Post by CMF Newsman on Jul 30, 2012 7:08:15 GMT -5
LONDON — Looking at the Olympic schedule when it came out, you circled this day as being one of the headliners of the Games with the men's 4x100m relay race and women's gymnastics team competition taking place. But after months of anticipation, it didn't go as planned for Team USA on Sunday. Reigning world gymnastics champion Jordyn Wieber left heartbroken and the French got their payback against the U.S. men's swimming relay team. There were, however, moments of glory in the pool and in shooting.
Unexpected drama swept over the North Greenwich Arena Sunday during the first day of the women's gymnastics team competition. The Americans performed admirably on the first day, finishing in first and easily qualifying for Tuesday's final. But all eyes were on who would qualify for the all-around final. With the Americans putting up high score after high score, it became apparent that the competition for the second and final U.S. berth into the all-around final was going to come down to the last event.
For months, the build-up had been around a Jordyn Wieber v. Gabby Douglas all-around duel but all of that was dashed when Massachusetts native Aly Raisman landed the routine of a lifetime on floor. Raisman's 15.325 was good enough to have her finish above every other competitor, and meant that one of her best friends and reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber would not advance to the all-around final.