Olympic Preview: Women's Qualification, Subdivision 1
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Though the first session of women's qualification at the 2012 Olympics lacks gold medal favorites, there should be plenty of thrilling gymnastics on hand to make it an exciting start to the meet. This session features only one full team, Brazil, and three mixed groups with plenty of individual standouts.


Elsa Garcia (Mexico)

Mixed Group 2: Vault

Fan favorite Elsa Garcia (Mexico) headlines Mixed Group 2, which begins on vault. After multiple injuries, Garcia is looking better than ever and has lots of upgrades to her routines to show off at the O2. Planning two vaults, the delightful Garcia has a shot at the final if she lands her double-twisting Yurchenko, and she is capable of a record finish in the all-around for Mexico. Mexican gymnastics is already riding high after Daniel Corral's historic qualification for the parallel bars final, and Garcia looks ready to bring more success Sunday.

This group also includes Guatemalan star Ana Sofia Gomez, the balance beam champion at the Pan American Games. The elegant and interesting Gomez is the first gymnast to represent Guatemala at the Olympics since Luisa Portacarrero competed in Barcelona in 1992. Twenty years ago, Portacarrero actually tied Romanian Lavinia Milosovici for the final spot in the beam final, but was bumped out using a tie-break rule based on her lower all-around finish. The Romanian-coached Gomez has the goods to make the beam final in London, and should rank in the all-around as well.

2008 Olympian Gaelle Mys is making a second appearance for Belgium, but as a substitute for floor star Julie Croket, who suffered a torn ACL. Kazakhstan's Moldir Azimbay and Turkey's Goksu Uctas round out this mixed group.

Mixed Group 6: Uneven Bars

Mixed Group 6 includes Greece's Vasiliki Millousi, who competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Millousi competes with maturity and artistry and is aiming for her spot in the balance beam final, where she tied for first place at the London Test Event in January. Sweden's Jonna Adlerteg, a bronze medalist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, is a candidate for the uneven bars final. World Cup medalist Valeria Pereyra is looking for a strong showing for the improving Argentinean women's team. Finland's Annika Urvikko and Korea's Heo Seonmi round out this group.

Mixed Group 1: Balance Beam

Hungary's Dorina Boczogo and the Czech Republic's Kristyna Palesova are both making their second Olympic appearance in London. The Dominican Republic's Yamilet Peña is the best medal hope for this group, if she can land her risky handspring double front vault. Hong Kong veteran Angel Wong is also gunning for a spot in the women's vault final.

Brazil: Floor Exercise

Daniele Hypolito leads the Brazilian squad in her fourth consecutive Olympic appearance, but will need to pull herself together after her brother Diego's disappointing performance in Saturday's qualification. The Brazilian women, who cut Jade Barbosa in a controversial move, will need to avoid major errors to qualify for the team final. Don't forget that the Summer Olympic Games head to Rio de Janeiro in four years. Will Hypolito hang on for a fifth appearance?

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