Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Individual Finals Will Be Big Letdown for Team USA

Emily Bayci@emilybayciContributor IIIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  The United States celebrate after winning the gold medal 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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When the “Fab Five” won the team gold medal and Gabby Douglas took the all-around gold medal it seemed like the American women were on the fringe of gymnastics domination.

I, like the majority of the world, was positive that McKayla Maroney would win the vault gold medal and that she could lead to a way to an American medal sweep.

Then Maroney ended up suffering a very uncharacteristic fall and the next day Douglas placed last of all the qualifiers.

This paved the path for what is going to be a very disappointing individual event finals for Team USA.

The women are tired. The Olympics are practically a marathon with so many days of competition. They gave everything for the days which really mattered and now what they desperately need is a rest.

Gabby Douglas competes on the beam tomorrow, but I think what she really needs is a day off where she can lounge around. She seemed tired today simply from interviews with Kelly Whiteside of USA Today:

"I made a little mistake, but I'm human and when you get towards the end of the Olympics you get drained and tired," Douglas said.

"No matter how much rest you get, you wake up and your body is so tired. You train everyday and still compete every other day. You go back in the gym, and it's very hard and your body's stiff."

The other countries are still aching to go, hoping for their gold medals. The American women have gold and although they still want the individual glory, they have already tasted success.

On the balance beam Vikotria Komova has some very difficult moves and she is finally going to nab the gold she’s been waiting for. There’s also Romanians Catalina Ponor and Larisa Iordache who have the ability to pull out the stops. 

You have to remember that a lot of times gymnasts try harder routines during the individual event finals because they have less to lose.

Aliya Mustafina, who already has a taste of gold from the bar finals, is going to come out ready to go in the floor finals and yearning to end her London journey with the sweet taste of success. Then the Romanians, who have some of the strongest contenders on floor are going to pull through. Catalina Ponor is an experienced gymnast who seemingly just had to get herself together and Sandra Izbasa has definitely proven herself as a top threat.

The American women did so phenomenal on the floor exercise during the team finals that you have to wonder if their luck is running out. That’s what happened for McKayla Maroney on the vault.

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