Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Jordyn Wieber and Gymnasts to Watch During Team Finals

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross of the United States practice the uneven bars during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academyon July 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The women’s team artistic gymnastics finals begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31.

There are eight teams competing in the event, but some nations are just lucky to be there. Russia, Romania, China and the USA are the true contenders for the medals.

The reason for that is the quality of the women on their teams. Let's take a look at some of the best competitors you need to watch during the tournament.  


Jordyn Weiber (USA)

Weiber is possibly the best overall gymnast in the entire world, but she has been absolutely devastated by not qualifying for the individual all-around finals.

Fortunately, she had all of Monday to refocus her efforts and hopefully has found a way to bring her ‘A’ game to the women’s team finals this Tuesday morning.

The Americans need Weiber to perform her best and not allow her disappointment in the individual all-around event (she finished fourth overall, but two US athletes placed better and the two-per-nation rule disqualified Weiber) to impact her on the floor.

If the 17-year-old steps up, Team USA will bring home the gold.


Viktoria Komova (RUS)

This 17-year-old Voronezh native has an elite pedigree, as her mother, Vera Kolesnikova, was the 1985 world champion and 1986 Goodwill Games champ and her father, Alexander Komova, is also a gymnast.

She won has won golds at the 2012, European Championships, 2011 World Championships, 2010 Youth Olympics, 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and many more competitions.

She excels at the uneven bars, balance beam and—most importantly here—team artistic gymnastics.


Larisa Iordache (ROU)

This 16-year-old is Romania’s best hope to win a gold medal in the team gymnastics competition.

She won gold at the 2012 European Championships in Brussells in the floor and team events while picking up a silver in Balance Beam.

Iordache also nabbed herself a bronze medal at the World Cup in New York this year.

However, she’s suffering from plantar fasciitis and may not even be able to compete in all of the events at the 2012 London Olympics.

If Iordache can tough out the painful injury and join her teammates in the finals, Romania could easily medal.