2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Ranking Top Moments for Team USA at London

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01:  McKayla Maroney competes on the balance beam during day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IAugust 2, 2012

The United States is known for its exceptional swimming, domination on the basketball court and grace on the soccer field on the women's side.

USA has been dominant at the 2012 London Games in all of these sports, but where is the love for gymnastics?

They're on top of their game in the event and have already come away with two medals in London. A gold for the women's team and a bronze medal for Danell Leyva on the men's side have put this side back on the map to say the least.

These are the three most remarkable moments for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics.


Danell Leyva's Bronze

The 2011 World parallel bars champion and 2011 U.S. champion was right on the mark with his performances at these 2012 Olympics.

Leyva took home a bronze medal in the men's all around competition. Three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura graced fans with a sensational effort, and it was the type of effort that Layva will have to bring in the 2016 games.

Although the American men's team failed to rank, finishing fifth place, Leyva's performance with his team was also sensational. His score of 15.866 on the horizontal bar was good for fourth place, and was better than his other four teammates.

Team USA has had its fair share of struggles in men's gymnastics in recent Olympic Games, and it is Leyva who has helped put them back on the map. 


Jordyn Wieber's Epic Display in USA Gold Medal Performance

To the surprise of countless around the sport, American talent Jordyn Wieber failed to make the individual all-around finals.

Yet there was no question it motivated her to do damage in the women's team performance. Wieber was a major contributor in the five-point blowout. In qualifiers, second-place Russia was just 1.4 points back. 

However, it was Wieber's top-notch display and those of her teammates that finished off Russia in dominant fashion.


The McKayla Maroney Showcase

Without a doubt, the spotlight was shining bright on McKayla Maroney when it was all said and done.

Her effort helped propel the Americans to winning gold by five points, a winning margin that is simply unheard of. Maroney, 16, was outright incredible from start to finish. Her vault score of 16.233 took down the competition handily for Team USA.

The 2011 World vault champion has shown she will have a bright future in the sport. Not to mention, it is clear she will be a major asset for years to come for her country.

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