In a stunning twist in the qualifying round for women's all-around gymnastics, top-ranked American competitor Jordyn Wieber did not qualify for the event and was shut out in her quest for a gold medal.
The 17-year-old DeWitt, Michigan native had lost only two all-around competitions dating back to 2008, and was overcome with emotions following her unfortunate exit from the event. "It is a bit of a disappointment," Wieber reportedly told the media following the results. "It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around final of the Olympics."
Instead of losing out to competitors from other countries, however, Wieber was knocked out of the competition by her own teammates, Ally Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Due to the fact that countries can only send two competitors to the finals of the event, Wieber was stuck in an unfortunate position by having to watch Raisman post a 15.325 score that eventually bumped her down to third place.
Despite the shock of not having Wieber in the finals, Team USA finished with 181.863 points to take a narrow lead on Russia (180.429), while defending Olympic champion China sits in third place with 176.637 points.