US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: American Women Continue to Outshine Men

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 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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While the American men's gymnastics team fell short of expectations in team competition on Monday, the women stepped up and delivered gold on Tuesday.

They were consistent and showed the depth that ultimately cost Jordyn Wieber a spot in the all-around competition. When a country is bitten by the two-per-country rule, it should lead to contention for the team competition.

That was the case for Team USA. Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross handily defeated Russia by five points.

The American men finished a disappointing fifth in the team competition. The team of John Orozco, Jake Dalton, Danell Leyva, Sam Mikulak and Jonathan Horton were at least supposed to medal.

But it didn't happen.

For the women, Douglas was the clear star. She has really begun to stand out as one of the favorites in individual all-around.

Douglas was great on all four apparatuses, and she seems to be getting stronger by the day. Raisman is still a sleeper, but Gabby has really separated herself. Without Wieber in the competition, she could very well be headed for another gold medal.

As for the men, Danell Leyva still has a shot at medaling in the men's all-around, but he isn't a favorite. I still believe Kohei Uchimura will excel in this category and capture Olympic gold.

But there is seemingly no denying the American women in London.


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