It’s safe to say expectations were high for Gabby Douglas in the Women’s All-Around Competition. Don’t worry; the “Flying Squirrel” passed the test with flying colors in order to make the U.S. two-for-two in the women’s competition so far.
But that’s yesterday’s news. Well, maybe at least last hour’s news.
The point is that the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics is anything but over, as we still have four gold medals to give out. There are specialists that we didn’t see in the all-around who will be medal contenders, but here’s what we should expect later this week from those we saw in the all-around.
Only one of the eight finalists in the vault competed in the all-around. Romania’s Sandra Izbasa earned a 15.333 today, topping her qualifying score by .017 of a point.
U.S.A.’s McKayla Maroney is the favorite, but Izbasa will not be fazed and her consistency will allow her to swoop in and steal the gold if Maroney falters.
Like the vault, the top scorer from qualifying did not make the all-around finals. Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle performed the routine of her life with a 16.133 performance, but all three of the medalists in the all-around will be competing here.
Bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina’s fall on the balance beam hurt her shot at glory in the all-around, but also obscured a brilliant performance on the bars. She scored 16.100 today, while all-around silver medalist Viktoria Komova put up a 15.966 on her routine as well.
The Russians have fallen just behind the Americans twice this Olympiad, but look for them to heavily contend for gold here.
Douglas’ routine on the bars today was easier than the Russian's, but her 15.733 performance in the day’s second event provided her the momentum she needed to ride to gold. She’s now the world champion of gymnastics, so don’t count her out of anything.
China’s Sui Lu led the qualifying, but she should be scared. Very scared.
Expect another Komova-Douglas duel as the Russian again tries to make sure this Olympic rivalry doesn’t go down as a one-sided affair.
China’s Linlin Deng finished sixth in the all-around, but finished with the third-best score on the beam behind the aforementioned pair.
U.S.A.’s Aly Raisman lost her chance for bronze in the all-around on a tiebreaker because of her beam performance. She stumbled on multiple occasions and looked flat-out stunned by her performance once it concluded. She won’t go down in infamy as the girl who kept Jordyn Wieber out of the all-around, but I don’t think beam will produce her redemption story.
...Because Raisman will produce it here. Her zealous parents’ cheering and her floor routine tune that is the Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila” have produced smiles and laughs, but her floor performance will produce the cheers only a gold medal showing can bring.
She could have performed just a bit better to earn bronze today, but will be eyeing her second gold here.
However, two European foes stand in the way. Izbasa actually outperformed Raisman today on the floor today in her fifth-place finish, while Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari should also compete for the medal stand after finishing eighth today.
Some familiar faces in Mustafina and Wieber will also appear here, so expect some colorful performances (and music) in the Games' final artistic gymnastics event.