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U.S. Women's Gymnasts Aim to be Magnificent Six

Womens gymnastics one of the most popular events at any Olympics begins Sunday with the qualifying round featuring our first look at the two favored teams the United States and China Aug 10 7 pmET NBC The team finals air live on Tuesday Wednesday morning in Beijing during NBCs prime-time broadcast Aug 12 8 pmETIf their routines are as rock-solid as their confidence the Americans could be looking at the countrys second-ever team gold Id say we are the strongest team out there probably in history says 16-year-old Shawn Johnson the world all-around champion from West Des Moines Iowa What about the Magnificent Seven the team that captured gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on Kerri Strugs bum ankle I think theyre very comparable says NBCs Tim Daggett Both groups had athletes that did things that nobody in the world was doing Led by Johnson and Nastia Liukin a Moscow-bread more

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