Gabby Douglas: Floor Routine One of Most Clutch Performances Ever

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Silver medalist Victoria Komova of Russia, gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas of the United States and bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia pose during the medal ceremony in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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When Gabby Douglas finished her floor exercise on Thursday, she secured her place in history with one of the greatest performances in Olympic history.

Not only did she help lead the US to a team gold medal, but she also took home the individual all-around gold.

She also became the third-straight American to win the all-around gold at the Olympics, joining Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. 

The 16-year-old gymnast will be able to defend her title at the next Olympics, but it is time to appreciate just how clutch her performance was on Thursday now.

With Russia's Viktoria Komova pushing her to the limit, Douglas came through under pressure. 

Gold was on the line, but the teen sensation lived up to expectations by performing an excellent floor routine. After all, she had led the entire day and just needed to avoid a major mistake.

It may have helped her to go before Komova because she put pressure on the Russian gymnast. With a score of 15.033, Douglas made it too difficult for Komova to overcome and she clinched the win.

Her performance was enough to win gold and she earned a spot in history.


Past Performance

During Tuesday's team finals, Douglas was overshadowed on the floor by her teammates. 

Aly Raisman managed to put up the best score of the day on floor, and Jordyn Wieber finished fourth with her routine.

Wieber is normally better on floor, but everyone was wondering how she would rebound after missing out on the individual all-around competition.

Douglas scored a 15.066 during the team finals, and it was her worst event of the day.

On Thursday, Douglas knew she would need a big performance in order to win the all-around competition. With her weakest event ahead of her, she managed to overcome the obstacle and put on the performance of a lifetime.

She scored lower than she did during the team's competition, but the circumstances were much different. 


All-Around Performance

Like the team competition, her worst event of the all-around competition was the floor exercise. 

Thankfully, Douglas had built a lead through three events and gave herself a cushion.

Although Komova scored higher in the floor exercise with a 15.100, she could only cut the margin down to three-tenths, which gave Douglas the gold.

Gymnasts have a difficult job when it comes down to the final rotation, but the unflappable teen managed to forget about her troubles on the floor routine.

The pressures of being so close to gold and knowing it was her weakest event could have hurt her chances.

Instead, Douglas was perfect on her routine.

She now joins the list of American champions and has a chance to be one of the greatest clutch performances in gymnastics history.