The men's and women's Team USA gymnastics squads hope to bring home gold medals, plural, at the 2012 London Olympics. While they compete, we the viewers will be privvy to one of the finest displays of overall athleticism at the games.
The women's team is the clear-cut world favorite to win the team competition. They won the 2011 world championships by a wide margin over second-place Russia and third-place China. Jordyn Wieber won the gold medal in the individual all-around at the event. Her teammate Gabby Douglas is one of the fastest risers on the squad. She took second to Wieber in the all-around at the 2012 US championships.
The men's team won a surprising bronze medal at the 2008 games in Beijing. They won't sneak up on anyone this year, however, with several members well-positioned for individual medals. Danell Leyva highlights field after taking gold in the parallel bars at the 2011 world championships.
Below are the gold medal dates for gymnastics events:
July 30: Men's team final
July 31: Women's team final
Aug. 1: Men's individual all-around
Aug. 2: Women's individual all-around
Aug. 5: Men's floor exercise final, women's vault final, men's pommel horse final
Aug. 6: Men's rings final, women's uneven bars final, men's vault final
Aug. 7: Men's parallel bars final, women's balance beam final, men's horizontal bar final, women's floor exercise final