US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Team USA Will Dominate En Route to Gold
The U.S. Olympic gymnastics team will rout the field on their way to an Olympic gold medal.
The women's U.S. squad hasn't won a team gold since the "Magnificent Seven" became America's darlings with their upset victory over Russia and Romania.
The 2012 iteration of this team has already been dubbed the "Fab Five," and they’re poised to capture gold in London.
However, they will do more than that. They will dominate the field.
In qualifying, Team USA looked unbeatable. It finished with 181.863 points, 1.4 points ahead of its nearest competition, Russia.
Not only that, China was more than five points back (176.637), as were the European champions, Romania (176.264).
Even some of their fellow competitors were wowed with Team USA's performance, as British gymnast Rebecca Tunney told the AP.
"We knew the Americans were going to be up there," said Tunnery, whose British squad was in the same group as the Americans. “They're going to be unbeatable."
The U.S. is the reigning World Champions in the team competition, and it’s little wonder why—they have a decided advantage on almost every apparatus.
On Tuesday, the Americans will get their start on the vault, and it should be a great start.
The U.S. features the World Champion on the vault McKayla Maroney, who is considered to be far-and-away the best vaulter in the world. Gabby Douglas, who had the top score in qualifying, and the ever steady Jordyn Wieber should also put up world-class scores.
With these three leading it off, the U.S. should establish a sizable lead because there is no other country that can match its prowess on apparatus.
Next up will be the U.S.'s weakest event, the uneven bars.
Wieber and Kayla Ross should deliver solid, unspectacular routines. But it will be up to Douglas, who will be in the event final, to keep the Americans even with the skywalkers from China and Russia on the bars.
The balance beam will be Team USA's third event, and it could be the most dangerous. The U.S. features plenty of talent, but the balance beam is known for its deceptive danger.
It's easy to make a mistake on the 5 cm wide beam, and if the U.S. isn't careful, the event could do them in, as it did the 2004 team.
Still, this version of Team USA is very solid. They won the qualifying round on the beam, and will send Douglas and Aly Raisman to the event final.
One way or the other, the event will come down to the floor. Luckily for the U.S., they excel there.
Raisman has the most difficult routine in the world, and is the heavy favorite for the event final. Douglas is also strong in the event, as is Wieber, who, despite her step out of bounds in qualifying, made the event final.
When Raisman poses as she finishes her world-class routine, it should be all but decided that the Americans will have taken home the gold.
They have the best all-around talent on the planet, and their overall skill should help them dominate.
So, move over Magnificent Seven, the Fab Five will be golden by the end of the day.
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