Gymnastics is a sport most people seem to care about only every four years. The scoring system is foreign to the average fan when you are talking about deductions based on tenths of a point, which will generally lead to controversy. After last nights mens competition where the U.S. men faltered, and there was controversy over Japan and Great Britain’s scores the U.S. women effectively “blew out” the competition.
The fab five as they have been dubbed received a lot of attention leading up to the Games, and even with all the expectations they delivered in a big way. They defeated the second place Russians by more than five points, and Romania was a distant third.
The United States team of Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber dominated the competition from the start, posting terrific scores across every discipline to pull away from the pack. The team posted a total of 48.132 on vault, 44.799 on uneven bars, 45.299 on beam, and 45.366 on the floor exercise.
Gabby Douglas led the way once again, by posting solid scores. She competed in all four events posting the 2nd ranked score on vault, sixth best score on uneven bars, fourth best score on beam, and the third best score on the floor exercise.
Jordyn Wieber competed in three events, and overcame her personal disappointment to post some tremendous numbers of her own. Aly Raisman, who earned the second individual all-around spot for the U.S. ahead of Wieber, put together a strong floor exercise routine.
Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney affirmed their presence during the competition. They made the team based on the strength of individual events they excel in, and Maroney was especially impressive on the vault posting the top ranked score.
It was a big change over what happened to the men’s team last night, and a triumph by one of the deepest gymnastics teams the United States has ever had. Three of the most complete gymnasts in the world and two role players, have finally won gold for the United States. Dominique Dawes who was a member of the Magnificent Seven wanted this team to win gold so that the legacy could be passed on.
The “Fab Five” didn’t leave any doubt who the best team was in the competition. After all of the controversy over the ages of the Chines Gymnasts in Beijing they finished fourth out of the medals, and there is no controversy now. Future teams will always be compared to the one that won Gold in London, and it will be interesting to see if these women can do it again in four years.