Destiny is mentioned more often than hard work or mental tenacity at the Games. But Friday, it was impossible to ignore the kismet surrounding Liukin's gold-medal win in the all-around.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the silver lining in a silver medal. For gymnast Alicia Sacramone, Wednesday was that time.
To say the U.S. women's gymnastics team was happy to finish on a good note would be an understatement, as it rebounded just in time to salvage a spot in the team final.
Much has been made recently about age limits in gymnastics. Bela Karolyi, for one, thinks it should never happen.
Just days ago, Alexander Artemev thought he'd be watching the men's gymnastics event from the stands. On Saturday, he helped the U.S. stay in the team title hunt.
Paul Hamm's status is up in the air and the men's team is wide open. So, there is no time for anyone, including these five hopefuls, to slack off at the trials.