Nations participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games may claim that their main priority is to earn a team medal, but every seasoned gymnastics fan knows that there is no more prestigious award in the sport than the Olympic individual all around gold medal. Recently, International Gymnast, the most popular and respectable gymnastics magazine in the world, conducted a poll via its online forum titled “Who Would You Like To See Win AA.” The following gymnasts took the top three spots:
(1) Aliya Mustafina, Russia
Mustafina, 2010 world all around champion, has become a fan favorite over the past four years due to her confidence, great sportsmanship, outstanding difficulty, and beautiful presentation. Unfortunately, last April, Mustafina tore her ACL while vaulting at the European Championships. Whether she will be in top shape come the Olympics is still up in the air.
(2) Viktoria Komova, Russia
The 2010 Youth Olympic Games all around champion, Komova has so far failed to live up to her expectations among the senior ranks, perhaps due to a foot injury that just does not seem to want to heal. Many fans think that Komova, only 16, is too young to handle the pressure and is not yet capable of dealing with loss with maturity and grace. However, if Komova returns to her top 2010 shape, she will be the gymnast to beat in London.
Finally, also tied in second place, is Jordyn Wieber, from the USA.
What Wieber lacks in artistry and grace, she makes up for with tremendous power and consistency. Wieber is the 2011 world all around champion, where she beat Komova by a tiny margin. Although Wieber’s form is not as stellar as Mustafina’s and Komova’s, she is the only gymnast in the world that can challenge those two in difficulty.