Olympic Preview: Women's Qualification, Subdivision 2
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The women's Olympic competition got off to an anticlimactic start in the first session on Sunday; fan favorite Elsa Garcia (Mexico) was forced to scratch the first two events because of a last-second hand injury, costing her a shot at the vault and all-around finals. Meanwhile, Brazil, the only full team in the first session, performed poorly.

After a short break, women's qualification continues at O2 with session two of five.


Lauren Mitchell (Australia)

Mixed Group 4: Vault

Valeria Maksyuta looks to make history by reaching the vault final, a first for a female Israeli gymnast at the Olympic Games. The Ukrainian-born Maksyuta drew the same group as Natalia Kononenko, Ukraine's sole female entrant. Kononenko has a shot at the final on uneven bars, where she draws gasps for her toe-on Tkatchev-half to straddled front flip.

This Mixed Group also includes 2008 Olympian Do Thi Ngan Thuong of Vietnam, who is hoping for a more positive experience this time around. Do, a wild card entrant to the 2008 Olympics, tested positive for diuretics in Beijing and was expelled from the Games. Suffering from a leg injury, Do will be competing uneven bars and balance beam only. Portugal's Zoi Lima rounds out Mixed Group 4.

Italy: Uneven Bars

Winners of January's Test Event, Italy is gunning for a spot in the team final and finals for stars Vanessa Ferrari and Carlotta Ferlito. Ferrari, who had a disappointing showing in Beijing, has a strong shot at the floor exercise final in London.

Mixed Group 3: Balance Beam

Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, the top individual at the London Test Event, headlines Mixed Group 3. Steingruber looks to follow compatriot Ariella Käslin's footsteps and reach the vault final in London, where a medal is not out of the question. Mixed Group 3 includes Poland's Marta Pihan-Kulesza, one half of the only married gymnastics couple in London, and second-time Olympian Tina Erceg (Croatia).

Australia: Floor Exercise

Lauren Mitchell, already Australia's most decorated gymnast ever, has a chance to make more history with an Olympic medal in London. The world championship gold medalist will be under huge pressure to deliver immediately on floor exercise. Mitchell is skipping uneven bars because of a sore shoulder, leaving her out of the all-around contest, but medals on beam and floor exercise are within reach.

Known for their clean and attractive gymnastics, the Aussie women should land solidly in team finals. Two-time Olympian Ashleigh Brennan has an outside shot at the balance beam final, while uneven bars standout Larissa Miller was a finalist at the 2009 Worlds held at the O2.

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