According to International Gymnast magazine, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) conducted the draw for the 2012 London Olympic Games this past Friday. The draw determines the time that different teams (or, in the case of athletes that qualified to the Olympic Games without a full team, mixed groups of athletes) will compete during the qualification round at the Olympic Games. The selection was completely random, just as it is every four years.
the 2012 draw, via International Gymnast.
Although this news might seem relatively unimportant, for years, there have been unwritten rules about the way that the draw affects a gymnastics competition. Gymnasts that compete last tend to receive higher scores, which is why countries usually try to ensure that their best gymnast performs last. The same applies to the entire team: The team that is first to compete tends to score lower. In addition, each subdivision is judged by different judges, so the qualification round does not exactly provide an even playing field.
Out of the teams that are expected to challenge for a medal, the United States is competing in the third subdivision, followed by China and Russia in the fourth subdivision, and Romania in the fifth subdivision. The home team, Great Britain, is competing in the third subdivision.