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Greatest Gymnastics Moments of 2012

McKayla Maroney's Vault

We chose some of our favorite moments from the article, 16 Greatest Gymnastics Moments of 2012 to share with you:

  • Gabby the Great. By winning the 2012 Olympic all-around title, Gabrielle Douglas did more than just prove the naysayers who had doubted her for a year wrong — she became an inspiration to millions of young girls around the globe. She implicitly proved (and more explicitly said later on) that it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white (or anything in between), rich or poor, grew up in a mansion or spent time living in a van, you too can become an Olympic champion in gymnastics. What a powerful message to spur a new generation of dreamers. No doubt the 2020 Olympic champion was watching these Games and wondering whether it could all come true for her. The answer, of course, is that it will.
  • McKayla Maroney’s Vault. That vault. You know the one. So much has already been written about it that there’s nothing to add. The expression of the judge off to the side really said it all.
  • Aly Raisman’s Gold on Floor. It was just such a dominating performance. That’s a rare thing these days too. I won’t go so far as to say that Raisman’s “Hava Nagila” is one of the great artistic routines or anything like that, but her mastery of this event is uncanny, and the routine she delivered in event finals after all the excitement of team and all the disappointment of the individual all-around was remarkable. She made you respect the routine, and she didn’t just win due to her start value. She won because she did it so well. And didn’t you just love how she mouthed “Wow” as she saluted?

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