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2012 Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team: Meet the US Squad for London

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01:  The US Gymnastics women's team of (from left) Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross are announced as the team going to the 2012 London Olympics at  HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 1, 2012

The 2012 United States Women's Gymnastics team has been established, and things are looking bright for the group heading to London on a quest for gold medals in numerous events.

According to the official Twitter page of the U.S. Olympic team, the following five women will be headed to London:

Presenting your 2012 @USAGym #Olympic women's team: Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross! #TeamUSA

— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) July 2, 2012

Here's a rundown on each member.

 

Gabby Douglas

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Gym: Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute

Age: 16

She shocked the country when she finished in first place at the trials in San Jose, California by a margin of 0.100 points.

At just 16 years old, she edged out Jordan Wieber for first place in the individual all-around title thanks to her brilliant performance on the floor exercise.

 

Jordyn Wieber

Hometown: Dewitt, Michigan

Gym: Gedderts' Twistars USA

Age: 16

Wieber was the best gymnast in the World Championships last year, but was edged out by fellow 16-year-old Douglas in the qualifiers.

She dominated on the uneven bars in qualifying, which is surprising because it is one of her weaker events. She's being touted as the next great thing in American gymnastics—a title that she has proved she can live up to.

 

McKayla Maroney

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Gym: All Olympia Gymnastics Center

Age: 16

This Olympic team is full of youth, as we have our third 16-year-old on the squad in Maroney.

She is best known for her success on the vault where she became the 2011 United States champion on the apparatus by besting Alicia Sacramone at the United States National Championships.

Maroney won a team gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, as well as a gold in the vault.

 

Aly Raisman

Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts 

Gym: Brestyan's American Gymnastics

Age: 18

The elder statesman on this 2012 Olympic team, Raisman will look to lead this team by example in their quest for gold in London.

She is the most experienced competitor on the squad, winning 18 medals in major tournaments since 2010. Raisman excels most in the floor exercise and balance beam, but was won three silver medals and four bronze medals in all-around competition.

 

Kyla Ross

Hometown: Aliso Viejo, California

Gym: Gym-Max Gymnastics

Age: 15

Ross is the youngest member of the team, but her age has never been a problem for her up to this point.

Over her entire career, she has won 10 total medals in major tournaments since 2010, including gold medals in the all-around competition and balance beam.

Ross is perhaps the biggest surprise out of the five members of the team, but shouldn't be sold short in London this summer.

 

Replacement Competitors

Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Missouri

Anna Li, Aurora, Illinois

Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania


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