SAN JOSE, Calif., June 29, 2012 – Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Gedderts’ Twistars USA, posted a 61.700 in the all-around to take the all-around lead at the halfway point of the U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics at the HP Pavilion at San Jose (Calif.). Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, followed in second at 61.400, with Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, rounding out the top three with her 60.300. Competition continues tomorrow with the final day of men’s competition beginning at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.
Wieber, who comes into this competition as the reigning U.S and World all-around champion, started on vault with a 15.900 for her Amanar. On the uneven bars, Wieber was solid, upgrading her dismount to a full-twisting double layout, scoring 15.300. Wieber showed precision and calmness on the balance beam to post a 15.050. In the final rotation, Wieber dazzled on the floor, sticking her double twisting, double back mount for a 15.400.
"Today went pretty well. My main goal was to go out there and do confident routines," Wieber said. "The crowd was awesome – I love seeing the stands full and hearing them cheer before I go up for a routine."
Douglas shook off an error on the uneven bars to score a 15.250 before moving to the balance beam, where she was solid through a standing full and back handspring, back handspring, double pike dismount (14.900). Douglas had the crowd clapping along to her energetic floor routine in rotation three, executing a one-and-a-half to triple full mount, good for a 15.450. Douglas finished tonight’s competition with an Amanar vault, earning a 15.800. Her coach, Liang Chow, caught her up in an embrace on the podium.
"I’m very happy, but I had a couple of mistakes that I’ll work on during tomorrow’s training," Douglas said. "I want to comeback and fight on Sunday."
Rounding out the top three was Raisman, who was solid throughout the entire competition. Raisman began her competition on the vault, performing an Amanar for a 15.550. In rotation two, she posted a 14.200 on the uneven bars. On the balance beam, her steady routine and nearly stuck Patterson dismount was rewarded with a 14.950. The final rotation moved Raisman to the floor where she performed to ‘Hava Nagila’ and dismounted with a double pike split jump for a 15.600.
"I’m really happy with how today went," said Raisman. "I didn’t know how I was going to feel competing at Olympic Trials, but I’m just proud that everyone went out and had a great competition."
Elizabeth Price of Coopersburg, Pa./Parkettes, posted the fourth best score in the all-around, 59.600, behind a huge 16.050 score in the first rotation for her Amanar vault. Price also scored 14.500, uneven bars; 14.150, balance beam; and 14.900, floor exercise.
In fifth place in the all-around after the first day of competition is Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, with a 59.400. Ross recorded her highest score of the day, a 15.500, on the uneven bars, where she performed a Maloney to Pak salto and a stuck double layout dismount. Ross earned scores of 14.500, vault; 14.900, beam; and 14.500, floor.
The highest scores for each event were: McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./AOGC, vault, 16.100; Anna Li of Aurora, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, and Ross, uneven bars, 15.500; Sarah Finnegan of St. Louis Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express, balance beam, 15.100; and Raisman, floor, 15.600.
Maroney also had the highest two vault average score of the meet, with a 15.750.
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NBC Sports Network, formerly Versus, will broadcast the first day of men’s competition live on June 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. ET. Then, NBC will broadcast live coverage on television and at NBCOlympics.com of the remaining three days of competition: women’s day one, June 29, 9-11 p.m. ET; men’s final day, June 30, 4-6 p.m. ET; and women’s final day, July 1, 9-11 p.m. ET.
Television coverage of the women’s competitions on June 29 and July 1 will be tape delayed in the Pacific and Mountain time zones but available live nationwide online. For a complete schedule of NBC’s coverage, click here.
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