Surprises and controversies are no stranger to Olympic gymnastics, and though we are only three days into the women's gymnastics events, the 2012 London Olympics have proven to be no exception.
Though Jordyn Wieber was devastated by her exclusion from the all-around finals despite finishing fourth due to a poorly designed qualification system, she set her sights on leading the U.S. to a team gold medal and winning on individual apparatuses. Wieber will be joined in both of these quests by teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney.
Medals have already been awarded for the team all-around (no need to worry, this article is spoiler free). Like all gymnastics events, live streaming was available on NBCOlympics.com. Replays of the finals will be available for American viewers during NBC's nightly Olympic coverage between 8 p.m. and midnight on July 31.
The women get a day off on August 1 while the men compete for the all-around final, before Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman compete for the all-around final on August 2. NBCOlympics.com will begin live streaming the event at 11:30 a.m. EDT, and NBC will offer tape delayed coverage between 8:00 p.m. and midnight
The women get a couple more days off before returning on August 5 at 9:00 a.m. EDT for the vault competition. McKayla Maroney, widely considered the best vaulter in the world, is widely expected to win gold at the event. The event will be streamed live, and will once again be part of NBC's nightly broadcast, which will start at 7:00 p.m. EDT and continue until midnight.
The next day, August 6, will see the women's uneven bars final, with live streaming beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT and NBC covering it between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. Gabby Douglas is the U.S. team's best chance of winning gold, as she is the defending national champion on the apparatus and earned the top score at the Olympic trials. Jordyn Wieber also excels on the bars, and could contend for the medal podium as well.
August 7, the final day of women's artistic gymnastics, will include the finals for the balance beam and the floor exercise. Live streaming of the events will begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT, and it should come as no surprise at this point that NBC will include coverage in its nightly broadcast between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. Aly Raisman should compete for gold at both events, but Wieber will be a tough challenge for her. Kyla Ross is a dark horse on the beam, and Gabby Douglas is an excellent competitor at the floor exercise.
There is still plenty of gymnastics left in the 2012 London Olympics, and though American gymnastics fans had their hearts broken watching Jordyn Wieber fall short of the all-around finals, there are still plenty of opportunities for the gymnastic superstar to reach both the team and individual medal podiums.