Olympic Gymnastics Schedule 2012: When to See Top Women During Team Competition

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Alexandra Raisman 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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Jordyn Wieber's Olympics have been marred by her failure to make it to the final of the individual all-around competition, but on Tuesday, she'll have a chance to prove the world wrong in team competition.

Wieber, as everyone already probably knows by now, finished fourth in the individual qualifying, but because two teammates finished ahead or her, she was eliminated.

Still, that, more than anything, just goes to show how deep and talented this United States women's gymnastics team really is. A few countries could give them a run for their money, but it would be a surprise if the Americans didn't take home team gold. 

Let's take a look at when to watch Wieber and the United States' other top gymnasts as this time they go to battle together. 

Note: The team competition gets started on Tuesday, July 31 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Each gymnast is given a rotation (which basically means group) and order for each event. For example, Rotation 1, Order 1 means that girl is schedule to be the first in the first group to compete at the event. Each rotation has 10 gymnasts.

 

Jordyn Wieber: Balance Beam (Rotation 3, Order 8)

It's a little hard to tell exactly what Wieber's best event truly is. 

At the 2011 World Championships, where she took home gold in the all-around competition, she grabbed a bronze on the balance beam, but she struggled there during qualifying, nearly taking a spill. 

At various championships, the talented 17-year-old has also won gold on the floor and the uneven bars.

Nonetheless, expect the normally solid Wieber to come out with redemption in mind on the balance beam.

 

Gabby Douglas: Vault (Rotation 1, Order 2)

This will be one of the first runs of the day, so make sure you don't miss it.

Douglas, whose best event is usually the uneven bars (she's won three gold medals in that event), proved on Sunday that she is also a force to be reckoned with on the vault. 

What makes Douglas so special is her ridiculous athleticism. She has always been successful on the bars because of her ability to fly and wow the judges, but we are starting to see that translate to the vault.

During qualifying, Douglas notched an impressive 15.900, which was a tie for the best score of anyone.

On this same event, you also don't want to miss McKayla Maroney (Rotation 1, Order 3), who brought home gold at the 2011 World Championships and also scored a 15.900 during qualifying. This is her specialty. 

 

Aly Raisman: Floor (Rotation 4, Order 8)

Has anyone ever finished second in the individual all-around competition and ever went more under the radar than Raisman?

After an awesome performance on Sunday by the 18-year-old, it seems like everyone was either talking about how good Douglas was or how screwed Wieber got. 

That makes Raisman very dangerous, and her event of choice has to be the floor—the exercise that propelled her from third on the American team to first at the very last second possible. 

With a score of 15.325, Raisman notched the best score of anyone. She won bronze on the floor at the 2011 World Championships, and as she tries to help her team win gold, it would be surprising if she did anything but dominate this event once again.