It's hardly time to panic, particularly for Wieber. Besides, she's got history in her corner.
Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin all turned American Cup wins in New York into Olympic gold. Wieber will try to do the same and hopefully her health will cooperate.
She battled a viral infection during a training camp in Texas last month and was so winded by the exercise-induced asthma she suffers from on Friday she struggled to complete her full beam routine.
Clad in a purple leotard with a matching purple scrunchie holding her pony tail in place, Wieber made it through just fine Saturday while showcasing the fierce determination that makes her one of the sport's toughest competitors.
Wieber was rolling through her uneven bars routine when she got off-balance while trying to do a handstand pirouette on the high bar. Her legs swung over her head and threatened to take the rest of her body along for the ride.
Instead of flopping to the mat, Wieber dug in and held on, saving herself from a full-point deduction. Geddert shook his head in disbelief and gave a relieved Wieber a big hug afterward.
"She just showed how tough she is mentally because she pulled this meet off," Karolyi said. "She would not give up."
Neither would Douglas, who left her family in Virginia more than a year ago to train under Liang Chow in Iowa, where she works alongside four-time Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson.
Though she occasionally gets homesick, the teenager knows heading to the Midwest was the right choice if she was serious about making it to London. Her mother and three siblings were at the Garden on Saturday, where they saw Douglas take one very big step toward making the U.S. team.
"I wanted to be on top," Douglas said. "I knew I was prepared to do this."
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