2012 Olympic gymnastics continued July 29 with women's qualifications. After three rounds of competition, Team USA leads current second place Team Great Britain by a considerable 11-point margin, 181.863 to 170.656, with the remaining world powerhouses including Beijing Games champion China, Russia and Romania still to come.
The solid performance isn't surprising for the team comprised of youngsters Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross. They came to London expected to win gold, or to come very close trying.
What is surprising, though, is the status of reigning World Champion Wieber, who entered the 2012 Games a favorite for All-Around gold. Despite posting a series of good scores, she wound up finishing in third place overall behind teammates Raisman, the current leader, and Douglas. Since each nation is allowed only two competitors in the All-Around final, Wieber is, shockingly, the odd woman out.
It was no doubt a devastating blow to Wieber and Raisman, who were both in tears as they left the arena following the competition. Hopefully both ladies will be able to process the emotion and perform well during the July 31 team final.
The remainder of the women's Olympic gymnastics qualification rounds can be viewed via livestream at NBCOlympics.com.