Gabby Douglas crushed the competition at the 2012 Women’s All-Around Finals at the London Olympics by taking home the gold medal and being the first African American to do so. Viktoria Komova won the Silver and cried while Aly Raisman and Aliya Mustafina actually tied for bronze. The judges dropped their lower scores and Aliya ultimately won the medal.
The USA Men’s Gymnastics team went into tonight’s team finals in the number one spot but ultimately couldn’t hold it. Following a few mistakes early on, the American team eventually placed in fifth with China taking the Gold. Silver and bronze were more difficult to decide. Inititally, Great Britain was awarded the silver medal and Ukraine was given the bronze. The Japan team filed an official inquiry about their last set of points and were awarded a better score. They were given the silver and Great Britain dropped to the bronze. I felt so bad for Ukraine but of course, felt horrible for the US team once Danell Leyva started crying. Here’s hoping they have a much better week!
Nastia Liukin’s return to gymnastics was a short one. The Olympian bid an emotional farewell to gymnastics after failing to make the 2012 Olympic team at last night’s trials. Nastia had a scary fall on the uneven bars but was able to leave on a high note after completing beam and receiving a standing ovation from the entire stadium.
Watch the video of her farewell to gymnastics and her fall on the uneven bars:
Photo Credit: USA Gymnastics
The 2012 Olympic trials are complete and the USA officially has their teams. Last night, an emotional night for some, the girls joining Danell Leyva and John Orozco of the 2012 Men’s team were announced. Gabby Douglas won the all around and clinched a guaranteed spot to London.
Check out the full list of the girls and guys on their way to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Are you happy with the selections? Watch the video of the announcement here:
The five-man team and replacement athletes are listed below.
Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma
Jonathan Horton, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress)
Danell Leyva, Miami/Team Hilton HHonors (Universal Gymnastics)
Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan
John Orozco, the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center)
Chris Brooks, Houston/Team Hilton HHonors (Cypress)
Steven Legendre, Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma)
Alexander Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center)
We’re so happy to see some fellow New Yorkers on the list! We’re thrilled for Steven Legendre of Long Island for making it as far as he did!
2012 Women’s Olympic Team:
Gabby Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
McKayla Maroney, Long Beach, Calif./All Olympia Gymnastics Center
Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max Gymnastics
Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA
Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express
Anna Li, Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite
Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Courtesy of USA Gymnastics
Video of the Olympic Team announcement: here
The road to the Olympic games in London just got a little shorter last night after the 2012 Visa Championships. After a stiff competition, the names of the girls still in the running for the Olympic team were announced. The members of the senior women’s national team will go on to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, June 28-July 1. Sporting some familiar faces from the 2008 Olympics and some new favorites, who are you hoping makes it to London?
View the team list here:
Update: See who made the 2012 Olympic Teams here
Courtesy of USA Gymnastics:
U.S. Senior Women’s National Team
All will advance to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
- Jordyn Wieber, DeWitt, Mich., Gedderts’ Twistars USA
- Gabby Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va., Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
- Aly Raisman, Needham, Mass., Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
- Kyla Ross, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Gym-Max Gymnastics
- Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
- Sarah Finnegan, St. Louis, Mo., Great American Gymnastics Express
- Sabrina Vega, Carmel, NY, Dynamic Gymnastics
- Kennedy Baker, Flower Mound, Texas, Texas Dreams Gymnastics
- Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., Great American Gymnastics Express
- Bridget Sloan, Pittsboro, Ind., Sharp’s Gymnastics
- McKayla Maroney, Long Beach, Calif., All Olympia Gymnastics Center
- Alicia Sacramone, Winchester, Mass., Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
- Rebecca Bross, Plano, Texas, WOGA
- Anna Li, Naperville, Ill., Legacy Elite
- Nastia Liukin, Parker, Texas, WOGA
McKayla Maroney was petitioned onto the team following a scary injury during yesterday’s practice. She suffered a concussion but as far as we know, is otherwise okay.
U.S. Women’s Junior National Team
- Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
- Madison Desch, Lenexa, Kan./Great American Gymnastics Express
- Simone Biles, Spring, Texas/Bannon’s
- Bailie Key, Coppell, Texas/Texas Dreams
- Katelyn Ohashi, Plano, Texas/WOGA
- Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics
After Shawn Johnson announced her retirement from the sport, I’m excited to see if Nastia Liukin can pull it off again. I also really like Bridget Sloan and would love to see Alicia Sacramone redeem herself.
What do you guys think?