2012 Olympic Gymnastics: Gabby Douglas' Medal Hopes in Event Finals

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2012 Olympic Gymnastics: Gabby Douglas' Medal Hopes in Event Finals
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U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas has two gold medals already from her phenomenal performances in the 2012 Olympics, but she's not finished competing just yet.

She has a good shot to finish on the podium in both of her individual events: the balance beam and the uneven bars.

Here's her schedule for those events, courtesy of London2012.com:

  • Uneven bars: Monday, August 6 at 9:50 a.m. ET
  • Balance beam: Tuesday, August 7 at 9:47 a.m. ET

Now, I'll take a look at how she fared in those events in both the qualifying stage and in the women's individual all-around, along with my predictions for how she'll finish.

 

Uneven Bars

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Like I said, she gets some serious elevation.

Douglas' nickname is "Flying Squirrel" because of the insane height she gets in her uneven-bar routines. She is really strong in her upper body, and she can be fun to watch in this event.

That said, she isn't one of the world's best on a regular basis. She has moments when she shines, but she can also get a bit sloppy at times.

Case in point: during the qualifying stage, Douglas posted a score of 15.333, which earned her a sixth-place finish. Then, during the individual all-around, Douglas put together a phenomenal performance, scoring 15.733, good for third place.

Prediction: Third place would be a real win for Douglas, and she'll be happy to win the bronze. That said, I predict that she'll come in just short of that goal and finish in fourth place.

 

Balance Beam

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There's a beam somewhere under her, believe it or not.

Douglas is superb on the beam. She proved it in qualifying and in the women's all-around. 

Her scores: 15.266 in qualifying, good for third place, and 15.500 in the all-around, good for first.

Douglas will have a better chance to medal in this event, and I'll be shocked if she doesn't.

Prediction: Douglas will win the silver medal. 

 

Feel free to dispute my predictions in the comments section below. Thanks for making Bleacher Report your source for your Olympics news, reaction and analysis. 

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