The USA women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London includes reigning all-around world champion Jordyn Wieber and bubbly up-and-comer Gabby Douglas. On July 29, Team USA faced a day of exhilarating highs and crushing lows, as evidenced by these emotional photos from day two of Olympic competition.
Team USA is the reigning World championship team. The “Fab Five” team includes 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber, 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas, 18-year-old Alexandra Raisman, 16-year-old McKayla Maroney, and 15-year-old Kyla Ross. Great expectations have preceded their appearance at the London Olympics. This year’s women’s gymnastic team is in hot pursuit to win the first team Olympic gold medal gold since the “Magnificent Seven” achieved greatness in Atlanta in 1996.
On July 29, there was good news for the women’s gymnastic team. There was also bad news. On a positive note, The “Fab Five” scored higher than the tough Russian, Romanian and Chinese teams and landed at the top of the standings. The women’s gymnastics team easily advanced to Tuesday’s team finals. “They’re going to be unbeatable,” Rebecca Tunney from the British team said.
In other good news, four members of the “Fab Five” qualified to compete in individual final events. Weiber and Raisman advanced to the floor exercise finals. Maroney was the top qualifier for the vault final. Douglas and Raisman will compete in the balance beam finals. Douglas advanced to the uneven bar finals.
However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for the women’s gymnastics Team USA. Jordyn Weiber, the reigning World champion failed to qualify for the all-around finals. Through a series of uncharacteristic mistakes and mishaps, the heavy favorite to win the gold medal lost her opportunity to compete in the individual all-around event finals. Her friend, Aly Raisman scored higher and advanced to the finals, along with Gabby Douglas.
The moment was shocking and Wieber’s ensuing sobs tore at heartstrings around the world. The reigning world champ broke down and was too distraught to speak with reporters. Team coach Martha Karolyi later said to the press, “You try to find words, but what do you say? But the fact is the fact. She did her best. She was edged by her teammates.”
Now that the heavy favorite is out of the hunt for the Olympics biggest prize, many wonder if Team USA can focus on its task at hand. Scoring starts from scratch on Tuesday when the women’s gymnastics team competes in the finals for all-around. Weiber’s personal coach has no doubt that his star student can rise above the disappointment and perform for her team. “She’s going to handle this with as much class as she handled the victories. Make no excuses. The job’s not done yet. Team USA has a big day on Tuesday.”
To catch the women’s gymnastic Team USA compete for team gold, watch the event live stream on NBColympics.com or catch the tape-delayed action on NBC during prime time on Tuesday.
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