Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/15/14

The men's and women's Olympic gymnastics competition comes to a close on Tuesday.  Here is what to watch:

Women's Balance Beam 

The U.S., Russia, Romania, and China will each feature two contenders in a battle of four major powerhouses in women's gymnastics.  

The United States will have all-around gold and silver medalist Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman competing in the event while Russia will be represented by Viktoria Komova and Ksenia Afanseyva.  

Larissa Lordache will replace Diana Bulimar to go with teammate Catalina Ponor for Romania, and China will be represented by Sui Lu and Deng Linlin.

Floor Exercise

The women's floor final will feature some of the best stars of the entire Olympic Games.  

Romania's Catalina Ponor (2004) and Sandra Izbasa (2008) are both Olympic floor champions, Lauren Mitchell of Australia is a 2010 world floor champion, and Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva is the 2011 world floor champion.  

Also competing are three all-around champions, Vanessa Ferrari (2006) of Italy, Allya Mustanfina (2010) of Russia, and Jordyn Wieber (2011) of the United States.

The 2011 world floor bronze medalist Aly Raisman of the United States outscored everyone in the qualifications with the most difficult routine.  She has a great chance at gold if she can nail all of her tumbling passes.

Men's Parallel Bars

Brothers Yusuke and Kazuhito Tanaka will compete for Japan while 2010 world champion Feng Zhe, and teammate Zhang Chenglong will represent China.   

32-year-old veteran Vasileios Tsolakidis of Greece and Germany's Marcel Nguyen will bring some innovative skills to the event.  

Men's High Bar

For the high bar final, Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands will be the Olympic favorite to win the event.  

But he will have to beat defending Olympic and wolrd champion Zou Kai and 2010 world champion Zhang Chenglong of China.

Representing the United States are Danell Leyva and 2008 Olympic high bar silver medalist Jonathan Horton.

Finally, Fabian Hambuchen of Germany, who is hoping to win his first medal of these Olympic Games.

 

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