The rivalry between Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber was felt once again during the Olympic trials. Both athletes had good results, but Gabby was the winner of the evening, according to USA Today.
The United States of America will be represented at the London Summer Olympics by Gabby Douglas and four other athletes who will try to win a gold medal for gymnastics. Her performance at the Olympic trials proved everyone that she is one of the most prepared gymnasts in the American squad.
Douglas’ exuberant representation left people in the audience speechless. She won the competition with 15.3. Her rival, Jordyn Wieber, did better in the second day of the competition, but she lost the Sunday trials with a 0.10 difference. The 16-year-old athlete told the press that she was very pleased with her results. She trained a lot in order to win the trials, so she had many reasons to be happy.
Although Douglas won the first place on Sunday, Wieber will also be able to take part at the upcoming Olympics because she finished the second. Three other members were chosen by a special committee and their names were communicated at the end of the competition. Thus, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney were selected to join Wieber and Douglas this summer.
Raisman won several bronze medals in 2011, which is why she was chosen for the 2012 Olympics, as well. She did a good job on Sunday, too, because she was the third to finish the trials. Kyla Ross, on the other hand, has multiple skills that may be used to favor the U.S. squad during the London 2012 competition. Maroney’s place was long debated, but Karolyi opted for her because she can perform well under pressure.
The 2008 Olympians, Nastia Liukin and Sacramone, were not selected for this year’s edition. Liukin had a bad day; she fell during her bars routine, so she didn’t receive a good score. The gymnast started crying as she waved her fans goodbye.