Following on the heels of a bronze medal win by Danell Leyva in the 2012 Olympic men's gymnastics individual all-around competition on August 1, Team USA will go for gold once again on August 2 as the ladies hit the floor to decide the Games' champion. Can hopefuls Aly Raisman or Gabby Douglas get it done in the women's all-around?
It could certainly happen. Despite her youth and history of nervous inconsistency, Douglas was rock solid during the USA's gold medal-winning team performance. If she can continue to keep her cool, the Flying Squirrel could well fly to the top.
Raisman, who shocked more than a few people when she crept by reigning World Champion Jordyn Wieber during the women's qualifications to snag a spot in the all-around final, also has what it takes to be an Olympic champion. She's consistent and reliable, and like Douglas, has delivered solid routines during the Games. Look for her to absolutely sparkle during her floor exercise, which earned high marks during qualifications and the team final.
But a medal (or two) for Team USA isn't a guarantee. A pair of tough Russians as well as an up-and-coming hopeful from Romania will offer up stiff competition for Raisman and Douglas. Viktoria Komova posted the highest score during qualifications, and entering the Games, was expected to contend with Wieber for the title. Not having to compete with Wieber may give her an important boost of confidence. Another powerful force from Team Russia is Aliya Mustafina, the 2010 all-around World Champion. Finally, although plagued by a sore heel, Romania's Larisa Iordache could well contend for a medal.
The women's 2012 Olympic gymnastics individual all-around competition airs via livestream starting at 8:23 a.m. PT on NBCOlympics.com.