American gymnastics Bridget Sload, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin (left to right). AP photo
U.S. teammates Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin are 1-2 after the first day of the women's gymnastics team competition, but the question is, is the U.S. team deep enough to win gold? The Americans trail powerful team from host China entering the final, which will be broadcast live during NBC's 8 p.m. to midnight EDT show Tuesday.
Johnson and Liukin both qualified for the all-around final later in the Games. But the key might be Bridget Sloan, who had the 11th-best first-day score but must help make up for Samantha Peszek, who injured her ankle in warmups Sunday and was only able to compete on bars.
So, is American coach Martha Karolyi worried about the Chinese?
"I usually try not to pay attention to what other people are doing," she said. "I actually didn't watch China at all (Sunday) and made sure to keep my back to the TVs.
"We can't control anything but our own performance."
The question is, will it be enough?
— Mike Persinger, Charlotte Observer