Olympic Gymnastics 2012 Results: Women's Team Stars Who Will Shine in All-Around
As expected, Team USA won the gold medal in women's team gymnastics after an excellent performance.
Now we move on to the women's all-around, where the biggest story seems to be who won't be participating. Jordyn Wieber's absence was shocking, but by no means a major detriment to Team USA's medal chances.
In Wieber's stead will be Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, who finished second and third in qualifying, respectively.
This is the 18-year-old Raisman's first shot in the Olympics, but she has had a stellar career leading up to this. She's won several team gold medals in other tournaments, and won the silver medal in the all-around in the 2010 Pacific Rim Championship in Melbourne.
This is her first real chance to prove herself individually. She was the one who cost Wieber a spot, and in the eyes of some fans must win a gold medal to justify it.
Douglas on the other hand is a bit more well known. She has a number of gold medals in numerous events and was expected by many to be Wieber's chief competition for the gold.
However, in the qualifiers, it was Raisman, not Douglas, who finished with the highest American score. Her score of 60.391 points topped Douglas' 60.265, ostensibly making her the American favorite.
Of course, the overall favorite at the moment has to be Russia's Viktoria Komova, who won the qualifiers with a score of 60.632 points.
Those three should be the three medalists in the finals considering Wieber finished fourth in the qualifiers, so now it's simply a matter of figuring out who will end up with which medal.
Given her history and the pre-Olympic predictions, my guess is that Douglas ends up winning the gold.
That means Komova and Raisman are fighting for silver. I give a slight edge to Komova; her qualifying score has to mean something.
That means Team USA should expect a gold and bronze medal out of this event. Not a bad haul. Either way, look for Raisman and Douglas to shine in the all-around finals.
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