American gymnast dominate during London Olympics

Fab Five

(From Left to Right) Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross celebrate their gold medal finish in the team competition. (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

By James Williams

It has been quiet an amazing week and a half for the members of the 2012 USA women’s gymnastics team at the London Olympics.

The team, also known as the Fab Five, consists of Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.

Each of the five women will be taking home a gold medal, which they won during the gymnastics team competition, becoming the first American team to win a team gold medal since 1996.

Aside from their team gold medal, Douglas, Raisman, and Maroney will also be taking home some individual medals.

Douglas and Raisman both advanced to the individual all-around competition, after they had the highest scores among their American teammates.

Douglas impressed the judges with her routines, which lead her to become the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in all-around competition. She won with a score of 62.232.

Russian teammates Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina finished in second and third in the all-around event.

Douglas went on to compete in two more events, the individual uneven bars finals and the individual balance beam finals.

She finished eighth in uneven bars event, which was last place among the finalists that competed in the event.

Douglas made an error midway through her routine, which the judges noticed and gave her a low score because of it.

She also finished seventh during the balance beam event after she had slipped off the beam.

Raisman also competed in two more events after the all-around competition as well. She participated in the individual balance beam finals and the individual floor finals.

Raisman finished in a tie for third with Mustafina but did not receive a bronze medal because the judges had to drop both gymnasts’ lowest scores.

The dropping of the lowest score gave Mustafina the bronze medal, leaving Raisman off the podium.

Raisman found herself in another tie break situation during the individual balance beam event.

Raisman was originally given a lower score by the judges before her coach took the advice from Bela and Marta Karolyi, who were yelling at them from the stands, to file a formal protest suggesting that she was underscored by the judges.

After the judges reviewed a replay of Raisman’s routine, they gave her a few points they did not originally credit her with.

With the new score from the judges, Raisman was tied with Catalina Ponor from Romania for third place.

Raisman had less execution errors during her routine, which gave her the tie break and put her on the podium for a bronze medal.

She then went on to compete in the floor finals. After scoring a 15.600, she took control of first place and was able to maintain that position as the gymnast after her were not able to surpass her score.

Raisman becomes the first American woman to win the Olympic gold medal in the individual floor event.

Maroney won her individual silver medal in the women’s vault final with a second place finish behind Sandra Izbasa from Romania, who won the gold medal.

She could have had a shot for the gold medal but had a costly mistake with an unlikely fall during her routine.


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