Olympic Gymnastics 2012: What's Next for Jordyn Wieber and the United States

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Olympic Gymnastics 2012: What's Next for Jordyn Wieber and the United States
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Jordyn Wieber's stunning failure to qualify for the all-around finals in women's gymnastics has been a focal point of the 2012 London Olympics, a devastating development for one of the United States' best athletes.

However, as crushing and unfair as her loss may be, Wieber can't afford to let this affect her focus and preparation going forward.

Although she won't be able to compete for the individual all-around gold medal, it's not even like Wieber's performance was extremely poor or a huge letdown.

Her all-around score of 60.032 was good enough for fourth in the world, an accomplishment that would normally put Wieber in the final.

However, USA teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas posted better scores with a 60.391 and a 60.265 respectively.

According to FIG rules, only two gymnasts per country are allowed to advance to the finals, which eliminates Wieber despite her fourth-best score.

While the rule is unfair for the deep and talented United States squad, it is not going to change before the all-around finals and Wieber is going to have to accept that.

While the United States are the front-runners to win the team gold medal, Russia was a close second in qualifying, while China and Romania are worthy threats as well.

In fact, Russia's Viktoria Komova gained the top all-around score in qualifying with a 60.632, beating out Raisman and Douglas.

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If Jordyn Wieber and the rest of the United States' girls can keep their composure and maintain the razor-sharp focus that has gotten them to this point, the team gold is there for the taking.

McKayla Maroney is the United States' vault specialist, and she is the clear favorite to win the gold medal after impressing in the qualifying.

The US will be relying on Douglas, Wieber, and Kyla Ross to carry them in the uneven bars, and Douglas has the best chance at a gold in a tough field.

The uneven bar is really anyone's guess as to who will step up for the United States, as Douglas, Wieber, Raisman, and Ross all had solid scores in qualifying.

In the floor routine, Raisman is as consistent as they come, and she will combine with Wieber to create a formidable duo in the final event.

While the women's gymnastics scene is being dominated by Jordyn Wieber's stunning failure to qualify for the all-around final, the United States team will look to put that behind them as they strive to win the country's first team gold medal since 1996.

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