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Amy Van Deusen

Gabrielle Douglas Steals the Show at American Cup

By March 6, 2012

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Photo of Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas from the 2011 worlds in TokyoWorld team member Gabrielle Douglas was the alternate at the American Cup, held over the weekend in New York City -- but she ended up with the highest all-around total of the day, over both of her US teammates, Jordyn Wieber and Alexandra Raisman.

Douglas was great last year but has gotten even better this year. She competed a new Amanar vault and an upgraded bar routine that now includes a piked Tkatchev. Though she couldn't officially win the meet because she was the alternate (Wieber took the official top spot), Douglas looked spot-on all day, with her only errors coming on floor (two out-of-bounds). She's made a huge case for herself for the 2012 Olympic team!

Wieber was a little off throughout the day, with some wobbles on beam and low landings on floor. She had an amazing save on bars on an over-arched handstand, though, and, to be honest, I'm glad she wasn't perfect at this meet, with still almost five months to go until the London Olympics. The US team needs her to peak in July, not March.

Raisman had some breaks on bars and form errors throughout, but landed her Amanar vault the best she's done it, and had a new, seemingly-impossible floor mount: a back 1.5 twist to Arabian double front, punch front layout! (Watch it here.)

On the men's side, 2011 national champ Danell Leyva came from behind to win on high bar, with his always-awesome set that includes a full-twisting layout Tkatchev and layout Kovacs. Fellow American John Orozco had a tough day, finishing in fifth, 1.3 back from Leyva.

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Douglas' vault (not shown on the broadcast)

Douglas on bars (not shown on the broadcast)

Pictured above: Gabrielle Douglas at 2011 worlds; Adam Pretty / Getty Images


March 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm
(1) Robin S. says:

Good job, Gabby Douglas!
Too bad she doesn’t actually win anything for her amazing performance. Although, just gaining the respect of the entire field should be rewarding enough. Not to mention, how her performance just might help to ‘light a fire’ under the other US Olympic team hopefuls.

Also, I was rather vexed by the sight of Jordan Wieber holding an asthma inhaler at 1:17:17.

Was anybody else unaware that she has asthma?

March 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm
(2) Maria says:

I get that she “won”, but she didnt have any pressure since her routines didnt techinaclly count. Plus with Weibers asthma, she (jordyn) would have a lot harder time than everyone else… just saying

March 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(3) glenda carswell says:

I LOVE GABBY! She is so down to earth and friendly. I feel she really won the American Cup! I have entered every sweepstakes’s for a trip to London Olympics.If it is any way possible I want to see Gabby in bars finals. I thingk she has a real chance at vault and beam finals. I pray for a great gymnastics finals in London.Go Gabby may God be with you in all your challenges.

August 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(4) kathy says:

You my dear is a beautiful blessed and unique human being whose name has entered the History Books…. by the way; Your are truly Adorable!! ITS Truly A GOD THANG!! Amen to my girl Oprah and I your Awesome Sponsor Family…2016!!! GodBless your precious Mother and beautiful family.

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