Olympic Gymnastics 2012: US Women Who Will Earn Themselves Additional Gold

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Gabrielle Douglas of the United States performs on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After the United States women's gymnastics team won its first team gold since 1996, the attention now shifts to the individual competitions.

The most prestigious of which is the all-around, which has seen American winners in each of the past two Olympics. Jordyn Wieber was expected to be a favorite after winning the 2011 World Championships, but she will did not qualify for the finals.

From August 5-7, the athletes will also get a chance to earn gold in the individual events.

These girls have the best chance at adding another gold medal to their trophy case. 


Gabby Douglas: All-Around

With Jordyn Wieber out of the competition, the pressure lies on Douglas to keep the gold with the United States. 

The "Flying Squirrel" won the event at the Olympic trials, and she has the talent to win once again on the bigger stage.

Douglas finished third in qualifying behind teammate Aly Raisman, but that included a terrible performance in her floor routine. She showed during the team competition that she is capable of much more, as she scored over a 15 on all four events. 

If she can replicate this performance, she will easily leave with the gold.


Jordyn Wieber: Floor

Once again, Wieber will have to defeat teammate Aly Raisman, as both will be competing in this event. This time, however, Wieber might be too determined to be beaten.

The 2011 World Champion showed her focus by bouncing back with a solid performance during the team competition after she was visibly shaken following qualifying.

She did her part to help get the team gold, and now it is her turn to get her own.


McKayla Maroney: Vault

Maroney was brought onto the Olympic team for her vault skills, and she has not disappointed. In fact, this is the only event she has participated in throughout the competition.

The California native led all competitors with an average score of 15.800 during qualifying, and then blew that number away when she stuck the landing and scored a 16.233 during the team final. 

She simply jumps higher and can perform better moves than anyone else in the field. It will almost take a catastrophe to prevent Maroney from taking home the vault gold.