The world champion U.S. Women's Gymnastics team finds themselves atop the standings after Sunday's qualification day, scoring 181.863 points as a team despite a weaker than normal performance in the floor exercise. The Russian team sits 1.4 points behind the Americans, with defending Olympic champion China in third place. The team final will take place on Tuesday.
The United States has only captured the team title at one Olympics, the Atlanta Games in 1996. In both 2004 and 2008, the Americas entered the Summer Games as the world champions only to leave without the gold.
Gabby "The Flying Squirrel" Douglas of Virginia, Beach, VA, finished Sunday third in the individual all-around competition, third in the beam, and sixth in the uneven bars. The big surprise of the day was all-around favorite Jordyn Wieber was bumped from the final by Douglas and the strong performance of Aly Raisman. Wieber is the reigning world champion.
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