Home Competition Makes U.S. Gymnastics Tough to Beat

July 25, 2012 12:00 AM

Home Competition Makes U.S. Gymnastics Tough to Beat

" Gymnastics is something of an odd duck in the sports world because it is both a team and individual sport.

You don't see Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano working together to beat the Red Sox one day and then watch them compete with each other to see who can hit the ball the fathest the next, but the Olympics will feature competitions just like that. Luckily for the United States, the ferocity of the competition on the individual level bodes well for both the men and women during the gymnastics competition in London.

The all-around competitions at both the U.S. Nationals and Olympic Trials were hotly contested, and both the men and the women saw two different competitors crowned as champs at the two events. That kind of depth has left the U.S. with two of the stronger gymnastics teams they've ever had and makes both sides medal contenders in the team events. 

It also makes for some compelling viewing during the Olympic all-around. The marquee matchup is going to be Jordyn Wieber against Gabby Douglas during the women's portion of the proceedings "

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