The women's gymnastics all-around final was expected to be a showdown between world champion Jordyn Wieber and Russia's Viktoria Komova. But when Wieber didn't make the all-around after finishing third-best on her U.S. team in the qualifying round, all eyes turned to Komova and Wieber's teammates, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman.
Douglas captured the gold in Thursday's all-around final with a 62.232 overall score, with Komova winning silver with a score of 61.973. Russia's Aliya Mustafina and Raisman tied for third at 59.566, with the execution score tiebreaker giving Mustafina the bronze medal.
Going into the final rotation, which was the floor exercise for the leaders, Douglas and Komova were more or less battling for the gold, with a three-way race between Mustafina, China's Deng Linlin and Raisman for the bronze.
Douglas became the third straight American to capture the all-around title, following Nastia Liukin in 2008 and Carly Patterson in 2004. Mary Lou Retton, who won gold in the all-around in Los Angeles in 1984, is the only other American to capture the title at the Olympics.
Midway through the competition, Douglas led with 31.699, followed by Komova and Mustafina at 31.432 and 31.333, respectively. Raisman was a close fourth at 30.233.
Thanks to a poor performance by Mustafina on the beam, the door was open for Raisman to close the gap, but she bobbled her way through her own beam performance, dropping her one spot down to fifth going into the final rotation. Her strong performance on the floor helped move up a bit, but not quite enough.
Komova, who finished second at the 2011 World Championships behind Wieber, led all competitors in Sunday's qualifying round. She earned a silver in the team final with her Russian teammates, and performed solidly in the team event.
Douglas was rock solid for the U.S. in the team final, helping them capture the gold medal. She was third overall in the qualifying round, finishing behind Komova and Raisman. Douglas slipped in the rankings Sunday when she leaped out of bounds on the floor exercise. She cleaned up her mistakes in the team final to score a 15.066 on the floor.
Raisman pulled an upset in the qualifying round when she finished second overall and knocked Wieber out of the all-around. She is known for her consistency, which helped the U.S. capture team gold.