Olympic Women's Gymnastics All-Around Scores: Who Won the US-Russia Showdown?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia, gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of the United States and silver medalist Victoria Komova of Russia pose after 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Russia may have won the battle, but America won the war—in women's gymnastics, that is. 

The U.S. women were simply better than the Russians in the 2012 Olympic women's individual all-around competition, regardless of what the medal standings show. 

First, let's just start by saying that Douglas was easily the best gymnast of the all-around. That's not up for debate here. 

Now that that's out of the way, let's get down to business.

If we're measuring the best all-around gymnasts, then let's take a quick look into the scores, shall we?

I did an evaluation of each of the top-four gymnasts' scores to come up with an easy way to look at who's better all-around. All I did is add up the totals from where they placed on each discipline, and the evidence is overwhelmingly in the favor of the Americans. 

Check it out:

Overall Score Gymnast Vault Parallel Bars Balance Beam Floor Total
62.232 (1) Gabby Douglas 15.966 (1) 15.733 (3) 15.500 (1) 15.033 (4) 9
61.973 (2) Victoria Komova 15.466 (3) 15.966 (2) 15.441 (2) 15.100 (3) 10
59.566 (T3) Aliya Mustafina 15.233 (5) 16.100 (1) 13.633 (18) 14.600 (6) 30
59.566 (T3) Aly Raisman 15.900 (2) 14.333 (9) 14.200 (10) 15.133 (2) 23

If you add them all up, the Americans scored a total of 32 while the Russians scored a total of 40. The lowest number wins, so Douglas and Raisman beat out Komova and Mustafina by eight total places. 

I contend that Raisman was the more consistent gymnast when compared to Mustafina, thus the rule that got her tossed from medal contention was bogus. Sure, if you throw away Mustafina's fall on the beam and Raisman's sub-par beam routine, Mustafina wins. 

But that's not really a good judge of who was the best overall gymnast, is it?

Mustafina was superb in her parallel-bars routine, but she wasn't hardly as good as Raisman in any of the other events. 

Raisman, not Mustafina, was the better all-around gymnast, and she should have at the least shared the medal with her. 

This evidence leads me to one conclusion: the Americans were better in the all-around than the Russians—and it's not even close.