Aly Raisman and Stars Who Will Shine in Individual Competition

Kathleen So@@kathleensoCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

Aly Raisman and Stars Who Will Shine in Individual Competition

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    The US Women’s team is glittering gold after their win over Russia and Romania in the women’s gymnastics team finals.

    This will help Raisman shine in her individual performance at the all-around finals on Thursday, August 2nd. Raisman is ranked second after qualifying for the U.S. team earlier this week.

    Raisman’s solid floor routine and calm demeanor make her a certain threat in individual competition; she had the highest score for the floor routine out of all the qualifiers.

    This is Raisman’s first Olympic all-around and she is sure to outshine many of the other gymnasts.

    Here are four fellow gymnasts that will also dazzle on each apparatus.

Gabby Douglas

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    Douglas is Raisman’s teammate and fellow gold medalist.

    She's ranked third going into the final all-around with a score of 60.265. Douglas' strengths are the vault and balance beam.

    Although Douglas had a few missteps in the qualification round, both Team USA’s recent success and the relief of qualifying will help her shine in the finals.

Viktoria Komova

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    Although Russia was unable to snag the gold in team competition, Komova still has a chance to claim gold in the individual all-around.

    And her chances look pretty good.

    Komova is ranked first going into the finals with an overall score of 60.632.

    Don’t let the doe-eyed 17-year-old fool you, she is an incredibly strong competitor with exceptional performance.

    She excels at the uneven bars and is tied with American Gabby Douglas for the balance beam.

Deng Linlin

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    Like her American competitors Raisman and Douglas, Linlin also knows the feeling of winning gold at the Olympics.

    Linlin was on the Chinese women’s gymnastics team when they won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.

    And although Linlin stands at a mere 4'6", she will be quite the force at the all-around finals.

    Linlin is ranked sixth after the qualifiers, but has more experience than many of her competitors.

Aliya Mustafina

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    Mustafina will be representing Russia in the all-around with teammate Viktoria Komova.

    The two are coming off of a silver medal win for Team Russia in group competition. Mustafina is ranked fifth after the qualifiers and is right behind Komova in points for the uneven bars.

    Even with her beautiful performance in the qualifier round, the floor exercise remains her weakest category and she will face fierce competitors in Vanessa Ferrari, Aly Raisman and Sandra Izbaşa.

    Not to be outdone by Komova, let alone the other athletes, Mustafina will shine in individual competition.