifying, but they saw their greatest competitors, Japan and China, fall all the way down to fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Unfortunately for the United States, none of the scores carry over to Monday's final. Their confidence, however, will follow them throughout their quest to win the gold medal.

Leyva led the way for the Americans in the qualifying round, posting a total score of 91.265 to finish first overall. His best event was the horizontal bar in which he scored 15.866.

Orozco was the second-best American on the day, and fourth-best overall. The Bronx native notched an impressive score of 90.597 thanks to a 15.800 score of the vault.

Horton, Dalton and Mikulak didn't compete in all of the events, but will still have a golden opportunity to contribute to the American gold medal effort.

The other countries in the competition don't have nearly as complete a team as the United States boasts. Typically, in qualifying rounds, the parity between the teams is prevalent, but that wasn't the case in London.

Leyva and the Americans finished nearly three points ahead of the second-place Russians. The gap between the two teams was nearly as great as the score that separated Russia and seventh-place Ukraine.

It was clear from the outset that the Americans are the cream of the crop in this competition. Now that Japan and China have fallen behind and displayed glaring weaknesses among their team members, the Americans are primed to coast to a gold medal.

The United States won the bronze medal in the team all-around in 2008 in Beijing, but a similar effort won't be enough this summer in London. Anything short of a gold won't sit right with the five members of the team, but luckily for them, they have a great chance at finishing atop the podium.