Just a day after Jordyn Wieber fell short of her dreams of competing for all-around Olympic gold, USA Gymnastics has announced the lineup for the team final competition.
The lineup is as follows:
Vault: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney
Uneven Bars: Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas
Balance Beam: Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman
Floor Exercise: Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman
Scheduled for tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. London time, the American women look to bring home the gold medal for the first time since the “Magnificent 7″ did it in 1996.
This year’s team, dubbed the “Fab 5,” is going into the competition the favorite, and if they can get through the competition without a major mistake, are a shoe-in for standing atop the podium.
One interesting move in the lineup is Wieber will not be competing on beam. After having one too many bobbles during the qualification round, it looks as if Marta Karoyli and the USA Coaches have opted to keep her off the lineup and go with Kyla Ross, who has beautiful lines and dance on this event.
The team looked solid during the qualification round, despite some small errors by the normally rock-solid Jordyn Wieber. Viewers and fans will be watching to see if Wieber can keep her composure just a day after being beat by her two teammates, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, in the all-around competition. Due to the FIG rule that only two athletes per country can move on to the final all-around competition, Wieber will only be competing in the floor exercise finals, where she still has a chance to bring home a medal.
She’ll have to re-focus her energy on the team finishing in the number one spot, rather than focusing on herself. Gymnastics tends to be a more individualized sport, so hopefully Wieber can put her misfortune behind her for her team.
“Well, I’m definitely worried,” United States team coordinator Martha Karolyi said about Jordyn Wieber. “You try to find words … but it’s very hard.”
Wieber did not talk to all of the media after the performance, but released this statement later: “It is a bit of a disappointment. It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around final of the Olympics but I’m proud of Aly and Gabby that they reached the all-around and that I was able to help the team get to the finals.”
Wieber is a class act and a good person, so we wish her the best of luck in leading her team to a gold medal finish tomorrow in finals.