Gabby Douglas grabbed the women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal on Thursday, effectively sealing a dominant showing by the American women in London.
The team, comprised of notable gymnasts Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman, has lived up to every expectation put on them before the Summer Games. With exception to Wieber missing in the all-around, their run at Olympic gold has gone off without a hiccup. That’s a technicality, though, as her teammate and best friend Raisman took her place in the finals.
During the qualifying team competition, Team USA made headlines for their excellent and dominating display of gymnastics ability. They momentarily lived up to their billing in securing a place in the team finals.
Whether or not they could follow with a similar performance was a matter of debate.
Days later, in the team competition, the Americans staged an explosive performance that left little doubt of the winner on that night. They proved their performance in the qualifier wasn’t a fluke, but merely a signal of things to come. With a score of 183.596, they defeated silver medalist runner-up Russia by five whole points.
It isn’t just that this team was built with terrific competitors. Past US teams have been successful in competitions and world championship winners as well. Not since 1996 has an American women’s gymnastics team captured the team gold. There’s something different, something special about this group that allowed them to perform spectacularly under the brightest of lights.
That brings us to Douglas and the upcoming individual event finals. Douglas emerged onto the world stage by absolutely annihilating the competition and cementing her 2012 Olympics performance as one of the best in memory.
As the event finals begin to take shape, it is likely we’ll see more of the same: the “Flying Squirrel,” Raisman and Wieber taking home more gold for their country, the US of A.
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