Defending World Champ Jordyn Wieber Doesn't Qualify for All-Around

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For Americans this has become the year of defending champions not performing to expectations. World-class gymnast Jordyn Wieber was edged out by her two teammates in the all-around performance, missing the finals by four-tenths of a point.

In 2011 Wieber defeated Russian super-gymnast Viktoria Komova in the all-around, making this Olympiad a much-anticipated rematch. Now the defending-champ will have to watch from the sidelines as her teammates advance on.

Holy Gymnastics Upset, Batman!

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For the first time in the modern Olympics, Great Britain's Men's Gymnastics Team has qualified for the finals. Great Britain's lads took SECOND behind the US.


For you Americans, this is the equivalent of the Detroit Lions making the playoffs. It's that big of a deal.

This is completely unprecedented and a total shock considering that Japan and China ended up 5th and 6th. Japan has been vying for a medal for years, and finally has a shot through the athletic genius that is Kohei Uchimura. Today was a rough day for the East, but a spectacular day for Team GB Gymnastics.

Men's Gymnastics Dominates Day 1

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Danell Leyva and John Orozco proved their talent by stealing the top two spots in the All-around, knocking World Champion Kohei Uchimura to the third slot. Uchimura's uncharacteristic falls on high bar and pommel horse let Leyva and Orozco swoop in to overtake the World Champion. This competition marks the first time Uchimura has been defeated in an all-around competition in four years. FOUR YEARS.

Although in the US the emphasis is often placed on Women's Gymnastics, the team this year is favored for multiple gold medals.

In another surprising finish, Great Britain's Men's Gymnastics Team finished ahead of Japan at the end of the day. Britain has never really been considered a powerhouse for Gymnastics, but this year may prove to be an upset.

McKayla Maroney to Compete with Broken Toe

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McKayla Maroney, World Vault Champion and one of the members of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, will compete with a broken toe. Earlier today in podium training she vaulted half a dozen times on a fractured toe.

According to McKayla:

"Bad things happen, you just have to make the best of it," Maroney told "It does hurt. It's broken. How is it not going to hurt? I just try to ignore it and I have worked so hard to be here I can ignore the pain for a little bit."

U.S. Men's Gymnasts Chillin' on the Rings

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Men's Gymnasts Samuel Mikulak and John Orozco relaxing in the Olympic Village before the games begin. Couldn't have picked a better seat in the house, I say.