Why Gabby Douglas Should Not Have Won the 2012 Olympics All-Around Gold

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Why Gabby Douglas Should Not Have Won the 2012 Olympics All-Around Gold
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Gabby Douglas on the podium for the all-around with silver medalist Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina in third

Yes, you read it right: why Gabby Douglas should not have won the most coveted title in gymnastics—the all-around gold at the Olympics.

No one can take away Douglas' victory, nor erase the fact that she was the only gymnast among the top four that really hit 4-for-4. This is simply to play devil's advocate and to take a look at why some may view Viktoria Komova as the true queen of gymnastics. 

Douglas ended up finishing just 0.259 in her four-event score total ahead of the Russian after the performance of her life. She had certainly bested herself, but had she truly performed better gymnastics than closest rival Komova?

In the next three slides, we'll take a look at both gymnasts' performances, where the judges could have gotten it wrong and problems with the current code of points that may not fully give credit where credit is due.

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