Olympics: Gymnastics

A closer look at the gymnastics events and key competitors such as U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman, who won gold in London for her floor exercise. A look at the complex tumbling pass that normally opens her routine:

Olympics: Gymnastics
Kohei Uchimura: Superman takes flight
Danell Leyva: Swinging to a medal
McKayla Maroney: Vaulting into the spotlight
Jordyn Wieber: Bouncing back on balance beam
John Orozco: Flying high

Gabrielle Douglas: Flying high

U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas won the women’s all-around title and also helped the American team win a gold medal in London with a strong routine on the uneven bars. Here is a closer look at a sequence that includes a highflying Tkachev move:

Douglas swings freely through a handstand from the high bar and releases into a Tkachev.

She swings forward into a back flip and catches the low bar.

After changing direction on the low bar, she shoots to the high bar with another flying split.

Kohei Uchimura: Superman takes flight

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, known by his peers as Superman, won Olympic gold after taking consecutive all-around titles at three world championships, where his floor routine took gold in 2011. A sample tumbling pass:

Danell Leyva: Swinging to a medal

U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva won bronze in the all-around competition in London, thanks in part to a top score on parallel bars. Here is a look at his giant swing combination:

McKayla Maroney: Vaulting into the spotlight

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney earned the top score among all competitors during the team finals in London by executing a nearly flawless vault known as an Amanar. Maroney later took a silver medal in vault during the individual apparatus competition.

Maroney performs a round-off onto the springboard and a back handspring entry to the vault.

Powerfully rebounding off the vault table, she soars high into the air.

Maroney executes a 2 1/2 twist in the layout position.

She must stick the blind forward landing to avoid a scoring deduction.

Jordyn Wieber: Bouncing back on balance beam

U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber bounced back from a bobble on the balance beam in the qualifying round to help the American women win gold in the team event. A look at a key combination in her beam routine:

Wieber executes a back somersault with a full twist …

… with her hips rotating over her head.

A back handspring completes the three-element combination.

John Orozco: Flying high

After his championship performance at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials, John Orozco finished eighth in the all-around competition at the London Olympics. A look at one of his key high bar releases:

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