Gabby Douglas Floor Routine: Crucial Performance Is Testament to USA Dominance

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Silver medalist Victoria Komova of Russia, gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of the United States and bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia pose during the medal ceremony 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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Gabby Douglas became the third consecutive American woman to win the individual all-around gold medal, following in Carly Patterson's and Nastia Liukin's footsteps by powering her way through the field at the 2012 London Olympics.

Her spectacular performance in these Olympics serves as evidence to how great American gymnastics has become.

One of the main reasons why "The Flying Squirrel" was able to finish atop the podium was because of her brilliant floor routine.

Douglas hasn't always performed up to the level of excellence on the floor exercise that she exhibited in the all-around final, but she saved one of her best showings for when it counted the most.

She was able to put together the fourth-best display on the floor, the final and most important event for her gold medal hopes.

Douglas led Russia's Viktoria Komova by 0.326 points heading into the final rotation. She would need to put on one of the best performances of her life if she was to maintain her lead and go home with gold instead of silver.

Clutch would be the word used to describe what Douglas did on her final routine. The 16-year-old scored a 15.033, which isn't ridiculously high, but it was just enough to squeak by Komova, who put up a 15.100.

If Douglas wasn't able to score as high as she did, she would have the silver medal. That's nothing to shake a stick at, but it's a far cry from garnering the title of "Olympic Gold Medalist."

We should have expected this from the moment she started sprinting down the strip toward the vault. Douglas put up the best score of the routine by wowing the judges to the tune of a whopping 15.966. She did the best impression of teammate and vault specialist McKayla Maroney, and it paid off for her.

Douglas' showing on the uneven bars was bettered only by the pair of Russians. Komova and teammate Aliya Mustafina are two of the best in the world on the bars—more so Mustafina, who has a move named after her.

The Virginia Beach native finished first in the balance beam routine with one of the best we have seen throughout these entire Olympic Games. That ensured that she would get the gold if she continued her success on the floor.

That is exactly what Douglas did. She held onto her lead by the skin of her teeth after posting a 62.232, and can now call herself an Olympic gold medalist.