Gabrielle Douglas dealt a defeat to world champion Jordyn Wieber on Sunday as the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials concluded in San Jose.
Douglas and Wieber will head to London along with McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross. Alternates are Sarah Finnegan, Anna Li and Elizabeth Price.
Douglas, who trailed Wieber going into the second day of competition, grabbed the lead early with a nearly stuck Amanar on vault. She had the top mark of the day on uneven bars with 15.90, and survived some shaky moments on balance beam. On the final event, she needed 15.201 to take first and earn the only guaranteed berth on the U.S. women's Olympic squad. She earned 15.300, electrifying the sold-out crowd at the HP Pavilion.
"Oh man, it just feels so awesome and just so great!" Douglas said with a grin. "I've been putting in so much effort in the gym every day and it's so nice to see all this hard work has finally all paid off. I just want to say thank my coaches Chow and Li. I just feel so blessed."
Wieber performed strongly, with her largest error some missed connections on balance beam. But she couldn't hold off the surging Douglas.
"I think the main thing for me will be cleaning up my beam routine and getting that more consistent in competition," Wieber said.
Raisman finished third ahead of Price, Ross, Finnegan and Maroney. Maroney, the heavy favorite to take the vault title in London, once again vaulted into the rafters. She had a large error on uneven bars and landed out of bounds on floor exercise, but had the routine of her life on balance beam.
The men's Olympic team was introduced to the crowd while the selection committee decided the outcome. The names of the gymnasts who made the team were announced right before they were sent out to be introduced to the crowd, tears streaming down their faces as they ran back into the arena.
"They announced it and then we had to go out so we were like getting hugs right as we were running out!" Ross laughed.
Though Wieber was a lock for the Olympic team, the moment still caught up with her.
"I didn't know that I was going to cry so much but I'm just so happy to be part of this team," she said.
The drama also surrounded those who didn't make the squad. Reigning Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin fell on her Gienger on bars, but stood up her double front-half dismount. Teammate Rebecca Bross fell over the bar on her very first skill, a toe-on full. Clearly devastated, she remounted the bars only to peel off on her Maloney-half. Then she nearly fell over again on a handstand before scraping the mats with her legs on her Pak salto. Coach Valeri Liukin told her to salute and not continue. But both gymnasts rebounded on balance beam with brave efforts. Bross had hardly a wobble before standing up her inconsistent Patterson dismount. Liukin was nearly perfect, and received a standing ovation from the crowd in acknowledgement of what is likely her final competitive performance.
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