U.S. women make London debut

With their sights set on gold, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team opened their Olympic competition Sunday in the qualifying round.


The United States stood atop the standings with 181.863 points, ahead of Russia and China.


While the U.S. team kept their chances for gold alive Sunday, 2011 world champion Jordyn Wieber’s quest for an Olympic all-around title ended.


Wieber -- who also won the 2012 national title -- was kept out of the all-around competition because she finished with the third-highest score on the U.S. team behind Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. According to Olympic rules, each country can only advance two athletes to the all-around competition.


The visibly devastated Wieber will still have a chance for team gold when the U.S. competes in the team final Tuesday.


The U.S. women last won an Olympic team gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games. They took bronze in 2000 and earned silver at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.


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