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Douglas was third in the qualifying round behind the second-place Raisman. Russia’s Komova, who finished runner-up to Wieber at last year’s world championships, had the top score.

Ukraine’s Lilia Podkopayeva was the last reigning world champion to win Olympic gold, in ‘96. With Wieber out of the mix, it’s not going to happen here. Wieber wept after her qualifying flop, then regrouped to help the Americans win team gold.

On Thursday, she’ll be in the strange position of cheerleader instead of competitor. Perhaps watching her teammates and close friends reach the podium will take some of the sting away.