Women's Gymnastics 2012: What Gabby Douglas' All-Around Title Means for Team USA

Andrew WallockContributor IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Gabrielle Douglas of the United States competes on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After plenty of hype and lots of speculation, Gabby Douglas emerged as the gold-medal winner in the women's all-around individual gymnastics competition. Jordyn Wieber, the original favorite, didn't qualify for the event, leaving the door open for Douglas and fellow teammate Aly Reisman to take home the gold for the U.S. women's team. 

In the end, the result was anything but surprising. Douglas finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia. Her fantastic floor routine was what ended up throwing her ahead and winning over the crowd. 

While many considered Wieber to be the best in the all-around game, Douglas came from behind in the Olympic qualifying rounds to take her place at the top of the gymnastics world. Wieber was the world champion in the all-around event, but was taken down by a mistake-ridden qualifying round.

So, what does Douglas' gold medal win mean for Team USA?

Well, for one, it means that the USA has finally regained its spot at the top of the gymnastics world. This year's "Fab Five" has single-handedly brought back our love for Olympic gymnastics—something we haven't had since 1996's "Magnificent Seven." 

At the same time, it brings a lot of excitement for the future of women's gymnastics. Douglas is as young as they come and she already has her spot at the top of the world right now. This could mean Olympic dominance and world dominance for the foreseeable future. 

And I'm not only talking about future Olympic games. There are still gold medals to be had during the rest of these London games. Team USA now has all the momentum going forward. Will that spell further dominance? 

According to the Associated Press (via FoxNews.com), Douglas certainly seems to think so.

"It is very special. It gives us the momentum," the 4-foot-11 Douglas said. "It keeps going, it keeps flowing. It gives us, definitely, a little bit of an edge thinking that we are truly the best in the world. It gives us that little bit of a push."

As is always the case, the world will be watching. An entire nation now believes in and has left its faith with 16-year old Olympian Gabby Douglas, the newest Olympic superstar.