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By: Emily Gillis
The top buzz item from today’s qualification round is undoubtedly the disappointing news that reigning World Champ Jordyn Wieber will not make an appearance in All-Around Finals. This is especially unfortunate knowing that Wieber currently holds 4th place All-Around after four subdivisions.
Aly Raisman and Gabby “The Flying Squirrel” Douglas led the U.S. charge in today’s qualification round, with only minor flaws here and there, as to be expected at a gymnastics meet.
Going into today’s competition, Douglas was one of the assumed All-Around finalists for the U.S. Raisman, who has lurked in the shadows of her younger teammates as a consistent “rock” meet after meet, pulled through today with quite possibly the best meet of her life.
“It’s proof that hard work pays off. She is the hardest working, most dedicated person.... Finally she gets ‘paid’ for her hard work,” National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said.
Celebrating isn't easy, though, knowing your performance just knocked out not only your teammate, but your best friend.
“It’s really hard, of course, just because we’re best friends and I know how bad she wanted it,” Raisman said. “I don’t even look at the scores or anything. I just focus on myself and I think that made it much better cause it was such a surprise at the end.”
A day like today just goes to show that in gymnastics, expect the unexpected. We want to know your thoughts on the “two people per country” rule! Be sure to Tweet us your opinions or share them on our Facebook page!
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