Gabby Douglas continued American domination of the Olympic gymnastics Individual All-Around, winning gold at the North Greenwich Arena. Two Russians trailed her—Victoria Komova who took silver and Aliya Mustafina with the bronze. Team USA Captain, Aly Raisman, finished fourth.
This is the third straight Olympics that the U.S. has won gold in the Individual All-Around. Carly Patterson edged out Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina in 2004 in Athens and Nastia Liukin defeated her American teammate Shawn Johnson in Beijing in 2008.
Douglas led wire-to-wire, setting the top scores in the vault and the beam, as well as the third-best mark on the uneven bars and the fourth-best floor performance.
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After the first rotation, on the vault, the two Americans claimed the top spots in the competition with Douglas holding a slight edge. Raisman fell behind in the next rotation on the uneven bars, an event that’s not her best, sliding from second to fourth. Douglas, dubbed the Flying Squirrel, lived up to her nickname in the second rotation, with a soaring performance on the bars to hold onto her lead.
Douglas, who had struggled on the beam, turned in a solid performance, with a few slight bobbles, but strung her combinations together well. Raisman dropped further in the standings after the beam, failing to take advantage of Russian Aliya Mustafina’s fall from the apparatus.
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Douglas held a slight lead after the first three rotations coming into floor. After two successful tumbling passes, she noticeably relaxed, smiling widely through the rest of her routine. Komova’s floor exercise was near flawless, but not enough to overtake Douglas. When the final scores were posted, Katy Perry’s “Firework” blared through the arena while Douglas took a curtain call for the crowd.
Current World Champion Jordyn Wieber, who placed fourth in qualifying, could only watch because of a controversial rule that allows for just the top two gymnasts from each country to perform in the finals. Her fellow gold medal teammates were in the crowd with her and you could hear them exhorting Douglas to win throughout the day.
This is not the last we’ll see of Team USA, they still have the event finals to go. Douglas will compete on uneven bars and beam; Raisman on beam and floor; McKayla Maroney on vault and Wieber on floor.