Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/12
There they stood Thursday, teammates in the quest for Olympic team gold but competitors for the hearts of Americans and the prestige and dollars those hearts can deliver, each talking in candid terms about the other. As the US women's gymnastics team prepares for Sunday's highly anticipated start -- with an Olympic squad as poised for gold as any other to have come before it -- the most intriguing story line remains its two best gymnasts: reigning all-around world champion Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas, the young teammate who has bested Wieber twice in the past few months. "It has been good to have a healthy competition -- there is no rivalry," said Marta Karolyi, the National Team Coordinator of USA Gymnastics. "Everyone wants to be the best. And yes, Gabby is on her way up. It looks like she is on her way up." With all due respect to Karolyi, she's wrong: There is absolutely a rivalry. But she's right that Douglas is a rising star, and she's right about her rise. Douglas' asc...
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