Olympic Gymnastic Results 2012: Gabby Douglas' Gold Will Lead to More US Medals
Gabby Douglas won the women's all-around in London. Now, the rest of the U.S. team goes for individual gold to join their teammate. Using Douglas as not just a leader but as inspiration, the rest of the U.S. team will win multiple medals and even some golds.
The U.S. has quite a few qualifiers in the individual events that can come home with a medal and add to the total. Douglas is even on the list herself. Breaking it down by event, the U.S. has the possibility to add six more medals and there is no reason to not earn at least four.
Qualified: McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney is the best vaulter in the world—it just isn't even close. Everyone in the world has seen the picture above. They all agree that Maroney will not just win a gold medal, but dominate in doing so.
However, there is something else she could do. Similar to how Simona Amanar was the first to do the two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko in competition, Maroney could be the first gymnast to ever perform a triple-twisting Yurchenko vault in competition.
By doing this, she would have performed the first "Maroney." The only thing cooler than winning two gold medals is having your name immortalized much like Amanar and multiple other gymnasts have been throughout the years.
Qualified: Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas is the only American who qualified for the final in the uneven bars. Unlike Maroney, she isn't going to have a move named after her, nor is she going to be the top gymnast hands down in this event.
However, Douglas is a legitimate competitor to challenge for the gold here. She will likely end up in the Bronze range since the Russian pair of Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova are the best in the world on the bars.
Qualified: Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman
Gabby Douglas could legitimately win another gold medal here. Raisman also has a shot for a medal if she can put it all together. Sui Lu is the favorite in this one, though. Raisman hit a 15.100 in qualifying and Douglas got a 15.266 in qualifying.
The difficulty of their beam events, though, are all in the same 6.4 and 6.5 range. However, there is no reason for the U.S. to not get at least one of the three medals here. Especially with two legitimate competitors for gold and silver.
Qualified: Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber
Aly Raisman on the floor is like Maroney on the vault. She is the best in the world, and no one is anywhere close to her. Raisman is so good that the only way for the U.S. to have lost the all-around team gold would have been for her to get injured during her routine and not be able to finish.
Wieber is solid all around and this is her final shot for an individual medal in the Olympic games. She will have to step up on her difficulty to even get the chance at a medal. Expect both Americans to compete for a medal with Raisman earning an easy gold.
The U.S. has arguably the best women's gymnastics team of all time. They could wind up winning gold in every single individual event if they get a little bit of luck. However, there is no reason for the U.S. not to wind up with another four medals joining the team gold and Douglas's All-around medal.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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