Women's Gymnastics 2012: Gabby Douglas and Best Shots for Gold in Individuals

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Mc Kayla Maroney and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate during the final rotation in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Which female gymnasts have the best chance at winning a gold medal in the upcoming individual medal events?

Can Jordyn Wieber win her first gold medal? Will Gabby Douglas get her third?

With the all-around and team finals in the books, the scope of the women’s Olympics gymnastics is beginning to narrow to the individual events. The microscope is focusing in on each of these great athletes as they attempt to show their perfection of the craft to the entire world.

Will the United States come out and add more gold medals to their total after winning the team and all-around gold?

Let’s take a look at who has the best shot, in each individual event.




McKayla Maroney is established as the world's best at the vault event. She’s coming off a great performance in the qualifying rounds and is on her way to a gold medal.

She’s also the defending 2011 world champion in the event. Maroney’s dominance has led to heavy predictions of her taking home the gold medal in the event.

"The vault gold medal is why [the selection committee] picked me for the team. It's definitely my goal, and I need to do that for them."

If ever there were a “lock” for a gold medal in women’s gymnastics, Maroney and her difficult vaults are going to propel her to it. This really isn’t even a discussion.




Gabby Douglas, nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel,” may not be the favorite for the gold medal in the beams, but you shouldn’t sleep on her either. She has a big thing in her corner that the other girls don’t: confidence.

Riding high in the wake of her role in the U.S. team's all-around gold medal, Douglas will be exuding that confidence in the uneven bars.

She tied Viktoria Komova of Russia for second in the all-around competition with a score of 15.266. First-place finisher Sui Lu of China finished with a 15.400 score.

The all-around competition had Douglas’ focus in several directions. With her able to focus on this one event, there is no reason to believe she isn’t a favorite for gold.



Uneven Bars

Beth Tweddle of Great Britain is the best in the world on the uneven bars. She didn’t make the all-around finals but is completely dominant in her best event.

Her home audience will be pulling heavily for the Brit to bring home the gold and may push her to break her own records.

Tweddle’s routine utilizes a lot of unique moves and difficult landings that keep the audience, and more importantly the judges, on their toes.

Her qualifying score of 16.133 was the result of a simply outstanding showing and one of her best performances. If she can nail it again, or something similar, there is little doubt she will secure the gold in the bars.




Aly Raisman of the United States shocked the world by advancing to the women’s all-around finals. Unfortunately, a tiebreaker cost her a bronze medal.

A gold medal in the floor event, her best, would do wonders to make up for it to the 18-year-old team captain. She’s leading the way after the qualifying rounds.

Raisman exhibits a natural flow and ability on the floor that the others just don’t have. She tries the most difficult moves and executes exhilarating, sky-high jumps. There will be little doubt when all is said and done as to who will be taking this one.



Do you agree? Is Douglas on her way to a third gold medal? Can the U.S. really continue to dominate and take 3-of-4 in the individual events?



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