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Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Ranking US Women's Best Shots to Win Gold

Jamal WilburgCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2016

Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Ranking US Women's Best Shots to Win Gold

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    Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney will look to add individual accomplishments to their team gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games. Their win was the first gold medal in women's gymnastics for the U.S. since 1996.

    It will be tough competition, as they face the individual best gymnasts from across the world in each event. They have a strong chance to medal in most of the events and should be strong competitors for the gold.

    Here are the top five chances for a gold medal for the U.S. women.

Jordyn Wieber: Floor Exercise

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    The floor exercise will be the only individual event the reigning gymnastics world champion Jordyn Wieber will compete in.

    Her primary competition for a gold medal in this event will come from her American teammate Aly Raisman, Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbasa and Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanasyeva.

    Afanasyeva is the defending world champion in the event.

Gabby Douglas: Balance Beam

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    Gabby Douglas will be competing individually in the all-around, uneven bars and balance beam. The balance beam is her greatest chance at winning a gold medal.

    She has one of the more difficult routines of the gymnasts that will be competing in the finals. After winning the team gold medal, her confidence should be high, allowing her to have great execution during the event.

    Her primary competition in the event will be defending world champion on the balance beam Lu Sui from China, Linlin Deng from China and Victoria Komova from Russia.

Aly Raisman: All-Around

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    Aly Raisman has a good chance to win gold in the individual all-around competition at the 2012 Olympic Games. She finished fourth at the 2011 World Championships.

    During the Olympics qualification round, she finished second overall, and the scores from first place to fifth place were separated by less than one point.

    The finals should be very tough competition as she battles teammate Gabby Douglas, 2011 World Championship all-around silver medalist Victoria Komova from Russia and Aliya Mustafina from Russia.

Aly Raisman: Floor

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    Aly Raisman won bronze in the floor exercise at the 2011 World Championships. During the qualifications at the 2012 Olympic Games, she had the highest score with a 15.325. She should be the favorite to win the gold medal in the event.

    Her primary competition will be her teammate Jordyn Wieber, 2011 World Championship gold medalist Ksenia Afanasyeva from Russia and Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbasa.

    After her gold medal-clinching performance during the team competition, she should be more confident than ever in the event, making the individual gold Raisman's to lose.

McKayla Maroney: Vault

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    McKayla Maroney represents the single best chance for the U.S. women's gymnastics team to win a gold medal during the individual events.

    She is the best gymnast in the world as the reigning world champion on the vault. She has continued to show her dominance during the Olympic Games.

    Anything short of gold for Maroney would be a disappointing performance.

     

    Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

    Follow his thoughts, rants and adventures on Facebook or Twitter @JWilburg or visit his website www.jamalwilburg.com.

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