Mihai Brestyan points Aly Raisman to the scoreboard after she earned an all-around final berth. (AP)Women's gymnastics started on Sunday, and as always with gymnastics, there were surprises. The biggest shock of the day is that Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will represent the U.S. in all-around, leaving Jordyn Wieber out. What else did we find out?
The Americans are not invincible: Through the first rotations, the Americans were almost robotic in their perfection. They averaged 15.489 per routine on vault and uneven bars, but started to slip with little errors on beam. On the floor exercise, they made much bigger errors, with three gymnasts stepping out of bounds. Though finishing the day in the lead, they were not perfect.
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But their depth is unmatched: We shouldn't be surprised by Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas edging out Jordyn Wieber for the spot in the all-around. It's not that Wieber had a bad day; it's that the U.S. has many good gymnasts who push each other. They finished 2-3-4 overall. Besides Russia, no other team had even two gymnasts in the top 10.Read More »from American depth, Russia’s stars and more that we learned on Day 1 of women’s gymnastics