U.S. Women Go for Gold in Gymnastics

If they win, it will be the first time America topped the podium in 16 years.

By Justin Hinton
|  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012  |  Updated 10:29 AM CDT
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U.S. Women Go for Gold in Gymnastics

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(L-R) Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, and Gabrielle Douglas of the United States listen to Martha Karolyi, the team coordinator during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

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The roster is set. Now all the women's gymnastics team has to do is perform.

USA Gymnastics announced the following line-up:

Vault: Wieber, Douglas, Maroney
Uneven bars: Wieber, Ross, Douglas
Balance beam: Ross, Douglas, Raisman
Floor exercise: Douglas, Wieber, Raisman

This roster means Gabby Douglas is the only gymnast that will compete in all four events.

Team USA is the clear favorite for the gold in the Team All Around, but critics have speculated whether Jordyn Wieber, 17, will be able to bounce back after failing to qualify for the Individual All-Around Final.

Wieber placed fourth overall, but countries are limited to two athletes for each final. Douglas and Raisman outscored Wieber and edged her out of the All-Around competition.

Wieber left the gym in tears but later tweeted, "Thank you all for your love and support. I am so proud of our team today and I can't wait for team finals!!"

She and the rest of Team USA will have to focus so they don't suffer the same fate as the men.
After finishing the qualification round in first, costly mistakes dropped them to fifth.

If the women can put together 12 strong routines, they will leave London with the gold medal, the first time in 16 years that an American team captured the title.

Competition begins at 10:30 am. Watch the live stream here.

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