The 2012 Olympics was very dramatic. Uncharacteristic mistakes, tie breaking rule, unexpected falls and inconsistency took place in London. Hopefully in Rio, things will be different.

The then reigning World all around champion Jordyn Wieber of USA fell victim to two per country rule thus failing to qualify to the all around final.

Russia's Viktoria Komova stepped out of the vaulting mat at the all around final resulting in  a 0.5 deduction which was what costed Komova the all around gold and made her settle for a silver.

US Aly Raisman and Russia's Aliya Mustafina had the same exact overall score, but since the IOC does not want two or more gymnasts having the same finish, the tie was broken and it was found in the favor of Mustafina.  

US Mckayla Maroney, who was believed to be unbeatable, unexpectedly fell on her second vault losing the gold medal to Romania's Sandra Izbasa.

Canada's Elisabeth Black injuring herself on the first vault during the event final. She scored a zero on her first vault due to failing to land on her feet first. 

She bailed out on her second vault thus received another zero.

Then reigning World bars champion Viktoria Komova hit her feet on the low bar right before her dismount which costed her the gold medal. She also did not make the podium.

Catalina Ponor of Romania had an unusual wobbly routine. She was declared the winner of the bronze medal before Aly Raisman filed an inquiry which got accepted and promoted her to third place. Ponor and Raisman had the same exact score and again due to tie breaking rule, only one was awarded the bronze medal and this time it was Raisman.

Vanessa Ferrari was very close to becoming the very first female Italian gymnast to win a medal in individual Olympic final. Both Ferrari and Mustafina had the same exact score and once again the tie breaking rule was found in Mustafina's favor.

The then reigning Olympic floor champion Sandra Izbasa failed to defend her title.

Gabby Douglas was the only Olympic all around champion to fail to medal in the event finals. She finished last on uneven bars and seventh on beam.

Written by Gigi Farid



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