Olympic Preview: Women's Qualification, Subdivision 3
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The world champion United States and host Great Britain take the floor in subdivision three as women's qualification continues at the 2012 Olympic Games.


Kyla Ross, the youngest member of the U.S. squad

United States: Vault

The world champion U.S. women, favored to take the title in London, begin their quest on their strongest event. All four gymnasts competing should throw Amanars, with the best in the world belonging to McKayla Maroney. A broken toe will limit Maroney to vault only in London, but nevertheless she will attempt two vaults to reach to the final.

The U.S. will easily advance to the team final, so the only question is which gymnasts will qualify to individual finals. World champion Jordyn Wieber's rivalry with Gabrielle Douglas has been widely reported, but a significant error in qualification from either could mean Alexandra Raisman bumping one from the all-around final.

Canada: Uneven Bars

The Canadian women are back at the Olympics with a full women's team, and it's one of their best teams ever. Veteran Kristina Vaculik leads the team, which also has potential finalists in Ellie Black, Victoria Moors and Brittany Rogers.

The big blow to the team happened in May, when fan favorite Christine "Peng-Peng" Lee suffered a torn ACL. Lee, whose floor routine was deserving of an Olympic final, nevertheless traveled to London as honorary team captain. Lee may end up inspiring her team on to Tuesday's final.

Great Britain: Balance Beam

The British women should advance to finals, but they must first conquer the balance beam. The event is not the nemesis it once was, but it should be a nerve-wracking test for the Olympic hosts. Imogen Cairns, one of three returning Olympians on this squad, will start the team off. Third-up Hannah Whelan took a bronze medal on balance beam at May's European championships, and would love an Olympic final in London.

Beth Tweddle, the greatest British gymnast of all time, has returned for a third Olympic Games. The three-time world champion, who had wanted to retire after her disappointment in Beijing, may be under more pressure than any other gymnast in London. Adding to her stress is the minor knee surgery she underwent in April. "Queen Elizabeth" has looked incredible in training, and her floor routine to the Paul McCartney and Wings classic "Live or Let Die" should be a hit with the audience. The only question is if she will play it safe on uneven bars to ensure a trip to the finals.

France: Floor Exercise

Like their male compatriots, the French women have lost multiple gymnasts to injury. The classically elegant Marine Brevet was the most recent victim, suffering a dislocated elbow last month. Youna Dufournet has the difficulty to challenge for a spot in the uneven bars final, but she lacks consistency. National champion Anne Kuhm, incidentally, is the youngest gymnast at these Olympic Games and won't turn 16 until Dec. 17.

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Up Next: Russia and defending champion China take the floor in Subdivision Four!

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