Women's Gymnastics 2012: Americans to Watch During the Remaining Competitions

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Gabrielle Douglas of the United States performs the floor exercise 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The United States has captured gold in both the team competition and the individual all-arounds thus far, taking the gymnastics world by storm at the 2012 London Olympics

There have been a number of great moments for the young women of the USA, as well as some disappointing ones. 

We've seen McKayla Maroney's near-perfect vault, Gabby Douglas' all-around brilliance, Jordyn Wieber's unlikely exclusion from the all-arounds and Aly Raisman's heartbreaking tiebreaker, among plenty of other stories. 

So, which Americans should you keep an eye on during the remaining portions of the gymnastics competition? 


Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas stole America's hearts when she won the individual all-arounds to earn her second gold medal of the London Olympics. 

The Flying Squirrel will compete for a third medal on August 6th at 9:50 a.m. ET when she hopes to upset Russia's Viktoria Komova and China's Huang Qiushuang on the uneven bars. It was on that apparatus which she gained her nickname, bestowed upon her by Martha Karolyi due to the height at which she launches herself from bar to bar. 

Douglas uncharacteristically struggled during the team competition—even though Team USA earned gold—when she had the sixth-best score on the bars with a score of 15.200. She improved a bit during the all-arounds, scoring 15.733 to finish behind Komova and Aliya Mustafina. 

When she took to the bars during qualifications for the individual event, she struggled with her execution more than normal and recorded a 15.333 to qualify in sixth place. 

She'll need to step it up on the 6th, even if she's already had an incredible Olympic performance. 


McKayla Maroney

The 16-year-old from Massachusetts captured the world's attention once more during the individual all-arounds when she completed what was literally a jaw-dropping vault.

McKayla Maroney was the 2011 vault winner at Tokyo's World Championships and has continued her dominance of the event in London, despite her recent recovery from a concussion.

She helped the Americans win gold during the team competition with her top-ranked 16.233 score on the apparatus and qualified for the individual event with a 15.800. Once more, that was the top score among all competitors.

Maroney will be back in action on August 5th at 9:50 a.m. ET when she competes for her second gold medal of the competition.  

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman is going to be more motivated than ever to earn a second medal during the London Olympics.

After wining gold during the team competition, the 18-year-old barely missed out on a bronze medal during the individual all-arounds when a tie-breaker gave the podium spot to Russia's Aliya Mustafina.

The captain of the American gymnastics squad is the oldest member of the team and will attempt to provide a great example for her younger teammates when she competes for the gold in the floor exercise on August 7th.

She's expected to be a medalist, and her scores thus far have supported that.

Raisman had the top score on the floor during both the team competition and the qualifications, posting a 15.300 and 15.325, respectively. During the all-arounds, Raisman posted a 15.133, leaving her just behind Romania's Sandra Izbasa.