Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina came out with fire in their official Olympic debuts in London, but it was Gabby Douglas who proved she belonged atop the podium in London.
A first-place, gold-medal finish for Douglas was tremendous, with a run superior to the rest. She finished with a score of 62.232, a mark which just barely topped Komova's impressive run of 61.973 in the individual all-around final.
Mustafina came up short against both Komova and Douglas and finished with the bronze medal. A score of 59.66 was certainly a noteworthy one from the Russian talent. She was unmatched in the uneven bars with a whopping score of 16.100.
Komova was especially solid in each of the four stages, but it was Douglas that displayed the dominance needed to take home a gold medal.
What made the difference between these two?
Douglas, unlike Komova, was able to beat out the field in both the vault and beam. It was Douglas' ability to dominate two of the four events that gave her the edge for the gold. Komova finished no better than second place in any of the four stages.
This outstanding performance comes at no surprise from this rising talent in the sport. In 2011, Douglas joined the 2011 World team that participated in Tokyo, and she helped her team pull out the gold medal.
Not to mention, here in London, this is her second gold medal of the Games.
Douglas was an integral part of the United States team in London and ultimately made the difference between gold and silver for Team USA. "The Flying Squirrel" finished second place in the vault and third in her floor routine to help propel this team to its first gold since 1996.
Talk about impressive.
She has burst onto the scene for the Americans at just the right time and was key in taking down Russia's two promising young stars and helping her team claim gold in London. It has been impressive to say the least, and there's no doubt Douglas will continue to rock the gymnastics world.
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