U.S. women gymnastics looking for first team gold since 1996; men also have medal talent
07/26/2012 12:00 AM
07/27/2012 12:38 AM
Before Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin won the past two Olympic all-around titles, Mary Lou Retton’s 1984 victory stood as the lone triumph for the U.S. women.
Now the Americans believe a three-peat is possible. But if it happens, will it be Jordyn Wieber or Gabby Douglas standing on the top step of the podium in London’s O2 Arena?
The U.S. men’s team is deep and talented. Danell Leyva and John Orozco are potential scene-stealers.
A look at the U.S. gymnastic teams:
Nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel” because she floats on uneven bars, the all-arounder’s top event.
The reigning world champion on vault competed at trials after suffering a concussion weeks earlier at nationals.
The steady all-arounder gives the U.S. someone to count on. Shines on floor exercise.
The only member of the team who did not compete at last year’s world championships. She’s only 15.
She is the reigning world and U.S. champion in the all-around.
Oklahoma standout performs jaw-dropping vault and floor exercise routines.
He’s the only returnee from the bronze-winning ’08 team, when he also won silver on the high bar.
Cuban immigrant is a contender in the all-around. Reigning world champ on parallel bars.
Michigan star is one of the Americans’ best when healthy. He broke both ankles last summer.
National champion finished second at U.S. trials to Leyva.
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