2012 Summer Olympic Games – Women’s Gymnastics (Artistic) Results

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics

Every four years, women’s gymnastics at the Olympics become increasingly emotional and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games were no exception. The four big powerhouses – Russia, USA, China, and Romania – battled their way to the top. And in the end, these women didn’t just medal, they created ever lasting memories that they will hold on to forever and we will never forget.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games saw incredible feats of athleticism by those involved. The “Fab Five” completely dominated the team all-around competition, besting Russia with China no where to be seen. But what was strange was how after Gabby Douglas captured America’s third straight gold medal in the individual all-around, she never placed once in any singular exercise. She may have been exhausted after team and individual all-around, but what came out of Douglas was below expectations.

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Ferlito

The United States definitely saw it’s ups and downs, especially with Jordan Wieber getting her hopes crushed not qualifying for the individual all-around, but Russia’s Victoria Komova just couldn’t get a break in any event. The Russians definitely had it rough this year, but surprisingly China never came back to defend their medals from Beijing 2008.

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman owned this event. Her performance was stunning. Tumbling to the beat of “Hava Nagila,” Raisman absolutely poured her heart into this exercise. Giving it everything she had – in the single event, individual all-around, and team all-around – she fully deserved the gold for women’s floor exercise.

Women’s Floor Exercise: Final – Tuesday, August 7
Gold: USA – Aly Raisman    15.600
Silver: Romania – Catalina Ponor    15.200
Bronze: Russia – Aliya Mustafina    14.900
4TH: Italy – Vanessa Farrari    14.900
5TH: Australia – Lauren Mitchell    14.833

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Vault McKayla Maroney

One of the biggest shockers of the Olympic Games was McKayla Maroney finishing second in the women’s vault. Nailing the vault perfectly in the team all-around – literally dropping the judges jaws – who would have expected Maroney to not place first? Perhaps her cockiness got the best of her. She has all rights to be as cocky as she was because she is damn good, but I will admit it was great to see that smirk wiped off her face. I’m all for Team USA, but sometimes we need to learn humility – isn’t that right Thor son of Odin? Her crushing defeat did spark an incredible meme.

Women’s Vault: Final – Sunday, August 5
Gold: Romania – Sandra Raluca Izbasa    15.191
Silver: USA – McKayla Maroney    15.083
Bronze: Russia –Maria Paseka    15.050
4TH: Germany – Janine Berger    15.016
5TH: Germany – Oksana Chusovitina    14.783

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Kyla Ross

Mustafina can finally stop acting like she is going to cry in every event now that she earned her gold. She seriously had issues coping with loss throughout the entire games. At any moment it looked like she was going to break down and crawl up into a ball. This was the only event where USA never placed.

Women’s Uneven Bars: Final – Monday, August 6
Gold: Russia – Aliya Mustafina    16.133
Silver: China – Kexin He    15.933
Bronze: Great Britain – Elizabeth Tweddle    15.916
4TH: China – Jinnan Yao    15.766
5TH: Russia – Victoria Komova    15.666

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Beam Lu Sui

An exercise that many believed Gabby Douglas would place in after she nailed it during the individual all-around. But beam was not her day, nor were the uneven bars. It was Aly Raisman who sprung up out of nowhere to narrowly win the bronze after Team USA asked for a re-evaluation.

(And that brings me to re-evaluations. Yes, they are definitely necessary for poorly marked scores, but the first time I saw one being issued, the Japan coach had large stacks of dollars in his hand passing it off to the judges. It was very poorly handled, and if that is the way the IOC lets exercises be re-evaluated they need to establish a better way to go about it than having everyone see coaches passing off money to them.)

Women’s Beam: Final – Tuesday, August 7
Gold: China – Linlin Degn    15.600
Silver: China – Lu Sui    15.500
Bronze: USA – Aly Raisman    15.066
4TH: Romania – Catalina Ponor    15.066
5TH: Russia – Kseniia Afanaseva    14.583

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Gabby Douglas Individual All-Around

Now I may have appeared to be Gabby bashing, but that is hardly the case. She certainly earned and deserved her gold medal for the individual all-around, but I just find it shocking that she was unable to even get into the top 5 of the singular events she was up for later in the games. Gabby was absolutely stunning on floor and beam. She did very well in the uneven bars and vault too. If Victoria Komova didn’t faulter as much as she did, the story may have been written differently.

Gabrielle has now become the first African-American to win the individual all-around gold medal. She is an inspiration to many and I have no doubt she is proud of what she had accomplished in these games.

Women’s Individual All-Around: Final – Thursday, August 2
Gold: USA – Gabby Douglas    62.232
Silver: Russia – Victoria Komova    61.973
Bronze: Russia – Aliya Mustafina    59.566
4TH: USA – Aly Raisman    59.566
5TH: Romania – Sandra Raluca Izbasa    58.833

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Team Gymnastics Gabby Douglas

With the “Fab Five,” I don’t think the other teams had a chance this year. We never heard a peep from China, Russia kept screwing up, and Romania’s degree of difficulty couldn’t match the Americans. USA wholeheartedly deserved the gold medal in the women’s team all-around. They were a magnificent set of young women and their accomplishment will be set in Ameican history for years to come!

Women’s Team: Final – Tuesday, July 31
Gold: United States United States     183.596
Gabrielle Douglas
Jordan Wieber
Alexandra Raisman
Kyla Ross
McKayla Maroney

Silver: Russia     178.530
Aliya Mustafina
Viktoria Komova
Ksenia Afanasyeva
Anastasia Grishina
Maria Paseka

Bronze: Romania     176.414
Cătălina Ponor
Larisa Iordach
Diana Bulimar
Sandra Izbașa
Diana Chelaru

4TH: China     174.430

5TH: Canada     170.804

London 2012 Summer Olympics Womens Gymnastics Team USA

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