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US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Stars Who Will Shine Bright on Big Stage

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes in the floor exercise in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 31, 2012

We have seen great action at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but we are only on Day 4. With plenty of competitions ahead, the Games are just picking up steam.

Women's gymnastics has provided some of the best storylines thus far, and there are plenty more to write in the upcoming days.

Tuesday's women's gymnastics team final is going to be a competition that will be exciting to watch. Stars will need to shine bright for their country if they plan on winning the gold.

Here are three Americans who will step up in a big way.


Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas is America's best gymnast, and her performance over the past month proves it. Douglas is a great performer in many events, making her perfect for the all-around gold medal that she will be competing for later in the Olympics.

Despite being 16 years old, Douglas is emotionally mature beyond her years. Perhaps her youth is an advantage in that regard, as she may not be completely aware of the magnitude of the Games.

Douglas will put on a memorable show Tuesday, and it will be a performance that Americans can look back on and say was special.


McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney isn't on the team to be great in the all-around, but she's expected to be great in one event: vault.

Maroney's ability to springboard herself through the air to ridiculous heights allows for multiple spins and turns.

Maroney won't be the deciding factor for Team USA, but she will a huge factor in vault.

Team USA dominates vault with consistency, and Maroney will be the main attraction.


Jordyn Wieber

Despite not making the individual all-around competition, Jordyn Wieber is still one of the top all-around gymnasts in the world.

Now it's on her to focus on the other events she will participate in. Wieber is great at all events, but her character will be tested following her disappointment.

Who knows how she'll respond, but it should be interesting either way. She's extremely talented, but that was a tough pill to swallow.

Team USA will need Wieber to redeem herself if they plan on winning gold. Wieber will look to live up to the bill.

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