Weiber Takes American Cup, Douglas Scores The Highest

Last year’s world all around champion, American gymnast Jordyn Wieber, defended her AT&T American Cup title this past weekend in New York City. Ironically, she was not the highest scorer of the competition – up-and-comer Gabrielle Douglas was. Since Douglas, who trains under the same coaches as 2008 Olympic silver medalist Shawn Johnson, only competed for exhibition, Wieber officially took the title.

the final standings, via International Gymnast magazine

The American Cup is now part of a series of competitions that comprise the International Gymnastics Federation’s World Cup series, a string of high-level meets held all over the globe on an invitation-only basis. As per World Cup rules, only two gymnasts are allowed to compete for a given country, which is why Douglas was never included on the competitive roster.

Gabrielle Douglas on the uneven bars, via BCK

Young Romanian gymnast Larisa Iordache won the bronze medal, via RomGym

Alexandra Raisman, Douglas and Wieber’s teammate, came in second, unofficially placing all three American gymnasts in the top three spots. Romania’s Larisa Iordache, new to the senior elite scene, won the bronze medal and brought in the highest score on the balance beam that night.

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