2012 Women's Gymnastic Olympic Team: USA Well Represented in Individual Finals

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After Team USA won the gold medal in the team finals, the team already has one individual gold medal and will look to add to that next week.

The team ran away with the gold and won by five points, which was one of the largest margins in Olympic history. 

Gabby Douglas grabbed everyone's attention by performing a great vault on Thursday and led the entire all-around competition. The teen became the third straight American to bring home all-around gold.

The Americans had four gymnasts who qualified for at least one individual event. Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney will all compete next week in individual finals. Douglas and Raisman, who both qualified for the all-around final, will each compete in two events.

With focus now on the individuals, it is time to see how many medals the Americans can bring home.



Maroney only qualified for vault, but it is her specialty.

She is the reigning world champion on vault and easily won the event in qualifying, according to London2012.com.

It will be a major surprise if Maroney does not win the event considering how good she is. The Americans should come away with a medal in this event, and it will be gold if she performs like she normally does.



Douglas will look to add to her medal collection on the uneven bars.

Already with a team gold and individual gold, she is looking to contend for a medal in this event. She will not be favored to win this event, but she can certainly compete for bronze.

Great Britain's Elizabeth Tweddle is the favorite to bring home gold. China and Russia have two gymnasts each who will compete for a medal.

The bars is the Americans weakest event, and they will likely come away without a medal for their performance there.



Raisman and Douglas will go head-to-head for a medal on the balance beam.

Douglas won the event (per NBCOlympics.com) in the all-around competition with a score of 15.500 after qualifying (tied for) second in the event.

Raisman qualified fifth in the event, but her balance beam routine cost her the bronze medal in the all-around routine. She nearly fell off during her routine, and it cost her points.

Although she finished in first during the all-around competition, Douglas will be challenged by China's Sui Lu. Raisman will need to shake off her poor performance if she hopes to medal in the finals.



The Americans have a chance to take home gold and silver on the floor exercise. Raisman and Wieber are two of the best in the world, so they will be among the favorites to win gold.

Raisman finished second in the all-around competition in the floor exercise, but she qualified first in the event.

Wieber, who was excluded from the all-around finals, will have a chance to win an individual medal. She will be motivated to prove she is one of the best gymnasts in the world, and her floor exercise is good enough to get her a medal.

The two friends are looking to show the world how good they really are after both have had their own disappointments in the Olympic Games

The floor routine will be the one event in which the Americans can bring home multiple medals, so look for a fierce competition in this event.