Gold Medal: Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas wins GOLD in the women’s gymnastics all around final the North Greenwich Arena Thursday, August 2. #GoldenGabby or OMGabby started off quite well with a decent landing on her Amanar earning her the highest Vault score in the competition with a 15.966. She looked confident and ready to attack on her next event, the Uneven Bars, her best event. The Flying Squirrel flew incredibly high on her piked Tkatchev and the in-bar stalder full pirouette into a sky high straddle Tkatchev to immediate pak salto to get her a 15.733. Douglas moves over to beam and we are all crossing our fingers and legs that she  just stays on her third event, the Balance Beam. With her game face on, Douglas nailed a great Beam set that got her a 15.500. Having three events behind her she was ready to finish off the best meet of her life on an explosive event for her, the Floor Exercise. As soon as the “ooh ooh ooh oh oh ooh” came on, you can just see it in Douglas’s eyes that she knew if she hits the gold would be hers. As she landed each pass she was inching closer and closer to a first place all around finish. Douglas ends her Floor routine with a nice double back tuck to a split leap to earn her a 15.033 and the gold medal. Here’s what Douglas had to say about her win.

“Being the Olympic champion is definitely an amazing feeling and I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me”

This gold medal for Gabby Douglas puts her in the history books for so many reasons include:

  • this is the first time that USA has ever gotten gold in the team final and the all around.
  • Douglas is also the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in the all around
  • this marks as USA’s three Olympic gold medal in a row in the all around

Also congrats on being featured on boxes of corn flakes! You go gurl!

Silver Medal: Viktoria Komova
Viktoria Komova is always the bridesmaid but never the bride. This was the second time where she came second to an American. As much as I love me some Gabby Dougy, anyone who knows me (Jason Georgiou) knows that Vika is my type of gymnast. Her pretty lines and balletic style is so pleasant to watch. Combined her artistry with top notch difficulty makes her an unstoppable gymnast. Komova starts in the same rotation as Douglas on the Vault. She was quite clean in the air but had some sizable deductions taking 3-4 steps on her landing to earn her 15.466. The 2011 Uneven Bars World Champion rocked a gorgeous Bars routine on her second event. I love her flow on this apparatus. It’s like she’s playing on a monkey set…a monkey set that gave her a 15.966. We were hoping that her bar routine would give her confidence heading into the third event, the Balance Beam. She started off well but lost some tenths with a few wobbles and missed her leg up full turn to a front aerial to get her 15.441. In the last rotation, the Floor Exercise, Komova was the last gymnast to go up and had to watch 5 other gymnasts go before her. She needed a 15.360 to move just ahead of Douglas and with four stuck passes, it looked possible. But in the end, her 15.100 just wasn’t enough to move ahead of Douglas and settled for the silver.

Bronze Medal: Aliya Mustafina
The 2010 World Champion, Aliya Mustafina, hasn’t been as strong after her ACL surgery. She just didn’t have the same difficulty on Vault, her first event, like she did two years ago. So coming into these Games with only a double twisting Yurchenko, she would need to be as perfect as possible with that vault to keep up on the scoreboard especially when there are three other girls doing an Amanar. Mustafina actually had the fifth highest Vault score with a 15.233. Like Komova, Mustafina moves to her best event where she can make up some lost ground on the Uneven Bars. Her routine was near perfection and the score reflected that getting a 16.100, the highest Bars score of the meet. Her straddle Tkatchev to an immediate pak salto stalder Shaposhnikova half to the high bar was by far the highlight of her routine and my favorite combination at these games. The routine keeps her in medal contention until she heads over to the Balance Beam. She fell off the beam on her standing arabian (1.0 point off) and the judges pens must have ran out of ink marking down all those little deductions from her wobbles. She waited quite a while to see a 13.633 flashed on the scoreboard. It looked like it was all over for her until an uncharacteristic mistake from Aly Raisman (USA) kept the door slightly open still for Mustafina. She heads to Floor to perform a GORGEOUS routine with the classic Russian ballet lines combined with difficult tumbling passes. We called this routine the “head to the side” choreography. She scores a 14.600 which tied her for third with Aly Raisman. The tie breaker was in favor of Mustafina’s which clinched her the bronze.

1. Gabby Douglas (USA)- 62.232 (GOLD)
2. Viktoria Komova (RUS)- 61.973 (SILVER)
3. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 59.566 (BRONZE)
4. Aly Raisman (USA)- 59.566
5. Sandra Izbasa (ROM)- 58.833
6. Deng Linlin (CHN)- 58.399
7. Huang Qiushuang (CHN)- 58.115
8. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)- 57.999
9. Larisa Iordache (ROM)- 57.965
10. Elisabeth Seitz (GER)- 57.365
11. Asuka Teramoto (JPN)- 57.332
12. Celine van Gerner (NED)- 57.232
13. Rebecca Tunney (GBR)- 56.932
14. Giulia Steingruber (SUI)- 56.148
15. Emily Little (AUS)- 55.765
16. Rie Tanaka (JPN)- 55.632
17. Dominique Pegg (CAN)- 55.565
18. Jessica Lopez (VEN)- 55.5
19. Marta Pihan Kulesza (POL)- 55.465
20. Ashleigh Brennan (AUS)- 55.332
21. Carlotta Ferlito (ITA)- 55.098
22. Ana Sofia Gomez Porras (GUA)- 54.899
23. Aurelie Malaussena (FRA)- 50.166
24. Hannah Whelan (GBR)- 41.999