Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Women to Watch in Individual All-Around Competition

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Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Women to Watch in Individual All-Around Competition
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The United States women shined in Tuesday's team competition, and two Americans will have a chance to boost their nation's medal count today in the individual all-around event.

It won't be easy, though. The women's field at the 2012 London Olympics is loaded with talent. Many of the 24 competitors are capable of winning a medal, and if one of the favorites stumbles, you can expect several girls to seize their opportunities.

That said, there's no doubt that the performances from the top stars will be the most captivating storylines of the day. Keep an eye on these three women, as they are sure to dominate the post-competition headlines in London. 

 

Gabby Douglas, USA

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With her incredible skills and charismatic personality, many people pegged Gabby Douglas to be the most likely breakout performer in London.

She has certainly lived up to that billing thus far, helping lead Team USA to the gold and posting an overall score of 60.265 in the individual all-around qualifiers.

As her nickname ("The Flying Squirrel") suggests, Douglas is absolutely breathtaking in the air. Her best event is the uneven bars, but she also unleashes gravity-defying vaults and gorgeous beam and floor routines.

If she performs at the level she's capable of, Douglas will easily medal today.

 

Aly Raisman, USA

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Raisman wasn't even expected to represent the USA in this event, but she outdueled teammate Jordyn Wieber in qualifying, putting up a ridiculous score of 60.391.

Raisman showed no weaknesses in her all-around game, delivering solid performances in every event. She was also spectacular at times, most notably when she stomped her floor routine to snatch the qualifying spot away from Wieber.

The 18-year-old Massachusetts native may not have the high-profile of her teammates, but she's as good as any gymnast in the world. Don't be surprised if she wins her second gold medal of the London Games.

 

Viktoria Komova, Russia

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Komova is the biggest threat to the Americans' medal hunt, as she proved in the qualifying rounds on Sunday.

She posted the highest score of the day, earning a 60.632. She struggled a bit on the floor exercise, but her performances on the vault, beam and uneven bars were flawless.

She was also great in those three events during the team competition, as she finished in the top-six in each and helped lead Russia to the silver medal.

As the individual all-around silver-medalist at the 2011 World Championships, Komova is no stranger to the podium. If she competes at her highest level, she will likely capture the elusive gold.

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