The 2012 Olympic games women’s gymnastics preliminary qualifications round began on Sunday, July 29 at the North Greenwich Arena. It was quite a huge field of gymnasts with FIVE subdivisions that included 8 mixed groups sprinkled through out. Gymnasts in mixed groups compete in the all-around or specific events for their respective country that didn’t qualify as a team into the Olympics. Essentially, if you medaled on an event at the 2011 World Championships, you automatically qualified for the Olympics (thank you Jason for providing that layman’s explanation).

Like the men’s team, the women’s team also qualified into tomorrow’s Team Finals in first place edging out a strong looking Russian team by 1.436 points. We’ve predicted that Team USA would dominate counting three solid Amanar scores. But the Russians and Chinese kept strong on their stronger events, Uneven Bars and Beam. Romania had uncharacteristic mistakes on Floor and Beam (their strong events) from veteran Catalina Ponor and newcomer Larisa Iordache but managed what they could on their weaker events (Uneven Bars and Vault). Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova kept it together for team Russia who both qualified for the all-around and Bars finals. Victoria Komova also qualified in Beam finals and Aliya Mustafina qualified into Floor finals.

The biggest news coming out of these prelims was Jordyn Wieber not qualifying into the all-around finals due to a two per country rule. It is such a ridiculous rule that the FIG has instituted to try to be fair for all of the other countries. I totally understand that it opens more doors for those gymnasts who may not qualify into all-around finals if it was just the top 24 gymnasts. So it just means that you’re not competing against the best of the best. The fact that the 2011 Wolrd Champion, Jordyn Wieber, could not qualify into the most prestigious competition in women’s gymnastics because stupid rule like that has caused quite a stir amongst the gymnastics community. Her coach, John Geddert, has been quite frank saying that

“I’m basically devastated for her. She has trained her entire life for this day and to have it turn out anything less than she deserves is going to be devastating. She has waited her entire career for this. She is happy for her teammates and disappointed that she doesn’t get to move on.”

We’re really happy that Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will get a chance to compete in the all-around finals. These girls have worked really hard and deserved it. But they will have to bring their A game to fend of strong contenters like Russians, Victoria Komova and Aly Mustafina. Deng Linlin from China qualified in fifth and could be impressive if she hits. Here are the results of the teams that have qualified into team finals, all-around and event finals.


1. USA- 181.863
2. Russia- 180.429
3. China- 176.637
4. Romania- 176.264
5. Great Britain- 170.656
6. Japan- 170.198
7. Italy- 168.397
8. Canada- 167.696
1. Viktoria Komova (RUS)- 60.632
2. Aly Raisman (USA)- 60.391
3. Gabby Douglas (USA)- 60.265
4. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 59.966
5. Deng Linlin (CHN)- 57.998
6. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)- 57.932
7. Asuka Teramoto (JPN)- 57.865
8. Larisa Iordache (ROM)- 57.800
9. Huang Qiushuang (CHN)- 57.707
10. Sandra Izbasa (ROM)- 57.532
11. Jessica Lopez (VEN)- 56.665
12. Elizabeth Seitz (GER)- 56.466
13. Rebecca Tunney (GBR)- 56.391
14. Ana Sofia Gomez Porras (GUA)- 56.132
15. Hannah Whelan (GBR)- 55.699
16. Dominique Pegg (CAN)- 55.657
17. Celine van Gerner (NED)- 55.632
18. Carlotta Ferlito (ITA)- 55.500
19. Giulia Steingruber (SUI)- 54.715
20. Emily Little (AUS)- 54.498
21. Aurelie Malaussena (FRA)- 54.399
22. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL)- 54.365
23. Rie Tanaka (JPN)- 54.333
24. Ashleigh Brennan (AUS)- 54.232

1. McKayla Maroney (USA)- 15.8
2. Sandra Izbasa (ROM)- 15.316
3. Maria Paseka (RUS)- 15.049
4. Oksana Chusovitina (GER)- 14.808
5. Yamilet Peña (DOM)- 14.699
6. Janine Berger (GER)- 14.483
7. Brittany Rogers (CAN)- 14.483
8. Ellie Black (CAN)- 14.366

1. Beth Tweddle (GBR)- 16.133
2. He Kexin (CHN)- 15.966
3. Viktoria Komova (RUS)- 15.833
4. Yao Jinnan (CHN)- 15.766
5. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 15.7
6. Gabby Douglas (USA)- 15.333
7. Elizabeth Seitz (GER)- 15.166
8. Koko Tsurumi (JPN)- 15.033

1. Sui Lu (CHN)- 15.4
2. Viktoria Komova (RUS)- 15.266
3. Gabby Douglas (USA)- 15.266
4. Deng Linlin (CHN)- 15.166
5. Aly Raisman (USA)- 15.1
6. Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)- 15.066
7. Catalina Ponor (ROM)- 15.033
8. Diana Bulimar (ROM)- 14.866

1. Aly Raisman (USA)- 15.325
2. Sandra Izbasa (ROM)- 15.066
3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)- 14.9
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)- 14.833
5. Lauren Mitchell (AUS)- 14.833
6. Jordyn Wieber (USA)- 14.666
7. Catalina Ponor (ROM)- 14.6
8. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 14.433