Gabielle “Gabby” Douglas earned the automatic bid for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by winning the Olympic trials meet over Jordyn Wieber by one-tenth of a point. The two of them, largely considered two of the best gymnasts in the world right now, were already thought of as shoo-ins for the five-person squad.
The other three spots were up for grabs at the trials. They went to Aly Raisman (left), who finished third at trials, Kyla Ross (middle), who finished fifth, and McKayla Maroney (right), who finished sixth. Elizabeth Price, who kind of came out of nowhere at the trials to finish fourth, was left off the team in favor of Maroney (going by the standings at trials), largely because Maroney’s vaulting skill could increase the U.S. overall team score by 0.8, which is a huge amount at this level.
Price was named as an alternate and will travel to London and be ready to compete should anything happen to any of the five squad members. Also named as alternates are Sarah Finnegan and Anna Li.