Olympic Gymnastics: It Is Time to Stop Harping on Jordyn Wieber's Losses
Today, the United States women's gymnastics team showed their dominance.
Gabby Douglas, only 16 years old, has set London on fire with her high-flying routines that have captivated us all.
At the end of the day, Douglas won the women's all-around gold medal in resounding fashion, making zero major mistakes in any of her four routines.
The other American competitor, Aly Raisman, did not do too shabby either.
Raisman tied for third place, losing the bronze medal to Aliya Mustafina due to complicated tiebreakers. The United States team captain and oldest of the "Fab Five" was not able to capitalize on the balance beam, where she scored a mediocre 14.200.
In qualification, Raisman scored a 15.100 en route to the top score for the red, white and blue. Scoring even slightly higher on the beam in the all-around final would have put her on the podium.
Alas, she fell short but she still has a lot to be proud of.
With that being said, the talk has been how Jordyn Wieber might have scored higher than Raisman had the reigning World Champion been in the all-around field instead.
Maybe on the right day she could have. However, would Wieber have touched Douglas and silver medalist Viktoria Komova?
That is a huge stretch. Douglas and Komova both crossed 61, with scores of 62.232 and 61.975. They were that good today.
When Wieber won her World Championship gold in the all-around, her winning score was 59.382. From this competition on, Douglas started to catch up to her.
In the 2012 Visa Championships, Wieber only beat "The Flying Squirrel" by 0.2. Then in the Olympic trials, Douglas finally beat Wieber.
It seemed as if Douglas peaked at the right time, improving her results every step of the way. During the team final, Douglas scored a composite score of 61.465, because she was the only American to compete in all four events.
This was a major improvement from her qualification score, that was marred by a huge misstep on the floor exercise. She was able to improve upon her team final score by almost 0.8 points in the all-around final.
Douglas has had everything going for the past few months and was poised to bring home the gold.
Sure, it is disappointing to see a champion like Wieber left out of the field for the all-around final. Considering that she was fourth in qualification, the world champion probably would have been in the running for an Olympic medal.
However, it wouldn't have been gold, especially with the way Douglas performed.
Let's put Wieber's failure to qualify to rest and celebrate our newest Olympic champion.
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