US Olympic Gymnastics Team 2012: Most Important Events Still on London Slate
There is no question that gymnastics has provided some of the most exhilarating and intense action of the entire 2012 Summer Olympics thus far…and we aren’t finished just yet.
Tears of joy and tears of sorrow have flooded down the faces of the gymnasts, yet there are still 11 gold medals to hand out.
America has been introduced to men’s gymnasts such as Danell Leyva and John Orozco in the past few days, as well as females Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber. The emotional ups and downs have been remarkable.
With NBC’s ratings going through the roof thanks in large part to the action on the mats, here are the top remaining events to watch with six days of action still in front of us.
Aug. 2: Women’s Individual All-Around
The crown jewel of the sport, this is the event that settles the debate as to who is the greatest all-around gymnast in the world.
The Americans ran away with the team title on Tuesday, and if all goes to plan, then Raisman and Douglas will finish 1-2.
But that will be easier said than done with a pair of Russians in the way. Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina didn’t perform their best in the team event and will be out for blood on Thursday night.
This is going to be a thrilling battle to watch.
Aug. 5: Men’s Pommel Horse
Krisztian Berki of Hungary is the favorite in an event the Americans have typically struggled in.
Berki is the two-time defending world champion and has a grand total of six European Championships throughout his career.
His strongest competitor will likely come in the form of Great Britain’s Louis Smith, who is without doubt the best gymnast for the home country.
The Americans are a long shot, with Leyva and Orozco needing miraculous performances to medal. But with the way these Games have played out, don’t count them out just yet.
This is a great event to watch when you like rooting for the underdog…and America as well.
Aug. 6: Women’s Uneven Bars Final
This is the “Gabby Douglas vs. China” event.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native will be the only American in this event, and will square off against He Kexin and Yao Jinnan of China, both of whom also excel on the bars.
This is Douglas’ best event, so expect her to put on a show in arguably the most exhilarating action gymnastics has to offer.
Aug. 7: Men’s Parallel Bars
Here’s an event where the U.S. men will actually be the favorite.
Leyva’s premiere event is the men’s best shot at gold in an individual category, but he’ll have Fang Zhe of China breathing down his neck.
Considering the race for the most medals appears to be between the U.S. and China, this is an outcome that could have some serious ramifications down the line in the overall medal count.
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