It’s time to cheer for the red, white, and blue! The London Olympics are set to begin Friday, July 27th with the opening ceremonies. Now, I’m sure everyone remembers the last Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. Let’s see…we had one of the most over-the-top opening ceremonies (EVER!), Michael Phelps made Olympic history winning eight gold medals in a single Olympics, the USA women’s gymnastics team lost the team competition gold medal to China, and Usain Bolt became the first man to hold both the 100 meter and 200 meter world and Olympic titles at the same time. What can we expect to see this year?
Where Team USA is really looking for redemption is in their gymnastics team. After making all of the little mistakes in the team competition, the 2008 team was edged out of the gold medal by China. This time around, Team USA for women’s gymnastics consists of Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Kyla Ross—a squad everyone is hoping could be the gold medal team.
On the team’s prospects, Coach Marta Karolyi told NBC, “We’re definitely shooting for the medal for the Olympic Games.”
After gracing the covers of many magazines, from Sports Illustrated to US Weekly, expectations are high for the gymnastics team this year. And we all know that the color that matches best with red, white, and blue is gold.
When it’s all said and done, and all of the medals have been awarded, the gymnastics team will head back to the states (hopefully with some nice hardware) and head out on the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Champions. The tour will be unlike any gymnastics tour ever produced, providing fans with a high-flying, dynamic experience that will celebrate the sports’ beauty and skill. Leading the cast are this year’s Olympic gymnasts along with some other favorites, like 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin.