Gabby Douglas 2012 Olympics: Results, Analysis and More
Gabby Douglas has surpassed defending all-around world champion Jordyn Wieber as the most complete gymnast on the stacked United States squad, nicknamed the "Fab Five," thanks to her performance at the U.S. Olympic trials and so far in London.
Douglas led the way as the dominant Americans cruised to victory in the team all-around competition, earning the gold medal by more than five points over Russia. The 16-year-old Virginia native was the only team member to compete in all four events.
The "Flying Squirrel" will now turn her focus to individual gold. She is one of the two United States representatives in the all-around competition, along with Aly Raisman, who surprisingly earned a spot ahead of the aforementioned Wieber.
Individual all-around competition begins on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Both Americans will start on the vault before proceeding to the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise in that order.
Douglas is also scheduled to compete in two apparatus finals—the uneven bars and the balance beam—next week. Given her tremendous results over the past couple of months, she should be viewed as a strong contender for the gold medal in each event.
Keep checking back for the latest information on Douglas' performance in London. The slideshow will be updated over the next week as her results become official.
Douglas couldn't have asked for a better start to her all-around journey. The American posted an identical score to the one she received during the team competition and will now enter her comfort zone in good shape. Her chances of winning gold are certainly on the rise.
Rotation 1, Order 1
Even though the vault isn't considered Douglas' best apparatus, she showed off her unmatched versatility during the team competition by posting a score of 15.966. It was her best score of the day and second best on the vault behind only teammate McKayla Maroney.
It's important that Douglas posts another high total in the individual competition because it's the first leg. She can't win the gold with a high score, but she can certainly let it slip away if she struggles to match her previous effort.
As long as she can walk away from the vault without losing any ground on the other top contenders, she should feel great about her chances.
Another solid performance by Douglas keeps her in first place with a combined score of 31.699 heading to the beam. It was an improvement over her score in the team competition, which was necessary for her to remain on track for gold.
Rotation 2, Order 6
Douglas only scored 15.200 on the uneven bars during the team competition, but it's an apparatus on which she must make up ground on her competition on Thursday. Prior to making her move to an all-around spot, it was her specialty event.
She won gold in the uneven bars at the 2010 Pan American Championships and the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships. It's clear this should be one area where Douglas has an advantage over everybody else, and she needs to take advantage of it.
Douglas should really be aiming to be in possession of the lead after the uneven bars. It would put her in the ideal position for the last two rotations, leaving a little cushion in case of a mistake.
Douglas' fate now rests squarely on her own shoulders. She put herself into position to claim gold after a good showing on the balance beam. Once again she upped her score from the team competition to remain in the driver's seat with just the floor exercise left.
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The beam is probably Douglas' second-best apparatus, which should give her a tremendous opportunity to start pulling away from the field if everything goes according to plan. She wants to remove as much pressure as possible before the floor exercise.
Her score of 15.233 was the best of the Americans during the team competition and ranked fourth overall. She also came in third during the qualifying stages. She might even take a little more risk with hopes of going even higher.
A lot will be known about Douglas' gold-medal hopes after she finishes the beam. She really needs to put together a strong performance or risk putting herself behind the eight ball with one stop left.
In typical Douglas fashion, the American went into a high-pressure situation and took care of business. Her floor routine was enough to keep her in first with just a few gymnasts left to finish. The final outcome will be posted on the next slide.
Rotation 4, Order 4
Douglas would love to enter the floor exercise with a comfortable lead so she can eliminate some of the risk for her routine. While she posted a high score during the team event, her life will be a lot easier if she can stick with a basic approach.
This is one event where Raisman is really strong, so if both Americans are in medal contention heading into the final apparatus, there will be some serious tension. Raisman will also get the advantage of getting to see Douglas go first.
Winning the individual all-around gold would prove Douglas' triumphs over Wieber weren't a fluke and that she truly is the world's best gymnast. A good floor exercise could seal the deal.
Douglas Wins Individual Gold
Final Score: 62.232, first place
Douglas has won her second gold medal of the Games with an incredible all-around performance. After leading the United States team a couple days ago, she went out on her own and had no problem living up to the sky-high expectations.
She becomes the third consecutive American to claim the coveted medal following in the footsteps of Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson. And she earned it by remaining consistent throughout the competition while others had missteps.
Douglas has come a long way over the past few months, but clearly peaked at the right time and without a doubt deserved the gold medal.
Uneven Bars (Individual Final)
Score: 14.900, 8th place (last among finals qualifiers)
After winning over a nation with her unmatched performance in the all-around competition, Douglas wasn't able to win another medal in the uneven bars individual final. Formerly one of her best events, she was never able to find a rhythm in London.
The result is far more surprising than her all-around gold. She was expected to be a strong medal contender, so to finish with the lowest score in the finals is a shock. Gold medal winner Aliya Mustafina from Russia scored a 16.111.
While there are probably many factors for the lackluster finish, having to bounce back from the two biggest moments of her life to compete again is certainly a prominent one. She just didn't have what it took to match the other top contenders.
She will compete on the balance beam on Tuesday.
Uneven bars competition will take place on Aug. 6 at 9:50 a.m. ET.
Since Douglas doesn't have to worry about a connection to other events, fans should really see her best performance in the uneven bars final. She can pull out every high-risk, high-reward move in her book and simply go for gold.
Even though they don't receive as much attention as the all-around competitions, some of the best gymnastics routines in the Olympics come in these type of individual finals because the pressure is off and the athletes can just focus on one thing.
It would be a surprise if Douglas doesn't win a medal in this event. The American is a step above most of the other competitors she will be up against in both talent and confidence.
Balance Beam (Individual Final)
Score: 13.633, 7th place
Douglas' run in London comes to an end with another lackluster result. She didn't fare nearly as well in the individual event finals as she did in the team and individual all-around competitions. Her score was no where close to the medal winners.
That said, it will be hard for the American to feel disappointed for long. She still finishes the Olympics with two gold medals and should be treated like a star once she returns stateside. It was a strong showing that deserves plenty of praise.
Walking away with two golds and still feeling like it could have been more is a feeling few athletes can say they've had.
Balance beam competition will take place on Aug. 7 at 9:47 a.m. ET.
Douglas will once again be going against Raisman in the beam final. Douglas posted a higher score during the team competition, but it was only by three-tenths of a point, which is a deficit Raisman can make up with a more complete routine.
Sui Lu from China is the favorite to take home gold, but the other two spots on the podium are up for grabs. By this point, there's a good chance Douglas will be riding a wave of momentum from her success earlier in the Games.
All told, Douglas is set up to have an incredible run in London. She already has one gold and a few more aren't out of the question.